West Sacramento, CA - The Sacramento River Cats (35-54) fell in their final game before the All-Star break 12-0 to the Tacoma Rainiers (46-43), splitting the four-game series.
Right-hander Jose Flores got the start for Sacramento and kept Tacoma in check over his five innings. The right-hander allowed three runs on four hits while holding the Rainiers to 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Flores, who made 24 appearances with the River Cats in 2014, fanned five batters this afternoon before giving way to the bullpen. The trouble started after he exited the game however, as the Tacoma offense tallied nine runs on ten hits over the next four innings.
First baseman Ryan Lollis was the lone bright spot at the plate for Sacramento, collecting two of the team's five hits and raising his average to .263. The shutout loss was the River Cats' sixth of the year and second this month.
The River Cats will have a three-day break for the All-Star game before traveling to Salt Lake for a four-game set beginning Thursday, July 13. Both team's starters have yet to be announced for game one. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live on the air on ESPN 1320 and online at rivercats.com.
Flores flourishing: Jose Flores made his first start at Raley Field this afternoon and second start with the club…has now struck out 15 batters of 12 innings…the right-hander has allowed five hits over those 12 innings and owns a 2.25 ERA.
All-Star worthy: Right-hander Tyler Rogers will represent the River Cats at this year's All-Star game in Tacoma…the submariner has made the second-most appearances in the PCL with 36…owns a 2.24 ERA and a .235 batting average against.
Triple-A debut: Right-handed reliever Will LaMarche went 0.2 innings today in his Triple-A debut…the 25-year-old allowed five runs on five hits while walking one…the Santa Clara native was 1-0 with a 2.11 ERA in 14 games with San Jose before being called up.
Triple-A debut (number two): David Owen was the other Sacramento reliever to make his Triple-A debut…the right-hander allowed one hit over his 1.1 innings…struck out three Tacoma hitters and threw 21 pitches…in 20 games with San Jose this season, Owen was 1-0 with a 5.12 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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