Fallon's 9 RBIs pace Pickles in rout
Western Oregon's Koty Fallon clubbed two home runs and drove in nine runs Saturday as the Portland Pickles pounded the Yuba City Bears 23-10 and completed their first sweep of the Great West League season.
The teams were tied 6-6 through five innings.
Fallon's grand slam in the sixth keyed a seven-run explosion.
His second HR of the night, and fourth of the summer season, was a two-run shot in a six-run seventh inning that gave Portland a 19-6 lead.
The Pickles added four runs in the ninth, with Fallon driving in another run with a single.
Fallon also had two sacrifice flies.
The Pickles, who have won four in a row, took the weekend series 3-0 and improved to 20-22.
The Bears, last in the six-team GWL, dropped to 10-2, suffering their ninth defeat in a row.
Starter Matt Hardy raised his record to 4-0. He worked six innings, allowing six runs but only one earned, on five hits and five walks. He had six strikeouts.
The Bears led 4-0 after scoring four runs in their first at-bat, on three hits and an error.
Portland came back in the second inning with two runs and then tied the score at 4-4 in the third.
Yuba City's Shaq Robinson homered in the fourth as the Bears regained the lead.
The Pickles bounced back again in the fifth, going ahead with runs on an error and an RBI single by Bobby Kinne.
The Bears answered with a tying run in the bottom of the fifth.
Portland finished with 23 hits. Fallon was 4 for 5. Matt Starcovic was 3 for 3 and scored four runs. Colin Rubino was 4 for 7, with two RBIs and three runs score. Kinne was 3 for 5 with two runs and two RBIs, and Hardy was 2 for 4, scored twice and had one RBI. Alex Henwood had two hits and three RBIs.
In the GWL through Sunday, Medford leads at 29-12, followed by Lincoln at 28-14 and Chico at 23-19. Then comes Portland, followed by Marysville, which lost at Lincoln on Sunday and fell to 16-27. Marysville is fifth, one spot behind the Pickles, who are in the fourth and final playoff position.
Portland makes a quick return and will open a six-game homestand on Monday night at Walker Stadium.
The first of three games with Lincoln starts at 7 p.m. Monday.