SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — In their first game back from the All-Star break, the Sacramento River Cats slugged their way past the host Salt Lake Bees by a score of 10-7 on Thursday at Spring Mobile Ballpark.
Sacramento wasted little time offensively, plating one run in the top of the first when PCL All-Star Michael Choice doubled home Jemile Weeks, who had walked to lead off the inning. Salt Lake tied the game in the bottom half on an Efren Navarro RBI groundout, scoring Tommy Field.
After the Bees took a 2-1 advantage in the second, the Cats exploded for five runs in the top of the third inning, highlighted by a two-run double by Stephen Vogt and a two-run single from Shane Peterson, giving Sacramento a 6-4 lead it would not yield. The River Cats scored four more runs — while the Bees scored three — to hold off Salt Lake.
Adam Rosales paced the Cats offensively, going 3-for-5 with a double, a run and three RBIs, while Hiro Nakajima finished 2-for-4.
The win was awarded to Andrew Werner (8-12), who allowed four runs on seven hits and with four strikeouts in six innings. Werner has a decision in all 20 of his starts this season.
The two teams will be back at it Friday at 5:35 p.m. with Sacramento right-hander Bruce Billings (9-4, 4.18 ERA) starting opposite righty Matt Shoemaker (8-10, 4.69 ERA).
The River Cats will returns home for a four-game set against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox beginning Monday.