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Sacramento River Cats Cap Season With Shutout Win; River Cats Dominate Isotopes 11-0

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WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats closed out the 2015 season on Monday afternoon with what may have been their most all-around impressive win of the season, an overpowering 11-0 shutout against the Albuquerque Isotopes. The middle of the lineup brought the big bats to the park for the Labor Day matinee finale and Nik Turley went seven strong to cap the season with his seventh win of the season.

Sacramento’s three-four-five hitters Kevin Frandsen, Jarrett Parker, and Mac Williamson combined to go 6-for-10 with three home runs, seven RBI, and five runs scored. Williamson had perhaps the biggest afternoon, slugging two of those home runs – a solo shot and a two-run blast – and driving in three. Jarrett Parker contributed the third homer, a three-run blast in the third inning.

Overall, the River Cats offense tallied 13 hits and scored 11 runs. Seven of nine starters recorded at least one hit, while four of nine recorded multiple. Seven different River Cats scored in the blowout win.

Turley looked superb on the mound in his last start of the year. The left-hander threw seven scoreless innings while giving up just two hits. He walked four and struck out eight. This is the third time the southpaw has struck out eight in a game, matching his season high.

San Francisco Giants’ pitcher Matt Cain pitched two scoreless innings of relief for the River Cats Monday afternoon. Cain closed out the game, throwing 32 pitches (25 strikes) while giving up two hits and striking out two. He is expected to return to the Giants tomorrow.

Sacramento closes out their inaugural season as the Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants with a record of 71-73. The season saw many historic feats, including the first cycle in team history by Adam Duvall on April 18, as well as the franchise-long winning streak of 13 games (8/9-8-22).

The River Cats will begin the 2016 season in Salt Lake on April 7. The home opener for the 2016 year will be on Friday, April 15, when Sacramento plays host to the Bees.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

River Cats’ Offense Powers 9-4 Comeback Win, Sweep Express Five-Run Sixth, Back-to-Back Homers Give Sacramento Ninth Straight Win

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA. –The Sacramento River Cats got off to a slow start, falling behind 3-0 to the Round Rock Express Tuesday night at Raley Field. While Round Rock jumped out early, it was all River Cats from the sixth inning on as Sacramento scored seven unanswered runs on their way to the series sweep and ninth straight win.

Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth, the River Cats took advantage of four hits, a walk, and a Round Rock error to score five times. Joaquin Arias and Brandon Hicks both doubled in the inning and Kevin Frandsen had a big bases-loaded single to drive in two. Frandsen came into tonight’s game hitting .312 with runners in scoring position and added to that number with his two-run single.

Overall, the River Cats were 4-for-8 in the win with runners in scoring position. The team has struggled most of the season in such situations, but are 34-for-111 (.306) with runners in scoring position as a team over their last ten games.

Sacramento continued to add on in the seventh inning with back-to-back, two-out home runs by Jarrett Parker and Mac Williamson. For Parker, the home run was his 18th of the season and for Williamson, it was his fourth with the River Cats and second in as many days. It was also the fourth time this season the River Cats have gone back-to-back.

Parker was 3-for-4 with a double, home run, two RBI, and two runs scored on the night. Williamson, who went 2-for-2 with a career-high six RBI in last night’s win, was 1-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored tonight.

The win gives Sacramento their first series sweep at home and third of the season. The River Cats swept the Oklahoma City Dodgers in OKC from 6/2 through 6/6 and just swept the Tacoma Rainiers in Tacoma in their last series (8/11-14).

The win is also the ninth in a row for the River Cats, who are now just one win shy of matching the Sacramento franchise record. The River Cats have won 10 straight three times in their history, with the most recent taking place from August 26 through September 4 of the 2013 season.

Sacramento will kick off the first of a four-game set against the New Orleans Zephyrs tomorrow night right here at Raley Field. The River Cats trail the Zephyrs 33-35 in the all-time series, but New Orleans entered their game Tuesday night having lost their last nine straight. Taking the mound for the River Cats will be righty Tommy Hanson (1-5, 7.71) to face New Orleans’ right-hander Ivan Pineyro (0-1, 6.75). 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

Blach Derails Round Rock, Throws Complete Game Shutout

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA. – The Sacramento River Cats had a number of headliners Monday night at Raley Field, but none of them were more impressive than the performance by Ty Blach. The young left-hander tossed a complete game, three-hit shutout for the River Cats as Sacramento rolled through Round Rock Express to their eighth straight win. On the other side of the ball, Mac Williamson led the offense in an 11-run outburst with a career night at the plate.

Blach (11-10, 4.26) was masterful, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out six en route to his first career nine-inning complete game shutout. He threw 117 pitches in the effort, 78 of them for strikes, and all of those pitches were working. Blach kept the ball consistently on the edges and kept Round Rock off balance all night by mixing his pitches.

“The big thing for me was mostly just mixing, you know. Taking advice from (pitching coach) Dwight and working in my breaking balls more,” he said after the game. “Being able to execute those and keep the hitter off balance more. Trevor did an awesome job calling pitches back there today, too, again just keeping those guys off balance all night.”

Blach has now made 24 starts and thrown a PCL-high 147.2 innings this season. He has gone at least six innings in 17 of those 24 starts and allowed one earned run or less in six.

No complete game shutout is without its fair share of excellent defensive plays, and Blach was quick to point out the guys behind him.

“The defense played awesome behind me. Noonan and Arias and Franny made some nice plays around the infield, Fordy made some really nice catches out there in center. It’s easy to pitch when you’ve got that going behind you.”

On a night where the River Cats pitching and defense were on point, the offense came along, too, exploding for 11 runs on 15 hits and setting a new season-high for runs scored at home this year. All nine River Cats starters recorded a hit, with five recording more than one. Six of the nine starters also scored at least one run.

Leading the way was outfielder Mac Williamson, who reached base five times in the 11-0 rout. The powerful right-hander went 2-for-2 with a career-high six RBI. He roped a two-run double in the third inning and absolutely crushed a grand slam home run in the sixth. He also drew two walks, was hit by a pitch, and scored four runs.

The River Cats will go for the sweep tomorrow night behind right-hander Chris Stratton (3-4, 3.62). Opposite him will be Round Rock’s right-hander Nick Martinez (0-0, 4.50). 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

Lucky Number Seven! Sacramento River Cats’ Win Streak Continues

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA. – The Sacramento River Cats continued to roll, winning their seventh consecutive game Sunday night as they beat the Round Rock Express 3-2. Andrew Susac scored twice in the win and hit the go-ahead home run in the bottom of the eighth.

Susac started the game behind the plate and in the three spot in the lineup in his second River Cats rehab start. A night removed from an 0-for-4 performance, the 25-year-old catcher came through Sunday in a big way for Sacramento. He started a fifth-inning rally with a single to left field, scoring the first River Cats run of the night on Kevin Frandsen’s two-run double.

Three innings later, Susac came to the plate with one out and nobody on and crushed a Roman Mendez fastball to deep left field. The ball landed halfway back along the top of the River Cats clubhouse and put the home club up 3-2 with three outs to go. Overall, Susac was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a home run. He is now 6-for-22 with a double, two home runs, and four RBI between Sacramento and Advanced-A San Jose on his current rehab assignment.

In addition to Susac, Frandsen provided a big hit in the fifth inning to get Sacramento back in the game. Trailing 2-0, Susac singled to start the inning and was followed by a single from Mac Williamson. With one away, Frandsen smashed a double to the wall in left-center scoring both Susac and Williamson and tying the game at two. Frandsen was 1-for-3 on the night, with the clutch two-run double his lone hit.

Sacramento’s starter Nik Turley (5-6, 4.69) was fantastic on the mound, going seven very strong innings. The southpaw scattered four hits and allowed two runs (one earned) while walking three and striking out three. The seven innings matched his season high, as did his 109 pitches (70 of which were strikes). It was his ninth quality start and the seventh time this season that Turley, just 26, has gone at least six innings while allowing one earned run or less.

Brett Bochy (5-0, 2.79) took over for Turley in the eighth and pitched a perfect inning, striking out one. The right-hander was rewarded for his effort with his second win in as many nights. Behind him, Mike Broadway (1-0, 0.99) came on for the ninth and retired the Express in order. Broadway recorded his 12th save (is now 12 of 12 in save opportunities) and lowered his ERA to 0.99.

The River Cats have now won seven straight, their longest streak of the year and their longest since winning seven straight from May 21 – 27 last season. Sacramento last won eight straight from July 31 – August 8 of the 2013 season.

It’ll be lefty Ty Blach (10-10, 4.48) on the mound tomorrow night for Sacramento. Blach is coming off his team-leading 10th win of the season (T-2nd PCL). Game three will feature a familiar face to River Cats fans, as right-hander Robert Coello (0-0, 0.00) gets the start for Round Rock. Coello was 6-3 with a 3.50 ERA in 11 starts for Sacramento earlier this season. 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 Wins Sixth Straight with 13th-Inning Walk-Off

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA. – The Sacramento River Cats picked up their sixth straight win in dramatic fashion Saturday night, kicking off their homestand with a 3-2 walk-off win in front of a sold-out crowd at Raley Field. Sacramento and the Round Rock Express traded zeros for seven innings before Trevor Brown broke the 2-2 tie with a walk-off single in the bottom of the 13th inning.

With one down in the 13th, Darren Ford poked a single to centerfield. The hit was his third of the night, and the speedy outfielder reached base four times overall going 3-for-5 with a walk and a run scored. Ford stole second – his second stolen base of the night and 27th of the season – before Brown came to the plate.

Brown entered the game in the top of the tenth, replacing the rehabbing Andrew Susac. Brown lined an 0-1 pitch to right field as Ford raced home from second, scoring easily and giving Sacramento their eighth extra-inning win and seventh walk-off win of 2015.

Susac, in Sacramento on a rehab assignment for a sprained right-thumb, was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts just one night after going 2-for-4 with a home run with the San Jose Giants (Advanced-A). Susac caught nine innings for Sacramento before being replaced by Brown in the 10th.

Round Rock scored first, jumping ahead 1-0 in the fourth on a solo home run off the bat of outfielder Jared Hoying. The River Cats quickly countered, scoring twice on a Jarrett Parker RBI-double and a Kevin Frandsen RBI-single in the bottom half of the inning to take a 2-1 lead. Not to be outdone, Round Rock evened the score at two with a run-scoring single by Beamer Weems in the top of the fifth. The score stayed locked at two until Brown’s run-scoring single sent the River Cats home winners.

Parker started his fifth straight game as the cleanup hitter for Sacramento and continued to have success in the role. Entering tonight’s game, the left-handed slugger was hitting .319 with two home runs, 10 RBI, and 15 stolen bases from the cleanup spot. With two more hits and an RBI, Parker is now hitting .327 (17-for-52) as the number four hitter.

While the River Cats bullpen as a whole was superb, the group was headlined by right-hander Cody Hall. Hall threw three shutout innings, scattering three hits and striking out two. Most impressively, Hall needed just 32 pitches, 26 of which were strikes, to record nine outs. Brett Bochy picked up the win, his fourth of the season.

Game two of the series will get underway tomorrow evening right back at Raley Field. Left-hander Nik Turley (5-6, 5.02) will take the mound for Sacramento as they look to push their win streak to seven. The Round Rock Express have yet to announce a starter. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m., the first Sunday home five o’clock start of the season. 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

River Cats Rally Late to Steal Victory in Tacoma

TACOMA, Wash. – After a much needed day off on Monday, the Sacramento River Cats got back to business Tuesday night and came out on the winning side of a 9-4 victory in Tacoma against the Rainiers. Nik Turley and Edgar Olmos were staged in a heated pitcher’s duel to start the night, but a late River Cats rally against the Rainiers bullpen gave Sacramento the comeback win.

Left-hander Edgar Olmos (1-1, 3.55) held the River Cats in check all night, not allowing a hit in five innings of work. Olmos did give Sacramento chances, however, as he allowed 5 baserunners with 3 coming via walk and two reaching base after being hit by a pitch.
Fellow lefty Nik Turley (5-6, 5.02) also started out strong, retiring the first eight batters he faced. Tacoma finally got to him in the third when, after a two-out walk, Ramon Flores launched a two-run homer to right field. Turley allowed just 3 hits in his 5 innings of work, but all 3 hits ended up driving in at least one run. He would allow 4 runs while walking 3 and striking out 3.

With Olmos out of the game, the River Cats were able to begin chipping away at the lead. With two on and one out in the seventh, Darren Ford launched a three-run home run over the center field fence to put Sacramento on the board. The homer was Ford’s tenth of the season, a new career-high high for him.

In the eighth, the River Cats rally kept going as they put runners on the corners with just one away. Ben Turner then grounded out to third, but the play was good enough to drive in Jarrett Parker to tie the game. One batter later, Brandon Hicks hit a soft line drive down the right field line to drive in Mac Williamson and give Sacramento the lead. The River Cats scored 4 runs in the inning on 4 hits and a walk.

Jake Dunning (3-1, 5.01) made his first appearance with the River Cats since June 7 on Tuesday night. Dunning looked very strong out of the bullpen, pitching 3 shutout innings of relief while allowing 1 hit and striking out one. The win was Turley’s first at the Triple-A level since May 4 (at Reno).

Kevin Frandsen had a strong day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a home run, 2 RBIs, a walk, and a hit by pitch. Frandsen has now reached base safely 19 consecutive games.

Monday was the final off day on the River Cats schedule for the 2015 season. Sacramento will play 28 consecutive games, including tonight, to end the year. The 2015 season ends on Labor Day, September 7, against the Albuquerque Isotopes at Raley Field.

The River Cats and Rainiers will hit the field bright and early tomorrow as first pitch is slated for 11:35 a.m. (PT). Left-hander Ty Blach (9-10, 4.51) will toe the rubber for Sacramento for the 23rd time (T-most in PCL), looking for his tenth win of the year after dropping his last two starts. RHP Jordan Pries (7-3, 5.14) gets the starting nod for Tacoma. Listen live online on rivercats.com, or at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN 1320.

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

Middle-Inning Rally For River Cats Not Enough Lose 7-4 To Grizzlies

FRESNO, Calif. – Looking to even up the? series with the Fresno Grizzlies, the Sacramento River Cats battled but came out on the wrong end of a 7-4 summer’s evening contest. Sacramento made things interesting with a rally in the middle innings, but the surge wasn’t enough to give Ty Blach the run support necessary to earn his 10th win of the year.

Left-hander Blach (9-10, 4.51) did not look sharp out of the gates, as Fresno tagged him for three runs in the opening frame. He would settle down afterwards to give his offense a chance, but a 2-run homer from Matt Duffy in the sixth was too much to overcome. Blach finished the night allowing 6 runs on 9 hits, walking 1 and striking out 3 over 5 innings of work.

Trailing 4-1 entering the fourth inning, the River Cats had a chance to rest and regroup following a delay due to home plate umpire Spencer Flynn needing medical attention after taking a foul ball taken off the mask earlier in the game. Once play resumed, back-to-back singles set up an RBI single for Skyler Stromsmoe, cutting the deficit in half. Stromsmoe finished the night 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

In the fifth, Sacramento threatened with a two-out rally. After a walk from Jarrett Parker, Ben Turner singled to right field to drive him in. Two batters later, Darren Ford line a ball into the gap in left-center field driving in Turner and trying the game. Tuner finished the game 3-for-4 with an RBI and 2 runs scored, and is now batting .386 (10-for-26) on the road in Triple-A this season. The game did not stay tied long as Duffy hit a 2-run homer with nobody out in the bottom half.

The top of the order cooled off for Sacramento Thursday night. The first five spots in the order (Everth Cabrera, Ryan Lollis, Kevin Frandsen, Mac Williamson, and Parker) combined to go 0-for-21.

Grizzlies’ starting pitcher Mark Appel (1-2, 4.62) took a no decision after lasting just 4.2 innings. The 2013 first overall pick of the Houston Astros allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits, walking 3 and striking out 4. The win went to RHP Jordan Jankowski (6-3, 3.91) after throwing 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.

The River Cats bullpen put in another strong night, as they combined for 3 solid innings of work. Steven Okert pitched a perfect sixth inning, striking out 2 in the process. Cody Hall put in 2 innings of work, allowing 1 run on 2 hits, walking 1 and striking out 3.

Fresno did not look like their usual selves Thursday, as for one night only they changed their names to the Fresno Tacos. With around 50 Taco Trucks at Chukchansi Stadium, Fresno donned white and green uniforms with a bright orange taco logo on the cap.

Things will get back to normal on Friday as the River Cats once again take on the Grizzlies for game three of this four game set. For Sacramento, it will be right-hander Chris Stratton (2-3, 3.56). Stratton is coming off back-to-back wins in his last two starts. For Fresno, LHP Brett Oberholtzer (4-3, 4.89) will take the mound. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. and can be heard live on rivercats.com and ESPN 1320.

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).