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Beavers three-hit in 8-3 loss to division leaders

April 19, 2008 - Pacific Coast League (PCL1)
Portland Beavers News Release

PORTLAND, Ore. - A number of players have made substantial contributions to help the Salt Lake Bees to the best record in professional baseball thus far this season.

But Saturday night, it pretty much boiled down to two key figures.

Starter Nick Green tossed six no-hit innings and Matt Brown drove in four runs as the Bees ran their winning streak to seven in a row by beating the Portland Beavers 8-3 Saturday night at PGE Park.

The Bees improved to 15-1 on the season, moved to 9-0 on the road, and Green (2-0) beat Portland starter Arturo Lopez for the second time in a week.

It wasn't until there were two outs in the bottom of the eighth that the Beavers, who drew eight walks as a team, were finally able to notch their first hit - an RBI double by Brian Myrow, who has a nine-game hitting streak.

Green issued five walks and struck out two on his way to his second win over Portland. The right-hander beat Portland last Sunday, despite allowing 12 hits.

Reliever Jeff Kennard worked the seventh and carried the no-hit torch into the eighth before issuing a two-out walk to Chase Headley and yielding Myrow's shutout-squashing double.

Luke Carlin added a two-run homer off Matt Wilhite in the ninth, and Luis Rodriguez kept his season-opening hitting streak alive, stretching it to 12 games with a one-out triple in the final frame.

The loss snapped the Beavers' three-game winning streak and dropped them 7.5 games behind the Bees, whose only defeat this season came against Portland (7-8) at Franklin Covey Field in Salt Lake City.

Brown, the reigning PCL Batter of the Week, was 3-for-5 and hit a two-run double with the count full and two outs in the top of the first as the Bees took a quick 2-0 lead. His two-run homer upped it to 4-0 two innings later, and the Bees padded their lead with three more in the fourth, chasing Lopez (0-3), who gave up seven runs, seven hits and four walks, after 3 2/3 innings.

Brad Coon added an RBI single in the top of the eighth.

The Beavers and Bees meet in the second game of their series at PGE Park Sunday at 2:05 p.m.

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