The game began as a battle between Tomko and McCarthy. Tomko, who was signed as a minor league free agent by the A's last week, was slated to throw 50 pitches, as the River Cats are looking to stretch Tomko out as a starter for the playoff race. Fifty pitches only got Tomko through 1.2 innings, as he allowed four runs on four hits and two walks.
On the opposite side, Oklahoma City sent McCarthy to the mound for his first rehab start since fracturing his shoulder blade. McCarthy was also on a limited pitch count, and he, too, didn't make it far into the game. McCarthy went only one-plus innings, allowing five runs on four hits and a walk, before being lifted.
Sacramento wouldn't stop their scoring with the exit of McCarthy, however. After scoring five times in the first two innings, the River Cats would tack on single runs in the fourth and fifth and four runs in the sixth. The big star at the plate for Sacramento was centerfielder Matt Carson, who went three-for-four with five RBIs, including a three-run homer. Left-fielder Chris Denorfia had a big game, as well, collecting three hits and two RBIs.
The win for Sacramento went to Jerome Williams, who took over for Tomko in the second. Williams darted in and out of trouble, but managed to toss 5.2 scoreless innings despite walking six batters. He was helped on defense by two double-plays and a most unusual triple-play.
The triple-play came in the sixth inning. Oklahoma had the bases loaded and none-out when former A's prospect Dustin Majewski hit what appeared to be a sacrifice fly to left. Chris Denorfia made the catch for the first out and threw home. Catcher Eric Munson received the throw after the runner had crossed home plate and he quickly fired to third, where Gregorio Petit was covering. Petit stretched and a made a nice play on the throw, tagging out the runner coming from second with his foot still on the bag. It appeared to be a double-play with a run scoring, but the umpires ruled that the runner tagging from third had left too early and called him out, as well, ending the RedHawks' rally.
Williams also got some help in the eighth inning. He loaded the bases again, this time with one-out. He was lifted for reliever Mickey Storey, who was called up that day from High-A Stockton to help a depleted Sacramento bullpen. Storey, a 2008 draft pick, had never pitched above A-ball before Saturday night. Using a mix of nasty 69-73 MPH curveballs and some well-placed 89-91 MPH fastballs, Storey struck-out the first two batters he faced to get Williams and the River Cats' out of the inning unscathed. Storey would then strike-out the first batter of the ninth inning and finished off the game with two ground-outs.
Sacramento moved to 70-44 on the season with the win.
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