Pippins Ninth Inning Comeback Falls Short as the Pickles Sweep
The Pickles jumped out to an early lead on Thursday and held on in the ninth as they beat the Pippins 6-4 in the final game of the three game series, sweeping the series.
Hunter French got the start for the Pippins and the Pickles got on the board in the first inning. After a one out walk, Mike Perez would come to the plate and in his first appearance with the Pickles, lined a ball over the left field fence for a two run home run.
French would settle down, holding the Pickles scoreless the next two innings. The Pippins would get their first run in the top of the fourth when Chris Arpan lead off the inning and went over the right center field wall for his first home run of the season.
The Pickles answered in the bottom half. A single and a double would put runners on second and third with one out. Brody Barnum ripped an RBI single scoring a run and a fielders choice groundball from Noah Cardenas would put the Pickles up 4-1.
The Pippins scored their second run in the fifth, with singles by Cody Jefferis and Allard, put runners at the corners for Sam Mitchell, who grounded out, scoring Jefferis from third.
The Pickles would continue to answer every punch the Pippins threw. They scored a run in the bottom half of the fifth as well as in the sixth to take a 6-2 lead. French would leave after five and the Pippins bullpen would give up just one run over the final four innings to keep the team close.
For the second straight night, the Pippins mounted a ninth inning comeback with the Pickles giving them an opportunity. Nick Paciorek was tasked with shutting the door, but he could not record an out. He walked the first two batters and pinch hitter Bryce Wooldridge singled in a run. Pickles closer Brad Bonnefant would be summoned from the bullpen and stifled the Pippins rally. After a strikeout of Cole Jones, Jefferis was able to bring the Pippins within two runs with an RBI groundout. Allard would follow with another groundout to end the game as the Pippins fell 6-4. With the loss, the Pippins drop back to .500 and out of first place in the North Division. The Pickles, on a five game winning streak, extended their lead in the South Division.
The Pippins will have an off day on Friday before two non league games over the weekend. First pitch against the River City Athletics on Saturday at 7:05.