After a 12-game road trip, Sacramento put on a dominant pitching and offensive performance for the Raley Field faithful Tuesday night.
The River Cats toppled the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 7-1 to take over sole possession of first place in the Pacific Coast League South Division with Fresno's 9-3 loss to Tacoma.
During the first half of the game, eyes were on starting Sacramento pitcher Boof Bonser (2-1). The delivery was near perfect for Bonser, who didn't allow a hit through five innings and faced just 23 batters through seven scoreless innings, recording six strikeouts.
"He pitched just fantastic," said pitching coach Rick Rodriquez. "This was his best start of the season and he displayed great pace and his curveball was working."
Corey "Slice" Wimberly ended the scoreless affair in the fifth inning for the River Cats. With runners on first and second, Wimberly hit a shot past diving Sky Sox shortstop Chris Nelson, scoring Dallas McPherson from second base.
But the Cats were just getting started.
"We feel good right now," said a smiling Carter after the win. "The last road trip was great and we just look to do that night after night."
Bonser, who allowed just one run and four hits, was replaced after 7.2 innings by Graham Godfrey.
The six runs in the sixth secured the victory for Sacramento, which looks to continue its success against the Sky Sox in Wednesday night's game at 7:05.
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