Beavers pitching, notwithstanding a 1.80 ERA over the past seven straight wins (65IP), was shaken down for four earned runs over Saturday's matchup. Starter Tim Stauffer lasted only five innings, in spite of throwing 49 of 68 pitches for strikes and only walking one batsman while striking out five. Altogether, the Beavers staff did not give up more than one run in any of their opponent's four scoring innings. Lefty Eric Burke threw two innings of middle relief, fanning four batters, walking two (one of which was intentional) and allowing no runs.
Down 4-1 entering the bottom of the ninth, Terrmel Sledge led off by being hit by a pitch. Up next, Jon Knott reached second and Sledge reached third on a fielding error by Express second baseman, Brooks Conrad. David Matranga, who had a big night with a double, a single, and a run scored, then reached on a fielder's choice that saw Sledge pegged at home. A clutch single by Jason Hill produced his second hit and second RBI of the game. Pinch hitter Luke Carlin walked to load the bases with one out, but the Beavers could not produce again. Portland left the bases loaded and finished as a team with nine baserunners stranded. Round Rock maintains a 15-0 record when leading after seven innings. Despite a firework display following the game, on this night there wasn't a whole lot for Beaver fans to celebrate.