Beavers sweep doubleheader

Steve Watkins

Portland, OR-- Pete Laforest homers in both halves, as Steve Watkins and Clay Hensley provide solid outings to pave the way to a Portland sweep over the Sale Lake Bees.

Beavers take game 1 of doubleheader 6-2

Portland, OR-- Portland's first game of their Friday night doubleheader was picked up in the bottom of the fourth inning after having been suspended by rain on May 2nd in Portland. The two teams resumed the game in a 2-2 tie. The Beavers two runs came on solo homeruns by Jack Cust and Craig Stansberry.

Neither of the teams' two original starters returned to the mound. Steve Watkins (2-0, 3.64) came in to relieve Mike Thompson who had allowed two runs on five hits through four innings of work. Steven Shell (3-0, 4.37) took over for Kasey Olenberger who had tossed three innings, allowing two runs on three hits.

Shell got shelled in the fourth inning, and the damage was enough to lead the Beavers to a 6-2 win over the Bees. Royce Huffman led off the inning with a ground-rule double that took a flying bounce over the fence in right-center field. Huffman advanced to third base on Brian Myrow's deep fly ball out to Terry Evans in right field, and came in to score when Ray Chang fouled out to first base. Huffman was able to score when Salt Lake second baseman Adam Pavcovich and first baseman Mike Elyward collided trying to make the catch on Chang's popup. Following a bases empty, two out walk to Vincent Sinisi, Beavers catcher Pete Laforest sent a ball flying deep over the center field fence to extend Portland's lead to 5-2.

The Beavers tacked on another run in the seventh inning to give them their final 6-2 margin. Josh Howard led off the inning with a single to centerfield. Howard stole second base, his eighth steal of the season, and was subsequently driven home by Huffman's second ground-rule double of the game. Huffman's double was hit off Alex Serrano who had just come in to relieve Shell.

Steve Watkins pitched beautifully and picked up the win. Watkins pitched all five innings that remained in the game, making it his longest outing of the year. Watkins shut down the powerful Salt Lake offense, allowing no runs on just two hits. Only one runner reached scoring position in Watkins' five innings of work.

Shell was credited with his first loss of the season, as he gave up four earned runs through just 3.1 innings of work. Shell has not allowed more than four runs, and not gone longer than four innings in any outing this year.

Game Notes:
- Paul McAnulty was optioned to Portland from San Diego on Friday as the Padres called up third baseman Chase Headley from Double-A San Antonio
- Huffman has hit safely in eight of his last nine games

Beavers sweep doubleheader with 4-3 win over Salt Lake

Portland, OR— Portland's offense persevered in a back-and-forth battle with Salt Lake to pull out a 4-3 win and sweep the doubleheader Friday night.

The Bees jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the third inning when Brandon Wood led off the inning by mashing a double over the head of Mike Sansoe in left field. Wood advanced to third on a single by Terry Evans, and scored on Clay Hensley's fifth wild pitch of the season.

The Bees and Beavers traded leads in the fourth and fifth innings. Portland pulled ahead 2-1 after Brian Myrow's ground ball to first base went right through the wickets of Salt Lake's Mike Eylward. Pete Laforest followed by belting his second two-run homer of the night into left-center field.

Salt Lake answered back with a two-run homer of their own in the top half of the fifth, giving them the 3-2 lead. With two outs, Kendry Morales lined a single into center field. Evans stepped to the plate and cracked his tenth homerun of the season over the centerfield fence.

Portland took the lead again in the bottom half of the frame, scoring two runs on only one hit while facing Salt Lake reliever Greg Jones. With one out, Adam Shabala laid down a perfect bunt single down the third baseline. Jones then issued a walk to Sansoe. Sinisi reached base on a catcher interference call which loaded the bases with one out. Jones walked Craig Stansberry, which brought Shabala in to score and tie the game 3-3. Brian Myrow followed with a sacrifice fly to left field, which brought home the go ahead run and gave the Beavers a 4-3 lead.

Portland was able to hold their fragile lead by receiving dominant outings from Andrew Brown and Scott Cassidy. Hensley was relieved by Brown in the sixth inning after hitting the first batter he faced. Brown proceeded to strike out the side in order. Brown's fastball topped out at 96 MPH and was complimented by a 79 MPH breaking ball.

Cassidy came on in the seventh to close out the game for the Beavers. The save was Cassidy's third of the season.

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