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Sacramento’s Historic Win Streak Comes To An End In Omaha; River Cats Unable to Overcome Three Storm Chasers Home Runs In 4-3 Loss

OMAHA, NE. – The Sacramento River Cats’ franchise-best 13-game win streak came to an end Sunday night, as the Omaha Storm Chasers topped the River Cats 4-3, handing them their first loss since August 8th. Despite tying the game late, Sacramento was unable to overcome three Omaha home runs as they dropped game one of this four game series.

Sacramento’s 13 straight wins is just one short of tying the Las Vegas 51s for the longest Pacific Coast League win streak since 2005. The 51s won 14 consecutive games this season, spanning from April 23 – May 7.

After an hour game delay, the River Cats wasted no time getting on the board Sunday evening. Darren Ford drew a walk to lead off the game, and Jarrett Parker’s ground-rule double drove in Ford with the first run of the night. Sacramento battled back and forth with Omaha for control of the game, keeping the score close with runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings.

Jarrett Parker and Mac Williamson continued to shine, each with two hits and an RBI on the night. Williamson’s multi-hit night is his 11th since joining the River Cats in late June. The duo are hitting a combined .398 (35-for-88) over their last 10 games with five home run, 24 RBI, and 23 runs scored.

All of Omaha’s scoring in tonight’s game came from home runs. Blasts from Jose Martinez, Reymond Fuentes, and a rehabbing Alex Gordon were all the Storm Chasers needed to top the River Cats. Gordon’s two-run homer in his third rehab at-bat in the fifth snapped a 1-1 tie between the teams. Martinez’s game-winning home run in the eighth inning also broke a tie, propelling Omaha past Sacramento.

Jake Dunning had a rough outing, lasting only four innings on the mound. He allowed three runs on eight hits and one walk with one strikeout. Most of Dunning’s trouble came in the fifth inning when Omaha led off with three consecutive hits, including Gordon’s two-run home run. Dunning was pulled with a runner on base and without having recorded an out.

Brett Bochy picked up where Dunning left off and got the River Cats out of the inning without any more damage. Bochy retired five consecutive batters and six of the seven he faced. Curtis Partch, who gave up the game-winning home run, picks up his third loss.

Game two of this four game set will bring Chris Stratton (3-4, 3.78) to the mound for the River Cats. Stratton took a no decision in his last start, tossing four innings and allowing three runs on four hits and four walks while striking out four. All three of his wins have come on the road, where he is 3-2 with a 3.19 ERA. He is 3-1 in his last four starts with a 4.76 ERA. The Storm Chasers will counter with Andy Ferguson (4-3, 3.54). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

 

Lucky Number Seven! Sacramento River Cats’ Win Streak Continues

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA. – The Sacramento River Cats continued to roll, winning their seventh consecutive game Sunday night as they beat the Round Rock Express 3-2. Andrew Susac scored twice in the win and hit the go-ahead home run in the bottom of the eighth.

Susac started the game behind the plate and in the three spot in the lineup in his second River Cats rehab start. A night removed from an 0-for-4 performance, the 25-year-old catcher came through Sunday in a big way for Sacramento. He started a fifth-inning rally with a single to left field, scoring the first River Cats run of the night on Kevin Frandsen’s two-run double.

Three innings later, Susac came to the plate with one out and nobody on and crushed a Roman Mendez fastball to deep left field. The ball landed halfway back along the top of the River Cats clubhouse and put the home club up 3-2 with three outs to go. Overall, Susac was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a home run. He is now 6-for-22 with a double, two home runs, and four RBI between Sacramento and Advanced-A San Jose on his current rehab assignment.

In addition to Susac, Frandsen provided a big hit in the fifth inning to get Sacramento back in the game. Trailing 2-0, Susac singled to start the inning and was followed by a single from Mac Williamson. With one away, Frandsen smashed a double to the wall in left-center scoring both Susac and Williamson and tying the game at two. Frandsen was 1-for-3 on the night, with the clutch two-run double his lone hit.

Sacramento’s starter Nik Turley (5-6, 4.69) was fantastic on the mound, going seven very strong innings. The southpaw scattered four hits and allowed two runs (one earned) while walking three and striking out three. The seven innings matched his season high, as did his 109 pitches (70 of which were strikes). It was his ninth quality start and the seventh time this season that Turley, just 26, has gone at least six innings while allowing one earned run or less.

Brett Bochy (5-0, 2.79) took over for Turley in the eighth and pitched a perfect inning, striking out one. The right-hander was rewarded for his effort with his second win in as many nights. Behind him, Mike Broadway (1-0, 0.99) came on for the ninth and retired the Express in order. Broadway recorded his 12th save (is now 12 of 12 in save opportunities) and lowered his ERA to 0.99.

The River Cats have now won seven straight, their longest streak of the year and their longest since winning seven straight from May 21 – 27 last season. Sacramento last won eight straight from July 31 – August 8 of the 2013 season.

It’ll be lefty Ty Blach (10-10, 4.48) on the mound tomorrow night for Sacramento. Blach is coming off his team-leading 10th win of the season (T-2nd PCL). Game three will feature a familiar face to River Cats fans, as right-hander Robert Coello (0-0, 0.00) gets the start for Round Rock. Coello was 6-3 with a 3.50 ERA in 11 starts for Sacramento earlier this season. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. and 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

Sacramento Wins Sixth Straight with 13th-Inning Walk-Off

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

Rain Delay Doesn’t Slow River Cats Offense; Sacramento Defeats Tacoma Rainiers 6-2

TACOMA, Wash. – The Sacramento River Cats and Rainiers were delayed just over half an hour this morning due to rain, but the wet conditions and late start didn’t faze Sacramento in the least as they picked up their second straight win in Tacoma and third straight overall. Nick Noonan and Darren Ford both homered for the River Cats as Sacramento rolled to a 6-2 victory.

Noonan, making just his second start for the River Cats, shined this afternoon. Starting at shortstop, the right-handed hitter was 3-for-4 with a two-run home run in the top of the second inning. The homer put the River Cats up 2-1 and gave them a lead they would not relinquish. Noonan later singled in the fourth inning, driving in two more to extend Sacramento’s lead to 4-1.

Ford also contributed to the scoring, blasting a solo home run to left field in the top of the seventh. The home run, which was his second in the last two games, was his 11th of the season. He was 1-for-5 in the game overall.

Ford’s home run last night set a new season-high for the outfielder, and he continues to add on. Previously, the most home runs Ford had hit in a season was nine. He reached that mark twice, in both 2007 and 2009.

Mac Williamson also had a strong day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. The right-handed hitting outfielder has struggled lately at the plate, going just 2-for-20 over his last five games, but looked much more comfortable in his at bats today.

Overall, the River Cats offense tallied six runs on 12 hits. The Sacramento bats have really come to life as of late, having racked up 32 hits and scored 24 runs over their last three games.

Ty Blach picked up his 10th win of the season for the River Cats, becoming the first Sacramento starter to reach the double-digit mark this season. The left-hander went five innings and allowed two runs on nine hits and a walk with four strike outs. He benefited from some solid defense behind him as the River Cats turned three double plays to erase a number would-be rallies.

Brett Bochy, Steven Okert, and Mike Broadway combined to pitch four shutout innings. Broadway entered the game with two down in the eighth before pitching a scoreless ninth en route to his 10th save of the season. He is a perfect 10/10 in save opportunities and has now lowered his ERA to 1.04.

The River Cats and Rainiers will resume things tomorrow night at the regular time with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. It’ll be Chris Stratton (2-4, 3.52) on the mound for Sacramento. Stratton has been excellent on the road, posting a 2-2 record with a 2.98 ERA in eight road starts. For Tacoma, it’ll be the lefty Roenis Elias (3-1, 8.03). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. and 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

Sacramento River Cats Fall to Fresno Grizzlies 2-0

FRESNO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats and the Grizzlies exchanged zeroes for five innings, but a two-run homer from Fresno was enough to hand Sacramento the loss. Despite a season-high eight strikeouts from starting pitcher Chris Stratton, the River Cats couldn’t piece together anything offensively as they were shut out 2-0.

Chris Stratton struggled early on, walking four through the first three innings, but continued to find a way out of the tough spots. His lows came with highs, too, as he struck out a season-high eight. Stratton found his groove in the fifth inning, rattling off four consecutive strikeouts. He tossed six innings in the outing, allowing two runs on four hits while walking five and striking out eight. He threw 104 pitches, 65 for strikes, and falls to 2-4 with a 3.52 ERA for the season.

Juan Perez tried to get things started for Sacramento in the fourth inning, hitting his second double of the series and then stealing third base, but the River Cats could not capitalize on the opportunity after Mac Williamson and Jarrett Parker struck out to end the inning.

Perez finished his night 2-for-4 with a single and a double. He now has 24th multi-hit games this season and has two doubles, two home runs, and 5 RBIs in his last five games.

The Grizzlies finally snapped the scoreless game in the sixth inning. A double from Jon Singleton was followed by a home run off the bat of Tyler White to put Fresno up 2-0. The River Cats immediately responded with a leadoff single in the seventh by Kevin Frandsen, followed by another from Trevor Brown, but a double play off the bat of Ben Turner dashed their hopes of evening the score.

The River Cats grounded into three double plays tonight, one in each of the third, seventh, and eighth innings. They were one away from their season-high of four from their 4/27 game vs. Tacoma.

This is the first time the River Cats have been shut out on the road. Coming into tonight, they were 2-0 in shutouts on the road and 2-3 at home. Their last shutout win came in a 10-0 victory in game one of their double-header against Albuquerque on 7/27. The last time Sacramento was in Fresno, the River Cats came up with a 2-0 shutout win on 6/24.

Brett Bochy pitched two scoreless innings of relief tonight, allowing just two hits while walking one and striking out one. He threw 44 pitches, 24 for strikes, and lowered his ERA to 3.05.

Tomorrow the River Cats will send Tommy Hanson (0-4, 7.33) to the mound. Hanson is coming off what is arguably his best start of the season, in which he went four innings but allowed just one run on four hits and two walks with six strikeouts. He lasted 3.2 innings his last time out against the Grizzlies, allowing three runs on five hits and four walks with six strikeouts. Opposing Hanson will be Mike Hauschild (5-3, 3.54) for the Grizzlies. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Vs El Paso Chihuahuas; Duvall, Hicks, and Bochy Turn Sure Base Hit into Spectacular Out

Photo by Shawn Jonas

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – What would have been an excellent backhanded play by Sacramento River Cats’ first baseman Adam Duvall turned instead into a contender for the play of the season for Sacramento. Duvall combined with second baseman Brandon Hicks and pitcher Brett Bochy to turn a sure base hit into what was likely the out of the year.

Bochy entered the game in the top of the 8th, taking over for River Cats’ starter Tommy Hanson. On Bochy’s fifth pitch of the night, El Paso’s Alex Dickerson smashed a hard groundball to Duvall’s right. The first baseman moved quickly to his backhand, looking to snag a tricky hop, only to watch as the ball ricocheted off his glove and high into the air.

The ball shot out into shallow right field where Hicks came sprinting across. The second baseman plucked the ball from the air and, on the run, spun and fired the ball toward first base.

His throw was a bullet, but placed perfectly. Bochy, who started the whole thing with his pitch, had moved to cover first on contact. Seeing the ball careen off Duvall’s mitt, the right-hander started to slow, but resumed his sprint as Hicks moved on the ball. Bochy caught the throw in stride, hitting the bag just a split-second before Dickerson came down on the base.

“They’ll be talking about that play for years,” said long time River Cats broadcaster Johnny Doskow. “That was one of the best plays I’ve ever seen,” he added. Doskow has been calling games professionally for almost 20 years, 15 with the River Cats. “I’ve seen a lot of really great plays, but that was definitely one of them.”

On the other side of the ball, third baseman Kevin Frandsen went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, an RBI, and a run scored. His three hits snapped a three-game skid, during which Frandsen had been hitless in 11 at bats.

His seventh inning double just missed leaving the ballpark, hitting high off the wall in deep left-center. The hit scored Mac Williamson all the way from first and gave the River Cats their first run of the night. Sacramento scored again in the inning as Hicks singled Frandsen home.

Hanson (0-3, 6.41) had his longest outing of the season, going 7 innings while taking his third loss with Sacramento. He gave up 5 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits and a walk while striking out 2. The one walk was a new best for Hanson since joining the River Cats. Bochy and Erik Cordier combined for two scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

The River Cats head to Albuquerque next to take on the Pacific Southern’s Isotopes. The River Cats are 4-4 against the ‘Topes this season, splitting one series at home and one on the road. RHP Clayton Blackburn (4-3, 3.97) will kick off the four-game stint for Sacramento while Rockies prospect Jon Gray (5-56, 4.57) goes for Albuquerque. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Blow Early Lead, Come Back to Win In Extras 5-4

All Photos by Shawn Jonas

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA. – It was a roller coaster kind of night for the Sacramento River Cats as they defeated the Fresno Grizzlies 5-4 with a walk-off in extra innings. After blowing an early lead, Sacramento came back to force extra frames before walking things off in the bottom of the 13th on a Kevin Frandsen RBI-double.

With two outs in the 13th, the River Cats finally broke through on Frandsen’s walk-off double to left-center. Two batters earlier, Kelby Tomlinson picked up his second hit of the night, a two-out single to center, before stealing second. With first base open, the Grizzlies elected to intentionally walk Ryan Lollis and face Frandsen. Frandsen, who entered the game in the seventh inning in place of the ejected Adam Duvall, sent a double into the gap to score Tomlinson and send the River Cats home with their sixth extra-inning win of the season.

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Sacramento staked themselves to an early lead as Duvall mashed a three-run home run in the bottom of the first. The homer was Duvall’s 17th of the season, making him the active home run leader in the PCL.

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The Grizzlies got two back in the next inning on a two-run homer from Tyler White. The two runs were the only two that River Cats’ starter Clayton Blackburn (3-3, 4.07) would allow. The right-hander threw 5.2 innings, giving up the 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 7.

Things took a turn for the worse in the seventh, as the Grizzlies scored twice to take a 4-3 lead. Duvall was also ejected in the inning after arguing with first base umpire Adam Schwarz. Receiving a throw at first, Duvall was ruled to have missed the bag and Fresno’s Robbie Grossman was called safe.

The River Cats countered again, getting a run in the eighth to tie the game at four. After Carlos Triunfel roped a triple off the top of the wall in left-center, he scored on a sacrifice fly by Ronny Cedeno.

The bullpen was excellent for Sacramento in the win as five different pitchers put together 7.1 innings of two-run ball. Mike Broadway and Brett Bochy allowed just two baserunners in four innings of work from the 10th through 13th innings.

Left-hander Nik Turley (3-3, 6.21) gets the nod for Sacramento tomorrow night. The southpaw beat Fresno in their first meeting, throwing 6 shutout innings at Chukchansi Park. For the Grizzlies, it’ll be fellow southpaw Luis Cruz (4-4, 4.87). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Defeat Salt Lake Bees 4-3; All-Star Duvall Lifts River Cats in Walk-off Win

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats kicked off July with a thrilling 4-3 win in extras Wednesday night at Raley Field. After it looked like Jack Snodgrass was going to take the tough-luck loss in his first Triple-A start, a ninth-inning rally sent the game to extras where the River Cats won their fifth extra-inning contest on Adam Duvall’s walk-off RBI-single.

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the 15th inning, Duvall came to the plate as the Salt Lake Bees brought in their centerfielder to go to a six-man infield. The move didn’t make a difference to Duvall, who stroked his fourth hit of the night to left field, bringing in Brett Jackson and sending the River Cats home with the 4-3 win. Overall, Duvall was 4-for-8 with two runs scored and two RBIs.

For a while, it looked as if the game might not go that long, as Salt Lake held a 3-0 lead in the eighth. But Duvall sparked a late-game comeback with an RBI-double, giving Sacramento their first run of the night in the eighth inning. He scored two batters later on a wild pitch, cutting the deficit to one.

Sacramento rallied again in the ninth, tying the game on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Ryan Lollis. Lollis, who went 1-for-6 on the night, extended his hit streak to seven games and his streak of consecutive games with an RBI to four.

Before the offense rallied in the eighth, Snodgrass seemed doomed to take a tough-luck loss in his first start for the River Cats. Despite joining the roster on June 6, the tall left-hander was working exclusively out of the bullpen while Matt Cain and Jake Peavy were on Major League rehab assignments. In his debut as a starter, Snodgrass went 5 innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 run, and 3 walks while striking out 6.

The bullpen was excellent tonight for Sacramento, throwing 10 innings of shutout ball. The group was headlined by Curtis Partch, who struck out six in 2.2 perfect innings. Brett Bochy went 3 innings for the River Cats, giving up just 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 3.

Before tonight’s game, Duvall was named to the 2015 Pacific Coast League’s Triple-A All-Star team. The right-handed corner-infielder has hit 16 home runs this season, good for second most in the PCL and all of Triple-A. He is also top ten in the PCL in games played (74), at bats (294), RBIs (51), and total bases (144).

Ty Blach will take the mound for the River Cats tomorrow night. The left-hander is 5-8 with a 4.27 ERA in 15 starts this season and owns the league’s second best BB/9 (0.97). Opposite Blach will be another lefty, Salt Lake’s Adam Wilk (2-5, 5.14). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy to the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

River Cats’ Win Streak Comes to an End with a Matinee Match; Pitching Staff Comes Up Short in 8-1 Loss

All Photos by Shawn Jonas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The River Cats struggled to find their footing in Sunday’s matinee game against the Tacoma Rainiers, falling 8-1. A lack of hits and spotty pitching were contributing factors in Sacramento’s first loss after five straight wins.

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Ehire Adrianza got the game started with a leadoff home run to immediately put the River Cats ahead 1-0. Tacoma responded quickly with a two-run homer from Patrick Kivlehan to take the lead in the second inning. Three walks and a throwing error allowed the Rainiers to add to their lead with a five-run third inning.

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Tacoma did not slow down, adding another run in the fourth inning off a wild pitch by Jake Dunning. The River Cats were unable to produce a comeback as the Rainiers’ bullpen limited them to just one hit over the final three innings. Sacramento’s three-hit total came from Adrianza’s homer, a bloop double from Kevin Frandsen in the third, and a Ryan Lollis single in the eighth.

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Nik Turley made his third appearance this season, but pitched just 2+ innings in a rough start. He allowed 7 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks with 2 strikeouts. He threw to 5 batters in the third before being replaced by Dunning. Braulio Lara’s 2 inning-outing against El Paso just barely edges out Turley’s time on the mound today for the least amount of innings pitched by a River Cats starter this season.

Dunning’s stint on the mound didn’t improve matters, as he allowed a run on 2 hits and 3 walks with 2 strikeouts. However, the bullpen seemed to get back on track when Brett Bochy took over in the fifth inning. Bochy, Hall, and Rapada finished up the game with a combined 4.1 innings, allowing no runs on 1 hit and 1 walk with 2 strikeouts.

After starting the season 6-0 in day games, the River Cats are now 8-9 after today’s loss. They have 11 day games remaining this season.

The River Cats continue their series with the Tacoma Rainiers tomorrow with game three set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Sacramento will send LHP Ty Blach (5-5, 3.63) to counter the Rainiers’ RHP Sam Gaviglio (5-4, 4.31). Blach’s most recent outing was the longest by a River Cats pitcher this season after tossing 8 solid innings. He struck out a season-high seven batters and walked none in that game. Blach’s BB/9 improved to 0.91 with only 7 walks in his 69.1 innings pitched.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Three-Run Sixth Inning Lifts River Cats Over The Colorado Sky Sox 4-3; Sacramento Snaps 10-Game Skid

Photos By Shawn Jonas

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Sacramento River Cats took game two of their four-game series with the Colorado Sky Sox 4-3, ending their 10-game losing streak. A three-run sixth inning and a dominant showing by the bullpen put the River Cats over the edge.

The River Cats fell behind 2-1 early, but kept things close through the first five innings. In the sixth, they scored three runs to take their first lead of the game. A single by Casey McGehee led off the big inning, and a single from Hector Sanchez brought home McGehee to tie the game up. Both Jarrett Parker and Juan Perez drew consecutive walks, loading the bases. Carlos Triunfel’s single scored Sanchez and Parker to give the River Cats a 4-2 lead. That would be enough, as the bullpen held the line en route to a 4-3 win.

The Colorado Sky Sox got on the board first with a two-run double by starting pitcher Josh Roenicke in the fourth. The River Cats immediately responded back in the fifth, leading off the inning with a double by Juan Perez. A wild pitch from Roenicke allowed Perez to score Sacramento’s first run of the game.

Clayton Blackburn pitched in and out of jams all night, but the Sky Sox got the best of him in the fourth inning. Blackburn appeared to have grip issues, which led to him having trouble finding the strike zone, throwing more pitches, and possibly contributing to his throwing error. Blackburn pitched just 3.2 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks with 1 strikeout. He threw 75 pitches, 43 for strikes.

Clay Rapada picked up Blackburn, getting the last out of the fourth without allowing any more damage. Cory Gearrin, Brett Bochy, Steven Okert, and Cody Hall combined to pitch the rest of the game, allowing just one run over 5.1 innings. They struck out a total of six while walking just two. Gearrin (1-0, 1.23) picked up his first win of the season. Hall recorded the save for Sacramento, also his first.
Tonight’s win is the River Cats’ first since 5/18 when they beat the Albuquerque Isotopes on the road, 12-5. Over the last 10 games, the River Cats were outscored 32-63 and committed 15 errors. The 10-game streak is also the longest in franchise history.

Game three of the series will bring RHP Robert Coello (5-3, 3.45) to the mound for the River Cats, while Colorado will counter with RHP Drew Gagnon (1-6, 7.78). Coello pitched 5 innings in his last outing, allowing 2 runs on just 3 hits. His five wins are tied for second in the PCL heading into Sunday’s contest. First pitch is set for tomorrow at 12:35 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations