Sacramento River Cats

River Cats glance: Freiman, Taylor erupt in Cats’ victory

• Highlight: Nate Freiman and Michael Taylor drove in seven runs combined to propel the River Cats past the Tacoma Rainiers 11-7 on Thursday night at Raley Field. Freiman drove in four runs.

• Pitching ugly: River Cats starter Arnold Leon didn’t have his good stuff. He struggled through five innings, allowing 10 hits and three walks and tossing two wild pitches. Yet he left the game with a 7-4 lead and earned the win.

• Drought ends: Until Kent Matthes hit his first home run of the season with two outs in the second inning, the River Cats had not gone deep in 461/3 innings. Matthes later missed a homer by a foot to right-center field, and Freiman missed two homers by a foot each to left field.

• Great series: UC Davis product Ty Kelly went 7 for 14 with a double, two home runs, five RBIs, two walks and seven runs for the Rainiers in the four-game series.

• Alphabet stats: Entering Thursday’s game, Tyler Ladendorf led the River Cats with a .455 batting average on balls in play (BABIP). The league average is .323. While he lacks power with a .118 isolated power (ISO) rating, he gets on base more often than any River Cat with a weighted on-base average (wOBA) of .427.

• Today: River Cats RHP Marcus Walden (0-0, 4.50 ERA) vs. El Paso RHP Billy Buckner (1-0, 1.80), 6:05 p.m., Southwest University Park, El Paso, Texas.

– Mark McDermott, Special to The Bee


River Cats 11, Rainiers 7

TacomaAB R H BI BB SO Avg
Avery lf 4 1 2 1 2 0 .280
C.Taylor ss 5 0 2 1 0 0 .365
J.Jones cf 5 0 1 0 0 1 .316
J.Montero 1b 3 1 1 0 2 2 .289
Franklin dh 5 0 1 0 0 1 .338
Blash rf 4 0 0 0 1 2 .000
T.Kelly 2b 3 3 1 1 1 0 .262
Noriega 3b 5 2 4 2 0 0 .451
Quintero c 5 0 2 2 0 0 .310
Totals39 7 14 7 6 6 .311
RIVER CATSAB R H BI BB SO Avg
Peterson cf 5 2 1 0 0 0 .294
Ladendorf 2b 4 2 1 1 0 0 .361
Carrithers 3b 4 0 1 1 0 0 .333
Freiman 1b 5 1 3 4 0 0 .224
M.Taylor rf 4 1 2 3 1 0 .270
Goebbert lf 3 1 0 0 1 1 .291
Matthes dh 4 1 2 2 0 0 .225
Parrino ss 4 1 2 0 0 0 .259
Pohl c 4 2 2 0 0 0 .316
Totals37 11 14 11 2 1 .265
Tacoma 031 000 102 7 14 0
RIVER CATS 023 024 00x 11 14 1

E–Humber (1). LOB–Tacoma 12; RIVER CATS 6. 2B–T.Kelly (2); C.Taylor (11); J.Montero (4); Noriega (8); Freiman 2 (9); Matthes (5). HR–Matthes (1) off Ruffin; M.Taylor (3) off Ruffin. RBIs–Noriega 2 (4), Avery (12), C.Taylor (15), T.Kelly (9), Quintero 2 (3); Matthes 2 (12), Carrithers (14), Freiman 4 (19), M.Taylor 3 (10), Ladendorf (15). 2-out RBIs–Avery; C.Taylor; Quintero 2; Noriega; Matthes 2; M.Taylor 3; Freiman 2. SB–Avery (10) 2B. SF–T.Kelly; Carrithers. RISP–Tacoma 6-for-17; RIVER CATS 7-for-13. Runners left in scoring position–Franklin 4; J.Jones; Quintero; Matthes; Goebbert; M.Taylor. DP–RIVER CATS 2.

Tacoma IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Ruffin L,0-3 5 6 7 7 2 0 9.43
Miner 3 8 4 4 0 1 7.80
RIVER CATS IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Ar.Leon W,2-1 5 10 4 4 3 4 4.34
Humber H,1 3 2 1 0 2 1 3.07
Scribner 1 2 2 2 1 1 2.25

BK–Scribner. HBP–Ladendorf (Ruffin). WP–Ruffin, Ar.Leon 2.

T–2:57. A–5,710.

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