Opening day starter, Tim Stauffer labored through five innings giving up eight hits, four earned runs, and two walks, while striking out four.
“My stuff was average at best, but it’s early,” said starting pitcher Tim Stauffer. “But more importantly the bullpen came in and held them scoreless and we came back for the win.”
The Portland bullpen held the RiverCats to four innings of one hit ball. Closer Jon Adkins recorded his first save of the season. It was his first save since June 13, 2003 when he was playing for Charlotte of the International League and just the third save of his minor league career.
First Baseman Paul McAnulty went 0-for-2 with a walk. His eighth inning lead off, nine pitch, walk started the winning rally ahead of left fielder Jack Cust’s blast over the center field wall to tie the score. Portland went on the to win behind SS Ricky Gutierrez’s eighth inning single.