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Sacramento River Cats Fall to Las Vegas 51s 4-3 In Extra Innings

Photo by Shawn Jonas

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Right-hander Chris Stratton demonstrated why he was a first round pick in 2012, shutting out Las Vegas 51s through eight dominant innings on Sunday. Despite the excellent performance, the 51s came back late to tie and ultimately handed Sacramento River Cats a 4-3 loss in 10 innings.

Stratton put on a brilliant show Sunday afternoon against the 51s, pitching eight shutout innings and allowing just 5 hits and no walks while striking out a personal season-high six. He threw 96 pitches in the outing, 64 of them for strikes, and did not allow a baserunner to reach second base. Stratton retired the final ten batters he faced.

The start was arguably the best by a River Cats pitcher this season, with Ty Blach’s 8.1 inning, 2-run outing in Colorado Springs the only other eight-inning start by a Sacramento pitcher this season. Stratton contributed at the plate, as well, picking up his first hit at the Triple-A level. Overall, he was 2-for-3 with two singles.

The River Cats threatened early with five singles through the first two innings, but were unable to produce. Their first run came on Ryan Lollis’ third-inning homer, a line-drive shot to right field to give Sacramento a one-run lead. Lollis went 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk, and two singles as the number three hitter in the lineup today.

Stratton watched from the bench as the 51s scrapped across a run in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings. After an error – the River Cats’ first in four games – put the 51s’ Wilfredo Tovar at third with no outs in the inning, Brooks Conrad drove a sacrifice fly to center to score Tovar and tie the game at one.

The River Cats put two on the board in the tenth, taking a 3-1 lead on an RBI-single from Lollis and RBI-groundout from Darren Ford. Las Vegas refused to go away, though, scoring three times in the bottom of the inning on Anthony Recker’s two-run home run and an RBI-double by Conrad.

Today marked the River Cats’ ninth extra inning game, the most in the PCL. They are now 4-5 in extra-inning contests.

The River Cats will look to avoid the sweep in tomorrow’s finale against the 51s. Sacramento will send Clayton Blackburn (2-3, 4.23) to the mound, while Las Vegas will counter with Tyler Pill (2-4, 6.78). Blackburn hasn’t started for Sacramento since 6/9, but has made three relief appearances since then. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall to Las Vegas 51s 7-1

Photo by Shawn Jonas

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Game time temperature hit triple digits for the second night in a row Saturday as the Sacramento River Cats dropped a 7-1 contest to the Las Vegas 51s. The 51s hit 4 home runs to overshadow the seventh homer of the season by Darren Ford as well as the Triple-A debut of left-hander Josh Osich.

The Sacramento offense was not as hot as the 100-plus degree weather throughout the game. The lone big blow came in the fifth when Ford hit a screaming line drive that just barely cleared the 25-foot wall in the left field. The homer was Ford’s second this week, and seventh of the year.

One of the newest members on the River Cats roster, Kelby Tomlinson, recorded his first career Triple-A base hit with a two out double in the fifth. Lefty Josh Osich – also added to the River Cats roster this week – made his Triple-A debut, pitching a scoreless inning of relief with 1 strikeout.

Sacramento had a chance to narrow the score in the sixth when they loaded the bases with two outs, but a slow dribbler back to the pitcher’s mound ended the inning and any chance of a middle inning comeback. While the River Cats couldn’t find the big hit to put them back in the game, the 51s did as they hit 4 home runs – the most allowed by Sacramento this season – including two from former River Cat Anthony Recker.

Ty Blach (5-8, 4.27) started out the game strong, retiring the first five batters he saw before allowing all of his runs in a five out period. The left-hander left the night after 5 innings, and allowed 5 runs on just 4 hits (2 home runs). Blach struck out 6 and walked just 1, the first walk he allowed in his last three starts.

The River Cats finished the game with no errors for the fourth consecutive game Saturday. The streak matches the longest Sacramento has had this season (5/8-11 vs. Albuquerque).

Left-hander Darin Gorski (5-6, 5.35) picked up the win, allowing just 1 run on 5 hits while walking 3 and striking out 4 in 5.2 innings of work. The River Cats are just 9-20 (.310) this season when facing a left-handed starting pitcher.

The River Cats will look to avoid their eighth series loss of the year tomorrow when they send right-hander Chris Stratton (0-1, 2.33) to the mound. Stratton is coming off of a loss his last time out in which he only lasted 2 innings. The right-hander was San Francisco’s first round pick back in 2012. Opposing him will be righty Rainy Lara (0-0, 6.30) for Las Vegas. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations