The Sacramento River Cats (56-72) put up the first four runs in tonight's ballgame against the Albuquerque Isotopes (62-66) and thanks to a strong team pitching performance, held on for the 4-2 victory.The Sacramento River Cats (56-72) put up the first four runs in tonight's ballgame against the Albuquerque Isotopes (62-66) and thanks to a strong team pitching performance, held on for the 4-2 victory.
Chris Shaw gave the River Cats the early 1-0 lead in the first inning, doubling home Triple-A rookie Steven Duggar. Duggar, who started in center field and hit leadoff, went 1-for-3 in his River Cats debut and made a number of nice plays in the outfield. In the third frame, Mac Williamson notched his 44th RBI of the year and Juan Ciriaco drove in two more to make it a 4-0 lead.
Starter Jose Flores tossed a solid six innings against the Isotopes, allowing two runs on five hits with seven punchouts. The right-hander picked up second win with the club as the bullpen took care of the rest and Derek Law earned his ninth save of the season.
The River Cats and Isotopes will wrap up their four-game series tomorrow night. Giants' pitcher Johnny Cueto is expected to make a rehab start for the River Cats. Albuquerque counters with left-hander Ryan Carpenter (8-9, 4.47). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.
Duggar Debut: Centerfielder Steven Duggar hit leadoff and finished 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored…stole a base in the fourth inning and showed impressive range defensively in the outfield.
Shaw: Left fielder Chris Shaw hit his team-leading 21st double…now riding a five-game hit streak…has a .381 (8-for-21) average with eight RBI during the streak...has knocked in nine of the team's last 26 runs.
Mac: Right fielder Mac Williamson is 11-for-28 (.393) over his last seven games with six runs, six RBI and four doubles…has improved his season batting average from .225 to .240 in 18 August games.
Flores: Right-hander Jose Flores faced a season-high 27 batters tonight, throwing first pitch strikes to 18 of them…owns a 2.20 ERA over his last three starts (4 ER, 16.1 IP)…in two starts against the Isotopes, Flores has 17 strikeouts over 13 innings.
Okert: Left-hander Steven Okert extended his scoreless streak at Raley Field to 10 innings after his 1.2 innings tonight…has struck out nine and allowed just two hits and two walks during that time.
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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