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Huang, bullpen dominate Rainiers for shutout victory

River Cats 1, Rainiers 0
Sacramento right-hander Wei-Chieh Huang fires in a pitch during his shutout performance against Tacoma (8/3/22). (Ralph Thompson Photo)
August 3, 2022

West Sacramento, Calif. — A superb outing from right-hander Wei-Chieh Huang and the bullpen powered the Sacramento River Cats (43-58) to a 1-0 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers (44-56) on Wednesday. Huang was excellent in his return from the injured list. The 28-year-old from Taitung, Taiwan struck out five while

West Sacramento, Calif. — A superb outing from right-hander Wei-Chieh Huang and the bullpen powered the Sacramento River Cats (43-58) to a 1-0 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers (44-56) on Wednesday.

Huang was excellent in his return from the injured list. The 28-year-old from Taitung, Taiwan struck out five while allowing just one hit and one walk over 4.0 shutout innings.

The bullpen continued Huang’s dominance, combining to allow just two hits and three walks while striking out three in the final 5.0 shutout innings.

The River Cats used some small ball to score the game’s lone run. After second baseman Isan Díaz and designated hitter Austin Dean kicked off the seventh with back-to-back singles, right fielder Ka’ai Tom sacrifice bunted them into scoring position to set up third baseman Wyatt Mathisen’s sacrifice fly.

Díaz had a solid day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a run. The 26-year-old is 19-for-43 (.442) with 11 runs, five home runs, 12 RBIs, and a 1.375 OPS since July 17.

Center fielder Shane Matheny singled again on Wednesday, giving him a hit in all four games he’s played for Sacramento since being promoted by Double-A Richmond.

Righty Norwith Gudino (2-4, 9.33) will open the bullpen game on Thursday, looking to make it two in a row. He’ll face righty Chris Mazza (1-3, 8.56) at 6:45 p.m. (PT). Listen to Johnny Doskow call the game online at rivercats.com or on the MiLB First Pitch app.

Additional Notes

  • Rehabbing San Francisco right-hander Zack Littell tossed a perfect inning in his first outing for Sacramento since hitting the injured list on July 9.
  • Right-hander Michael Stryffeler, who was acquired from Seattle on Tuesday alongside catcher Andy Thomas for lefty Matthew Boyd and catcher Curt Casali, struck out one in an inning for his River Cats debut.