Stone Baffles Beavers, Ends Zephyrs Skid
PORTLAND, Ore. - Brad Stone teamed with two relievers on a three-hit shutout and was backed by Brad Davis's two-run double and Mike Lamb's pinch-hit, two-run home run as the New Orleans Zephyrs snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Portland Beavers 5-0 at PGE Park on Monday night.
Stone (2-1) gave up just three hits and a walk in seven innings - his longest start of the season - to hand the Zephyrs (18-24) their first win over Portland (18-26) since July 31, 2007, ending an eight-game skid. Brett Sinkbeil and Kasey Olenberger each tossed a scoreless frame to finish the shutout.
Davis had two doubles on the night and Lorenzo Scott tallied a pair of singles to give the Zephyrs the first win of their eight-game swing through the Northwest. New Orleans was swept in four games in Tacoma over the weekend.
The Beavers struggled offensively, matching a season-low with just three hits on the night while being shut out for the second time. During their four-game skid, Portland bats have managed just six runs. Mike Baxter ended an 0-for-15 skid with a first-inning single while Brad Chalk, playing in his first career Triple-A game after being transferred from Class AA San Antonio earlier in the day, singled in the fifth inning for his first Triple-A hit.
Cesar Carrillo's (4-3) three-game win streak came to an end as he scattered seven hits and three walks across seven innings, yielding three runs (2 earned) in the process.
Donnie Murphy started the scoring for New Orleans in the top of the first, singling home Danny Richar with the bases loaded.
The Zephyrs got two more runs in the third as Davis stroked a two-run double down the right-field line.
The veteran Lamb crushed a two-run homer into the visitors' bullpen in right field to extend New Orleans' lead to 5-0 in the eighth.
The Beavers and Zephyrs continue their four-game series on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. (Pacific).
NOTES: Before the game, the Beavers made four transactions ... they activated infielder Josh Barfield from the disabled list. Barfield missed 37 games after fracturing his left pinky finger on April 13 ... reliever Luis Perdomo was added to the roster after he was optioned from San Diego and pitched a scoreless ninth ... catcher Michael Collins was transferred to San Antonio ... Portland reliever Greg Burke brought a 9 1/3-inning scoreless streak into the game but Lamb's two-run shot in the eighth ... the only other home run Burke has allowed this season was a pinch-hit grand slam on May 1 at Salt Lake ... the Beavers have not hit a home run since May 17, a seven-game span.
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