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James Simmons got the start for Sacramento and he pitched well, allowing a run in five innings of work. He walked three and allowed five hits and he struck-out four. Simmons was limited to five innings because his pitch count moved up quickly. He threw 100 pitches in five innings.
Jeff Gray was the next in-line for Sacramento and he made quick work of Las Vegas in his one inning of work, going 1-2-3 with a strike-out. Gray was clocked at 97 MPH on the stadium radar gun. Jared Lansford followed with a scoreless inning of his own to keep the game at 1-0 Las Vegas through seven innings.
Chris Schroder pitched a scoreless top of the eighth and the River Cats mounted a rally in the bottom of the inning. Eric Patterson led-off the bottom of the eighth with a walk. Chris Denorfia then followed with a ringing triple to right-center, scoring Patterson and putting the River Cats in a position to take the lead. However, Daric Barton's hard-hit ball went right to a drawn in second baseman and Denorfia had to hold at third. Sean Doolittle followed with a walk, but Matt Carson grounded into a double-play to end the inning.
Sacramento and Las Vegas would battle for four-and-a-half more scoreless innings before the River Cats would score the winning run in the bottom of the 13th. Schroder threw a scoreless ninth and then Jerry Blevins came in and tossed three scoreless innings in relief. He allowed only a walk and he struck-out two in his best outing of the season.
Ryan Webb took over in the top of the 13th and Webb worked around two hits to get the River Cats into the bottom of the 13th still tied.
Doolittle walked to lead-off the inning and then moved to second on a Carson sacrifice bunt. After Jeff Baisley was intentionally walked, Gregorio Petit smacked an opposite field single to right that looked like the game-winner off of the bat. Doolittle was held at third, however. With the bases loaded and one-out, Eric Munson - who was in the game for Anthony Recker - hit a sacrifice fly to right to win it.
Las Vegas was playing short-handed for much of the game. Two 51's were thrown out, Aaron Mathews in the second and Randy Ruiz in the 10th. With Joe Inglett unable to play with an injured leg, Las Vegas ran out of position players and had to have a pitcher hit in the 13th. Davis Romero, who also got the loss, grounded out in his only at-bat.
Nearly 11,000 fans were on-hand to watch the River Cats' win, which took three hours and 50 minutes to finish. We have photos from the game below...
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