Next: The Beavers, hovering around .500, play a rare five-game series at Tacoma starting Wednesday.
PCL title? Outfielder Jack Cust says the Bevos and manager Craig 'Dewey' Colbert don't even concern themselves with winning the Pacific Coast League title, because of the volatility of the Triple-A roster. 'Sometimes, some managers think (about winning), but it can be tough,' the six-year Triple-A veteran says. 'Triple-A is a tough place to win at, because there are so many different moves.
'Dewey is really cool, he knows what's going on. He wants to go to the big leagues, too, and winning the PCL championship might help, but it won't be the deciding factor. It's what you do down here … and you have to know some people.'
Notes: Colbert was still nursing his sore mouth, days after having his wisdom teeth removed. … Through Sunday, Portland ranked second in the league in home runs with 79, after being passed last weekend by Round Rock (81). … Hot hitter: Paul McAnulty, .317. Not hot: Ben Johnson, .244. But Johnson could rejoin San Diego this week. … Cust ranks second in the PCL in on-base percentage (.444), behind Salt Lake City's Curtis Pride (.474). Cust has 61 walks, which leads the minor leagues. … Portland is averaging 4,384 fans through 38 games, or 12th out of 16 PCL teams. Things get better with warmer weather, and an average of 7,597 turned out for four recent games. … Ryan Meaux won't get another spot start, despite pitching four innings in Portland's perfect game two weeks ago. … Jon Knott is .467 (7-of-15) with 23 RBIs with the bases loaded this season.
- Jason Vondersmith