Grand slam enables Medford to walk off with 6-5 win
The Medford Rogues broke the Portland Pickles' heart for the second night in a row.
This time, the Rogues won 6-5 on a walk-off grand slam with two out in the bottom of the ninth at Harry & David Field.
The result gave Medford all three games in the series, the first sweep of Portland in the 2017 Great West League season.
The Pickles also led late in Game 2 of the series, but lost 5-4 after Medford scored one run in both the eighth and ninth innings.
On Thursday, the game came down to catcher Alex Isola, a 6-1, 205-pounder from the University of Utah.
With the bases loaded, he hit a 2-0 pitch off Jacob Allbee of Clark College over the fence in left field.
Pickles starter Jack Gordon, from Northern Colorado, worked 5 2/3 innings. He gave up one hit and one run, with five walks and no strikeouts.
The Pickles finished with five hits; the Rogues had seven.
Portland fell to 6-9, while third-place Medford improved to 10-5.
After the game, the Pickles were off to Chico, California, for three games with the Heat.
The Rogues took a 1-0 lead in the second.
Portland tied the score in the fourth on a wild pitch.
The Pickles went ahead with two runs in the sixth on an infield error.
Portland preserved its 3-2 lead despite a scare in the botom of the eighth inning. After the Rogues scored a run, two wild pitches put a Medford runner on third base with two out, but Allbee got the third out on a called strike.
Leading off the top of the ninth, Portland outfielder Matt Starcovic, from the Cleveland, Ohio area, drilled a home run to right field, his second homer of the summer college wood-bat season and his sixth RBI.
The Rogues threatened in their half of the ninth, with a one-out single and walk. A single to right loaded the bases.
Next, second baseman Renner Stecki fielded a ground ball and threw home for a force and two outs, and with the bases re-loaded.
But Isola made sure the Rogues would get their sweep.