Photo by George H. Young Photography
Originally published on SacramentoPress.com on July 24, 2012
Sacramento River Cats starting pitcher Daniel Straily continued his dominant year against the Pacific Coast League as he led the River Cats to a 6-0 victory against the Tucson Padres at Raley Field on Monday afternoon.
Straily struck out another nine batters in six innings of work, giving him 171 strikeouts on the season. He allowed no runs on just three hits in his six innings of work en route to earning his fourth win for the River Cats.
Unlike the Padres, Sacramento’s offense was able to figure out Tucson’s starting pitcher, Will Scott, early in the game. Jermaine Mitchell scored the first two runs of the game with a two RBI single in the second inning. Scott lasted just four innings while allowing two runs on six hits, three walks and striking out two batters.
The game remained at 2-0 until the fifth inning when the River Cats were able to add to their lead with three more runs. After catcher Anthony Recker plated Grant Green to give them one run, second baseman Wes Timmons hit a double to right field scoring both Recker and first baseman Daric Barton. Adam Rosales then struck out to end the inning, but only after the River Cats had already extended their lead to 5-0.
Even with Straily exiting the game after six innings, River Cats pitchers were able to keep the Padres off of the scoreboard, barely even allowing a threat.
The only two baserunners allowed by the River Cats relief pitchers were due to a walk issued to Jeremy Hermida, and catcher’s interference called on Recker which allowed Matt Clark to reach first base in the ninth inning.
Sacramento added another insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning after designated hitter Michael Taylor tripled to center field. Taylor was brought home on a sacrifice fly from right fielder Collin Cowgill.
The win halted a three-game losing streak by the River Cats. Sacramento now heads out on theroad for their next eight games before returning home on Aug. 1.