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Tacoma Rainiers take game four 4-0

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Though coming high off an 11-4 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers Saturday evening, the Sacramento River Cats were unable to repeat the strong lead needed to keep the visitors from getting their third win in the fourth and final game, losing 4-0.

The sun was shining brightly Sunday afternoon and with the slight breeze, the 80-some-degree weather felt pleasant, especially when compared to the recent gray and rainy fits. Fans wore smiles and seemed to be enjoying themselves, as were a number of dogs out that day for Raley Field’s Bark in the Ballpark event, some of whom pranced in a pre-game dog parade around the field.

Post-parade, River Cats pitcher A.J. Griffin made his first start at the Triple-A level that afternoon, and things looked good at the top of the first inning. Rainier Michael Saunders struck out, and the following two batters didn’t make it past first, but the home team was unable to make it on base either.

Rainier Mike Wilson claimed the first run of the game during the second inning, which was also his sixth for the year, with a fly ball to left field. While River Cats’ Anthony Recker managed to get onto first base, steal second and run into third during the bottom half, he was unable to bring it home.

Despite a double play and a yet another stolen base for the River Cats by Eric Sogard at the bottom of the third, the score remained 1-0 through to the fifth inning, when Tacoma pulled further ahead with two more runs.

Johan Limonta started off the fifth for the Rainiers by walking onto first, followed by teammate Sean Kazmar who doubled on a line drive to left field. While Michael Saunders was batting, a passed ball by Josh Donaldson allowed Limonta to score, and Kazmar to make it onto third. Soon after, Saunders singled on a ground ball and sent Kazmar home.

The scoreboard remained at 3-0 until the top of the eighth as both teams kept one another at bay.

During the top of the eighth, while Alex Liddi was batting, teammate Saunders stole second base and then advanced onto third due to a throwing error by River Cats’ Josh Donaldson. The mistake later contributed to the Rainiers’ fourth and final run of the game by Saunders on a ground out by Luis Antonio Jimenez.

With no points handed out to either team in the ninth and final inning, the victory was Tacoma’s with a final score of 4-0.

The River Cats will now make their way to Spring Mobile Ballpark for the four-game series against the Salt Lake Bees, which is scheduled to kick off on Monday at 6:05 p.m.

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