May 16, 2015 10:16 PM PT
Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media relations.
ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. – The Sacramento River Cats put up a late rally, but came up just short as they dropped game one of their four game set with the Albuquerque Isotopes 6-4. Kevin Correia had a strong outing, but his few mistakes on the evening were too much to overcome.
The River Cats got on the board first Saturday, as Brett Jackson led off the game with a double to right field. Two batters later Juan Perez drove him in with a single to left. The Isotopes countered quickly however, tying the game in the bottom half on an RBI groundout.
Correia started out strong, bringing a no hitter into the fourth. The Isotopes bats finally showed up in the inning, recording 3 runs on 4 hits, two of which went for extra bases. Correia would surrender another run in the 5th on a solo home run by Roger Bernadina, but that would be all Albuquerque would get on him before he settled down.
In the seventh inning, trailing 5-1, the River Cats began to rally and place themselves back in the game. With two out and a runner on second, Jackson doubled, driving in Trevor Brown. The next batter, Darren Ford, hit a two-run inside-the-park home run to trim the lead to just one.
The River Cats faced more danger in the eighth as Albuquerque put runners on first and second with nobody out, forcing Correia out of the game. Curtis Partch entered the game in relief and retired the first two batters he faced, but allowed one inherited runner to score via a throwing error from Carlos Triunfel.
Sacramento had other chances to trim the deficit. With two outs in the third, the River Cats had runners on the corners but Travis Ishikawa struck out to end the inning. In the ninth, early offense got runners on second and third with nobody out, but no one would score as the Isotopes retired the next three batters to end the game.
The top of the order played a key role in the Sacramento offense on Saturday, with the top two hitters Jackson and Ford combining to go 5-for-9 with 3 RBI. They also had 3 extra base hits, including Ford’s inside-the-park home run.
Correia (0-1, 4.38) settled down following the middle innings, retiring 9 of the last 12 men he faced. He finished the night pitching 7+ innings, allowing 6 runs (5 earned) on 7 hits, walking 2 and striking out 4. Correia entered the night looking for his first decision, having received a no decision in each of his first three starts. Left hander John Lannan (1-1, 4.70) earned the win pitching 7 innings, allowing 4 runs (1 earned) on 9 hits, striking out 2.
The River Cats will look to even the series tomorrow when it will be right hander Austin Fleet (2-3, 7.59) facing off against David Hale (0-2, 8.20) for the Isotopes. Fleet will be making his first career start against Albuquerque, as he was the lone Sacramento starter not to pitch against the ‘Topes earlier this month in Sacramento. First pitch is scheduled for 12:35 p.m. (PT).
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