Des Moines, IA - The Sacramento River Cats (49-65) rallied for two runs in the 11th inning Monday night as they outlasted the Iowa Cubs (53-59) by a final score of 4-2.
Jae-Gyun Hwang was the catalyst tonight for the River Cats, singling home Mac Williamson to get the rally started in the 11th. One batter later, Ryan Lollis moved Tim Federowicz over to third base with a sacrifice bunt before the catcher eventually scored on a wild pitch. In the home half of the 11th, submariner Tyler Rogers closed things out to earn his team-leading seventh save this season.
Lost in the shuffle was Sacramento starter Andrew Suarez who went seven innings for a third consecutive start. The left-hander allowed two runs on five hits and retired 12 of 13 Iowa hitters at one point. The No. 11 prospect in the Giants' organization has now turned in four straight quality starts and owns a 2.16 ERA in four road starts (6 ER, 25 IP).
Left-hander Matt Gage (0-6, 6.82) will get the start for Sacramento tomorrow night in game two. He will oppose Iowa left-hander Rob Zastryzny (1-1, 6.67). First pitch is set for 5:08 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320 at 7:00 p.m. (PT).
Suarez: Left-hander Andrew Suarez did not allow a walk for the first time this season…struck out six hitters…has thrown at least 99 pitches in his last five starts.
Shaw: Left fielder Chris Shaw is now riding a season-high 11-game hitting streak…hitting .333 (14-for-42) over that span with five runs and six RBI.
Federowicz: Catcher Tim Federowicz extended his hitting streak to four games…stole his third base of the year tonight and is second game in a row with a steal
Hwang: Third baseman Jae-Gyun Hwang registered his 24th mult-hit game tonight…drove in his team-leading 47th run…collected his first RBI in extra innings.
Rogers: Right-hander Tyler Rogers made his league-leading 45th appearance tonight…the River Cats All-Star has allowed three earned runs over his last 26 innings pitched (1.04 ERA).
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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