WEST SACRAMENTO, CA. - The River Cats continued to roll, winning their seventh consecutive game Sunday night as they beat the Round Rock Express 3-2. Andrew Susac scored twice in the win and hit the go-ahead home run in the bottom of the eighth.
Susac started the game behind the plate and in the three spot in the lineup in his second River Cats rehab start. A night removed from an 0-for-4 performance, the 25-year-old catcher came through Sunday in a big way for Sacramento. He started a fifth-inning rally with a single to left field, scoring the first River Cats run of the night on Kevin Frandsen's two-run double.
Three innings later, Susac came to the plate with one out and nobody on and crushed a Roman Mendez fastball to deep left field. The ball landed halfway back along the top of the River Cats clubhouse and put the home club up 3-2 with three outs to go. Overall, Susac was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a home run. He is now 6-for-22 with a double, two home runs, and four RBI between Sacramento and Advanced-A San Jose on his current rehab assignment.
In addition to Susac, Frandsen provided a big hit in the fifth inning to get Sacramento back in the game. Trailing 2-0, Susac singled to start the inning and was followed by a single from Mac Williamson. With one away, Frandsen smashed a double to the wall in left-center scoring both Susac and Williamson and tying the game at two. Frandsen was 1-for-3 on the night, with the clutch two-run double his lone hit.
Sacramento's starter Nik Turley (5-6, 4.69) was fantastic on the mound, going seven very strong innings. The southpaw scattered four hits and allowed two runs (one earned) while walking three and striking out three. The seven innings matched his season high, as did his 109 pitches (70 of which were strikes). It was his ninth quality start and the seventh time this season that Turley, just 26, has gone at least six innings while allowing one earned run or less.
Brett Bochy (5-0, 2.79) took over for Turley in the eighth and pitched a perfect inning, striking out one. The right-hander was rewarded for his effort with his second win in as many nights. Behind him, Mike Broadway (1-0, 0.99) came on for the ninth and retired the Express in order. Broadway recorded his 12th save (is now 12 of 12 in save opportunities) and lowered his ERA to 0.99.
The River Cats have now won seven straight, their longest streak of the year and their longest since winning seven straight from May 21 - 27 last season. Sacramento last won eight straight from July 31 - August 8 of the 2013 season.
It'll be lefty Ty Blach (10-10, 4.48) on the mound tomorrow night for Sacramento. Blach is coming off his team-leading 10th win of the season (T-2nd PCL). Game three will feature a familiar face to River Cats fans, as right-hander Robert Coello (0-0, 0.00) gets the start for Round Rock. Coello was 6-3 with a 3.50 ERA in 11 starts for Sacramento earlier this season. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.
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