OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Sacramento River Cats won game three of their four game series with the Oklahoma City Dodgers Thursday evening 5-4. The third consecutive win secures Sacramento a series victory heading into the finale tomorrow. The River Cats were backed by multi-hit games from four different players and another dominant starting pitching performance, this time by Clayton Blackburn.
The River Cats have shown consistent hitting in this series, especially in clutch situations. 13 of Sacramento’s 18 runs scored this series have been with two outs. Casey McGehee, Travis Ishikawa, Adam Duvall, and Carlos Triunfel all recorded multi-hit games tonight. Casey McGehee has five multi-hit games in his seven-game hit streak and Ishikawa extended his hitting streak to five games, three of which were multi-hit games, as well.
The River Cats struck early, getting on the board first for the fifth consecutive game. Adam Duvall got things started with a single, and Jarrett Parker hit his seventh double of the season to set the stage for an early lead. Hector Sanchez grounded out to bring home Duvall, and Triunfel followed with a single to drive in Parker. Oklahoma City answered back in their half of the inning with an RBI triple, but Clayton Blackburn limited them to just the one run.
The River Cats never relinquished their early lead, adding three more runs, one in each of the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings. Despite a run in the fifth inning and a two-run double from Oklahoma City in eighth, the River Cats held on for the win.
Clayton Blackburn excelled on the mound tonight, preventing the Dodgers from tying the game multiple times. He pitched 7 innings, allowing 2 runs on 8 hits and 1 walk with 3 strikeouts. Much like in his last two starts, Blackburn consistently got ground balls when he needed them most. His record for the season moves to 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA.
The series finale is set for tomorrow at 5:05 p.m, (PT). The River Cats will send RHP Chris Stratton (0-0, 0.00) to the mound to face the Dodgers’ RHP Scott Baker (4-3, 4.67). Stratton began the year in Double-A Richmond and was transferred to Sacramento after the departure of veteran starters Kevin Correia and Robert Coello. He was originally drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the first round (20th overall) of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Mississippi State University. Stratton’s Double-A record for the 2015 seasons is 1-5 with a 4.14 ERA. Following tomorrow’s game, Sacramento will return home to Raley Field for a four-game series with the Tacoma Rainiers.
Game Recap Courtesy of Sacramento River Cats Media Relations