Four-Run Second Earns Sky Sox Series Split
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Kaz Matsui's two-run triple led a two-out, four-run rally in the second inning and the Colorado Springs Sky Sox salvaged a split of the four-game series by holding on to defeat the Portland Beavers 5-4 at Security Service Field Tuesday night.
With runners on the corners in the second inning, the seven-year major league veteran lined a triple into the right-field gap off Radhames Liz (4-4) to break a 1-1 tie. Omar Quintanilla, who had two hits in the game, followed with a triple of his own to score Matsui before Jay Payton capped the Sky Sox (36-43) rally with an RBI single.
The Beavers worked their way back into it with a run in the third and two in the fifth, even getting the potential tying run to second base with no outs in the ninth. But Matt Reynolds fanned the next two batters and induced an easy grounder back to the mound to close out his third save.
Alan Johnson (7-3) allowed four runs on nine hits but went five innings for the win.
Kyle Phillips had two hits and drove in three runs while Cedric Hunter was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs for the Beavers (31-48), who got the leadoff batter aboard in six innings.
Liz gave up five runs for the third straight start, surrendering nine hits over five innings.
With two outs in the bottom of the first, Payton doubled and scored on Matt Miller's RBI single.
The Beavers briefly leveled the game in the second when Phillips led off with a single, moved to third on Craig Stansberry's double, and scored on Dusty Ryan's groundout.
Hunter's single and Sean Kazmar's double gave Portland runners at second and third with none out in the third, but the Beavers could cash in just one run, on Phillips' sac fly.
In the fifth, Hunter followed a single by Liz with his third hit, a double. Johnson looked like he would escape the jam, setting down Kazmar and Mike Baxter, but Phillips flared a liner to center to plate two runs and bring the Beavers within a run.
After an off-day Wednesday, the Beavers return to the Pacific Northwest on Thursday as they open a three-game series in Tacoma at 7 p.m. (Pacific).
NOTES: The Sky Sox drew a season-high 8,275 fans, the second-largest June crowd in Security Service Field history ... the teams combined for 18 hits over the first four and a half innings but managed just two hits over the final four frames ... Hunter went 8-for-16 with seven runs scored in the series ... the Beavers were 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
Beavers Game File TUESDAY'S GAME: Colorado Springs 5, Beavers 4 WINNING PITCHER: Johnson (7-3) LOSING PITCHER: Liz (4-4) SAVE: Reynolds (3) HOME RUNS: None THURSDAY'S GAME: Portland (Cesar Carrillo: 4-6, 4.73) at Tacoma (Ryan Feierabend: 1-2, 5.26), 7 p.m. (Pacific); live audio broadcast on Freedom 970 AM and www.portlandbeavers.com. Follow the Beavers on Twitter (www.twitter.com/PortlandBeavers) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/OfficialPortlandBeavers).
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