August 8, 2015 – 10:50pm
Photos by Shawn Jonas
FRESNO, Calif. – Coming off of their first road shutout loss of the season, the Sacramento River Cat bats again struggled as they fell to the Fresno Grizzlies by the final of 12-2. Nick Noonan made his return to the San Francisco Giants organization in the loss, but a short evening from Tommy Hanson spoiled the homecoming.
The 28-year old Hanson did not have one of his better outings Saturday night, as he lasted just 2.1 innings while allowing 9 runs (7 earned) on 8 hits with 2 walks and just 1 strikeout. The start was the shortest of the season for Hanson, and is the fifth time in his 7 starts with Sacramento that he did not make it past the 4th inning.
Fresno tagged Hanson early, putting up 2 runs on 3 hits in the opening frame. The biggest blow of the evening came in the third, however, as the Grizzlies sent 13 men to the plate while scoring 7 runs on 6 hits and an error. Fresno launched 2 home runs and added a triple in the inning to force Hanson out of the game.
Noonan, an infielder who re-signed with the Giants organization this week, made his Sacramento River Cats debut on Saturday, entering the game in the fifth inning and finishing 0-for-2 at the dish. Noonan was originally drafted by the Giants in the first round of the 2007 amateur draft, and made his Major League debut with San Francisco on April 3, 2013.
The River Cats had very little offensive highlights to speak off, as they collected a total of 6 hits as a team. The first run of the day came in the fifth, as Ryan Lollis (1-for-3, RBI) drove in his 26th run of the season on a single to center. The next inning, catcher Trevor Brown (1-for-4, RBI) drove in the club’s only other run on a soft line drive single to left field.
Right-hander Mike Hauschild (6-3, 3.49) got the starting nod for Fresno, and held Sacramento in check over his 6 innings of work. Hauschild allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walking 1 and striking out 8. The start was Hauschild’s second against Sacramento in 2015 (July 12), both resulting in wins.
The Sacramento bullpen was taxed in Saturday’s loss. Five different relievers had to be used in the game, combining for a total of 5.2 innings. Curtis Partch looked especially sharp in his appearance, striking out the side in a perfect seventh inning.
Saturday was the 14th time in the 2015 campaign that the River Cats committed 3 errors. In those games, Sacramento holds a record of 2-12 while allowing opponents to score an average of over 8 runs per game.
Sacramento will look to avoid their fifth series sweep of the year tomorrow, when they send young right-hander Clayton Blackburn (7-3, 3.51) to the mound. Blackburn has won his last four starts, posting a 2.16 ERA while holding opposing hitters to a .286 batting average in that time. Opposing him for the Grizzlies will be RHP Brady Rodgers (9-5, 4.59). Rodgers started against the River Cats on June 25, and took the loss after allowing 4 runs over 5 innings. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. and can be heard on ESPN 1320.
Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations