Bats Come Alive as Carrillo, Beavers Top Nashville, 6-2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Craig Stansberry had two hits, including a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth inning, and the Portland Beavers pounded out 13 hits to help Cesar Carrillo win his third straight start with a 6-2 victory over the Nashville Sounds at Herschel Greer Stadium Tuesday night.
Carrillo (4-2) set season highs with six strikeouts and seven innings while allowing two runs on five hits, and did not walk a batter for the first time this season. He has won three straight outings and has come away victorious in all three of his road starts in 2010.
Luis Durango had three hits and Stansberry, Mike Baxter, Lance Zawadzki and Aaron Cunningham each had two to lead the 13-hit Beavers attack - their highest total since April 18 at Fresno.
The Beavers (17-22) earned a split in the four-game series with Nashville (23-15), which owns the PCL's second-best mark.
Chris Capuano (1-1), who tossed eight shutout innings against Tacoma in his first outing of the season last Thursday, fanned seven Beavers but was hit around for four runs (3 earned) on 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings.
The Beavers got to Capuano in the fourth with three straight hits to start the frame. Sean Kazmar doubled to left, moved to third on Baxter's single and scored on Craig Cooper's single and team-leading 22nd RBI. Capuano settled down to get the first two outs of the inning, but Cunningham knocked in Baxter with a single to put Portland up by two.
With two outs and a man on in the bottom of the fourth, Nashville's Adam Heether lined a triple to center to get the Sounds on the board. Norris Hopper followed with an infield single to short that scored Heether.
Portland tallied two more runs in the sixth. Nashville shortstop and former Beaver Luis Cruz misplayed a one-out grounder by Cooper before Zawadzki ripped a double down the left-field line. Stansberry cashed in for the Beavers, lacing a single to right that scored both runners.
Zawadzki and Stansberry led off the eighth inning with singles and moved up a base on Cunningham's sac bunt. Chris Stewart earned an RBI with a sac bunt to score Zawadzki and later in the inning, Durango singled home Stansberry to give the Portland bullpen a four-run cushion.
After an off-day Wednesday, the Beavers begin an eight-game homestand on Thursday night when they face the Oklahoma City RedHawks at PGE Park at 7:05 p.m. (Pacific).
NOTES: The Beavers have lost just one series to Nashville since returning to the PCL in 2001. The Sounds won two-of-three in Nashville, Aug. 13-15, 2002 ... Carrillo had walked at least two batters in every start this season ... Durango leads the Beavers with 14 multi-hit games this season, including seven three-hit efforts ... since being optioned from San Diego on Saturday, Zawadzki has five hits in nine at-bats over three games ... Capuano had not allowed a run in 11 innings this season until Portland scored twice in the fourth.
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