Sidewinders Split, Streak Ends at Ten

The Tucson Sidewinders saw their winning streak get extended to ten games and then get broken later the same evening. This was the second ten-game winning streak that Tucson's had this season, having strung together ten victories before in June.

Nearly 75% of all doubleheaders are split, so the Sidewinders got unlucky streak-wise in having to play Portland twice on Tuesday.  Tucson dominated game one, belting five homers off of Portland pitching.  Phenom Micah Owings turned in another impressive start, improving to 6-0 in Triple-A play.  He did walk five Beavers, however.  Owings' strikeout-to-walk ratio has been a concern since the callup to Tucson, and rests at 22/20 after the victory.

In game two, the Sidewinders took a 2-0 lead into the sixth inning before Casey Daigle surrendered a three-run blast to Portland cleanup hitter Jon Knott.  The homer gave Knott sole possession for the PCL lead in homers with 21, and the Beavers went on to win by that score of 3-2.

Despite the loss, Tuscon has the best record in the PCL at 61-34.  During the streak, they saw All Star shortstop Stephen Drew get called up to the majors to replace the injured Craig Counsell.  Drew had been hitting .284 with 13 home runs at the time of his callup.  Taking over the everyday shortstop duties for Tucson is Kenny Perez, who is currently batting .289.

Replacing Drew on the Sidewinders' roster is All Star catcher Miguel Montero.  Montero is widely considered the best catching prospect in the organization, and had hit .270 with ten homers in AA before his promotion.  Montero is expected to see the majority of the work behind the plate for the Sidewinders, with Juan Brito primarily starting against left handed pitching.  

Read more from Keith Glab at www.baseballevolution.com  

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