River Cats Silence Sounds on Walk-Off Hit-By-Pitch, 1-0August 8, 2012 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) Sacramento River Cats
Billings baffled the Sounds all day, limiting them to two hits and two walks with six strikeouts in seven innings. Unfortunately for Billings, Nashville's Hiram Burgos also had a good outing, giving up just two hits and one walk with five strikeouts in six innings. As a result, Billings did not factor into the decision. Banwart entered the game in the eighth, picking up where Billings left off. In total, Banwart threw three innings, allowing one hit and one walk with three strikeouts for his eighth win of the year.
The River Cats threatened to score multiple times at the end of the game, loading the bases in the bottom of the ninth and 10th innings. In the ninth, they failed to bring a run home, but in the 10th, they came through. After Josh Donaldson worked a one-out walk to load the bases, Daric Barton took an errant pitch off of his right knee, bringing Brandon Hicks home to score the game's lone run in walk-off fashion.
The walk-off win is the eighth of the season for Sacramento, and their second of the homestand. The River Cats are now 8-8 in walk-offs and 7-7 in extra-inning affairs.
Grant Green went 0-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch, snapping his season-long hitting streak at 14 games. Anthony Recker went 0-for-4, terminating a 10-game streak of his own. Josh Donaldson collected three of his team's four hits, finishing 3-for-4 with a walk. Hicks was the only other River Cat to hit safely, going 1-for-4 with the game-winning run.
The win earns Sacramento a series-split, bringing their record in series-play on the season to 15-5-10. Their 72-47 record remains the best in the PCL with 25 games left in the regular season.
The River Cats have an off-day before embarking on an eight-game road trip that will take them to Oklahoma City and New Orleans. The Cats return for their final homestand of the season on Aug. 18, for Star Wars Night and a Sutter Health Fireworks Saturday. Friday's 5:05 game in Oklahoma City will pit RedHawks lefty Brett Oberholtzer (4-4, 6.17 ERA) against a River Cats starter who is to-be-determined.
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