Albuquerque, NM - The Sacramento River Cats (20-33) found themselves trailing 5-2 after just three innings, but clawed their way back to defeat the Albuquerque Isotopes (28-26) 7-5 Friday night at Isotopes Park.
The top of the lineup - Wynton Bernard, Jae-Gyun Hwang, and Ryder Jones - helped to keep the River Cats in the game, combining to go 6-for-12 with four runs scored and four RBI. Hwang hit his fifth home run of the season while driving in three, his team-leading 31st, 32nd, and 33rd RBI of the year.
It was the bottom of the lineup that pushed the River Cats over the edge though, as Chris Shaw tied things up with a two-out RBI single in the eighth. Juan Ciriaco scored the go-ahead run in the ninth inning on a perfectly executed squeeze play by pinch-hitter Juniel Querecuto.
Tomorrow, Sacramento's Chris Stratton (0-3, 6.88) looks to get his first win of the season as he faces Albuquerque's Ryan Carpenter (2-4, 5.06). First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320 AM.
Shaw: In eight games with the River Cats, Chris Shaw is hitting .303 with five doubles, a home run, and seven runs driven in.
Crick: Kyle Crick pitched the ninth inning to record his team-leading sixth save of the season…over his last 10 games, Crick has a 1.50 ERA (12 ip, 2 er) with 17 strikeouts and four saves in five chances.
Bernard: Center fielder Wynton Bernard was 2-for-4 in tonight's game, giving him five hits in this series…in his last five games, Bernard is 6-for-15 (.400) with three runs scored and a stolen base.
Triple-A Debut: Shortstop John Polonius made his Triple-A debut tonight…went 0-for-3 but picked up his first Triple-A RBI and scored his first run of the season.
One-Run Contests: The River Cats improved to 8-10 in one-run games…their 10 losses in such contests are tied for the most in the PCL and their 18 total one-run games are the second most in the league (Iowa Cubs, 22 one-run 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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