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FRESNO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats came out of the gate swinging Tuesday, but it wasn’t enough to take the series opener with the Fresno Grizzlies as they lost 6-2. Darren Ford and Travis Ishikawa provided early offense with each of them hitting a home run in the first two innings, but defensive miscues allowed Fresno to counter and take the lead and the victory.
Sacramento wasted no time getting on the board, as Ford took the first pitch of the game deep over the left field wall and gave the River Cats a 1-0 lead. The home run was Ford’s sixth of the season, just three shy of his career high. In the second, Sacramento recorded another leadoff home run as Travis Ishikawa started off the inning with a long home run to right. Ishikawa finished the game 1-for-3 with the home run and a walk.
It was an uphill climb from the start on Tuesday, as the defense recorded 3 errors in the first three innings. Fresno recorded 3 hits in the second – with the aid of the Sacramento fielding mistakes – and were able to plate 4 runs to take the lead. The Grizzlies would add another run in the third, but the River Cats avoided additional damage after Fresno had loaded the bases with nobody out.
Chris Stratton was not at his best Tuesday, lasting just 2 innings before handing things over to his bullpen. He finished the day having allowed 4 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks.
The Sacramento bullpen was taxed in the series opener, having to put in 7 innings of relief while using 4 pitchers. Left-hander Jack Snodgrass pitching 3 innings of relief allowing 1 run on just 2 hits, walking 2 and striking out 3.
Luis Cruz earned the win for the Grizzlies, pitching 7 innings while allowing 2 runs on just 4 hits on 3 walks while striking out 6. Cruz was able to bounce back from the early home runs, retiring 8 of the last 10 batters he faced.
Sacramento will get a familiar face back in their bullpen tomorrow night, as the River Cats’ save leader Michael Broadway was recently added back to the roster. Broadway appeared in pitched 4.2 innings with San Francisco, recording a 1.93 ERA with 4 strikeouts.
The River Cats will take the field Wednesday, looking to even up the series with the division leading Grizzlies. It will be left-hander Nik Turley (1-2, 8.34) going for the River Cats. Turley is coming off one of his best starts of the year, having pitched 6.1 innings while allowing 2 runs on 4 hits against the Reno Aces. Opposing him will be righty Jake Buchanan (3-1, 4.75) for Fresno. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations