Ryan Lollis Gives Sacramento River Cats Second Straight Walk-Off

Despite blown lead, River Cats come back for 9th-inning victory

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (42-61) and Round Rock Express (46-58) traded blows Wednesday night at Raley Field, but when all was said and done, Ryan Lollis made sure the River Cats came out on top in their 6-5 victory.

After Round Rock hit a game-tying, two-out home run in the top of the ninth inning to tie the game at five, the River Cats responded by walking off for the second straight night. First baseman Ryan Lollis sent the Sacramento faithful home happy tonight by singling up the middle to score Pablo Sandoval, giving them their fifth walk-off win this season.

Leadoff hitter Jarrett Parker got the scoring started tonight for Sacramento, picking up where he left off from last night by launching a home run in the first inning to put the River Cats up 1-0. Sacramento was not done in the first however, as Chris Shaw hit a two-run blast to make it a 3-0 ballgame. Round rock responded in the fourth inning off River Cats starter Jose Flores, tagging the right-hander for a three-run homer to tie things up. 

Flores yielded his fourth and final run to the Express in the sixth inning but this time it was Sacramento’s turn to respond, and in the bottom half of the frame Ryder Jones helped retake the lead. Jones managed to take advantage of Round Rock’s defensive shift, driving a go-ahead two-run single through the hole on the left side of the infield to give the home side a 5-4 lead. With the win tonight, Sacramento improved their record to 15-18 in one-run games.

Left-hander Andrew Suarez (3-4, 4.69) will get the start for Sacramento in game three and will face Round Rock right-hander James Dykstra (1-4, 8.610). 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 Second-Round Pick S Obi Melifonwu

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed second-round draft pick S Obi Melifonwu, the club announced Wednesday.

Melifonwu was selected by the Raiders with the 56th overall pick in April’s draft. He played in 48 games with 47 starts over his four-year career at Connecticut, finishing with 351 tackles (224 solo), eight interceptions, 16 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. As a senior, he recorded a career- and team-high 118 tackles with four interceptions, three passes defensed and one fumble recovery on his way to being named to the All-AAC First Team.

The South Grafton, Mass., native attended Grafton High School, where he played running back and defensive back in addition to competing in track and field. Melifonwu was born in London, England, before his family relocated to the United States.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

 Jarret Parker’s Walk-Off Leads Sacramento River Cats In  Pablo Sandoval’s Debut

River Cats derail Express 4-3, snap five game skid

West Sacramento, CA Jarrett Parker played hero Tuesday night in Pablo Sandoval’s River Cats debut, hitting a ninth inning walk-off home run as the Sacramento River Cats (41-61) defeated the Round Rock Express (46-57) 4-3 Tuesday night.

Parker stepped up the plate with two outs in the ninth inning and delivered, blasting a 428-foot solo home run to left-center field to give Sacramento their first walk-off homer this season. Parker’s walk-off was the highlight of the game, but Sandoval left an impression in his own right in his River Cats debut.

Sandoval hit second and started at third base tonight for Sacramento, playing seven innings. The switch-hitter finished the game 1-for-4 with a run and stretched a line drive to right field into a double. His double came off Round Rock right-hander Clayton Blackburn who spent two and a half seasons with Sacramento before being traded to the Texas Rangers earlier this year.

The River Cats will send right-hander Jose Flores (0-1, 3.68) to the hill for game two and will square off against Round Rock’s right-hander David Ledbetter (2-2, 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

Oakland Raiders Place Heeney, Helfet On Non-Football Injury List

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have placed the following two players on the Non-Football Injury List. Both players count against the 90-man roster.

Player                              Pos.             Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Heeney, Ben                           LB                    6-0      230     3          Kansas

Helfet, Cooper                        TE                    6-3      240     3          Duke

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Rally Late But Fall Short 4-3 To Tacoma Rainiers

Sacramento leaves bases loaded in ninth, is swept by Tacoma

Tacoma, WA – The Sacramento River Cats (40-61) loaded the bases with one out in the ninth inning against the Tacoma Rainiers (52-50) Monday afternoon, but went down swinging for their final two outs in their 4-3 loss.

Sacramento first showed signs of life in the sixth inning, pushing three runs across to bring them within one run. In the ninth, catcher Trevor Brown led off the inning with a single and was followed by walks to Juniel Querecuto and Carlos Moncrief to load the bases. After Ryan Lollis flied out to left field, River Cats manager Dave Brundage turned to bench for pinch hitter Chris Shaw. Shaw was unable to take advantage however, striking out swinging. Juan Ciriaco also went down on strikes to follow to end the game.

Tacoma touched up starter Kraig Sitton for three runs over three innings today. Sitton, who was making a spot-start for Tyler Beede, was relieved for right-hander Collin Balester who allowed the fourth and final Rainiers run and also went three innings. The River Cats suffered their fifth series sweep this season and fifth straight loss.

Sacramento returns home tomorrow night to open a four game series against the Round Rock Express. Right-hander Chris Stratton (4-5, 5.11) will start for the River Cats and right-hander Clayton Blackburn (4-2, 4.98) returns to Raley Field to face his former team. 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 atrivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

 Sacramento Republic FC Defeat Seattle Sounders FC 2 2-0

Sacramento Republic FC earn an important three points with commanding 2-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC 2 at Papa Murphy’s Park.

 Sacramento Republic FC capitalized on heavy early possession with a goal in the 16th minute. Strong buildup play led to forward Sammy Ochoa turning on the ball to find time, space and an open teammate. Ochoa picked his head up and found Trevin Caesar in the box. Caesar swung his right foot through the cross and blasted his volley through the hands of Seattle Sounders FC 2 keeper Sam Fowler, putting Republic FC ahead 1-0.

 S2 came within inches of an equalizer in the 26th minute when forward Irvin Parra sent a screaming right-footed shot from just outside the box. Parra’s strike went just wide of the far post. Parra linked up with Shandon Hopeau just moments later with a dangerous cross into the box. Parra sent a far-post cross that found the head of Hopeau rising above the Republic FC defense. Hopeau redirected his header back across the face of goal, but Republic FC keeper Evan Newton was in perfect position to block the shot away to preserve the 1-0 lead going into the half.

 Republic FC nearly doubled up their lead in the 51st minute when Wilson Kneeshaw wreaked havoc on the left wing. Kneeshaw danced through the defense before sliding a cross into the box for Tyler Blackwood, who was making a near post run. Blackwood trapped the ball at his feet and Blackwood poked the ball far post but Sam Fowler was able to make a diving save.

 Blackwood would put Republic FC up 2-0 with his wonder strike in the 60th minute. Newton’s goal kick sailed into the attacking zone for Sammy Ochoa, who flicked the header into the path of a streaking Blackwood. The speedy forward charged the S2 defense, getting all the way to the touchline. Blackwood seemed as though he was sending a cross towards the far post, but the ball beat Fowler and snuck in the side netting for the improbable second goal.

 Back and forth play from both sides led to some acrobatic and timely saves from Fowler and Newton. The keepers traded strong saves in the 71st and 72nd minutes, with Newton making numerous crucial stops. Both sides had minor chances in the final 20 minutes but the score line would hold for a 2-0 victory for Republic FC.

 “It’s important when you’re not at your very best that you find a way to win the game,” said Republic FC Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “We got in great positions. We need more and the players know that.”

 Republic FC will return to action on Saturday, Aug. 5, when they host Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2.  Kickoff is 8 p.m. at Papa Murphy’s Park.  Tickets are available at SacRepublicFC.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the  Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Sputters To Fourth Straight Loss

Federowicz collects three hits, but offense cannot close early gap

Tacoma, WA – The Sacramento River Cats (40-60) lost their fourth straight on Sunday afternoon as they came up short against the Tacoma Rainiers (51-50) by a score of 7-4.

Matt Gage got off to a rough start and was unable to get into a groove this afternoon. The lefty did not strike out a batter on Sunday and walked four, as the Rainiers jumped out to a 5-1 lead against him. The bullpen failed to hold Tacoma down either as Derek Law and Dusten Knight came on in relief of Gage. The two right-handers combined to toss 3.1 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and no walks while striking the only two batters of the game.

The River Cats offense played catch-up all afternoon as they trailed from the first inning on. The bottom of the order lead the way for Sacramento, accounting for six of their eight hits and two of their four RBI. Tim Federowicz and Juan Ciriaco each notched a multi-hit game, but the River Cats could not close the gap, and took the loss 7-4.

Sacramento will finish up their season series with Tacoma tomorrow afternoon behind right-hander Tyler Beede (6-7, 4.79). Tacoma will counter with lefty Marco Gonzales (0-0, 0.00), who will be making his first start with Tacoma this season. First pitch is set for 11:35 a.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 Come Up Dry In 4-1 Loss To Rainiers

Suarez goes six strong as offense falls flat against Tacoma

Tacoma, WA – The Sacramento River Cats (40-59) were unable to give starter Andrew Suarez the run support he needed tonight, falling 4-1 to the Tacoma Rainiers (50-50) Saturday night.

Suarez held the Rainiers in check over his six innings despite loading the bases twice, holding them to three runs (two earned) and stranding seven men on base. The left-hander set a season-high in pitches thrown tonight by tossing 107 (66 strikes) while walking three and striking out four. All seven of Suarez’s surrendered hits were singles tonight and he allowed a run in the first inning for the first time this season.

The River Cats offense wasn’t able to provide much support tonight, managing just one run coming off a wild pitch by Tacoma starter Christian Bergman. Bregman stifled Sacramento’s offense as they managed just five hits over his seven frames. Second baseman Ali Castillo collected two of the team’s six hits and Ryder Jones registered the only extra base hit, a double in the fourth.

Sacramento will send left-hander Matt Gage (0-3, 6.38) to the hill tomorrow for game three of the series. Right-hander Sam Gaviglio (2-4, 3.82) will get the start for Tacoma. First pitch is set for 1:35 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

Giants Postseason Hero Pablo Sandoval To Join Sacramento River Cats

World Series MVP, three-time World Champ expected to report to Sacramento this week
West Sacramento, CA – Three-time World Champion Pablo Sandoval is expected join the Sacramento River Cats for their upcoming homestand after being signed to a minor league contract by the San Francisco Giants. The signing was announced today by the Giants.
Sandoval is likely to join the River Cats during their upcoming homestand that begins on Tuesday, July 25 against the Round Rock Express.
An instrumental piece in San Francisco’s three world championships, Sandoval owns a career .344 batting average in the postseason. He was named the World Series MVP after the Giants swept the Detroit Tigers in 2012.
The 30-year-old was signed as an amateur free agent by the San Francisco Giants in 2002 and made his Major League debut in 2009. In seven seasons with the Giants, Sandoval hit .294 with 106 home runs and 462 RBI.
Tickets for the full homestand and the rest of the season are still available and can be purchased online at rivercats.com, by visiting the Round Table Pizza Ticket Office at Raley Field, or over the phone at 1-800-745-3000.
Press Release Courtney of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento  River Cats Gives Up Late Lead, Falls 4-3 In 10

River Cats unable to shut the door as Rainiers come back to take series opener

Tacoma, WA – For the second straight night, the Sacramento River Cats (40-58) took a 3-2 lead into the eighth inning and for the second straight night found themselves on the losing end as they fell 4-3 to the Tacoma Rainiers (49-50) in 10 innings.

The River Cats bullpen struggled all night as DJ Snelten and Roberto Gomez surrendered four hits, four walks, and two runs in just 3.1 innings. Gomez did strike out four, including striking out the side in the eighth to escape a bases-loaded jam, but the Rainiers offense eventually broke through to tie the game in the ninth and win it in the 10th.

Tim Federowicz homered for Sacramento, his fifth of the year, to give the River Cats a 2-1 lead in the fifth. Two batters later, Ali Castillo knocked in Ryder Jones for his 18th RBI. The River Cats were unable to add on after the fifth, going 2-for-6 with runners in scoring position and leaving five me on base.

Andrew Suarez (3-3, 4.98) will take the mound tomorrow for Sacramento. Tacoma will counter with Christian Bergman (7-1, 3.59). 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