SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Sacramento River Cats brought their bats to the ballpark on Sunday, piling on the runs in a 15-6 victory over the Salt Lake Bees. Juan Perez led the way with a pair of homers, as every River Cat recorded a hit and scored a run in route to the big road win.
After homering in the first inning of last night’s ballgame, Perez doubled off his efforts on Sunday as he recorded his second multi home run game this season. He launched a solo home run to left-center to lead off the third inning, and then a 3-run homer down the line in left in the top of the seventh. Perez finished the day 2-for-5 with 2 home runs and 4 RBIs.
The big inning was key for Sacramento, as twice they put up at least five in one frame. Behind solo home runs by Perez and Jarrett Parker in the third, the River Cats pulled out to an 8-3 lead. In the seventh, a 6-run inning highlighted by a 3-run double from Brandon Hicks and the 3-run shot from Perez gave Sacramento an insurmountable 15-6 advantage.
Hicks finished the game Sunday 2-for-4 with 5 RBIs. Along with his bases clearing double in the seventh, Hicks also drove in two with a single in the third. He was one of three River Cats to record a multi RBI game. Kelby Tomlinson recorded just one hit from the leadoff spot, but drove in 3 runs. Every starter for the River Cats scored a run and recorded at least one hit in the win, with four players having multi-hit games (Perez, Parker, Hicks, and Kevin Frandsen).
Sacramento’s offensive outburst was good enough to tie their season high for runs in a game. The last time the River Cats put up 15 runs in a game came back on April 19, in a game that also took place against the Bees in Salt Lake City. In 6 games at Smith’s Ballpark in 2015, the River Cats are averaging more than 8 runs a game.
Salt Lake did not go down easy, capitalizing on two big innings of their own. After Sacramento put up three in the second, the Bees immediately countered in the bottom half to tie the game. In the next frame when the River Cats pulled ahead by five, Salt Lake put up another 3 runs in the bottom half to trim the deficit. The Bees finished the day with 13 hits, just two less than the River Cats (15).
Pitching was nothing to brag about Sunday. Chris Stratton (2-3, 3.56) started for Sacramento, and allowed 6 runs on 11 hits, walking 2 and striking out 6 over 6 innings of work. Stratton won for the second straight time after starting the season with six no decisions. LHP Adam Wilk (4-8, 5.68) lasted just 2.1 innings for Salt Lake, allowing 8 runs (5 earned) on 9 hits, walking 1 and striking out 1. Mike Broadway pitched a scoreless ninth for the River Cats, lowering his ERA to an impressive 0.92.
Game three of this four game set will take place tomorrow night, as Sacramento sends veteran right-hander Tommy Hanson (0-4, 8.44) to the mound. Hanson is still in search of his first victory in a River Cats uniform since joining the club on July 5. For the Bees, top-ten prospect RHP Nick Tropeano (3-4, 4.43) will get the starting nod. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. (PT) and can be heard live on rivercats.com and ESPN 1320.
Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations