Portland Beavers quotebook: April 6

Chase Headley off to a slow start

The Beavers suffered their first defeat of the season, losing to the Fresno Grizzlies 9-1. Portland fell behind early in part because of errors by Matt Antonelli and catcher Nick Hundley on the same play in the second inning. The Beavers offense wasn't much better, only scraping out four hits.

Top prospect Chase Headley went hitless and is now only 2-for-11 through the first three games. Headley, the Texas League Player of the Year in 2007, hit .330 in Double-A last season with 63 extra base hits.

This spring, Headley paced the Padres with 14 RBIs while batting .349 with four homers.

Manager Randy Ready on Headley's slow start:

"He'll be fine, I'm not worried about it. There's a couple of guys swinging the bat better than other guys, that's usually how it goes in the beginning of the season. If we were operating on all cylinders, we'd be rolling right into it.

"Guys will start finding their little niche and get it going a little bit and that's when it becomes contagious and we'll start hitting a little bit more consistently throughout the lineup."

Starter Cesar Ramos, making his first start of the year and Triple-A debut, only lasted 2 2/3 innings giving up four runs on three hits and four walks. It took the left-hander 85 pitches to record eight outs, and he left the game with two men on base.

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