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Sacramento River Cat’ Late Home Runs Not Enough To Avoid Sweep

Gerber extends hit streak to five games as club falls to Aviators 11-3

Summerlin, Nev. — The Sacramento River Cats (4-4) fell victim to their first sweep of the season as the Las Vegas Aviators (7-1) took three out of three to kick off their inaugural season at the brand new Las Vegas Ballpark.

Right-hander Shaun Anderson lasted just three innings for the River Cats as the Aviators nearly tied a Pacific Coast League record with four triples in one inning. Las Vegas put up three runs in the third as Anderson was chased in his shortest start since August 23, 2017 with the San Jose Giants.

The Garcias, designated hitter Anthony and catcher Aramis, provided half of the club’s hits during Thursday night’s series finale while third baseman Zach Green raked his third home run of the year.

The River Cats will catch a flight to Salt Lake City to begin a four-game series with the Salt Lake Bees. Lefty Ty Blach (0-0, 6.75) will be on the mound for the River Cats facing right-hander Forrest Snow (0-1, 5.40) for the Bees. First pitch is set for 5:35 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 beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Strike First But Fall Silent Late

Two hits apiece for Vogt and Avelino in 5-1 loss to Aviators

Summerlin, Nev. — The Sacramento River Cats (4-3) scored first once again but were held in check for the remainder of the game by Las Vegas Aviators (6-1). The River Cats would go on to allow five unanswered runs to drop game two of this three game series by a score of 5-1.

Sacramento jumped out to an early lead for the second straight night on an infield single from Anthony Garcia and an Aviators throwing error which allow Stephen Vogt to score. After the first inning, however, the River Cats managed just four hits against Vegas righty Jake Buchanan and the bullpen. Aviators pitching was rock solid, holding the River Cats to six hits and giving up just an unearned run.

River Cats starter Tyler Beede struggled to find a rhythm on Wednesday, piling up 79 pitches in just 3.2 innings, striking out five batters while walking three. The River Cats pitching staff walked a season-high eight batters. 

River Cats right-hander Shaun Anderson (0-0, 1.80) will be back on the mound looking to build off a strong start last Saturday night when he struck out five over five innings of work. The Aviators are scheduled to send righty Paul Blackburn to the hill. 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, and on the air on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Re-Sign RB Jalen Richard

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have re-signed restricted free agent RB Jalen Richard, the club announced Wednesday.

Richard originally joined the Silver and Black after participating on a tryout basis at the team’s rookie mini-camp in May 2016. Over his three seasons in Oakland, the 5-foot-8, 205-pound running back has played in all 48 career games with two starts, totaling 1,025 rushing yards on 194 carries (5.3 avg.) with three touchdowns and adding 1,057 receiving yards on 124 receptions with three touchdowns. Richard has also recorded 62 punt returns for 464 yards and 25 kickoff returns for 492 yards and was named a Pro Bowl alternate as a return specialist in 2016.

In 2018, Richard played in all 16 games with one start and set career highs in receptions (68) and receiving yards (607), while adding 55 carries for 259 yards with one touchdown. His 68 receptions tied for the team lead and also tied with Marcus Allen for the fourth-most receptions by a running back in franchise history.

A native of Alexandria, La., Richard played four years at Southern Mississippi, appearing in 41 games with 29 starts. He totaled 2,082 rushing yards on 397 carries with 19 touchdowns and added 83 receptions for 675 yards with five touchdowns.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Las Vegas Aviators Best Sacramento River Cats In Inaugural Game At New Ballpark

Reed’s walk scores Gerber for first run in Las Vegas Ballpark history

Summerlin, Nev. — Though the Sacramento River Cats (4-2) were able to plate the first run in the new stadium’s history, the Las Vegas Aviators (5-1) would brave the wind for a 10-2 victory at Las Vegas Ballpark’s grand opening.

Sacramento loaded the bases in the first inning and scored first thanks to outfielder Michael Reed’s walk, but Aviators right-handers Chris Bassitt and Daniel Mengden would limit the River Cats to just two hits the rest of the game. Mengden, in particular, was dominant with six one-hit innings and nine strikeouts.

River Cats right-hander Tyler Beede (0-0, 0.00) will be back on the mound looking to build off his impressive start last Friday night when he struck out eight in four scoreless innings. The Aviators are scheduled to send righty Jake Buchanan to the hill. 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, and on the air on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Oakland Raiders 2019 Preseason Opponents Announced

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders’ 2019 preseason schedule features a nationally-televised ESPN contest against the Arizona Cardinals and games against the Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, the National Football League announced Tuesday.

Week/Date   Opponent                Time (PT)       Broadcast

1                      Los Angeles Rams        TBA                 KTVU (Bay Area)/KVVU (Las Vegas)

Thu., Aug. 15  at Arizona Cardinals    5:00 p.m.         ESPN

3                      vs. Green Bay Packers TBA                 KTVU (Bay Area)/KVVU (Las Vegas)

4                      at Seattle Seahawks    TBA                 KTVU (Bay Area)/KVVU (Las Vegas)

The Silver and Black will open the preseason with a home contest against the Los Angeles Rams at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, marking the third consecutive preseason that the two clubs have squared off. 

The Raiders will then travel to Arizona to face the Cardinals for a contest televised nationally on ESPN. It will mark the fourth time in the last five years that the two teams have met in preseason action, while also being the third consecutive such meeting with the Cardinals on the road. 

In preseason Week 3, the Raiders will take on the Green Bay Packers at a to be announced neutral site. It represents the fourth time in six seasons that the Raiders and Packers have met in the preseason and it will be the Silver and Black’s first neutral site preseason contest since participating in the 2006 Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio

Oakland will wrap up its slate against the Seahawks for the 14th straight year, as the team will travel to Seattle to close out the preseason for the 10th time since 2006. 

Further broadcast information, times and specific dates will be announced at a later date.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Walk Off Again To Close Out Opening Series

Yastrzemski’s sacrifice fly plates Slater for exciting, extra-inning win

West Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (4-1) fought back from a four-run deficit to claim an 11-10, walk-off victory in extra innings over the Tacoma Rainiers (1-4). 

Despite allowing seven runs on eight hits in the fourth inning, Sacramento crawled back thanks to three home runs off Rainiers’ right-handed reliever Ryan Garton. Outfielder Michael Reed’s two-run blast in the sixth cut the lead in half before outfielder Mike Gerber and shortstop Abiatal Avelino went back-to-back in the seventh to push the River Cats ahead by two.

Tacoma would plate two runs in the eighth and another in the 10th to take the lead, but Reed’s opposite-field double would tie the game a half inning later. Then it was outfielder Mike Yastrzemski’s fly ball that flew deep enough into left field to score Austin Slater from third as the River Cats walked off for the second time in their first five games.

The River Cats will travel to Las Vegas to help the newly-named Aviators open their brand new ballpark in Vegas suburb Summerlin. Left-hander Andrew Suarez (0-0, 4.50) will be making his second start of the young season while the Aviators will have righty Daniel Mengden (0-0, 5.40) toe the rubber for their home opener. 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, and on the air on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign WR De’Mornay Pierson-El

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent WR De’Mornay Pierson-El, the club announced Monday.

Pierson-El enters his first season with the Raiders, having most recently been with the Salt Lake Stallions in the American Alliance Football league. Before joining the AAF, Pierson-El spent time with the Washington Redskins after being signed by the club as an undrafted free agent following the 2018 NFL Draft, and also had a short stint with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League

In his short stint with the Stallions, the 5-foot-9, 195-pound wide receiver recorded 36 receptions for 414 yards (11.5 avg.) and one touchdown. Pierson-El’s receptions and receiving yards both led the team through eight contests. 

A native of Alexandria, Va., Pierson-El played four seasons (2014-17) at Nebraska. He appeared in 43 games and recorded 100 receptions for 1,309 yards (13.1 avg.) and added 11 touchdown receptions, while also rushing 26 times for 67 yards. As a senior in 2014, Pierson-El recorded career highs across the board, tallying 45 receptions for 623 yards and five touchdown receptions. His receptions and receiving yards both finished third on the team while his five receiving scores ranked second.

Press Release Couresty of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Zach Green’s Homers Lead Sacramento River Cats Past Rainiers

Carmichael native Zach Green homers twice to clinch opening series win

West Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (3-1) picked up their third win in the first four games of the 2019 campaign, defeating the Tacoma Rainiers (1-3) 10-3 behind a pair of long balls from Jesuit High School alum and Sacramento third baseman Zach Green.

Fan-favorite lefty Ty Blach got the start on Sunday, kicking off his return to West Sacramento after spending the last two seasons in the big leagues. Blach was tagged for three runs in the opening frame before settling down to blank the Rainiers over the next three. He finished his season debut with a no decision.

The River Cats’ bats showed no signs of cooling off following their 11-run outburst on Saturday night, putting up a 10-spot on the visiting Rainiers. The club’s 31 runs this season ranks second behind only the Las Vegas Aviators. Catcher Stephen Vogt gave the River Cats the lead for good when he smacked a homer to dead center in the 5th inning, while Green added solo home runs in the 4th and 8th innings.

The Sacramento bullpen closed the game strong again this afternoon, as Pat Venditte, Williams Jerez, and Sam Coonrod combined for five shutout innings of relief.

The River Cats and Rainiers will close the book on their five-game set on Monday with RHP Enderson Franco (0-0, No ERA) making his San Francisco Giants’ organizational debut. Tacoma will send RHP Nabil Crismatt (0-0, No ERA) to the mound, who like Franco will also be making his organizational debut for his respective team. First pitch is set for 12:05 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 being at 7:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Erupt Early, Hold On Late To Defeat Rainiers

Anderson goes five innings with five strikeouts in strong 2019 debut

West Sacramento, Calif. — Number four Giants prospect Shaun Anderson delivered five strong innings on Saturday evening, his first start of the season for the Sacramento River Cats (2-1). A pair of home runs and two big innings paced the offense to an 11-5 victory over the Rainiers (1-2).

Anderson, a highly-touted Giants farmhand, looks to improve on a solid 2018 season where he made eight starts for the River Cats going 2-2 with a 4.18 ERA. Tonight Anderson was given a huge boost by his offense, which exploded for eleven runs on eleven hits through four innings.

The offense came from up and down the Sacramento lineup, with each starter reaching base and scoring at least one run. Catcher Aramis Garcia and third baseman Breyvic Valera each launched their first home runs of the season. 

It was the second night in a row that Sacramento jumped out to a sizeable early lead, but this time the River Cats’ bullpen would close out the win behind solid efforts from righties Tyler Rogers and Ray Black.

The River Cats will play host once again to the Rainiers for game four of the five-game series. LHP Ty Blach (0-0, No ERA) gets the nod for Sacramento while the Rainiers will counter with LHP Justus Sheffield (0-0, No ERA). First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, on the air on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats’ Tyler Beede Striking Out Eight In Season Debut

Vogt clubs first River Cats homer but bullpen squanders lead

West Sacramento, Calif. —Right-hander Tyler Beede returned to the mound as a starting pitcher and delivered an impressive performance for the Sacramento River Cats (1-1), but the club fell 6-5 to the Tacoma Rainiers (1-1) in game two of the season.

After being moved to the bullpen in 2018, Beede revamped his pitch arsenal and it paid dividends on Friday night as the former Vanderbilt star struck out eight batters in four scoreless innings. It was the most strikeouts recorded by Beede since a June 7 outing back in 2017 at Raley Field against the Fresno Grizzlies.

Despite taking a 5-0 lead into the fifth inning, things began to unravel for the River Cats as bullpen arm Chase Johnson allowed five runs on five hits in innings five and six. Rainiers first baseman Joey Curletta delivered the crushing blow in the seventh as his opposite-field solo home run broke the 5-5 tie.

The River Cats expect a large crowd on Saturday as they play game three of this five-game series with Tacoma. Fourth-ranked prospect in the organization RHP Shaun Anderson (0-0, No ERA) gets the nod for Sacramento while the Rainiers will counter with RHP Tyler Danish (0-0, No ERA). 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 the air on Money 105.FM, and live on CW-31 (KMAX). 

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations