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Sacramento River Cats Win Third Straight, Beat 51s 6-1

Offense racks up 12 hits, Williamson homers for second straight night

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (61-75) offense was firing on all cylinders Wednesday night. They jumped ahead early in the first inning and rolled to an easy 6-1 victory over the Las Vegas 51s (52-85).

Ryan Lollis got things started for the River Cats, driving in two with the bases loaded in the first frame. Mac Williamson highlighted the scoring, launching his second big fly in as many games over the center field wall in the fifth inning. As a team, the River Cats went 5-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

Sacramento starter Kraig Sitton gave the team a solid four innings in his second start this season, allowing just one hit and one run. The bullpen took it from there with Collin Balester tossing three scoreless frames to follow. Balester earned his first win of the year for his efforts.

Right-hander Casey Kelly (7-5, 4.55) will get the ball for the River Cats tomorrow night. He will square off against the 51s’ righty Robert Gsellman (0-0, 0.00). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Chris Shaw Homers, Extends Hit Streak But Sacramento River Cats Fall

Sacramento can’t keep pace with Cubs in 7-3 defeat

Des Moines, IA – The Sacramento River Cats (49-67) fell for a second straight game to the Iowa Cubs (55-59) in Wednesday’s matinee by a final score of 7-3.

Chris Shaw was the highlight this afternoon for Sacramento, slugging his 13th home run of the year while simultaneously extending his hitting streak to 13 games. Trevor Brown also went deep, launching his first long ball of the season in the eight inning.

Right-hander Casey Kelly got the start for Sacramento, going six innings while allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits. Kelly also struck out six Iowa hitters and yielded two walks before giving way to the River Cats bullpen. Left-hander Steven Okert allowed two runs to follow in the seventh, ending his 6.2 inning scoreless streak, and righty Collin Balester surrendered two more in the eighth.

Right-hander Roberto Gomez (3-6, 4.76) will get the start tomorrow afternoon for Sacramento and will oppose Iowa’s right-hander Jen-Ho Tseng (4-1, 2.10). First pitch is set for 10:08 a.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live on the air on ESPN 1320 and online at rivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Rally Late But Fall Short 4-3 To Tacoma Rainiers

Sacramento leaves bases loaded in ninth, is swept by Tacoma

Tacoma, WA – The Sacramento River Cats (40-61) loaded the bases with one out in the ninth inning against the Tacoma Rainiers (52-50) Monday afternoon, but went down swinging for their final two outs in their 4-3 loss.

Sacramento first showed signs of life in the sixth inning, pushing three runs across to bring them within one run. In the ninth, catcher Trevor Brown led off the inning with a single and was followed by walks to Juniel Querecuto and Carlos Moncrief to load the bases. After Ryan Lollis flied out to left field, River Cats manager Dave Brundage turned to bench for pinch hitter Chris Shaw. Shaw was unable to take advantage however, striking out swinging. Juan Ciriaco also went down on strikes to follow to end the game.

Tacoma touched up starter Kraig Sitton for three runs over three innings today. Sitton, who was making a spot-start for Tyler Beede, was relieved for right-hander Collin Balester who allowed the fourth and final Rainiers run and also went three innings. The River Cats suffered their fifth series sweep this season and fifth straight loss.

Sacramento returns home tomorrow night to open a four game series against the Round Rock Express. Right-hander Chris Stratton (4-5, 5.11) will start for the River Cats and right-hander Clayton Blackburn (4-2, 4.98) returns to Raley Field to face his former team. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live on the air on ESPN 1320 and online atrivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cat’s Comeback Bid Falls Short Against El Paso

River Cats rally in seventh but can’t overcome deficit, lose 7-3

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (38-56) fell 7-3 to the El Paso Chihuahuas (48-47) in the first game of their four-game set as they returned home to Raley Field Monday night for the first time since the All-Star break.

Trailing 6-0, Juniel Querecuto highlighted the comeback effort in the seventh, smacking a two-run homer to ignite the rally. A couple batters later, Carlos Moncrief singled up the middle, scoring Ali Castillo and bringing Sacramento within three. That would be it for the Sacramento offense however, as they collected four of their seven hits in the frame before going quietly in the eighth and ninth innings.

Andrew Suarez got the start for the River Cats and threw a season-low 4.1 innings before giving way to reliever Collin Balester. The southpaw allowed five runs over the 4.1 innings while striking out five and walking three. Balester allowed one run over his 2.2 innings. Kraig Sitton was charged with an unearned run in the ninth, keeping his streak of no earned runs allowed alive at 10.1 innings (eight games).

Albert Suarez (0-0, 0.00) will make his first start for Sacramento tomorrow night and will face El Paso’s Zach Lee (2-3, 6.80). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live on the air on ESPN 1320 and online at rivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations