May 5, 2015 8:40 PMPT
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The River Cats ran away with their second win of the series against the Albuquerque Isotopes, 12-5. In an offensive onslaught, five different River Cats collected multi-hit games, contributing to Sacramento’s 18-hit total. The run support was welcomed as Ty Blach worked through one tough inning to ultimately put together another phenomenal start.
The River Cats offense broke out for 12 runs and six extra base hits, highlighted by Juan Perez, who went 3-for-4 with five RBIs. Perez picked up his first home run as a River Cat in the 3rd, and added a second homer in the 8th. Carlos Triunfel (3-for-5, two RBIs) hit his first home run of the season, and added two doubles to contribute to the success of the River Cats. Travis Ishikawa had a good night of his own, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs.
Blach pitched seven innings, allowing five runs on nine hits and one walk with one strikeout. Despite a rocky 4th inning, Blach played brilliantly the rest of his seven innings, and he picked up his fourth win of the season. He threw 94 pitches, 63 for strikes, and induced 14 groundouts.
The River Cats jumped out to an early lead, going ahead 7-0 with runs in 1st, 3rd, and 4th innings. The 1st inning saw two of those runs, with Brett Jackson scoring on an Ishikawa single, and Ishikawa heading home himself on a ground-rule double from Trevor Brown.
The 3rd inning saw more action for the River Cats, with Adam Duvall hitting his second triple of the season, a single from Ishikawa, and home runs from both Perez and Triunfel. Ishikawa had his third RBI of the night in the 4th, sending Jackson home on a sacrifice fly.
The Isotopes started an early comeback in the bottom of the 4th, bringing 10 batters to the plate to collect seven hits and five runs. After a two-run homer by Ryan Casteel, a would-be inning-ending double play ball deflected off Blach’s glove dribbled into right field for an RBI single. The unfortunate break opened the door for three more Isotopes runs in the inning. After getting through the tough inning, Blach got right back to work, retiring the next seven batters in order.
The River Cats piled on late, with two runs in the 7th and three more in the 8th. Steven Okert and Cody Hall relieved Blach, throwing a perfect 8th and 9th to close out the game.
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The River Cats will look for their fourth series victory tomorrow, sending Clayton Blackburn (1-1, 1.64) to face Albuquerque’s Chris Rusin (3-2, 5.52). Clayton Blackburn’s last outing resulted in six shutout innings, as he struck out 6 on the way to his first win. First pitch is set for 11:05 a.m. PT. The River Cats will return to Raley Field for an eight-game homestand starting Thursday, May 21.
The Sacramento River Cats are the Triple-A affiliate of the 2014 World Champion San Francisco Giants. The team plays at Raley Field in West Sacramento, consistently voted one of the top ballparks in America. River Cats Season Tickets, Mini-Plans, and Flex Plans can be purchased for the 2015 season by calling the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487). For more information about the River Cats, visit www.rivercats.com. For information on other events at Raley Field, visit www.raleyfield.com.