Rosales homer short of cycle; Cats win

Despite being down four runs early, the Sacramento River Cats found a way to get through the rain delayed afternoon start Wednesday, winning 7-4 against visiting Salt Lake.

The River Cats allowed two runs in the first inning and another two in the second. Bees left-fielder Tyson Auer singled early, scoring on a throwing error by starting pitcher Carlos Hernandez. Former River Cat Jeff Baisley scored the second run for the Bees on a sacrifice bunt by first baseman Efran Navarro.

Similar to the first inning, the Bees used single (this time Gil Velazquez) to start the second. Salt Lake’s Cole Armstrong followed Velazquez with a double to score Velazquez. Armstrong scored on a single by Auer to extend the Salt Lake lead to four runs, making things bleak for Sacramento. Luckily for the River Cats, the bats came out as soon as the sun did, scoring a run in four of the next six innings while the Bees were unable to put a run on the board from the third inning on.

Sacramento catcher Anthony Recker hit a home run in the second to bring his team within three. However, in the fourth inning the River Cats scored four runs, giving them the 5-4 lead.

There were two unfamiliar faces on the Raley Field infield Wednesday. Second baseman Scott Sizemore, who was acquired in a trade that sent Oakland A’s pitcher David Purcey to Detroit, was playing his second home game while Oakland A’s third baseman Adam Rosales is rehabbing an ankle injury.

Both players playing a key role in the game.

After Recker flew out to center field, the River Cats hit three consecutive doubles (Michael Taylor, Eric Sogard and Jai Miller) in the fourth. The doubles didn’t stop there as Rosales, who got to Sacramento on Wednesday morning, hit the fourth double of the inning, bringing in Miller to tie the game.

“I’m still trying to be completely comfortable at the plate,” said Rosales, who finished a home run short of the cycle. “I just wanted to get out there and play. It was nice to get a game under my belt.”

Rosales singled in the first inning, hit an RBI double in the fourth and tripled in the sixth. The third baseman, who also stole a base in the first inning, was removed after the seventh inning as part of his scheduled rehab, leaving him a home run shy of completing the first cycle in River Cats history.

Sizemore, the other new face, had the go-ahead RBI to finish the fourth inning, as he brought in Shane Peterson on a sacrifice fly. That wouldn’t be the last run for Sacramento, as they scored one run in the sixth and seventh. The Bees, on the other hand, went scoreless through the last seven innings.

Despite the rough start, River Cats left-hander Carlos Hernandez won his second game of the season and is now 2-0 with a 3.44 ERA. Hernandez struck out seven, walked none and allowed just six hits through 6.0 innings.

The River Cats look to get much of the same from left-hander Lenny DiNardo, who scheduled to start Thursday. He’ll face right-hander Eric Junge, who is 3-3 on the year with a 3.68 ERA.

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