El Paso, TX - The Sacramento River Cats (57-73) were within one run of the El Paso Chihuahuas (65-66) heading into the eighth inning, but their chances slipped away late as they fell 6-1.
The River Cats seemed to have gotten out of the eighth inning unscathed until home plate umpire Ronnie Teague overturned an out call at first base which gave El Paso another chance. The Chihuahuas took advantage, pushing four runs across off Sacramento right-hander Tyler Rogers to put the game out of reach.
Left-hander Matt Gage was terrific over his six frames tonight for the River Cats, allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out six. Trevor Brown knocked in Sacramento's lone run in the fourth inning, driving in Jae-Gyun Hwang for his ninth RBI of the year.
Game two tomorrow night will feature Sacramento right-hander Casey Kelly (6-5, 4.47) up against El Paso left-hander Dillon Overton (6-5, 6.80). First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com. The game will also air starting at 7 pm on the air on ESPN 1320.
Gage: Left-hander Matt Gage is now 1-1 with a 3.12 ERA over his last three starts (6 ER, 17.1 IP)…lowered his road ERA from 8.74 to 7.53 after his outing tonight…has not allowed a walk in five of his 10 starts this season.
Lollis: First baseman Ryan Lollis recorded his second straight multi-hit game and his ninth of the season…collected the only extra base hit tonight by smacking his 12th double of the year in the sixth inning.
Brown: Catcher Trevor Brown knocked in his fourth run in his last eight games.
Shaw: Left fielder Chris Shaw extended his hitting streak to six games after his 1-for-4 performance…hitting .360 (9-for-25) over that span with six runs and nine RBI
Early Shower: River Cats manager Dave Brundage was ejected in the eighth inning for arguing a call reversal at first base...in the ninth, pitching coach Dwight Bernard was also tossed for arguing with home plate umpire Ronnie Teague…was the third multi-ejection game for Sacramento 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 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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