Photos by Shawn Jonas
WEST SACRAMENTO, CA. – The Sacramento River Cats put together the beginnings of a comeback in the bottom of the ninth inning, loading the bases with no outs, but were unable to push through on Star Wars night at Raley Field as they fell 8-5 to the Fresno Grizzlies. Kevin Frandsen continued to stay hot at the plate, driving in three for the River Cats in the loss.
Frandsen was the hero of last night’s 15-inning game, delivering a walk-off RBI-double to send the River Cats home with the win. He did what he could to propel the team again tonight, going 2-for-2 with a walk, a sacrifice fly, a triple, and 3 RBIs. The triple was Frandsen’s first of the season and gave him two extra-base hits and four RBIs in his last four at bats.
Frandsen’s triple drove in two as a part of a four-run eighth inning and was also the first extra-base hit of the night. Prior to the three-bagger, the River Cats and Grizzlies had combined for 18 hits – all singles.
One of those singles belonged to Kelby Tomlinson. With a first-inning base knock to center, the second baseman extended his hit streak to nine. Tomlinson was 2-for-5 overall and has now reached base safely in 13 straight games. He is hitting .338 since joining Sacramento on June 26.
The Grizzlies scored 5 of their 8 runs in the seventh inning, jumping out to an 8-1 lead over the River Cats. 5 singles, a walk, and a River Cats error contributed to Fresno’s big inning.
Nik Turley (3-4, 5.56) took his fourth loss of the season, giving up 3 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits and a walk with 4 strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work. Turley’s ERA over his last five starts has been a spectacular 2.66 and he has posted a 23:8 K:BB ratio. Since rejoining the River Cats rotation on June 2, Turley is 3-3 with a 4.76 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 39.2 innings.
Left-hander Luis Cruz (5-4, 4.52) picked up the win, throwing 6 innings and allowing 1 run on 5 hits and 2 walks with 3 strikeouts. Kevin Chapman recorded the save, his seventh of the season.
Jack Snodgrass (1-1, 3.24) will make his second start for the River Cats tomorrow night. Snodgrass has made six relief appearances since joining Sacramento, including 3 innings of 1-run ball against the Grizzlies. Opposite him will be right-hander Brady Rodgers (7-4, 4.39) for Fresno. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
Prior to tomorrow’s River Cats first game, the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team will play against the Sacramento All-Stars. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m. and gates will open at 3:00 p.m.
Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations