Photos by ShawnJonas
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Jarrett Parker shined under the lights Friday night in front a sold-out crowd at Raley Field as he powered the Sacramento River Cats past the Las Vegas 51s 5-1 to take the series finale and the series. Right-hander Curtis Partch dominated in his first start for Sacramento, striking out a season-high seven in four innings.
Parker showed off his easy power in the first inning, doubling to the deepest part of the yard in right-center. Mac Williamson and Trevor Brown both came around to score on the knock, putting the River Cats up 3-0. The double was his 12th of the season.
The 26-year-old unleashed again in the fourth, belting a solo home run, his 16th, to left to give the River Cats a 4-1 lead. Overall, Parker was 2-for-4 with a double, home run, and 3 RBI in the win.
Curtis Partch (1-2, 3.54) made a spot start for the River Cats after last weekend’s doubleheader pushed the rotation back a day. The start was his first since May 20, 2014 when he went three innings for the Triple-A Louisville Bats. The right-hander had made 36 relief appearances prior to tonight, maxing out at 2 2/3 innings on July 1 against Salt Lake.
The transition appeared effortless for Partch who recorded a new season-high seven strikeouts over four innings, also a season-high. He threw 52 pitches (35 for strikes), allowing just one run on two hits and a walk.
The River Cats used six different pitchers in the win, and although Partch’s start was certainly impressive, left-hander Josh Osich’s appearance may have edged his out for the best of the night. Osich entered the game in the top of the eighth in a bases-loaded, no-out situation and proceeded to strikeout out the side to get the River Cats out of the jam.
The left-hander mixed a 96-97 mph fastball with a devastating 90 mph slider and a disappearing changeup to keep Las Vegas off balance and flailing at the plate. He pitched a scoreless ninth inning, striking out one more, to close out the game and picked up the win, his first, for his dominating effort.
Sacramento finishes the month having gone 15-13, posting a winning record in a single month for the first time since April (12-9). They will head out on the road tomorrow for a four-game set with the Salt Lake Bees. August also marks the start of a stretch where the River Cats play 21 of their next 30 on the road.
Toeing the rubber tomorrow night will be left-hander Ty Blach (9-8, 4.00). Opposing him will the righty Alex Sanabia (1-10, 7.44). First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. PT and can be heard live on rivercats.com and on ESPN 1320.