Sacramento closes out homestand with win

The Sacramento River Cats came into the Monday day game boasting a 20-11 record. They would leave Raley field with the 7-0 win, sweeping the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in the process. The sweep was their second of the season, the last sweep coming against Tacoma from April 14-17.

After a mellow first couple innings the River Cats heated up in the third, stringing together five runs. Sacramento added two more in the fifth, one in the seventh and one in the eight. The Sky Sox were unable to fight back, having only three hits on the day compared to the River Cats’ 13.

The River Cats showed those at Raley Field why they are 21-11. With one out and a man on first, Colorado was unable to make something of it. Sacramento on the other hand scored five runs in the third after being presented with the same situation.

Shane Peterson was walked in the third with one out, moving to third after a double by Wes Timmons. Sacramento second baseman, Jemile Weeks brought in Peterson and Timmons to give them the early 2-0 lead, but the River Cats didn’t stop there.

Eric Sogard kept the inning going with a single to left that moved Weeks to third. Sogard got caught in a rundown between first and third distracting Colorado long enough to allow Weeks to steal home. Sacramento scored two more in the third to give them the early five-run advantage.

The River Cats pitchers continued to play how they have all year, shutting Colorado out for the second time in the series and the third time overall. Colorado had just five runs in the series compared to the River Cats’  25.

Sacramento right-hander Travis Banwart threw a solid seven innings today, winning his first game of the season, giving him a 1-2 record with a 3.24 ERA on the year.

River Cats’ infielders Weeks and Timmons have been fighting off the injury bug this season but were able to produce on Monday. After missing 22 games with an ankle injury, infielder Wes Timmons has played well, going 3-fo-4 on both Sunday and Monday. Weeks also had three hits on the day while driving into and scoring in two of his own.

“In the past when I’m healthy my numbers and everything showed,” said Weeks earlier in the year. “As far as the team it’s nothing different than what they’ve been doing here for the last few years. We’re out here trying to win a championship and that’s everybody’s goal on the team.”

Weeks, who has only played in three games since April 28, has been a man of his word. He is now batting .351 with 12 RBIs and 10 extra-base hits on the season. The River Cats look to continue what they’ve been doing as they are now 19-6 over the least 24 games.

The River Cats are off to Memphis where they will start an eight-game road trip. They will look to better their 9-3 record away from Sacramento.

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