The River Cats won their 35th game of the season on Wednesday with an 8-5 victory over the Las Vegas 51s.
Andrew Beattie: Beattie continues to impress at the plate. The off-season minor league free agent pick-up knocked two extra-base hits and scored twice for the River Cats. Beattie has hit in all three of the top spots in the line-up this season and has excelled in all three places. On Wednesday, Beattie hit second and reached base three times by doubling, tripling and drawing a walk. Beattie is hitting .315 on the year and he has an 845 OPS for Sacramento.
Shawn Garrett: Another minor league free agent signing had a big game for Sacramento on Wednesday. Shawn Garrett crushed a solo homerun off of rehabbing Dodgers' starter Odalis Perez. The homerun was Garrett's fifth of the season. HE also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. He has 32 RBI on the season and is hitting .294.
Mike Rouse: Rouse has been a steady force at the bottom of the River Cats' line-up all season and that trend continued on Wednesday. Rouse picked up two hits and three RBI in four at-bats. Despite often hitting in the sixth spot or lower, Rouse has driven in a remarkable 43 runs this year, good for second on the team.
Jairo Garcia: Garcia struck out two of the three 51s batters he faced in collecting his sixth Sacramento save of the season. He struck out Japanese veteran Norhiro Nakamura and Derek Michaelis swinging and got induced the red-hot Dioner Navarro to fly out to right.
After clinching the first half division title on Monday, Midland has lost two straight games, including a 4-2 loss to Frisco on Wednesday. Frisco starter Nick Masset dominated the Rockhounds, tossing a complete game, six-hitter.
Jason Perry: Perry had only one hit on Wednesday, but he made it count. The designated hitter clubbed his 12th homerun of the season in the ninth inning of Wednesday's game. Perry, who struggled at Midland last season, has suffered no similar struggles this season. The former Blue Jay farmhand is hitting .281 with those 12 dingers, 40 RBI and a solid .500 slugging percentage.
Jason Hart: Hart is no longer with the Oakland A's organization, but he had a good day against his old club on Wednesday. He hit his 13th homerun and he drove in his 36th and 37th runs. Hart, who missed last season after having a non-malignant brain tumor removed, is healthy and playing every day. Hart was one of the A's top prospects in 2001 and was once considered Jason Giambi's heir apparent. We tip our cap to the slugger for making it back on the field.
The Ports dropped their Wednesday night game against the San Jose Giants, 6-3.
Daric Barton: Barton launched his sixth homerun of the season with one out in the ninth in Wednesday night's game. The RBI was his 35th of the year.
Luke Appert: Appert didn't have a good game on Wednesday. He went 0-3 and grounded into a double-play. However, it is notable that Appert was in the Ports line-up after being on the River Cats roster on Tuesday.
The Cougars used a six-run ninth inning to break open a tight 4-3 game, as they beat Beloit by a score of 10-3.
Eddie Kim: Kim celebrated his first start in a little while with a big game on Wednesday. He crunched a two-run homerun in the second inning to get the Cougars on the board and went 2-4. He scored two runs and drove in two. Kim is only hitting .225 on the season, but he certainly has been hitting for a lot of power. He has 13 extra-base hits in 111 at-bats this year and he has driven in 21 in only 32 games.
Javier Herrera: Herrera used his legs to make an impact on the game on Wednesday. The speedy centerfielder swiped his 13th and 14th bases of the season. Between Kane County and Sacramento, Herrera is 15 of 16 on steal attempts this year.
Ryan Webb: The Cougars' teenage starter had his best start in three weeks on Wednesday. Although he had a no decision, Webb was effective. He allowed only three hits and one earned run in five innings. He struck out five and walked only one. On the year, Webb has whiffed 51 batters and has walked only 20.
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