Late Rally Gives Beavers 7-6 Comeback Win
PORTLAND, Ore. - Eric Munson hit a game-tying RBI double and Josh Barfield followed with an RBI single to cap off a three-run eighth as the Portland Beavers rallied to beat the Sacramento River Cats 7-6 in front 5,163 at PGE Park on Sunday afternoon.
The Beavers (24-38) faced an early six-run deficit but used a four-run fifth and the three-run eighth to top the River Cats. Craig Stansberry doubled twice for Portland and six different Beavers scored in the game.
The River Cats (29-35) gained the early advantage by putting up six runs in the second inning. Eleven batters came to the plate in the inning as every Sacramento starter except for shortstop Michael Affronti made it on base.
Luis Perdomo (2-2) picked up the win for Portland, throwing two scoreless innings in relief. He allowed two hits and struck out two without surrendering a walk.
Jon Hunton (3-1) was pegged with the loss for the River Cats. He allowed all three eighth-inning runs and was chased after 1/3 of an inning. Hunton allowed two hits and a walk.
Ernesto Frieri recorded his 13th save of the season, striking out one in a perfect ninth inning.
The River Cats did their damage in the second without the help of an extra-base hit. Sacramento reached on five singles, two walks and an error by Beavers first baseman Chris Stewart. The inning was highlighted by RBI singles from Anthony Recker, Marcus McBeth and Eric Sogard and a two-run single from Josh Donaldson.
Trailing by six runs, the Beavers rallied in the fifth for four runs. With the bases loaded and two out, Brad Chalk knocked a soft line-drive into right-field that scored Stewart and Anthony Contreras. Two batters later, Mike Baxter came to the plate and swatted a two-run double into the right-field corner that brought home Chalk and Stansberry.
Portland put together another rally in the eighth. Stansberry scored the Beavers' first run when Craig Cooper grounded into a force-out. Munson came to the plate next and smashed a run-scoring double to center that scored Cooper. Barfield finished the rally with a line-drive single to right that plated Sean Kazmar, who was pinch-running for Munson.
Portland starter Tim Stauffer only pitched 1 1/3 innings in his rehab start, allowing six runs (four earned) on five hits. He walked two and did not strike out a batter.
Graham Godfrey started for the River Cats, going 4 2/3 innings and giving up four runs on five hits. He struck out four and walked three.
The Beavers head to Fresno on Monday to begin a four-game series against the Grizzlies. Monday's game is slated for a 7:05 p.m. (Pacific) start at Chukchansi Park.
NOTES: With Baxter's double in the fifth, he extended his hitting streak to 10 games ... the Beavers matched a season high with five doubles in the game ... this was the first time the Beavers have won a game at home this season in which they were trailing after seven innings ... the six runs Portland gave up in the second were the most runs allowed all season in a single inning ... Corey Wimberly stole his league-leading 26th base in the sixth inning ... due to injury, Sacramento pitcher Marcus McBeth was forced to fill in as the River Cats designated hitter.
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