Who says they can't win on the road?
June 28, 2006 - The Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox managed only four hits against the Sacramento Legends but took advantage of five walks and a hit batsman to steal a 3-2 win at Sacramento City College on Tuesday.
The Gold Sox have struggled away from All Seasons RV Stadium the last two seasons - they were 0-1 this year and were 1-5 in 2005 - but the first road-win of the year moves Yuba-Sutter to 18-4 overall and 1-1 on the road.
Matt Edgecombe (1-0) pitched two innings of relief and earned the win while Sacramento starter Mike Kauffman took the loss
Brett Nightingale was the Yuba-Sutter starter. He lasted four innings, allowing two hits and one earned run while striking out four and walking one.
Ryan Zaft pitched two scoreless innings, and Josh Roberts (7) pitched a perfect ninth to earn his seventh save of the year.
Kauffman mowed through the Gold Sox in the first inning, striking out Joel Torres and Matt Kavanaugh before getting Doug Thennis to pop out to short.
But in the second he suffered a minor meltdown, and the Gold Sox took advantage.
Kauffman walked A.J. Valentine, Jonathan Dees and Jonny Norfolk to load the bases with nobody out.
He then hit Etienne Materre with a pitch to bring home Valentine, handing the Gold Sox a 1-0 lead.
Matt Edgecombe then grounded into a fielder's choice that scored Dees, and even though Kauffman struck out the next two batters to end the threat, Yuba-Sutter came out of the inning with a 2-0 lead without the benefit of a hit.
The Gold Sox third run was scored in the sixth, also without a hit, but this time with the help of two errors.
Norfolk reached on an error by Sacramento second baseman Matt Lickhart to open the inning.
Legends reliever Scott Gilbertson struck out the next hitter, but with one out, Yuba-Sutter manager Brad Peek put Norfolk in motion with Edgecombe at the plate.
Edgecombe knocked a grounder to shortstop Ethan Guevin, and he picked it up and threw it over the head of first baseman Ben Cox.
Norfolk, running all the way, came all the way around to score what would be the winning run.
Sacramento scored runs in the fourth and the sixth innings, but Zaft and Rogers faced one over the minimum in the final three innings to nail down the win.