WEST SACRAMENTO, CA. – The Sacramento River Cats picked up their sixth straight win in dramatic fashion Saturday night, kicking off their homestand with a 3-2 walk-off win in front of a sold-out crowd at Raley Field. Sacramento and the Round Rock Express traded zeros for seven innings before Trevor Brown broke the 2-2 tie with a walk-off single in the bottom of the 13th inning.
With one down in the 13th, Darren Ford poked a single to centerfield. The hit was his third of the night, and the speedy outfielder reached base four times overall going 3-for-5 with a walk and a run scored. Ford stole second – his second stolen base of the night and 27th of the season – before Brown came to the plate.
Brown entered the game in the top of the tenth, replacing the rehabbing Andrew Susac. Brown lined an 0-1 pitch to right field as Ford raced home from second, scoring easily and giving Sacramento their eighth extra-inning win and seventh walk-off win of 2015.
Susac, in Sacramento on a rehab assignment for a sprained right-thumb, was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts just one night after going 2-for-4 with a home run with the San Jose Giants (Advanced-A). Susac caught nine innings for Sacramento before being replaced by Brown in the 10th.
Round Rock scored first, jumping ahead 1-0 in the fourth on a solo home run off the bat of outfielder Jared Hoying. The River Cats quickly countered, scoring twice on a Jarrett Parker RBI-double and a Kevin Frandsen RBI-single in the bottom half of the inning to take a 2-1 lead. Not to be outdone, Round Rock evened the score at two with a run-scoring single by Beamer Weems in the top of the fifth. The score stayed locked at two until Brown’s run-scoring single sent the River Cats home winners.
Parker started his fifth straight game as the cleanup hitter for Sacramento and continued to have success in the role. Entering tonight’s game, the left-handed slugger was hitting .319 with two home runs, 10 RBI, and 15 stolen bases from the cleanup spot. With two more hits and an RBI, Parker is now hitting .327 (17-for-52) as the number four hitter.
While the River Cats bullpen as a whole was superb, the group was headlined by right-hander Cody Hall. Hall threw three shutout innings, scattering three hits and striking out two. Most impressively, Hall needed just 32 pitches, 26 of which were strikes, to record nine outs. Brett Bochy picked up the win, his fourth of the season.
Game two of the series will get underway tomorrow evening right back at Raley Field. Left-hander Nik Turley (5-6, 5.02) will take the mound for Sacramento as they look to push their win streak to seven. The Round Rock Express have yet to announce a starter. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m., the first Sunday home five o’clock start of the season. 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