Des Moines, IA - Chris Shaw once again stole the headlines for the Sacramento River Cats (49-68), hitting his second home run in as many games while extending his hitting streak to 14 games, but Sacramento fell 2-1 loss to the Iowa Cubs (56-59).
For a second straight game, Shaw extended his hit streak with a home run, his 14th big fly of the year. The left fielder finished 1-for-3 this afternoon with a walk and has now collected a base hit in 14 consecutive games. The rest of the River Cats offense was unable to get anything going however, leaving eight men on base while going 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
Sacramento starter Roberto Gomez kept Iowa in check over his six innings, allowing two runs in his second quality start this season. The Cubs did their damage in the fifth inning by pushing two runs across, one of which came from their starter Jen-Ho Tseng. Right-hander Derek Law pitched the final two innings for the River Cats and struck out three.
The River Cats return to Sacramento for a four-game series with the Salt Lake Bees starting tomorrow night. Right-hander Jose Flores (1-2, 3.27) will start for the River Cats and will face off against Bees' lefty Andrew Heaney (1-1, 4.35). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live on the air on Money 105.5 FM and online at rivercats.com.
Shaw: Left fielder Chris Shaw is hitting .352 (19-for-54) during his 14-game hit streak with five home runs, nine RBI and 10 runs scored…Shaw did not strike out today for the first time during his 14-game streak.
Gomez: Right-hander Roberto Gomez tied his season-high by going six innings…in his last four outings, has allowed five earned runs over 20 innings (2.25 ERA).
Upton: Centerfielder Melvin Upton had his second consecutive two-hit game with Sacramento…now hitting .400 (4-for-10) in three games with the River Cats.
Gillaspie: Third baseman Conor Gillaspie played his first game with the club since July 3…played all nine innings and finished 0-for-4.
First on the Board: Sacramento scored first in all four games this series but won just one of those four…are now 33-28 when scoring first, the worst mark in the Pacific Coast League.
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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