Rockies get split to stay even with TJs
Tim Hudson pitched well enough Wednesday night to win most NorthwestLeague games.
But the Southern Oregon right-hander from Auburn University was outdueledby Travis Thompson as the Portland Rockies gained a doubleheader split witha 2-0 win in the seven-inning second game at Miles Field and remained onegame ahead of the Timberjacks in the NWL's South Division.
The Timberjacks won the opener 12-3, which was resumed from a June 29suspended game with Southern Oregon leading 3-2 in the bottom of the fourthinning.
Hudson had limited the Rockies to two hits through six innings in thenightcap, but Michael Johns and Jerome Alviso singled to leadoff the seventh.After a balk and an intentional walk to Todd Sears to load the bases, Hudsonstruck out Jose Gonzales.
The Rockies got the game's first run when Whitey Schwartzbauer's highchopper to second baseman Adam Robinson was good for a run-scoring fielderchoice. Hudson was pulled after walking Jason Franklin, but reliever JaredJensen walked Efrain Alamo with the bases loaded to account for the secondrun.
The Timberjacks threatened in the bottom of the seventh, but Ara Petrosianstruck out Jose Figueroa with the bases loaded to record his league-leading12th save.
The Timberjacks wasted little time padding their 3-2 lead in the continuationof the suspended game. Southern Oregon opened the fourth with singles byAdam Robinson and Rodney Clifton and a walk to Brad Gorrie. One out later,Hipolito Martinez drilled an RBI single and Ed Farris followed with an RBIground out. Javier Flores drove in a run with a single and the Timberjacksscored its fourth run of the inning on the play on a throwing error by secondbaseman Johns.
The Timberjacks added to their lead with four more runs in the sixthinning. Martinez provided an RBI triple and Jose Figueroa added a two-runhomer to highlight the outburst.
Flores led Southern Oregon's 16-hit attack with a 4-for-5 effort andMartinez added three hits and three RBIs.
The Timberjacks complete the four-game home series with the Rockies at7:05 p.m. tonight. The teams continue their battle for the division titlewith a three-game series over the weekend in Portland.