The Sacramento River Cats (42-40) continue their dominance over the Albuquerque Isotopes (34-49), winning 7-2 for their seventh straight victory over the Colorado Rockies affiliate, which includes Elk Grove native Dom Nunez on its roster.
Ty Blach bounced back in a big way for the River Cats on Sunday afternoon. Coming off a few tough starts in a row, the lefty cruised through six innings before allowing a couple runs in the seventh and giving way to the bullpen. Blach earned his third win of the season, finishing with 6.1 innings and allowing two runs on four hits. He struck out six Isotopes hitters and walked just one.
Submariner Tyler Rogers and lefty Williams Jerez shined in relief, tossing 2.2 innings of no-hit, shutout baseball to close out the game. Jerez struck out the side in the eighth.
Offensively it was Mike Gerber and Austin Slater providing the thump, combining to go 4-for-8 with four runs batted in and three runs scored. Gerber crushed his 17th homer of the season to pull within one of Zach Green for the team lead in home runs.
Blach picked up his 28th win as a River Cat on Sunday. He is now in sole possession of second place for most wins in Sacramento River Cats history, trailing only Travis Banwart with 32.
The River Cats stole three bases in a game for the second time this season. Abiatal Avelino swiped his team leading 8th and 9th bags while Mike Gerber stole his second base this season. The club last stole three bases on May 4 against the Reno Aces.