Albuquerque, NM - The Sacramento River Cats (21-33) put on an offensive show in their 13-1 rout of the Albuquerque Isotopes (28-27) highlighted by Tim Federowicz's first career five-hit game.
Federowicz, who leads the team with a .356 batting average, finished tonight's game 5-for-5 with three runs, two RBI and two home runs. The veteran backstop also started a double play after fielding a bunt in the fifth inning and notched his seventh double. Right fielder Mac Williamson had a stellar night of his own, going 2-for-5 with five RBI and launched two homers. Tonight marked Williamson's second five-RBI game this season. Shortstop Ali Castillo hit his first home run of the season in his first game back with the club since April 11.
Sacramento starter Chris Stratton was terrific on the hill tonight as well, earning his first victory of the year. The right-hander went seven innings of one-run ball while allowing six hits and striking out seven. He did not allow a walk and threw 107 pitches, 80 of which went for strikes, both team-highs.
The River Cats can win their third series of the season tomorrow night with a win as they send right-hander Joan Gregorio (3-4, 3.18) to the hill. The Isotopes will counter with right-hander Barry Enright (2-1, 5.40). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on Money 105.5 FM.
Adios, pelota: The River Cats slugged a season-high five home runs tonight…first game this year in which two players had two-homer performances…Castillo's homer was the first of his career at the Triple-A level…Sacramento has now hit eight home runs in three games this month.
1-2 punch: Leadoff man Wynton Bernard and second-place hitter Jae-Gyun Hwang continued their success at the top of the order tonight…over their last three games hitting in that order, they are a combined 14-for-33 (.424) with four doubles, one triple, one home run, eight RBI…they have knocked in eight of the team's 25 runs this month.
Stratton: Chris Stratton had his second quality outing of the season tonight in his eighth start…the right-hander's seven innings and seven strikeouts were both season-highs…tonight marked his second start without yielding a walk.
Jones: Third baseman Ryder Jones had to be replaced in the fourth inning by Juniel Querecuto after being struck in the head by a pitch…Jones missed nine games to begin the year after being hit in the head in a scrimmage against the San Jose Giants.
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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