MEDFORD, Ore. — The Walla Walla Sweets rode solid pitching and heads-up base running to a 6-4 victory over the Medford Rogues at Harry and David Field Monday night, completing their first series sweep of the season.
Starting pitcher Joe Arlt took a no-decision after giving up the game tying home run in the seventh as reliever Connor Lawhead got the win.
Arlt retired the first seven Rogues hitters he faced before giving up a one-out single to catcher Ryan Teel in the third inning. His effort helped keep the game scoreless until the fourth inning. Sweets shortstop John Skrbec led off with a double before being moved to third on a sacrifice fly in the fourth, and he scored when the ball was thrown into the home dugout on the play for a 1-0 lead.
Medford responded in the bottom of the fourth with left fielder Matt Taylor’s lead-off double, and designated hitter Kevin Davidson singled to tie the game 1-1. Davidson ended his night going 3-for-4 at the plate with 3 RBI and a run scored.
Walla Walla took a 4-1 lead in the sixth inning when seven men came to the plate. Skrbec walked with one out and advanced to third on catcher Dominic Miroglio’s single, ending Rogues starter Mike Bradshaw’s night. He struck out three in 5 1/3 innings pitched, giving up three earned runs.
At 4-3 in the seventh, Teel also homered to tie the game, ending Arlt’s night. Arlt finished 6 1/3 innings while striking out five hitters, all of which were looking. Connor Lawhead pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief and got his second win of the year after the Sweets scored once in the eighth and once in the ninth.
Miroglio reached in the eighth on an error at shortstop. After moving to third base, he took home on a ball that got away from the catcher Teel, just a few feet in front of the plate, taking advantage and scoring the go-ahead run to make it a 5-4 game.
In the ninth, third baseman Jarod Gonzales hit a lead off triple before coming home to score on a passed ball. In the bottom of the inning, closer Sean-Luke Brija walked a man but struck out the side for his league-leading fourth save of the season.
The Sweets are at 5-4 as they kick off a home stand today. They face the Wenatchee AppleSox for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.
Sweets 6, Rogues 4
Walla Walla 000 103 011 — 6 8 0
Medford 000 102 100 — 4 10 2
HR — Medford: Davidson, Teel.
Hits — Walla Walla: Skrbec 2, Miroglio, Mendenhall 2, Paulson, O’Neil, Gonzales. Medford: Miles, Taylor, George, Davidson 3, Balta, Teel 2, Smith.