Denorfia Collects Four Hits as Beavers Two-Hit River Cats
PORTLAND, Ore. - Chris Denorfia went 4-for-5 and Craig Cooper and Aaron Cunningham had three hits and two RBIs apiece as the Portland Beavers earned a split of the four-game series by two-hitting the Sacramento River Cats in a 7-4 win at PGE Park Sunday afternoon.
The Beavers (2-2) spoiled the return to Portland of former Beavers slugger Jack Cust, who joined Sacramento (2-2) on Sunday after being outrighted by Oakland earlier in the week. He was 0-for-2 with two walks.
Beavers starter Will Inman allowed four runs (3 earned) on two hits and four walks in five innings before giving way to Greg Burke (1-0), Mark Worrell and Ryan Webb to finish the two-hitter.
Matt Carson's second-inning double and Josh Donaldson's three-run homer in the fourth were the only base hits the River Cats could muster on the day.
Denorfia, who also had a pair of stolen bases, collected nine hits in 17 at-bats during the series while Cooper and Cunningham have both collected five hits in the last two days.
The Beavers put together a two-out, four-run rally in the sixth off relievers Cedrick Bowers (1-1) and Fernando Hernandez, sending nine men to the plate in the frame. After Lance Zawadzki and Eric Munson drew walks around Denorfia's third hit, Cooper lined a two-run single to left to give Portland the lead for good. Cunningham then tacked on an insurance run with an RBI single and Cooper scored on a passed ball.
In the bottom of the third, the Beavers Cunningham and Mike Baxter drove in runs with RBI singles.
Denorfia extended his extra-base hit streak to four games with an RBI double in the fourth.
Webb finished the game with a perfect ninth inning to earn his first save.
River Cats starter Kyle Middleton worked around eight hits and four walks in five innings and gave up three earned runs.
The Beavers start a four-game series against Colorado Springs at PGE Park Monday night at 7:05 p.m. (Pacific).
NOTES: Cust was outrighted by the Oakland A's on Wednesday and accepted his assignment to Sacramento Saturday. He led the 2006 Beavers with 30 home runs before pacing the A's in home runs in each of the 2007-09 seasons ... the Beavers' Sean Kazmar started at second base for the first time since Aug. 7, 2007, when he played for Class A Lake Elsinore ... Portland scored six of its seven runs with two outs ... the Beavers have six stolen bases in the last two games ... the final 16 River Cats batters were sent down in order.
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