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River Cats glance: Cats’ top hitters erupt in win over Tacoma

Highlight: The River Cats’ 3-4-5 hitters combined for six hits and eight RBIs en route to an 8-5 victory over the host Tacoma Rainiers in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday night.

Take a bow: The Cats’ Daric Barton, batting fifth, went 2 for 4 with four RBIs and a run. He hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning. Andy Parrino, hitting third, went 2 for 3 with a triple, a walk, three RBIs and two runs. Triple-A All-Star Shane Peterson, batting fourth, went 2 for 3 with a triple to move into a second-place tie in the Pacific Coast League with a .327 batting average. Peterson, who leads the league in 135 hits, scored two runs and drove in one.

Good enough: River Cats starter Zach Neal improved to 4-5, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits in 51/3 innings. Jeremy McBryde pitched 12/3 scoreless innings for his 10th save.

Today: River Cats LHP Drew Pomeranz (0-0, 4.50 ERA) vs. Tacoma LHP James Paxton (0-1, 6.00), 1:35 p.m., Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash.

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River Cats 8, Rainiers 5

RIVER CATS AB R H BI BB SO Avg
Buss cf 3 2 2 0 0 0 .286
Elmore 2b 4 0 0 0 0 0 .264
Parrino ss 3 2 2 3 1 1 .279
Peterson rf 3 2 2 1 0 0 .327
Barton 1b 4 1 2 4 0 0 .286
Jos.Martinez 3b 4 0 1 0 0 1 .274
Carrithers dh 3 0 0 0 0 1 .294
Ortiz c 3 0 0 0 0 0 .234
Wilson lf 2 1 0 0 1 0 .119
Totals 29 8 9 8 2 3 .280
Tacoma AB R H BI BB SO Avg
A.Almonte cf 4 0 0 0 0 2 .265
Franklin ss 4 0 1 0 0 1 .297
J.Choi 1b 4 1 1 0 0 0 .283
Smoak dh 3 2 2 3 0 0 .292
T.Kelly 2b 2 1 0 0 0 1 .265
Tenbrink rf 2 1 1 1 1 0 .273
Hicks c 3 0 1 1 0 0 .304
Bonilla 3b 2 0 1 0 0 0 .220
a-J.Montero ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .309
Noriega 3b 0 0 0 0 0 0 .293
Avery lf 3 0 0 0 0 1 .272
Totals 28 5 7 5 1 5 .282
RIVER CATS 013 040 0– 8 9 1
Tacoma 010 103 0– 5 7 0

E–Barton (2). LOB–RIVER CATS 4; Tacoma 4. 2B–Buss (15); Jos.Martinez (15). 3B–Peterson (3); Parrino (2). HR–Barton (4) off Luetge; Tenbrink (1) off Neal; Smoak 2 (5) off Neal. RBIs–Barton 4 (36), Parrino 3 (51), Peterson (70); Tenbrink (3), Smoak 3 (17), Hicks (3). SB–Parrino (6) 2B. SF–Peterson. RISP–RIVER CATS 5-for-8; Tacoma 1-for-3. Runners left in scoring position–Carrithers; J.Choi. GIDP–J.Montero. DP–RIVER CATS 1.

RIVER CATS IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Neal W,4-5 51/3 6 5 4 1 3 4.63
McBryde S,10 12/3 1 0 0 0 2 2.37
Tacoma IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Gillheeney L,3-8 42/3 5 6 6 1 3 6.10
Luetge 11/3 4 2 2 0 0 3.57
Coffey 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.16

Inherited runners-scored–McBryde 2-0, Luetge 1-1. HBP–Buss (Gillheeney), T.Kelly (Neal).

T–2:31. A–1.

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