PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Pickles were handed their first loss at their home park, Walker Stadium, on Friday night at the hands of the Marysville Gold Sox by a score of 8-6. The game went 10 innings, the first extra innings contest in Great West League history.
The inaugural home game for Portland got off to a quick start as both teams drew in the first. Marysville (5-1) plated two in their half of the inning thanks to work at the Plate from Adrian Vela and Austin Call.
The Pickles (3-3) responded in the bottom half of the inning with two of their own off a Marcus Doi two-run double.
The Gold Sox came back in full force behind starting pitcher Justin Giovannoni, scoring three off of Pickles’ southpaw Jacob Allbee in the second.
Marysville tacked on their sixth run an inning later in the third.
Portland was held scoreless after the first until the team exploded for four runs in the seventh, tying the game at six apiece.
The eighth and ninth saw failed efforts from both teams as the game went into extras, the first occurrence in League history.
The visitors wasted no time once play resumed after a fireworks delay (for more on this make sure to check out our review of Walker Stadium in the coming days), securing their first two batters on second and third in just three at bats. Three-hole Ryan Weisenberg singled both runners in, breaking the 6-6 tie.
Portland threatened in the last of the 10th after a leadoff single from Joey Cooper and one out walk from Jordan Prendez. A game-ending double play silenced the crowd just three pitches later.
Marysville’s Dalton DeVries led the team, reaching base five times in six at bats and scoring one run. Weisenberg hit 2-for-6 and drove in two.
Steven Chavez led the Pickles, hitting 2-for-6, both doubles, scoring twice, and driving in one more.
The three hour and 56 minute home opener was played in front of a faithful 1,607 Portland fans.
The Pickles continue their opening home stand against Marysville tonight at 7:05 p.m. at Walker Stadium.