River Cats' Season Comes To An End
Gray pitched well in the loss.
Gray pitched well in the loss.
Senior Editor
Posted Sep 10, 2012

The Sacramento River Cats made history in 2012, but their quest for the Pacific Coast League title fell short. The River Cats fell to the Reno Aces in Game Five of the best-of-five games PCL semi-finals, 7-4.

Despite holding an early 3-0 lead, the Sacramento River Cats were unable to hold off the Reno Aces' comeback and they fell to their rivals by a score of 7-4.

In his second start at the Triple-A level, Oakland A's 2011 first-round pick Sonny Gray pitched well. The right-hander allowed three runs on eight hits in six innings. He struck-out five and walked one. Gray was touched for a solo homerun by Taylor Harbin. He left with the game tied 3-3.

Sacramento jumped out to a 3-0 lead when they scored twice in the first on a Kila Ka'aihue double and a Michael Taylor single, and then added a run in the fifth on a Grant Green single.

The Aces jumped back into the game in the bottom of the fifth when Harbin homered and Tyler Kuhn and Josh Bell added RBI singles. Reno then mounted a seventh-inning rally that proved the difference in the game. Reliever Merkin Valdez allowed a three-run homer to Mike Jacobs and later Brent Clevlen scored on a double steal attempt with Rich Thompson on the mound (the River Cats threw out the runner going to second but allowed Clevlen to score).

Sacramento cut into the Aces' lead in the top of the eight when Green tripled and Ka'aihue doubled him home. Ka'aihue would advance to third with less than two-outs, but the River Cats were unable to tack on no more runs in the inning. Shawn Haviland pitched a scoreless bottom of the eighth to keep the score at 7-4, but the River Cats would go down in order in the ninth.

Green, Ka'aihue and Josh Horton each had two hits. Jemile Weeks added a stolen base. Former A's prospect Sam Demel earned the save for Reno.

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