PORTLAND — On the brink of their second shutout in a row with a stellar start by Joe Magrisi, the Yakima Valley Pippins got bit by the long ball Saturday night.
Three outs away from another 1-0 win over the Portland Pickles, Trystan Vrieling yielded a leadoff home run to Chase Luttrell in the ninth inning and the Pickles escaped with a 2-1 victory in 10 innings to stop the Pippins’ win streak at four games.
After being held to two hits through eight innings by Magrisi and Vrieling, Portland got the equalizer thanks to Luttrell, who overcame an 0-2 count for his solo shot, and then got a walk-off RBI single from John Arndorfer in the 10th.
During his 42/3 innings of work, Magrisi struck out 12, walked six, allowed a double in the fourth and threw 104 pitches. His season ERA sits at 0.83. Vrieling fanned five and walked three.
Prior to Luttrell’s home run, Yakima Valley’s pitchers had combined for 20 consecutive scoreless innings.
Yakima broke the scoreless duel in the fourth on Aidan Welch’s RBI double to score Nick DiCarlo. Welch had two of the Pippins’ four hits.
Tanner Parker hit his eighth double of the season to lead off the ninth but was stranded at third.