Sacramento River Cats Split Friday Night Doubleheader With Grizzlies

Dereck Rodriguez solid in return to River Cats, smacks three doubles at the plate

West Sacramento, Calif. — It was an up and down evening for the Sacramento River Cats (19-22), who earned a victory in the front end of the doubleheader behind Dereck Rodriguez, then dropped game two to the Fresno Grizzlies (22-19) in extras on a walk-off homer from Nationals top prospect Carter Kieboom

In game one, right-hander Dereck Rodriguez made his first start for the River Cats since being optioned by the San Francisco Giants on May 11. Rodriguez made nine starts with Sacramento in 2018, going 4-1 with a 3.40 ERA in 50.1 innings. On Friday he picked up a win while tossing six innings of two-run ball, striking out four batters. He was even better at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three doubles, three runs scored, and an RBI.

Game two was shaping up to be a pitcher’s duel until the River Cats broke out for five runs in the fourth inning. Outfielder Mike Yastrzemski and third baseman Austin Slater launched home runs in the inning, giving Sacramento a 5-1 lead. The Grizzlies would claw back, however, to force extras. In the second extra frame, Slater doubled in two to put Sacramento up 8-6 but infielder Carter Kieboom blasted a three-run walk-off home run in the bottom half to split the doubleheader.  

Right-hander Enderson Franco (1-1, 7.76) will take the ball for the River Cats on Saturday in game three of five, while the Grizzlies will counter with righty Scott Copeland (2-1, 6.27). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, or on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

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