Sacramento River Cats left handed pitcher, Ty Blach helped lead his team to an 11-0 victory over the Round Rock Express in Monday's match at Raley Field. It marked the first complete game for Blach who managed to send only one batter, Michael Choice, past first base. 78 of Blach's 117 pitches were thrown for strikes (66%) and he allowed only three hits and two walks.
Blach, the 2012 fifth round pick for the San Francisco Giants, is currently ranked as the team's 20th prospect and has earned an 11-10 win record with a 4.21 ERA this season with the River Cats. Blach struggled in the three starts previous to the complete shutout going only five innings in each and pitching an ERA of 8.4 (although he did get a win in his last start) but he has averaged 6 innings per start in 2015 and leads the league in innings pitched (147.2) and, going into last night's game, was tied for second in the league in wins.
The Colorado native admitted that it's easy to pitch when you have run support and there was no shortage of run support for Blach in Monday's matchup. Every hitter on the River Cats' roster got at least a hit with Darren Ford going 3 for 4, two of which were doubles, and collecting a walk and Mack Williamson grabbing a career high six RBI in the match.
This game also marked the team's eighth consecutive win, their longest winning streak since 2013 and two shy of their all time franchise record last set in 2011. This victory brings the team within three games of .500 and they remain in second place with a 14.5 game deficit behind the 2015 powerhouse that is the Fresno Grizzlies and an elimination number of 8.