WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - The Sacramento River Cats (10-11) won their third consecutive game on Friday night, 6-4 over the Reno Aces (6-16). Right-hander Dereck Rodriguez picked up his first win and was backed by home runs from both Steven Duggar and Chris Shaw.
Along with a season-best 6.2 innings pitched, Rodriguez struck out a season-high six batters while allowing three earned runs on seven hits and no walks. Rodriguez also picked up one of the River Cats' five hits and scored a run.
The River Cats muscled two home runs in the fifth inning to take the lead 5-2. Steven Duggar hit his first home run of the season with a two-run blast to right field, and Chris Shaw followed up with a two-run, 434-foot mammoth shot of his own. Hunter Pence made his first rehab appearance with Sacramento and went 0-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch.
The River Cats take on the Reno Aces again in game four of this five-game series on Saturday. Right-hander Casey Kelly (1-2, 10.80) looks to rebound after a rough start earlier this week in Tacoma and he'll face right-hander Troy Scribner (1-1, 5.02). First pitch Saturday night will be at 7:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.5 FM.
- The River Cats now have their longest win streak of the season which stands at three games.
- Shaw's 434-foot home run was the third-longest this season at Raley Field behind only home runs Mac Williamson and Chase d'Arnaud, which were estimated at 435 and 464 feet respectively.
- Sacramento-native Manny Parra picked up his first save of the season, joining Roberto Gomez and Derek Law as the only players to record saves for the River Cats this season.
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 2018 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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