Thompson, Portland lose to Salt Lake 8-5

Portland, OR— A rocky first inning for Portland starter Mike Thompson gave Salt Lake an early lead the Beavers would never recover from. After the Bees first inning hit parade, Thompson settled down and went seven complete innings. In his last six innings of work, Thompson allowed two hits and faced just two batters over the minimum.

Salt Lake jumped out to a huge 5-0 lead in the first inning. Leadoff batter Casey Smith came in to score on Brandon Wood's ground rule double off the batter's eye in center field. Adam Pavkovich, who reached on an error by third baseman Royce Huffman, was driven home by Nick Gorneault's groundout to shortstop. The Bees scoring streak was highlighted by Jeff Mathis' three-run homer off the ivy covered cinder blocks in left-center field. Given the situation, the Beavers odds of winning were slim from the start since Salt Late is 34-6 when scoring four or more runs this year.

With the help of Salt Lake starter Jonathon Rouwenhorst (5-2, 4.41), Portland closed the gap to 5-2 in the second inning by scoring two runs. With runners on first and second base, Frank Menechino singled into center, plating Huffman from second. A single off the bat of Oscar Robles loaded the bases with one out. After striking out Mike Sansoe, Rouwenhorst issued a free pass to Craig Stansberry which forced home the Beavers second run of the inning.

Thanks to two defensive miscues by Salt Lake, Portland tacked on an unearned run in the fourth inning, tightening the score 5-3. After Pete Laforest walked to leadoff the inning, Menechino and Sansoe reached on fielding errors by shortstop Gary Patchett and third baseman Brandon Wood. With the bases loaded, Paul McAnulty singled to drive in Laforest from third base. The Beavers threatened again in the fifth inning, however their bases loaded, one-out opportunity was thwarted when Robles lined out to Patchett at shortstop who doubled off Vincent Sinisi by stepping on second base.

Aaron Rakers took the bump in the eighth inning to relieve Thompson. Pavkovich tagged Rakers' very first pitch of the inning off PGE Park's manual scoreboard in center field and pushed Salt Lake's lead to 6-3. Rakers stayed on to work the ninth for the Beavers and got ripped again. With one on and one out, Ryan Budde smoked his third homerun of the season over the left field wall, extending the Bees' lead to 8-3.

Chris Resop (1-3, 5.86) relieved Rouwenhorst in the sixth inning and pitched three perfect innings for Salt Lake. The Beavers attempted a comeback in the ninth inning while facing Salt Lake's closer Marcus Gwynn (1-0, 1.36). After loading the bases with one out, Sansoe came in to score on Huffman's fielder's choice to second base. Portland tacked on one more run when McAnulty dashed home to score on an infield single by Sinisi, bringing the final score to 8-5.

Game Notes:
- Portland left 11 men on base, six in scoring position
- Beavers third baseman Royce Huffman committed both of the Beavers errors Saturday night. He has been charged with three errors in the past two days and has 15 on the year (nine more than any other player on the team)
- Portland's leadoff batter reached in six of nine innings.
- Six of Salt Lake's eight runs batted in came from homeruns.
- Outfielder Adam Shabala was released when Paul McAnulty arrived in Portland. Shabala had a .167 batting average, and ranked last on the team in on-base-plus-slugging with .516.


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