LAS VEGAS — On a day when Sacramento starter Dan Straily earned his second career Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week award, the River Cats kept the good vibes going with a 9-5 win at Las Vegas.
With Monday’s victory, the Cats (31-20) completed a sweep of the 51s (32-19), who entered the four-game set with the best record in the league.
After Stephen Vogt hit a three-run homer to give Sacramento a lead before an out had been recorded, Las Vegas tied the contest in the bottom of the first.
In the top of the third, Shane Peterson’s two-run single plated Vogt and Nate Freiman to give the River Cats the advantage for good.
Vogt finished 3-for-4 with two runs, a double, a walk and the dinger, which was his second of the season, while teammate Tyler Ladendorf went 2-for-3 with a run, an RBI and a walk.
River Cats starter Matt Buschmann was credited with his third win, giving up three earned runs but striking out four in 5 2/3 innings of work.
Sacramento has now won six straight games and 15 of 17, partially thanks to Straily. He won both of his starts last week, striking out 15 batters and allowing only one run in his 14 innings pitched.
The Cats return to Raley Field on Tuesday, facing Albuquerque at 7:05 p.m.