Ciriaco plays hero in River Cats' walk-off win

Sacramento hangs on for 8-7 victory, completes sweep of Las Vegas

Sacramento vs Las Vegas August 31,2017 RalphThompson/ River Cats (Ralph Thompson)

By Evan Arnold-Gordon / Sacramento River Cats | September 1, 2017 1:39 AM ET

West Sacramento, CA - The Sacramento River Cats (62-75) completed the series sweep of the Las Vegas 51s (52-86) Thursday night in exciting fashion, answering a late comeback bid by the 51s with an 8-7 walk-off win.

Sacramento was within one out of closing out Las Vegas in the top of the ninth, but a solo home run sent the game into the home half of the frame. Juan Ciriaco made sure it wouldn't go to extra innings however, sending the River Cats faithful home happy by singling in Ryan Lollis for the game-winning run. Tonight marked Sacramento's second sweep of the season, both of which have come in August.

The River Cats will welcome El Paso to town for the final series of the season starting tomorrow night. Right-hander Roberto Gomez (3-9, 4.19) will go for Sacramento in game one while El Paso sends righty Kyle Lloyd (1-4, 7.49) to the mound. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Postgame Notes

Hwang: Third baseman Jae-Gyun Hwang hit his 10th home run of the season, a two-run shot in the leads the team with 55 RBI on the year.

Shaw: Left fielder Chris Shaw finished 2-for-5 tonight, extending his hitting streak to five games…leads the team with 32 hits this month and owns a .314 average in August (32-for-102).

Kelly: Right-hander Casey Kelly tossed six innings of two-run ball…allowed three walks while striking out five…threw two wild pitches tonight…only had one wild pitch in his previous six starts with Sacramento.

Knight: Right-hander Dusten Knight allowed a season-high four earned runs tonight…coming into tonight, had only allowed five earned runs in 26.1 innings pitched at home (13 games).

Strong Armed: In the four game sweep, Sacramento starters combined to go 1-0 with a 2.05 ERA (5 ER, 22 IP)…the pitching staff has only allowed four or more runs four times in their last 13 games.

Comedy of Errors: The River Cats scored three of their runs tonight off two Las Vegas errors…the 51s committed four errors this series and lead the PCL with 120 this season.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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