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LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Looking to avoid a series sweep, the Sacramento River Cats came out swinging as they ended their seven game road trip with a 14-7 victory over the Las Vegas 51s. Sacramento was backed offensively by 20 hits, one shy of their season high, as well as a 5-RBI day from Carlos Triunfel.
Sacramento saw offensive outbursts from a number of spots in the lineup. The top three in the lineup for the River Cats combined to go 11-for-20 with 2 RBIs and 5 runs scored. The River Cats also saw four players record at least 3 hits (Tomlinson 3, Frandsen 4, Lollis, 4, Triunfel 4).
One of the key contributors to Sacramento’s offensive surplus was Triunfel. The infielder had a career day as he drove in 5 runs while going 4-for-5 with a walk, triple, and a run scored. The 5-RBI night is tied for the most in a single game by a River Cat this season (Jarrett Parker, 4/11 vs SLC).
After a hot start the River Cats blew the game wide open with a huge six-run 7th inning. The scoring was started as Adam Duvall hit a pinch-hit grand slam following three walks. The home run was Duvall’s 16th of the season which is good for second most in the PCL. Kelby Tomlinson immediately followed Duvall’s blast with his first career Triple-A home run. This was the second time this season Sacramento hit back-to-back home runs.
Right-hander Clayton Blackburn pitched 4.2 innings, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits while walking none and striking out four. Blackburn’s night was ended at just 78 pitches, as it was his first start since June 9. With the additions of Matt Cain and Jake Peavy over the last month for rehab starts, Blackburn had been pitching out of the bullpen.
Sacramento finishes the seven game road trip with a record of 3-4. The trip featured several highlights, including the promotions of Kelby Tomlinson, Mac Williamson, and Josh Osich from Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels. The road trip also marked the final rehab starts for both Cain and Peavy.
The River Cats now head home now for the first time in eight days as they begin a short four game home stand against the Salt Lake Bees. Left-hander Nik Turley (2-2, 6.59) will toe the rubber for Sacramento in Tuesday’s series opener. Turley is coming off of his best start of the year, having pitched 6 shutout innings in a winning decision over the Fresno Grizzlies. Salt Lake will send righty Alex Sanabia (1-8, 7.02). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations