For a second straight year, the Sacramento River Cats went down two games to one to the Reno Aces in the first round of the Pacific Coast League playoffs. The River Cats are one win away from overcoming that series deficit for a second straight year.
It took a little extra work for the River Cats to force a Game Five. Sacramento jumped out to an early 3-0 lead when Blake Lalli launched a three-run homer in the second inning. The Sacramento offense went quiet after that homerun, however, and the Aces chipped away at the River Cats' lead.
Starter Brad Peacock allowed two runs in the fourth inning and the Aces then tied the game in the seventh inning with a run off of reliever Arnold Leon. Peacock allowed two runs on three hits in five innings in his first start since a disabled list stint caused when he was struck in the elbow with a line-drive. Peacock walked two and struck-out one.
Leon allowed a run on three hits in two innings in relief of Peacock. Leon would turn the game over to Jeremy Accardo in the eighth and he would breeze through the next three innings. The veteran right-hander allowed only two hits and he didn't walk or strike-out a batter. In the bottom of the 10th, Accardo induced three groundouts to second baseman Jemile Weeks.
Daric Barton was the hero on offense. The first baseman homered to lead-off the top of the 10th, setting up the River Cats for the win. Wes Timmons was the only River Cats' hitter to collect more than one hit. He went 2-4.
The River Cats will attempt to move into the Pacific Coast League finals on Sunday in Reno.