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River Cats Edge Express 8-7 in PCL Championship Opener

September 11, 2019 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Round Rock Express News Release

SACRAMENTO, California - The Sacramento River Cats (1-0) took a 1-0 lead in the Pacific Coast League Championship Series with a dramatic 8-7 win over the Round Rock Express (0-1) on Tuesday night at Raley Field. Round Rock rallied late to level the score, but the River Cats ultimately prevailed in walkoff fashion.

Express RHP Ronel Blanco (0-1, 9.00) suffered a tough-luck loss after surrendering the game-winning run in an inning out of the bullpen. On the winning side, Sacramento RHP Tyler Cyr (0-0, 0.00) held off Round Rock for 0.2-innings to earn the win.

Round Rock opened scoring in the series immediately as LF Drew Ferguson and SS Jack Mayfield singled prior to a Taylor Jones sacrifice fly in the top of the first inning. However, the next inning, DH Francisco Pena and RF Joe McCarthy collected a pair of singles before advancing to second and third respectively on a groundout. LF Jacob Heyward then singled in the pair to put Sacramento ahead 2-1.

The E-Train charged back in the third as Ferguson was hit by a pitch before Jones drew a walk. 3B Nick Tanielu then drove in Ferguson on a sacrifice fly and reached base thanks to a fielding error on the play. Before the inning was through, Jones tacked on another run via a sacrifice fly off the bat of 2B Alex De Goti.

The one-run advantage was short lived as 2B Levi Michael homered to lead off the third. SS Abiatal Avelino and CF Mike Gerber then teamed up for a pair of singles, one of which was later plated on a 3B Christian Adames sacrifice bunt that put the River Cats up 5-4.

Following two scoreless innings, Round Rock dropped a three-spot to regain control. De Goti and DH Stephen Wrenn each worked walks and advanced into scoring position when C Jamie Ritchie grounded out. With De Goti on third, Dawson brought Round Rock within 5-4 on yet another sacrifice fly moments before McCormick notched a two-run blast for the go-ahead runs.

The back-and-forth affair continued in the eighth as Pena hit a two-run homer, scoring Adames, who had previously singled, to take a 7-6 lead. Facing a one run deficit, Dawson wasted no time tying the game with a leadoff bomb, his second at the Triple-A level.

In the end, the River Cats walked it off on a by C Ronnie Freedman followed by an RBI single courtesy of Avelino to seal the 8-7 victory.

Round Rock looks to level the best-of-five series in game two on Wednesday night. The pivotal game is set to see Express RHP Brandon BIelak (8-4, 4.41) against River Cats RHP Chase Johnson (1-2, 7.64). First pitch at Raley Field is slated for 8:35 p.m.

For more information on the Express, visit RRExpress.com or call (512) 255-2255. Keep up with the Express on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and join the conversation during our historic 20th season using #20STROng.


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