Oklahoma City, OK - The Sacramento River Cats (15-24) went toe-to-toe with the Oklahoma City Dodgers (21-17) in game three of their four-game series but fell one run short in their 3-2 walk-off defeat.
Sacramento starter Tyler Beede was terrific tonight, going a season-high seven innings while allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits. The No. 1 prospect in the Giants' organization struck out four and walked one while inducing 11 groundouts in the no decision.
The River Cats' two runs came in the first frame thanks to a two-run home run by left fielder Ryder Jones, his third of the year. Sacramento managed just five hits the rest of the way and struck out a total of 15 times. Dodgers' starter Justin Masterson, who entered the game with a PCL-best .179 batting average against, allowed six of the Sacramento's seven hits.
Sacramento will look to avoid the series sweep as they send right-hander Joan Gregorio (2-2, 2.04), who owns the fifth best ERA in the PCL, to the hill. Oklahoma City will counter with right-handed starter Jair Jurrjens (3-1, 3.20). First pitch is set for 5:05 pm (PT) and the game can be heard live online at 5 p.m. at rivercats.com and on the air starting at 7 on ESPN 1320 AM.
Top prospect: Right-hander Tyler Beede set season-highs in innings pitched (seven), pitches thrown (98) and batters faced (28) tonight…his lone run surrendered came by way of a home run, his third allowed this season…of his eight starts this season, he has allowed one run or fewer in five of them.
Defense: Oklahoma City and Sacramento entered tonight's game ranked first and third respectively in fielding percentage…the Dodgers committed their 21st error in 39 games and the River Cats committed one of their 27th…reliever Tyler Rogers picked off his second baserunner of the season and centerfielder Austin Slater had his first outfield assist.
Hitting the showers early: River Cats Hitting Coach Damon Minor was ejected in the eighth inning by home plate umpire Nestor Ceja…third ejection this road trip…manager Dave Brundage and Ryder Jones were ejected on 5/12 at Colorado Springs.
Ryder's back: Left fielder Ryder Jones made his first start since May 12 when he was ejected and hit his first home run since May 7…tonight marked his first multi-RBI game of the season.
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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