Andrew Suarez gave the Sacramento River Cats (50-69) 8.1 phenomenal innings Saturday night, but it was not enough as the Salt Lake Bees (60-60) hit a three-run home run after his departure to steal the game away, 3-1.
Suarez threw a career-high 8.1 innings tonight, striking out eight Salt Lake hitters, four of which were looking. After allowing a single and a double in the ninth, the left-hander was relieved by right-hander Tyler Rogers. Rogers was able to retire the first hitter he faced and came within one strike of ending the game before Bees' right fielder Shane Robinson shocked the 13,000-plus at Raley Field with his go-ahead three-run homer.
Mac Williamson went deep in the seventh inning for what seemed to be the winning run, putting the River Cats up 1-0. The Sacramento offense was silent other than that, managing just six hits while going 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. With tonight's loss, Sacramento ended their four-game winning streak against Salt Lake and five-game home winning streak.
Sacramento will send left-hander Matt Gage (0-6, 7.30) to the hill tomorrow to face Salt Lake's right-hander Daniel Wright (6-7, 7.13). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.
Quote of the Night: "I felt good. I've just been focusing on throwing strikes and keeping the ball down. It's been good these last few starts." - Andrew Suarez on his start tonight.
Suarez: Left-hander Andrew Suarez allowed two runs on six hits tonight without allowing a walk…took his fifth loss of the season tonight…tied a season-high by tossing 107 pitches and set a season-high with 74 strikes…now has five straight quality starts…in his last four starts, owns a 1.53 ERA (5 ER, 29.1 IP).
Williamson: Right fielder Mac Williamson finished 1-for-4 tonight…was his first home run since June 22 at Fresno…now second on the team with 36 RBI.
Rogers: Right-hander Tyler Rogers made his league-leading 47th appearance tonight…allowed his first home run at home this season in what was his fifth blown save of the year.
Shaw: Designated hitter Chris Shaw was replaced by Ryan Lollis in the sixth inning tonight after being hit by a pitch in the fourth inning…went 0-for-1 before being removed.
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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