The Sacramento River Cats bounced back on Wednesday morning to defeat the Oklahoma City Dodgers (23-35) 2-1 to snap their six-game winning streak.
Sacramento’s pitching staff continued to demonstrate why they’re one of the best in the Pacific Coast League by allowing one run on the day. Southpaw Andrew Suarez kicked things off for the River Cats going five innings and allowing a lone run on seven hits.
A combined effort from bullpen arms Williams Jerez, Sam Coonrod, Fernando Abad, and Jandel Gustave held the Dodgers scoreless and sat down 11 straight batters until two outs in the ninth. The quartet combined for four innings, allowing two hits and striking out four. Coonrod picked up his first win of the year with Gustave picking up his third save.
The River Cats offense was supplied by two players, Abiatal Avelino and Chris Shaw. Avelino got things going in the first crushing a double down the line to right field and came around to score on a Shaw single to right. The duo would get it done again in the eighth as Avelino led off with a double and was eventually plated as the winning run on a Shaw double down the right field line.
One day earlier, the Sacramento River Cats kicked off their seven-game road trip with a 6-4 loss to the Oklahoma City Dodgers (23-34) on Tuesday night.
Sacramento jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the second inning, but the Dodgers would strike for all six of their runs in the next four innings, including three in the third inning due largely in part to former River Cat Shane Peterson’s two-run homer.
The River Cats did bring the tying run to the plate in the ninth thanks to two no-out singles from third baseman Levi Michael and pinch-hitter Anthony Garcia, but after an RBI single from center fielder Mike Gerber, Dodgers reliever J.T. Chargois would record his second strikeout of the inning to shut the door.