Sacramento overcomes weather, Bees during 9-7 win
Neither rain nor lightening stopped the Salt Lake Bees on Saturday night. But Sacramento? That's a different story. Right-hander Jesse Chavez allowed two hits over the first five innings and Josh Horton drilled a tie-breaking double in the top of the ninth inning to lead the River Cats to a 9-7 victory over Salt Lake at Spring Mobile Ballpark. Sacramento never trailed, but it squandered a 7-1 lead when the Bees scored three runs in the seventh and eighth innings. In the top of the ninth, however, Horton doubled home one run and Stephen Parker added another RBI double, sending Salt Lake to its fifth loss in six outings. In a game delayed at the start for two hours by a wicked storm, Sacramento jumped to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Shane Peterson led off with a single and advanced to second on an infield out. Horton followed with a run-scoring single up the middle. Salt Lake, meanwhile, struggled against Chavez. The Bees managed only two base runners in the first three innings. In the bottom of the first, Luis Jimenez singled up the middle with two out. But he was stranded when Ryan Langerhans flied out. In the third, Peter Bourjos coaxed a two-out walk off Chavez. But Trevor Crowe grounded out, ending the inning. At that point, the River Cats extended their lead to 3-0 on Parker's run-scoring double in the fourth and Grant Green's RBI double into the left field corner in the fifth. In the bottom of the sixth, the Bees finally broke through when Crowe singled and went to third on Hank Conger's two-out base hit. Doug Deeds singled home Crowe to make it 3-1, but Cory Aldridge fanned to retire the side. That set the stage for Sacramento's four-run seventh, which was highlighted by Green's homer. It wasn't enough, however, The Bees tied the game in the eighth on Bourjos' RBI single, only to lose it again in the ninth when the Cats fought back against losing pitcher Ryan Brasier. Before the game, the Bees lost catcher John Hester and left-handed pitcher Andrew Taylor, who were called up by the parent Los Angeles Angels. Hester appeared in 26 games for Salt Lake. He was hitting .217 with four doubles, three home runs and 13 RBIs. Hester played in 38 games with the Angels early in the season. He hit .212 with one double, three homers and four RBIs for L.A. Taylor appeared in 16 games for the Bees, all in relief. He owned a 1-0 record with a 3.50 earned run average. In 37 games at Double-A Arkansas, Taylor posted a 2-4 record with a 4.61 ERA. His first appearance with the Angels will be his major-league debut.
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