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Offense Comes to Life in Extra-Inning Win; Sacramento River Cats Collect 15 Hits As They Defeat El Paso Chihuahuas 6-4

EL PASO, Texas – The Sacramento River Cats won an extra-inning contest against the El Paso Chihuahuas Friday night, 6-4. Backed by dominant offensive performances, Sacramento secured their third win against the Chihuahuas this season and first in El Paso.

Sacramento collected 15 hits tonight, with contributions from eight different players. The River Cats had six doubles on the night, one away from tying their season high of seven, set on 4/19 vs. Las Vegas. Darren Ford had an exceptional game, going 3-for-6 with two singles, a double, and two RBIs. Hector Sanchez went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two walks, recording his third multi-hit game this season.

The Chihuahuas jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning after Brett Wallace hit a two-run single. After two scoreless innings, the River Cats tied the game in the fourth. Ronny Cedeno led off the inning with a double, and Darren Ford followed with a double of his own to drive home Cedeno. Ford rounded the bases off Ryan Lollis’ single to even the score.

The River Cats added two more runs in the fifth to grab their first lead of the night. Travis Ishikawa led the inning off with a double and came around to score on a Cedeno groundout. Perez followed suit, scoring on a single by Ford. The River Cats led off three different innings with a double in Friday night’s game.

El Paso cut the lead to one in their half of the fifth inning and tied it in the eighth on a Ramiro Pena sacrifice bunt. With the score locked 4-4, the River Cats struck for two in the 11th. Hector Sanchez’s sacrifice fly scored Kevin Frandsen from third and Cedeno drove in Adam Duvall to stretch the lead to two.

Chris Stratton pitched 5 strong innings in his second appearance with the River Cats, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks with 3 strikeouts. Overall, River Cats pitchers limited the Chihuahuas to six hits. Clay Rapada (1-2) pitched a perfect tenth to pick up his second win of the season. Erik Cordier closed the door in the 11th, recording his third save.

Game three of the series is set for tomorrow at 6:05 p.m. (PT). The River Cats will start Nik Turley (1-2, 10.50) and the Chihuahuas will send Jason Lane (4-4, 4.34) to the mound. Turley pitched just two innings in his last outing while playing the Rainiers. His last start prior to that was against Oklahoma City, where he pitched six innings and allowed just 1 run on 5 hits and 2 walks with 4 strikeouts.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Colorado Springs Sky Sox Make It Rain Beat River Cats 8-3; Extends Sacramentos’ Losing Streak To 10

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After a rain delay that postponed first pitch by over an hour, left-hander Ty Blach took the mound in his home state of Colorado Friday night and pitched 4 quality innings before the defense struggled behind him in the fifth. Sacramento River Cats committed three errors in total on the night as they dropped their 10th straight with an 8-3 loss to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.

Once the rain cleared, Sacramento wasted no time getting on the board, as with two out in the first, Jarrett Parker drove in Casey McGehee with an RBI single. McGehee had reached base on a line drive to center, and with smart base running turned it into a double as he advanced to second on the throw. Parker finished the night 2-for-3 with a walk. With those 2 hits, Parker is now just 3 hits shy of 500 for his Minor League Career.

Colorado Springs tied things up immediately, as the second pitch Blach threw on the night was hit over the right field wall by Scooter Gennett to tie the game. The Sky Sox applied pressure early with doubles in the first three innings, all with less than 2 outs, but Blach was able to escape each time to keep the score tied. Through the first four, he held the Sky Sox hitless (0-for-8) with runners in scoring position.

The Sky Sox finally struck in the fifth, putting up 6 runs on 5 hits, including a 2-run home run by Donnie Murphy. None of the runs in the inning were earned as the River Cats committed 2 errors in the frame, giving them three total on the night.

The River Cats got back on the board in the seventh on John Bowker’s two-run home run. The homer was his third of the season and put him at 500 career Minor League RBIs. The Sky Sox countered in the bottom half, tagging Clay Rapada for another run to push the score to 8-3.

Blach (4-5, 3.82) finished the night pitching 6 innings, allowing 7 runs (1 earned) on 11 hits, while walking just 1 and striking out 2. He continues to throw strikes and still maintains the league’s best BB/9 (1.03). His counterpart, Tyler Thornburg (1-2, 4.41), lasted 6.1 innings, allowing 3 runs (all earned) on 7 hits, striking out 4.

The River Cats will look to end their skid Saturday night as they send right-hander Clayton Blackburn (1-3, 5.07) to the hill. Opposing him for the Sky Sox will be righty Josh Roenicke (2-1, 5.12). First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. (PT) and can be heard live on rivercats.com and on ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of Sacramento River Cats Media Relations