West Sacramento, CA - After suffering a heartbreaking loss last night, the Sacramento River Cats (51-69) scored early and often against the Salt Lake Bees (60-61) as they took game three Sunday night at Raley Field by a score of 5-3.
Left-hander Matt Gage got the start today for the River Cats and put forth one of his best performances, allowing just two runs over six solid innings. Gage found himself in some trouble early, loading the bases with no outs in the first inning but managed to get out of it unharmed. Right-hander Derek Law pitched the final two innings for Sacramento and earned his seventh save.
The River Cats offense gave Gage plenty of support as four different starters collected an RBI in the win. As a team, Sacramento finished 4-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Mac Williamson had the only multi-RBI game, driving in two runs in the third inning to give Sacramento a 4-1 lead.
In the series finale tomorrow night, it will be Sacramento's Case Kelly (5-4, 4.44) against Salt Lake's Osmer Morales (1-0, 3.12). 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.
Gage: Left-hander Matt Gage tied his season-high by allowing 11 hits, only one of which went for extra bases…struck out five and did not allow a walk for the fourth time this season (eight starts)…threw a season-high 69 strikes today.
Williamson: Right fielder Mac Williamson had his first two-RBI game since June 23…threw out Salt Lake base runner Rey Navarro at home, his fourth outfield assist of the season which leads all Sacramento outfielders.
Upton: Centerfielder Melvin Upton collected two of the team's eight hits today…marked his third multi-hit game with the River Cats…is hitting .444 (8-for-18) over his last five games.
Lollis: First baseman Ryan Lollis finished today's game 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs…marked his first game this year scoring multiple runs…was his first game with two doubles since May 1, 2015 with Sacramento, also against Salt Lake
Hwang: Third baseman Jae-Gyun Hwang knocked in his team-leading 48th run today…was his first RBI in his last eight games.
Early Lead: Sacramento scored first for the seventh consecutive game today…are now 3-4 over those seven games.
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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