WEST SACRAMENTO — A six-run fifth inning powered Oklahoma City past the host Sacramento River Cats, 7-0, on Monday, but an announcement earlier in the day made the loss easier to take.
That’s because the Cats (72-58) put tickets to the 2014 Pacific Coast League playoffs on sale at the Raley Field ticket office and www.rivercats.com.
If the first-place River Cats hold on to win the PCL’s Pacific North Division, they will play a best-of-five series with the Las Vegas 51s — the Triple-A affiliate for the New York Mets. The first two games of that series would be in Las Vegas on Sept. 3-4, with games 3-5 set for Sept. 5-7 at Raley Field.
Capturing that series would put Sacramento in the PCL Championship series, beginning Sept. 9
On Monday, Cats starter Angel Castro (9-7, 4.19 ERA) got through the first three innings without a scratch, but the RedHawks (68-63) scored the only run they would need in the top of the fourth.
In the loss, Oakland DH Craig Gentry made his first appearance of a rehab stint with the River Cats, but went 0-for-4. Shane Peterson and Kyle Blanks had the only Cats hits with one apiece.