River Cats

The Sacramento River Cats, pictured above in an April game, will take on Las Vegas today at 6:35 p.m.

The Sacramento River Cats could not get anything going at the dish on Thursday night as they dropped their second straight to the Salt Lake Bees (21-25) by a final of 7-1. Two Bees pitchers combined to hold Sacramento to a season-low three hits.

The River Cats fell behind early but responded in the third, tallying two of their three hits to push across their only run of the night. Abiatal Avelino drove in Levi Michael on a soft ground ball to second to tie the game at one. Salt Lake would score six unanswered runs, however, to arrive at the final score of 7-1. Sacramento was held to their lowest hit total this season, one lower than their previous low of four from May 8 against Fresno.

Two bright spots for the River Cats were left-hander Sam Selman and right-hander Ray Black. Selman continued his dominant 2019 campaign, tossing one and two-thirds innings of scoreless baseball to go along with three strikeouts. Ray Black returned to the bullpen after a 30-game stint on the injured list with a mild right elbow strain. Black looked sharp, touching 98 with his fastball and recording a scoreless eighth inning.

– Sacramento River Cats