WALLA WALLA - The visiting Portland Lobos doubled the Walla Walla Sweets in the two most important offensive categories Tuesday night during West Coast League baseball action at Borleske Stadium.
Hits and runs.
Portland outhit the Sweets 12-6 and, more importantly, outscored them 4-2 thanks to two-run rallies in the first and seventh innings.
The Lobos - one of six teams in WCL Portland - got eight solid innings and five strikeouts from starting pitcher Chad Fahey. He had Walla Walla shut out on four hits and did not allow a Sweets batter to reach third base through the first seven frames.
"He was very good through seven," Portland manager Kevin Kopple said. "He comes at you and throws strikes. He had a real good fastball and slider early. He did a good job of challenging guys."
"He threw very well," Walla Walla manager J.C. Biagi agreed. "He had his cutter working. He forces you to put the ball in play."
Carl Beckert and Ryan Layson produced RBI singles in Portland's two-run first inning.
Beckert registered an RBI single to highlight the Lobos' two-run seventh.
The Sweets scored their two runs in the eighth. Kevin Hawk led off with a base on balls and moved to second base on a Nick Gentili single to center field.
Hawk and Gentili advanced to third and second, respectively, on an infield grounder hit by Andrew Mendenhall.
Kalani Brackenridge scored Hawk with a sacrifice fly to center and Zach Wentz brought Gentili in with a single to right.
Portland closer Ben Higgins retired the Sweets 1-2-3 in the ninth inning to notch the save. Chance Kopacz grounded to shortstop, James Campbell grounded out to third, and Scott Gottschling struck out.
"We were a little sloppy," Biagi said. "They came ready to play and we didn't."
The teams wrap up their two-game series at 7:05 tonight.
Lobos 4, Sweets 2
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Sweets 000 000 020 - 2 6 1
Fahey, Higgins (9) and Abel. Mack, Peterson (5), Santschi (8) and Hawk.
HR - none.
Hits - Lobos: Greenstein 2, Clifford 2, Beckert 2, Layson 2, Hopp 2, Snowley 2. Sweets: Kopacz, Williams, Hawk, Mendenhall, Gentili, Wentz.
Attend. - 1,606.