Sacramento drew first blood when Weeks—after leading off the bottom of the frame with a walk—advanced to second on a Grant Green single to right-center, coming around to score on a botched pickoff attempt from Tacoma starting pitcher Brandon Maurer in the bottom of the first.
Tacoma second baseman Brad Miller hooked a game-tying home run around the right-field foul pole to knot the game at one in the top of the third. After Sacramento retook the lead in the fourth when Weeks singled-home Hiro Nakajima, the Rainiers pulled ahead for the final time with two runs in the fifth, and three in the sixth. The River Cats put a rally together in the bottom of the seventh—coming away with two runs—but it wasn’t enough as they ultimately lost by a score of 6-4.
Weeks finished 1-for-3 with two runs, an RBI, and two walks. Grant Green went 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI, while Daric Barton reached three times, going 1-for-2 with two free passes. Cats starter Justin Thomas (3-5) suffered the loss, yielding three runs, six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in five innings.
The win was credited to Maurer (1-1), who limited the River Cats to two runs—one earned—on four hits and three walks in five innings of work. Brian Moran picked up his third save with 0.2 perfect innings of relief. Dustin Ackley—starting in center field and batting third—went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, while Miller finished 1-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and his fourth home run of the season.
The series continues on a Sutter Health Fireworks Saturday that is also Star Wars Night at Raley Field when River Cats righty Travis Banwart (3-2, 4.62 ERA) starts opposite Rainiers right-hander Hector Noesi (1-0, 7.36 ERA) at 7:05 p.m.