River Cats Surge To Win; Ports Need One More

The Sacramento River Cats continued to pile on the offense, taking Game One of the Pacific Coast League finals by a score of 8-4. The Stockton Ports, meanwhile, couldn't muster another ninth inning rally, as they fell, 2-1, in a pitchers' duel in Stockton. The Ports will play a winner-takes-all game in San Jose for the right to move on to the California League finals.

Sacramento Powers Its Way To Another Win

Chris Denorfia and the Sacramento River Cats' offense continued their red-hot streak into the first game of the Pacific Coast League finals, collecting 13 hits and eight runs to defeat the Oklahoma RedHawks by a score of 8-4 and take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

Denorfia had two hits in five at-bats, but actually saw his post-season average fall to .542. The lead-off hitter scored two runs. Catcher Justin Knoedler and first baseman Casey Rogowski homered to lead the River Cats' scoring. Sacramento has now tallied 18 homers this post-season, a franchise record.

In addition to Denorfia, four River Cats had more than one hit (Travis Buck, Carlos Gonzalez, Rogowski and Gregorio Petit). Gonzalez went 3-4 in the game with two RBIs. DH Wes Bankston had a key two-run double, as well.

Lefty Brett Anderson, making his second appearance at the Triple-A level, went five innings to earn the win. He allowed two runs and struck-out three while walking one. Ryan Wing tallied two scoreless innings of relief, striking out five, before giving way to youngsters Jared Lansford and Henry Rodriguez. Lansford and Rodriguez, like Anderson, spent the regular season with High-A Stockton and Double-A Midland, but they are now assisting with the River Cats' title run. Lansford, in his Triple-A debut, allowed a solo homerun and struck-out two in the eighth inning. Rodriguez also allowed a solo homerun, but he, too struck-out two and closed out the Game One win for Sacramento.

The River Cats and RedHawks meet again in Game Two at Raley Field at 7:00pm on Wednesday.

Stockton Falls Just Short; Will Play Game Five

After two consecutive ninth-inning rallies, the Stockton Ports were unable to muster any late-inning magic in Game Four of their best-of-five semi-final series with the San Jose Giants. In a pitchers' duel, the Ports fell short, 2-1, to force a decisive Game Five in San Jose.

Lefty Carlos Hernandez, promoted from Kane County this week, made his High-A debut in the game. He was brilliant in his Ports' debut, working six scoreless innings, striking out 10 and allowing only three hits and one walk. San Jose starter Daryl Maday was nearly as brilliant, tossing five scoreless frames and striking out eight.

The Ports would get on the board in the sixth inning against the Giants' bullpen. Chris Carter scored what would be the Ports only run on a bases-loaded, two-out walk to Jermaine Mitchell.

The lead would be short-lived, however. Michael Benacka, who has pitched very well in the playoffs, relieved Hernandez in the seventh. After Buster Posey struck-out to start the seventh, Brett Pill reached on a throwing error by Frank Martinez. Mike McBryde struck-out for the second out, but a walk to Andy D'Alessio and a two-out double by Sharlon Schoop scored the two unearned runs.

Stockton would get two base-runners on in the seventh and eighth innings, but they failed to score. After scoring six runs in the ninth inning in the past two games, Stockton went quietly in the ninth on Tuesday, going 1-2-3.

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