The Sacramento River Cats led 7-0 in the third inning Thursday and beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 9-1.
El Paso’s lone run came on an RBI double by catcher Webster Rivas in the top of the fourth inning. El Paso center fielder Brian O’Grady went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk in the loss.
Reliever Nabil Crismatt pitched a scoreless outing in his first game with the Chihuahuas. Nick Ramirez pitched two scoreless innings out of the El Paso bullpen.
Former Chihuahua Jason Vosler hit a two-run home run in the first inning for Sacramento. San Francisco Giants third baseman Evan Longoria went 1-for-3 with two RBIs in an MLB injury rehab game Thursday for Sacramento.
It was the first game of a six-game series and the first time the Chihuahuas and River Cats have met since 2019.
Next game: Friday at 8:05 p.m. Mountain Time from Sutter Health Park. El Paso LHP Kyle McGrath (2-1, 7.06) vs. Sacramento TBA. The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
Sacramento 9 El Paso 1 – Thursday | Box Score | Team Records: El Paso (32-45), Sacramento (34-45)
WP: Castro (6-1) | LP: Westphal (1-1) | S: None | Time: 3:19 | Attn: 3,765