Jack Cassel (5-6, 3.13), who threw a complete game win against opposing pitcher Henry Bonilla and the Bees just six days prior, got into trouble in the third. Four straight batters reached base, including a pair of two-run homeruns by Tommy Murphy (his first of the season) and revered prospect Brandon Wood. These four runs would prove to be all Salt Lake needed to prevail.
Following Wood’s homerun, Cassel retired 15 of the next 16 batters he faced, but Portland’s offense just could not pull ahead.
Catcher Pete Laforest jacked his eleventh homerun of the season in the bottom of the second inning to give Portland an early 1-0 lead. Craig Stansberry followed a Mike Sansoe double with a two-out triple in the fifth inning, and sizzling Brian Myrow followed with his second ground rule double of the game to score Stansberry. It would be the end of Portland’s offense for the game.
The Beavs left runners on in the bottom of the seventh and eighth innings and went down in order in the ninth to reliever Jason Bulger. Bulger picked up his second save of the year. The Beavers left seven runners on base in the game.
Despite being another engaging game it was equally discouraging for the Beavs who fell to 29-37 for the year, the lowest watermark for Portland thus far in 2007.