Sacramento falls victim to Vegas walk-off in 10 innings

Despite taking early lead, River Cats unable to avoid sweep in the desert

(Ralph Thompson)

By Sacramento River Cats | April 18, 2017 1:07 AM ET

Despite jumping out to their first lead of the series, the Sacramento River Cats (5-6) dropped tonight's series finale 7-5 to the Las Vegas 51s in 10 innings.

After falling behind early, the River Cats used four consecutive two-out hits to drive in four runs in the fourth inning. Christian Arroyo started the inning with a base hit and Orlando Calixte did most of the damage with a two-out, two-run double. For Arroyo, the hit extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

Vegas rallied back to take a 5-4 lead before Sacramento tied the game at five in the eighth. In the home half of the 10th, 51s' Dominic Smith launched a two-run blast off River Cats reliever Chase Johnson to give Las Vegas the walk-off win.

With the loss, the River Cats fall below .500 for the first time this season. They'll return home to Raley Field tomorrow as Dan Slania (0-1, 7.71) takes on Salt Lake's Daniel Wright (0-1, 24.30). First pitch is set for 7:05 pm (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Postgame Notes

Arroyo: Christian Arroyo extended his hit streak to 10 games to start the 2017 season…was 2-for-5 with a run scored on the night…his .462 batting average (18-for-39) is the best in the Pacific Coast League.

Clutch Hits: The River Cats scored four runs in the fourth inning of tonight's game, all with two outs…now have 18 two-out RBI on the season…Austin Slater leads the club with four two-out RBI while Kyle Blanks and Orlando Calixte each have three.  

RISP: After going 1-for-20 (.050) with runners in scoring position in the first two games of the series, Sacramento hitters went a combined 5-for-7 with RISP in tonight's win…for the season, are now hitting 31-for-107 (.336) in such situations.

Stratton: Stratton retired 12 of 14 between the first and sixth innings before surrendering a three-run home run to tie the game in the sixth…induced 13 groundball outs and threw 74% of his pitches for strikes (91 pitches, 67 strikes).

Extra Innings: Sacramento went to extra innings for the second time this year…lost in extra innings for the first time (1-1)…last season, Sacramento was 2-4 in extra innings.

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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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