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River Cats pull out win over Portland in Sunday heat

The Sacramento River Cats closed out their four-game series against the Portland Beavers on Sunday with an 11-th inning rally to win 5-4. Sacramento’s recent winning surge places them three games behind the Fresno Grizzlies as the Pacific Coast League teams head into their All-Star break this week.

Sunday’s game was a scorcher. Many of the fans abandoned their sunny seats to watch the action from shaded areas at Raley Field. Pre-game activities included a mascot kickball game honoring River Cats mascot Dinger’s 10th birthday.

Sacramento took an early lead with three runs in the second inning. Adam Heether doubled into left field to bring in Steve Tolleson and Michael Taylor. Heether then reached home on Jared Price’s single.

The Beavers and the River Cats each scored a run in the seventh inning. The Cats were leading 4-1 at the top of the ninth inning when the Beavers mounted a threat. Portland scored three runs to tie the game and Sacramento was not able to answer, sending the game into extra innings. In the bottom of the 11th inning, Sacramento loaded the bases with no outs when Adam Heether rounded out his day by driving in the winning run with a single to left field.

The River Cats have steadily moved up in the standings over the last month. The Cats were 12.5 games behind Fresno in mid-June and have won 14 of their last 17 games to close the gap to just three games.

Steve Tolleson and Michael Taylor score in the second inning.


Kyle Middleton delivers a pitch during third-inning action at Sunday’s game.


Fans favored the cooler shaded areas during the hot afternoon at Raley Field.


Double play action during the fifth inning.


River Cats players celebrate their 14th win in the last 17 games.


Colleen Lowe sings the National Anthem at Sunday’s game against the Portland Beavers.


Photos by 

Ron Nabity.

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