Sacramento River Cats

River Cats glance: Chihuahuas go home on a winning note

CHIHUAHUAS GO HOME ON A WINNING NOTE

• Highlight: Tommy Medica and Kyle Blanks hit home runs to lead the El Paso Chihuahuas past the River Cats 6-5 on Sunday afternoon at Raley Field.

• Familiar travails: The Chihuahuas have played all 23 games this season on the road. They return home today for their first game in new Southwest University Park against the Fresno Grizzlies. Remember when the River Cats began their inaugural season with 38 road games before the Raley Field opener May 15, 2000?

• Another milestone: Michael Taylor stole his 100th base as a River Cat in the second inning.

• Local connection: The Chihuahuas’ pitching coach is former major-league pitcher Mike Cather out of Folsom High School.

• Finding a way: When you’re hot, the manager will find a spot for you. Infielder Tyler Ladendorf, who is hitting .364, started in center field and batted leadoff for the first time this season.

• Today: River Cats RHP Zach Neal (1-1, 6.55 ERA) vs. Tacoma Rainiers TBD, 7:05 p.m., Raley Field.

– Mark McDermott,

Special to The Bee

Chihuahuas 6, River Cats 5

El Paso AB R H BI BB SO Avg
Francoeur rf 4 1 1 1 1 0 .205
Fuentes cf-lf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .197
J.Lane lf 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500
Medica 1b 4 1 1 3 0 1 .250
Buck dh 4 1 1 0 0 1 .367
Blanks lf 3 1 1 2 0 1 .270
Noel cf 0 0 0 0 1 0 .277
Conrad 2b 4 0 1 0 0 1 .316
C.Decker 3b 3 0 1 0 0 0 .203
Lemmerman 3b 1 0 0 0 0 0 .267
A.Moore c 4 1 1 0 0 1 .317
Greene ss 3 1 1 0 0 1 .154
Totals 34 6 8 6 2 7 .251
RIVER CATS AB R H BI BB SO Avg
Ladendorf cf 3 1 0 0 2 1 .364
Jos.Martinez 2b 5 0 0 0 0 1 .222
1-Peterson pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 .310
Carrithers 3b 4 1 2 1 0 0 .377
Freiman 1b 5 0 0 0 0 0 .207
M.Taylor rf 4 1 2 1 0 1 .254
Goebbert dh 4 1 1 1 0 0 .333
Matthes lf 4 0 1 0 0 2 .221
Parrino ss 4 1 2 0 0 0 .239
Pohl c 4 0 1 1 0 1 .267
Totals 37 5 9 4 2 6 .269
El Paso 004 002 000 6 8 1
RIVER CATS 000 012 002 5 9 0

     E–Greene (1). LOB–El Paso 4; RIVER CATS 8. 2B–Pohl (3); Carrithers (3). 3B–M.Taylor (1). HR–Medica (1) off Murphy; Blanks (7) off Murphy. RBIs–Francoeur (10), Medica 3 (3), Blanks 2 (15); Pohl (5), M.Taylor (6), Goebbert (17), Carrithers (12). SB–Noel (8) 2B; M.Taylor (3) 2B. Runners left in scoring position–Conrad; Matthes; Jos.Martinez 2; Parrino; Freiman.

El Paso IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Buckner W,1-0 5 1 4 1 1 3 1.80
Branham 1/3 2 2 2 0 0 6.75
J.Reyes 2/3 0 1 0 0 0 7.30
Sipp H,2 12/3 0 0 0 0 2 4.97
LaFromboise H,2 1 2 2 0 1 1 6.14
Boyer S,1 1/3 0 0 0 0 0 6.17
RIVER CATS IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Murphy L,2-2 52/3 6 8 6 1 1 4.71
Humber 21/3 0 0 0 1 5 3.86
Jo.Flores 1 0 0 0 0 1 4.82

     Inherited runners-scored–J.Reyes 1-1, LaFromboise 1-0, Boyer 2-0, Humber 1-0.

     T–3:11. A–7,563.

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