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Young missed several chances
Young missed several chances

Posted Apr 7, 2006

In the Portland Beavers’ opening day game against the Sacramento River Cats, the team got off to a slow start with shaky hitting and uneven pitching.

The Beavs fell behind (4-0) before rallying behind the bats of Freddy Guzman, Jack Cust and Bobby Hill. Guzman, the team’s no. 10 prospect and leadoff hitter, went 2-for-4, scoring once. In the first inning, Guzman ripped a second pitch single but was thrown out leading off first. He landed on first again in the sixth on a grounder and scored on a single by Jack Cust.

Jack Cust proved the game’s big man going 2-for-4 with three RBIs including a game-tying homer in the eighth that scored Paul McAnulty who’d reached first via a walk.

“I was seeing the ball well tonight,” Cust said after the game. “ I got a good look at it as it came out of his hand and just put the barrel on it,” he continued, referring to the two run blast.

Bobby Hill also went 2-for-4, including a stand up double in the third on a full count with two outs. He was walked in the sixth but was left stranded by Walter Young (0-for-3) on a bases loaded double play. Hill also ripped an eighth inning single that scored Jason Hill who’d gotten on base with an RBI double scoring Justin Leone.

Young proved disappointing with two opportunities to score runners, one with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth. Trying too hard to clear the park, Young closed the inning by getting doubled up with a grounder. Paul McAnulty also failed to score runners with the bases loaded in the sixth, but worked pitcher Randy Kiesler for ten hurls before striking out.

Tim Stauffer started and held the mound for five innings, giving up three runs in the second from a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly and one in the fourth on a RBI single. He seemed risky from the second inning on as the River Cats were able to connect with just about everything he presented, but managed to stay alive on solid support from the field.

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