Gregorio strikes out eight in River Cats shutout win

Sacramento employs small ball, strong pitching in 1-0 victory

By Sacramento River Cats | June 18, 2017 7:29 PM ET

Joan Gregorio gave the Sacramento River Cats (27-41) five shutout innings while the offense did just enough in the team's 1-0 win over the Albuquerque Isotopes (34-35) on Father's Day

Gregorio shut the Isotopes' hitters down over his five frames, allowing just four hits and one walk. Eight of his 15 recorded outs came from strikeouts, all swinging. The eight batters fanned set a season-high for the 25-year-old. From there, left-hander Michael Roth took care of the rest, earning the four-inning save. Roth ran into trouble late, putting the tying run on third base in the ninth, but struck out Isotopes catcher Anthony Bemboom to end the game.

The lone River Cats run came in the second inning thanks to a sacrifice fly by second baseman Juniel Querecuto. Six different Sacramento starters collected a base knock in the win while Mac Williamson registered his second three-hit game. Today marked the second shutout victory for the River Cats this season, the last coming on April 10 against Tacoma.

The River Cats will send right-hander Tyler Beede (3-4, 4.86) to the hill tomorrow night as the Isotopes counter with right-hander Jon Gray (0-0, 0.00). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Postgame Notes

Sweltering Start: Joan Gregorio improved his ERA to 3.04 after today's performance and is now among the top-three in the PCL…the No. 8 prospect in the Giants' organization improved his record to 4-4 with today's win…also marked his first scoreless start of the season.

Roth Returns: Michael Roth made his first relief appearance since April 18…also made his first outing since May 30 after spending 14 games on the disabled list (blister)…today's save was Roth's first of his career…Roth's three relief appearances have all come at home and he is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in those games.

Three or More: Today's 1-0 win was Sacramento's first win this season when scoring fewer than three runs…are 2-21 when scoring fewer than four runs…are undefeated when scoring seven runs or more (11-0).

Rehab Report: Third baseman Conor Gillaspie made his 11th start with the River Cats this afternoon…finished 1-for-3 and now owns a .235 batting average…was replaced in the seventh inning by Carlos Moncrief.

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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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