Good start ruined late
When Sacramento left fielder Dee Brown pulled the fastball to right in the sixth inning, Salt Lake starter Kasey Olenberger thought it would be deep enough to score the runner from third.
"I thought it would be a long flyout," Olenberger said. "It was on his hands, but give [Brown] credit, he's a strong guy."
The long fly turned into a three-run homer, and started the River Cats' rally from five runs down to eventually pull out an 8-6 Pacific Coast League victory in front of 4,165 on Sunday at Franklin Covey Field.
Brown's homer pulled Sacramento (43-34) to within 5-4. Olenberger left the game after seven with a 6-4 lead and a good shot at his eighth victory. It was the 15th time that Olenberger pitched at least six innings. He also had a career-high 10 strikeouts while walking three and scattering five hits.
"It's a double-edged sword," Olenberger said of the strikeouts. "My pitch count gets high. You're never going to be happy, that's the way the game is."
The Bees (41-36) were 30-1 when leading after six innings. Make it 30-2, as Alex Serrano was roughed up for four runs in the eighth. He was nearly out of it, but Jeremy Brown smacked a two-out, two-run double off the left field wall to wipe out Olenberger's good start.
Raptors 7, Rockies 1: Rick Taloa hit a triple and a home run for Ogden in the home win.
Owlz 9, Chukars 5: Orem scored five runs in the top of the eighth to beat host Idaho Falls.
Sacramento rallies from five runs with four in the sixth and eighth innings.
* Salt Lake pitcher Kasey Olenberger strikes out a career-high 10 batters.