PORTLAND — For the second straight game, the long ball hurt the Yakima Valley Pippins.
Chase Luttrell led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run and Everett Lau hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth to lead the Portland Pickles to an 11-4 victory on Sunday.
After giving up one run in the first inning and getting two quick outs in the second, Yakima Valley’s starting pitcher Nick Brown could not finish the inning.
Alex Lambeau was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on a single by Darius Perry. After KC Hunt and Luttrell singled to load the bases, John Arndorfer walked to score Perry, Hunt scored on a wild pitch and Jonathan Kelly walked to reload the bases.
Jack Gonzales came on in relief and gave up a first pitch single to Kyle Manzardo that scored Luttrell, but Arndorfer was thrown out at the plate to limit the damage in the inning to four runs.
Yakima Valley answered in the third inning with three runs. With the bases loaded and one out, Ty DeLancey hit a run-scoring single, Tanner Parker scored on Brady Hormel’s groundout to second base, and after Nick DiCarlo was hit by a pitch to reload the bases, Luke Schwartz walked to drive in a run.
In the bottom of the fourth, Arndorfer hit a two-out single, stole second and scored on Kelly’s single. Manzardo was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second before Lau hit the fourth pitch of his at bat against Yakima Valley pitcher Mark Finkelnburg over the fence for a three-run home run that game Portland a 9-3 lead.
The Pickles added a run in the sixth inning and in the eighth inning to finish out their scoring.
Noah Andrews scored Yakima Valley’s final run in the top of the ninth on Owen Cobb’s groundout to first base with the bases loaded.
Aidan Welch went 2 for 4 with a run and DeLancey was 2 for 3 with an RBI for the Pippins.
Yakima Valley will play three straight nonleague games at Yakima County Stadium after getting a day off on Monday. The Pippins will face Cascade Collegiate on Tuesday with the game starting at 6:35 p.m. before starting a two-game set against the Northwest Honkers on Wednesday and Thursday.