WEST SACRAMENTO — Right-hander Matt Buschmann stifled the El Paso hitters, leading the Sacramento River Cats to a 4-1 victory over the Chihuahuas on a gorgeous Wednesday at Raley Field.
Buschmann (2-0, 4.71 ERA) twirled seven innings, surrendering only one earned run on four hits and matching a season high with six strikeouts. El Paso (20-26) got its only run in the top of the first before Buschmann and relievers Jeff Urlaub, and Philip Humber held the visitors scoreless the rest of the way.
The remainder of the game’s scoring came in the bottom of the second as the Cats (26-20) plated four runs.
First, Sacramento third baseman Alden Carrithers hit a bases-loaded single to bring home Michael Taylor and Daric Barton and put the River Cats up 2-1. Later in the frame, Shane Peterson drove in Carrithers and Tyler Ladendorf with a single of his own. It was one of Peterson’s two hits on the day.
Humber picked up the first save of his minor-league career by throwing a scoreless ninth inning.
The Cats will try to win the series in a 7:05 p.m. contest on Thursday.