Sacramento River Cats: Home Opener Postponed, Double-header Monday, 4/10

West Sacramento, CA – Thursday’s season opener against the Tacoma Rainiers has been postponed due to rain. River Cats to make up postponed game on Monday at 4:00 pm

The Sacramento River Cats and Rainiers will make up tonight’s postponed game with a double-header on Monday, 4/10. Game one – which will last seven innings – will start at 4:05 p.m. at Raley Field. Gates for the first game will open at 3:30 p.m. Game two – which will also be seven innings – will begin half an hour after the conclusion of game one.

Single-game ticket buyers may exchange their tickets for tonight’s postponed game for any other regular season River Cats home game. Please contact the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487). Season ticket members are encouraged to communicate with their individual representatives.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Opening Day Roster

New manager Dave Brundage leads roster loaded with promising prospects and veteran talent


West Sacramento, CA
– The Sacramento River Cats are excited to announce their 2017 Opening Day roster. Included on the roster are a number of returners from the 2016 squad plus a whole crop of prospects rising through the system. Among those on the roster are eight of the San Francisco organization’s Top 30 prospects, including the top two prospects in the system.

Tyler Beede and Christian Arroyo, the number one and two Giants prospects respectively, are joined by Joan Gregorio (#8), Steven Okert (#12), Austin Slater (#19), Chris Stratton (#23), Chase Johnson (#25), and Ryder Jones (#30). Last year, the Opening Day roster included seven of the organization’s Top 30 prospects.

Eight different players on the roster will be making their Triple-A debut, including Jae-Gyun Hwang, a Korean Baseball Organization All-Star. Hwang signed with the Giants this offseason and put together a very strong Spring Training, hitting .340 with five home runs and 15 RBI.

Leading this talented roster will be new River Cats manager Dave Brundage. Brundage joined the organization this offseason, bringing with him two decades of managerial experience. He is coming off an excellent 2016 season in which he led the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs to an 85-58 record, the second best mark in Triple-A. Joining him are returning hitting coach Damon Minor and pitching coach Dwight Bernard. Also returning are athletic trainer LJ Petra and strength & conditioning coach Adam Vish.

Full 2017 Sacramento River Cats Roster*

Pitchers (16)
Beede, Tyler                  RHP
Blackburn, Clayton         RHP
Crick, Kyle                     RHP
Gomez, Roberto            RHP
Gregorio, Joan              RHP
Johnson, Chase            RHP
Okert, Steven                LHP
Osich, Josh                   LHP
Reynolds, Matt              LHP
Rogers, Tyler                 RHP
Romero, Ricky               LHP
Roth, Michael                LHP
Sitton, Kraig                  LHP
Stratton, Chris               RHP
Suarez, Albert                RHP
Webb, Ryan                  RHP

Catchers (2)
Arnold, Jeff                   C
Federowicz, Tim            C

Infielders (7)
Arroyo, Christian            IF
Blanks, Kyle                  IF
Castillo, Ali                    IF
Ciriaco, Juan                 IF
Hwang, Jae-Gyun          IF
Jones, Ryder                 IF
Tomlinson, Kelby           IF

Outfielders (5)
Bernard, Wynton            OF
Calixte, Orlando             OF
Moncrief, Carlos            OF
Ruggiano, Justin            OF
Slater, Austin                 OF

*The River Cats will be making five moves to cut the active roster to 25

The River Cats open the 2017 season this Thursday, April 6 at home against the visiting Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle Mariners). First pitch is set for 7:05 pm with 6:05 pm gates. Tickets for Opening Night and the rest of the first homestand are still available. Tickets can be purchased online at rivercats.com, over the phone at (916) 376-HITS, or by visiting the Round Table Pizza Box Office at Raley Field.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Defeats Orange County SC 4-0

Republic FC secure three points at home behind a brace from Sammy Ochoa and goals from Wilson Kneeshaw and Harry Williams to defeat Orange County SC 4-0 in front of a sold out Papa Murphy’s Park crowd. 

Orange County SC nearly opened the scoring in the 5th minute after enjoying much of the possession. Midfielder Carlos Alvarez found space in the box and tried to send a redirected header on goal that nearly grazed the crossbar and went out of play. Midfielder Gustavo Villalobos almost had the first goal a minute later after an impressive counter attack from the visiting team, but the Villalobos effort went just wide. Republic FC keeper Evan Newton was called into action in the 12th minute to make a crucial save and stop a threatening attack from OC forward Duke Lacroix. 

After withstanding an offensive onslaught from OC, Republic FC broke through first in the 23rd minute. Midfielder Agustin Cazarez came away with a steal in the middle of the pitch and laid it of to captain Danny Barrera who then looked up field to find Wilson Kneeshaw.  The forward was flying up the left wing, beat the defense and ran onto the ball, before sending a shot on goal, which was blocked away by OC keeper Charlie Lyon. Kneeshaw stuck with the play and ran onto the rebound before taking another shot on goal, which Lyon was again able to parry away. Republic FC forward Sammy Ochoa followed the whole play and was in perfect position to secure the rebound and rifle and one-touch, right-footed scorcher through all of the traffic and into the back of the net to put Republic FC ahead 1-0 going into the break.

Ochoa would double the lead in the 60th minute as he tapped in a perfect pass across the face of goal from Wilson Kneeshaw. Ochoa was in prime position to score as he was waiting far post for a cross that Kneeshaw had initially gotten to and sent a shot that ricocheted off the near post. Kneeshaw followed the ball and beat the keeper before sliding a ball across the face of goal for Ochoa to finish, putting Republic FC ahead 2-0.

 Wilson Kneeshaw added a third goal for Republic FC in the 68th minute when he smashed a volley into the back of the net off of a perfectly looped cross from midfielder Tyler Blackwood.

 Second-half substitute forward Harry Williams would add a fourth and final goal in stoppage time.  The forward was played free with a long pass down the middle of the field from Daniel Trickett-Smith.  Williams then headed the ball past the onrushing Lyon and then slotted the ball into the empty net, ending the match 4-0 for Republic FC.

“Tonight we showed what a good team we can be this season,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “I am very pleased with four goals and I am very pleased with a clean sheet.”

 Republic FC begins a three-match stretch of road matches that will take them to Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Kansas City before returning home on Apr. 22.  Republic FC will face Tulsa Roughnecks FC on Saturday, Apr. 8 to begin the road stretch. Kickoff is 5 p.m. PT. Tickets for the next home match are available at Ticketmaser.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations