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Sacramento River Cats’ Mac Williamson Clears Bases With Thrilling Double

Jones adds ninth home run of season in 7-4 loss 

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA Mac Williamson’s bases-clearing double in the eighth inning made things interesting but the Sacramento River Cats (39-53) would eventually fall to the Salt Lake Bees (47-45) 7-4.

The River Cats loaded the bases in the eighth with no outs, and after designated hitter Chris Shaw struck out, Williamson picked him up with a liner down the left-field line the just stayed fair. The two-bagger ended a slump for Williamson in which he had not collected an extra-base hit since June 26 — a string of 34 at-bats.

Third baseman Ryder Jones provided the only other run for Sacramento as he cleared the fence for his ninth homer of the season. After a 2-for-4 evening, Jones is now the only qualifying player on the club with a batting average over .300.

Saturday night’s contest will feature right-hander Mike Connolly (0-1, 4.42) making his fourth start of the season for the River Cats, while the Bees will send lefty Jose Suarez (0-3, 5.40) to the hill. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online atrivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats’ Kelby Tomlinson Collects Three Hits As Team Reaches All-Star Break

Rogers continues dominant stretch of relief work 

RENO, NV — The Sacramento River Cats (39-51) reached base 13 times but scored just two runs in an 8-2 loss to the Reno Aces (42-48) as the Pacific Coast League heads into their three-day All-Star break.

Shortstop Kelby Tomlinson recorded three of the team’s nine hits, while two other top-of-the-order guys — Gregor Blanco and Miguel Gomez — tallied two hits each. But despite all the baserunners, Aces lefty Alex Young was able to keep Sacramento off the board aside from one run during his six frames.

In his second outing as a River Cat, right-hander Jordan Johnson lasted 3.2 innings surrendering three runs on five hits and three walks. Submariner Tyler Rogers prevented the game from getting out of hand when Johnson loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth. He logged one of his three strikeouts as part of 1.1 perfect innings to lower his ERA to 1.59, and has now kept the opposition scoreless in 21 of his last 22 appearances.

The River Cats will return from the break to begin a four-game home series with the Salt Lake Bees starting on Thursday. Both starting pitchers have yet to be announced. 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.FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Down Eight, Sacramento River Cats Mount Comeback But Fall Short

Shaw homers for fourth time in last six games

 RENO, NV — Trailing 8-0 in the fourth inning, the Sacramento River Cats (38-49) fought their way back to eventually tie the game at nine apiece before losing in the bottom of the ninth to the Reno Aces (40-47).

Outfielder Chris Shaw continued his power surge by clubbing his fourth home run in his last six games — a solo shot in the sixth inning that brought the River Cats within one.

But the big rally came an inning earlier as Sacramento scraped together five runs on six hits, including a solo home run from third baseman Ryder Jones and a pair of two-run singles from catcher Trevor Brown and second baseman Miguel Gomez.

Unfortunately, after Jones tied it in the eighth inning on his fourth hit of the game, the Aces loaded the bases with no outs and walked off on a Yasmany Tomas sacrifice fly.

Right-hander Casey Kelly (7-6, 5.24) will be on the bump for the River Cats looking to help the club snap their current three-game losing streak. Reno will counter with righty Taylor Clarke (8-6, 4.26). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online atrivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats’ Chris Shaw Crushes 15th Home Run Of Season

Black strikes out three while touching 102 on radar gun 

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — Outfielder Chris Shaw ignited a three-run rally in the sixth inning with his 15th home run of the year but the Sacramento River Cats (36-46) fell short, losing 4-3 to the Fresno Grizzlies (48-33).

Shaw’s 439-foot blast got things going during the sixth-inning comeback attempt, followed by an RBI-double from first baseman Myles Schroder and a run-scoring single from outfielder Eury Perez as the River Cats came within one.

But the Grizzlies bullpen would strike out six in four innings while allowing three hits and one walk, including a five-out save from closer Brendan McCurry, who saved his ninth game of the year.

Hard-throwing reliever Ray Black made sure the club had a chance in the ninth. He touched 102 miles per hour and consistently posted 100 on the radar gun while striking out three of the four batters he faced.

Right-hander Mike Connolly (0-0, 2.00) will make his second start of the year for the River Cats while the Grizzlies will send righty Josh James (2-3, 3.20) to the bump. 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, and on the air on Money 105.FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Chase d’Arnaud Homers Again As Sacramento River Cats Clip Albuquerque Isotopes

Duggar also clears fence, Black earns first save

ALBUQUERQUE, NM Chase d’Arnaud hit one out for the second consecutive night, helping the Sacramento River Cats (35-44) get back on track with a 4-3 win over the Albuquerque Isotopes (39-39).

The home run was d’Arnaud’s 11th of the season as he reached base for the 15th time in his last 16 games. He was also hit by a pitch and stole his team-leading 15th base of the year.

Steven Duggar also homered, his fourth of the season, while recently promoted infielder Miguel Gomez provided the eventual game-winning run with a pinch-hit RBI single in the sixth.

Lefty starter Matt Gage was solid in six innings, allowing just two runs on six hits and two walks. Right-handers Derek Law and Ray Black pitched perfect eighth and ninth innings, respectively, combining for three strikeouts with Black recording his first Triple-A save.

Left-hander Daniel Camarena (0-2, 2.59) gets the call for tomorrow’s midday finale with Albuquerque while the Isotopes will counter with young righty Antonio Senzatela (2-1, 2.70). First pitch is set for 11:05 a.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.FM beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Chris Shaw’s Two Homers Carry Sacramento River Cats To Victory

Williamson launches home run in first plate appearance back with club

 ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Left fielder Chris Shaw crushed two home runs to help the Sacramento River Cats (34-43) snap a season-long eight-game losing skid with a 9-4 win over the Albuquerque Isotopes (38-38).

For Shaw, they were his 13th and 14th home runs of the season. They also accounted for half of the team’s total homers on a powerful Monday evening in Albuquerque. Right fielder Mac Williamson, playing in his first game back with the River Cats since being optioned by the San Francisco Giants, got things going with a solo home run in the second inning. Then in the fifth, third baseman Ryder Jones’s seventh of the season tied the game at four.

Right-hander Casey Kelly worked around nine hits and two walks to allow four runs over six innings. He was followed by three scoreless frames from the bullpen featuring just one baserunner and three strikeouts.

Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija (0-1, 2.57) will be making his third, and likely final rehab start with the River Cats before he rejoins the major-league rotation. Albuquerque will send lefty Brett Oberholtzer (3-5, 5.86) to the hill. 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.FM beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Jeff Samardzija Strikes Out Seven In Second Rehab Start

d’Arnaud collects two hits in 10-1 loss to El Paso

 WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — Giants’ right-hander Jeff Samardzija made his second successful rehab start on Thursday, but the Sacramento River Cats (33-40) fell to the El Paso Chihuahuas (36-37) 10-1 for their fifth straight loss.

Samardzija kept the game close through four innings as the 11-year veteran struck out seven and walked none while surrendering two runs. But the River Cats’ bullpen would allow eight runs in the final five frames, including five in a tough outing for righty Jose Valdez, as the game quickly got out of hand.

First baseman Chase d’Arnaud’s 14th multi-hit game of the season led the River Cats offensively as his fifth-inning single knocked in the team’s only run of the game.

Lefty Matt Gage (3-5, 6.10) will be on the hill for Sacramento in game two of the series while El Paso will counter with right-hander Luis Perdomo (4-2, 3.34). 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.FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Mike Connolly Impresses In Triple-A Debut With Sacramento River Cats

Just called up from Double-A, Mike Connolly tosses six scoreless in 3-0 loss

 METAIRIE, LA — The Sacramento River Cats (33-37) were blanked on Sunday in New Orleans, recording just four hits as the Baby Cakes (33-36) took game two of the series 3-0.

Right-hander Mike Connolly, promoted from Double-A Richmond to make Sunday afternoon’s start, was outstanding in his Triple-A debut. He allowed just four hits and one walk in six scoreless innings while striking out three.

Making his second relief appearance of the season was right-hander Tyler Beede, who surrendered all three of New Orleans’ runs during the seventh inning. Beede gave up three hits and a walk in the frame.

Catcher Trevor Brown was the team’s top offensive performer, reaching base twice with a single and a walk.

Right-hander Taylor Hill (1-1, 7.36) gets the nod Monday evening in what will be his fourth start with Sacramento. New Orleans will counter with righty Tyler Cloyd (0-1, 7.07). First pitch is set for 5.00 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on theMiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.FM beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Pitching Propels Sacramento River Cats To Series Win

Hanigan’s seventh-inning two-run double proves to be crucial in 3-1 win

 ROUND ROCK, TX — Catcher Ryan Hanigan’s two-run double in the seventh inning provided the winning runs for the Sacramento River Cats (33-35) in a 3-1 victory over the Round Rock Express (30-37).

The River Cats took their fourth road series of the season thanks to a combined effort between rehabbing San Francisco Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija and lefty Matt Gage. Samardzija tossed three scoreless while striking out four before reaching hit pitch limit, then Gage followed with 4.2 shutout innings of his own.

Gage got into a bit of a bind in the eighth by putting two men on base to bring the tying run to the plate, but Derek Law entered and struck out Scott Heineman to end the threat. Law would eventually record a four-out save, though he did allow a run on one hit and a walk in the final inning.

The River Cats are off to New Orleans for a four-game series with the Baby Cakes. Left-hander Daniel Camarena (0-0, 0.78) is poised to make his fifth start with Sacramento while Sandy Alcantara (4-2, 3.88) will be on the bump for New Orleans. First pitch is set for 4.00 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.FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Casey Kelly’s Seven Strong Not Enough For Sacramento River Cats

Shaw clubs 12th home run of season, game slips away in extras

 ROUND ROCK, TX — For the fourth time in his last five outings, right-hander Casey Kelly pitched seven innings and allowed one run or fewer. On Thursday night in Texas, however, it went for naught as three former Giants farmhands led a late-inning comeback to push the Round Rock Express (30-36) over the Sacramento River Cats (32-35) 6-5 in 10 innings.

Kelly struck out eight to come within one of his season high, which he set on May 29 at home while facing Albuquerque. The one earned run over seven frames lowered Kelly’s season ERA to 4.77. The number sat as high as 11.29 through five starts, but allowing just six runs over his last 34 innings has helped to decrease that figure drastically.

Sacramento was trailing 1-0 in the fourth when outfielder Chris Shaw’s 12th home run of the year cleared the right-field fence. He would end up finishing the night reaching base a total of three times, adding a double and a walk, as well. Infielders Ryder Jones and Orlando Calixte also recorded two hits, with Jones driving in two of the team’s five runs.

But when right-hander Jose Valdez entered in the bottom of the ninth for the River Cats, things began to unravel, and all at the hands of former teammates.

Express shortstop Nick Noonan, drafted by San Francisco out of high school in 2007, launched a three-run homer to cut the deficit to one. Then it was Tommy Joseph, drafted by the Giants in 2009 and shipped to Philadelphia for Hunter Pence in 2012, who tied the game with a single with two down in the ninth. And lastly, Round Rock walked off to Hunter Cole’s RBI single an inning later.

Cole was a 26th-round pick by the Giants in 2014 out of the University of Georgia and was the player-to-be-named-later when the San Francisco acquired right-hander Sam Dyson from the Texas Rangers.

San Francisco Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzjia (0-0, No ERA) will make a rehab start for the River Cats Friday night as the club will look to win their fourth road series of the season. The Express will counter with former River Cat left-hander Michael Roth (2-0, 3.24). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on theMiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.FM beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations