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Sky Sox Maintain Stranglehold On Division Lead, Top Beavers, 12-9

September 2, 2009 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Portland Beavers News Release

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Christian Colonel had four hits, including three RBI singles, and Mark Bellhorn drove in three runs as the Colorado Springs Sky Sox used a six-run sixth inning to storm past the Portland Beavers 12-9 at Security Service Field Wednesday night.

The Beavers set a nine-year franchise record with their ninth straight loss.

Matt Murton, Kenny Perez and Edwin Bellorin each tallied three hits as the Sky Sox (72-65) continued to hold off the Tacoma Rainiers, who began the day just two games back in the race for the Pacific North Division title.

Chad Huffman went 3-for-3, including his 20th homer of the season, drove in three runs and also walked twice for the Beavers (57-82), who had three different leads in the game but were unable to come back from Colorado Springs' crippling six-run inning.

Ryan Speier (2-1) got the win, giving up two hits over two scoreless innings.

Cesar Ramos (4-6) started for Portland but surrendered a season-high nine runs (7 earned) on 11 hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Huffman's two-run shot in the first allowed the Beavers to grab their first lead of the series but the Sky Sox scored a pair of unearned runs in the bottom half of the inning as Murton tripled and scored on an error and Colonel added an RBI single off Ramos.

Valentino Pascucci hit an RBI single in the third before the Sky Sox put up three in the bottom of the inning. Colonel tallied his second RBI single of the night, Perez scored on an error by Sean Kazmar and Bellorin provided an RBI base hit.

With two outs and a runner on first, Sky Sox starter Russ Ortiz walked three straight Beavers to let in a run in the fourth and Portland tacked on two more in the fifth to take a 6-5 lead. Yamid Haad hit an RBI double with two men on and the pitcher Ramos singled to put Portland ahead by one.

But Colorado Springs came back big in the sixth, sending 11 batters to the plate while scoring six runs. Mike McCoy led off with a single and Matt Miller followed with a double. After Murton was intentionally walked, Dan Ortmeier plated a run with a groundout and Perez hit a two-run single to chase Ramos. Walter Silva then came on and allowed a single to Colonel, a two-run double to Bellhorn and another single to Bellorin. Pinch-hitter and former Beaver Paul McAnulty hit into a forceout to bring home another run and McCoy collected his second single in the inning before Silva got out of the inning.

Down 11-6, the Beavers brought themselves back in the game with three runs in the seventh. Danny Putnam singled and stole second to start the frame and came home on an RBI double by Kazmar. Then Jason Codiroli, playing his first career Triple-A game since being transferred from Class A Eugene on Monday, delivered a pinch-hit RBI single to plate Kazmar. After a fly out, Damian Moss was called upon to finish the inning, though the reliever walked three straight Beavers, including Mike Baxter with the bases loaded.

Colonel came through with his third RBI single of the night in the seventh inning to give the Sky Sox bullpen insurance.

Ortiz was largely ineffective, allowing seven hits and seven walks, which led to six runs (5 earned), over four innings.

Matt Belisle worked a scoreless ninth for his eighth save.

The Beavers and Sky Sox wrap up their four-game series on Wednesday night at 5:05 p.m. (Pacific).

NOTES: Codiroli had never played above the short-season Class A level before pinch-hitting in the seventh ... the Beavers have won just two of their last 13 games in Colorado Springs ... the top four batters in the Portland starting lineup each drew two walks ... seven players on each team scored runs in the game ... the Beavers broke the franchise-record eight-game losing which they set earlier this season (Aug. 8-16).

Beavers Game File

WEDNESDAY'S GAME: Colorado Springs 12, Beavers 9



SAVE: Belisle (8)

HOME RUNS: Huffman (20)

THURSDAY'S GAME: Portland (Cesar Carrillo: 0-3, 6.14) at Colorado Springs (Jhoulys Chacin: 1-2, 5.23), 5:05 p.m. (Pacific); live audio broadcast on KKAD AM-1550 and Follow the Beavers on Twitter:

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