Valdez strikes out five of seven batters in stellar relief outing
FRESNO, CA — The Sacramento River Cats (41-55) were stymied by Fresno Grizzlies (55-40) righty Josh James, who struck out 12 River Cats hitters as they fell 8-3 to their central California rivals.
Shortstop Orlando Calixte led the offensive charge for Sacramento as he recorded three hits, including his 11th double of the season, to give him five hits in his last two games. A pair of two-baggers from Chris Shaw and Ryder Jones in the sixth inning provided the team’s three runs, with Jones’s two-run double extending his RBI streak to four games.
After River Cats starter Daniel Camarena surrendered all eight of Fresno’s runs, right-hander Jose Valdez and lefty Steven Okert teamed up to strike out eight batters in their combined 3.2 innings of work to keep the game from getting out of hand. For Valdez, he sent five of the seven batters he faced packing in 2.1 perfect frames.
Game three of this series on Wednesday will see right-hander Casey Kelly (8-7, 5.20) making his team-high 17th start of the year while the Grizzlies will go with fellow righty Cy Sneed (8-4, 3.11). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online atrivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.FM.
Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations