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After a slow and grueling game, the Sacramento River Cats lost 4-3 in the first of the four-game home series against the Salt Lake City Bees.
There were more balls than strikes and more outs than runs for the River Cats, who didn’t make it on the scoreboard until the bottom of the sixth inning.
The game started off with a walk for the Bees, as River Cats starting pitcher Marti Yadel threw consecutive balls, surprising because usually he is successful on the mound with a 4.86 ERA. A bystander in the crowd shouted “There goes the perfect game.”
The game was far from perfect. The loss for the River Cats, who had a first place standing in the league, watched their record drop to 19-11.
The score remained 0-0 until the Bees got two consecutive runs at the beginning of the third inning by Salt Lake’s Chris Pettit (OF) and Dwayne Bailey (IF), followed by another run by Paul McAnulty (IF).
It appeared that Scott Sizemore (3B), Jemile Weeks (2B) and Matt Carson (CF) of the River Cats were the only hitters making any momentous contact with the ball throughout the game.
Carson brought the River Cats to the scoreboard by safely stealing home after Michael Taylor (LF) made a hit.
The game sped up in the seventh inning with River Cats Jai Miller (CF) hitting a home run, allowing Eric Sogard (SS) to make his way home bringing the score to a close 4-3.
The crowd went wild, but spirits waned as the game went downhill from there and remained stagnant until the end. The 4,492 attendees watched as the River Cats allowed four runs and nine hits from Salt Lake City.
They will face the Bees again Wednesday at Raley Field for the second game of the four-part series at noon.
Photos by Ron Nabity.