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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Sacramento River Cats took game two of their four-game series with the Colorado Sky Sox 4-3, ending their 10-game losing streak. A three-run sixth inning and a dominant showing by the bullpen put the River Cats over the edge.
The River Cats fell behind 2-1 early, but kept things close through the first five innings. In the sixth, they scored three runs to take their first lead of the game. A single by Casey McGehee led off the big inning, and a single from Hector Sanchez brought home McGehee to tie the game up. Both Jarrett Parker and Juan Perez drew consecutive walks, loading the bases. Carlos Triunfel’s single scored Sanchez and Parker to give the River Cats a 4-2 lead. That would be enough, as the bullpen held the line en route to a 4-3 win.
The Colorado Sky Sox got on the board first with a two-run double by starting pitcher Josh Roenicke in the fourth. The River Cats immediately responded back in the fifth, leading off the inning with a double by Juan Perez. A wild pitch from Roenicke allowed Perez to score Sacramento’s first run of the game.
Clayton Blackburn pitched in and out of jams all night, but the Sky Sox got the best of him in the fourth inning. Blackburn appeared to have grip issues, which led to him having trouble finding the strike zone, throwing more pitches, and possibly contributing to his throwing error. Blackburn pitched just 3.2 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks with 1 strikeout. He threw 75 pitches, 43 for strikes.
Clay Rapada picked up Blackburn, getting the last out of the fourth without allowing any more damage. Cory Gearrin, Brett Bochy, Steven Okert, and Cody Hall combined to pitch the rest of the game, allowing just one run over 5.1 innings. They struck out a total of six while walking just two. Gearrin (1-0, 1.23) picked up his first win of the season. Hall recorded the save for Sacramento, also his first.
Tonight’s win is the River Cats’ first since 5/18 when they beat the Albuquerque Isotopes on the road, 12-5. Over the last 10 games, the River Cats were outscored 32-63 and committed 15 errors. The 10-game streak is also the longest in franchise history.
Game three of the series will bring RHP Robert Coello (5-3, 3.45) to the mound for the River Cats, while Colorado will counter with RHP Drew Gagnon (1-6, 7.78). Coello pitched 5 innings in his last outing, allowing 2 runs on just 3 hits. His five wins are tied for second in the PCL heading into Sunday’s contest. First pitch is set for tomorrow at 12:35 p.m. (PT).
Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations