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Sacramento River Cats Fall To Sky Sox 5-3 Split Series; Error Proves Costly

Photo Courtesy of The Sacramento River Cats

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Sacramento River Cats and Sky Sox both sent bullpen arms to the mound to start Monday’s matinee finale in Colorado Springs. Looking for their first series win since late April, the defense again stumbled, committing their eighth error of the series as the River Cats fell 5-3 to the Sky Sox.

Veteran righty Juan Gutierrez took the mound for the River Cats, making his first start of the season. Gutierrez had appeared in 13 games for Sacramento prior to today’s game, posting an 0-1 record with one save and a 4.94 ERA. He was excellent for the River Cats filling in as a starter, tossing 3 scoreless innings, allowing just 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 2. He threw 39 pitches in the start, 25 for strikes, and recorded five ground ball outs.

His opponent was fellow right-handed reliever Tim Dillard. Dillard, who was also making his first start of the season, went 4 innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 2.

The River Cats struck first, jumping ahead in the second inning on a towering three-run home run from Casey McGehee. The homer was his second in the last two games and one of three hits on the afternoon. It was a strong end to the series for McGehee, who hit .500 (8-for-16) with 2 walks, 3 runs, 2 home runs, a double, and 6 RBIs over the four games.

The Sky Sox took the lead in the fourth, though, scoring five times off reliever Curtis Partch to go ahead by two. The big hit in the inning came from Colorado Springs’ pinch-hitter Chris Nelson. With the bases loaded, Nelson – who came into the at bat hitting just .158 in his last ten games (3-for-19) ┬ároped a bases-clearing double down the right-field line.

Four of Colorado Springs’ runs in the inning were unearned as Adam Duvall committed his team-leading 10th error of the season on a throw to first. In the series, the River Cats committed eight errors and surrendered 11 unearned runs.

The River Cats were unable to generate a comeback as the Sky Sox bullpen limited them to just three hits over the final five innings. Jarrett Parker, who started the day with 499 career hits, was 0-2 with two walks on the afternoon, postponing the milestone for at least another game.

The River Cats are now 23-29 and will head to Oklahoma City to take on the OKC Dodgers. The Dodgers are 34-15 heading into their game tonight and are in first in the American Northern Division. Nik Turley (0-1, 13.50) will kick things off for the River Cats. The Dodgers will counter with right-hander Joe Wieland (4-1, 5.45). First pitch is 5:05 p.m. PDT. The game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and will join in progress at 6:00 p.m. on ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy Of The Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Solid Start By Black Burn Yet River Cats Offense Can’t Get Going Fall To Nashville Sounds 5-0

May 25, 2015 4:53 PM PT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – 9,447 gathered at Raley Field on Memorial Day to watch as the Sacramento River Cats welcomed the Nashville Sounds (Oakland Athletics) to West Sacramento for the first time in two years. Clayton Blackburn kept the River Cats close, but the offense couldn’t find their footing as Sacramento was shut out for just the second time this season, 5-0.

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A day after recording one hit in six innings, the River Cats offense again sputtered. They scattered four hits across the first four innings and erased any potential threats by grounding into two double plays. Darren Ford was also picked off trying to steal in the first. The River Cats were unable to muster any kind of offense after that, going hitless with just three baserunners – a hit by pitch, a walk, and reached on a fielder’s choice – in the fifth through ninth innings.

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One of Sacramento’s hits belonged to Adam Duvall, who extended his hit streak to nine games with his second-inning single. Duvall is still carrying a .322 average (15th in the PCL) through 45 games this season, to go with a league-leading 26 extra-base hits.

Blackburn was solid for Sacramento, keeping the River Cats in the game and really only running into trouble in the fourth inning. Two walks and two singles led to a 2-0 Nashville lead and loaded the bases, but Blackburn got the Sounds’ Joey Wendle to ground out to end the inning. He kept the Sounds scoreless otherwise before exiting after the fifth. He threw 97 pitches in the outing, 65 for strikes.

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The Sounds continued to add on to their lead, scoring once in the sixth and again in the seventh against River Cats’ reliever Juan Gutierrez. They knocked in their fifth run in the ninth, stretching their lead to five. First baseman and former River Cat Anthony Aliotti was 3-for-5 with 2 RBIs and a run scored for Nashville.

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Blackburn took the loss on the afternoon and is now 1-3 with a 5.06 ERA. Sounds’ reliever Jim Fuller (1-0) picked up the win for Nashville while Brock Huntzinger notched the three-inning save, his first of the season.

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After starting the season 5-0 in day games, the River Cats have won just two of their last seven matinee contests. They’ll have another chance in Thursday’s 12:05 p.m. finale with the Sounds.

Before then, the River Cats will face former Giant and River Cats star Barry Zito (1-4, 5.29) tomorrow night. The veteran lefty will be making his first start at Raley Field since 2000. Opposing him will be Sacramento’s RHP Robert Coello (5-2, 3.44) as he goes for his league-leading sixth win. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

*All Photos by Shawn Jonas