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Sacramento gives up late lead, falls 4-3 in 10

River Cats unable to shut the door as Rainiers come back to take series opener
(Ralph Thompson)
July 22, 2017

Tacoma, WA - For the second straight night, the Sacramento River Cats (40-58) took a 3-2 lead into the eighth inning and for the second straight night found themselves on the losing end as they fell 4-3 to the Tacoma Rainiers (49-50) in 10 innings.

Tacoma, WA - For the second straight night, the Sacramento River Cats (40-58) took a 3-2 lead into the eighth inning and for the second straight night found themselves on the losing end as they fell 4-3 to the Tacoma Rainiers (49-50) in 10 innings.

The River Cats bullpen struggled all night as DJ Snelten and Roberto Gomez surrendered four hits, four walks, and two runs in just 3.1 innings. Gomez did strike out four, including striking out the side in the eighth to escape a bases-loaded jam, but the Rainiers offense eventually broke through to tie the game in the ninth and win it in the 10th.
Tim Federowicz homered for Sacramento, his fifth of the year, to give the River Cats a 2-1 lead in the fifth. Two batters later, Ali Castillo knocked in Ryder Jones for his 18th RBI. The River Cats were unable to add on after the fifth, going 2-for-6 with runners in scoring position and leaving five me on base.
Andrew Suárez (3-3, 4.98) will take the mound tomorrow for Sacramento. Tacoma will counter with Christian Bergman (7-1, 3.59). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live on the air on ESPN 1320 and online at rivercats.com.
Postgame Notes
Flores: Jose Flores made his fourth start for Sacramento, throwing six innings of two run ball…allowed seven hits and walked one while striking out four…took a no decision while lowering his ERA to 3.68.
Federowicz: Tim Federowicz's fifth-inning home run was his fifth of the season…was his second go-ahead home run.  
Jones: Jones made his first start tonight since July 18 (hit by pitch on his wrist)…went 2-for-4 with a run scored and his sixth stolen base of the year…played all 10 innings at third base.
Leading Late: With tonight's loss, the River Cats fell to 29-5 when leading after eight innings...their last two losses have both come when leading after eight.  
One-Run Games: The River Cats fell to 13-17 in one run games…their 17 losses in such contests are tied for the second most in the PCL.
Extras: Tonight's 10-inning game was Sacramento's 10th extra-inning game of the season…their 10 extra-inning contests this year are the third most in the league.
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