Things looked bleak for the Sacramento River Cats (26-40) as they headed into the eighth inning trailing 4-1 tonight at Cashman Field, but a four-run inning helped lift Sacramento to a 6-4, come-from-behind win over the Las Vegas 51s (27-41).
Sacramento had just five hits in the game entering the eighth inning before Juan Ciriaco opened the frame with a leadoff single. Orlando Calixte followed with an RBI triple before scoring on Conor Gillaspie's base hit. Ryder Jones was next, blasting a two-run home run just inside the foul pole in right to give Sacramento a 5-4 lead. The River Cats added another run in the ninth when Calixte, who had just hit his second triple of the night, scored on a wild pitch.
For Jones, the home run was his third in his last three games. He also added an RBI-double in the first inning, finishing the night with three RBI. His 10 home runs lead the club while his 30 RBI are second behind fellow third baseman Jae-Gyun Hwang (39).
The River Cats return home tomorrow night as they welcome the Albuquerque Isotopes to Raley Field. Joan Gregorio (3-4, 3.26) is tentatively scheduled to take the mound for Sacramento. The Isotopes will go with left-hander Harrison Musgrave (1-1, 7.30). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.
Jones in June: Ryder Jones was 2-for-4 with a home run, double, three RBI, and a walk in tonight's game…in the month of June, Jones is hitting .348 (16-for-46) with four doubles, a triple, five home runs, and 11 RBI…has also scored eight runs while posting a 10:11 walk-to-strikeout ratio.
Cycle Watch: Orlando Calixte finished a home run shy of the second cycle in River Cats history, going 4-for-5 with two triples, a double, a single, an RBI, and three runs scored…current Cincinnati Reds outfielder Adam Duvall is the only River Cats player to hit for a cycle in franchise history (4/17/15 at Salt Lake).
Come From Behind: Tonight's come-from-behind win was Sacramento's fourth win this season when trailing after seven innings...have won three times when trailing after eight innings, the second most in the league.
Still Too Many E's: The River Cats committed two more errors in tonight's game…committed 10 errors over the four game series…their 61 errors are tied for the fourth most in the Pacific Coast League.
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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