Chico gets even
The Portland Pickles didn't have quite enough juice Saturday night.
Scoring three unearned runs, the Chico Heat won 7-4 before 1,207 at Walker Stadium.
That evened the three-game series at 1-1 going into Sunday's 5 p.m. finale at Lents Park.
"You can't win 'em all," Pickles manager Jeff Lahti said. "It was one of those games where things just didn't want to click for us."
Portland led 1-0 after one inning and was even with Chico at 2-2 through three innings, but the Heat took advantage of two Pickles errors in the fourth frame to grab a 5-2 lead.
Portland finished with nine hits to Chico's eight, but the Pickles left 10 runners on base.
Highlights for Portland included the hitting of newly arrived outfielder Garrett Myers from Clackamas High and USC. Myers, who spent two years at Lower Columbia College, went 2 for 4 with a home run in his first at-bat and an RBI single in his next trip to the plate.
Myers spent last summer playing in Colorado and in the Mountain West League. He said he has "kind of missed home" and "wanted to come back and play in front of people who hadn't seen me in a while."
Daniel Lopez and Bobby Kinne each had two hits as well for the Pickles. Kinne and Tate Budnick each had an RBI.
Out of the bullpen, Jack Gordon pitched three innings of two-hit middle relief, and relievers Matt Olstead and Jacob Allbee followed him with one solid inning each.
Lahti said the Pickles plan to start 6-5 Australian left-hander Josh Hendrickson on Sunday. He's 1-0 in two starts, with six walks and 11 strikeouts (top five in the league).
Lahti, who has been on the coaching staff at Clackamas Community College, saw Hendrickson pitch against the Cougars for a Perth travel team last season and decided after then that "I'll take him" for the Pickles.
In other GWL games Saturday, the Yuba City Bears edged the Marysville Gold Sox, 5-4, in 10 innings, and the Medford Rogues won 9-4 at the Lincoln Potters.
Standings through Saturday:
Yuba City 4-7