Sacramento River Cats

River Cats glance: Cats blow lead in ninth, fall to Tacoma

Highlight: Right-hander Matt Buschmann allowed two runs and five hits in eight innings, but the River Cats let a ninth-inning lead slip away as the Tacoma Rainiers scored twice to walk off with a 4-3 victory Monday in the rubber match of a five-game series. Buschmann walked none and struck out eight.

Welcome to Triple A, kid: River Cats left-hander Chris Lamb had a Triple-A debut to forget. Promoted from Advanced-A Stockton after being named the Pitcher of the Week in the California League, he allowed two runs on two hits and two walks in the ninth, blowing the save and taking the loss. The only out he recorded was Justin Smoak’s walk-off sacrifice fly..

Stat machine: River Cats outfielder Shane Peterson leads the Pacific Coast League in hits (137), runs (76), doubles (31) and total bases (198).

Today: River Cats LHP Tommy Milone (1-0, 5.40 ERA) vs. Albuquerque RHP Red Patterson (3-7, 5.68), 7:05 p.m., Raley Field.

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Rainiers 4, River Cats 3

RIVER CATS AB R H BI BB SO Avg
Buss cf 5 1 1 0 0 0 .283
Elmore 2b 4 1 2 0 0 1 .273
Peterson rf 3 0 0 1 0 2 .322
Barton dh 4 0 1 0 0 1 .286
Parrino ss 4 1 2 1 0 0 .283
Carrithers 3b 4 0 3 0 0 0 .296
Exposito c 4 0 0 0 0 0 .286
Aliotti 1b 4 0 1 1 0 1 .260
Wilson lf 4 0 1 0 0 0 .135
Totals 36 3 11 3 0 5 .280
Tacoma AB R H BI BB SO Avg
Avery cf 3 1 2 0 1 1 .280
Franklin ss 4 2 2 0 0 0 .300
J.Choi lf 4 0 1 1 0 1 .277
J.Montero dh 3 1 1 2 1 0 .304
Smoak 1b 3 0 0 1 0 2 .273
Morban rf 3 0 0 0 0 2 .241
T.Kelly 2b 3 0 1 0 0 0 .261
Hicks c 3 0 0 0 0 1 .281
Bonilla 3b 3 0 0 0 0 1 .211
Totals 29 4 7 4 2 8 .280
RIVER CATS 200 100 000 3 11 1
Tacoma 000 000 202 4 7 0

  E–Exposito (10). LOB–RIVER CATS 7; Tacoma 3. 2B–Elmore (11); Parrino (20); Wilson (1). HR–J.Montero (16) off Buschmann. RBIs–Peterson (71), Parrino (52), Aliotti (14); J.Montero 2 (72), J.Choi (18), Smoak (19). SB–Franklin (9) 2B; T.Kelly (6) 2B. S–Peterson. SF–Smoak. RISP–RIVER CATS 4-for-15; Tacoma 2-for-3. Runners left in scoring position–Exposito; Buss; Parrino; Peterson; Bonilla. GIDP–J.Choi, Franklin. DP–RIVER CATS 2; Tacoma 1.

RIVER CATS IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Buschmann 8 5 2 2 0 8 4.97
C.Lamb L,0-1 1/3 2 2 2 2 0 54.00
Tacoma IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Er.Ramirez 6 9 3 3 0 1 4.15
Luetge 2 2 0 0 0 3 3.42
Coffey W,4-1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1.11

  T–2:36. A–5,213.

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