River Cats at a glance: Homers by Taylor, Weeks fuel four-game sweep

Published: Monday, Apr. 29, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 4C
Last Modified: Monday, Apr. 29, 2013 - 12:08 am

• Game highlights: Michael Taylor hit a three-run homer and Jemile Weeks hit two-run shot to lift the River Cats past the Salt Lake Bees 7-2 Sunday at Raley Field.

• Record tied: River Cats first baseman Daric Barton is now tied with Esteban German (2001-04) for the all-time franchise lead in runs with 231.

• Bright spot: In 12 2/3 innings of shutout relief, right-hander Dan Otero has notched six saves and been the go-to reliever in a faulty Cats bullpen.

• Straily scratched: Bruce Billings started in place of Dan Straily, who's scheduled to start tonight for the A's. Billings pitched six innings and allowed one run.

• Score it 9-3: In the fourth inning, the Bees' Bill Hall slammed a one-hopper into right field, and Taylor threw him out at first base.

• Get out the broom: The River Cats' four-game sweep of the Bees was the 53rd series sweep in franchise history.

• Magic number is … : In 24 games this season, the River Cats are 10-2 when scoring six or more runs and 3-9 when scoring fewer than six.

• Choice is AAA-OK: In his first Triple-A season, River Cats center fielder Michael Choice has hit safely in 18 of 22 games and reached base in 21 of those games.

• Today: River Cats LHP Justin Thomas (0-2, 3.32 ERA) vs. Fresno RHP Boof Bonser (1-1, 4.19), 7:05 p.m., Chukchansi Park, Fresno.

– Mark McDermott, Special to The Bee

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