Blazers fall to OKC; Friday finale next
Oklahoma City 92, Portland 87
The Blazers (1-3) dropped their final game of the scheduled slate and now will finish their Las Vegas Summer League play with a 7 p.m. Friday consolation game against Milwaukee at Cox Pavilion.
Eight other teams qualified for the eight-team tournament that will decide a champion on Monday to succeed 2018 winner Portland.
Shooting guard Gary Trent Jr. led Portland with 22 points in 33 minutes, but the Blazers failed to get up shots down the stretch with a chance to tie or cut into the Thunder lead.
Trent was 8 of 24 from the field, going 2 of 14 from 3-point range.
Center Jarnell Stokes had 17 points and seven rebounds and was 8 of 8 from the floor.
The Blazers played without starting point guard Anfernee Simons (ankle), and recent draft pick Nassir Little, a forward, left after four minutes with a bruised shoulder, before he could register a shot attempt or rebound.
Portland shot .418 from the field and was 8 of 30 (.267) on 3-pointers.
OKC (3-1), which also is headed to the consolation round, shot .466, going 8 of 27 (.296) from beyond the arc. Center Kevin Hervey paced the Thunder with 20 points and a team high-tying seven rebounds.
Portland will need to win two road games in August to claim the Timbers' first Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championship.
Portland was the loser in Thursday's Open Cup draw to determine sites for the semifinals and finals.
The Timbers will play at Minnesota United at 5 p.m. on Aug. 7 in the semifinals. If they win, they will travel to Atlanta United or Orlando City for the title match in late August.
Orlando City will play host to Atlanta in the other semifinal.
Portland reached the semifinals for the second time by winning 1-0 on Wednesday at Los Angeles FC. The Timbers beat Seattle in Tacoma, Washington to begin play in the Open Cup, then beat the Los Angeles Galaxy at home in the round of 16.
After losing out to Minnesota in Thursday's draw for the right to host the semifinal, Portland drew the fourth position to determine hosting the final, meaning there is no chance the game will be at Providence Park.
The Timbers return to MLS play at 8 p.m. Saturday, playing host to Colorado at Providence Park.
Hillsboro 3, BOISE 1
Three second-inning runs and more dominant pitching propelled the Hops to a win over the Hawks in the opener of a three-game series at Memorial Stadium.
After Andrew Sallfrank pitched the first inning, Michel Gelabert (3-1) worked a career-high seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and matching his career high with six strikeouts. For the first time in five outings this season, he did not walk a batter, and his performance came on the heels of a dismal four-inning performance (seven earned runs allowed) July 5 versus Spokane.
Hillsboro improved to 17-10 and gained ground on Salem-Keizer in their race for the Single-A Northwest League South Division first-half title. The Volcanoes (18-9) lost 5-4 at home to the Eugene Emeralds (11-16). Boise (13-14) is third in the four-team division.
Jesus Marriaga led off the Hillsboro second with a single and scored on Lyle Lin's first pro double. Lin came home on a double by Daniel Wasinger. After a ground out moved Wasinger to third, Nick Grande capped the Hops' scoring with a sacrifice fly.
Hillsboro had just two hits the rest of the way and finished with five hits; Boise also had five before the crowd of 3,033.
The Hops overcame a ninth-inning scare. Hillsboro, searching for a new closer since the promotion of Jose Cuas (0.00 ERA in 9.1 innings) to Single-A Kane County, went with Eduardo Herrera, but after three walks and two outs, he gave way to Bryan Menendez. The bases were loaded when Menendez threw wildly on his first pitch to Yorvis Torrealba. That allowed all three runners to advance.
Menendez, however, forced Torrealba into a lineout to third baseman Ricky Martinez, who made a leaping catch on what could have been an extra-base hit into the left field corner.
Game 2 is 6:15 p.m. Friday.
PORTLAND 15, Perth 2
A fourth-inning grand slam by Alex Shanks (Gonzaga) helped the Pickles win their exhibition finale against the Colts before 2,177 fans at Walker Stadium.
The Pickles broke open a scoreless game with six runs in the third inning.
The visitors from Australia scored in the fourth and sixth innings.
For the Pickles, who swept both games against the Colts, Kyle Manzardo (Washington State) went 5 for 5 with four runs scored and three RBIs, Everett Lau (Auburn) was 2 for 4 with three runs scored and one RBI, and John Jensen (UC Irvine) was 2 for 2 with three walks.
Starter Brad McVay (University of Portland, ex-Milwaukie High) got the win. He allowed no runs, one hit and three walks in three innings, with two strikeouts.
Joey Morris (San Joaquin Delta College), Nicolas Lopez (Stanford), Patrick Hubbs (USC) and Jack Noble (Oregon) combined to pitch the final six innings and gave up five hits and one walk, with nine strikeouts.
Liam McDonald, from Brisbane, and Blake Cavill, from Sydney, each had two hits and scored for the Colts. Adam Harris of Melbourne and Alex Skepton of Brisbane each had an RBI.
The Pickles will be back at Walker Stadium at 7 p.m. Friday for the start of a three-game, weekend exhibition series with the San Francisco Seals.
After one round of the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois, Wyndham Clark from the University of Oregon was tied for 42nd, six shots out of the lead.
Clark shot a 3-under-par 68. Robert Diaz's 62 was two strokes clear of Adam Long and Russell Henley.
KORN FERRY TOUR
Former Oregon Ducks standout Norman Xiong was tied for 68th after one round of the TPC Colorado Championship at Heron Lakes in Berthoud, Colorado.
Xiong turned in a par 72 that left him seven strokes behind the leader, Nelson Ledesma.
Corvallis native Bob Gilder was tied for 47th through 12 holes of the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship when the first round was suspended due to lightning. Steve Stricker had the lead at 5-under through 17 holes.
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