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Beavers Match Franchise Record With Eighth Straight Loss

September 1, 2009 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Portland Beavers News Release

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Jonathan Herrera hit a two-run single and Sal Fasano had three hits, including a pair of doubles, as the Colorado Springs Sky Sox sent the Portland Beavers to a franchise record-tying eighth straight loss with a 3-2 victory at Security Service Field Tuesday night.

Herrera's single keyed a three-run fifth for the Sky Sox (71-65), who started the day just a game ahead of the surging Tacoma Rainiers in the race for the Pacific North Division title.

Sky Sox starter Esmil Rogers (2-5) held Portland scoreless until the sixth inning, finishing his outing with two runs allowed on five hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings.

The Beavers set the current franchise mark (since 2001) by dropping eight consecutive games from Aug. 8-16 earlier this year.

After hitting .330 during the month of August, Chad Huffman continued his success into the Beavers' (57-81) first game of September with a 3-for-4 night, including a pair of doubles.

Portland's Josh Geer (2-5) rebounded from his shortest Triple-A outing of the season by pitching six innings and allowing three runs on six hits but suffered his fourth straight defeat.

Geer and Rogers carried a scoreless duel into the bottom of the fifth, when Colorado Springs touched up Geer for three runs. Christian Colonel led off with a single and Fasano doubled to set the table for Herrera, who singled up the middle to bring in the first two runs of the game. Herrera would later score when Matt Miller grounded into a force out.

The Beavers rebounded with two in the sixth, using a pair of sac flies by Valentino Pascucci and Mike Baxter to pull within a run.

But Damian Moss pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings and Matt Belisle protected the one-run lead and earned a two-inning save.

The Beavers and Sky Sox do battle again on Wednesday night at 5:05 p.m. (Pacific).

NOTES: Before the game, catcher Eliezer Alfonzo was recalled from Portland by the San Diego Padres and catcher Jason Hagerty and outfielder Jason Codiroli were transferred to the Beavers from Class A Eugene ... the Beavers have lost nine of their last 11 games in Colorado Springs ... entering the season, the Beavers' franchise record (since 2001) was seven straight losses, though the record was broken earlier this season ... Baxter extended his hitting to seven games with a single in the second inning.

Beavers Game File

TUESDAY'S GAME: Colorado Springs 3, Beavers 2

WINNING PITCHER: Rogers (2-5)

LOSING PITCHER: Geer (2-5)

SAVE: Belisle (7)

HOME RUNS: None

WEDNESDAY'S GAME: Portland (Cesar Ramos: 4-5, 3.72) at Colorado Springs (Russ Ortiz: 0-1, 5.40), 5:05 p.m. (Pacific); live audio broadcast on KKAD AM-1550 and www.portlandbeavers.com. Follow the Beavers on Twitter: www.twitter.com/PortlandBeavers.

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