Sacramento River Cats Explode In Extras To Down Grizzlies

Pena, Rickard both homer in four-run 10th inning

Fresno, CA. — The Sacramento River Cats (55-47) hang on in an extra-inning thriller against Fresno Grizzlies (52-50), winning 8-6 after exploding for four runs in the 10th inning.    

Sacramento got off to a hot start Tuesday, plating four runs in the first three innings. Mike Gerber blasted a first inning two-run homer, his 21st, just inside the left field foul pole, and the River Cats got a run in both the second and third innings on a fielder’s choice and RBI-groundout, respectively. The River Cats led 4-2 after three, but the offense was held in check over the next six frames. 

While Fresno was able to claw back to tie the game with two outs in the ninth, Sacramento came right back in the 10th, exploding for four runs on five hits to take an 8-4 lead. Henry Ramos plated the first run with an RBI-double, Francisco Pena came on as pinch hitter to smash a solo home run, and then Joey Rickard capped off the inning with a two-run jack two batters later.

The bottom of the 10th was not without drama of its own, however. The Grizzlies struck for two runs against lefty Steven Okert before Ray Black came on to slam the door, earning his first save of the season and pushing the River Cats’ division lead to three games. 

The River Cats will be back at it against the Grizzlies tomorrow night, looking for their fifth straight road win. Right-hander Yoanys Quiala (5-5, 6.52) takes the ball for Sacramento on Wednesday night, while Fresno will go with lefty Ben Braymer (0-2, 9.43). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, on Money 105.5 FM (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats drop Series Opener In San Antonio

Top of the order sets the table but Sacramento can’t capitalize

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The Sacramento River Cats (58-50), in their first ever meeting with the San Antonio Missions (68-40), watched the home club’s leadoff hitter hit for the cycle in an 8-4 loss to open up the series.

The first three hitters in the River Cats lineup reached base a combined total of eight times but the rest of the order finished the night 2-for-22 as the offense wasn’t able to keep up with the Pacific Coast League’s top team. Center fielder Steven Duggar went 2-for-4 with his third homer of the year while right fielder Mike Gerber cashed in two more RBI while going 2-for-3 with a walk. 

The third member of the top of the lineup, left fielder Joey Rickard, singled and doubled to bring his team-high hitting streak to 13 games. The former Baltimore Oriole has already racked up 46 hits in just 134 at-bats since joining the River Cats on June 23.

The River Cats will look to get back on track in game two of the series, though a starter has yet to be announced for Wednesday’s game. The Missions will send righty Aaron Wilkerson (7-1, 3.05) to the mound. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, on Money 105.5 FM (PT) beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign DT Ethan Westbrooks

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent DT Ethan Westbrooks, the club announced Tuesday.

Westbrooks, a 6-foot-4, 287-pound defensive tackle, enters his sixth year in the NFL after spending the first five years of his career with the Rams. In 67 appearances with 11 starts, Westbrooks has compiled 79 tackles (53 solo), nine sacks, three passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He has also started in one postseason contest in which he recorded three stops (two).

In his last season with the Rams in 2018, Westbrooks appeared in all 16 contests for the third consecutive campaign. He totaled eight tackles (five), registered one sack and added one pass defensed on the year. In 2017, he set career highs in both starts (nine) and sacks (four).

A native of Oakland, Calif., Westbrooks attended West Texas A&M during his collegiate career, where he earned first-team all-conference honors in 2012 and was named the Ron Lenz Division II National Defensive Player of the Year after tallying 19.5 sacks for the Buffaloes.

In corresponding moves, the club has waived both DT Ronald Ollie and TE Erik Swoope. Both Ollie and Swoope spent the offseason program with the Raiders after signing with the team this past Spring. 

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Rickard Stays Hot As Sacramento River Cats Win Fourth Straight Series

Suarez turns in quality start to earn his sixth win

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (58-49) topped the Tacoma Rainiers (49-58) on Sunday afternoon by a score of 6-2, earning their fourth series-victory in a row. Outfielder Joey Rickard extended his hitting streak to 12 games, the longest of the season for Sacramento.

On a warm day at Raley Field, Rickard kept his hit streak going in the third inning with a double to left, then added a triple in the fourth as part of a five-run inning for Sacramento which would be the difference in the game. Finishing the afternoon going 2-for-4, Rickard raised his average to .379 in 30 games with the River Cats.

Lefty Andrew Suarez tossed 6.2 innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits. He walked none and struck out three while throwing 91 pitches (61 strikes). Suarez improves to 6-6 this season with the win.  

The River Cats will travel to San Antonio on the off day, kicking off a seven-game road trip beginning with the Missions on Tuesday evening. Right-hander Yoanys Quiala (6-5, 6.12) will take the ball for Sacramento in the series opener, against San Antonio and right-hander Thomas Jankins (9-3, 4.13). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, on Money 105.5 FM (PT) beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign Butler; Waive Warren

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent RB James Butler, the club announced Sunday.

Butler returns to the Raiders after spending a portion of his rookie season in 2018 on the team’s practice squad. Butler was also with the team during this year’s offseason program after signing as a reserve/ future free agent this past January. Before playing professionally, he played one season at Iowa after transferring from Nevada, appearing in a total of 47 contests. Over his four-year career, he tallied 699 rushes for 3,712 yards and added 28 scores on the ground, while also registering 53 receptions for 485 yards and three touchdowns.

A native of Bloomingdale, Ill., Butler rushed 91 times for 396 yards and one touchdown as a senior for the Hawkeyes in 2017. With Nevada, he was named All-Mountain West honorable mention two times (2015-16) and earned the team’s Outstanding Offensive Player Award in 2016.

In a corresponding move, the club has waived RB Chris Warren III.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Late Rally Comes Up Short For Sacramento River Cats

Rickard extends hit streak to 11 games with fourth-inning single

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A night after breaking out for 18 runs on 16 hits, the Sacramento River Cats (57-49) were stifled by the Tacoma Rainiers (49-57), dropping game two of their three-game series by a score of 5-2.

The River Cats offense was held in check on Saturday night against a Rainiers staff that was ravaged the night before. The River Cats had a golden opportunity in the seventh when Rainier pitchers walked the bases loaded with one away – the River Cats squeezed across two runs on a wild pitch and RBI-single from Abiatal Avelino, but would get no closer. Sacramento managed just five hits overall, none going for extra bases.

Starter Enderson Franco delivered a strong performance in a losing effort, allowing just two runs, three hits and striking out five over five innings of work. Rehabbing San Francisco Giants’ relievers Travis Bergen and Nick Vincent combined for three innings of one-run ball while striking out five batters. 

Left-hander Andrew Suarez (5-6, 5.82) will take the mound for the final game of the season-series against the Rainiers. Tacoma will turn to right-hander Darren McCaughan (0-2, 6.30). First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, on Money 105.5 FM (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Shaw’s Big Night Leads Sacramento River Cats In Blowout

Duggar ties Pacific Coast League record with five walks

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — On a record-setting Friday night, the Sacramento River Cats (57-48) crushed the Tacoma Rainiers (48-57) in a 18-3 rout. 

The offense exploded for 18 runs and were fueled by center fielder and leadoff man Steven Duggar, who drew five walks and singled as the Rainiers failed to retire him during any of his six plate appearances. The five free passes set a River Cats franchise record and tied a Pacific Coast League record, last set in 2014 when Jace Peterson accomplished the feat for the El Paso Chihuahuas.

First baseman Chris Shaw, who extended his team-leading hitting streak to 11 games, drove in a third of the club’s runs. He finished the night going 4-for-6 with two doubles, his 13th homer of the year, and six RBI.

Left-hander Ty Blach (3-4, 5.93) gets the ball for game two of this three-game set while the Rainiers will counter with righty Mike Wright (0-2, 3.71). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Watch the game live on the CW-31 (KMAX). Or listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, on Money 105.5 FM (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Announce PUP And NFI List

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have made the following transactions, the club announced Friday. All three players count towards the 90-man roster.

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

Player                                                   Pos.                       Ht.          Wt.        Exp.       College

Good, Denzelle                                 G/T                        6-5          340         5              Mars Hill

PLACED THE FOLLOWING PLAYER ON NON-FOOTBALL INJURY LIST:

Player                                                   Pos.                       Ht.          Wt.        Exp.       College

Brown, Antonio                                WR                         5-10       185         10           Central Michigan

Smith, Keith                                       FB                           6-0          240         5              San Jose State

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Pair Of Home Runs Doom As Sacramento River Cats Streak Ends At Five

Rodriguez tosses gem but bullpen surrenders lead

FRESNO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (56-48) fell 3-1 to the Fresno Grizzlies (53-51) in Thursday’s series finale but will head home having moved into first place by three games during their 11-game road trip.

Right-hander Dereck Rodriguez struck out seven in six shutout innings while allowing just two hits. But the bullpen immediately lost the lead as the Grizzlies launched a pair of seventh-inning solo home runs. They would go on to add an insurance run in the eighth and win by that margin.

The front half of the batting order set the table as the first four hitters reached base a combined seven times, but the club scored just one run. Outfielder Chris Shaw led the way drawing two walks, tripling in the sixth, and scoring on a Cristhian Adames single.

The River Cats return to Raley Field following their longest road trip of the season, and it will be left-hander Conner Menez (2-0, 3.82) getting the ball coming off his impressive major-league debut last Sunday. The visiting Tacoma Rainiers will send Nabil Crismatt (0-2, 8.59) to the mound. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, on Money 105.5 FM (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Extend Winning Streak To Season-High Five

Adames homers, reaches base four times in 9-1 win

FRESNO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (56-47) cruised to a 9-1 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies (52-51) on Wednesday night thanks to six late-inning runs.

The club won their season-high fifth straight game to extend their Pacific Northern Division lead to four games – the largest margin it has been all year. Third baseman Cristhian Adames reached base four times and was retired for the first time in the ballgame during the ninth inning. He launched his fourth home run of the season while also adding a double, a single, and a walk to raise his batting average to .316.

Right-hander Yoanys Quiala tossed five one-hit innings and a trio of left-handers came out of the bullpen to pitch four scoreless frames as the Sacramento pitching staff combined to allow a season-low two hits. 

Right-hander Dereck Rodriguez (2-0, 5.40) is set to make the start Thursday night as the River Cats go for their second series sweep of this road trip. The Grizzlies will counter with fellow righty Wil Crowe (0-0, 3.38). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, on Money 105.5 FM (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations