The Portland Pickles scored four runs in the seventh inning in their second game of the day against the Bellingham Bells to avenge their loss earlier in the evening. The Bells won the first game, 3-2, thanks to some stellar pitching from their bullpen to close it out. The next game, it was their bullpen that couldn’t seal the deal, with the Pickles winning 6-4.
The Bells took game one with the help a pair of doubles from Jared Bujanda and Jacob Schroeder that went on to score. Portland scored its only two runs in the third off of two sacrifice flies.
Bells starter Judah Graham had a rough start, exiting the game in the third with two runs allowed. Kyle Dunning, Elias Farland and Nate Clow came up big for the Bells, combining for five scoreless innings of relief and six strikeouts to maintain the Bells’ lead.
Game two went off to a wild start, with Bells first baseman Jace Phelan hitting a two-run single as part of a four-run first inning for the Bells. After that, the team’s bats went quiet, getting just two hits for the rest of the game.
The Pickles rallied in the seventh, with a pair of singles and a walk loading the bases early on. After a HBP drove in one run, Pickles’ left fielder Keith Jones drove in his second and third runs of the game with a single to put the Pickles up.
“This game will humble you if you don’t play hard and smart all the way through,” Bells coach Adam Geaslen said after game two. “We got behind in some counts there, couple of base hits, a walk, and next thing you know they pieced together an inning where they put up four.”
The Bells and Pickles play the last of their three game series Sunday afternoon at Joe Martin Field.