Halama, River Cats Hold off Beavers in 5-3 Win
PORTLAND, Ore. - John Halama threw 7 2/3 innings of two-run ball and the Sacramento River Cats used a three-run third inning to take down the Portland Beavers 5-3 at PGE Park on Saturday night.
Halama (2-1) allowed only four Beavers base runners through the first seven innings before giving up two hits in the eighth. He surrendered five hits and walked one in the game, striking out three for Sacramento (29-34).
Michael Taylor went 2-for-4 for the River Cats with a line-drive solo home run in the top of the sixth.
Anthony Bass (0-1), who made his first career start above Class A, took the loss for the Beavers (23-38). In 5 2/3 innings of work, Bass allowed five runs on seven hits, striking out three and walking three more.
Chris Stewart had two hits for the Beavers, including a two-out single in the ninth that brought Portland within two runs of Sacramento.
Henry Rodriguez earned the save for the River Cats, allowing a run on two hits in the ninth.
A third-inning rally started the scoring for Sacramento. Sacrifice flies from Josh Donaldson and Adam Heether and an RBI single from Eric Sogard gave the River Cats an early three-run lead.
The River Cats scored again in the fourth after Michael Affronti led off the inning with a triple and later scored on a Sogard ground out.
Mike Baxter hit a solo homer to right in the fourth for the Beavers.
Two innings later, Taylor smoked a line drive high over the left-field fence for a solo home run of his own.
Craig Stansberry led off the bottom of the eighth with a double and was driven in by a Stewart double later in the inning.
With two men on in the ninth, Stewart came through again, lacing a single into left-field to score Baxter from second.
The Beavers conclude their series against the River Cats Sunday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. (Pacific) at PGE Park.
NOTES: In 2009, Bass led all Padres minor leaguers in ERA and was third in wins ... Bass was 10 years old when Halama made his major league debut on April 2, 1998, for the Houston Astros ... Brad Chalk was held hitless, ending his seven-game hit streak ... Aaron Poreda made his 2010 Beavers debut, tossing 2 1/3 innings in relief of Bass ... Luis Durango stole his 22nd base of the season for the Beavers, good for second in the PCL.
Beavers Game File SATURDAY'S GAME: Sacramento 5, Beavers 3 WINNING PITCHER: Halama (2-1) LOSING PITCHER: Bass (0-1) SAVE: Rodriguez (8) HOME RUNS: Baxter (6), Taylor (3) SUNDAY'S GAME: Sacramento (Graham Godfrey: 2-5, 4.41) at Portland (Tim Stauffer: 0-0, 4.50), 2:05 p.m. (Pacific); live audio broadcast on Freedom 970 AM and www.portlandbeavers.com. Follow the Beavers on Twitter: www.twitter.com/PortlandBeavers.
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