Portland Eliminated, Mobile moves on

Portland lost their playoff series on Saturday, effectively ending their season. Tim Stauffer allowed five earned runs for the first time since joining the Beavers. Mobile moved on to play in the Championship Series of the Southern League with a 7-1 win over Birmingham.

Portland lost 5-2

Tim Stauffer hadn't allowed five earned runs in a game during his regular season with Portland. The most he had allowed was four earned on two separate occasions. He gave up five runs, all earned, on Saturday. He lasted five innings and allowed six hits while walking three. He also hit two batters. Stauffer ended the season losing his last three decisions – regular season included.

Jon Knott went 2-for-3 with two doubles and was one of two Beavers to have a hit in all four games (Humberto Quintero). He drove in both runs for Portland with hits in the first and third. Knott drove in seven of the Beavers 16 runs in the series.

In 90 games during the season, Bernie Castro struck out 30 times. The last time he had whiffed twice in a game was May 27. In four games of playoff action, Castro struck out at least two times in every game. He whiffed ten times in the four games played and twice struck out three times in a game after not doing it a single time during the regular season.

Quintero was the only Beaver not to strike out and Yamid Haad whiffed all four times he came to bat. As a team, the Beavers struck out 16 times.

The bullpen ended the series on a high note. They did not allow a run over their last ten innings of work and allowed two runs in 16.2 innings of work in the four game series.

Mobile won 7-1

Mike Thompson brought his solid end to the season into the playoffs. He went six innings and allowed one run on four hits and two walks. A double, error and single began the game for Thompson but he quickly settled down and he didn't allow another hit until the fifth inning. Thompson has allowed seven earned runs over his last six starts and he has won his last five decisions.

Jesse Roman who replaced Greg Sain after he struck out looking to end the second inning swatted a three run homer. It gave Roman more RBI's in the one game than he had in his previous 26 games combined.

Paul McAnulty led the Beavers with three hits, the second time this series he has had three hits. He leads the team in playoff batting average at .471.

R.D. Spiehs and Dale Thayer pitched in each of the three Mobile wins, going six innings and allowing just one run between them.

Mobile will open the Southern League Championship Series Monday night in Sevierville, Tennessee against the Tennessee Smokies in the start of a best-of-five series. David Pauley, recalled from Lake Elsinore will make his Mobile debut. After game two on Tuesday, the series will move to Mobile for game three on Wednesday at Hank Aaron Stadium. Games four and five (if necessary) will be played in Mobile Thursday and Friday.

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