River Cats win third straight, beat 51s 6-1

Offense racks up 12 hits, Williamson homers for second straight night

(Kayla Neuman)

By Evan Arnold-Gordon / Sacramento River Cats | August 31, 2017 1:12 AM ET

West Sacramento, CA - The Sacramento River Cats (61-75) offense was firing on all cylinders Wednesday night. They jumped ahead early in the first inning and rolled to an easy 6-1 victory over the Las Vegas 51s (52-85).

Ryan Lollis got things started for the River Cats, driving in two with the bases loaded in the first frame. Mac Williamson highlighted the scoring, launching his second big fly in as many games over the center field wall in the fifth inning. As a team, the River Cats went 5-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

Sacramento starter Kraig Sitton gave the team a solid four innings in his second start this season, allowing just one hit and one run. The bullpen took it from there with Collin Balester tossing three scoreless frames to follow. Balester earned his first win of the year for his efforts.

Right-hander Casey Kelly (7-5, 4.55) will get the ball for the River Cats tomorrow night. He will square off against the 51s' righty Robert Gsellman (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 Money 105.5 FM.

Postgame Notes

Mac: Right fielder Mac Williamson extended his hitting streak to four games and is hitting .429 (6-for-14) with five RBI over that span…hitting .298 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 26 August games.

Lollis: First baseman Ryan Lollis finished 3-for-4 with two RBI tonight…leads the team with a .429 batting average (9-for-21) with runners in scoring position and two outs.

Sitton: Left-hander Kraig Sitton has allowed one earned run and five hits in his 9.2 innings against the 51s the season (six games)…has made the second most appearances on the team this season (46).

Querecuto: Shortstop Juniel Querecuto drove in his 26th run of the year while going 2-for-4 with a double.

Duggar: Centerfielder Steven Duggar now has three RBI in nine games with Sacramento…owns a .233/.362/.343 slash line over that span.

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

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