Harden And Loaiza Rehab With River Cats

The Sacramento River Cats have been losing players to the Oakland A's all season long, so it was a nice change of pace for the River Cats on Wednesday to receive some help from their major league team. A's starters Rich Harden and Esteban Loaiza made their rehabilitation appearances on Wednesday and helped the River Cats beat the Las Vegas 51s by a score of 6-5.

Oakland A's ace Rich Harden had a successful rehabilitation outing with the Sacramento River Cats on Wednesday. He threw two innings in the River Cats 6-5 win over the Las Vegas 51s. Harden allowed only one hit, a groundball single to right, and he struck out three and walked none. Out of 36 pitches thrown, 24 were strikes and all of the balls put into play were on the ground. Harden could be back in Oakland by Sunday.

Esteban Loaiza took over for Harden in the third inning in his first rehabilitation outing. Loaiza was touched for two runs on two hits and a walk in the first inning, but calmed down from there. He ended up working 4.2 innings, allowing two runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out four. He induced four groundouts and five flyouts. Loiaza earned the win in the game.

John Birtwell worked one inning and did not allow a run to earn his second hold. He lowered his ERA to 0.79. Jason Karnuth came on with two-outs in the eighth and got out of that inning, but allowed three runs in the ninth. He held on to keep the tying run off the board, earning his 11th save.

Doug Clark was the offensive star for Sacramento. He reached base four times with three hits and a hit-by-pitch. Clark drove in two runs, scored one and threw out a runner from left-field. Scott McClain had two hits and he hit his seventh homerun of the season. He now has 31 RBI on the season.

Hiram Bocachica had two hits and Mike Rouse reached base four times with a hit and three walks. Bocachica also stole a base, his fourth of the year. Mark Kiger added his second homerun of the year, a solo shot in the fifth off of DJ Houlton.

Sacramento has taken two in a row against the first-place 51s and are now back to two games over .500 at 27-25.

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