The Sacramento River Cats (5-3) won a wild one in Salt Lake, taking the series finale 12-10 on Friday to split the series with the Salt Lake Bees (3-6).
Tyler Beede got the start for the River Cats, but struggled to get going on Friday. After a brilliant Triple-A debut in Sacramento on Sunday, Beede made it through just four innings before giving way to the bullpen.
There was plenty of offense in the finale, as the River Cats and Bees combined for 22 runs on 28 hits. Multiple Sacramento hitters had notable performances, with Austin Slater hitting his first home run of the season and Jae-Gyun Hwang hitting a two-run double. Christian Arroyo came in as a substitute for injured Orlando Calixte, and got a hit in each of his three at bats.
In a back and forth game, there were a number of lead changes that lead to the River Cats trailing 10-9 in the top of the 9th with one out and the bases loaded. With the game in the balance, second basemen Kelby Tomlinson stepped up and drilled a bases clearing double in the gap to bring home three runs and give the River Cats a 12-10 lead. Right-hander Kyle Crick would come in for the 9th to earn his first Triple-A save.
The River Cats head to Sin City tomorrow to face the Las Vegas 51s for the first time this season. For Sacramento, it will be right-hander Joan Gregorio (0-0, 2.08) to face the 51s righty Wilfredo Boscan (0-0, 0.00). First pitch is set for 7:05 pm (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com.
See-saw game: The finale in Salt Lake saw a total of seven lead changes…the Bees took the lead in first inning on a home run by Eric Young Jr., and the River Cats took the lead for good with the Tomlinson double in the 9th
Beede struggles through four: Tyler Beede, the Giants number one ranked prospect, struggled with his command on Friday night, lasting just four innings while throwing 78 pitches (41 strikes) and walking four batters…the right-hander finished the game with a no decision, allowing 6 runs on 5 hits, while striking out 3.
Ruggiano Run: Justin Ruggiano was ejected in the middle of his first inning at-bat, for arguing a called strike call by home plate umpire John Libka…this was the first River Cats ejection of the 2017 season.
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