The Sacramento River Cats were host to the Nashville Sounds on Thursday night. Even with the consistent drizzle throughout the day, the games first pitch occurred on schedule.
The Nashville Sounds came into the game 26-19 but would leave with loss number 20. Due to a productive outing by River Cats right hander, Graham Godfrey, the River Cats left with a home win, 5-3. The win made for the first series won by the River Cats this year, compiling a home record of 9-15.
Going into the game Godfrey had a 1-4 record and a 4.11 ERA. He left the game with a 3.98 ERA and another W.
In the previous four games the River Cats were able to get their bats going, winning three of their last four. The River Cats only needed seven hits to quiet the Sounds Thursday night. The River Cats have scored 36 runs in their last five games; scoring only 30 runs during their entire home stand from April 16-23.
One River Cat has stepped up in the last few games, and did it again against the Sounds. Josh Donaldson. sent one over the leftfield fence, making that homerun number six for Donaldson. He now has 8 hits in his last 23 at bats. Another ‘Cat who has had a large impact on the series is Corey Wimberly, who has now reached base 24 consecutive games.
The River Cats kept the Sounds from scoring in the first inning but were able to put three runs of their own on the board. The River Cats were a homerun away from a team cycle. Thanks to a double by Eric Sogard, Corey Wimberly was able to score. Later on in the inning, Chris Carter brought in Sogard with a single and Anthony Recker brought in Carter with a triple. The triple was the first on the year for Recker.
Thanks to some solid pitching by both teams, there weren’t any runs until the fifth and sixth. Godfrey struck out five from the second to the fifth and finished the game with six strikeouts.
In the fifth inning the River Cats brought in two runs and were matched by the Sounds in the sixth. The Sounds brought in two after they were able to string a few singles together. The River Cats bullpen was able to silent the Nashville bats from then on. Henry Rodriguez earned the save, his fourth on the season.
Eric Sogard stood out on the box score, going two for four while bringing in one the teams five runs, while Donaldson accounted for two.
Sacramento moves to third in their division and 21-27 on the year.
The River Cats travel to Reno where they will be taking on the Aces who are 22-26. The ‘Cats will be back in Sacramento June 1. And maybe, just maybe the rain will subside.