Strengthened Cats Take Opener

Sacramento easily won the opening game of the four-game homestand on Sunday evening, 10-2.

The River Cats are in the cellar in the Pacific-North, but they have given first place Tacoma trouble all season. Somehow, Sacramento is 7-6 against the Rainiers.

Making matters worse, the River Cats are good right now. The San Francisco Giants have gotten healthy, with Hunter Pence and Joe Panik coming off the disabled list, and they made a trade deadline acquisition (Eduardo Nunez). That means three position players were sent to Triple-A.

Last night the River Cats had three major league utility infielders in the starting lineup: Ramiro Pena, Ruben Tejada, and Grant Green. They also have three MLB veterans with a combined 29 full-or-partial years in the majors: Travis Ishikawa, Chris Denorfia, and Miguel Olivo.

Sacramento has had pretty good pitching all season, and now they have a solid lineup. They have won seven of their last eight games.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Sacramento scored seven runs in the top of the fourth inning in a 10-2 romp over the Rainiers.

Roster Move: Prior to Sunday’s game, the Mariners called up Mike Freeman and activated Nick Vincent from the disabled list. They optioned Luis Sardinas and Cody Martin to Tacoma. Also, Ketel Marte is rehabilitating with Tacoma.

Today: Sacramento (54-62) at Tacoma (67-48-1), 7:05.

Opponent Affiliation: San Francisco Giants.

Season Series: Sacramento leads, 7-6.

Starting Pitchers: RHP Joan Gregorio (3-6, 5.89) at RHP Sam Gaviglio (1-0, 2.84)

Hot Rainiers: James Ramsey is 7-for-11 with a homer and five RBI in his first three games with the team… Daniel Robertson has hit .342 since the all-star break.

Look Out For: Veterans Travis Ishikawa and Chris Denorfia are hot. Ishikawa is 14-for-30 with five homers and 18 RBI in his last eight games. Denorfia has hit three homers in his last eight games.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 6:50 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.

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Let’s see if the Rainiers can shake off yesterday’s loss.

*fun is in the eye of the beholder

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