RedHawks Survive Three Rain Delays to Beat Beavers, 3-2
PORTLAND, Ore. - Craig Gentry and Esteban German tallied key RBI singles in the fourth inning and Michael Kirkman earned his fifth win as the Oklahoma City RedHawks beat the Portland Beavers 3-2 in a game that saw rain delays totaling more than three and a half hours at PGE Park Sunday afternoon and evening.
Constant rain all afternoon caused the scheduled 2:05 p.m. game to be delayed and the final out was not recorded until 8:42 p.m. The game had delays lasting three hours and 32 minutes, including a 26-minute delay before the game, a 52-minute break during the middle of the fifth, and a two-hour, 14-minute respite after the fifth inning.
Kirkman (5-1) scattered five hits and three walks over five innings, allowing one run and striking out four.
Chad Tracy reached base four times for the Redhawks (24-19), singling once and drawing three walks.
Beavers starter Sean Gallagher (0-2) gave up three runs on five hits and three walks over four innings in his third rehab start.
Sean Kazmar two hits including a double for the Beavers (18-25), who fell to a season-worst seven games under .500.
With two outs in the second, Hernan Iribarren singled, stole second and scored on Kevin Richardson's single to put Oklahoma City briefly on top.
In the Beavers' half of the second, Chris Stewart singled and Michael Collins lined a double to right to put runners in scoring position with no outs. But Portland could only cash in one run on Luis Durango's sacrifice fly.
In the fourth inning, Mitch Moreland singled and moved to second on a groundout. After a strikeout, Gentry and German rapped singles to right to put the RedHawks in front, 3-1.
Then the rains intensified, as only the bottom of the fifth inning was played between 4:08 p.m. and 7:24 p.m. local time.
Portland tried to put a rally together in the bottom of the seventh, with a single by Anthony Contreras and walks to Eric Munson and Kazmar loading the bases with none out. But after Lance Zawadzki drove in one run with a groundout to second, Craig Cooper and Mike Baxter grounded out, stranding runners on second and third.
Pedro Strop locked down his fifth save by pitching a scoreless ninth.
The Beavers welcome the New Orleans Zephyrs on Monday night at 7:05 p.m. (Pacific) for the beginning of a four-game series.
NOTES: Gallagher is rehabbing a sprained toe on his left foot that landed him on the Padres' disabled list on May 4 ... Cooper saw his first action in center field since May 6, 2009, when he played for Class AA San Antonio ... right-hander Mike DeMark made his 2010 Beavers debut with a scoreless fifth inning after joining the club from San Antonio earlier in the day ... the Beavers bullpen teamed to pitch five shutout innings.
Beavers Game File SUNDAY'S GAME: Oklahoma City 3, Beavers 2 WINNING PITCHER: Kirkman (5-1) LOSING PITCHER: Gallagher (0-2) SAVE: Strop (5) HOME RUNS: None MONDAY'S GAME: New Orleans (Brad Stone: 1-1, 4.20) at Portland (Cesar Carrillo: 4-2, 3.22), 7:05 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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