River Cats Blanked by Bees, 10-0
SALT LAKE CITY - The River Cats were blanked by the Salt Lake Bees on Tuesday night at Spring Mobile Ballpark, 10-0.
For just the third time this season, Sacramento was shut out in game, managing just three hits Tuesday against four Salt Lake pitchers. Daric Barton, Hiroyuki Nakajima and Michael Taylor were the lone Cats hitters with a hit in the game, although Taylor's double was his 402nd career hit as a River Cat, eclipsing the old mark previously held by Esteban GermÃÂ¡n. Taylor tied the mark with a three-hit performance Monday night at Raley Field.
Bruce Billings (8-4), who entered Tuesday's game as the PCL win leader, failed to get out of the fourth inning. Billings allowed five earned runs on eight hits in 3.1 innings of work, striking out three and walking two. He surrendered a season-high three home runs, losing for the second-straight game after winning his previous six starts.
Salt Lake starter Matt Shoemaker (6-9) picked up the win, holding the River Cats to just two hits in five scoreless frames.
Scott Moore reached base three times-all on walks-while Barton and Taylor each doubled. The top four batters in the Cats' order went a combined 0-for-14 with five strikeouts.
Sacramento and Salt Lake continue the series Wednesday evening at Spring Mobile Ballpark. On Wednesday, River Cats LHP Justin Thomas (3-5, 4.15 ERA) is scheduled to square off against Salt Lake RHP Jarrett Grube (2-2, 3.79 ERA) at 6:05 p.m. PT.
The River Cats return home for an 11-game homestand beginning Saturday, June 22, at Raley Field against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. The homestand will feature four fireworks shows, culminating with the annual July 3rd fireworks extravaganza, the biggest show of the season.
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