The Sacramento River Cats (5-9) fell 5-2 to the visiting Salt Lake Bees (9-6) in game three of their four-game set Thursday night.
Salt Lake took the early lead, putting a two spot on the board in the third frame against Sacramento starter Joan Gregorio. The River Cats countered with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a ground rule double by second baseman Kelby Tomlinson which knocked in Drew Stubbs.
The Bees scored again in the fifth off Gregorio in what was his final inning, as the right-hander was done after allowing three runs on four hits while walking four and striking out four. Tonight was the first start in which the No. 8 prospect in Giants' organization allowed more than one earned run.
Left fielder Austin Slater drove in the final Sacramento run on a sacrifice fly which scored first baseman Ryder Jones. Salt Lake put things away in the ninth with two runs off reliever Josh Osich, who allowed four hits.
The River Cats will send left-hander Ricky Romero (0-1, 5.40) to the bump tomorrow night who will be making his third start for the club. Salt Lake lefty Alex Meyer (0-0, 4.80) will be on the hill for his second start against Sacramento this season. 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.
Quite a run: Christian Arroyo didn't register a base knock tonight, ending his 12-game hitting streak…his 12-game streak was tops in the PCL this season…he also struck out twice tonight, breaking an eight-game streak without swinging and missing...Arroyo still leads the PCL with a .442 batting average.
Snapping the slump: Kelby Tomlinson and Austin Slater broke out of their recent slumps tonight, each registering an RBI and two of the three total hits on the night…coming into tonight, Tomlinson had been hitless in his last 14 at-bats while Slater was 2-for-15 in his last four games.
Free pass: The River Cats entered play tonight with the fewest walks in the Pacific Coast League with 33…after Gregorio's four walks tonight, all five Sacramento starters have surrendered at least seven walks…the Salt Lake hitters lead the PCL by taking 72 walks.
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