Sacramento ranks near the bottom of the Pacific Coast League in most offensive categories.
But against the Tacoma Rainiers, they had no problem putting runs on the board in an 11-3 victory Thursday at Cheney Stadium.
The River Cats’ bats were alive against the Rainiers. They piled up 14 hits, drew four walks and reached twice on errors.
Jordan Pries took the hill for Tacoma and Sacramento got after him early. After pitching two scoreless innings, the River Cats tagged him for three runs in the third. A bases-clearing double by Juan Perez emptied the bases, but he was thrown out trying to leg out a triple.
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Pries settled down, throwing three scoreless innings before running into more trouble in the seventh. Trevor Brown led off with a single, went to second on a double and scored on a triple by Brandon Hicks, knocking Pries out of the game. Tyler Olson relieved and was greeted with a run-scoring single by Ryan Lollis
Pries (4-3), who took the loss, allowed five runs on seven hits in 62/3 innings of work. He walked one and struck out five.
Rainiers manager Pat Listach said Pries was effective overall and kept Tacoma in the game.
The Rainiers are in the midst of a five-game losing streak, their longest of the season.
“We’re looking to win a game,” Listach said. “That’s all we can do is try to win a game. We’ve played pretty good against these guys in the past, so we should know how to get them out.”
Ketel Marte returned for his first action with the Rainiers since May 31. Fresh off going a combined 2-for-4 in the Triple-A All-Star game and 2015 Futures Game, Marte was less successful Thursday. He went 0 for 4 and had a costly fielding error in the eighth when the game was still within reach. Marte couldn’t field a ground ball that went through his legs and rolled into the outfield, allowing two runs to score.
Marte came back from the mistake, flashing the leather for a tough shoelace grab in the ninth.
Listach was just happy to have Marte back in the lineup.
“The most important thing is that he is healthy,” he said.
Leury Bonilla’s four-game hit streak came to an end against the River Cats. He hit .333 over that span, but went 0 for 3 on Thursday. ... Tyler Olson struggled in a brief relief appearance. He lasted 1/3 of an inning, giving up three hits, three runs and walked one.
The four-game home stand against the River Cats continues Friday. Left-hander Roenis Elias (2-0, 8.14 ERA) is scheduled to take the hill for the Rainiers. His opponent will be righty Chris Stratton (0-2, 2.23 ERA).