Beavers Split Doubleheader With The Nashville Sounds
Mike Baxter tallied three hits, including a home run, to propel the Portland Beavers to a 4-3 win and Chris Waters pitched six shutout innings for a 2-0 Nashville Sounds victory as the two teams split a doubleheader at Herschel Greer Stadium Monday night.
Baxter, who played collegiately at nearby Vanderbilt, slugged his third home run of the season in game one while Chris Stewart hit a home run in game two for the Beavers (16-22).
Drew Anderson had two hits and an RBI in game one and Trent Oeltjen recorded a combined three hits and two RBIs between the two games for the Sounds (23-14).
Monday's doubleheader featured two seven-inning games due to a postponement of Sunday's game caused by rain.
Beavers game one starter Josh Geer (1-4) pitched five innings, allowing three runs on nine hits and one walk in his first win of the season.
Game one Sounds starter Kameron Loe (4-2) gave up four runs on seven hits and one walk in 5 2/3 innings.
The Beavers got on the board in the first inning of game one when Craig Cooper drove in Sean Kazmar, who had earlier singled, to give the Beavers an early 1-0 lead.
The Sounds jumped ahead 2-1 when Oeltjen and Adam Heether each hit RBI singles in the third inning.
Mike Baxter and Lance Zawadzki each hit solo home runs in the fourth inning to give the Beavers a 3-2 lead. It marked the first time two Beavers players had hit a home run in the same inning this season.
The Sounds evened the game at 3-3 when Anderson hit a line-drive double to center field, driving in Luis Cruz from second base.
Zawadzki broke the tie in the sixth inning when he reached on an error by Cruz at second base, scoring Baxter from third.
Ernesto Frieri pitched a perfect seventh inning to seal the game one victory for the Beavers, earning his eighth save of the season.
In game two, Sounds starter Waters (4-1) pitched six shutout innings, giving up only four hits and striking out six for his fourth win of the season.
Back-to-back doubles to lead off the third inning of game two by Ray Olmedo and Oeltjen produced the first run of the game. Joe Koshansky later drove in Oeltjen with a single to right field to give the Sounds a 2-0 lead.
Stewart hit his third home run of the season in the seventh inning for the only Beavers run of game two.
Sean Gallagher (0-1), the game two starter for the Beavers, gave up five hits and struck out five in three innings.
Chris Smith recorded his PCL-leading 13th save of the season to close out game two for the Sounds.
The Beavers and Sounds meet again Tuesday at 5:05 p.m. (Pacific) in the finale of their four-game set at Herschel Greer Stadium.
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