Outman pitches brilliantly in Nashville

Sacramento left-hander Josh Outman sat out much of the 2009 season and all of the 2010 season recovering from Tommy John surgery. However, Outman spent most of Monday night in Tennessee, sitting down the Nashville Sounds batters, en route to a 3-2 win, his fourth straight victory.

The 26-year-old lefty was 4-1 with a 3.48 ERA in Oakland his rookie season, and thought to be next in line for the fifth spot in the A’s rotation. Inconsistency this Spring lead to an Opening day start in Sacramento. Outman was  0-1 through his first four starts with a 8.59 ERA, but he has reminded us why he was thought to be the fifth starter in the Oakland rotation.

Outman allowed just two hits Monday, one being a two-run home run in the seventh inning. He is now 4-1 with a 4.78 ERA, allowing only six runs in his last four starts.

Sacramento pitching has been spectacular lately, as the River Cats have won 12 of their last 15 games, recording three shutouts in that span. Sacramento pitching leads the Pacific Coast League with a 3.63 ERA on the season. They also lead the league with 330 strikeouts.

When the first runs on the board are Sacramento’s, the River Cats usually walk away the victor, winning 15 of 17 games this season when they score first. Luckily for Sacramento the bats did their part once again, scoring two in the fourth inning and one in the sixth before the Sounds scored their two runs on the night.

Catcher Anthony Recker had a lead-off double in the fourth to get things started and left fielder Adrian Cardenas brought him in to put the first run on the board. Josh Donaldson followed the Cardenas single with a double of his own bringing in Cardenas to give the River Cats the 2-0 lead.

The newest River Cat, Michael Taylor was able to put this one out of reach in the sixth. Taylor, who was called up earlier in the road trip brought had his third RBI of the season on a single to right that scored Donaldson. Taylor had three hits on the night, his first three-hit game of the year.

The Sounds made some noise later in the game, scoring two in seventh. It wouldn’t be enough as the River Cats pitching shut them out the rest of the way.

Sacramento has had their best franchise record through 39 games (26-13) and look to add on to it. After starting the season 2-5, Sacramento has posted a 23-9 record over the last 31 games. They are now 14-5 on the road and 7-2 in games decided by one run.

The River Cats will need to rest as they are scheduled for the 9:05 first pitch tomorrow morning. River Cats RHP Guillermo Moscoso (3-2 3.13) faces Nashville Sounds RHP Josh Butler (2-2 3.90) for the early morning start.


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