Adalberto Mejia pitched seven shutout innings in his first Triple-A game of the season, as the Sacramento River Cats beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 6-1 Saturday night at Raley Field. Mejia struck out eight and did not walk any Chihuahuas’ batters.
The River Cats scored quickly against El Paso lefthander Frank Garces when Sacramento outfielder Mac Williamson lined a three-run home run into the right field bullpen. The home run came one night after Williamson hit a game-tying, ninth-inning homer against the Chihuahuas.
Three innings later, Mejia hit a two-out RBI single against Garces to extend Sacramento’s lead. River Cats’ starting pitchers now have four RBI hits against the Chihuahuas this season.
The Chihuahuas had baserunners in each of the final three innings but settled for one run on Jason Hagerty’s pinch hit RBI double in the top of the eighth. Austin Hedges went 2-for-4 in the loss for El Paso, while Leonel Campos pitched two innings of scoreless relief.
Second place Las Vegas won in Salt Lake Saturday, cutting the Chihuahuas’ first place lead down to four games.
Team Records: El Paso (39-29), Sacramento (28-42)
Next Game: Sunday at 2:05 p.m. vs. Sacramento at Raley Field. El Paso RHP Michael Kelly (0-0, -.–) vs. Sacramento RHP Joan Gregorio (1-3, 5.10). Game coverage begins at 2:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com
Sacramento 6 El Paso 1 – Saturday
WP: Mejia (1-0)
LP: Garces (1-2)