Sky Sox long ball sinks Beavers

The Sky Sox season opening home run drought is over. Third baseman Juan Melo's sixth inning home run off Beavers reliever Jason Anderson started the Sky Sox home run barrage. His home run, the first Sky Sox long ball in 2005, to right field gave the Sky Sox a 6-4 lead. Sky Sox Catcher J.D. Closser's eighth inning blast gave the Sky Sox the lead, after the Beavers had tied the score on Catcher Jason Hill's two run homer in the sixth.

Carlos River's ninth inning grand slam off Beaver pitcher Ryan Meaux sealed the Sky Sox 12-6 win at PGE Park.

The Colorado Sky Sox totaled 15 hits in the win at PGE Park.

Justin Leone continued his season opening power surge, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Sky Sox bats. Leone who went two for three with a single, a walk and his fifth homer. His three run shot in the third inning was his fifth homer in the first seven games and brought the Beavers within one run. But it wasn't enough.

"I have been able to hit those mistake pitches," said Leone.

Leone has started the season on a tear with 12 hits in his first 25 at bats, 5 homers with 11 rbi's in the first seven games to start the season. This is by far his best season start.

Starter Mike Thompson had a rough first inning giving up five runs on five hits. He settled down nicely after the first inning giving up no runs and two hits in the final four innings of his start. Because of his pitch count, he was lifted after five innings. Portland pitching coach Gary Lance limits his pitchers to 85 pitches for their first three starts of the season.

" I was getting the ball up and everything I threw in that first inning they seemed to know what was coming and hit it hard," said Thompson. "After the first inning I relaxed threw my pitches."

Portland Catcher Ben Risinger was placed on the Disabled List with a sprained left ankle. Catcher Luke Carlin was brought up from Class AA Mobile to take his spot.

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