The Sacramento River Cats have continued to struggle this year but looked to break out of their funk to close their series against the Memphis Redbirds. Their 9-0 loss last night makes it the fifth game this season in which the River Cats have been shut out. The River Cats have been outscored 43-7 in the last five games.
The River Cats broke the streak and made up for some of the difference for the 43-7 run ratio, beating the Redbirds 14-3on Sunday, making them 8-14 in the month of May and 18-26 overall.
The Redbirds got on the board first, adding two runs in the second, one of them coming off of a double by Ruben Gotay. The River Cats matched the Redbirds in the second inning, adding two runs of their own. Landon Powell and Matt Carson both scored after a Brett Harper double. Carson rejoined the team after being on the DL since May 4 with a right oblique strain.
The Redbirds added a run in the third inning but after that the River Cats took over, scoring 12 runs from the fifth inning on.
The River Cats started the fifth inning at the top of their lineup and they took advantage of it. Although Left fielder, Corey Wimberly started the inning off with an easy out to first. Eric Sogard, Josh Donaldson and Chris Carter scored. Sogard and Donaldson scored off of a double by Carter and Carter crossing home to end the inning.
Neither team got on the board in the sixth, but the River Cats doubled their fifth inning output in the seventh, scoring six runs.
Four of those runs coming off a grand slam by pinch hitter, Adrian Cardenas, making it the third straight game I reported on when there was a grand slam.
The first grand slam coming from Colorado Springs Sky Sox catcher, Chris Iannata when he sent one out with the bases loaded on May 8. The last grand slam occurring earlier this series on the 23.
Although Clayton Mortensen still managed to get the win on May 8, it was a lot easier to get this one as his team produced 16 hits along with 14 runs. Mortensen allowed three runs, one walk and struck out four, improving to 5-3 on the year.
The Redbirds failed to find an answer to the River Cats bats, going through six different pitchers. Right hander Pete Perise allowed six runs in the fifth inning and after being unable to retire a River Cat, was quickly taken out. The Redbirds put up the white flag in the eight, sending in their right fielder, Mark Shorey, but the River Cats weren’t merciful, scoring three runs off of Shorey in the eighth.
Besides Cardenas, there were other River Cats who stood out. Carson was productive, going 2 for 5 and accounting for two runs, while stealing two bases. It was Carson’s first game since he was placed on the DL on May 4.
First baseman, Brett Harper, went 3 for 4 and brought in three. Carter is currently tied for second in the league with nine home runs and is now second in the league with 36 RBIs after bringing in three Sunday. Corey Wimberly didn’t have a great game but was able to continue his streak of 20 straight games getting on base.
Some ‘Cats fans played a part in the game as well, getting in the head of Redbirds third baseman Mark Hamilton who took his frustration out on the poor Gatorade igloo in the visiting dugout. (picture above)
With the anemic play at home the fans continue to show their support. The River Cats are atop of the attendance report for the Pacific Coast League, averaging more than 8,500 fans per game.
Left hander and recent Oakland Athletic, Brett Anderson, is expected to start for the River Cats tomorrow night against the Nashville Sounds.