Beating a team 20 straight times in baseball is very difficult, no matter what level the two are at. But Oregon State managed to accomplish that feat today, knocking off host Portland, 9-6, in a game that wasn't as close as the score indicated. I think some of it must have to do with the fact that even when the Pilots are playing at home, it still feels like a road game. Portland area Beaver fans flock to Joe Etzel Field whenever they get the chance, and that has to dishearten the Pilots a bit. But still, 20 consecutive wins is damn impressive.
Oregon State fans first got a chance to really get into the game when the Beaver bench was issued an unnecessary and stern warning in the bottom of the third from the first base umpire for arguing balls and strikes. Yes, that is as confusing as it sounds. But it did provide some humor and heckling fodder for the rest of the game, so that was fun.
The First Base Umpire After Issuing Oregon State's Bench A Warning
Freshman Jake Thompson got the start for the Beavs, and the right hander ended up getting a no decision after throwing three innings and giving up two runs on two hits. He got into trouble twice with control issues, walking two then giving up an RBI single in the first, then allowing another run on a wild pitch in the third. It wasn't all bad though. Thompson flashed some nice command at times but ultimately proved what we knew coming in, that he is more suited coming on in relief.