NEW ORLEANS, La. — Even with Tuesday’s 6-1 loss to New Orleans at Zephyr Field, Sacramento fans will see a first-place clash when the River Cats (45-34) get back to Raley Field Thursday to open an eight-game homestand.
The Cats, who lead the Pacific Northern division of the PCL, host Las Vegas, the top team in the Pacific South, at 7:05 p.m.
On Tuesday, Dan Straily struck out nine batters in five innings of work, but New Orleans earned a series split after opening up a 5-0 advantage in the sixth. The Zephyrs (42-37) also lead a PCL division, the American Southern.
The River Cats thwarted the shutout bid in the eighth, scoring their only run of the game when Ryan Ortiz crossed the plate on a passed ball through New Orleans catcher Kyle Skipworth.
In the loss, Sacramento’s Jose Martinez went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk, Jake Elmore finished 1-for-4 with a two-bagger of his own, while Shane Peterson was 1-for-4,
With the 51s in town Thursday, top Mets prospect Noah Syndergaard (6-4, 4.98 ERA) will get the start opposite Cats righty Josh Lindblom (4-3, 6.19 ERA).