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River Cats beat Grizzlies in bottom of the ninth

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The River Cats made the first and last run at Friday’s game against the Fresno Grizzlies, giving them a close win (6-5) in the first game of the four-game homestand.

The smell of hot dogs, beer and popcorn filled the air. What better way to spend a Friday night than in the summer sun cheering on your favorite baseball team?

This was the first time the River Cats have hosted the Grizzlies this season at Raley Field, and 12,211 fans were present. Having recently lost 5-1 to the Grizzlies, made this win that much sweeter.

The River Cats got the ball rolling with center fielder Jai Miller’s home run, the first score of the game.

However, in the fourth inning, the Grizzlies took the lead in the game, scoring three runs.

The game was delayed for about 10 minutes due to an umpire being hit in the face by a pass ball in the third inning and finally starting to feel the effects of it in the bottom of the fifth.

Even so, the sixth inning went by quickly with three up and three down for both teams and the score remaining 4-1 with Fresno in the lead.

Finally, in the eighth inning things began to heat up when left fielder Chris Carter made a double, hitting a fly ball to right field.

Center fielder Matt Carson hit a double to right field and catcher Anthony Recker hit a line drive down third baseline bringing in Carson and tying the game at 5-5.

The River Cats made three runs in the bottom of the eighth and fans roared with excitement.

Breaking the tie game, in the ninth inning, short stop Eric Sogard made a base hit, line drive over the Grizzlies’ short stop’s head. Sogard then stole second base and moved up to third base on a wild pitch by Grizzlies’ Marc Kroon who had just been put on the mound.

Sogard would soon become the winning run.

Third baseman Andy LaRoche was walked to make it to first and made it to third thanks to Carter, who hit a short infield ball and was safe at first. Sogard then ran in home, giving the River Cats the win of the evening.

Dinger, the River Cats’ mascot, entertained the crowd with intense footwork and kept the crowd cheering even through the highs and lows of the game.

The River Cats face the Grizzlies again Saturday at Raley Field. The game starts at 7:05 p.m.

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