Highlight: Michael Taylor, Anthony Recker and Eric Sogard homered, and Bruce Billings struck out seven in six shutout innings to lead the River Cats past the Las Vegas 51s 7-1 Saturday night at Raley Field.
Bullpen loss: Left-handed reliever Erick Threets (4-2, 1.84 ERA) asked for and was granted his release, the Contra Costa Times reported.
Filling in: Former River Cats manager Todd Steverson, the roving hitting instructor for the A's, is stepping in this series for hitting coach Greg Sparks, who is taking his mandatory vacation. In Steverson's last substitute appearance as acting manager of the Stockton Ports, he was banned from all California League dugouts for the rest of the season for ordering his last two pitchers, both position players, to balk in an attempt to end an 18-inning game.
Today: River Cats RHP Brad Peacock (6-6, 7.12 ERA) vs. Las Vegas 51s RHP Scott Richmond (7-5, 5.56), 1:05 p.m., Raley Field.
Mark McDermott, Special to The Bee