Carrillo, Beavers Shut Down River Cats, 3-1
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Cesar Carrillo pitched six strong innings and Mike Baxter continued his hot hitting as the Portland Beavers defeated the Sacramento River Cats 3-1 at Raley Field Tuesday night.
Carrillo (1-0) gave the Beavers (6-7) yet another solid performance, carrying a one-hitter into the seventh and finishing with one run on two hits and three walks across six-plus innings. Carrillo got his first Triple-A victory in his 14th career attempt at the level, and kept his ERA at a minuscule 1.15 after three starts this season.
Coming off a four-hit performance on Sunday, Baxter went 2-for-4 with a triple, stolen base and a run scored, while Chris Denorfia and Sean Kazmar each tallied two hits for the Beavers, who won their third straight over Sacramento (7-6). Craig Stansberry drew his 169th career walk as a Beaver, tying him with Jon Knott for the franchise record (since 2001).
Lenny DiNardo (0-3) lost his third straight start, going 5.1 innings and giving up three runs on six hits while striking out five and walking one.
Josh Donaldson drove in the River Cats' only run with a single in the seventh.
Baxter tripled to lead off the fourth and scored on Denorfia's RBI single.
Stansberry worked a two-out walk in the fifth, then stole second and scored on a single by Kazmar.
Portland added another run in the sixth on doubles by Denorfia and Aaron Cunningham, both former River Cats.
Sacramento finally got to Carrillo in the seventh and had an opportunity to put up a crooked number. Chris Carter singled, Jack Cust walked and Michael Taylor reached on a fielding error by the third baseman Stansberry to start things off. Reliever Ryan Webb came in and, after allowing an RBI single to Donaldson, induced a pop-up and punched out the next two hitters to escape the jam.
Ernesto Frieri retired the three batters he faced in the ninth for his second save.
The Beavers and River Cats continue their four-game series on Wednesday with an early 11:35 a.m. (Pacific) start.
NOTES: Baxter went 4-for-5 in his last game on Sunday at Fresno, and with Tuesday's effort, has six hits in his last nine at-bats ... Webb extended his season-opening scoreless streak to eight innings ... the Beavers added two stolen bases to raise their league-leading total to 23 through 13 games.
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