Dubón, Bart power offense early as River Cats hold off Rainiers
Tacoma, Wash. - The Sacramento River Cats (28-38) came out hot in game one of their six-game series in Tacoma, holding on to defeat the Rainiers (35-31) behind three RBIs by catcher Joey Bart and shortstop Mauricio Dubón's home run.
Bart powered the offense to a 3-0 lead with a two-run double in the first, coming around to score two batters later on second baseman Jason Krizan's sacrifice-fly. Bart later added a third RBI with a bases-loaded walk in the second.
Dubón broke things open in the third, making it 8-0 with a two-run homer, his first Triple-A big fly of the season. The versatile Dubón finished the day 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs, and two RBIs.
Starting with left fielder Dillon Thomas' solo home run in the fourth, Tacoma scored seven unanswered, but right-hander Gerson Garabito was able to stave off the Rainiers' comeback for his first professional save.
Rehabbing right-hander Aaron Sanchez (1-1) was excellent over his first five frames, but things snowballed in the sixth inning. Sanchez finished the winning-effort with a season-high 91 pitches, allowing five runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings.
Center fielder Heliot Ramos logged his first Triple-A hit in his first at-bat, blooping a single to center field off Tacoma starter Penn Murfee (0-1). The Giants' No. 3 prospect on MLB Pipeline went 1-for-5 out of the fifth spot in the lineup.
Sacramento right-hander Tyler Beede (0-3, 6.56) looks to make it two in a row, taking on a Tacoma TBD on Friday. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. Listen to Johnny Doskow call the game live online at rivercats.com or on the MiLB First Pitch app.
Former Rainier left fielder Braden Bishop extended his hitting streak to 16 games with his second-inning RBI double. He trails teammate Joe McCarthy and 2018 infielder Kelby Tomlinson's 18-game streaks for the franchise-best marks in the Giants' era of the River Cats.
In addition to Sanchez, rehabbing infielder Tommy La Stella had a strong showing, going 2-for-2 with a walk and three runs, while right-hander Reyes Moronta struck out one in 0.2 innings.
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