Clinton, IA - With his parents sitting in the first row and scores of Texas Rangers fans listening in, right-hander
Blake Beavan was as advertised in his first professional start, scattering three hits over six shutout innings
in Clinton's 4-2 win over Great Lakes.
The 19-year-old first-round pick by the Rangers, Beavan
(1-0) was dominant from his first pitch of the game - a called strike to Jovanny Rosario - to his last out in the sixth, a
ground-out by Erik Kanaby. In between were three strikeouts, two double-plays and no walks in just 73 pitches.
The LumberKings backed him with offense early as fellow prospect Engel Beltre led off the game with
a scorching drive over the right-field wall for his first home run of 2008. Tim Smith added an RBI double
in the third to give the Kings a 2-0 lead.
Renny Osuna finished off the scoring,
driving a two-run homer to the berm in left off Loons starter Steve Johnson, effectively ending his night after just four
innings. Osuna's first blast of the season put Clinton on top 4-0.
Castillo finished off the final 3.0 innings, giving up a pair of runs on the lone offensive highlight for the Loons.
With two outs and Rosario at third, Jaime Ortiz hit a towering blast down the right-field line that just hooked fair.
Still, Castillo (S, 1) induced Travis Vetters into a game-ending ground-out to preserve the win for Beavan.