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River Cats shut out in home opener

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After opening the 2012 season on the road eight days ago, the Sacramento River Cats finally played their home opener on Friday night.

The crowd of 6,189 was treated to a classic pitcher’s duel while sitting through a brief rain shower in the early innings, but in the end they saw the River Cats fall to the visiting Reno Aces by a final score of 2-0.

River Cats starting pitcher Brad Peacock allowed just one hit over six innings and it was the second inning which proved to be Peacock’s only blemish on the night.

Following the walk of Aces shortstop Cody Ransom, a wild pitch by Peacock allowed Ransom to advance to second base and an attempted pickoff play at first base by River Cats catcher Derek Norris resulted in an error, allowing Ransom to move to third base.

A sacrifice fly by catcher Konrad Schmidt brought Ransom home giving the Aces the only run they would need. Ransom also scored Reno’s insurance run in the ninth inning after he drew a walk and was driven home on a triple by shortstop Ryan Wheeler.

Peacock, who was obtained by Sacramento’s parent club in the offseason trade of all-star pitcher Gio Gonzalez to Washington, recorded eight strikeouts on the night including four consecutive K’s over the second and third innings. Peacock is now 1-1 on the young season.

Aces starting pitcher Zach Kroenke earned his first win of the year as he struck out five River Cats batters over six innings while allowing just three hits.

Center fielder Grant Green was the source of the River Cats’ offense on the night with three hits.

Green had an opportunity to get the River Cats on the scoreboard in the bottom of the ninth as he represented the winning run. Wes Timmons and Jeff Fiorentino drew walks and were able to get into scoring position after a wild pitch by Aces reliever Bryan Woodall, but Green left them stranded as he grounded out to end the game.

The River Cats are now 6-3 and their series with Reno continues through Monday.
 

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