West Sacramento, CA - Chris Shaw's go-ahead RBI-double proved to be the difference tonight as the Sacramento River Cats (59-75) kicked off their final homestand of the season with a 3-2 win over the Las Vegas 51s (52-83).
After Orlando Calixte stole second base to get into scoring position in the eighth inning, Shaw stepped up to the plate and delivered, doubling him home for the game-deciding run. Las Vegas mounted a comeback in the ninth, loading the bases with no outs before left-hander Steven Okert came out of the bullpen. Okert struck out his first batter swinging before getting the second to ground into a game-ending double play.
Andrew Suarez gave the River Cats five frames of one-run ball to begin the game, striking out three while walking two. Suarez ended up with a no decision and right-hander Tyler Rogers picked up his fourth win of the season.
Left-hander Matt Gage (1-7, 5.96) will be on the hill for the River Cats in game two and for Las Vegas it will be right-hander Mitch Atkins (4-7, 6.27). 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.
Shaw: Left fielder Chris Shaw now has 17 RBI in 23 August games…finished 1-for-4 with his team-leading 24th double.
Suarez: Left-hander Andrew Suarez is 3-2 with a 1.79 ERA (9 ER, 45.1 IP) with 39 strikeouts and nine walks over his last seven starts…has not allowed more than two earned runs since July 17 (eight appearances, 50.1 total innings).
Calixte: Third baseman Orlando Calixte extended his hitting streak to seven games, going 2-for-4 with two runs…stole his team-leading 19th base of the season…also logged his 16th two-hit game.
Okert: Left-hander Steven Okert earned his sixth save of the season…was his first save since July 27. Lollis: First baseman Ryan Lollis collected his 17th RBI of the season…hitting .275 in 49 games with the club.
Duggar: Centerfielder Steven Duggar registered his first two-walk game with the River Cats this season…now has five walks in seven games with Sacramento and a .346 on base percentage.
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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