The Sacramento River Cats shot off fireworks during the national anthem but their lineup didn’t provide many of their own in a 10-5 loss to Las Vegas on Thursday at Raley Field.
The Cats scored single tallies in the second and third innings but were held without a run until the bottom of the ninth. With his team down 10-2, Grant Green blasted a three-run homer in the final frame — plating Jemile Weeks and David Freitas.
Sacramento even threatened to score more as Conner Crumbliss and Michael Choice worked walks, 51′s reliever Robert Carson came in and got three quick outs.
For the River Cat in their opener, Michael Taylor and Freitas had two hits apiece with Shane Peterson and Freitas knocking doubles.
However, the local pitchers struggled as Andrew Werner gave up eight runs on seven hits and four walks in four-plus innings.
Las Vegas — which was paced by Andrew Brown’s four RBIs — put the game out of reach with a four-run top of the fifth inning. After the outburst the visitors led 8-2.
Sacramento will go for its first win of the season on Friday when the two teams match up again at Raley Field. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.