River Cats rally in seventh but can’t overcome deficit, lose 7-3
West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (38-56) fell 7-3 to the El Paso Chihuahuas (48-47) in the first game of their four-game set as they returned home to Raley Field Monday night for the first time since the All-Star break.
Trailing 6-0, Juniel Querecuto highlighted the comeback effort in the seventh, smacking a two-run homer to ignite the rally. A couple batters later, Carlos Moncrief singled up the middle, scoring Ali Castillo and bringing Sacramento within three. That would be it for the Sacramento offense however, as they collected four of their seven hits in the frame before going quietly in the eighth and ninth innings.
Andrew Suarez got the start for the River Cats and threw a season-low 4.1 innings before giving way to reliever Collin Balester. The southpaw allowed five runs over the 4.1 innings while striking out five and walking three. Balester allowed one run over his 2.2 innings. Kraig Sitton was charged with an unearned run in the ninth, keeping his streak of no earned runs allowed alive at 10.1 innings (eight games).
Albert Suarez (0-0, 0.00) will make his first start for Sacramento tomorrow night and will face El Paso’s Zach Lee (2-3, 6.80). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live on the air on ESPN 1320 and online at rivercats.com.
Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations