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Bullpen shines as River Cats’ bats fall silent

Express 5, River Cats 1
Sacramento lefty Conner Menez fires in a pitch against Reno on May 20. (Ralph Thompson Photo)
July 16, 2021

West Sacramento, CA. — The Sacramento River Cats (26-34) had their three-game winning streak snapped in their return home from a 12-game road trip, falling to the visiting Round Rock Express (29-32) on Thursday. Right-hander Matt Frisbee (1-5) struggled with walks and home runs, with four of his five earned

West Sacramento, CA. — The Sacramento River Cats (26-34) had their three-game winning streak snapped in their return home from a 12-game road trip, falling to the visiting Round Rock Express (29-32) on Thursday.

Right-hander Matt Frisbee (1-5) struggled with walks and home runs, with four of his five earned runs coming on two home runs. Despite the two costly mistakes, Frisbee struck out six in 5.2 innings.

Left fielder Jason Krizan plated second baseman Peter Maris with a third-inning single to right field for the River Cats’ lone run. Krizan finished the day 2-for-5, recording his team-leading 20th multi-hit game and 42 RBI.

The Sacramento bullpen provided an excellent 3.1 innings of work, extending their scoreless streak to 9.1 innings. Right-hander Trevor Hildenberger threw 1.1 hitless innings with a strikeout, and lefty Conner Menez struck out four while allowing just one hit in 2.0 frames.

Rehabbing right-hander Aaron Sanchez (0-1, 9.82) is slated to throw for Sacramento on Friday at 7:05 p.m. He’ll take on Round Rock left-hander Wes Benjamin (1-2, 7.52). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, and on the **MiLB First Pitch app. **

Additional Notes

  • Frisbee has now allowed 14 home runs, which is one behind Reno's Josh Green for most in the Triple-A West despite 24.0 less innings.
  • Maris raised his batting average to .316 with a 2-for-4 day, which included the River Cats’ lone extra-base hit (third inning double).