The Sacramento River Cats snapped their three-game skid Monday with a 6-1 victory over the El Paso Chihuahuas at Southwest University Park in El Paso, Texas.
After being swept by Albuquerque, the River Cats wasted no time in changing their fortune by scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. Highlighting the inning was Daric Barton’s two-run single.
While El Paso couldn’t slow Sacramento, Mother Nature did with a 67-minute rain delay in the middle of the fourth inning. When play resumed, the River Cats extended their lead to 5-0 in the top of the sixth as Josh Whitaker hit a two-run blast over the left-field wall.
El Paso scored its lone run in the bottom of the sixth when Yonder Alonso plated Reymond Fuentes with a single to right field. Sacramento tacked on an insurance run in the top of the eighth inning on a Jose Martinez single to right-center field, scoring Whitaker.
Barton finished 1-for-3 with three RBI, Martinez went 3-for-4 and Whitaker finished 2-for-4 with two runs, an RBI, and his third home run of the season. Starter Zach Neal earned the win after throwing five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out three. Pitchers Paul Smyth and Jeremy McBryde combined for three scoreless innings of relief to close out the win.
River Cats left-hander Drew Pomeranz (0-0, 6.75 ERA) will start opposite top San Diego Padres prospect Matt Wisler (5-4, 6.16 ERA) at 6:05 p.m. on Tuesday at Southwest University Park.
The River Cats return to Raley Field on July 29.