Houdini lurks in Portland, then disappears

PORTLAND- The ghost of Harry Houdini lurked last night at PGE Park, or so it seemed. Tim Stauffer, (3 –6) 4.41 ERA, took on the role of escape artist that would have made Houdini himself proud. &nbsp &nbsp

For four innings the escape routine worked.

Stauffer escaped jams in the first inning, second, and third innings giving up one run, unearned, but six on base through three innings. In the fourth Stauffer retired the side in order.

Stauffer continued to struggle in the fifth inning. He walked SS Stephen Drew to lead off the inning, hit RF Carlos Quentin. Scott Hairston then followed with a long home run, his 18th, to right center field. CF Chris Young doubled, Barden flied out and Hammock hit back to Stauffer for the final out to end the inning, but the damage had been done.

"He threw more pitches per inning than he wanted to," said pitching coach Gary Lance. "It wasn't one of his sharper games, but he gave us a chance to win."

Stauffer went six innings giving up four runs, three earned, on one walk, and two strikeouts.

In the bottom of the sixth, The Beavers still without a hit in the game, failed to score after Tucson starter Micah Owens, 1-0, lost the plate walking the bases loaded. He got Beavers 3rd basemen Paul McAnulty to hit into a inning ending double play to end the threat and the inning. The Beavers went hitless through six innings.

In the seventh, 2nd basemen Justin Leone struck out to begin the inning. Jack Cust got the Beavers first hit in the bottom of the seventh inning. In the eighth inning CF Ben Johnson hit his sixth home run of the season to put the Beavers in the scoring column.

Beavers threatened in the ninth. They loaded the bases with one out in the ninth on two singles and a hit batsman. Pinch hitter David Matranga and SS Manny Alexander struck out to end the threat and game.

Beavers have lost 11 of 14 games. Both teams left 18 men on base.

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