TACOMA, Wash. – The Sacramento River Cats secured a series win against the Tacoma Rainiers, winning their third game of the four-game set 5-3 Thursday night. Mac Williamson’s three-RBI night and a strong start by Chris Stratton contributed to the victory.
After three scoreless innings, the top of the order hit three consecutive singles to lead off the fourth inning. During Darren Ford’s run to first base, he had a violent collision with Tacoma’s second baseman Shawn O’Malley. After both players were checked out by their respective trainers, the game continued on, although both were clearly shaken up.
Ford and Everth Cabrera’s singles set the stage for Joaquin Arias’ first hit as a River Cat to send Ford home with Sacramento’s first run of the night. Later in the inning, Mac Williamson hit his first double of the night to drive in two more runs for an early 3-0 River Cats lead.
After leading off the sixth inning with a walk, Jarrett Parker came around to score on Williamson’s second double of the game to add on to the River Cats’ growing lead. Williamson finished his evening going 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI.
Thursday night was Joaquin Arias’ first game with the River Cats since being designated for assignment on July 27th and joining the team on August 11th. He went 2-for-4 with a single, a double, and an RBI. Arias was signed as a Free Agent with the San Francisco Giants on December 15, 2011. In his time in San Francisco, he was a part of World Series teams in 2012 and 2014.
Stratton pitched well tonight, despite a few hiccups. He tossed 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on five hits while walking three and striking out four. After hitting two batters in the sixth inning and allowing an RBI, Stratton was replaced by Cory Gearrin. Gearrin inherited two baserunners from Stratton, both of whom scored on his watch. With tonight’s win, Stratton has won 3 of 4 last starts and is now 3-4 overall. Mike Broadway recorded his 11th save in as many opportunities.
Ryan Lollis was recalled by the San Francisco Giants today, after Nori Aoki was placed on the 7-day concussion list. This is the second time this season Lollis has been called up. His first run with the Giants came on July 3, where he went 0-for-5. With Sacramento this season, Lollis is hitting .333 with four home runs and 29 RBI.
Tomorrow’s series finale will send Tommy Hanson (0-5, 8.90) to the mound for the River Cats. Hanson is coming off a rough outing, going just 2.1 innings while allowing 9 runs (7 earned) in a loss against Fresno. In five of his first seven starts, Hanson has failed to make it past the fourth inning. Hanson is averaging 89 pitches, and under 4.1 innings per start. The Rainiers will counter with Adrian Sampson (1-1, 4.50). The River Cats will look to tie their season-high win streak of five games while sweeping Tacoma in the process. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT).
Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations