Angel Chavez’s RBI single in the seventh inning snapped a 4-4 tie Monday night as the 51s beat the Sacramento River Cats 5-4 in a Pacific Coast League game in Sacramento, Calif.
A.J. Ellis walked to lead off the seventh against Sacramento reliever Jeff Gray, and Chin-Lung Hu’s sacrifice bunt moved Ellis to second. One out later, Chavez singled to center field to bring in Ellis.
Las Vegas relievers Dwayne Pollok and Mike Koplove then allowed just one baserunner over three scoreless innings to close out the victory for the 51s (53-50).
Sacramento jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning on a Casey Rogowski RBI ground-rule double and a Cliff Pennington two-run single off Las Vegas starter Heath Totten (3-2).
But the 51s answered with two runs in the third inning and two more in the fourth. In the third, Xavier Paul had an RBI ground-rule double, and Chavez’s sacrifice fly scored Hu.
John Lindsey led off the fourth with a home run for the 51s, and Ellis had a two-out RBI double to make it 4-3.
Sacramento tied it on Travis Buck’s RBI single in the fifth.OMAHA ROYALS AT LAS VEGAS 51S
• WHEN: 7:05 p.m. today through Friday
• WHERE: Cashman Field
• RECORDS: Royals 47-55; 51s 53-50
• AFFILIATIONS: Omaha, Kansas City Royals; Las Vegas, Los Angeles Dodgers
• TODAY’S PITCHERS: Royals TBA vs. 51s RHP Justin Orenduff (2-6, 6.78 ERA)
• RADIO: KBAD-AM (920)
• NOTES: The 51s also will host the Pacific Coast League-leading Iowa Cubs (62-41), Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, from Saturday through July 29 to close out their eight-game homestand. … Iowa features one of the Cubs’ top prospects in right-hander Jeff Samardzija, a former star wideout for the Notre Dame football team. Samardzija, who had nine strikeouts in six innings Sunday in a 2-1 win over Nashville, is 4-1 with a 3.13 ERA in six starts for Iowa. His next scheduled start is Friday, so he’s not expected to face the 51s. … Las Vegas ace Jason Johnson (11-5, 3.82 ERA) was promoted to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday. … 51s shortstop Chin-Lung Hu was activated from the disabled list Saturday, and left-hander Eric Cyr was promoted to Las Vegas from Class-A Inland Empire. Hu is hitting .176 (3-for-17) in five games for the 51s, and Cyr is 1-0 with a 5.93 ERA.