Sacramento River Cats

River Cats glance: Cats jump on Chihuahuas early, end skid

• Highlight: Daric Barton had a two-run single in Sacramento’s three-run first inning, and the River Cats went on to beat the host El Paso Chihuahuas 6-1 on Monday night to end a three-game losing streak.

• Piling on: After a 67-minute rain delay in the fourth inning, the River Cats extended their lead to 5-0 in the sixth inning on Josh Whitaker’s two-run homer. Jose Martinez’s RBI single in the eighth inning accounted for Sacramento’s final run.

• Pitcher of efficiency: Zach Neal picked up the win with five scoreless innings. He allowed two hits and walked none, needing just 60 pitches.

• Top of the heap: The River Cats extended their lead in the Pacific Coast League Pacific North to 4 1/2 games over Reno.

• Today: River Cats LHP Drew Pomeranz (0-0, 6.75 ERA) vs. El Paso RHP Matt Wisler (5-4, 6.16), 6:05 p.m., Southwest University Park, El Paso, Texas.

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River Cats 6, Chihuahuas 1

RIVER CATS AB R H BI BB SO Avg
Buss cf 4 1 2 0 1 0 .283
Elmore 2b 5 1 1 0 0 2 .264
Parrino ss 5 1 1 0 0 2 .283
Peterson rf 4 1 0 0 0 1 .317
Barton 1b 3 0 1 3 0 0 .290
Whitaker dh 4 2 2 1 0 0 .227
Jos.Martinez 3b 4 0 3 0 0 0 .276
Ortiz c 4 0 0 1 0 1 .243
Wilson lf 3 0 0 0 1 1 .167
Totals 36 6 10 5 2 7 .281
El Paso AB R H BI BB SO Avg
Fuentes lf 3 1 0 0 1 0 .262
E.Cabrera ss 1 0 1 0 0 0 1.000
a-A.Cstllnos ph-3b 3 0 1 0 0 0 .253
Alonso 1b 3 0 1 1 0 0 .333
1-Galvez pr-1b 1 0 0 0 0 1 .305
Francoeur rf 4 0 1 0 0 0 .294
Lindsey 2b 4 0 0 0 0 0 .240
Greene 3b-ss 4 0 1 0 0 1 .308
C.Decker dh 4 0 0 0 0 1 .267
Gale c 3 0 0 0 0 1 .305
Noel cf 2 0 0 0 1 1 .244
Totals 32 1 5 1 2 5 .273
RIVER CATS 300 002 010 6 10 1
El Paso 000 001 000 1 5 1

 1-Ran for Alonso in the 6th. E–Parrino (13); Greene (16). LOB–RIVER CATS 6; El Paso 6. 2B–Parrino (18). HR–Whitaker (3) off Kloess. RBIs–Barton 3 (29), Whitaker (12), Ortiz (20); Alonso (1). SB–Buss (9) 2B; Fuentes (10) 2B. SF–Barton. RISP–RIVER CATS 1-for-9; El Paso 1-for-5. Runners left in scoring position–Peterson 2; Francoeur; Lindsey; Noel. GIDP–Whitaker. DP–RIVER CATS 1; El Paso 1.

RIVER CATS IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Neal W,3-5 5 2 0 0 0 3 4.48
T.Healy 1 2 1 1 2 0 5.59
Smyth 2 0 0 0 0 1 2.68
McBryde 1 1 0 0 0 1 2.51
El Paso IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Oramas L,4-5 4 4 3 2 1 4 5.77
Kloess 2 3 2 2 0 1 5.56
Sampson 1 1 0 0 1 2 7.00
O’Grady 2 2 1 1 0 0 4.86

  T–2:48 (1:07 delay). A–7,076.

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