River Cats Lose A Slug-Fest
In a back-and-forth battle, the Sacramento River Cats found themselves on the short-end of a 13-10 game in the first of their best-of-five series against the Salt Lake Bees. The River Cats will attempt to even the series on Thursday.
Starter Brad Knox had a rough outing on Wednesday. The right-hander, who was the winning pitcher for Sacramento in their PCL clinching win last season, allowed seven runs in only 2.1 innings, including two homers. David Shafer and Brad Kilby each allowed three runs in relief, putting the River Cats in a hole they couldn't recover from. Ten of Salt Lake's 13 runs came in a pair of five-run innings in the third and the fifth.
Jeff Baisley did all he could to prevent the River Cats from losing. The third baseman went 4-4 with three runs scored, four RBIs and a walk. He had two solo homeruns off of Salt Lake starter Nick Green. Brooks Conrad homered, as well, and went 2-5 with two runs scored. Chris Denorfia, Gregorio Petit and Justin Knoedler also added two hits in the loss.
Before the game, the River Cats added two reinforcements to the roster from Double-A Midland: left-hander Brett Anderson and right-hander Henry Rodriguez. Lenny DiNardo was placed on the DL with a sore left arm and Justin Dowdy was placed on the inactive list to make room for Anderson and Rodriguez.
Stockton Errors Costly In Extra-Inning Loss
Two early errors and another error in the 10th inning cost the Stockton Ports in Game One of their best-of-three game series against the Modesto Nuts. The Ports will try to stave off elimination on Thursday in Stockton after losing on Wednesday, 6-5, in 10 innings.
Two errors in the first two innings cost the Ports two unearned runs and another error led to the winning run for the Nuts in the bottom of the 10th. Scott Mitchinson was touched for five runs - three earned - in 5.1 innings.
Down 4-0 and 5-1, Stockton fought back to tie the game 5-5 thanks to a three-run homer by Chris Carter (his 40th for Stockton this season) and RBI singles by Corey Brown and Jermaine Mitchell. The Ports' bullpen of Michael Benacka and Patrick Currin threw 3.2 innings of scoreless innings of relief to allow Stockton to make a comeback. Josh Horton had three hits and Matt Spencer had two hits.
The game ended on a wild play. Sam Demel, who was hung with a tough loss, began his inning by hitting Daniel Mayora with a pitch. After a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk, Demel induced a force-out by Nick Haley. The Ports recorded an out at second, but Mayora came around to score on a throwing error by first baseman Matt Spencer.
Kane County Bullpen Falters Late
The Kane County Cougars looked poised to earn a win in Game One of their best-of-three game series when the Burlington Bees mounted a late rally to beat the Cougars, 5-3.
The Cougars took an early 2-0 lead with two runs in the third inning. Starter Carlos Hernandez made those runs stand-up into the sixth by allowing only two hits and a walk in 5.1 innings. He struck-out five.
Chad Kerfoot replaced Hernandez and retired two batters in the sixth before running into trouble. He allowed a solo homer in the seventh and then left with no-outs in the eighth after allowing a walk and a hit batsman. Ben Hornbeck then allowed a game-tying single before giving way to Leonardo Espinal. Espinal would allow two hits, an intentional walk and a sacrifice fly before completing the inning with the Cougars down 5-2.
Kane County would mount a rally in the ninth but fell short. Petey Paramore walked with one out and Jason Christian followed with a single. After Michael Richard flew out, Adam Klein singled in Paramore, bringing the go-ahead run to the plate. Matt Ray lined out to left to end the game.
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