WEST SACRAMENTO — Michael Taylor and Jemile Weeks extended their hitting streaks to five games apiece, but the Sacramento River Cats dropped Game 1 of their series to the Tacoma Rainiers, 9-4, at Raley Field.
The Rainiers started strong, taking a 6-2 lead in the first two innings.
The River Cats cut into the advantage in the bottom of the fourth when Shane Peterson singled home shortstop Andy Parrino. The final Sacramento run crossed the plate in the bottom of the ninth when Taylor scored on an error by Tacoma second baseman Nate Tenbrink.
Cats starting pitcher Bruce Billings gave up six earned runs on seven hits and four walks in two innings to take the loss.
Weeks and Taylor remain the only River Cats to have a hit in all of the team’s games in 2013. Weeks finished 1-for-3 with two runs, two walks and a stolen base, while Taylor went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run. Peterson went 1-for-2 with two walks. The Sacramento pitching staff combined to give up 16 hits but also struck out 13 Rainiers.
The two teams will match up again today at 7:05 p.m. with the Cats sending left-hander Justin Thomas to the Raley Field mound.