The Sacramento River Cats (5-5) fell to the Las Vegas 51s (6-5) for a second straight game Sunday afternoon at Cashman Field by a score of 6-4.
Las Vegas jumped out of the gate, putting up three runs in the first inning against Sacramento starter Ricky Romero. Romero was up-and-down en route to picking up his first loss, going 4.1 innings while allowing five runs on nine hits. The left-hander was also charged with two wild pitches and a hit batsman.
All four runs for the River Cats came with two outs in today's loss, including two home runs. Orlando Calixte hit his first home run of the year in the fourth inning, a two-run shot, while Kyle Blanks mashed his second, a solo blast that went well over the left field fence.
Sacramento once again outhit Las Vegas 11-9 but were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Through the first two games of the series, the River Cats have 22 hits and just five runs.
Tomorrow's matchup features River Cats right-hander Chris Stratton (0-0, 10.38) against 51s right-hander Ricky Knapp (0-1, 6.75). First pitch is set for 7:05 pm (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com.
Reliable relievers: After Ricky Romero exited in the fourth, River Cats relievers combined to go 3.2 scoreless innings while allowing just one walk and no hits…left-handers Kraig Sitton and Josh Osich were perfect in their three innings, striking out two and retired 10 straight Las Vegas hitters.
Can't get 'em out: River Cats pitchers had trouble getting out opposing starter Adam Wilk…Wilk reached base three times in three different ways…the left-hander was hit by a pitch, drew a walk and had a base hit…eight of the nine 51s starters registered base hits today.
Double down: Sacramento set a new season-high with three double plays turned today, all while Romero was on the hill.
Wild day in Sin City: Coming into today, the Sacramento pitching staff had uncorked four wild pitches on the season…in today's loss, they threw three…third baseman Jae-Gyun Hwang also had the team's lone error today, his third of the year.
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