Sacramento River Cats Shuts Out New Orleans, Win Third Straight

Flores picks up first win as River Cats defeat Baby Cakes 3-0

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (46-62) made it three in a row Monday night against the New Orleans Baby Cakes (40-68), shutting them out 3-0 at Raley Field. The River Cats have now won six of their last seven games.

Right-hander Jose Flores was stellar on the mound tonight for Sacramento, tossing 6.2 scoreless innings against the Baby Cakes while striking out seven. The Venezuelan native surrendered his only two walks in his final inning, leaving the bases loaded for reliever Reyes Moronta who got out of the inning unscathed. Right-hander Derek Law took over for Moronta in the ninth and earned his team-leading sixth save.

The River Cats and Baby Cakes will wrap up their four-game set tomorrow night as Sacramento sends left-hander Andrew Suarez (4-4, 4.18) to the hill. He will oppose New Orleans right-hander William Cuevas (1-3, 3.86). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live on the air on ESPN 1320 and online at rivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations 

Sacramento River Cats Leave New Orleans Baby Cakes Battered In 6-2 Win

Melancon makes rehab start, Sandoval collects first RBI for Sacramento

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (45-62) offense pounced on the New Orleans Baby Cakes (40-67) early, scoring four runs in the first inning as they took game two of the series 6-2 Sunday evening at Raley Field.

San Francisco Giants closer Mark Melancon got the start for the River Cats, facing the minimum in his one inning by inducing an inning-ending double play after allowing a walk. In the home half of the first, Sacramento jumped on New Orleans starter and former Giants’ left-hander Mike Kickham for four runs in an inning that including five hits – two for extra bases – and two stolen bases.

Third baseman Pablo Sandoval gave the River Cats their first run of the ballgame by driving in Wynton Bernard with a sacrifice fly in the four-run first. Mac Williamson, Chris Shaw, and Trevor Brown each knocked in a run in the frame, as well. Sacramento struck again in the fourth as first baseman Ryan Lollis drove in a pair with two outs to put the game away.

Sacramento will send right-hander Jose Flores (0-1, 4.03) to the hill tomorrow. New Orleans will counter with left-hander Justin Nicolino (4-4, 3.55). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live on the air on ESPN 1320 and online at rivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the  Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Ryder Jones Ices New Orleans The Baby Cakes, Sacramento River Cats Win 4-3

Giants’ #14 prospect homers twice, lifts Sacramento in series opener

West Sacramento, CA Ryder Jones powered the Sacramento River Cats (44-62) to a 4-3 victory Saturday night over the New Orleans Baby Cakes (40-66) in front of a packed Raley Field crowd.

Jones went yard twice for Sacramento tonight, launching his 12th and 13th home runs of the season. His go-ahead, solo home run in the seventh inning proved to be the decisive run, putting the River Cats up for good. The left-handed hitting Jones has been on a tear of late, driving in eight of the club’s last 20 runs.

Right-hander Casey Kelly made his season debut for Sacramento, going five innings while allowing two runs on five hits. The 27-year-old yielded two walks and fanned four New Orleans batters before giving way to the bullpen. Right-hander Tyler Rogers picked up the win, his third, and Derek Law earned his fifth save this season. 

San Francisco’s Mark Melancon will make a rehab appearance with the River Cats tomorrow, pitching the first inning before scheduled starter Roberto Gomez (2-6, 5.10) takes over. Left-hander Mike Kickham (0-0, 4.91) will get the call for New Orleans. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live on the air on ESPN 1320 and online atrivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Claim George Atkinson III Via Waivers

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have claimed RB George Atkinson III via waivers from the Cleveland Browns, the club announced Saturday.

Atkinson III was originally signed by the Raiders as an undrafted free agent in May 2014 and spent parts of three seasons with the Silver and Black before being waived and picked up by the Browns in September 2016. For his career, Atkinson III has appeared in 21 games, totaling seven carries for 34 yards and one touchdown. As a returner, he has posted 15 kickoff returns for 271 yards.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder attended Granada High School in Livermore, Calif., before playing collegiately at Notre Dame. His father, George Atkinson, Jr., played for the Raiders for 10 seasons from 1968-77, helping lead the Silver and Black to the Super Bowl XI title.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Announce Transactions

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have made the following transactions, the club announced Saturday.

PLACED THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS ON ACTIVE/PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO PERFORM LIST:

Player                              Pos.             Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Conley, Gareon                      CB                   6-0      195     R          Ohio State

Feliciano, Jon                          G/C                 6-4      325     3          Miami (Fla.)

Ward, Jihad                             DL                   6-5      295     2          Illinois

PLACED THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS ON ACTIVE/NON-FOOTBALL INJURY LIST:

Player                              Pos.             Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Edwards Jr., Mario                 DE                   6-3      280     3          Florida State

Irvin, Bruce                             LB                    6-3      250     6          West Virginia

PLACED THE FOLLOWING PLAYER ON RESERVE/DID NOT REPORT LIST:

Player                              Pos.             Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Penn, Donald                          T                      6-4      315     12        Utah State

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Drop Finale But Take Series Against Round Rock Express

Sacramento snaps three-game win streak in 7-2 loss to Round Rock

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (43-62) and Round Rock Express (47-59) played another closely contested ballgame Friday night at Raley Field and after taking the first three, Sacramento let tonight’s game get away late in their 7-2 defeat.

The River Cats dug themselves an early hole as starter Matt Gage allowed two runs in the first inning. Gage found his stride from then on, however, allowing just one more run to score while recording all five of his strikeouts in the fourth and fifth innings. The left-hander set a new season-high tonight by tossing 101 pitches (63 strikes) over his 5.1 innings and of the three runs he allowed, only one was earned.

Ryder Jones was the offensive catalyst tonight for the River Cats, driving in the club’s first run with an RBI-groundout in the first and then launching a solo home run in the sixth. The homer was Jones’ 11th on the year, and he now has six RBI in his last five games.

The River Cats will open a four-game set beginning tomorrow night as they welcome the New Orleans Baby Cakes to Sacramento. Right-hander Casey Kelly (5-2, 4.65) will make his first start for the River Cats and right-hander Tom Koehler (1-1, 1.50) will go for New Orleans. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live on the air on ESPN 1320 and online at rivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations 

Oakland Raiders Sign First-Round Pick CB Gareon Conley

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed first-round draft pick CB Gareon Conley, the club announced Friday. The Raiders’ entire 2017 draft class is now under contract.

Conley was selected by the Raiders with the 24th overall pick in April’s draft. He played in 42 games with 27 starts over three seasons at Ohio State, totaling 91 tackles (66 solo), six interceptions, 15 passes defensed and 0.5 sacks. He was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team by the league’s coaches and All-Big Ten Third Team as a junior in 2016, and helped the Buckeyes win the 2014 National Championship as a freshman.

The Massillon, Ohio, native attended Washington High School in his hometown, playing wide receiver and cornerback as a high schooler.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign Andrew East; Release Austin Howard and Taiwan Jones

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed LS Andrew East and released T Austin Howard and RB Taiwan Jones, the club announced Friday.

East was with the Raiders during the offseason program in 2016 and training camp, appearing in three preseason games with the team before being waived on August 29. Previously, he had spent time during the offseason program and training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2015 and the offseason program with the Seattle Seahawks in 2016.

Howard joined the Raiders as an unrestricted free agent in 2014 and appeared in 40 games with 39 starts at guard and tackle over his three seasons with the Silver and Black.

Jones was originally drafted by the Raiders in the fourth round (125th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. Over six seasons with the club, he appeared in 66 games, seeing time on offense and defense while also playing a key role on all special teams units.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Andrew Suarez Strikes Out Nine, Halts Round Rock Express In 2-1 Win

Timely hitting, strong pitching lead Sac to third straight victory

West Sacramento, CA Andrew Suarez was dominant tonight for the Sacramento River Cats (43-61), shutting down the Round Rock Express (46-59) offense en route to the 2-1 win.

Suarez ran into trouble in the first inning, giving up his only run of the night in an inning that included two hits, a walk, and a wild pitch. The left-hander settled in after that, allowing just two more hits and two walks the rest of the night. He set a season-high tonight with nine strikeouts and at one point retired 14 straight Express hitters.

The River Cats offense backed Suarez’s outing with back-to-back runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Last night’s walk-off hero Ryan Lollis got Sacramento on the board first with an RBI-double and Ryder Jones followed by driving in Orlando Calixte.

Sacramento will send left-hander Matt Gage (0-4, 6.65) to the hill for the fourth and final game of the series tomorrow night. Right-hander Tyler Wagner (1-9, 7.01) will go for Round Rock. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live on the air on ESPN 1320 and online at rivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats, BloodSource Reunite For Annual Blood Drive

Partners celebrate five years of Raley Field blood drives

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats and BloodSource are teaming up yet again for the fifth annual Raley Field Blood Drive on Friday, August 4. Both parties are excited to continue this partnership into its fifth year and beyond.

The River Cats and BloodSource will be open in the Raley Field parking lot next Friday, August 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In celebration of the fifth annual Raley Field blood drive, BloodSource is giving away great prizes all day. Every donor will receive two tickets to a River Cats game and an exclusive San Francisco Giants Blood Donor t-shirt. 

Since August 2013, the River Cats and BloodSource have teamed up to register over 700 donors and collect more than 615 units of blood. Of those 700-plus donors, 315 of them have been new donors, donating blood for the first time at Raley Field.

“We have had incredible success partnering with the River Cats these last five years,” said Heather Sharp, BloodSource Account Manager. “Every year we are thrilled with and proud of the response from the West Sacramento and Sacramento communities. I know that I speak for the River Cats when I say we’re eagerly anticipating our fifth successful drive.”

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood and the summer can be a challenging time for BloodSource and other organizations to collect blood. High schools and colleges – where many blood drives are hosted – are on summer break, while many regular blood donors are on vacation and unavailable to donate. In addition, prospective donors often become deferred due to the effects of travel. Drives like the one at Raley Field provide an alternate location and opportunity for regular and new donors.

“This drive has become an important part of both the River Cats family and the Sacramento region,” added Greg Coletti, Vice President, Partner Services for the River Cats. “We’re proud to continue to partner with BloodSource to bring this drive to Raley Field year after year.”

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations