Carmichael native Zach Green homers twice to clinch opening series win
West Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (3-1) picked up their third win in the first four games of the 2019 campaign, defeating the Tacoma Rainiers (1-3) 10-3 behind a pair of long balls from Jesuit High School alum and Sacramento third baseman Zach Green.
Fan-favorite lefty Ty Blach got the start on Sunday, kicking off his return to West Sacramento after spending the last two seasons in the big leagues. Blach was tagged for three runs in the opening frame before settling down to blank the Rainiers over the next three. He finished his season debut with a no decision.
The River Cats’ bats showed no signs of cooling off following their 11-run outburst on Saturday night, putting up a 10-spot on the visiting Rainiers. The club’s 31 runs this season ranks second behind only the Las Vegas Aviators. Catcher Stephen Vogt gave the River Cats the lead for good when he smacked a homer to dead center in the 5th inning, while Green added solo home runs in the 4th and 8th innings.
The Sacramento bullpen closed the game strong again this afternoon, as Pat Venditte, Williams Jerez, and Sam Coonrod combined for five shutout innings of relief.
The River Cats and Rainiers will close the book on their five-game set on Monday with RHP Enderson Franco (0-0, No ERA) making his San Francisco Giants’ organizational debut. Tacoma will send RHP Nabil Crismatt (0-0, No ERA) to the mound, who like Franco will also be making his organizational debut for his respective team. First pitch is set for 12:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.5 FM being at 7:00 p.m. (PT).
Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations