Fresno Grizzlies tear into the Beavers.

In an uninspired performance marked by both ineffective hitting and pitching, the Beavers fell to the Fresno Grizzlies 8-3. The Bevos managed only four hits and three runs all night. When players did reach base it was usually via walks, but the team was unable to convert those opportunities to runs, ultimately stranding 11 men.

"Guys are getting impatient," commented manager Craig Colbert. "We've just gotta get some hits when guys are on base."

Paul McAnulty, who had been nurturing a nine-game hitting streak failed to reach ten, going (0-3) tonight, but reaching base safely on a walk in the fourth. McAnulty had double digit hitting streaks in 2005 (16 games), in 2004 (12 games) and reached base safely via a hit or walk in 22 games from May 26-June 20, 2003.

Jack Cust is carving out quite a niche as a walker, racking up 17 so far this season. Tonight he walked once, reached base after being hit by a pitch and managed to add an RBI single in the fifth and a sacrifice fly that scored Eric Valent in the seventh. Valent reached base on a ground rule double that bounced over the centerfield wall. Cust led the Ottawa Lynx and was fifth in the International League in walks during the 2004 season. He tied for 14th in the league in 2003.

Going into the game with 93 walks for the season and 17 in the previous two games alone, the Beavers added another seven tonight and rank second in the league, behind Sacramento, in the category.

The game fell apart in the fifth inning when Beavers starting pitcher Tim Stauffer suffered a pummeling under the Grizzly's bats. The right hander gave up a single, a double and two homers before catcher Jason Hill threw out Tomas DeLaRosa attempting to steal second to end the inning. Stauffer returned in the sixth and immediately had his bell rung by Dan Ortmeir who dialed long distance on his second pitch. Stauffer last gave up three homers August 13, 2004 against Salt Lake.

Colbert commented that he didn't pull the struggling pitcher sooner "because he cruised through the first four innings and he'd only thrown 64 pitches."


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