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Former River Cats shine in Sacramento’s loss to Tacoma

Rainiers 11, River Cats 0
Left-hander Enmanuel De Jesus fires in a pitch vs Sugar Land (4/8/22). (Ralph Thompson Photo)
May 20, 2022

West Sacramento, Calif. — Two former River Cats stole the show at Sutter Health Park as the Sacramento River Cats (19-20) fell 11-0 to the Tacoma Rainiers (13-26) on Thursday. Tacoma left-hander Tommy Milone (1-0) had a near-perfect return to Sacramento. The former River Cats pitcher (2013-14) did not allow

West Sacramento, Calif. — Two former River Cats stole the show at Sutter Health Park as the Sacramento River Cats (19-20) fell 11-0 to the Tacoma Rainiers (13-26) on Thursday.

Tacoma left-hander Tommy Milone (1-0) had a near-perfect return to Sacramento.

The former River Cats pitcher (2013-14) did not allow a base-runner until first baseman David Villar’s fifth-inning leadoff single, striking out a season-high six batters in 5.0 shutout frames.

The familiar damage continued in the eighth when 2019 River Cat first baseman Zach Green, a Jesuit High School product, launched a towering two-run home run to right-center field for Tacoma.

Sacramento left-hander Enmanuel De Jesus had his best start of the season. The 25-year-old struck out a season-high nine batters while allowing two hits and three walks in 4.1 shutout innings.

Left fielder Heliot Ramos recorded the River Cats’ lone extra-base hit, beating the shift with a double down the right field line in the seventh inning. Ramos now has a five-game hitting streak with two doubles and a home run over that span.

Right-hander Tristan Beck (0-1, 13.11) looks to even the series with his first career Triple-A win on Friday. He’ll take on righty Konner Wade (0-0, 4.50) at 6:45 p.m. (PT). Listen to Johnny Doskow call the game online at rivercats.com or on the MiLB First Pitch app.

Additional Notes

· Right-hander Gregory Santos, the Giants’ No. 14 prospect on MLB Pipeline, struck out two batters in 0.2 innings. The 22-year-old has a 3.68 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 14.2 innings for Sacramento.