It was déjà vu for the Sacramento River Cats (5-8) tonight as they once again were unable to sustain early success in their 7-4 loss to the Salt Lake Bees (8-6).
Shortstop Christian Arroyo continued to be the offensive catalyst for the River Cats, hitting a home run in his first at bat for the second consecutive game. His home run, a two-run blast, also extended his hitting streak to 12 games and was his third home run of the year. The No. 2 prospect in the Giants' organization went 4-for-5 with all four RBI tonight and is now hitting .479 on the year with a team-leading 10 RBI.
The No. 1 prospect in the Giants' organization had quite an impressive performance in his own right, as Sacramento starter Tyler Beede went 6.2 scoreless innings and retired nine of the first 10 Salt Lake hitters he faced. The right-hander was unable to pick up his second win however, as the bullpen allowed seven runs in the final two innings.
Game three of the four-game set will feature River Cats right-hander Joan Gregorio (0-1, 1.74) who is currently tied for the ninth-best ERA in the PCL. The Bees will counter with righty Drew Gagnon (0-0, 9.39). First pitch is set for 7:05 pm (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.
Quote of the Night: "I saw a lot of good arms that threw hard in Double-A and it had me trying to do more. In this league, I'm working on letting the pitcher generate the power and trying to go with what they give me." - Christian Arroyo on his success at the Triple-A level
Beede's superb start: Tyler Beede put forth the best start by a Sacramento pitcher this season, throwing 93 pitches (56 for strikes) while also throwing first pitch strikes to 17 of the 25 batters he faced.
Scintillating stretch: Christian Arroyo continued his offensive tear…he registered his first four-hit game and firs four-RBI game of the year tonight…dating back to last year with Richmond, Arroyo has now hit safely in 21 straight games.
Bullpen woes: The Sacramento bullpen struggled tonight for the third straight game…in their last three games, they have given up 14 earned runs in 9.1 innings pitched (13.50 ERA)…before April 17, they had combined for a 1.56 ERA (six earned runs, 34.2 innings).
The Sacramento River Cats are the Triple-A affiliate of the three-time World Champion San Francisco Giants. The team plays at Raley Field in West Sacramento, consistently voted one of the top ballparks in America. River Cats Season Tickets, Mini-Plans, and Flex Plans can be purchased for the 2017 season by calling the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487). For more information about the River Cats, visit www.rivercats.com. For information on other events at Raley Field, visit www.raleyfield.com.
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