LAS VEGAS — Sacramento infielder Alden Carrithers battled Las Vegas reliever Jeff Walters in a 15-pitch marathon at-bat with two outs in the ninth on Tuesday night, but home plate umpire Ryan Goodman ultimately called Carrithers out on strikes and sent the River Cats to their second straight loss, 7-6, at Cashman Field.
Down 3-0, the visiting Cats tied the game with three runs of their own in the top of the third, highlighted by back-to-back RBI doubles from Shane Peterson and Stephen Vogt.
The 51s retook the lead with two runs in the fifth inning before Sacramento climbed back into the fray with a run in the sixth — on a Hiro Nakajima sacrifice fly — and another in the seventh on a wild pitch.
Though the game was briefly tied, Las Vegas plated two in the bottom of the seventh on Eric Campbell’s two-run homer off of Philip Humber.
A tally in the eighth, scored by Tyler Ladendorf, got the River Cats within one, but that was it.
Making his second rehab start with Sacramento, Craig Gentry went 1-for-4 with a run and a walk.
Cats righty Sean Murphy (0-1, 8.31 ERA) will square off against top New York Mets prospect Noah Syndergaard (1-0, 3.00 ERA) when these same two teams meet on Wednesday (7:05 p.m.) at Cashman Field.