Furmaniak, Quintero lead Portland to victory

Humberto Quintero hit a one out walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning for the Beavers to give them a 5-4 victory. It was his first homer since May 13 and also extended his hitting streak to 11 games but the real difference maker was J.J. Furmaniak. <br><br> "If I have a couple of bad games where I am not hitting I still need to be able to hustle and maybe things like that will happen," Furmaniak said of his score from first on a routine fly out.

While Humberto Quintero gets the glory for his last minute heroics, J.J. Furmaniak is the man that may deserve the props for the win.

Furmaniak drew a two out walk in the eighth inning. On a lazy fly ball hit to the rightfielder that should have ended the inning, Furmaniak ran the bases hard as if it was a single in the gap. When the Todd Linden, the rightfielder, dropped the ball, Furmaniak was closing in on third. Furmaniak hustling all the way never slowed and scored the go ahead run, 4-3 at that point, on a close play at the plate.

"As soon as he hit it, I was running around the base paths and as I was rounding second I was still going pretty good and I saw our manager, Craig Colbert – I saw him waving me in," Furmaniak began, "And I was still going full speed as soon as he hit it. I thought initially the ball might have went to the wall or something. I didn't know what had happened.

"I guess it just hit off the edge of his glove and he tried to make a play at the plate and I slid in there before the tag. It was a real close one. I slid on the outside part of the bag and he tried to swipe tag and I got my foot in there."

It is one of those moments you can only hope to teach a player that goes through the system. Never take anything for granted, whether it is a grounder or fly ball. Very few major leaguers would have scored on that play and it is something that has been lost as the days go by.

But if you look at the boxscore, it is the type of play that would be missed.

"I have always taken pride in myself being a hustle guy," Furmaniak explains. "There are some things that guys can do better than me. I cant always get a hit everyday so I need to continue to hustle and hopefully things like that can happen – take that extra base here or there. Something like that can keep me in the lineup for a couple more days."

Lou Pote made his Portland debut, pitching the ninth inning and giving up a solo home run that turned a one run lead into a tie game. Despite the run allowed, Pote got the victory when Portland scored in the bottom of the ninth.

Since his return from San Diego, Justin Germano has not won a game in Portland. His ERA has also steadily risen from 1.54 to 4.68. On Sunday, Germano went 5.1 innings and gave up three runs on seven hits. He also hit two batters and was hit by a pitch himself. The last player he hit loaded the bases in the fifth and Germano allowed a single to the next batter before being yanked in favor of Bart Miadich who got the next two batters without a run crossing the plate. Miadich struck out four of the five batters he faced, including the side in the sixth. It was the fourth time he has struck out the side this year.

Xavier Nady homered for the third consecutive game on Sunday, all since returning from San Diego where he was called up for spot duty. He now has four in his last three games and has knocked in seven runs.

Ben Risinger hit his first homer of the season, coming in his 122nd at bat of the year. Only Bernie Castro has had more at bats without a homer, although Freddy Guzman is closing fast.

The Beavers managed to collect just three hits on the night and all left the park.

Dennis Tankersley was optioned back to Portland as the Padres activated Ramon Vasquez. Jake Gautreau was promoted and will help a now formidable lineup with all its parts back in place.

Denis Savage can be reached at denis@sandiegosports.net

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