The River Cats’ final trip of the season hit a bump Thursday with a 3-1 loss to the Iowa Cubs in Des Moines.
Sacramento starting pitcher Nik Turley struggled early, giving up two runs in the first inning on a one-out single by Christian Villanueva.
But the 25-year-old left-hander (6-7) settled down to record his third consecutive quality outing. He gave up three runs on seven hits and struck out seven in six innings.
The River Cats (66-67) scored in the second inning on an RBI groundout by Nick Noonan.
For the second straight night, the River Cats struggled with runners in scoring position. They finished 0 for 5, all against Iowa starter Tsuyoshi Wada. He allowed one run on six hits in 62/3 innings.
The second game in the four-game series is scheduled for Friday at 5:08 p.m. with the Cats’ Ty Blach (11-10, 4.05) facing Dallas Beeler (6-5, 4.52).