Portland plays Sidewinders again tonight
Jon Knott continues to make his case for somebody to give him a chance to play in the big leagues. The Portland slugger hit a three-run homer Tuesday, lifting the Beavers past Tucson 3-2 in the second game of a doubleheader at Tucson Electric Park. It snapped Tucson's 10-game winning streak.
The Beavers (45-51) play the Sidewinders againat 7 p.m. today with Dewon Brazelton (1-3, 3.79) making his first start since late June (strained oblique). Dustin Nippert (10-4, 5.23) pitches for Tucson.
Tucson won the first game, 11-1, Tuesday.
Knott, a right-handed hitter who turns 28 on Aug. 4, leads the Pacific Coast League with 21 homers and 76 RBIs. He has 72 home runs in three seasons with the Bevos, and looks to be on pace to hit at least 30 this season. But the parent Padres took him off the 40-man roster in the offseason, and Knott entered the season not knowing where he stood with the organization.
Roger Deago got the win in the second game for the Bevos, and Scott Cassidy notched his second save.
Brian Barden, the former Oregon State player who mans third base for the Sidewinders, went 4 for 4 in Tucson's rout. He hit a three-run homer, one of five Tucson home runs. Paul McAnulty went 3 for 4 in the loss, and Erick Burke's spot start didn't go so well.
After travel complications forced postponement of Monday's game and the doubleheader to be played Tuesday, the games got delayed by more than an hour because of rain.
Notes: The Bevos have been outscored 44-12 in six games at Tucson. … Catcher George Kottaras suffered a neck contusion after being struck by a foul ball. He's listed day-to-day. … Ben Johnson will be coming off San Diego's disabled list; does he return to Portland? … The Padres' Josh Barfield was batting .551 in the month of July, second only to Atlanta's Chipper Jones (.568) in the big leagues. … Pitcher Mike Adams, acquired from Cleveland for Brian Sikorski, will report to Portland. He's with his fourth organization this season. He has appeared in 61 big-league games in his career. … Manager Craig Colbert can notch career win No. 500 today. He's 499-438 as a minor-league skipper since 2000. … Six Bevos, led by Knott, have 13 or more home runs. Portland leads the PCL with 113 long balls, on pace for 172, which would be a record for the sixth-year team.