MAZATLÁN — After a few days of enjoying beautiful Mazatlán, the Pickles squared off against a talented Venados team on Wednesday, October 9th. In their first ever international matchup, your Portland Pickles competed well, but ultimately couldn’t pull off a victory against the Mazatlán Venados, going down 5-1. Despite the loss, the night was still a Gran Éxito (big success) in front of a crowd of 9,000 fans. The Pickles represented Portland well and hope to rematch the Venados in 2020.
The Pickles started off slow, striking out early and often, but eventually got into their groove and competed. Thomas Lampkin had a great performance, doubling to right field to break up the Venados’ no-hit bid and sparking the Pickles’ offense.
Perhaps the best part of the historic night: 4 local Mexican players that played for the Pickles in a live tryout, were all selected to join the Pickles in the summer of 2020. Pictured below are winners Jesus Gonzalo Ledesma Velasco (17 years old), Jesus Enrique Rios Vazquez (17 years old), Portland tryout winner Mark Triolo, Moises Congo Gil (18 years old) and Ithan Jahir Lopez Olivia (20 years old).
Tryout winner and catcher Ithan Olivia told the Pickles:
The Pickles and Venados are currently working to secure visas for the four players.
The Pickles had strong pitching, with community tryout winner Mark Triolo allowing 1 earned run through 3 2/3 innings. Stud pitcher Max Beatty struck out the first Venados hitter of the night, to the pleasure of Ron, the K man.
Another notable performance was by Clint Coulter, who hit a double and scored on a fielder’s choice. Several Pickles legends, including Matt Hardy and Joey Cooper, also took part in the action. Cooper had this to say, “My experience in Mazatlán blew my expectations out of the water, as a whole everything was phenomenal. The baseball environment was one I’ll never forget. I can’t wait to come back.”
Dillon was able to meet with his friend Venny the Venado for the first time since June. Check out this video for more on that: