Thompson dominates Albuquerque to go 5-0

Veteran right-hander Mike Thompson improved his record to 5-0 for the season with an outstanding effort last night in the first game of an eight game home stand.

His outing, which was the longest of a Beaver starter this year, consisted of 7 1/3 innings of three hit, no run ball, with six strikeouts. He didn't walk a batter and lowered his ERA to very respectable 3.79. Overall, the league is hitting only .231 against him. He has a good strikeout to walk ratio having walked only eight while striking out 31 in 40 1/3 innings.

"We had good sequences with a slider and change up going pretty well. Fastball location was decent, and we got them off the plate and that was it" said Thompson.

Mike Thompson had to be good and was he ever. At one point, he retired 14 in a row and retired 20 of 21 batters. The Beavers only got one hit, a fourth inning home run by Manny Alexander.

Albuquerque came into Portland leading the league in hitting with a team batting average of .295 and was tied with the Beavers for third in the league in runs scored. The win was a record for the Beavers for winning with only one hit. The previous low for a Beaver victory was a two hit win vs. Tucson in April 2004.

Jon Adkins recorded his seventh save and continued his lights out relief pitching of not giving up a run in seven save situations since he came to the Beavers after having opened the season with the Padres. In 12 innings pitched he has given up only eight hits, striking out 11. The opposition is batting a meager .182 off him.

Justin Leone continued to struggle at the plate. In his last 10 games he has only 5 hits in 39 at bats, with 12 strikeouts, four RBI's and no home runs. His average has dropped to a season low .316.

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