Isotopes Shoot Blanks While Beavers Blast Off

The Beavers extended their current win streak to five tonight with a convincing 5-0 blanking of the Albuquerque Isotopes. Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that the Beav's haven't allowed a run in 22 straight innings dating back to the eighth inning, May 8th against Fresno.

On Tuesday, Mike Thompson pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings before relievers Jason Anderson and Jon Adkins finished off the ‘Topes. Tonight it was Jack Cassel notching his first win in his second start of the season hurling five strikeouts and giving up five hits in 6 1/3 innings.

This counts as the Bevo's first back-to-back shutout since blanking Colorado Springs in a double header August 13, 2005. Interestingly, tonight's starter, Jack Cassel started in the second shut out of that series as well.

"When you see a guy pitch well the night before, it's contagious, just like they say hitting is contagious," Cassel commented, referring to Thompson's performance the previous night. He was also quick to attribute the success to infield synchronicity, "Carlin and I were on the same page for the most part and I had great infield defense."

Manager Craig Colbert is obviously pleased with Cassel and the team's performance of late.

"We've got two straight shutouts against the leading hitters in the league," he stated with satisfaction. "Jack's been around for three or four years so I know what he's got, but tonight, his slider was just nasty."

While last night's win was due to a sole run, tonight the offense was in the house as Portland combined for ten hits and five runs. Several batters shrugged off recent slumps including Justin Leone (2-for-4) who went into the game hitting .161 over the last sixteen games and Bobby Hill (3-for-4) who was .118 over the last seven games.

Asked about his recent woes at the plate Hill responded, "Everyone goes through slumps. They come and go, but the weird thing was I was feeling good going through it. Usually you feel terrible when you're slumping." Hill hit 3-for-4 once previously this year, April 9 against Sacramento, rapped only one three hit game in 2005, August 8, against Toledo.

Also of note, closing pitcher Brian Sikorski burned five strikeouts in two innings, Paul McAnulty drilled a dinger to right field on the first pitch of the fourth inning and Terrmel Sledge went 3-for-4 with a single, two doubles and two RBI's.

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