Photo by Shawn Jonas
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – After an unexpected rain storm washed away last night’s game, the Sacramento River Cats and Isotopes took part in a doubleheader Monday. Thanks to phenomenal starts from both Ty Blach and Chris Stratton, as well as another big day by Adam Duvall, Sacramento crushed Albuquerque in both games of the doubleheader (10-0 and 10-1) and grabbed the series victory.
Blach (9-8, 4.00) was masterful in the opening game. The left-hander went the distance, throwing a 7-inning shutout while allowing just 4 hits and no walks. Blach also got the job done offensively, going 2-for-4 at the plate with 2-RBIs.
Every River Cat who played in game one recorded a hit, and all but three recorded multi-hit games. Overall, the River Cats scored 10 runs on 16 hits to provide more than enough offense for Blach.
Sacramento’s offensive outburst was once again led by Duvall. He went 3-for-4 with a home run, double, and 4 RBIs in game one. Carlos Triunfel went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the second inning. The first four spots in the order (Kelby Tomlinson, Ryan Lollis, Juan Perez, and Duvall) combined to go 9-for-15 in game one of the double-dip.
Game two seemed to be a continuation of the first game, as Duvall launched a three-run home run in the very first inning. Overall, Duvall finished the doubleheader going 4-for-8 with 2 home runs, a double, and 7 RBIs. The River Cats would add two more in the second, and then put up 4 runs while sending 10 men to the plate in the fifth.
Right-hander Chris Stratton (1-3, 3.02) finally earned his first Triple-A win in the final game Monday. The former first round pick went all 7 innings, allowing just 1 run on 3 hits, walking 2 and striking out 4. Like Blach, Stratton also helped himself from the plate, going 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs and a run scored.
Monday was the second doubleheader the River Cats have had this season. Earlier in the month on July 7, Sacramento and Reno split a doubleheader at Aces Ballpark, which due to rain delays did not conclude until after one o’clock in the morning.
The River Cats will now look forward to a four game series at Raley Field against the visiting Las Vegas 51s. Toeing the rubber in game one of that series will be the veteran right-hander Tommy Hanson (0-3, 6.41). Opposing him will the another veteran of the Major League level, righty Dillon Gee (4-1, 6.35). First pitch Tuesday is set for 7:05 p.m.
Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations