River Cats 16, Bees 6
Friday, June 18
The Sacramento River Cats extended their home winning streak to five games with a dominating offensive performance on Friday night at Raley Field. After completing the four-game sweep of the Reno Aces on Thursday the Cats looked to stay on track opening a special Father’s Day weekend of baseball against the visiting Angels Triple-A affiliate Salt Lake Bees.
The home team didn’t disappoint the more than 11,000 fans that enjoyed the special one-dollar hot dogs and desserts on the night local law enforcement was honored in festivities sponsored by the California Highway Patrol.
The River Cats 16 runs tied their season high and the 19 hits a season best included at least one by each of the starters. Oakland Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp went five-for-five with five RBIs and three runs scored in his fourth game of rehab for a strained ribcage muscle. Crisp is 8-for-13 and has jump-started the Sacramento offense since joining the team earlier this week. The River Cats improved to 15-18 at home, a place they’ve struggled so far this year and with an overall record of 34-35 a win on Saturday would bring the team back to .500 for the season.
Second baseman Eric Sogard collected three hits including a triple and three RBIs and leads the team with a .303 average. Chris Carter’s lone hit a double in the fifth knocked in three runs. Carson, Watson, and Taylor each had two hits apiece for Sacramento. Carson’s solo home run his seventh of the season in the fifth was the only one by either team.
Salt Lake left fielder Cory Aldridge was 3-4 with a pair of doubles and three runs scored. DH Mark Trumbo also picked up two doubles and a couple of RBIs for the Bees.
River Cats starter Graham Godfrey (3-5) allowed three runs (all earned) on five hits over 7.0 innings and got the win. Relievers Dan Giese and Beau Vaughan were tagged for a combined three runs on four hits but luckily this game was put away early. Sacramento put up five runs in the fourth inning and a six spot in the fifth to go with two early runs and led 13-2.
Bees’ starter Tim Kiely (0-1) was blasted by the River Cats hitters to a tune of 10 runs (all earned) on 12 hits over 4.2 innings and now stares at an ERA of 19.29. Salt Lake relievers McKiernan and Albano gave up a combined seven hits and three runs apiece over a total of 2.2 innings of work.
Salt Lake, Smith (2-4) at Sacramento, Mortensen (9-2) at Raley Field Saturday, 7:05 p.m. Sunday 1:05 p.m. and Monday 7:05 p.m.
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