Sacramento River Cats Give In To Aces In 17-Inning, Five-Hour Marathon

Early lead doesn’t hold up as River Cats fall 6-4 to Aces in extra innings

West Sacramento, CA – In the longest game in the Pacific Coast League this season, the Sacramento River Cats (23-37) were unable to outlast the Reno Aces (33-23), falling 6-4 in 17 innings Friday night at Raley Field.

Sacramento assumed control early, taking a 4-1 lead into the sixth inning by way of two RBI groundouts and two RBI singles. Reno answered back in their half of the sixth however, pushing three runs across off River Cats starter Joan Gregorio to even things up.

11 innings and three hours later, Reno finally broke through for two runs off Carlos Moncrief in the 17th inning. Tonight was Moncrief’s first pitching appearance since 2009 with the Cleveland Indians Arizona League. He gave up two runs on four hits over two innings of work.

Reno also threw a position player on the mound, catcher Willians Astudillo. Astudillo threw two shutout innings against the River Cats, giving up just one hit.

Sacramento will send spot-starter Roberto Gomez (1-3, 5.67) to the hill for game two tomorrow night. Reno will counter with right-hander Braden Shipley (5-1, 3.93). 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 River Cats’ Bats Silenced In 9-2 Defeat

Jones goes deep but River Cats drops series to Fresno

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (23-36) fell in the fourth and final game of their Highway 99 series Thursday night against the Fresno Grizzlies (29-32) by a score of 9-2.

Sacramento showed a spark early, collecting three hits and scoring a run in the second inning thanks to a sacrifice fly by Ali Castillo. The River Cats bats managed just four hits the rest of the way, however. Their second run came on a solo home run off the bat of third baseman Ryder Jones. For Jones, it was his seventh long ball of the season and his 23rd RBI.

Fresno found their stride in the second inning, tying the game at one on a Tyler White RBI-groundout. They scored four runs in the fifth and three more in the eighth en route to their 9-2 victory. Sacramento starter Chris Stratton yielded five of those runs over his 4.1 innings while walking three and striking out three. His ERA climbed to 6.35 in the loss.

The River Cats will open a three-game series tomorrow night at Raley Field against the Reno Aces. Joan Gregorio (3-4, 2.97), who owns the fourth-best ERA in the PCL, will take the mound for the River Cats. For Reno, it will be Frank Duncan (5-4, 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 Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Rally Late, Drop Heartbreaker To Fresno Grizzlies 6-5

FedEx delivers go-ahead homer but Crick can’t close the door against Fresno

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (23-35) took a one-run lead into the ninth thanks to a Tim Federowicz three-run home run but watched it slip away in their 6-5 loss to the Fresno Grizzlies (28-32) Wednesday night at Raley Field.

The Grizzlies struck first in this one, hitting a two-run home run in the first inning off starter Tyler Beede. The River Cats answered back in their half of the frame with a run thanks to an RBI-single by Mac Williamson. Fresno tagged Beede for two more runs over his seven innings, both solo shots, and they took a 4-2 lead into the eighth.

After walks to Ryder Jones and Jae-Gyun Hwang, Federowicz stepped to the dish and launched a go-ahead, three-run homer to put Sacramento up 5-4 in the eighth. The lead was short-lived, however, as

Fresno mounted a two-out rally against Sacramento’s Dusten Knight and Kyle Crick, scoring twice with two outs to take a 6-5 lead. Tonight marked the seventh loss in which the River Cats outhit their opponents.

Sacramento will look to earn the series split tomorrow night in the fourth and final game. Right-hander Chris Stratton (1-3, 5.93) will get the ball for the River Cats. Right-hander David Martinez (2-3, 5.73) will take the hill for Fresno. 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 River Cats Drops Sloppy Game In The Desert

Late homers by Jones and Shaw too little too late, as defense lapses early

Las Vegas, NV – The Sacramento River Cats (25-40) could not withstand the offensive barrage by the Las Vegas 51s (27-40), as they fell 12-4 in the desert on Thursday night.

Scheduled starter Joan Gregorio was scratched just before the game and right-hander Dusten Knight filled in with a valiant effort to get the bullpen through four innings with the game still within striking distance.

The River Cats had their best chance in the 6th inning, down 4-1 with the bases loaded and nobody out, when Chris Shaw singled home Conor Gillapsie to make it 4-2. The rally ended there, however, as 51s starter Tyler Pill stuck out Mac Williamson before inducing an inning-ending double play from Tim Federowicz.

Las Vegas took control from there, scoring three in the bottom of the 6th, and five in the 7th to stretch the lead to 12-2. Sacramento got some late fireworks when Ryder Jones and Chris Shaw each launched a solo home run in the 8th, but it was too little too late as the River Cats dropped the 7th in their last nine games.

The River Cats will send right-hander Roberto Gomez (1-3, 5.12) to the mound for the series finale in the desert, while the 51s will counter with righty Donovan Hand (1-2, 7.16). 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 River Cats’ Four-Game Win Streak Snapped In 5-2 Loss

River Cats offense rallies late but drop game two to Grizzlies

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (23-34) made things interesting late against the Fresno Grizzlies (27-32), scoring twice in the eighth inning, but fell short in their 5-2 defeat Tuesday night at Raley Field.

It was a back-and-forth battle through the first four innings as neither team was able to break the scoreless tie. Despite a 29-pitch first inning, Sacramento starter Dan Slania kept Fresno in check until the fifth inning when the right-hander gave up a three-run home run. Left-hander Matt Reynolds relieved Slania after 4.2 innings and gave up a long ball of his own, this time a solo-shot in the sixth to make the score 4-0 Fresno.

The River Cats broke through in the eighth thanks to an RBI-double by Mac Williamson and an RBI-single by Chris Shaw but a third Fresno homer in the ninth put the game away at 5-2.

Sacramento will look to bounce back in game three of this four-game set when they send right-hander Tyler Beede (3-3, 4.28) to the bump. The Giants’ No. 1 prospect will face Francis Martes (0-2, 5.29), the No.1 prospect in the Astros’ organization. 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 Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Joan Gregorio, Clutch Hitting Lift Sacramento River Cats Over Isotopes 5-4

River Cats need extras to collect their third straight win for the first time this season

Albuquerque, NM – The Sacramento River Cats (22-33) earned their third straight victory 5-4 in a back-and-forth, extra inning ballgame against the Albuquerque Isotopes (28-28). The three-game winning streak is their first such run of the 2017 season.

Joan Gregorio was excellent in this one, as he went seven innings, allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits while striking out two and walking none. The big righty settled for a no decision, throwing 96 pitches (68 strikes). He dropped his ERA to 2.97.

After a home run in Saturday’s game that was a thing of legend, Mac Williamson hit another bomb on Sunday, this time to dead center. Tonight’s blast came in the 4th inning and tied the game at one.

Sacramento got huge hits up and down the lineup on Sunday. Outfielder Wynton Bernard came up with three big hits, each in critical situations, while veteran Juan Ciriaco had perhaps the biggest play of the game, executing a perfect squeeze play to drive in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning. Steven Okert earned the win as he set the final six Isotopes hitters down in order.

The River Cats head back home tomorrow to face their rivals to the south, the Fresno Grizzlies. For Sacramento it will be the lefty Michael Roth (4-4, 4.44) kicking off the series, and opposing him for Fresno will be the right-hander Trent Thornton (2-2, 4.88). 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 Tie Rio Grande Valley FC Toros 0-0

Sacramento Republic FC and Rio Grande Valley FC Toros shared a point after battling to scoreless draw in front of a loud and proud crowd at Papa Murphy’s Park.

 After some back and forth action in the first 20 minutes of the match, Rio Grande Valley FC Toros nearly capitalized on a defensive miscue from Republic FC. Forward Jose Escalante charged down the left side of the field after a lofted through ball. Defender Elliott Hord tried to shield Escalante and let Republic FC keeper Evan Newton scoop up the ball in the box, but Escalante darted in front of Hord and flung his left foot at the ball, sending it right on goal. Newton was able to react quickly and get a glove on the shot to make the save, keeping the match scoreless early.

 Republic FC had their fair share of chances in the first half with strong play from Harry Williams, Sammy Ochoa and Tyler Blackwood. Williams was able to thread some nice through balls to the forwards and Ochoa nearly scored a screamer in the 25th minute, but it sailed high and wide. Blackwood came the closest in the 40th minute with a right-footed strike of his own, but Toros keeper Calle Brown read the shot well and parried it out of play for a corner.  The half ended in a 0-0 deadlock.

 Republic FC’s first solid chance of the second half came in the 68th minute. Captain Danny Barrera found space on the right wing and held up play to wait for his teammates to make runs. Blackwood sprinted into the box as Barrera sent a left-footed, in-swinging cross toward the streaking forward. Blackwood dropped his head to send a shot on goal, but the ball just missed his head as it hit him in the back and rolled out of play.

 Defender James Kiffe linked up with second-half substitute Christian Chaney in the 78th minute for a cross and header, but Chaney’s near-post run was defended well by Brown as he was able to make the save. Minutes later Republic FC kept the pressure on with a left-footed curling shot from Blackwood. Brown made the initial save, blocking it straight up in the air. Ochoa tracked the rebound and got airborne for a headed attempt on an open net. Unfortunately, Ochoa’s attempt missed the target as it hit the side netting and went out of play.

 Brown came up huge again in the 90th minute to make a save on a header from Chris Christian. Barrera sent in a left-footed free kick and Christian won the aerial battle for the ball as he redirected the ball on net. Brown was positioned perfectly as he caught the shot in midair before crashing to the ground, securing the save. Evan Newton, not to be outdone by his counterpart, made an equally impressive save in the dying moments of the match as he leapt in the air to block a dangerous free kick up and over the bar to keep the match scoreless, which it would stay until the final whistle.

 “We couldn’t quite finish,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle.  “We got the space but we just couldn’t find the net. It was our second consecutive shutout, which was good for us. I was pleased with the energy.”

 Republic FC will travel to Reno on Saturday, Jun. 10 to take on Reno 1868 FC in a rematch of the pair’s U.S. Open Cup match on Wednesday, May 31. The match will be aired live on CW31.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Offense Erupts In 13-1 Win Over Isotopes

Federowicz has career day, Williamson racks up five RBI in blowout win

Albuquerque, NM – The Sacramento River Cats (21-33) put on an offensive show in their 13-1 rout of the Albuquerque Isotopes (28-27) highlighted by Tim Federowicz’s first career five-hit game.

Federowicz, who leads the team with a .356 batting average, finished tonight’s game 5-for-5 with three runs, two RBI and two home runs. The veteran backstop also started a double play after fielding a bunt in the fifth inning and notched his seventh double. Right fielder Mac Williamson had a stellar night of his own, going 2-for-5 with five RBI and launched two homers. Tonight marked Williamson’s second five-RBI game this season. Shortstop Ali Castillo hit his first home run of the season in his first game back with the club since April 11.

Sacramento starter Chris Stratton was terrific on the hill tonight as well, earning his first victory of the year. The right-hander went seven innings of one-run ball while allowing six hits and striking out seven. He did not allow a walk and threw 107 pitches, 80 of which went for strikes, both team-highs. 

The River Cats can win their third series of the season tomorrow night with a win as they send right-hander Joan Gregorio (3-4, 3.18) to the hill. The Isotopes will counter with right-hander Barry Enright (2-1, 5.40). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations