Mejia retires 12 straight to help blow past Zephyrs 10-4
New Orleans, LA – The rain came down early but could not ruin the Sacramento River Cats (42-56) parade over the New Orleans Zephyrs (46-49). First pitch was delayed an hour and 46 minutes, but when the game got going, so did the Sacramento bats. Adalberto Mejia did enough to earn the win, as three home runs powered the River Cats to victory.
New Orleans got on the board first in this one, but Sacramento responded and continued to add on late. A close 4-3 ballgame entering the sixth was torn apart by back-to-back blasts from Andrew Susac and Travis Ishikawa over the centerfield wall. It was the second time Ishikawa has been a part of consecutive homers this season; last time was in Las Vegas on June 28 off the bat of the first baseman and Myles Schroder.
Susac lead the offense tonight and finished 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Ishikawa followed closely and went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. Behind them, the team collected a total of 12 hits on the night with two doubles and three home runs. The third home run came off the bat of Austin Slater in the top of the ninth and drove in the final two runs of the game to give Cats the eventual 10-4 victory. Kelby Tomlinson also picked up a two-hit night with a double and a run scored from the top of the order.
Joe Panik continued his rehab assignment with Sacramento this evening and fulfilled all seven innings he was slated to play. He started with three consecutive popouts at the plate before finally breaking through with a double in the seventh. The second baseman finished 1-for-4 with a run before handing the reigns to Rando Moreno.
On the mound, Mejia provided enough to collect his third win with Sacramento. He gave up an early set of runs in the first two innings before settling in to retire 12 straight. The southpaw entered the game with a 1.46 ERA in July and lead all the Sacramento starters with a 75% left on base percentage. He continued the trend tonight and held the Zephyrs to just 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position. The newest River Cats starter allowed four runs on six hits across six innings of work with no walks and six strikeouts before the bullpen took over.
The bullpen stifled any comeback attempt as Duke Welker came in and threw two scoreless innings on three hits. He was followed by a perfect inning from Matt Reynolds to close out the ballgame. The win puts the team 14 games under .500 and 4-3 on the road trip.
Sacramento gives right-hander Chris Stratton (6-4, 5.22) the nod to close out series tomorrow night. He faces off against New Orleans’s lefty Justin Nicolino (4-3, 2.44). First pitch is set for 5:00 p.m. (PT) and can be heard live online at rivercats.com.
Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations
Photo by Shawn Jonas