WEST SACRAMENTO, CA. – The Sacramento River Cats had a number of headliners Monday night at Raley Field, but none of them were more impressive than the performance by Ty Blach. The young left-hander tossed a complete game, three-hit shutout for the River Cats as Sacramento rolled through Round Rock Express to their eighth straight win. On the other side of the ball, Mac Williamson led the offense in an 11-run outburst with a career night at the plate.
Blach (11-10, 4.26) was masterful, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out six en route to his first career nine-inning complete game shutout. He threw 117 pitches in the effort, 78 of them for strikes, and all of those pitches were working. Blach kept the ball consistently on the edges and kept Round Rock off balance all night by mixing his pitches.
“The big thing for me was mostly just mixing, you know. Taking advice from (pitching coach) Dwight and working in my breaking balls more,” he said after the game. “Being able to execute those and keep the hitter off balance more. Trevor did an awesome job calling pitches back there today, too, again just keeping those guys off balance all night.”
Blach has now made 24 starts and thrown a PCL-high 147.2 innings this season. He has gone at least six innings in 17 of those 24 starts and allowed one earned run or less in six.
No complete game shutout is without its fair share of excellent defensive plays, and Blach was quick to point out the guys behind him.
“The defense played awesome behind me. Noonan and Arias and Franny made some nice plays around the infield, Fordy made some really nice catches out there in center. It’s easy to pitch when you’ve got that going behind you.”
On a night where the River Cats pitching and defense were on point, the offense came along, too, exploding for 11 runs on 15 hits and setting a new season-high for runs scored at home this year. All nine River Cats starters recorded a hit, with five recording more than one. Six of the nine starters also scored at least one run.
Leading the way was outfielder Mac Williamson, who reached base five times in the 11-0 rout. The powerful right-hander went 2-for-2 with a career-high six RBI. He roped a two-run double in the third inning and absolutely crushed a grand slam home run in the sixth. He also drew two walks, was hit by a pitch, and scored four runs.
The River Cats will go for the sweep tomorrow night behind right-hander Chris Stratton (3-4, 3.62). Opposite him will be Round Rock’s right-hander Nick Martinez (0-0, 4.50). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.
Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations