Salt Lake City, Utah - The Sacramento River Cats (6-5) picked up a 2-1 victory in a pitcher's duel over the Salt Lake Bees (3-7) Sunday afternoon. Lefty Andrew Suarez turned in a fantastic outing to earn his first win of the year.
Suarez was cruising through six innings before running into trouble in the seventh. He found himself in a jam with one out and runners on second and third, but right-hander Ray Black came in to get the final two outs of the frame and preserve the shutout for the time being. The 6.1 inning outing by Suarez was the longest by a River Cats starter this season. Sam Coonrod picked up his second save of the season, striking out a trio of Bees hitters to slam the door in the ninth.
On the other side of the ball Abiatal Avelino reached base three times and scored the River Cats' only two runs. Zach Green continued his torrid start to the season, collecting two more hits and improving his average to .361. Catcher Ronnie Freeman added two hits of his own in his River Cats season debut.
The River Cats take the field again tomorrow afternoon as right-hander Tyler Beede (0-1, 1.17) toes the rubber. Beede will look to continue his solid start to the 2019 season. The Bees will throw lefty Greg Mahle (0-1, 3.60). First pitch is set for 11:05 a.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 beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PT).
- Left-hander Andrew Suarez bested the longest start by a Sacramento pitcher this year by an inning and a third, topping outings from starters Shaun Anderson and Ty Blach, who had each gone five innings.
- Sam Coonrod picked up his second save of the season and his career while also preserving his perfect ERA over 5.2 innings.
- Sacramento improves to 3-2 in one-run games this season. Last year the River Cats were 17-19 in 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. Season Tickets, Mini-Plans, and Flex Plans can be purchased for the River Cats' 20th season by calling the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487). The only place to guarantee official River Cats tickets is at www.rivercats.com. For information on other events at Raley Field, visit www.raleyfield.com.
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