Originally published on SacramentoPress.com on Aug. 30, 2011
The Sacramento River Cats pounced early on the Las Vegas 51s en route to a 13-1 victory on Monday night at Raley Field.
Sacramento first baseman Chris Carter started the scoring with a two-out solo homerun deep over the left field wall.
Sacramento continued their attack on Las Vegas starting pitcher Kyle Drabek in the second inning. With runners on first and third, Sacramento shortstop Adam Rosales lined a single to left field to score another run and load the bases with only one out. Drabek then walked three consecutive batters to give the River Cats a 5-0 lead. Drabek finally got out of the inning after getting third baseman Josh Donaldson and left fielder Michael Taylor out.
The River Cats weren’t done when they came back up to bat in the bottom of the third inning. After singles by Landon Powell, Joel Galarraga and Adam Rosales, starting second baseman Wes Timmons hit a two-out grand slam over the left field wall. Timmons finished the game 2-4 with six RBIs.
Las Vegas’ Drabek threw 79 pitches in only 3.0 innings, giving up nine earned runs on eight hits while walking four and striking out four. Starting left fielder Jason Lane came in to pitch in a relief appearance in the sixth inning, pitching 2.0 innings, while allowing only one hit and striking out one batter.
Starting pitcher Carlos Hernandez gave the River Cats 8.0 solid innings, allowing four hits and one unearned run while striking out six.
Las Vegas scored their lone run in the seventh inning when pinch-hitter Ricardo Nanita was hit by a pitch and Las Vegas third baseman Chris Woodward singled to put runners on first and second with two outs. Second baseman Manny Mayorson then reached on a fielding error by Donaldson, allowing Nanita to score for Las Vegas.
Newly-called up southpaw Charles Mye came in to pitch in relief in the ninth inning. In his Sacramento debut, Mye pitched 1.0 inning and gave up no hits and one walk.
The River Cats continue their series with the Las Vegas 51s on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at Raley Field. Sacramento has three consecutive home games left before finishing the season on the road at Colorado Springs. The River Cats will start their postseason on Sept. 7, taking on the Reno Aces in the PCL Pacific Conference Series.
Originally published on SacramentoPress.com on Aug. 1, 2011
The red hot Sacramento River Cats continued their dominance by defeating the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 12-4 Sunday afternoon at Raley Field.
The River Cats used a seven-run second inning en route to winning their fourth game in a row, also making it their eighth win in the last ten games.
River Cats first baseman Chris Carter started off the scoring in the first inning. With right fielder Jai Miller on first after a one-out walk, Carter sent his ninth home run of the season soaring over the center field wall to give the Cats the first two runs of the game.
The Sky Sox came right back in the top of the second inning with two runs of their own. Sox left fielder Mike Paulk led the inning off with a walk. Third baseman Matt Macri then homered to left field to tie the game at two runs apiece.
The River Cats quickly responded with a seven-run half inning. Left fielder Michael Taylor led off the inning with a double to center field. After Anthony Recker singled to left field, Adam Rosales hit his own double to center field to score both Taylor and Recker.
Cats Jermaine Mitchell and Josh Donaldson would join the fun by hitting doubles of their own, scoring two more runs before any outs had been recorded in the inning. Sacramento’s Matt Carson also hit a double to score two more runs and give the Cats a 9-2 lead in the second inning. Carson’s double was his 34th of the season, bringing him just seven shy of the River Cats franchise record.
The Sox would get two runs back in the top of the third inning on a two-run Mike Jacobs home run, his 21st of the season. This would be the last of the scoring for the Sky Sox in the game.
The River Cats would add on to their lead with another run in the fifth inning and two runs in the sixth. The 12 runs was more than enough run support for River Cats starting pitcher Graham Godfrey.
Godfrey pitched seven innings and gave up four runs on five hits while striking out eight. Godfrey’s performance earned him his team-leading 10th win of the season.
The River Cats look to extend their winning streak with two more games against the Sky Sox on Monday and Tuesday, both starting at 7:05 p.m.