TACOMA, Wash. – The Sacramento River Cats and Rainiers were delayed just over half an hour this morning due to rain, but the wet conditions and late start didn’t faze Sacramento in the least as they picked up their second straight win in Tacoma and third straight overall. Nick Noonan and Darren Ford both homered for the River Cats as Sacramento rolled to a 6-2 victory.
Noonan, making just his second start for the River Cats, shined this afternoon. Starting at shortstop, the right-handed hitter was 3-for-4 with a two-run home run in the top of the second inning. The homer put the River Cats up 2-1 and gave them a lead they would not relinquish. Noonan later singled in the fourth inning, driving in two more to extend Sacramento’s lead to 4-1.
Ford also contributed to the scoring, blasting a solo home run to left field in the top of the seventh. The home run, which was his second in the last two games, was his 11th of the season. He was 1-for-5 in the game overall.
Ford’s home run last night set a new season-high for the outfielder, and he continues to add on. Previously, the most home runs Ford had hit in a season was nine. He reached that mark twice, in both 2007 and 2009.
Mac Williamson also had a strong day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. The right-handed hitting outfielder has struggled lately at the plate, going just 2-for-20 over his last five games, but looked much more comfortable in his at bats today.
Overall, the River Cats offense tallied six runs on 12 hits. The Sacramento bats have really come to life as of late, having racked up 32 hits and scored 24 runs over their last three games.
Ty Blach picked up his 10th win of the season for the River Cats, becoming the first Sacramento starter to reach the double-digit mark this season. The left-hander went five innings and allowed two runs on nine hits and a walk with four strike outs. He benefited from some solid defense behind him as the River Cats turned three double plays to erase a number would-be rallies.
Brett Bochy, Steven Okert, and Mike Broadway combined to pitch four shutout innings. Broadway entered the game with two down in the eighth before pitching a scoreless ninth en route to his 10th save of the season. He is a perfect 10/10 in save opportunities and has now lowered his ERA to 1.04.
The River Cats and Rainiers will resume things tomorrow night at the regular time with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. It’ll be Chris Stratton (2-4, 3.52) on the mound for Sacramento. Stratton has been excellent on the road, posting a 2-2 record with a 2.98 ERA in eight road starts. For Tacoma, it’ll be the lefty Roenis Elias (3-1, 8.03). 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