After Quiet Game One, River Cats Rally to Take Game 2
West Sacramento, CA - The Sacramento River Cats (3-1) and Tacoma Rainiers (1-3) split a doubleheader Monday at Raley Field. Game one went to Tacoma 3-1 while the River Cats took game two 4-0.
The bats were quiet in the first half of the two-game set with the River Cats managing just one run thanks to a solo homer by right-fielder Carlos Moncrief. Tacoma followed Moncrief's blast with a two-run sixth, scoring twice off River Cats reliever Tyler Rogers and ending the bullpen's scoreless start to the season.
Ricky Romero took the mound for the River Cats in game two, making his first start in almost a year. The veteran left-hander threw 78 pitches (46 strikes) over four scoreless innings. The Sacramento offense came through late, scoring four runs in the sixth and seventh innings, including two on an RBI-double by designated hitter Jae-Gyun Hwang.
The River Cats will head to Salt Lake City to take on the Salt Lake Bees tomorrow night at Smith's Ballpark. Chris Stratton (0-0, 0.00) will go for Sacramento while Alex Meyers (0-0, 5.40) gets the nod for the Bees. First pitch is set for 5:35 pm (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com.
Quote of the Night: "He had four shutout innings. He did walk the three, but he made pitches when he had to get out of trouble. It was good to see him executing what we've been working on." - River Cats Pitching Coach Dwight Bernard on Romero
Romero: Last pitched on April 16, 2016 in a start against the Salt Lake Bees...missed most of last season with an elbow injury...has pitched just 20 innings since the start of the 2015 season.
Okert: Made his 2016 debut tonight with a perfect sixth inning in game two...threw 10 pitches (nine strikes) and struck out two...since August 15, 2016, Okert has posted a 0.70 ERA (2er, 25.2ip) between Sacramento (AAA) and San Francisco (NL).
Gregorio: Made his first start of 2017: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 K...threw 80 pitches (48 strikes)...the one strikeout was his lowest single-game total since August 3, 2016 at Albuquerque (also one strikeout).
1-2-3 Hitters: Sacramento 1-2-3 hitters are a combined 15-for-40 (.375) with 10 runs scored in the team's first four games of the season.
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