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Tacoma Powers Its Way To Win Over Portland

August 30, 2008 - Pacific Coast League (PCL1)
Portland Beavers News Release

TACOMA, Wash. - Travis Chick delivered seven solid innings and was supported by three home runs to lead the Tacoma Rainiers to an 11-2 win over the Portland Beavers on Friday at Cheney Stadium.

Shawn Garrett was 3-for-5 with a home run and a double and drove in three runs and Matt Tuiasosopo was 3-for-5 and scored three runs to lead Tacoma, who clubbed 12 hits against the Beavers, nine of which went for extra bases. The Rainiers (77-64) also benefited from home runs by Craig Wilson and Kevin Howard to capture their fifth straight win over Portland.

Chick (3-0) scattered five hits over seven strong innings and allowed just two runs to pick up his second win over the Beavers within a week. Chick threw seven scoreless innings and logged seven strikeouts in his previous start against Portland on Sunday.

Transferred to Portland from Class A Lake Elsinore earlier in the day, Robbert Woodard (0-1) conceded 10 runs on nine hits in just over three innings of work to take the loss in his Triple-A debut for the Beavers this season.

The Beavers (70-71) entertained an early lead on Peter Ciofrone's second home run in as many days in the first inning. But Tacoma responded with three runs in their half of the frame on blasts by Garrett and Wilson to take the lead.

Tacoma scored six runs in the fourth inning on RBI doubles by Prentice Redman, Garrett and Wilson to build a 10-1 advantage.

Both teams exchanged runs in the fifth inning. The Beavers added a run on a sacrifice fly by Matt Antonelli, while Howard crushed his fifth home run off Portland pitching this season to maintain Tacoma's nine-run lead.

The Beavers continue their final series of the season against Tacoma on Tuesday; the first pitch is set for 7 p.m.

NOTES: Prior to the game, the San Diego Padres purchased the contracts of right-handed pitcher Josh Geer and outfielder Will Venable and recalled right-handed pitcher Cla Meredith from Portland. Additionally, the Beavers announced that outfielder Javis Diaz and right-handed pitchers John Madden and Woodard were transferred to Portland from Class A Lake Elsinore ... Madden allowed two hits and one run in 1 2/3 innings of relief in his Triple-A debut Tuesday.

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