COLORADO SPRINGS — A day after clinching their record sixth straight division title, the Sacramento River Cats limited Colorado Springs to just two runs to beat the Sky Sox, 3-2, on Thursday at Security Service Field.
Cats starter Travis Banwart was sharp in his 18th start of the season, allowing two earned runs, seven hits and one walk with one strikeout in six innings to earn his ninth win of the year. His offense gave him an early lead when Jemile Weeks scored in the top of the first on a Grant Green sacrifice fly.
After the Sky Sox tied the game at one in the bottom of the third, the River Cats took the lead for the final time with a two-run four inning. They plated their first run of the inning on a fielding error by Sky Sox second baseman Charlie Culberson, and scored again when Daric Barton singled home Michal Taylor.
Sacramento relievers James Simmons and Rich Thompson combined to throw three shutout innings to close out the victory, with Thompson notching his third save.
For the Cats, Shane Peterson went 2-for-4 with a run scored and Weeks finished 1-for-5 with a run to put his average at .419 in his seven games with Sacramento. He has hit safely in each of those seven games.
The River Cats begin a four-game set on Friday in Salt Lake, their final series of the regular season. Left-hander Carlos Hernandez (3-1, 2.04 ERA) will be on the mound for Sacramento at 6:05 p.m.