Beavers fail to execute

Tim Stauffer isn't sharp but Portland pitching coach has high expectations for him. The Beavers leave men on base all night long. Luke Carlin homers. Walter Young says he still has work to do after his first multi-hit game of the year. Paul McAnulty played his first game at third base.

Tim Stauffer, a first round draft pick of the Padres in 2003, struggled to find the strike zone in his fourth start of the 2006 campaign. He went five innings giving up four hits, four runs, three walks, struck out four and hit one batter. "He was definitely out of sync," said pitching coach Gary Lance. "He had no command of his stuff tonight."

Stauffer is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 21.2 innings. The league is hitting .289 against him this year.

According to Lance, Stauffer didn't have good location on his pitches while warming up in the bullpen and it carried over into the game.

"He's got to learn to get it done when things don't line up," said Lance.

The Beavers failed to capitalize on scoring opportunities in the seventh and ninth innings.

In the seventh, second baseman Bobby Hill and outfielder Terrmel Sledge led off with walks. Justin Leone stuck out and Paul McAnulty hit into an inning ending double play. In the ninth, the Beavers loaded the bases with two out only to have designated hitter Jon Knott look at a called third strike to end the game.

The Beavers left 13 men on base, eight of them in scoring position.

Catcher Luke Carlin, playing in just his fourth game since being called up from the Mobile BayBears of the Southern League, went 2-for-3 with his first homerun in Triple-A ball.

"I don't hit a lot of homeruns, said Carlin. "But when I do, it feels great."

Walter Young had his firs multi-hit game going 2-for-4 with two hard hit singles. It was his first multi-hit game since August 31, 2005 when he played for the Ottawa Linx in the International League.

"I have a lot of work to do," said Young. "But it's coming."

McAnulty hit in his sixth straight game with a single in the first inning and played his first game at third base, not committing any errors. Leone switched over to shortstop for the game and had two errors.


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