West Sacramento, CA - Jarrett Parker played hero Tuesday night in Pablo Sandoval's season debut, hitting a ninth inning walk-off home run as the Sacramento River Cats (41-61) defeated the Round Rock Express (46-57) 4-3 Tuesday night.
Parker stepped up the plate with two outs in the ninth inning and delivered, blasting a 428-foot solo home run to left-center field to give Sacramento their first walk-off homer this season. Parker's walk-off was the highlight of the game, but Sandoval left an impression in his own right in his River Cats debut.
Sandoval hit second and started at third base tonight for Sacramento, playing seven innings. The switch-hitter finished the game 1-for-4 with a run and stretched a line drive to right field into a double. His double came off Round Rock right-hander Clayton Blackburn who spent two and a half seasons with Sacramento before being traded to the Texas Rangers earlier this year.
The River Cats will send right-hander Jose Flores (0-1, 3.68) to the hill for game two and will square off against Round Rock's right-hander David Ledbetter (2-2, 3.86). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live on the air on ESPN 1320 and online at rivercats.com.
Quote Of The Night: "I'm coming here to play the way I know how to play, I'm having fun out there and I'm just going to do the best I can out there." - Pablo Sandoval on his first start with Sacramento
Panda-monium: Pablo Sandoval played his first career game tonight at Raley Field…went 2-for-9 with an RBI and two walks in three games with San Jose before joining Sacramento.
Hwang: Jae-Gyun Hwang played his first game with Sacramento since June 26…went 2-for-4 tonight with his team-leading 45th RBI…tonight marked his 22nd two-hit game which also leads the club.
Jones: Right fielder Ryder Jones had a multi-hit game of his own, finishing 2-for-3 with a run, an RBI and a walk…second on Sacramento with 18 two-hit games this season…Jones is now hitting .317 at home.
Moronta: Right-hander Reyes Moronta made his Triple-A debut tonight…allowed a two-run home run to former River Cats outfielder Drew Stubbs in one inning of work…also struck out two and did not walk any.
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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