Beavers manage just three hits in loss

Beavers third basemen Justin Leone accounted for all the offense the Beavers could muster in a last night's 3-1 loss to the Colorado Sky Sox to even their record at .500. After winning three of four from the Sacramento River Cats to start the season, the Beavers have gone on to lose three of four to the last place Sky Sox, ending the season opening home stand on a disappointing note.

Beavers starting pitcher Mario Ramos took the loss after pitching five innings of four hit ball. He struck out six, walked none and gave up no earned runs, but end up the losing pitcher due to an erratic Beaver defense.

Ramos' lone run was scored in the Sky Sox fifth. With the base loaded, Sky Sox SS Omar Quintanilla hit a ball to Dave Matranga who stabbed the ball going far to his left, he threw the ball across his body into the dirt, first basemen Paul McAnulty was unable to scoop the ball for the out and a unearned run scored. Ramos was able to get out of any further damage by striking out left fieldwe Ryan Spilborghs to end the inning.

The lone Portland threat came in their half of the seventh. Leone singled to open the inning, and after Jon Knott flew out to center fielder Sean Barker, McAnulty and Jason Hill walked to load the bases. Matranga then grounded out scoring Leone. Pinch-hitter Eric Valent struck out to end the inning.

Sky Sox starter Justin Hampson did Ramos one better by going six innings giving up no runs, one hit, walked three, and struck out four.

Justin Leone's three hits raised his average to .517. He has hit safely in eight straight games to open the season.

The Beavers' relief corps continues to be a problem. Aquilino Lopez surrendered a homer to Barker in the seventh, the second batter he faced on the night and Brian Sikorski allowed a run in his first inning of work.

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