Sacramento hosted the Tucson Padres on a breezy Monday night at Raley Field. The River Cats came into the evening with a division leading 10-8 record and they hoped to keep it that way with right-hander Guillermo Moscoso on the mound.
Moscoso came into Monday atop the PCL with a 0.56 ERA in 16 innings of work, 16 strikeouts and only 9 hits allowed. But he would take an early exit allowing eight hits and six runs in 4.1 innings of work.
Tucson jumped on the River Cats early, scoring four runs in the first two innings. The Padres scored two in the first after first baseman Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run home run, his seventh jack of the season, putting him atop the leader board in that department. They scored the additional two runs in the second via two singles to left.
Teams have had their way with Sacramento in the first inning, allowing 25 of a combined 88 runs on the year in the first. But fortunately for Sacramento they have had their best inning play in the following inning, scoring 21 of their 97 runs on the year in the second. Monday night was a prime example of that for Sacramento, scoring five runs in the second inning to give Sacramento the 5-4 advantage.
The most unlikely of River Cats were able to tie it up, with all runs coming off of the bats of ‘Cats with under a .160 average.
Josh Donaldson, who has a .154 average on the year, got things started in the second with a single past third that brought in Matt Carson. The newest River Cat, Shane Peterson, had a line drive to right that brought in Anthony Recker, Peterson’s first hit and RBI as a River Cat. Adam Heether, who is batting .158 on the year, brought in Donaldson and Josh Horton, who has a .143 average, tied it up with a single just past Tucson second baseman Logan Forsythe. All runs coming with no outs.
Shortstop Eric Sogard grounded out to second, bringing in Heether to give Sacramento the 5-4 lead. That lead lasted just two innings and wound up being their last as Tucson scored two in the fifth and one in the sixth to pull away. The River Cats were unable to take advantage of situations where they had runners on base, leaving ten runners on the base paths
Sacramento fell to Tucson 7-5 but did not fall in the standings as both Fresno and Las Vegas lost their games on Monday night as well. The River Cats look to even up the series tomorrow night before they head back to Las Vegas, where they are 1-3 this season.