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The Sacramento River Cats couldn't overcome the momentum of the Reno Aces at Monday's game, losing 10-2. The Memorial Day loss left the Cats and Aces with a split series. Reno won on Friday night and Sacramento came back to win Saturday and Sunday.
Reno got busy in the second inning, with Randy Ruiz and Cole Gillespie each hitting singles to get on base. Ruiz scored after Ryan Wheeler hit a ground-rule double (fan interference). By the time Reno had five runs on the scoreboard, River Cats pitcher Fabio Castro was replaced by Fautino De Los Santos. De Los Santos finished out the inning, but the River Cats never caught up.
Sacramento scored both of their runs in the third inning. After Stephen Parker and Luke Hughes walked, Manny Ramirez hit a ground ball to center field, scoring Parker. Chris Carter followed up with a grounder to left field, scoring Hughes.
Reno put up three more runs in the fifth inning and two more in the seventh.
Sacramento's overall record is now 32-20, leaving them in second place behind the Fresno Grizzlies in the Pacific South Division.
The Memorial Day game was designated Military Appreciation Day, with opening ceremonies that included the swearing-in of 16 new Army recruits, a moment of silence for a local fallen hero, and a Coast Guard flyover during the National Anthem.
Fresno comes to town on Tuesday for a four-game series before Sacramento begins a road trip in June.
Photos by Ron Nabity.