Both teams got the best from their pitching staffs Friday night, but the Sacramento River Cats (7-14) came up just short against the Tacoma Rainiers (12-8), falling 2-1 at Cheney Field.
Michael Roth was on the mound to start for Sacramento, just his third this season and second since moving to the rotation full time. The left-hander was excellent, throwing five innings and allowing just two runs to a productive Tacoma offense. Behind him, the River Cats bullpen put together three scoreless innings. Bryan Morris pitched around a hit and a walk in the sixth before Roberto Gomez and Josh Osich combined for a perfect seventh and eighth innings.
At the plate, the River Cats scrapped for one run on six hits, two of which came from first baseman Jae-Gyun Hwang. The team's lone RBI came off the bat of Juan Ciriaco, whose second-inning sacrifice fly put the River Cats on the board. The RBI was his first of the 2017 season.
Game three is tomorrow night as Sacramento's Dan Slania (0-2, 7.36) faces off against Tacoma's RHP Sam Gaviglio (0-3, 3.66). First pitch is set for 5:05 pm (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com.
One-run games: Tonight was the River Cats fifth one-run game of the season…fell to 3-4 on the season in such contests.
Hwang: Jae-Gyun Hwang collected two hits in tonight's loss, his eighth multi-hit game of the season…has two hits in four of his last seven games…his average is up to .303 for the season.
Roth: Michael Roth's outing tonight was his longest of the season (five innings)…previous high was 4.2 innings (4/22 vs. Las Vegas)…threw 83 pitches (49 strikes) and allowed two runs on six hits and two walks…did not record a strikeout.
Morris: Bryan Morris made his third appearance with the River Cats…the veteran right-hander has allowed just three baserunners (two hits, one walk) in three innings of work since joining the Sacramento roster.
Early Disadvantage: The River Cats scored first in tonight's game but were unable to hold the lead…are now a Pacific Coast League-worst 4-5 (.444) when scoring first.
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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