TACOMA, Wash. — Sacramento’s Michael Choice went 3-for-4 with two doubles, but it wasn’t enough as the River Cats were shut out for the eighth time this season, falling 4-0 to the Tacoma Rainiers on Saturday night at Cheney Stadium.
The result keeps Sacramento out of the playoffs for the first time since 2006.
Tacoma capitalized on three Sacramento errors to go up 3-0, then an eighth-inning home run by Tacoma’s Leury Bonilla sealed the victory.
The Cats only had four hits as catcher Derek Norris was the only Sacramento player other than Choice to hit safely.
River Cats’ right-hander Bruce Billings dropped his third straight contest, despite giving up just one earned run and striking out two in five innings.
Reliever Evan Scribner tallied three strikeouts in one scoreless inning of relief.
The River Cats will send righty Travis Banwart (10-5, 4.03 ERA) to the mound Sunday to face Tacoma lefty James Paxton (8-11, 4.39 ERA). The 1:30 p.m. contest is the second-to-last game of the season.