The Cats wasted no time putting runs on the board, scoring once in the bottom of the first on a run-scoring fielder's choice from left fielder Kila Ka'aihue. The Grizzlies blew the game open with one run in the second and four in the third off of River Cats starter Graham Godfrey, who led the PCL in ERA and hadn't given up more than three earned runs in any one start all season.
With a four-run deficit to overcome, the River Cats got to work, scoring once in the fourth, five times in the fifth and twice in the sixth, including Hicks' fifth inning, three-run shot to right-center field. The Grizzlies tried to come back with a run in the sixth and one in the eighth, but River Cat Evan Scribner shut the door with a scoreless ninth, earning his team-leading eighth save of the season.
Hicks finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs, a run and a walk. He now has eleven home runs since May 17 and leads active River Cats on the year with 12 long-balls. Brandon Moss, now playing with the A's, had 15 home runs with Sacramento.
Godfrey yielded six earned runs in six innings with 10 hits, two walks and two strikeouts, increasing his ERA to a still PCL-leading 1.93. He earned the win, moving his record to 7-0 on the season. Danny Farquhar gave up one run in 1.2 innings while Scribner and Erick Threets combined on 1.1 scoreless innings of relief.
Chris Carter went 3-for-3 with two hit-by-pitches and four runs scored. He now has three three-hit games in his last four starts and is hitting .283 with a team-leading 51 RBIs. In addition to Hicks and Carter, Michael Taylor collected multiple hits, finishing 2-for-5 with a run and two RBIs. Ka'aihue went 1-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored for the second-straight night.
The win brings the River Cats to within 0.5 games of first place in the PCL South Division behind the Grizzlies.
Game three of the series is set for Singles' Night at Raley Field during Miller Lite Thirsty Thursday. Righty Dan Straily (0-0, No ERA) will make his River Cats debut, starting opposite Grizzlies lefty Matt Yourkin (1-3, 8.21 ERA).
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