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River Cats shut down in Omaha finale 5-0

Strong start from Flores undone by sluggish offense
(Kaylee Creevan)
August 6, 2017

The River Cats (48-65) were unable to get a split in Omaha, as they were shut out by the Storm Chasers (53-59) 5-0. Sacramento managed just five hits and Omaha pitchers faced just five over the minimum.

The River Cats (48-65) were unable to get a split in Omaha, as they were shut out by the Storm Chasers (53-59) 5-0. Sacramento managed just five hits and Omaha pitchers faced just five over the minimum.

Omaha got to Sacramento starter Jose Flores in the very first inning, as leadoff man Billy Burns used his speed to put the Storm Chasers on the board 1-0. Flores steadied the ship from there, keeping the River Cats in the game and Omaha off the board for the next four innings. However, Jorge Soler homered in both the 6th and 7th innings for Omaha to push the lead to 5-0.
The River Cats could not get anything going at the plate on Sunday. They were shut out for the seventh time this season, including the fourth on the road. Jae Hwang had the lone extra base hit in the 7th inning and was then doubled off of second after a Ryan Lollis lineout.
The River Cats will head to Des Moines to begin a four-game set with the Iowa Cubs. In game one, it will be left-hander-hander Andrew Suárez (5-4, 3.64) for Sacramento. Right-hander Williams Pérez (5-7, 5.15) will get the start for Iowa. First pitch is set for 5:08 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320 at 7:00 p.m. (PT).
Postgame Notes
Flores frustrated: Jose Flores battled on Sunday, as the veteran gave up six hits and walked three over his 5.2 innings...did his part to keep the River Cats in the game, however, holding the Storm Chasers hitless with runners in scoring position (0-for-5).
Shaw streaking: Chris Shaw singled to lead off the fourth inning, extending his hitting streak to 10 games…he is hitting .342 (13-for-38) during his run and is now just two games shy of the River Cats season-long streak (Christian Arroyo - 12 games).
Comedy of Errors: A sloppy sixth inning forced Jose Flores out of the game…errors from Ali Castillo and Jae Hwang, and a play that perhaps should have been an error, led to another run which sent the River Cats chased Flores after 5.2 innings.
Heathcott: Outfielder Slade Heathcott picked up another hit in this one and now has six hits in just his fourth game with Sacramento…he was promoted from Double-A Richmond on July 31 and is now hitting .500 (6-for-12) with the River Cats.
Stagnant offense: The River Cats managed just five hits in this one, and just two River Cats baserunners made it as far as third base…Sacramento left five runners on base and came up empty in seven at bats with runners in scoring position (0-for-7)...in the series versus Omaha, Sacramento scored just seven runs on 26 hits and were 4-for-21 with runners in scoring position.
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