Oakland Raiders Claim CB Hamp Cheevers

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have claimed CB Hamp Cheevers via waivers from the Atlanta Falcons, the club announced Sunday.

Cheevers, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound cornerback out of Boston College, joins the Raiders after originally being signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent this past May. Cheevers most recently spent a week in training camp with Falcons and appeared in the team’s preseason Week 1 contest.

A native of Trenton, Fla., Cheevers played three seasons (2016-18) at Boston College, appearing in 30 games and tallying 56 tackles (36 solo), including 2.5 for loss, nine interceptions including one returned for a touchdown, 20 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. As a junior in 2018, he posted career highs in nearly every major defensive category, notching 39 stops (27), seven interceptions, 14 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery en route to All-ACC First Team honors.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have placed CB D.J. Killings on the Reserve/Injured List.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall To Nashville Sounds 3-13

River Cats fall 13-3 in front of franchise’s 100th sellout 

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (63-55) lost their second consecutive game by double-digits, falling 13-3 to the Nashville Sounds (51-65) with Saturday night’s capacity crowd on hand.

The offense fell flat for the second night in a row, mustering just five hits. But, all three runs came by way of solo homers, including the first at Raley Field for Captial Christian High School graduate Mauricio Dubon

Another Sacramento high school product, third baseman Zach Green, as well as outfielder Mike Gerber both launched their 24th home runs of the season to lead the club. For Green, it was his first back with the River Cats since being optioned by the Giants on August 4.

Veteran right-hander Carlos Torres (1-1, 2.49) will be making his River Cats debut while the Sounds are sending their own veteran righty Tim Dillard (0-0, No ERA) to the mound. 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, and on Money 105.5 FM.

Sacramento River Cats Drop Friday Finale But Win Series

Dan Winkler tosses 1.1 innings of scoreless baseball

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (63-54) had a rough series finale, dropping Friday’s contest against the Memphis Redbirds (52-65) by a score of 15-0. The River Cats still took the three-game series in their chase for the Pacific Coast League playoffs.

The River Cats offense was held in check by the Redbirds, as right-hander Daniel Ponce de Leon was excellent over seven innings, allowing just two hits in seven innings of work. Joe McCarthy was the lone River Cat to reach second base in the eighth inning. Levi Michael, Joe McCarthy, Chris Shaw and Jaylin Davis accounted for the River Cats’ four hits on the night. 

On a night where the pitching staff was roughed up, newbie Dan Winkler managed to find success. The right-hander delivered an inning and a third of scoreless baseball, not allowing a hit while striking out one Memphis Redbird.

The River Cats will look to get back on track Saturday as the host Nashville for four games. Newly acquired righty Justin Haley (0-0, No ERA) will take the mound, while Nashville will counter with lefty Wes Benjamin (5-5, 6.15). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign TE Brandon Barnes

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent TE Brandon Barnes, the club announced Friday.

Barnes originally entered the NFL in 2017 as an undrafted free agent out of Alabama State. The 6-foot-5, 256-pound tight end signed with the Detroit Lions following the 2017 NFL Draft and spent the offseason program with the club before finishing his rookie training camp with the New York Jets. Barnes spent the majority of his rookie season as a free agent, but signed to the Lions’ practice squad ahead of the team’s regular season finale and later signed as a reserve/future free agent with the club. Barnes has not appeared in an NFL contest and was not with a team last season after being waived before training camp.

A native of Phenix, City, Ala., Barnes played four years (2013-16) at Alabama State and appeared in 38 contests with the program, compiling 29 receptions for 436 yards and added six receiving touchdowns. He recorded five receptions for 85 yards and one touchdown as a senior with the Hornets, while setting personal bests in 2015 with 13 receptions for 199 yards and three touchdowns.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have waived CB Isaiah Langley, who signed with the team this past June as an undrafted free agent.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Three-Run Fourth Propels Sacramento River Cats Past Redbirds

McCarthy, Avelino collect two hits in 5-2 victory

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (63-53) used a big three-run fourth inning to take control of the ballgame, going on to beat the visiting Memphis Redbirds (51-65) by a final of 5-2.

Enderson Franco was rolling through three innings before taking a 106-mile per hour line drive off the leg in the fourth inning. The right-hander fought through the pain and finished the inning, but would not come back out for the fifth. Lefty Steven Okert came on to work a one-two-three fifth inning and would go on to earn his team-leading seventh win, while submariner Tyler Rogers worked the final 1.2 innings to pick up his fifth save on the season.  

The River Cats wasted little time taking the lead on Thursday and would not surrender it once they did – Francisco Pena blasted a 426-ft. solo shot in the second frame. Sacramento would expand their lead in the fourth when Joe McCarthy and Levi Michael clubbed back-to-back doubles, plating a combined three runs.

The River Cats will go for the three-game sweep of Memphis with righty Yoanys Quiala (6-7, 6.43) getting the nod. The Redbirds will counter with righty Daniel Pounce de Leon (4-4, 3.90) First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Rodriguez Goes Seven Strong In Sacramento River Cats Win

Shaw provides crucial two-run single in sixth inning of 4-2 victory

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (62-53) received seven innings of two-run ball from right-hander Dereck Rodriguez in a narrow 4-2 victory over the Memphis Redbirds (51-64).

Rodriguez struck out six and walked none in what was his longest outing in his six starts for the River Cats this season. It makes back-to-back impressive outings in a River Cats uniform for Rodriguez as he tossed six scoreless at Fresno two weeks ago.

With one out and the bases loaded in the sixth inning, first baseman Chris Shaw shot one down the right-field line and plated two to give Sacramento a 3-2 lead. Catcher Aramis Garcia would provide an insurance run in the eighth before lefty Travis Bergen saved his first game of the season.

For Thursday, it will be right-hander Enderson Franco (6-5, 6.22) making the start for Sacramento while Memphis is scheduled to send righty Jake Woodford (6-7, 4.20). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Unable To Derail Express In Finale

Adames homers as River Cats drop third straight for first time since June 18th

ROUND ROCK, Texas — The Sacramento River Cats (61-53) dropped their third straight game to the Round Rock Express (68-45), falling 6-3 to close out their current seven-game road trip. It was the first time Sacramento has lost three in a row since June 16-18 against the Iowa Cubs.

The Sacramento offense was held in check on Monday for the second straight night. Outfielder Mike Gerber led the way with two hits, including a double, raising his season average to .324. The River Cats got a home run from Cristhian Adames in the seventh to cut the Express lead to one, but would get no closer. The club especially struggled with runs in scoring positon, going 1-for-7 in those clutch situations.

Right-hander Casey Meisner was roughed up a bit in his third start with the River Cats. Though he surrendered three runs in the second inning, he would settle down to get through 5.2 innings, giving up four runs on six hits and a pair of walks while striking out two. Young right-hander Melvin Adon bounced back from a disastrous Triple-A debut to get two quick outs in the eighth inning on Monday. 

The River Cats will return home on the off day Tuesday before opening up a seven-game homestand. In Wednesday’s opener, the River Cats will turn to lefty Conner Menez (2-0, 4.06) to end their three-game skid, while Memphis will go with lefty Austin Warner (1-1, 7.24). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Davis Stays Hot But Sacramento River Cats Fall To Express

Newcomer from Twins has racked up five extra-base hits in three games

ROUND ROCK, Texas — The Sacramento River Cats (61-52) had the game slip away from them in the sixth inning as they dropped their second consecutive game to the Round Rock Express (67-45), this time by a final score of 7-3.

New outfielder Jaylin Davis, acquired from the Minnesota Twins in the Sam Dyson deal, continued his scorching-hot start to his River Cats tenure with a home run, a double, and a walk in four plate appearances. His third-inning groundout plated a run and tied the game at three, but that would be all for the River Cats offense on Sunday.

The River Cats had a chance to strike back in the sixth after the Express took a four-run lead, but failed to capitalize on a bases-loaded, no-out situation as a strikeout and a double play ended the threat.

Looking to salvage the series on Monday night for the River Cats will be right-hander Casey Meisner (2-0, 4.09). He’ll be squaring off with Express lefty LHP Framber Valdez (2-2, 2.22). 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, and on Money 105.5 FM (PT) beginning at 6:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Davis, Rickard and Shaw Homer For Sacramento River Cats In Texas Slugfest

Nine runs not enough as River Cats fall 10-9 to Express

ROUND ROCK, Texas — The Sacramento River Cats (61-50) led for most of the night against the Round Rock Express (65-45), but they were dealt a 10-9 defeat following an eighth inning three-run homer against flame throwing righty Melvin Adon.

The River Cats offense got off to a hot start Saturday night, stacking up nine runs in the first four innings. The top of the order supplied most of the firepower as Joey Rickard, Chris Shaw and Jaylin Davis combined to go 6-for-13, including three homers, six runs batted in, and four runs scored. Rickard extended his on-base streak to 26 games with another two-hit night, while Davis also had two hits and has now reached base seven times in nine plate appearances since joining the River Cats.

On the other side of the ball, newcomer Ryan Halstead shined in his 2019 River Cats debut. The 28-year old worked 4.2 innings, and would have left the game unscathed if not for a costly error that allowed three unearned runs to score. Halstead appeared in three games for Sacramento in 2018, and had is 2-4 with a 3.77 ERA with Double-A Richmond this season.

The River Cats took a 9-7 lead into the eighth, but newly promoted Melvin Adon got into some trouble to start the frame, allowing a double, walk, and a home run to the first three batters to relinquishing the lead. 

The River Cats will trot out righty Yoanys Quiala (6-6, 6.49) tomorrow night for game three of this four game series, while Round Rock will counter with righty Rogelio Armenteros (4-6, 5.80). First pitch is set for 4:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign RB Mack Brown

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent RB Mack Brown, the club announced Saturday.

Brown, a 5-foot-11, 213-pound running back, joins the Raiders after most recently spending a portion of the 2018 season on the Washington Redskins’ practice squad. Brown began his career as an undrafted free agent in 2015 and later signed with the Houston Texans. He spent the majority of his rookie season on the Redskins’ practice squad and appeared in 12 games over three seasons (2015-17) with the club prior to his stint with the Minnesota Vikings (2017-18). Over his career, Brown has appeared in 13 games, compiling 16 rush attempts for 111 yards and one score, while adding two receptions for nine yards.

A native of Clarkston, Ga., Brown attended Florida for five seasons (2010-14) and appeared in 49 games before entering the NFL. During his time with the Gators, he recorded 210 carries for 805 yards and four touchdowns, while hauling in 18 passes for an additional 78 yards.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have waived G Lukayus McNeil, who signed with the team this past spring as an undrafted free agent.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations