07/17/2019 9:38 PM
The Bellingham Bells lost, 7-3, to the Portland Pickles Wednesday night at Walker Stadium.
Despite an early 1-0 Bells lead, Portland was able to rally for runs in the third, fourth, fifth and eighth innings to win. Their pitching was up to the task, as well, striking the Bells out 18 times, a new season-high.
Bellingham’s offense got going in the first inning when Collin Burns led off with a single and was scored by a Troy Viola single to left to go up 1-0.
The Pickles rebounded with two runs in the third, though to take a lead they’d never give up. Darius Perry led the inning off with a double off the left-field wall and scored on a Kyle Manzardo two-out single. Davis Delorefice then singled in John Arndorfer to take a 2-1 lead.
Portland struck again in the fourth when Alex Lambeau cranked a leadoff home run, his first of the season, off Bells starter Brenden Argomaniz to take a 3-1 lead and end Argimaniz’s day.
The Bells got that run back in the top of the fifth, loading the bases with two outs for Guthrie Morrison, who worked a walk to score a run.
Down 3-2, the Bells left the bases loaded when Justin Kelly entered and struck out Derek Marshall.
Portland would again open things up in their half of the fifth, taking advantage of two Bells throwing errors to make it 5-2.
Bellingham rallied for another run in the seventh after Morrison and Viola started the frame with singles. With one out, Will Simpson lofted a sacrifice fly to left, plating Morrison to pull within two runs at 5-3.
That would be it for the Bells, though, as Perry launched a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to provide the Pickles with breathing room.
Ahead 7-3, Portland shut down the Bells in the ninth to secure the win and a series victory.
The Bells will look to avoid being swept for the second consecutive series in tomorrow’s finale. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Walker Stadium.