The Sacramento River Cats finally cooled off Wednesday.
Sacramento hit another home run – by Mike Gerber – but otherwise was shut down by Fresno starter Scott Copeland and three relievers in a 4-1 loss to the Grizzlies in front of an announced crowd of 5,820 at Raley Field. Fresno also won the series opener 7-3 on Tuesday night.
The River Cats have 16 home runs halfway through a 12-game home stand, but they managed just four hits in seven innings against Copeland, who walked three and struck out eight.
Gerber homered off Copeland in the bottom of the sixth inning. He also doubled. Gerber’s seventh homer of the season came in his first game back with Sacramento following a short stint with the San Francisco Giants. Gerber earned a call from the Giants on May 3 after hitting .357 with six homers and 15 RBIs in 21 games. He was optioned to Sacramento after going 1 for 15 with nine strikeouts in four games with San Francisco.
Sacramento left-hander Andrew Suarez returned from the injured list and allowed two runs and five hits in 31/3 innings.
The teams play at 7:05 p.m. Thursday and Friday. El Paso arrives for a four-game series beginning Saturday.