WEST SACRAMENTO — A tough start to the 2013 got even rougher on Wednesday at the Sacramento River Cats dropped the third game of a series against Tacoma, 7-4, to fall to 1-6 on the season.
Early in the contest, the Cats looked ready to snap their losing streak as they opened their biggest lead of the season, 4-0, after a big second inning. Stephen Vogt and Scott Moore reached base to lead off the frame, and Sacramento’s Luke Montz brought them home with a two-run double. Montz came around to score on a Jemile Weeks grounder to shortstop, and Weeks eventually crossed the plate on a Shane Peterson single.
Weeks, who got his first career start at shortstop, went 2-for-5, but the River Cats never scored again.
Still, Cats starter Jesse Chavez held the Rainiers to just one run through six innings. However, Chavez and the Sacramento bullpen allowed six runs and Tacoma took control of the game.
Despite scoring only four runs, the River Cats logged 16 base hits, stranding 10 runners. Peterson was 4-for-5 with an RBI and a double, Michael Taylor extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a 2-for-5 night and Vogt, who went 3-for-4 with a run scored, improved his batting average to .583.