Ketchner's Curse Continues

Portland, OR—Portland dropped their series opener to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 3-1 on Saturday night. Despite receiving another quality outing from starter Ryan Ketchner, the Beavers' offense was baffled by Colorado Springs starter Ubaldo Jimenez (5-4, 6.55) and a crew of four relief pitchers.

Lefty Ryan Ketchner (0-8, 4.58), still in search of his first Triple-A win, made his team-leading fifteenth start of the season. In his eight losses, the Beavers offense has scored just 11 runs. Through seven innings of work, Ketchner threw 95 pitches, 70 of them for strikes.

Jimenez kept the Portland offense off balance by effectively mixing speeds. His fastball was consistently clocked between 96-98 MPH, which he complimented with a 73-76 MPH curveball. Jimenez is widely considered on of the top prospects in the Rockies system

The Beavers and Sky Sox exchanged single runs in the fourth inning. Both scores came on leadoff solo homeruns to left field. Clint Barmes bashed his third dinger of the season off the ivy clad cinder blocks in left field, giving Colorado the 1-0 lead. Portland answered back in the bottom half of the frame, however, when Royce Huffman hit a laser over the left field fence. The blast was Huffman's fourth of the season and tied the game 1-1.

Colorado Springs took a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning when Jayson Nix was singled home by first baseman Joe Koshansky, who is ranked fifth in the league in RBI with 56, and eighth in batting average at .325.

After putting two men on with no outs in the sixth inning, Jimenez was relieved by left-hander Josh Newman (0-0, 7.20)

Adrian Burnside made his Beavers debut coming on to replace Ketchner in the eighth inning. The Sky Sox put a man in scoring position after Burnside plunked Sean Barker who subsequently stole second base with one out. Luckily for the Beavers, right-fielder Josh Howard made a spectacular sliding catch down the right field line to get Portland out of the inning unscathed.

The Sky Sox tacked on an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning, stretching their lead to 3-1. After getting two quick outs, Burnside allowed two runners to reach base and was relieved by Frank Brooks. Brooks walked the first two batters he faced on nine pitches. The first walk he issued loaded the bases, and the second forced home Colorado Spring's third run of the game. Nix was credited with an RBI with his walk.

Game Notes:

-On Friday, the Beavers paced shortstop Oscar Robles on the DL with a left wrist fracture and added outfielder Josh Alley to the roster from Single-A Lake Elsinore
- Colorado Springs is ranked second in the PCL in total offense while Portland is ranked dead last
- Ketchner did not issue a walk in his seven innings of work
- Ketchner set the Beavers single season consecutive loss record (8) Saturday night
- Brian Myrow is 37-for-92 over his last 27 games to raise his average from .190 to .324
- Royce Huffman is hitting .376 (26-for-69) in 18 June games

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