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Sacramento River Cats Defeat Fresno Grizzlies 9-3; Blackburn Wins Fifth Straight

FRESNO, Calif. – It was all Sacramento River Cats in Sunday night’s 9-3 win, as they scored nine unanswered runs in the first seven innings. RBIs from six different players and another masterful performance from Clayton Blackburn highlighted the victory, avoiding a series sweep in the process.

The River Cats came out ready to battle the Grizzlies and avoid a series sweep. Darren Ford led off the game with his ninth home run to immediately put Sacramento on the board. He finished his night 3-for-5 with a single, a double, a home run, and two RBIs.

Ford, Ryan Lollis, and Juan Perez contributed Sacramento’s three home runs in tonight’s win. They were one homer short of tying their season-high of four home runs in a game. The 2015 record came from the River Cats’ 15-6 win over Salt Lake City where they blasted four home runs, two of which were from Perez.

Trevor Brown led off both the second and sixth innings with doubles, one of which was an RBI-double. Tonight’s game saw six doubles from five different players, which was just one shy of the River Cats’ season-high for doubles. Six players contributed to seven doubles in the April 19th game against Salt Lake.

One triple away from recording the second cycle in River Cats history, Lollis’ 3-RBI night was key for Sacramento. He finished his night 3-for-4 with a single, a double, and a home run. Tonight marked Lollis’ second 3-RBI game and his fifth multi-RBI game this season.
Blackburn had a rough first inning, walking two consecutive batters and loading the bases. He managed to pitch himself out of the jam, and proceeded to retire nine batters in a row, including four strikeouts. Blackburn finished his evening allowing just two hits while walking four and striking out five in 5.1 innings of shutout baseball. He was replaced by Steven Okert, who picked up where Blackburn left off, striking out two and retiring all five of the batters he faced during his 1.2 shutout innings.

Curtis Partch struggled during his outing, allowing all three of Fresno’s runs on five hits, but Mike Broadway’s two strikeouts in the ninth solidified the River Cats’ win. Blackburn picked up his eighth win and lowered his ERA to 3.30 in tonight’s victory.

After a scheduled day off Monday, the River Cats will resume their 14-day road trip in Tacoma. Sacramento leads the season series 7-4 and won their last four-game set 3-1, which was also held at Cheney Stadium. LHP Nik Turley (5-6, 4.86) will be on the mound for the River Cats. Turley has been inconsistent, allowing 5+ runs in 5 starts, but also allowing 2 or fewer runs 7 times. His last outing against Tacoma came at Raley Field on June 7th when he allowed 7 runs on 6 hits in just 2.0 innings. The Rainiers’ starting pitcher is to be announced. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall to Fresno Grizzlies 2-0

FRESNO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats and the Grizzlies exchanged zeroes for five innings, but a two-run homer from Fresno was enough to hand Sacramento the loss. Despite a season-high eight strikeouts from starting pitcher Chris Stratton, the River Cats couldn’t piece together anything offensively as they were shut out 2-0.

Chris Stratton struggled early on, walking four through the first three innings, but continued to find a way out of the tough spots. His lows came with highs, too, as he struck out a season-high eight. Stratton found his groove in the fifth inning, rattling off four consecutive strikeouts. He tossed six innings in the outing, allowing two runs on four hits while walking five and striking out eight. He threw 104 pitches, 65 for strikes, and falls to 2-4 with a 3.52 ERA for the season.

Juan Perez tried to get things started for Sacramento in the fourth inning, hitting his second double of the series and then stealing third base, but the River Cats could not capitalize on the opportunity after Mac Williamson and Jarrett Parker struck out to end the inning.

Perez finished his night 2-for-4 with a single and a double. He now has 24th multi-hit games this season and has two doubles, two home runs, and 5 RBIs in his last five games.

The Grizzlies finally snapped the scoreless game in the sixth inning. A double from Jon Singleton was followed by a home run off the bat of Tyler White to put Fresno up 2-0. The River Cats immediately responded with a leadoff single in the seventh by Kevin Frandsen, followed by another from Trevor Brown, but a double play off the bat of Ben Turner dashed their hopes of evening the score.

The River Cats grounded into three double plays tonight, one in each of the third, seventh, and eighth innings. They were one away from their season-high of four from their 4/27 game vs. Tacoma.

This is the first time the River Cats have been shut out on the road. Coming into tonight, they were 2-0 in shutouts on the road and 2-3 at home. Their last shutout win came in a 10-0 victory in game one of their double-header against Albuquerque on 7/27. The last time Sacramento was in Fresno, the River Cats came up with a 2-0 shutout win on 6/24.

Brett Bochy pitched two scoreless innings of relief tonight, allowing just two hits while walking one and striking out one. He threw 44 pitches, 24 for strikes, and lowered his ERA to 3.05.

Tomorrow the River Cats will send Tommy Hanson (0-4, 7.33) to the mound. Hanson is coming off what is arguably his best start of the season, in which he went four innings but allowed just one run on four hits and two walks with six strikeouts. He lasted 3.2 innings his last time out against the Grizzlies, allowing three runs on five hits and four walks with six strikeouts. Opposing Hanson will be Mike Hauschild (5-3, 3.54) for the Grizzlies. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats vs. Salt Lake Bees; Blackburn Wins Fourth Straight as River Cats Secure 6-3 Victory

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Sacramento River Cats won their third consecutive game over the Salt Lake Bees 6-3 Tuesday night and took the season series 12-4. The hot-hitting Jarrett Parker’s two-RBI night and the performance of the bullpen highlighted the series victory.

With the exception of Brandon Hicks, every River Cat in tonight’s game recorded a hit. Both Ryan Lollis and Jarrett Parker had multi-hit and multi-RBI games. They are the active team leaders in multi-hit games with 24 and 26, respectively.

The Bees got on the board first for the first time this series, but the River Cats didn’t stay down for long, exploding for five runs over the fourth and fifth innings to take the lead. Kevin Frandsen continued his hit-streak with a single in the fourth to give him ten consecutive games with a hit, starting 7/27 against Albuquerque. The team-high hit-streak is currently a tie between Juan Perez and Adam Duvall, each with 11 games.

The River Cats kept the momentum going in the fifth inning, with Darren Ford singling and subsequently stealing second base. Ford now has 25 stolen bases on the season, putting him in 4th place in the Pacific Coast League. Parker later doubled on a line drive to bring home Ryan Lollis and Mac Williamson and give the River Cats a four-run lead over the Bees. Parker finished his night 2-for-4 with a single, a double, a walk, and two RBI. Tonight marked his 13th multi-RBI game of the season, bringing him to a .278 batting average and 53 total RBI.

Lollis had two doubles on Tuesday night, hitting one in both the fifth and ninth innings. He went 2-for-4 with the two doubles, a walk, and two RBI. Lollis now has 24 multi-hit games and 4 multi-RBI games, good for a .341 batting average and 25 RBI on the season.

Clayton Blackburn was battling early on, walking three through the first three innings. He was able to pitch himself out of the jams in the first two innings and he managed to keep the River Cats on track to win despite Salt Lake threatening on a few occasions. Blackburn pitched 5 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits while walking a season-high 4 and striking out 7 on the way to his seventh win of the season. Other than a rare hiccup from Mike Broadway, the bullpen was consistent once again, combining for 4 innings of work and allowing 1 run on 6 hits while walking 1 and striking out 2.

The River Cats will continue their road trip tomorrow in Fresno, kicking off a five-game set against the Grizzlies. This is the last time the two rivals will meet this season. Sacramento will send out lefty Nik Turley (5-5, 4.90). Turley is coming off his best performance of the year, where he allowed just one run over a season-high seven innings while striking out a season-high eight against the Las Vegas 51s. Fresno batters are hitting just .171 against Turley. The Grizzlies will counter with Asher Wojciechowski (6-2, 5.42).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

River Cats Rally Late, Frandsen Hits Go Ahead Double; Sacramento Beat Salt Lake Bees 4-1

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Sacramento River Cats broke a 1-1 tie with a big three-run ninth inning and took the win 4-1 over the Salt Lake Bees. Sacramento scrapped and clawed to load the bases before Kevin Frandsen came through with a bases-clearing double to score the game’s winning runs.

Before that, the River Cats scored first for the third straight game in the series, grabbing a 1-0 lead in the third inning on a Juan Perez single. Overall, Perez was 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Coming into tonight’s contest, Perez had been on a tear, hitting .438 (14-for-32) with three home runs, seven RBI, and seven runs scored in his last ten games.

Salt Lake tied up the game in the fourth inning on Roger Kieshnick’s RBI-single. The score remain locked at one apiece until the River Cats finally managed to break through in the ninth.

The River Cats worked their way to a bases loaded, no outs situation. Ryan Lollis drew a walk from Salt Lake’s reliever Mike Morin before Juan Perez reached on Morin’s throwing error. Morin then hit Mac Williamson with a pitch to put three men on. After Jarrett Parker went down looking, Frandsen crushed a ball to deep center field, nearly driving it out of the park. The ball bounced off the wall and scored all three baserunners, putting Sacramento ahead 4-1 for good.

Tommy Hanson had a short outing tonight, lasting just four innings, but kept the game close. He allowed 1 run on 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 2. The Bees made Hanson work for it in the fourth inning, as he threw 33 pitches in the frame. He exited after four with the score tied 1-1.

The bullpen picked up where Hanson left off, and combined for 5 strong innings, allowing no runs on 2 hits while walking 2 and striking out 5. Steven Okert threw 1.2 innings and picked up his fourth win while Josh Osich recorded his second save of the season with a perfect bottom of the ninth.

Elsewhere in the organization, Kelby Tomlinson had his major league debut tonight as a pinch hitter for the San Francisco Giants in their game against the Atlanta Braves. Tomlinson was in the River Cats’ lineup Sunday night before getting called up today. After blowing a 6-0 lead, the Giants found themselves tied at seven in the 12th inning. Tomlinson pinch-hit in for Yusmeiro Petit and recorded his first MLB base hit with a line drive single to center field. He ultimately scored on a Buster Posey RBI-single, but the Giants were unable to hold onto the lead, losing 8-7 in 12.

Sacramento will send Clayton Blackburn (6-3, 3.50) to the mound for the tomorrow’s series finale. Blackburn has won his last three starts and gone at least six innings with two earned runs or less in each. Salt Lake City’s starting pitcher is TBD. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. (PT).

Sacramento River Cats Defeat Salt Lake Bees; Perez Leads River Cats in Romp Over Bees with a 15-6 Victory

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Sacramento River Cats brought their bats to the ballpark on Sunday, piling on the runs in a 15-6 victory over the Salt Lake Bees. Juan Perez led the way with a pair of homers, as every River Cat recorded a hit and scored a run in route to the big road win.

After homering in the first inning of last night’s ballgame, Perez doubled off his efforts on Sunday as he recorded his second multi home run game this season. He launched a solo home run to left-center to lead off the third inning, and then a 3-run homer down the line in left in the top of the seventh. Perez finished the day 2-for-5 with 2 home runs and 4 RBIs.

The big inning was key for Sacramento, as twice they put up at least five in one frame. Behind solo home runs by Perez and Jarrett Parker in the third, the River Cats pulled out to an 8-3 lead. In the seventh, a 6-run inning highlighted by a 3-run double from Brandon Hicks and the 3-run shot from Perez gave Sacramento an insurmountable 15-6 advantage.

Hicks finished the game Sunday 2-for-4 with 5 RBIs. Along with his bases clearing double in the seventh, Hicks also drove in two with a single in the third. He was one of three River Cats to record a multi RBI game. Kelby Tomlinson recorded just one hit from the leadoff spot, but drove in 3 runs. Every starter for the River Cats scored a run and recorded at least one hit in the win, with four players having multi-hit games (Perez, Parker, Hicks, and Kevin Frandsen).

Sacramento’s offensive outburst was good enough to tie their season high for runs in a game. The last time the River Cats put up 15 runs in a game came back on April 19, in a game that also took place against the Bees in Salt Lake City. In 6 games at Smith’s Ballpark in 2015, the River Cats are averaging more than 8 runs a game.

Salt Lake did not go down easy, capitalizing on two big innings of their own. After Sacramento put up three in the second, the Bees immediately countered in the bottom half to tie the game. In the next frame when the River Cats pulled ahead by five, Salt Lake put up another 3 runs in the bottom half to trim the deficit. The Bees finished the day with 13 hits, just two less than the River Cats (15).

Pitching was nothing to brag about Sunday. Chris Stratton (2-3, 3.56) started for Sacramento, and allowed 6 runs on 11 hits, walking 2 and striking out 6 over 6 innings of work. Stratton won for the second straight time after starting the season with six no decisions. LHP Adam Wilk (4-8, 5.68) lasted just 2.1 innings for Salt Lake, allowing 8 runs (5 earned) on 9 hits, walking 1 and striking out 1. Mike Broadway pitched a scoreless ninth for the River Cats, lowering his ERA to an impressive 0.92.

Game three of this four game set will take place tomorrow night, as Sacramento sends veteran right-hander Tommy Hanson (0-4, 8.44) to the mound. Hanson is still in search of his first victory in a River Cats uniform since joining the club on July 5. For the Bees, top-ten prospect RHP Nick Tropeano (3-4, 4.43) will get the starting nod. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. (PT) and can be heard live on rivercats.com and ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall to Salt Lake Bees 6-4

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Sacramento River Cats got their season long 14-day road trip underway with a 6-4 loss in Salt Lake against the Bees. Jarrett Parker continued to swing the hot bat and place himself in scoring position, but an attack in the middle innings from Salt Lake, playing Friday’s game as former PCL team the Salt Lake Gulls, proved to be too much for Sacramento to overcome.

Trailing by two in the fifth, Salt Lake struck for two singles, a double, a home run, a walk, and a sacrifice to blow the game wide open. The big hit came with two outs, after two runs had already crossed home to tie the score, Alfredo Marte hit a 3-run homer to left to give the Bees a 6-3 lead.

Coming off a 2-for-4 night with a homer and 3 RBIs Friday, Parker continued to swing a hot bat as he went 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and a run scored. In his last seven games, Parker has hit safely in six of them. The River Cats combined for 9 hits on the night, but went just 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

Left-hander Ty Blach (9-9, 4.27) started out the night looking strong up until the fifth inning rally. He finished the night allowing 6 runs on 9 hits, walking 2 and striking out 3. The 6 runs are the most Blach has allowed in his last six starts. During that time, Blach held a record of 4-1, with an ERA of 4.00.

Blach had started the night with a lead before ever stepping on the mound. With two out in the top of the first, designated hitter Juan Perez narrowly got over the left field wall for his fourth home run of the year. However, the lead did not last long as the Bees muscled together three singles in the second to even the score. Sacramento led twice in the game, but each time the lead lasted no more than one inning.

Right-hander Alex Sanabia (2-10, 7.32) got the starting nod for Salt Lake, and even with the first inning run, was able to pick up his second win of the year. Sanabia went 6 innings, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits, surrendering 1 walk while striking out 5.

Salt Lake payed homage to former Pacific Coast League team the Salt Lake Gulls on Saturday with a “Turn Back the Clock Night”. The Bees changed their names to the ‘Gulls’ for the night and donned bright orange and green throwback uniforms.
Sacramento will send former first round pick RHP Chris Stratton (1-3, 3.02) to the mound tomorrow night for the second game of this four game series. Stratton is coming off a win his last time out, the first win he has received in his Triple-A career. Salt Lake has yet to announce a starting pitcher for Sunday. Game time is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. (PT) and can be heard live on rivercats.com as well as ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Las Vegas 51s Roast River Cats 14-2

Photos by Shawn Jonas

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The official scorer announced a game time temperature of 102 degrees – a new season-high for Sacramento – but the Las Vegas 51s brought their own heat to Tuesday’s series opener. The Sacramento River Cats watched as Las Vegas jumped ahead 4-0 in the top of the first and were unable to do anything to slow the rolling 51s, falling 14-2 Tuesday night at Raley Field.

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Tommy Hanson (0-4, 8.22) made his fifth start for the River Cats and immediately found himself in a hole. The 51s wasted no time in tagging the right-hander for four runs, taking advantage of three hits, three walks, a wild pitch, and an error. Hanson needed 37 pitches to get out of the inning and was helped by his infield, as third basemen Kevin Frandsen picked a hard-hit ground ball to start an inning-ending double play.

Las Vegas was far from done, however, and would get to the River Cats staff for 14 runs on 15 hits before the game was over. They also drew nine walks in the contest, tying the most allowed by the River Cats this season.

Sacramento’s offense continued to struggle at home, further emphasizing the growing difference in the team’s home/road splits. Coming off a decisive doubleheader sweep in which the River Cats scored 20 runs on 30 hits in 14 innings, they managed just 2 runs on 7 hits in Tuesday night’s loss.

For the season, the River Cats are hitting an excellent .308 with 53 home runs and 284 runs scored on the road (51 games). At home, they are hitting just .238 with 35 homers and 180 runs scored (53 games).

Sacramento was unable to generate any significant offense against Las Vegas’ right-hander Dillon Gee (5-1, 5.44), who threw a complete game for the 51s. Gee needed 99 pitches (69 strikes) in the outing, and allowed two runs on seven hits while striking out five and walking one.

Juan Perez found success against the 51s’ right-hander, going 2-for-4 with his 22nd double of the season. He also scored Sacramento’s second run on a Frandsen groundout in the seventh inning. The first Sacramento run came in the third inning when Frandsen scored on Kelby Tomlinson’s infield single. It was Tomlinson’s 11th RBI with the River Cats.

Sacramento will look to bounce back tomorrow night behind their young right-hander Clayton Blackburn (5-3, 3.84). Blackburn, the third River Cats pitcher to reach five wins this season, has won his last two straight starts. Opposing him will be Las Vegas’ righty Tyler Pill (2-6, 7.60). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Vs Albuquerque Isotopes; River Cats Swing Away in Doubleheader Sweep

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – After an unexpected rain storm washed away last night’s game, the Sacramento River Cats and Isotopes took part in a doubleheader Monday. Thanks to phenomenal starts from both Ty Blach and Chris Stratton, as well as another big day by Adam Duvall, Sacramento crushed Albuquerque in both games of the doubleheader (10-0 and 10-1) and grabbed the series victory.

Game One

Blach (9-8, 4.00) was masterful in the opening game. The left-hander went the distance, throwing a 7-inning shutout while allowing just 4 hits and no walks. Blach also got the job done offensively, going 2-for-4 at the plate with 2-RBIs.

Every River Cat who played in game one recorded a hit, and all but three recorded multi-hit games. Overall, the River Cats scored 10 runs on 16 hits to provide more than enough offense for Blach.
Sacramento’s offensive outburst was once again led by Duvall. He went 3-for-4 with a home run, double, and 4 RBIs in game one. Carlos Triunfel went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the second inning. The first four spots in the order (Kelby Tomlinson, Ryan Lollis, Juan Perez, and Duvall) combined to go 9-for-15 in game one of the double-dip.

Game Two

Game two seemed to be a continuation of the first game, as Duvall launched a three-run home run in the very first inning. Overall, Duvall finished the doubleheader going 4-for-8 with 2 home runs, a double, and 7 RBIs. The River Cats would add two more in the second, and then put up 4 runs while sending 10 men to the plate in the fifth.

Right-hander Chris Stratton (1-3, 3.02) finally earned his first Triple-A win in the final game Monday. The former first round pick went all 7 innings, allowing just 1 run on 3 hits, walking 2 and striking out 4. Like Blach, Stratton also helped himself from the plate, going 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs and a run scored.

Monday was the second doubleheader the River Cats have had this season. Earlier in the month on July 7, Sacramento and Reno split a doubleheader at Aces Ballpark, which due to rain delays did not conclude until after one o’clock in the morning.

The River Cats will now look forward to a four game series at Raley Field against the visiting Las Vegas 51s. Toeing the rubber in game one of that series will be the veteran right-hander Tommy Hanson (0-3, 6.41). Opposing him will the another veteran of the Major League level, righty Dillon Gee (4-1, 6.35). First pitch Tuesday is set for 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Big Third Inning Gives Sacramento River Cats Just Enough in 5-4 Win

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif.Nik Turley tossed six no-hit innings, striking out a season-high tying eight batters as the Sacramento River Cats took game one of their series against the visiting El Paso Chihuahuas. The River Cats jumped out to a 5-0 lead, which proved to be just enough as they held on to beat the Chihuahuas 5-4.

Turley came out dealing, striking out a season-high tying eight batters in just three innings of work. The lefty had excellent command of his fastball tonight, painting the corners with 93 and keeping the Chihuahuas off balance with his changeup. He retired the first 16 batters he faced before issuing a one-out walk to El Paso’s Mike McCoy in the top of the sixth. Turley concluded his night throwing 6 no-hit innings with 2 walks and 8 strikeouts on 99 pitches (66 strikes).

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In his last four home starts, Turley has allowed just 5 runs (3 earned) in 24.1 innings, good for a 1.10 ERA. He has struck out 26 and walked 6 during that time while only allowing 13 hits. This marks the third shutout start for the lefty this season (10 starts). Overall, Turley is now 4-4 with a 4.89 ERA for the season.

The River Cats struck first with four runs in the bottom of the third. With the bases loaded, Kelby Tomlinson poked a seeing-eye single just past the reach of El Paso’s diving middle infielders, scoring two. Adam Duvall followed with a sacrifice fly and Jarrett Parker capped the inning with an RBI-single.

Sacramento picked up their fifth run in the fifth inning. With one out, Juan Perez hit a hard groundball just inside the first base bag that slowly rolled into shallow right field, allowing Perez to take second on the play. Chihuahuas’ manager Jamie Quirk came out to argue that the ball was fair, ultimately getting ejected by first base umpire Alex Ortiz. Two batters later Perez scored what proved to be the deciding run on Parker’s sacrifice fly.

The River Cats took their 5-0 lead into the eighth, but the Chihuahuas staged a late-game rally, scoring four times off Sacramento relievers Steven Okert and Erik Cordier. Two hits plus a River Cats error and wild pitch loaded the bases for El Paso before a sacrifice fly, RBI-single, and two-run double made it a 5-4 game. All four of El Paso’s runs in the inning were unearned.

Sacramento will send lefty Ty Blach (8-8, 4.23) to the mound for tomorrow night’s contest. The southpaw is currently second in the PCL in innings pitched, with 110.2, trailing only Nahville’s Barry Zito (116 IP). Opposite Blach will be El Paso’s left-hander Jason Lane (7-6, 5.28). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Late Walks Hand River Cats Another Extra Inning Loss; Blach Pitches Six Strong, Bullpen Gives up Late Lead

EL PASO, Texas – Extra innings were needed for the third consecutive game, and like Saturday the Sacramento River Cats were the ones on the losing end of things as they dropped a wild game to the El Paso Chihuahuas 7-6 in 12 innings. Left hander Ty Blach pitched another quality outing, but a rare bullpen lapse earned him a no decision and the team a loss.

Blach (5-6, 3.68) was perfect at the start, retiring the first ten batters he faced before allowing his first base hit in the fourth. He entered the game with the second best BB/9 ratio in the PCL, and made improvements to it as he didn’t walk a single batter for the seventh time in 13 starts. Blach finished the night allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and 4 strikeouts over 6 innings.

In the first three games of the series, the team which scored first went on to lose the game. The River Cats continued that trend as they took a 3-0 lead in the third on a 2-RBI single from Kevin Frandsen, followed by an RBI single from Travis Ishikawa. Frandsen finished the game 3-for-6 with 2 RBIs and a run scored.

The River Cats added two more runs in the fifth on a 2-RBI double by Juan Perez, and then another run in the eighth by Carlos Triunfel. El Paso stuck around all night, hitting home runs in both the seventh and ninth innings to make it a one run game. In the ninth, the Chihuahua tied the game on a throwing error by catcher Trevor Brown, sending the game to extras for the third straight game.

Both teams traded zeroes in the tenth, and then again in the eleventh. In the twelfth, Sacramento got their best chance to win as El Paso sent position player Mike McCoy to the mound, but were set down 1-2-3. Curtis Partch walked four batters in the bottom half, sending the River Cats home with another extra inning loss.

El Paso’s starting pitcher, James Needy (5-3, 7.16), was not as his best Sunday as he allowed 5 runs (all earned) on 8 hits and 3 walks over 5 innings of work. The River Cats bullpen used five pitchers to combine for 5.2 innings of relief work, allowing 3 runs on 9 hits and 5 walks. Jack Snodgrass and Cory Gearrin pitched an inning each and both earned holds.

The River Cats will now head home for a seven game home stand, beginning with three games against the Fresno Grizzlies. Matt Cain (0-0, No ERA) is scheduled to start for Sacramento on Monday, making his second rehab start and first with the River Cats. Cain is a three time NL All Star (’09, ’11, ’12), and threw the first perfect game in Giants history on June 13, 2012. Pitching for Fresno will be former River Cat Dan Strailey (4-5, 4.65). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations