More shakeups come as Portland Beavers score Vegas win


There was more movement with the Portland Beavers. Unfortunately for Jon Knott, none involved him. But, it was fortunate that Knott stayed with the Bevos as he drove home five runs in Portland's 11-5 win at Las Vegas on Friday.

The two teams play again at 7 today with Bevo left-hander Ryan Meaux (2-3, 7.28) making a spot start against Harold Eckert (5-6, 7.09).

Knott has 22 homers and 81 RBIs, both tops in the Pacific Coast League. But he watched as Justin Leone and Terrmel Sledge went to the parent Padres and pitchers Brian Sweeney and Mike Thompson and outfielder Ben Johnson (rehab assignment) came to Portland.

For Sweeney, the veteran righty, it'll mark his third year in Portland. He helped Portland win a PCL divisional title in 2004. For Leone, it could be a momentary thing with the Padres as San Diego brass could trade for a third baseman before the July 31 trade deadline. The Padres released Vinny Castilla last week.

Prospect Jared Wells allowed only two runs and six hits in six-plus innings for his first career Triple-A victory on Friday. Luke Carlin and Bobby Hill each drove in two runs and Paul McAnulty scored three runs. Along with his three-run homer, Knott had two doubles - his third explosive game in recent weeks.

The Bevos had eight doubles in the game.

Catcher George Kottaras missed his third game with a neck contusion.