WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Matt Cain and Jhoulys Chacin battled Friday night, engaging in a pitcher’s duel in front of a full house at Raley Field. With over 400 career major league starts between them, the two hurler’s kept things locked in a 1-1 tie until a Blake Lalli RBI-single in the seventh put the Reno Aces up 2-1 for good.
Cain (0-2, 4.50) went 6.2 innings in his second River Cats start, throwing 89 pitches, 59 for strikes. He gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and no walks while striking out 6. It looked like the Aces were going to strike early, but Cain pitched around a first inning error by Hector Sanchez and stranded Reno’s Nick Buss at third base.
He retired the next eight before the Aces came through with a run in the fourth, tying the game at one. Cain held Reno at one until the seventh, when Lalli singled home Cody Ransom to put the Aces up 2-1.
Overall, Cain looked sharp on the mound, pitching around two errors behind him and keeping the River Cats in the game. He departed with Sacramento trailing and a runner on first with two outs in the seventh but the sold out crowd showed their support for the three-time World Champ with a standing ovation. Cain responded with an acknowledging wave to the crowd.
Opposite of Cain, Reno’s Chacin (1-0, 1.29) was also dealing, allowing just one run over seven innings. He gave up 5 hits, walked 1, and tallied a season-high 9 strikeouts en route to his second win of the season. Chacin made his Aces debut tonight, having just signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization yesterday.
Ehire Adrianza had a big night for the River Cats, both at the plate and on the field. With his third-inning single, the hot-hitting shortstop extended his current hit streak to seven games, two shy of his season high. He also doubled, and was 2-for-4 on the night, raising his batting average to .320 for the season.
On the defensive side of the ball, Adrianza showed off his smooth fielding, making a diving play in the fourth inning and an running, over-the-shoulder catch in shallow center field in the seventh.
It’ll be a Father’s Day matinee finale tomorrow afternoon as the River Cats look to avoid the sweep behind right-hander Jake Peavy (0-2, 5.70). Peavy made the best start of his rehab assignment his last time out, throwing 7 innings (95 pitches) and allowing 2 runs on 5 hits while striking out 5. The Aces will counter with their right-hander Gabriel Arias (5-2, 2.94). First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.
Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations