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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

Nashville Sounds Stay Loud Silence Sacramento 3-2; River Cats Drop Their Ninth Straight Game

Photos by Shawn Jonas

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Kevin Correia took the mound Thursday determined to end the River Cats’ losing streak, throwing seven shutout innings for Sacramento. Despite his excellent start – and two River Cats home runs – the Sounds rallied in the eighth to take a lead they would not give up as the River Cats dropped their ninth in a row 3-2.

Correia kept the Nashville Sounds off-balance and off the bases for most of the afternoon, scattering 6 hits and 1 walk across his seven innings while striking out 5. He coaxed Nashville into seven groundball outs, including three inning-ending double plays. He threw 97 pitches in the outing, 65 for strikes. It was just the third time this season that a Sacramento River Cats starter notched seven complete innings (Ty Blach, 4/11 and 5/18).

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The River Cats only managed three hits against the Sounds, although two of them were big solo home runs off the bats of Jarrett Parker and John Bowker. Parker reached base three times in the game, going 2-for-2 with a home run, a single, and a walk. With two hits today, he is now just 5 away from reaching 500 career minor league hits.

Nashville rallied for 3 runs on 3 hits and a hit by pitch in the eighth inning against Sacramento’s lefty Steven Okert. The Sounds’ Jason Pridie roped a two-run triple down the right field line in the inning to cap his afternoon and his series. Pridie hit .467 (7-for-15) with 5 extra-base hits, including a home run, and 4 RBIs against the River Cats.

With today’s loss, the River Cats have now dropped nine in a row, tying their franchise record. The River Cats also lost nine straight in 2011, from June 26 through July 7. The loss also marks the first time that the River Cats have lost all eight games of an eight-game homestand.

Sacramento will look to turn things around on their upcoming road trip. They’ll start a four-game set in Colorado Springs tomorrow night behind LHP Ty Blach (4-4, 4.07). Taking the mound for the Sky Sox is RHP Tyler Thornburg (0-2, 4.45). After that, the River Cats will head to Oklahoma City to take on the Dodgers. First pitch for tomorrow’s game is 6:05 PT and the game can be heard live on rivercats.com and ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Nashville Sounds’ Barry Zito Shuts Down River Cats At Raley Field; Sacramento Falls 3-0

All Photos By Shawn Jonas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Yesterday, the Sacramento River Cats and their fans welcomed veteran left-hander Barry Zito back to Raley Field, his first visit since pitching here in 2000. Tonight, the River Cats were stumped as he took the mound, falling 3-0 and getting shut out by the Nashville Sounds for the second game in a row.

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Zito (2-4, 4.72) successfully kept the River Cats’ hitters off balance through the first six innings. He held Sacramento scoreless while allowing just 3 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 5 and picked up his second win of the season.

Robert Coello (5-3, 3.45) took the mound for Sacramento and struggled early, walking 4 in the first two innings. Despite not having command of all of his pitches, Coello battled all night and only gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and 6 walks with 5 strikeouts. He threw 102 pitches – 57 for strikes – through 5 innings in the loss.

The Sounds took advantage of the free baserunners, especially in the second. Nashville drew back-to-back walks to open the inning and, after the runners moved up on a groundout, Anothony Aliotti singled both runners home. That would be all Coello would allow, however, as he held the Sounds scoreless after that. For Nashville, Aliotti ended his night 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs. The Sounds scored their third run on a Ryan Roberts sacrifice fly in the seventh.

The River Cats struggled to generate any kind of threat, putting just five runners in scoring position in the game. Juan Perez hit a double in the fourth on some smart and aggressive base running. With a creative slide and a hop, he evaded the tag and landed safely on second. The River Cats put another runner in scoring position in the eighth with back-to-back singles by Casey McGehee and Ehire Adrianza. McGehee was 1-for-4 in his River Cats debut and made an excellent leaping play at third base to snag a line drive.

Sacramento started to put something together in the bottom of the ninth on a Jarrett Parker double and a John Bowker walk, but both runners were still standing on the bases when the last out was made. Sounds reliever R.J. Alvarez picked up his first save of the season.

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San Francisco’s right-hander Jake Peavy (0-2, 9.39) will make his second rehab start tomorrow night for Sacramento. The Cy Young winner and World Series Champ is returning from a back injury and pitched last week for Class-A Advanced San Jose, throwing three scoreless innings. Taking the mound opposite of Peavy will be Nashville’s Zach Neal (2-0, 1.69). Tomorrow night is also the River Cats’ Pitch Perfect 2 and SacramenTONES specialty jerseys night. The game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off during the game to benefit the River Cats Foundation. First pitch is set for tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of Sacramento River Cats