After scoring 18 runs total in their last four-game series, the Sacramento River Cats (13-20) nearly eclipsed that number in one inning today as they defeated the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (20-9) 17-7.
After a grand slam in the sixth inning, the Sky Sox took a 6-3 lead and the momentum into the seventh. From there, it was all Sacramento however, as the River Cats put up a franchise-high 13 runs. Sacramento sent 17 men to the plate in their superb seventh frame, racking up eight hits, five of which went for extra base hits. Right fielder Austin Slater smacked two doubles in the historic inning, knocking in four runs and scored two himself. Along with their eight hits in the inning, Sacramento hitters walked four times, were hit by a pitch and went through two Sky Sox relievers.
In total, five different River Cats hitters had multi-RBI games with Orlando Calixte and Slater each driving in four. Calixte collected five hits, the first five-hit game by a Sacramento hitter this season, and had his second multi-home run game of the year. Sacramento also set a season-high with nine extra-base hits.
The River Cats will go for their third straight win tomorrow night as they send right-hander Tyler Beede (2-1, 3.38) to the bump. The Sky Sox will counter with right-hander Paolo Espino (3-0, 2.94). First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.
Franchise record: Sacramento set a franchise record for runs scored in an inning with 13…the previous franchise-high was 12 runs in an inning coming on May 25, 2000 in a 17-5 victory in the very same ballpark…Colorado Springs' previous season-high for earned runs allowed in a game was seven.
Calixte: Orlando Calixte set team-highs in runs scored (four) and hits (five) this afternoon…today marked his second multi-home run game of the season and he now leads the team with six home runs and 22 RBI…came within a triple of the cycle.
Slater: Right fielder Austin Slater produced the other four-RBI game of the day, going 3-for-5 and scoring three runs.
FedEx: Catcher Tim Federowicz continued his offensive tear of late, going 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored…all nine of his RBI have come in the last six games…the veteran backstop now leads the team with a .400 batting average (20-for-50).
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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