Sacramento Republic FC Invites Fans To Cool Down At Tomorrow’s Home Match

Free ice cream, hand fans, additional shade and misters added to existing amenities to keep fans cool during tomorrow’s match

 SACRAMENTO, Calif. Sacramento Republic FC is providing a variety of complimentary amenities during tomorrow’s home match versus Rio Grande Valley FC Toros to keep fans cool as record temperatures are anticipated. The additional amenities are among several efforts to improve the experience at Papa Murphy’s Park under the new ownership group led by Kevin Nagle.

 All ticket holders attending the match will be provided hand fans courtesy of UC Davis Health and free ice cream. Multiple water stations will be set up for fans to refill water bottles at no charge, enhancing existing facility policy that allows fans to bring unopened bottles of water to matches. In addition to the shade tents and water misters recently added in The Market, additional shade, industrial fans and water misting stations have been brought in for tomorrow’s match. For fans looking for other ways to quench their thirst, all 20oz craft beers will be $10 prior to kickoff.

Temperatures are anticipated to drop by as much as 12 degrees when the sun sets at 8:33 p.m. As such, the match kickoff time has been moved to 8:15 p.m. to accommodate players and fans. Per USL guidelines, should the temperature be above 89.6 degrees on the wet bulb globe temperature read, the players will also be provided up to two hydration breaks held at approximately the 30 minute mark of each half. Decision to implement these breaks is solely that of the referees.

Tickets are still available and may be purchased at Ticketmaster.com. The Papa Murphy’s Park Box Office will be open at 6:30 p.m. for all walk up sales on the day of the match. Tickets start at $20.

The match will be broadcast on ESPN3. For additional details, view SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Topped By ‘Topes in Jarrett Parker’s Return

Beede touched up for seven runs, offense can’t keep pace in 11-6 defeat

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (27-42) put up five runs over the first three innings but could not sustain the production Monday Night at Raley Field in their 11-6 loss to the Albuquerque Isotopes (35-35).

Sacramento opened things up early, pushing four runs across in the third frame thanks to an RBI-double by Jarrett Parker that was inches from clearing the fence. One batter later, Mac Williamson launched a two-run home run to straightaway centerfield bringing Parker in to score.

Starter Tyler Beede made it through four frames relatively unharmed, allowing three runs on five hits while racking up four strike outs. Things unraveled in the fifth however, as Beede allowed four runs on five hits in the inning. Of the right-hander’s 10 hits surrendered tonight, eight went for extra bases. Left-hander Matt Reynolds was responsible for the other four runs after allowing just five runs in his previous 13 home outings. The River Cats pitching staff allowed a season-high 16 hits on the night and matched a franchise-high by conceding eight doubles.

For game three tomorrow night Sacramento will send right-hander Chris Stratton (2-4, 6.02) to the hill. Albuquerque will counter with left Ryan Carpenter (3-5, 5.37). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Joan Gregorio Strikes Out Eight In Sacramento River Cats Shutout Win

Sacramento employs small ball, strong pitching in 1-0 victory


West Sacramento, CA 
Joan Gregorio gave the Sacramento River Cats (27-41) five shutout innings while the offense did just enough in the team’s 1-0 win over the Albuquerque Isotopes (34-35) on Father’s Day.

Gregorio shut the Isotopes’ hitters down over his five frames, allowing just four hits and one walk. Eight of his 15 recorded outs came from strikeouts, all swinging. The eight batters fanned set a season-high for the 25-year-old. From there, left-hander Michael Roth took care of the rest, earning the four-inning save. Roth ran into trouble late, putting the tying run on third base in the ninth, but struck out Isotopes catcher Anthony Bemboom to end the game.

The lone River Cats run came in the second inning thanks to a sacrifice fly by second baseman Juniel Querecuto. Six different Sacramento starters collected a base knock in the win while Mac Williamson registered his second three-hit game. Today marked the second shutout victory for the River Cats this season, the last coming on April 10 against Tacoma.

The River Cats will send right-hander Tyler Beede (3-4, 4.86) to the hill tomorrow night as the Isotopes counter with right-hander Jon Gray (0-0, 0.00). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats  Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Defeat Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2-1

Agustin Cazarez’s late goal completes the comeback and gives Sacramento Republic FC the three points with a 2-1 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 came out as the aggressors early in the match as they capitalized in the fifth minute. Midfielder Ben McKendry, minutes after getting a shot on goal that was saved by Republic FC keeper Evan Newton, found a loose ball on the right wing. McKendry wasted no time in crossing the ball to the far post as he found an unmarked Terran Campbell waiting for the ball. Campbell blasted a shot that snuck under the cross bar and into the net for the early 1-0 lead.

Republic FC equalized in the 12th minute thanks to a stellar play from forward Sammy Ochoa. WFC2 defender Sem de Wit had the ball at his feet and Ochoa applied the pressure and took it from him. Ochoa took two touches towards goal and slid a powerful left-footed strike that beat oncoming WFC2 keeper Spencer Richey and went into the far post. The goal was Ochoa’s fifth goal in for USL play this season.

Both keepers in the match took turns making strong saves. Newton made a fantastic play in the 35th minute when he snuffed out a Vancouver attack coming up the left wing. Newton came off his line to stop a one-timed shot off a cross from the wing, which he fully laid out to make the save. Spencer Richey did his part in the 52nd minute when second half substitute Daniel Trickett-Smith flew up the wing before feeding the ball into Trevin Caesar’s feet. Caesar fired a shot right on goal only to have Richey make an impressive save to clear it away. Richey was forced to make another strong save in the 68th minute when Republic FC defender Elliott Hord sent a right-footed rocket on goal. Richey dove to his left and blocked the shot away.

Republic FC pulled ahead in the 74th minute of the match with a beautiful team goal. A build up play led to the ball getting to Tyler Blackwood out on the right wing. Blackwood darted past his defender, megging him in the process, as he picked his head up and sent a cross into the box. After a deflection sent the ball into Caesar, the forward laid the ball off behind him to Agustin Cazarez just outside the box. Cazarez snapped his left foot through the ball and placed his shot where nobody could get it as it hit the back of the net and gave Republic the lead for good. Cazarez’s goal was his second in as many matches for Republic FC, this one serving as the match winner.

“I think it was a slow start,“ said Republic FC Assistant Head Coach Adam Smith. “I think it showed a lot of character to come back. After going a goal down, we quickly came back which was great to see.”

Sacramento Republic FC’s next match will be against Rio Grande Valley FC Toros on Wednesday, June 21st at 8:00 PM at Papa Murphy’s Park.

Match Recap Courtesy of Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations 

Andrew Suarez Strikes Out Eight In Debut, But Sacramento River Cats Drop Opener

Left-hander makes strong impression in first Triple-A game

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (26-41) welcomed prospect Andrew Suarez to their staff Saturday night, and the lefty was quite impressive. The new addition was not enough to earn the team the win though, as the River Cats fell to the Albuquerque Isotopes (34-34) 8-4 at Raley Field.

The 24-year-old Suarez made the start for Sacramento in what was his Triple-A debut. The lefty looked sharp early and got through the first four innings allowing just one run. In the fifth, however, the Isotopes strung together four singles against Suarez to push across three runs. He left with two outs in the sixth after giving up five runs on 10 hits and one walk. He matched his season high with eight strikeouts.

The River Cats got on the board in the first inning when Chris Shaw singled home Orlando Calixte, but the Isotopes answered back and did not let up. Sacramento put up single runs in the third, seventh, and eighth innings, but it was not enough to keep pace with Isotopes. The loss is the team’s seventh in their last 10 games.

The River Cats will look to bounce back tomorrow night in a Sunday matinee. Sacramento expects to reinstate left-hander Michael Roth (4-4, 4.44) from the Disabled List to make the afternoon start. The Isotopes will counter with lefty Tyler Anderson (0-0, no ERA) who will be with Albuquerque on a rehab assignment. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Four-run Eighth Lifts Sacramento River Cats To Come-From-Behind “W”

Jones hits 10th homer, his third in his last three games in 6-4 win

Las Vegas, NV – Things looked bleak for the Sacramento River Cats (26-40) as they headed into the eighth inning trailing 4-1 tonight at Cashman Field, but a four-run inning helped lift Sacramento to a 6-4, come-from-behind win over the Las Vegas 51s (27-41).

Sacramento had just five hits in the game entering the eighth inning before Juan Ciriaco opened the frame with a leadoff single. Orlando Calixte followed with an RBI triple before scoring on Conor Gillaspie’s base hit. Ryder Jones was next, blasting a two-run home run just inside the foul pole in right to give Sacramento a 5-4 lead. The River Cats added another run in the ninth when Calixte, who had just hit his second triple of the night, scored on a wild pitch.

For Jones, the home run was his third in his last three games. He also added an RBI-double in the first inning, finishing the night with three RBI. His 10 home runs lead the club while his 30 RBI are second behind fellow third baseman Jae-Gyun Hwang (39).

The River Cats return home tomorrow night as they welcome the Albuquerque Isotopes to Raley Field. Joan Gregorio (3-4, 3.26) is tentatively scheduled to take the mound for Sacramento. The Isotopes will go with left-hander Harrison Musgrave (1-1, 7.30). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats  Media 

Sacramento Republic FC Will Play MLS Club LA Galaxy On June 28 In Fifth Round Of Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

Republic FC, one of three non-MLS teams remaining in the Open Cup, will travel to LA for their first-ever Fifth Round match.

 SACRAMENTO, Calif.  – Sacramento Republic FC will travel south to take on MLS side LA Galaxy on Wednesday, Jun. 28 in the Fifth Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at the StubHub Center Track Stadium. This is the first time that Republic FC has advanced to the Fifth Round.  They are one of just three non-MLS clubs to reach the Round of 16 in this year’s competition, joining FC Cincinnati (USL) and Miami FC (NASL).

 This will be the first-ever competitive match between Republic FC and LA Galaxy.  The winner of the match will travel to face the winner of the San Jose Earthquakes-Seattle Sounders FC matchup.

 Republic FC is no stranger to LA Galaxy, having faced their USL side LA Galaxy II 14 times in the last three years, including twice in the USL playoffs.  Republic FC holds a 7-3-4 all-time record against LA Galaxy II, with all previous matches being played against former Los Dos and current LA Galaxy head coach Curt Onalfo. Most significantly, Republic FC defeated Los Dos 3-2 in the USL Cup Semifinals in a match dubbed “The Miracle at Bonney” on their way to their 2014 USL Championship.

Tickets will be available for purchase for Republic FC fans and supporters that plan to travel to the match.  Tickets on-sale date and time to be announced soon. 

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats’ Ninth-Inning Rally Comes Up Short In 7-5 Loss

Sacramento sends winning run to the plate, but drops series finale to Aces

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (24-38) rallied in the ninth inning to climb within two runs of the Reno Aces (40-24) Sunday afternoon at Raley Field, but that was as close as they would get, dropping the series finale 7-5. 

Sacramento scored first for the fourth straight game thanks to an RBI-single by Ali Castillo in the second inning. The two teams traded blows over the next two frames and entered the sixth inning tied 3-3.

Dan Slania was on his way to having his best start this year with the River Cats until he unraveled in the sixth, allowing three runs on three hits in his final inning. An inning later, Reno tacked on another run off the newest River Cats reliever Heath Slatton to take a four-run lead.

In the ninth, Sacramento loaded the bases before Ryder Jones drove a base hit up the middle, scoring two and making it a 7-5 ballgame. The Aces then brought in closer Jimmie Sherfy, who struck out Mac Williamson and got catcher Tim Federowicz to ground out to end the game.

Sacramento will have an off day tomorrow, their fourth of the season, and start a four game series against the Las Vegas 51s on Tuesday. The River Cats’ Tyler Beede (3-3, 4.37) will face the 51s’ Wilfredo Boscan (2-3, 4.47). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Fall To Reno 1868 FC 2-0

Sacramento Republic FC fall 2-0 to their newest rivals, Reno 1868 FC, behind a goal and an assist from Dane Kelly and four saves from Andrew Tarbell.

Sacramento Republic FC came out strong in the match pushing the ball forward and pressuring the Reno 1868 FC defense.  The pressure looked to have paid off for Republic FC in just the 4th minute when a long pass by defender James Kiffe sprang forward Tyler Blackwood who went one-on-one with Reno goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell.  Blackwood looked to chip a right-footed shot over the onrushing keeper, but Tarbell was able to deflect the ball away, keeping the match scoreless early.

 After a lot of back and forth play for much of the middle of the first period, Reno would break the deadlock in the 39th minute. Reno forward Dane Kelly was able to intercept a Republic FC throw in near midfield.  Kelly then played a one-two with Antoine Hoppenot on the right side before taking the ball down the side of the field.  Kelly then sent a through ball back to Hoppenot who just got past the sliding reach of defender Chris Christian.  Hoppenot then sent a grounded ball past Evan Newton that hit the back post and rolled into the back of the net to put Reno ahead 1-0.

 Reno nearly doubled their lead in stoppage time on a free kick from a few yards outside the box.  Midfielder Chris Wehan sent a driven ball into the box that went over the players in the box, including the hand of Newton who came out to punch the ball away, finding the head of Jordan Murrell who was wide open on the back post.  Murrell looked to nod the ball into the empty net, but the ball went well over the post, keeping the score 1-0 going into the half.

 Republic FC came out strong again in the second half looking for an equalizer.  In the 47th minute, defender Elliott Hord took the ball down the right side before sending a cross into the box that found forward Sammy Ochoa who had found space between Reno defenders. Ochoa dove forward to redirect the cross toward goal, but his headed shot went wide left of the post keeping the score 1-0.

 In the 59th minute Hord again sent a cross into the box.  This time the cross cleared everyone, finding an open Agustin Cazarez near the back post.  Cazarez settled the ball before blasting a left-footed shot on goal, but a sliding Seth Casiple and Tarbell were there to deflect the ball away.  The ball went as far as Blackwood who looked to hit a curling left-footed shot into the upper right corner of the goal, but his shot went just high and wide of the goal.

 Republic FC would have another good look at goal in the 62nd minute.  This time Kiffe drove the ball down the left side of the field before sending a cross toward the middle of the box.  Substitute forward Christian Chaney redirected the cross on target, but Tarbell was there again for the save punching the ball up and over the bar.

 Reno would double their lead and seal a victory in the 73rd minute.  Former Republic FC and current Reno midfielder Matt LaGrassa intercepted the ball in the middle of the pitch before quickly passing the ball wide to Casiple.  The Granite Bay-native played a long ball to Kelly, starting the counter attack.  Kelly drove the ball down the middle of the field before getting to the top of the box and striking a right-footed shot that deflected slightly off the back of Julius James and into the bottom left side of the goal putting Reno ahead for good at 2-0.

 Republic FC returns home and to Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play when they host Real Salt Lake (MLS) on Wednesday, Jun. 14.  Kickoff is 8 p.m. at Papa Murphy’s Park.  Tickets are still available at Ticketmaster.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of  Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Orlando Calixte and Conor Gillaspie Lead Sacramento River Cats To Win In Return

Duo combine to go 3-for-7 with two runs, three RBI in 5-2 win over Reno

West Sacramento, CA Orlando Calixte and Conor Gillaspie made their returns to the River Cats lineup Saturday night, helping lead the Sacramento River Cats (24-37) to a 5-2 win over the Reno Aces (39-24) at Raley Field.

Sacramento took an early 3-0 lead in the second inning and never looked back, getting a bases-loaded walk from Tim Federowicz and a two-run single from Calixte. After Reno got a run of their own in the third, the River Cats responded by scoring two more runs to take a 5-1 lead. Seven of the eight River Cats position players had a base hit in tonight’s win.

The final Aces run came off starter Roberto Gomez who made his third spot-start of the season tonight. He threw a season-high 74 pitches (43 strikes) and held the best offense in the Pacific Coast League to two runs. From there on, the bullpen closed the door with left-hander Kraig Sitton picking up the win, his team-leading fifth of the season. Submariner Tyler Rogers relieved Sitton in the seventh and earned his third hold followed by Steven Okert who earned his first save in the ninth.

The River Cats will send right-hander Dan Slania (0-7, 7.85) to the hill for the third and decisive game of the series. Left-hander Aaron Laffey (2-0, 3.99) will get the ball for Reno. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Match Recap Courtesy of Sacramento River Cats Media Relations