Colorado Springs, CO - The Sacramento River Cats (14-21) put on an another offensive show in their 11-2 win over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (21-10) Saturday night.
Jae-Gyun Hwang and Austin Slater, the first two hitters in the Sacramento batting order, did they heavy lifting tonight as they combined to drive in seven of the team's 11 runs. The River Cats' double-digit run total was their second in three games against the best team in the Pacific Coast League and they have now outscored Colorado Springs 29-13.
Sacramento starter Joan Gregorio ran into trouble in the first inning, allowing two runs on a home run by Sky Sox third baseman Ryan Cordell. The right-hander was terrific after that, allowing just two more hits the rest of his outing while striking out six over six frames. The River Cats bullpen shut the door the rest of the way, as Roberto Gomez and Tyler Rogers allowed one hit between them.
Tomorrow's series finale features left-hander Michael Roth (2-3, 4.88) making his sixth start for Sacramento against Colorado Springs' lefty Josh Hader (3-2, 4.54). With a win tomorrow, the River Cats can earn their first series win since their first series of the season against Tacoma. First pitch is set for 12:00 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.
Gregorio's great start: Joan Gregorio earned his second win of the season and now owns a 1.56 ERA in his three road starts (17.1 innings, three earned runs)…he now has four quality starts of his seven.
Slater: Centerfielder Austin Slater came within a three-bagger of the cycle, going 4-for-4, his first four-hit game…Slater had four RBI tonight, his second game this series knocking in four runs…he also hit his second home run of the year…his batting average climbed to .310.
Hwang: Third baseman Jae-Gyun Hwang also finished a triple shy of the cycle, collecting three hits, his first three-hit game of the season…also hit his first home run of the season tonight and his team-leading ninth double.
Extra effort: Sacramento racked up eight extra base hits today (five doubles, one triple, two home runs)…they now have 20 extra base hits this series…Slater is responsible for four of them (three doubles and a home run).
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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