Cats Take Opener

Sacramento took the opening game of the four-game series on Saturday night, 4-2.

Former Cy Young Award winner Jake Peavy started for Sacramento on a rehab assignment, and the Rainiers hit him well his second trip through the lineup. Franklin Gutierrez launched a two-run homer in the fourth inning to give Tacoma a 2-0 lead.

Rainiers starter Stephen Landazuri was real strong for four innings. He escaped a bases loaded jam in the fifth. but in the sixth the Cats got him for four runs.

And that was it. Unlike the last game of the homestand on Friday, there was no ferocious Rainiers rally in the ninth on Saturday at Raley Field against River Cats closer Erik Cordier.

Tacoma looks to even the series in the day game today.


Yesterday: Franklin Gutierrez hit a two-run homer in the fourth, but Sacramento responded with a four-run sixth inning and beat the Rainiers on Saturday night, 4-2.

Today: Tacoma (25-32) at Sacramento (28-29), 1:05.

Opponent Affiliation: San Francisco Giants.

Season Series: Sacramento leads, 4-1.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Justin Germano (4-2, 2.73) at LHP Nik Turley (1-1, 6.30)

Hot Rainiers: Franklin Gutierrez extended his hitting streak to 13 games – he’s 18-for-50 during the streak, which is a .360 batting average. Shawn O’Malley has a five-game streak going 8-for-22 with two homers and seven RBI. Reliever Logan Bawcom has allowed just one run in his last 16 innings pitched.

Look Out For: Fresno part-time catcher Trevor Brown hit the go-ahead three-run double last night, and he now has a six game hitting streak during which he has gone 10-for-22. The River Cats have won five in a row and seven of eight.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 12:50 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.


That’s it – off to the ballpark!


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