Carrillo roughed up, literally

Portland, OR – A seemingly vacant scorecard told the story for the Beavers tonight at PGE Park as the Salt Lake Bees pitching staff dominated a tired Beavers offense; and the Bees offense put up double-digit hits in a 9-2 rout. An airport delay caused the Beavers to arrive home ten hours later than expected and miss pre-game routine workouts and, most likely, good rest.

Opening up their second home stand of the season, the Portland Beavers (10-13) and Cesar Carrillo welcomed the Salt Lake Bees (14-10) to town for the first of a four-game series Monday night. Carrillo, who has yet to post a win in five starts this season, was roughed up and frustrated from the beginning.

Three first inning hits that all barely squeezed past the gloves of the Beaver defense led to a 1-0 lead that the Bees would not give up. Nathan Haynes' double was a liner that short hopped off the glove of right fielder Vince Sinsi, while Tommy Murphy and Kendry Morales' singles were both knocked down by Luis Cruz, diving at shortstop, but escaped into the outfield. This led to the frustrating start for Carrillo.

That frustration wasn't all the problems Carrillo would face, though. After another single by Haynes in the second inning that plated two runs on a throwing error by Adam Shabala, Carrillo threw a first pitch ball to the next batter and immediately signaled to pitching coach Gary Lance. After a brief visit, he pulled Carrillo from the game.

"He had a little soreness in his arm, so the best thing to do was go ahead and get him out of there and let him get seen," said manager Rick Renteria. "He'll be reevaluated and we'll see where he's at tomorrow. As it stands right now, I couldn't tell you quite frankly what it is."

Carrillo, who was sidelined last season due to a lingering strain on his pitching arm, has struggled this season. In his five starts, he has posted a 0-2 record with an 8.62 ERA. He has allowed 14 walks and 22 hits in 14.2 innings of work this season. Questions about whether last season's injury had anything to do with his early struggles have been debunked by Lance.

In Carrillo's last start against Colorado Springs on April 23, he exited after one inning because of a rain delay. In his April 18 start, Carrillo looked better when he allowed just one hit and one earned run in five innings against Sacramento, but struggled to find the zone, as he has all season, walking five batters.

Steve Watkins, who started the season on the disabled list, entered in relief of Carrillo. He didn't fair well, giving up two more runs in his 2.1 innings, with three hits and four walks. Jack Cassel also gave up two more runs in the fifth inning. A single to left, error at third by Brett Dowdy, and a walk all came with one out. Murphy then hit a ground ball to Craig Stansberry, at second base, who flipped to Luis Cruz for the start of a run saving double play. But, Cruz bobbled the ball on the transfer, which allowed the run to score. Another run scored on a passed ball to increase the Bees lead to 7-1.

A Cruz homer to left field to lead off the third inning accounted for the only Beaver run through the first eight innings. Salt Lake starting pitcher, Jonathon Rouwenhorst, picked up his second win of the season, and first as a starter, by holding the Beavers to just three hits and one run in five innings of work. He has appeared in nine games this season, mostly in relief, as this start was just his second of the season. In his only other start, Rouwenhorst lasted just three innings, giving up eight hits and four runs.

The Salt Lake bullpen held the Beavers mostly in check for the rest of the game, as Jason Bulger and Alex Serrano pitched two innings apiece to close the door. Serrano allowed one hit to Stansberry in the ninth that scored Jack Cust, who reached on a walk. The three Bees pitchers combined to strikeout 12 batters tonight.

The Beavers looked a step slower and a little out of sync in tonight's game, which could have been due to the late arrival to the ballpark this afternoon. The delay at the airport caused some players to not get to the field until after 3pm. Because of this, the players did not get their usual hitting and fielding practice prior to the game.

"We were a little tired and we'll just leave it at that," said Renteria. "Tomorrow is a new day, we'll get after it and make sure to get some good rest tonight."

It wasn't until around the sixth inning that the Beavers were able to settle down and look comfortable on defense, as Cassel led the way in shutting down the Salt Lake offense for the rest of his four innings. But, the Beaver offense never found its groove and finished the night with just four hits.


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