Sacramento River Cats vs Salt Lake Bees; Williamson Leads the Way in 10-3 Rout

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento took it to the Salt Lake Bees Thursday night at Raley Field, jumping out to an 8-0 lead through the first three innings. Mac Williamson put on a show, going 4-for-4 and falling one leg short of the cycle as the River Cats rolled over Salt Lake 10-3.

Williamson drove a double off the wall in straight away center in his first at bat and didn’t look back. Overall, the powerful right-hander reached base five times, going 4-for-4 with a walk, three runs scored, and three RBIs. His third-inning single chased home Adam Duvall for his first RBI of the night and he tallied two more with a monster home run to left field. The two-run shot landed on top of the home clubhouse and pushed the score to 10-2 in the fourth.

With a single, double, and home run through the first four innings, Williamson had an opportunity to complete the cycle in both the sixth and eighth innings. He tapped a soft pop up that fell between the pitcher and first baseman for an infield single in the sixth and drew a walk in the eighth. With the four-hit performance, Williamson bumped his average from .208 to .321 at Triple-A.

Williamson also demonstrated his impressive glove in right field, making a number of strong plays in the game including a running catch in foul territory and a sliding catch to end a Salt Lake rally in the fifth.

As a team, the River Cats recorded double-digit hits for the sixth time in their last nine games. In these three games against Salt Lake, Sacramento has totaled 44 hits and are hitting .352 (44-for-125).

Ty Blach (6-8, 4.26) made another solid start for the River Cats. He threw 6.2 innings, scattering 8 hits and walking 2 while striking out 3 en route to his sixth win of the season. Lefty Adam Wilk (3-6, 5.55) took the loss for Salt Lake.

The River Cats will go for their first home sweep tomorrow night behind right-hander Chris Stratton (0-1, 1.65). Stratton has posted a 1.65 ERA through five starts at Triple-A but is still searching for his first win. He is coming off the best start by a River Cats starter this season, an 8-inning shutout performance in Las Vegas. Opposing him will be the left-hander Tyler DeLoach (1-4, 5.54) for Salt Lake. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy to the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Defeat Salt Lake Bees 4-3; All-Star Duvall Lifts River Cats in Walk-off Win

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats kicked off July with a thrilling 4-3 win in extras Wednesday night at Raley Field. After it looked like Jack Snodgrass was going to take the tough-luck loss in his first Triple-A start, a ninth-inning rally sent the game to extras where the River Cats won their fifth extra-inning contest on Adam Duvall’s walk-off RBI-single.

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the 15th inning, Duvall came to the plate as the Salt Lake Bees brought in their centerfielder to go to a six-man infield. The move didn’t make a difference to Duvall, who stroked his fourth hit of the night to left field, bringing in Brett Jackson and sending the River Cats home with the 4-3 win. Overall, Duvall was 4-for-8 with two runs scored and two RBIs.

For a while, it looked as if the game might not go that long, as Salt Lake held a 3-0 lead in the eighth. But Duvall sparked a late-game comeback with an RBI-double, giving Sacramento their first run of the night in the eighth inning. He scored two batters later on a wild pitch, cutting the deficit to one.

Sacramento rallied again in the ninth, tying the game on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Ryan Lollis. Lollis, who went 1-for-6 on the night, extended his hit streak to seven games and his streak of consecutive games with an RBI to four.

Before the offense rallied in the eighth, Snodgrass seemed doomed to take a tough-luck loss in his first start for the River Cats. Despite joining the roster on June 6, the tall left-hander was working exclusively out of the bullpen while Matt Cain and Jake Peavy were on Major League rehab assignments. In his debut as a starter, Snodgrass went 5 innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 run, and 3 walks while striking out 6.

The bullpen was excellent tonight for Sacramento, throwing 10 innings of shutout ball. The group was headlined by Curtis Partch, who struck out six in 2.2 perfect innings. Brett Bochy went 3 innings for the River Cats, giving up just 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 3.

Before tonight’s game, Duvall was named to the 2015 Pacific Coast League’s Triple-A All-Star team. The right-handed corner-infielder has hit 16 home runs this season, good for second most in the PCL and all of Triple-A. He is also top ten in the PCL in games played (74), at bats (294), RBIs (51), and total bases (144).

Ty Blach will take the mound for the River Cats tomorrow night. The left-hander is 5-8 with a 4.27 ERA in 15 starts this season and owns the league’s second best BB/9 (0.97). Opposite Blach will be another lefty, Salt Lake’s Adam Wilk (2-5, 5.14). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy to the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

San Jose SaberCats Assigned Wide Receiver Maurice Purify

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose SaberCats announced today that they have been assigned wide receiver Maurice Purify.

“Maurice is a proven champion in this league and adds another dimension to our offense,” said Owner and Head Coach Darren Arbet.

Purify (6’4 230) spent the past three seasons with the Arizona Rattlers, winning the ArenaBowl championship each season, recording an Arena Football League record seven touchdowns in the 2012 ArenaBowl XXV.

In 2011, Purify was named AFL Rookie of the Year as a member of the Georgia Force, where he hauled in 130 receptions for 1653 yards and 46 touchdowns.

As an undrafted free agent, Purify joined the National Football League, signing with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2008.

Purify is a native of Eureka, California, and played at San Francisco City College before transferring to the University of Nebraska. As a Cornhusker, Purify was named to the Second Team All-Big 12 in 2006 as well as the team’s Offensive Most Valuable Player and All-Big 12 Honorable Mention in 2007. He ended his collegiate career with 91 receptions for 1,444 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Player Assessing Courtesy of the San Jose SaberCats Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Ties Real Monarchs SLC 1-1

Photo by Shawn Jonas

Sacramento Republic FC earn a point finish three-match road trip undefeated.

The match started slowly with neither club gaining any dangerous chances, although Republic FC maintained possession for most of the first half. In the 19th minute the possession paid off after Republic FC earned a corner. Midfielder Rodrigo Lopez sent the corner toward the back post and defender Derek Foran. Foran and a Real Monarchs SLC defender fought for the ball before it ended up bouncing in front of goal. Forward Justin Braun poked the ball into the goal with a jump, putting Republic FC ahead 1-0.

Republic FC would dominate the possession for the remainder of the half, but could not increase their lead. The Monarchs had their best chance of the half in the 37th minute when midfielder Fito Ovalle took a chance from about 35 yards out on the right side of the field. Ovalle’s shot looked to find the top left corner of the goal, but missed just over the bar keeping the match 1-0 in favor of Republic FC going into the half.

The second half started slowly for Republic FC, who looked to regain their rhythm after the Monarchs made three substitutions at half. Republic FC would get their first serious chance in the second half in the 57th minute. Lopez streaked down the left side of the field before sending a curling shot toward the right corner of the goal, but Monarchs goalkeeper Eric Osswald was there to make the diving save.

The Monarchs would find an equalizer in the 61st minute. Midfielder Ricardo Velazco crossed the ball from the upper left corner of the box to the right side of the box where substitute forward Eti Tavares had snuck behind the defense. Tavares took a touch then sent a shot that hit the far post and ricocheted into the goal, evening the score 1-1.

The Monarchs had the best chance of the second half in the 82nd minute when Republic FC was called for a handball in the penalty box. Monarchs leading scorer Max Rauhofer stepped up to take the penalty and sent a screamer off the crossbar, keeping the score even.

Republic FC would look to equalize late with two good looks at goal. The first was a run from substitute forward Adnan Gabeljic who worked through the Monarchs defense at the top of the box but his finally touch was a little hard and the ball found the gloves of Osswald. Midfielder Danny Barrera had the final good look for Republic FC on a free kick from 40 yards out. Barrera sent a long ball from the left side toward the upper right corner of the goal, but Osswald skied to send the ball over the crossbar to keep the match as a draw.

“I am very disappointed with the result,” said Republic FC Head Coach Preki following the match. “I thought we played a pretty good game, especially in the first half. We lost a little of our legs with the travel and our third game in six days and coming to altitude so we toned it down, but still we had enough chances to win the game.”

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Republic FC will be back in action again on Wednesday, July 8, when they take on Atlas FC (Liga MX) in a friendly match at Bonney Field. Republic FC will return to USL action on Saturday, July 11 when they take on LA Galaxy II at Bonney Field. Kickoff for both matches is 8:00 p.m. Tickets for the Atlas FC match are still available for purchase at Ticketmaster.com. The LA Galaxy II match has been sold out.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations