Sacramento River Cats Walk Off On Eury Perez’ Single

Pinch runner Madison Younginer, a relief pitcher, scored the winning run

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — Sunday afternoon’s matinee ended in unusual fashion. The Sacramento River Cats (11-12) and Reno Aces (7-17) were in danger of having play during their 6-6 tie suspended due to a curfew needing to be implemented to accommodate Reno’s travel plans to El Paso, Texas. But outfielder Eury Perez, who made a spectacular catch the end the top of the ninth, singled to left with the bases loaded to send everybody home and give the River Cats a 7-6 win.

Play in the bottom of the ninth began with a Jeff Arnold walk – his third of the game. Outfielder Caleb Gindl continued his streak of plate appearances without recording an at-bat, sacrificing Arnold to second with a bunt. Relief pitcher Madison Younginer was selected to pinch-run for Arnold at second, and following a fielder’s choice and an intentional walk, Younginer frantically ran home as the winning run.

A curfew was needed for Sunday’s game due to a 6:50 p.m. flight the Aces had booked out of Sacramento inbound for El Paso for their series beginning Monday. Had the top of the ninth not begun before 4:30 p.m., or had neither team scored a run in the ninth, the two clubs would have had to complete their game at a later date. Though, it would have had to take place in Reno since Sunday’s game was the final contest between the two teams in Sacramento this season.

Sacramento’s bullpen pitched 4.1 scoreless innings, striking out five and allowing just one walk after right-hander Jose Flores gave up five unearned runs on four hits and four walks.

The River Cats are off to Las Vegas to face the 51s in a four-game set. First pitch Monday evening will be at 7:05 p.m. (PT) and will feature the third start of the season for Tyler Beede (1-1, 3.75) in a River cats uniform. He’ll oppose southpaw P.J. Conlon (1-1, 6.63).

Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Four-Run First Not Enough For Sacramento River Cats In Loss

Jones hits first homer of year, Duggar collects three hits

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — The Reno Aces (7-16) snapped the Sacramento River Cats’ (10-12) longest winning streak of the young season. Sacramento put four runs on the board in the first inning thanks to a solo home run from center fielder Steven Duggar – his second in as many games – and a three-run bomb from third baseman Ryder Jones. But Reno would reach double digits in runs on 16 hits by the end of the night, defeating the River Cats 10-7.

River Cats starter Casey Kelly went five innings but gave up seven runs on nine hits and three walks. The biggest blow came in Reno’s four-run fourth inning when recently called-up center fielder Evan Marzilli took Kelly deep for three runs.

Catcher Hector Sanchez briefly brought the River Cats within a run when his based-loaded single knocked home two in the seventh. The Aces, however, would add an additional run in each of the next two innings.

The River Cats will play the finale of this rare five-game set, sending right-hander Jose Flores (0-1, 5.84) to the mound in place of injured righty Tyler Herb. Aces right-hander Jack Buchanan (0-2, 5.09) will oppose Flores. First pitch Sunday afternoon will be at 1:05 p.m. (PT).

Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

San Francisco Giants’ Hunter Pence Expected To Begin Rehab In Sacramento Friday

San Francisco Giants’ fan-favorite is scheduled to rehab sprained right thumb in Sacramento

 WEST SACRAMENTO, CA – San Francisco Giants outfielder and fan-favorite Hunter Pence is expected to join the Sacramento River Cats this weekend on a rehab assignment for a sprained right thumb. While he is expected to join the team for Friday night’s game, his rehab schedule has not yet been confirmed.

Pence hurt his right thumb on April 3 while diving to make a play in a game against the Seattle Mariners at AT&T Park. The veteran outfielder had been playing through the injury, but was ultimately placed on the 10-day disabled list on April 20. Pence has played in 17 games so far this season.

The 35-year-old joined the San Francisco Giants in July of 2012 via a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies. In his first two full seasons with the Giants, Pence played in 324 consecutive games. He is a three-time All-Star (2009, 2011, 2014) and two-time World Champion (2012, 2014).

Pence has played with the River Cats in two of the last three seasons, also on rehab assignments. Combined between 2015 and 2016, he has played a total of 13 games, hitting .366 (15-for-41) with five home runs and 12 RBI.

First pitch for tomorrow night’s game at Raley Field against the Reno Aces is set for 7:05 p.m. with gates at 6 p.m. Tickets are still available for tomorrow and the rest of the weekend. For more information, please call 916.371.HITS (4487) or visit rivercats.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Waive DT Darius Latham

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have waived DT Darius Latham, the club announced Thursday.

After originally signing with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent in May 2016, Latham played in 17 games over his two seasons with the club and totaled 23 tackles (14 solo) and two passes defensed.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall To Tacoma Rainiers In Road Trip Finale

Jones doubles twice in 4-1 loss

TACOMA, WA — The Sacramento River Cats (7-11) were held to just one run on eight hits thanks to an impressive outing from Tacoma Rainiers (10-8) starter Rob Whalen. The 24-year old right-hander struck out nine River Cats in 6.2 innings as the Rainiers defeated the River cats 4-1.

The Rainiers picked up two early runs in the first inning on a two-out, two-run single off the bat of catcher Mike Marjama. Three of the six hits surrendered by River Cats starter Tyler Herb came in that first frame. In the four innings following, Herb struck out four and allowed just four baserunners.

Whalen was knocked out of the game in the seventh when the River Cats strung together four hits, highlighted by Chase d’Arnaud’s run-scoring single which plated third baseman Ryder Jones with two outs. Sacramento threatened again in the ninth, but Rainiers closer Erik Goeddel escaped when right fielder Cameron Perkins tracked down a fly ball in the gap.

After their first scheduled day off of the season, the River Cats will begin a five-game series back at Raley Field against the Reno Aces. Game one starter Dereck Rodriguez (0-0, 4.97) will face six-year major-league veteran Kris Medlen (0-2, 4.73). First pitch Wednesday evening will be at 7:05 p.m. (PT).

Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.5 FM.

Press Release Courtesy of the  Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign CB Daryl Worley

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent CB Daryl Worley, the club announced Monday.

Worley joins the Silver and Black entering his third year in the NFL, having spent the last two seasons with the Carolina Panthers. Worley, a third-round selection (77th overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft, has appeared in 31 contests and made 25 starts, recording 150 tackles (111 solo), two sacks, three interceptions and 19 passes defensed.

Last season, Worley made a career-high 14 starts for the Panthers and set career highs in interceptions (two) and passes defensed (10), while also adding 63 tackles. As a rookie, he appeared in all 16 contests and ranked second on the team with nine passes defensed.

A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Worley attended West Virginia for three years (2013-15) before entering the NFL draft following his junior season. While with the Mountaineers, he appeared in 34 games and made 27 starts, totaled 146 tackles, 10 interceptions, 21 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery while being named an All-Big 12 Conference selection twice.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Exercise Fifth-Year Option On WR Amari Cooper

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have exercised the fifth-year option on WR Amari Cooper, extending his contract through the 2019 season, the club announced Monday.

The Raiders originally drafted Cooper in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. Over his first three years, the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder has totaled 203 receptions for 2,903 yards (14.3 avg.) and 18 touchdowns in 46 games. He was named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first two seasons (2015-16), and is one of just three players in NFL history with 1,000 receiving yards and 70 catches in each of their first two years.

Cooper has been productive for the Silver and Black from the start, posting 72 receptions for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie. In addition to his Pro Bowl selection, he was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team and set franchise rookie records for receptions and receiving yards. In 2016, Cooper set career highs with 83 receptions and 1,153 receiving yards en route to his second Pro Bowl. Last year, Cooper posted 48 receptions for 680 yards and a career-high seven scores. He was also named the AFC Offensive Player of Week in Week 7 vs. Kansas City after recording 210 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 11 catches.

A native of Miami, Fla., Cooper played collegiately at Alabama, appearing in 40 games with 30 starts. He finished his career as the Crimson Tide’s all-time leader in receptions (228), receiving yards (3,463) and receiving touchdowns (31).

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Andrew Suarez Helps Sacramento River Cats Shut Down Tacoma Rainiers

Duggar’s three-hit night leads offense in victory

TACOMA, WA — Five shutout innings from starter Andrew Suarez paved the way for the Sacramento River Cats (7-9) to defeat the Tacoma Rainiers (8-8) 8-4 in game one of this four-game set.

The Rainiers did push across three runs in the sixth inning thanks to three singles and a throwing error by shortstop Chase d’Arnaud, putting one earned run on Suarez’s line for the night. But D.J. Snelten entered and recorded the final out of the inning to end Tacoma’s surge.

Center fielder Steven Duggar was back in the leadoff spot Saturday night after a day off and reached base three times, scoring twice. He singled in the first and scored on Austin Slater’s base hit, singled in the fifth and scored on Ryder Jones’s base hit, and knocked in a run in the sixth with his fourth double of the year.

For game two, right-hander Casey Kelly (0-1, 7.11) will make his fourth start of the season for the River Cats, while the Rainiers will send left-hander Ariel Miranda (0-0, 6.75) to the bump. First pitch Sunday afternoon will be at 1:35 p.m. (PT).

Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and live on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Oakland Raiders 2018 Schedule Announcement

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders’ 2018 regular season schedule is below, as the National Football League announced Thursday.

Date                      Opponent                                  Time (PT)      TV

Mon., Sept. 10            LOS ANGELES RAMS                         7:20 p.m.         ESPN

Sun., Sept. 16              at Denver Broncos                             1:25 p.m.         CBS

Sun., Sept. 23              at Miami Dolphins                              10:00 a.m.      CBS

Sun., Sept. 30              CLEVELAND BROWNS                     1:05 p.m.         FOX

Sun., Oct. 7                 at Los Angeles Chargers                     1:05 p.m.         CBS

Sun., Oct. 14               SEATTLE SEAHAWKS#                     10:00 a.m.      FOX

                                    BYE WEEK

Sun., Oct. 28               INDIANAPOLIS COLTS                      1:05 p.m.         CBS

Thu., Nov. 1                at San Francisco 49ers                       5:20 p.m.         FOX/NFLN

Sun., Nov. 11              LOS ANGELES CHARGERS               1:05 p.m.         FOX

Sun., Nov. 18              at Arizona Cardinals                           1:05 p.m.         CBS

Sun., Nov. 25              at Baltimore Ravens                           10:00 a.m.      CBS

Sun., Dec. 2                 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS                       1:05 p.m.         CBS

Sun., Dec. 9                 PITTSBURGH STEELERS                   5:20 p.m.         NBC

Sun., Dec. 16               at Cincinnati Bengals                          10:00 a.m.      CBS

Mon., Dec. 24             DENVER BRONCOS                          5:15 p.m.         ESPN

Sun., Dec. 30               at Kansas City Chiefs                         10:00 a.m.      CBS

# – in London

* – Sunday night games in Weeks 5-16 subject to change; Week 17 game TBD

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall To Tacoma Rainiers In Blowout

Austin Slater leads offensive output with league-leading sixth double

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — The third and fourth innings doomed the River Cats (5-6) on Sunday as 12 runs crossed the plate in the two frames, leading to a 15-4 loss at the hands of the Tacoma Rainiers (5-6).

River Cats starting pitcher Jose Flores issued seven walks in his three innings and allowed nine runs, though only six were earned due to a pair of errors. Things didn’t go well for lefty Steven Okert in relief either, as he finished the third inning with six hits to his name, including two home runs.

The offense did scratch across five runs, including infielder Alen Hanson’s first home run of the season. Austin Slater doubled twice in a three-hit day, giving him six doubles on the year to lead the Pacific Coast League.

The homestand will conclude Monday afternoon with Giants’ No. 10-ranked prospect LHP Andrew Suarez (0-0, 0.00) returning from his spot start in San Francisco. The Rainiers will send RHP Josh Smith (0-2, 7.11) to the mound. First pitch is set for 12:05 p.m.

Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and at 7:05 p.m. on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations