Sacramento beats Tacoma with late comeback

    Tacoma Rainiers

June 2, 2024 – Pacific Coast League (PCL)
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SACRAMENTO, CA – For the third time in this series, the Tacoma Rainiers (30-26) took a late lead, falling 5-3 to the Sacramento River Cats (33-23) on Saturday at Sutter Health Park.

David Villar gave the River Cats an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, hitting a two-run home run off Emerson Hancock. That’s all Hancock would allow, pitching six two-run innings for another quality start.

In his fourth start at the Triple-A level, the right-hander limited Sacramento to four hits and two walks while striking out seven. The Rainiers made sure he had support as the game progressed, scoring a two-run home run of their own in the second inning off Luis Urias.

With the game tied again heading into the fourth inning, Jason Vosler gave Tacoma its first lead of the evening with an RBI single to make it 3-2.

It stayed that way until the seventh, when Sacramento came back again with a three-run inning. It was the third time in this series where the River Cats came back with three runs in the seventh or eighth to take a lead.

They did that tonight with a ground-rule double by Donny Sands, an RBI single by Austin Slater and a bases-loaded walk by Blake Sabol. The seventh of three runs was enough to propel Sacramento to victory, winning game five 5-3.

POST-GAME NOTES: Emerson Hancock pitched his third quality start in four starts at Triple-A, allowing just two earned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out seven in 6.0 innings. It was the third quality start in a row for Tacoma. Luis Urias and Jason Vosler combined for four of Tacoma’s seven goals and scored all three of their runs. The two went 4-for-7 with two runs scored, a homerun, three runs batted in and a walk.

Tacoma and Sacramento will play the sixth and final game of their series tomorrow afternoon, with first pitch from Sutter Health Park scheduled for 1:05 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit


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