River Cats 4, Zephyrs 2
Ryan Ortiz drove in Anthony Aliotti with a two-out single in the seventh inning for the go-ahead run against Zephyrs reliever Jesus Sanchez, and Sacramento went on to beat New Orleans on Monday at Zephyr Field.
Nate Freiman added an insurance run with his second home run of the game, a solo shot in the eighth off Grant Dayton.
The River Cats (45-33) won their second consecutive game in the four-game series with the finale Tuesday.
The Zephyrs (41-36) had tied the score with two runs in the third. Mark Canha doubled and Rob Brantly walked and both advanced on a wild pitch. Kyle Jensen singled in Cahna and Brantly scored on Jordany Valdespin’s grounder to second.
Sacramento jumped on Elih Villanueva (8-4) in the second. Freiman, the designated hitter, led off with a homer to straightaway center field, and Jose Martinez came in on Tyler Ladendorf’s sacrifice fly.
WHAT: New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Sacramento River Cats
WHERE: Zephyr Field, Metairie
WHEN: 11 a.m.
PROBABLE PITCHERS: Zephyrs LH Brad Hand (1-0, 3.65 ERA) vs. River Cats RH Dan Straily (4-2, 4.38)
BROADCASTS: WMTI-FM, 106.1; MiLB.tv
When the Fresno Grizzlies were in town for their series against the Zephyrs, their manager, Bob Mariano, was asked about players on the River Cats because both teams are in the Pacific Southern Division.
“They’ve got a shortstop, (Tyler) Ladendorf, and a second baseman, (Andy) Parrino, who are one of the best double-play combinations you’ll see,” Mariano said. “They are beautiful to watch.”
In the first two games against the Zephyrs, Jake Elmore started at second base for the River Cats, turning a double play with Ladendorf in the first game on Sunday and with Parrino on Monday.
“They’ve been fantastic to watch,” said Sacramento manager Steve Scarsone, a former infielder. “They feed off each other. Their double plays are as smooth as I’ve seen.
“They’re so in-tuned with the game, whether it be positioning, anticipating what the situation is, picking off a runner, keeping ‘em close, just the intangibles that are hard to teach.
“We’ve got a little bit of a rotation going with Elmore coming off the DL; just trying to get everybody some playing time.”
Tuesday is Camp Day, hence the early start. … Major Leaguer Josh Reddick, on rehab assignment with Sacramento after injuring his knee, left Monday to join the Oakland A’s in New York. In two games against the Z’s, he went 5-for-10 with two doubles and a run scored.. … Matt Angle came into Monday’s game with an 11-game hitting streak, one shy of his career high, which he reached for a second time last season with Albuquerque. During his current streak, he is 13-of-40 (.325) with two doubles, four RBI and three runs. … Sunday’s starter, Adam Conley, pitched for the Zephyrs for he first time since going on the disabled list. He shut out Sacramento on four hits over 5.2 innings. … Sacramento had a head-scratching base-running blunder during the second inning of the opening game that later made sense. With Nick Buss on second base, Ryan Ortiz smashed a hard grounder down the third-base line. The Zephyrs’ Dovovan Solano snagged the ball deep in the hole, but didn’t make the throw because Ortiz was well down the first-base line. Ortiz, however, made the turn and headed to second. Buss hesitated, headed to third, and was tagged out. Ortiz obviously thought the ball had gotten past Solano. “When (Ortiz) he looked back, he saw a white cup in foul territory down the line, and he thought it was the ball,” Scarsone said.