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Bells Look to Avoid Sweep in Portland

July 29, 2018 

The West Coast League's best team in the first-half of the season is looking to avoid a series sweep by the best team in the second-half. The Portland Pickles won their second straight over the Bellingham Bells Saturday by a score of 6-to-4. The two teams play the rubber match tonight in the Rose City. 

Portland (32-15 overall) pitching held Bellingham to just 4 hits on the night. Michael Frias (2-0; 3.16 ERA) picked up the victory in middle relief. The righty out of the University of California-irvine worked 4 innings, allowing just 1 hit and striking out 6 batters. 

Pickles right fielder Davis Delorefice went 4-for-5 at the plate with a triple, 1 RBI and a run scored. 

Nick Nastrini (4-1; 1.35 ERA) suffered his first loss of the season for the Bells. The UCLA freshman went just 3 innings, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits, while walking 6 and striking out 3 batters. 

Bells shortstop Ernie Yake hit his first home run of the season and drove in 2 RBI's in the loss. 

Bellingham (30-16 overall) will look to avoid the sweep Sunday with a 7:05pm scheduled first pitch at Walker Stadium in Portland. Nick Hull goes to the mound for the Bells versus Michale Newstrom for the Pickles. 

Both teams have already clinched a spot in the WCL playoffs by winning their respective divisions in the first half of the season. 

- Doug Lange 

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