Errors leave River Cats high 'n dry in the desert

Gregorio's strong start, Arroyo's hot-hitting not enough in 4-1 loss

(Ralph Thompson 916-813-3236)

By Sacramento River Cats | April 16, 2017 1:35 AM ET

The Sacramento River Cats (5-4) fell in frustrating fashion tonight against the Las Vegas 51s (5-5), failing to make the most of their opportunities in a 4-1 loss.

Sacramento starter Joan Gregorio was on the bump tonight making his second start of the season and went six strong innings, allowing four runs with just one earned. The 6'7" fireballer had the best performance by a River Cats starter this season, however, it was all for naught as the defense behind him committed a season-high three errors.

Despite the loss, the River Cats outhit the 51s 11-8 but left a total of 13 men on base, another season-high. First baseman Kyle Blanks had the lone RBI on the night, driving in second baseman Christian Arroyo to prevent the first Sacramento shutout this season.

Game two of the three-game set tomorrow afternoon features River Cats left-hander Ricky Romero (0-0, 0.00) and Las Vegas lefty Adam Wilk (1-1, 4.50). First pitch is set for 12:05 pm (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com.

Postgame Notes

Strong start: After Las Vegas scored two runs in the first, Sacramento starter Joan Gregorio settled in…the right-hander set a game-high for River Cats starters in innings pitched (six) and strikeouts (six)…also allowed just one walk and six hits tonight.

Keep it going: Second baseman Christian Arroyo finished the night 2-for-4 with a run and a walk, extending his hitting streak to nine games…Arroyo is now hitting .471 and leads the PCL with 16 hits.

Three's company: The River Cats committed three errors in tonight's loss, their most in one game this season…came into tonight's game with the second fewest errors in the PCL with three total…third baseman Jae-Gyun Hwang committed one of the errors, his second of the season.

In a pinch: Sacramento used their first two pinch hitters of the season tonight after playing their first eight games against American League affiliates…Wynton Bernard and Carlos Moncrief combined to go 0-for-2.

RISP: The River Cats finished with their third-most hits in one game tonight, but failed to produce much offense…on the night, they finished 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

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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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