• Highlight: Alden Carrithers homered and Phillip Humber picked up his fifth win as the River Cats extended their division lead to four games with a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Tuesday night at Raley Field as the Reno Aces lost.
• Buss-ting loose: Since June 26, River Cats outfielder Nick Buss has put together two six-game hitting streaks, a 10-game hitting streak and is currently on a team-high 18-game hitting streak. He has raised his batting average from .269 to .296 and has 15 multi-hit performances.
• New face: The River Cats started right-handed pitcher Angel Castro, acquired by the A’s from St. Louis for cash considerations. He was 9-6 with a 4.01 ERA at Memphis. He threw four innings Tuesday and allowed one unearned run.
• Local flavor: The Sky Sox have outfielder Tim Wheeler, formerly of El Camino High and Sacramento State, and reliever Josh Roenicke, formerly of Nevada Union High.
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• What’s ahead: The River Cats have 20 games left in the regular season. They have eight on the road – four each against Memphis and Nashville. They have 12 games at home – three more with Colorado Springs, four with Oklahoma City and five to finish the season against Reno.
• Today: River Cats RHP Zach Neal (5-6, 4.81 ERA) vs. Colorado Springs LHP Brian Burres (1-6, 7.14), 7:05 p.m., Raley Field.
Mark McDermott, Bee Correspondent
River Cats 3, Sky Sox 1
E–Ynoa (6); Walsh (6); Jos.Martinez (5). LOB–Col. Springs 7; RIVER CATS 5. 2B–Aliotti (15). HR–Carrithers (2) off Roenicke. RBIs–T.Wheeler (35); Parrino (57), L.Martinez (25), Carrithers (45). SB–Buss (11) 2B. SF–T.Wheeler. RISP–Col. Springs 2-for-6; RIVER CATS 2-for-10. Runners left in scoring position–Smalling; McBride; Walsh; Jos.Martinez. GIDP–T.Wheeler; Aliotti, Parrino. DP–Col. Springs 2; RIVER CATS 2.