San Francisco Giants’ Jake Peavy Struggles In Rehab Start With River Cats; Nashville Sounds Bats Make Noise Win 11-4

All Photos by Shawn Jonas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Former Cy Young award winner and two time World Champion Jake Peavy made his Sacramento River Cats debut Wednesday night, taking the mound for the second time in his rehab assignment. Not even Peavy could quiet the Sounds’ hot bats as the River Cats dropped game three to the Nashville Sounds 11-4.

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Peavy started out strong, pitching a perfect first inning in which he threw 12 pitches, all for strikes. However, Nashville got to him in the second and third, putting up 5 runs on 7 hits, including a big solo home run by Jason Pridie that hit high off the right field foul pole.

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In the bottom of the third, the River Cats, who had been shutout in back-to-back games, scored their first run of the series. With Casey McGehee at the plate, Ronny Cedeno sprinted home on a wild pitch from Nashville’s starter Zach Neal. Cedeno ended his night 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

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Peavy was touched up again in the fifth, allowing the first two runners to reach base. The defense then showed him some support, as right fielder Juan Perez made a great play throwing out Ryan Roberts at home as he tagged on a fly ball to right. One batter later, Peavy was removed from the game after he allowed his sixth run of the night on a Bryan Anderson double. Anderson was 3-for-4 with 3 doubles and 4 RBIs on the night.

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Nashville continued to add on, scoring 5 in the seventh and stretching the score to 11-1. The River Cats’ bats found some life in the bottom of the ninth, scoring three runs on three hits, a walk, and a Nashville error. The late-game excitement wasn’t enough though, and 4 runs was all Sacramento could muster.

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Peavy (0-1, 11.57) lasted just 4.2 innings in his second rehab start. After throwing three scoreless innings last Friday night in San Jose, Peavy gave up 6 runs (all earned) on 9 hits and 2 walks with 2 strikeouts. His counterpart, Zach Neal (3-1, 1.53) tossed 7 strong innings for the Sounds, giving up 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 6.

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The River Cats played as the SacramenTONES Wednesday night, wearing specialty themed jerseys that were auctioned off in celebration of Pitch Perfect Night. Sacramento-native Kelley Jackle, a member from the cast of Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2 was on hand to sing the National Anthem and throw out the first pitch.

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Sacramento will be looking to avoid their second consecutive sweep as they send right-hander Kevin Correia (0-1, 4.40) to the mound tomorrow afternoon. Opposing him will be lefty Brad Mills (1-5, 3.91) for Nashville. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

 

Oakland Raiders Sign Linebacker Horace Williams And Resigned Wide Receiver Milton Williams III

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent LB Horace Miller and re-signed WR Milton Williams III.

Miller spent the 2014 season with the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers. He originally signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in May 2014 before being waived at the end of training camp. Miller joined the Panthers’ practice squad in October 2014. He spent one week on Carolina’s active roster in December, but did not play in a game. He was waived by the Panthers in April 2015.

Miller played collegiately at UTEP following one year at Louisville. He played in 36 games with 30 starts in three seasons for the Miners and totaled 120 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, one forced fumble and three passes defensed.

Williams III re-signs with the team after a brief stint earlier this month. He was originally signed by the Raiders as an undrafted free agent on May 8 before being waived on May 12. In four seasons at Delaware State, Williams III saw action in 40 games and totaled 126 career receptions for 1,612 yards and 11 touchdowns.

To make room on the roster, the Raiders have waived CB Travell Dixon and WR Austin Hill.

Courtesy of Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Nashville Sounds’ Barry Zito Shuts Down River Cats At Raley Field; Sacramento Falls 3-0

All Photos By Shawn Jonas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Yesterday, the Sacramento River Cats and their fans welcomed veteran left-hander Barry Zito back to Raley Field, his first visit since pitching here in 2000. Tonight, the River Cats were stumped as he took the mound, falling 3-0 and getting shut out by the Nashville Sounds for the second game in a row.

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Zito (2-4, 4.72) successfully kept the River Cats’ hitters off balance through the first six innings. He held Sacramento scoreless while allowing just 3 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 5 and picked up his second win of the season.

Robert Coello (5-3, 3.45) took the mound for Sacramento and struggled early, walking 4 in the first two innings. Despite not having command of all of his pitches, Coello battled all night and only gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and 6 walks with 5 strikeouts. He threw 102 pitches – 57 for strikes – through 5 innings in the loss.

The Sounds took advantage of the free baserunners, especially in the second. Nashville drew back-to-back walks to open the inning and, after the runners moved up on a groundout, Anothony Aliotti singled both runners home. That would be all Coello would allow, however, as he held the Sounds scoreless after that. For Nashville, Aliotti ended his night 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs. The Sounds scored their third run on a Ryan Roberts sacrifice fly in the seventh.

The River Cats struggled to generate any kind of threat, putting just five runners in scoring position in the game. Juan Perez hit a double in the fourth on some smart and aggressive base running. With a creative slide and a hop, he evaded the tag and landed safely on second. The River Cats put another runner in scoring position in the eighth with back-to-back singles by Casey McGehee and Ehire Adrianza. McGehee was 1-for-4 in his River Cats debut and made an excellent leaping play at third base to snag a line drive.

Sacramento started to put something together in the bottom of the ninth on a Jarrett Parker double and a John Bowker walk, but both runners were still standing on the bases when the last out was made. Sounds reliever R.J. Alvarez picked up his first save of the season.

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San Francisco’s right-hander Jake Peavy (0-2, 9.39) will make his second rehab start tomorrow night for Sacramento. The Cy Young winner and World Series Champ is returning from a back injury and pitched last week for Class-A Advanced San Jose, throwing three scoreless innings. Taking the mound opposite of Peavy will be Nashville’s Zach Neal (2-0, 1.69). Tomorrow night is also the River Cats’ Pitch Perfect 2 and SacramenTONES specialty jerseys night. The game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off during the game to benefit the River Cats Foundation. First pitch is set for tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of Sacramento River Cats

Oakland Raiders Sign Seventh-Round Draft Pick Cornerback Dexter McDonald

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed seventh-round draft pick CB Dexter McDonald, the club announced Tuesday.

McDonald is the eighth of the team’s 10 draft picks from the 2015 NFL Draft to sign their rookie contract, joining WR Amari Cooper, G/C Jon Feliciano, LB Ben Heeney, LB Neiron Ball, DE Max Valles, T Anthony Morris and WR Andre Debose.

McDonald was selected 242nd overall by the Raiders in the 2015 NFL Draft. He played three seasons at Kansas, starting 24-of-31 games at cornerback. He also spent one season at Butler (Kan.) Community College, and totaled 86 tackles (60 solo), five interceptions, 26 passes defensed and one forced fumble during his collegiate career.

San Jose SaberCats (9-0) vs. Portland Thunder (3-5) Game Preview 5/30 3:00 PM Pacific Time

San Jose, Calif.- The San Jose SaberCats (9-0, 2-0) will travel to take on the Portland Thunder (3-5, 1-1) at the Moda Center on Saturday, May 30th.

In a rematch from week five, where the SaberCats defeated the Thunder 64-45 at home, the Pacific Division rivals will meet for the second of three regular season games. The SaberCats are reeling, after a 70-58 comeback victory over the Cleveland Gladiators last week, to remain unbeaten. On the contrary, Portland has lost three of its last four games, including a 69-43 defeat at the hands of the Orlando Predators last week, after starting the season 2-1.

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After missing two games, SaberCats’ quarterback Erik Meyer returned to the starting lineup and put on a gem against the Gladiators. Meyer completed 71.4-percent of his passes for 406 yards and set a season-high with nine touchdowns, leading San Jose to a second half comeback win. Meyer has been stellar in his first season with San Jose and despite missing two games; he is still ranked in the top five statistically among quarterbacks in the league. Meyer has been aided by some of the best receivers, who have propelled the SaberCats to the top of the league in scoring (61.2 points per game).

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Reggie Gray, the team’s leading receiver is coming off of a season-high performance in the win last week, over the Gladiators. “Big Play” had 14 receptions for 201 yards and five touchdowns to lead all receivers in the game. This season Gray has 767 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns, while also making a tremendous impact on special teams with three kick returns for a touchdown. Meanwhile, Adron Tennell has also been a focal point for the offense. With his already established rapport with Meyer from their years as teammates with the Spokane Shock, Tennell has 15 touchdowns in eight games, including five in the past two weeks.

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Portland’s defense is led by the young defensive back duo of Okechu Okoroha and Osagie Odiase is ranked first and second on the team in total tackles. Odiase, a rookie out of Sacramento State, has 39.0 tackles as well as 10 pass breakups and two fumble recoveries. Alongside him, Okoroha has also recovered two fumbles and has 29.0 total tackles. The secondary of Portland will have its hands full with the full array of talent San Jose has at receiver.

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Ranking first in the league in almost every defensive category, the SaberCats stout defense is led by defensive back Ken Fontenette. Fontenette leads the AFL with seven interceptions, including three against the Spokane Sock in week eight. He is also tied with teammate David Hyland with 63.5 total tackles to lead the league. As a unit, the four man rotation of the San Jose defensive line, along with linebacker Francis Maka, has totaled 25 sacks to lead the AFL. Luis Vasquez, Jason Stewart, Donte Paige-Moss and Rodney Fritz all have four or more sacks, while Maka is second in the AFL with six. The defensive unit for the SaberCats has been a menace for opposing offensive lines and their ability to get pressure on the quarterback has allowed the secondary to capitalize on turnovers. Working as a cohesive unit, the SaberCats defense will look to remain the best in the league under the guidance of defensive coordinator Cedric Walker.

Portland’s leading receiver V’Keon Lacey has had six touchdowns over the past two weeks and 13 total on the season. With Jamar Howard out, Jared Perry and Duane Brooks have stepped up in the other receiving roles for the Thunder. Perry, the 2011 AFL Rookie of the Year, has totaled 322 yards and seven touchdowns in four games this season. Meanwhile, Brooks is coming off a his best performance of the season last week against the Orlando Predators, where he led the Thunder with 12 receptions for 101 yards and two touchdowns. Similar to the matchup against the Cleveland Gladiators last week, the SaberCats will have a trio of receivers to keep tabs on in the secondary.

Portland quarterback Kyle Rowley has had some high and low spots this season; while Darron Thomas, the former Oregon Duck, has started the past couple of weeks. Thomas went out with an injury in last week’s game against Orlando and it is still uncertain who will start under center for Portland. Regardless of who is taking the snaps, they will be tasked with facing the league’s top ranked defensive unit.

This Pacific Division game will also feature two of the top head coaches as well. SaberCats Head Coach Darren Arbet is ranked second all-time in regular season wins (161), while Thunder Head Coach Mike Hohensee ranks third (156).

The SaberCats are 4-0 all-time in games against the Thunder and with a win Saturday; they could pull ahead by 6.5 games in the Pacific Division.

The game can be found on ESPN3 or by radio on 1220AM KDOW with David Lewis and Ben Nelson on the call.

 

Oakland A’s Affiliate Nashville Sounds Return to Raley Field

Back-To-Back Starts By Cy Young Winners Zito and Jake Peavy

Longtime River Cats affiliate Oakland returns to West Sacramento for the first time with their new Triple-A affiliate, the Nashville Sounds (16-27, 4th American Southern). Before affiliating with the Sounds, the A’s had been the Triple-A affiliate of the Sacramento River Cats (21-23, 2nd Pacific Northern) for 15 seasons. They were also affiliated with the River Cats for a season when the team was in Vancouver as the Canadians before moving to Sacramento. The four game series between the River Cats and the Sounds starts on Monday, May 25, and is the only time the two teams will face each other in 2015.

Scouting the Sounds

The Sounds are coming off a losing series with Fresno as they make their first trip to Sacramento since 2012. Over their last ten games, they are 3-7. Nashville has struggled away from their home park – the new First Tennessee Park – going just 7-16 in 23 games. Recently, they have been playing better and as a team they are hitting .279 on the road, while the pitching staff has an ERA of 4.70.

Your River Cats

The River Cats are 4-6 over their last ten games coming into Monday’s series opener with the Sounds. Sacramento is coming off a series loss to the Memphis Redbirds in which they outhit the ‘Birds 38 to 34 but were outscored 23 to 16. The River Cats pitching staff will look to continue to post strong numbers at home, where they own a 3.18 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Overall, the River Cats are 12-12 at home so far this season.

Players to Watch

Nashville comes into Sacramento with a number of familiar faces on their roster, including Anthony Aliotti and Alden Carrithers, among others. Aliotti is hitting .270 for the season but has been hot lately, going 12-for-40 (.300) with a .378 OBP over his last 11 games. Nashville also brings the veteran left-hander and former River Cats star Barry Zito into town with them. Zito is in his 16th season of professional baseball. The lefty was named to the All-Star team three times and won the 2002 AL Cy Young award while with the Oakland A’s. More recently, Zito is a two-time World Champion with the San Francisco Giants (’10 and ’12).

For the River Cats, shortstop Ehire Adrianza has been on fire over the last week. Adrianza is coming off a nine-game hit streak, the second longest for the River Cats this season (Adam Duvall holds the team-high, an 11-game streak). During that nine-game stretch, the hot-hitting shortstop was 15-for-33 (.455) with 4 doubles, 6 runs, and 3 RBIs. San Francisco Giants right-hander Jake Peavy is also expected to make a rehab start with the River Cats on Wednesday night. He was a pivotal member in the Giants’ push toward the postseason in 2014, going 6-3 in August and September with a 1.98 ERA. Like Zito, Peavy is also a three-time All-Star and a Cy Young Winner, taking home the NL award in 2007.

Matchup History

This series between the Sacramento River Cats and the Nashville Sounds will be the 18th all-time. The River Cats hold a commanding lead over the Sounds, having taken 49 of 68 games. This is Nashville’s first trip to Raley Field since August 5 – 8, 2012. The River Cats have made two trips to Nashville – once in 2013 and again in 2014 – since then. Last season, the River Cats took three of four in Nashville, scoring 32 runs in the four games.

Probable Pitchers

Monday, May 25 (1:05 p.m. PDT): RHP Clayton Blackburn (1-2, 5.51) vs. LHP Sean Nolin (0-0, 1.04)
Tuesday, May 26 (7:05 p.m. PDT): RHP Robert Coello (5-2, 3.44) vs. LHP Barry Zito (1-4, 5.29)
Wednesday, May 27 (7:05 p.m. PDT): RHP Jake Peavy (0-2, 9.39) vs. RHP Zach Neal (2-1, 1.69)
Thursday, May 28 (12:05 p.m. PDT): RHP Kevin Correia (0-1, 4.40) vs. LHP Brad Mills (1-5, 3.91)

After Trailing By 14 San Jose SaberCats Pounce On Cleveland Gladiators Win 70-58; Lead AFL Remain Undefeated 9-0

May 24, 2015 12:48 AM PT

San Jose, Calif. – The San Jose SaberCats (9-0) roared back in the second half, to defeat the Cleveland Gladiators (5-4) 70-58, at the SAP Center on Saturday Night, in front of 7,474 fans.

In a matchup between two of the top teams in their respective conferences, the SaberCats and Gladiators traded blows back-and-forth, in a tale of two half’s.

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Photo of Amari Jackson by Shawn Jonas

The Gladiators got on the board first, when Shane Austin found Amari Jackson running deep down field, hauling in a 46-yard touchdown reception. On the ensuing drive, Tim Cheatwood sacked and stripped SaberCats’ quarterback Erik Meyer, recovering the fumble deep in San Jose territory. Austin found Colin Taylor in the back of the end zone for a seven yard touchdown as the SaberCats faced their largest deficit of the season, at 14-0.

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 Photo of Erik Meyer by Shawn Jonas

“In the first quarter it was a little bit of nerves, I was anxious and had to shake off some rust,” said Meyer. “It took about a quarter for me to settle down.”

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Photo of Odie Armstrong by  Shawn Jonas

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Photos of Adron Tennell’s touchdowns by Shawn Jonas

Like any championship caliber team answering the call, San Jose scored on an Odie Armstrong 3-yard run and again with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Meyer to Adron Tennell, cutting the Gladiator lead 21-14 to end the first quarter. Tennell hauled in six receptions for 87 yards and two touchdowns.

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Photo of Reggie Gray by Shawn Jonas

Cleveland and San Jose traded scored in the second quarter, with San Jose getting two touchdowns from Reggie Gray (9 and 22-yards), while Jackson (6-yards) and Taylor (4-yards) scored for Cleveland. Gray was able to make key plays down the stretch and led the SaberCats in receiving once again, finishing with 14 receptions for 201 yards and five touchdowns.

“Reggie’s been doing it all year, he comes up with big catches and makes things happen,” said Owner and Head Coach Darren Arbet.

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Diondre Borel photo by Shawn Jonas

Trailing 52-42 at halftime for the first time this season, San Jose received the second half kickoff, taking two plays to score on a 17-yard touchdown reception by Diondre Borel, the first of his AFL career, as the SaberCats cut the Gladiator lead, 52-49. Borel finished with eight receptions, 79 yards and one touchdown.

The receiving duo of Jackson and Taylor erupted, scoring all seven of Cleveland’s touchdowns in the first half. Taylor led the Gladiators with 11 receptions for 152 yards and four touchdowns, while Jackson had three receptions for 61 yards and three touchdowns.

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Rich Ranglin Touchdown. Photo by Shawn Jonas

In his return to the lineup after missing the past two weeks, Meyer completed 30-of-42 passes for 406 yards and a season-high nine touchdowns. Meyer completed touchdown passes to four different receivers, including a 15-yard pass to offensive lineman Rich Raglin, which gave San Jose its first lead at 56-52 in the third quarter.

“Erik’s a great quarterback and he’s going to go down as one of the best,” said Arbet. “He’s been an MVP in this league and having him back and healthy is a big plus for this team.”

After forcing a Cleveland turnover on downs on their own seven yard line, San Jose drove the length of the field, with Reggie Gray scoring on a 14-yard touchdown catch and run to give the SaberCats its biggest lead, 63-52.

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Ken Fontenette breaks up a pass. Photo by Shawn Jonas

The SaberCats defense came through once again, as last week’s AFL Defensive Player of the Week Ken Fontenette intercepted Austin’s pass in the end zone late in the fourth quarter, his seventh on the season to lead the AFL.

 

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SaberCats pass rush helped change the momentum. Photo By Shawn Jonas

San Jose successfully mounted a comeback with their ferocious defense holding Cleveland to six points in the second half, on a Taylor 1-yard run with four seconds left in the game.

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Reggie Gray reception in the first quarter. Photo by Shawn Jonas

“At halftime we said we are going to come out and score and the defense would get a stop and we did exactly that,” said Gray. “Cleveland is a tough team, but we just took it to them when we needed to.”

The SaberCats will head to Portland to take on Pacific Division Rival Portland Thunder, in a rematch of a week five, 64-45 San Jose victory.

Offensive Player of the Game: SJ QB Erik Meyer
Defensive Player of the Game: SJ DB Ken Fontenette
J Lewis Small Playmaker: SJ WR Reggie Gray
Cutters Catch of the Game: SJ WR Reggie Gray 14-yard TD 4th Qtr
Highlight of the Game: SJ DB Ken Fontenette interception 4th Qtr

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All photos by Shawn Jonas

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Sacramento Republic FC Fall 2-1 To Oklahoma City Energy FC

May 23, 2015 11:14 PM PT

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – With numerous weather delays caused by lightning, Oklahoma City Energy FC defeated Sacramento Republic FC 2-1 Saturday night at Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla. with goals by Sebastian Dalgaard and Danni König,

Sacramento (6-5-0, 18pts) was forced to play much of the game down to 10 men, as Rodrigo Lopez was sent off in the 11th minute after a play near the box.

Oklahoma City Energy FC (3-2-3, 12 pts) capitalized on its man-advantage in the 20th minute as Sebastian Dalgaard gave Energy FC a 1-0 lead. Dalgaard fielded a cross in front of the goal by Casey Townsend and knocked it past Sacramento keeper Patrick McLain, for his second goal of the season. Danni König added a second OKC goal in the 35th minute, giving Energy FC a 2-0 lead at the half.

Sacramento battled back in the second half despite being down to 10 men, and in the 61st minute Adnan Gabeljic cut the deficit in half. In heavy rain, both sides pushed forward in the final half-hour, but Energy FC held on for its third win of the season in the USL, and moved within a point of the top six positions in the Western Conference standings.

Republic FC returns to Bonney Field when they take on Chula Vista FC in their second Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match on Wednesday, May 27. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. The match is included in season ticket packages. Single match tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com.

Sacramento Republic FC 1:2 Oklahoma City Energy FC
USL Match
Taft Stadium – Oklamhoma City
May 23, 2015 – Attendance: n/a

Scoring Summary: OKC – Sebastian Dalgaard (Casey Townsend) 20, Danni König (Casey Townsend) 35; Adnan Gabeljic (Emrah Klimenta) 62

Misconduct Summary: OKC – Sebastian Dalgaard (caution) 60, Peabo Doue (caution) 66, Peabo Doue (caution/ejection) 80; SRFC – Rodrigo Lopez (ejection) 9, Cameron Iwasa (caution) 44, Derek Foran (caution) 45, Nemanja Vuković (caution) 45.

Oklahoma City Energy FC – Evan Newton; Michael Thomas, Jacob Vancompernolle, Coady Andrews, Peabo Odue; Greg Mulamba, Gareth Evans, Chuy Sanchez (Kyle Greig 59); Casey Townsend (Michael Harris 39), Danni Konig, Sebastian Dalgaard (Cyprian Hedrick 90).

Subs Not Used: Ray Clark, Peter Toth, Omar Daley, Bryan Byars.

Stats: Shots: 11, Shots on Goal: 3, Saves: 3, Fouls: 15, Corner Kicks: 2, Offside: 2.

Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Nemanja Vuković, James Kiffe (Derek Foran 23, Zev Taublieb 77); Joaquin Rivas (Adnan Gabeljic 54), Ivan Mirković, Gilberto (Cameron Iwasa 34), Rodrigo Lopez; David Estrada, Justin Braun.

Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek, Max Alvarez, Gabe Gissie

Stats: Shots: 9, Shots on Goal: 4, Saves: 1, Fouls: 6, Corner Kicks: 9, Offside: 4.

Sacramento River Cats Ninth Inning Rally Falls Short Lose To Memphis Redbirds 6-4

May 23, 2015 10:48 PM PT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A ninth-inning rally fell short for Sacramento in their 6-4 loss to the Memphis Redbirds on Saturday night. The River Cats outhit the Redbirds 12 to 7 on the night, three of which belonged to shortstop Ehire Adrianza, who also extended his hit streak to nine games.

Memphis jumped ahead early for the second night in a row, taking a 1-0 lead on shortstop Greg Gacria’s RBI-single. River Cats starter Austin Fleet settled in nicely after the first inning, retiring 10 in a row from the second into the fifth. Memphis however, finally got to the right-hander with three singles and a walk, scoring twice. Fleet was replaced by reliever Curtis Partch, who helped the Redbirds extend their lead by walking in a run before getting out of the inning. Memphis led 4-0 through four and a half innings.

The River Cats countered in their half of the inning, stringing together four two-out singles and scoring four runs of their own to even the score at four. Adam Duvall, Juan Perez, Jarrett Parker, and Trevor Brown all collected an RBI in the inning.

Ehire Adrianza also singled in the inning, his third of the night, before scoring on Perez’s base hit to deep shortstop. With the three hits, Adrianza extended his season-long hitting streak to nine games. Over his last nine games, Adrianza is hitting .474 (18-38) with 7 runs scored.

Memphis took the lead again for good in the seventh, scoring twice on a walk, two singles, and a River Cats error. With two on, Garcia singled to right fielder Juan Perez. Charging aggressively, Perez overran the ball, allowing a second run to score on the play. Sacramento made a late-game push, loading the bases in the bottom of the ninth, but were unable to come through with game-changing hit. Catcher Trevor Brown hit a hard groundball to second base to end the game.

Fleet took the loss for Sacramento. He threw 4.2 innings, allowing 4 runs (all earned) on 4 hits and 3 walks. He struck out 3. Keith Butler (2-2) picked up the win for Memphis, his second of the season, as Sam Tuivailala recorded his fifth save.

Tonight’s game also featured the first automatic strike three call the River Cats have seen since the implementation of pace of game regulations in Minor League baseball. With a runner on first, Carlos Triunfel was determined to have taken too long to get into the batter’s box and was penalized with an automatic strike by home plate umpire Spencer Flynn. The strike was the third of the at bat and Triunfel was called out.

The loss moves the River Cats under .500 for the first time since April 25, when they were 8-9, but the team is 5-1 in home day games and will look to add to that record in tomorrow’s contest. Sacramento will take the field behind their lefty Ty Blach (4-3, 3.83). Memphis will counter with their first right-hander of the series, Zach Petrick (2-3, 4.54). Tomorrow’s first pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.
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The Sacramento River Cats Unravel Lose Late 8-6 To Memphis Redbirds

May 22, 2015 11:42 PM PT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A close game started to unravel for the Sacramento River Cats in the late innings as their normally dominant bullpen struggled in Friday night’s 8-6 loss to the Memphis Redbirds. The offense received numerous contributions from throughout the lineup, but the Redbirds’ three-run ninth proved too much for the River Cats to overcome.

The River Cats battled and managed to take a 5-4 lead into the eighth inning in what had been a back-and-forth affair with six lead changes in the first seven innings. The River Cats bullpen, however, struggled, as Juan Gutierrez and Cody Hall combined to allow 4 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks. It was the first time this season that the River Cats have lost when leading after seven innings. Prior to tonight, the team was 9-0 at home and 17-0 overall when taking a lead into the eighth inning.

Adam Duvall, Hector Sanchez, and starter Kevin Correia each hit a home run in the loss. Duvall’s was a colossal two-run shot to left and his 12th of the year. For Sanchez, it was his first Triple-A home run of the season. Overall, he was 2-for-5 with the solo home run and an RBI-single in his River Cats debut. For Correia, it was his first ever professional home run. The veteran pitcher had gone almost 400 at bats as a professional baseball player without leaving the yard before tonight’s homer.

It was a good night for the offense overall, as well, despite being unable to overcome the late Memphis rally. Eight of the nine starters picked up a hit while Duvall, Travis Ishikawa, and Sanchez picked up two apiece. Five different starters scored a run and four different starters recorded an RBI.

Correia and the River Cats fell behind early in a rough defensive first inning. Two errors in the top of the first allowed the Redbirds to jump out to a 1-0 lead, but Duvall countered almost immediately in the bottom of the first as he absolutely crushed a two-run home run to left field and put the River Cats ahead 2-1.

Sacramento added another in the third on an Ehire Adrianza RBI-single before Memphis tied things up in the fourth with two runs of their own. The teams then traded runs, with Sacramento scoring once in the fifth and seventh innings, taking the lead both times. Memphis refused to give in, countering with a run in the sixth and eighth innings to keep the game tied. The Redbirds’ three-run rally in the ninth proved to be the difference.

Kevin Correia (0-1, 4.40) took his fourth no decision in five starts, throwing 6 innings and allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits while walking 3 and striking out 4. Marcus Hatley (2-1, 1.57) picked up the win in relief for the Redbirds while Sacramento’s Cody Hall (1-1, 2.57) suffered his first loss of the season.

The River Cats will take the field tomorrow night behind their right-hander Austin Fleet (2-3, 6.59). Opposing him for the Redbirds will be southpaw John Gast (1-3, 4.63). It is Princess & Pirates night at the park tomorrow night, as well as a Sutter Health Fireworks night. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
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