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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Sacramento River Cats won their second straight as they took game three of their four game series with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 10-5. After snapping a franchise long losing streak on Saturday, Sacramento was backed on Sunday by a pair of home runs by Jarrett Parker and a strong pitching performance from Robert Coello.
Sacramento wasted little time getting on the board Sunday. After the first four batters of the game had been retired, Parker stepped up and crushed his 10th home run of the year over the right field fence, putting his club up 1-0. Two batters later, the River Cats added to their lead on a Trevor Brown single, driving in Juan Perez.
Colorado Springs struck for their first run of the ballgame in the bottom of the second on a two-out single by Pete Orr. The River Cats countered in the third with an Adam Duvall RBI single, scoring Ehire Adrianza, who reached on a walk and advanced first-to-third on a wild pitch. Sacramento added another run in the fourth on a bases-loaded single by Casey McGehee.
The Sky Sox got back on the board with a run in the bottom of the fourth, as Nevin Ashley scored on a throwing error by the catcher Trevor Brown. However, the River Cats didn’t take long to strike back, as in the fifth inning Parker hit his second homer of the day to put Sacramento up 5-2. Parker finished the day 2-for-4 with 2 home runs, a walk, and 2 RBI. The 2-hit day moves Parker one hit shy of 500 for his minor league career.
Colorado Springs put up a threat in the sixth, scoring two early runs and loading the bases with nobody out. Coello, however, managed to escape the inning with a one-run lead still intact. In the seventh, McGehee led off the inning with his first home run as a River Cat, providing padding the lead for Coello. McGehee finished the day 2-for-4 with a walk and 2 RBI. The River Cats plated four more insurance runs in the final two innings to secure the victory.
Coello (6-3, 3.50) pitched well and earned the win in his PCL leading eleventh start of the year, pitching 7 innings while allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits. He walked 2 and struck out 4. His counterpart, right-hander Drew Gagnon (1-7, 7.91), lasted 5 innings while allowing 5 runs (all earned) on 9 hits, striking out 2.
The River Cats will go for the series victory on Monday. Sacramento’s starting pitcher has yet to be announced, but the Sky Sox will be sending right-hander Tyler Cravy (5-4, 4.04) to the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 11:35 a.m. (PT) and can be heard on rivercats.com. Following the game, the River Cats will head to Oklahoma City to begin four game set with the Oklahoma City Dodgers.
Game Recap – Courtesy of Sacramento River Cats Media Relations