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San Francisco Giants’ Jake Peavy Struggles In Rehab Start With River Cats; Nashville Sounds Bats Make Noise Win 11-4

All Photos by Shawn Jonas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Former Cy Young award winner and two time World Champion Jake Peavy made his Sacramento River Cats debut Wednesday night, taking the mound for the second time in his rehab assignment. Not even Peavy could quiet the Sounds’ hot bats as the River Cats dropped game three to the Nashville Sounds 11-4.

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Peavy started out strong, pitching a perfect first inning in which he threw 12 pitches, all for strikes. However, Nashville got to him in the second and third, putting up 5 runs on 7 hits, including a big solo home run by Jason Pridie that hit high off the right field foul pole.

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In the bottom of the third, the River Cats, who had been shutout in back-to-back games, scored their first run of the series. With Casey McGehee at the plate, Ronny Cedeno sprinted home on a wild pitch from Nashville’s starter Zach Neal. Cedeno ended his night 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

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Peavy was touched up again in the fifth, allowing the first two runners to reach base. The defense then showed him some support, as right fielder Juan Perez made a great play throwing out Ryan Roberts at home as he tagged on a fly ball to right. One batter later, Peavy was removed from the game after he allowed his sixth run of the night on a Bryan Anderson double. Anderson was 3-for-4 with 3 doubles and 4 RBIs on the night.

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Nashville continued to add on, scoring 5 in the seventh and stretching the score to 11-1. The River Cats’ bats found some life in the bottom of the ninth, scoring three runs on three hits, a walk, and a Nashville error. The late-game excitement wasn’t enough though, and 4 runs was all Sacramento could muster.

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Peavy (0-1, 11.57) lasted just 4.2 innings in his second rehab start. After throwing three scoreless innings last Friday night in San Jose, Peavy gave up 6 runs (all earned) on 9 hits and 2 walks with 2 strikeouts. His counterpart, Zach Neal (3-1, 1.53) tossed 7 strong innings for the Sounds, giving up 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 6.

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The River Cats played as the SacramenTONES Wednesday night, wearing specialty themed jerseys that were auctioned off in celebration of Pitch Perfect Night. Sacramento-native Kelley Jackle, a member from the cast of Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2 was on hand to sing the National Anthem and throw out the first pitch.

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Sacramento will be looking to avoid their second consecutive sweep as they send right-hander Kevin Correia (0-1, 4.40) to the mound tomorrow afternoon. Opposing him will be lefty Brad Mills (1-5, 3.91) for Nashville. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

 

Oakland A’s Affiliate Nashville Sounds Return to Raley Field

Back-To-Back Starts By Cy Young Winners Zito and Jake Peavy

Longtime River Cats affiliate Oakland returns to West Sacramento for the first time with their new Triple-A affiliate, the Nashville Sounds (16-27, 4th American Southern). Before affiliating with the Sounds, the A’s had been the Triple-A affiliate of the Sacramento River Cats (21-23, 2nd Pacific Northern) for 15 seasons. They were also affiliated with the River Cats for a season when the team was in Vancouver as the Canadians before moving to Sacramento. The four game series between the River Cats and the Sounds starts on Monday, May 25, and is the only time the two teams will face each other in 2015.

Scouting the Sounds

The Sounds are coming off a losing series with Fresno as they make their first trip to Sacramento since 2012. Over their last ten games, they are 3-7. Nashville has struggled away from their home park – the new First Tennessee Park – going just 7-16 in 23 games. Recently, they have been playing better and as a team they are hitting .279 on the road, while the pitching staff has an ERA of 4.70.

Your River Cats

The River Cats are 4-6 over their last ten games coming into Monday’s series opener with the Sounds. Sacramento is coming off a series loss to the Memphis Redbirds in which they outhit the ‘Birds 38 to 34 but were outscored 23 to 16. The River Cats pitching staff will look to continue to post strong numbers at home, where they own a 3.18 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Overall, the River Cats are 12-12 at home so far this season.

Players to Watch

Nashville comes into Sacramento with a number of familiar faces on their roster, including Anthony Aliotti and Alden Carrithers, among others. Aliotti is hitting .270 for the season but has been hot lately, going 12-for-40 (.300) with a .378 OBP over his last 11 games. Nashville also brings the veteran left-hander and former River Cats star Barry Zito into town with them. Zito is in his 16th season of professional baseball. The lefty was named to the All-Star team three times and won the 2002 AL Cy Young award while with the Oakland A’s. More recently, Zito is a two-time World Champion with the San Francisco Giants (’10 and ’12).

For the River Cats, shortstop Ehire Adrianza has been on fire over the last week. Adrianza is coming off a nine-game hit streak, the second longest for the River Cats this season (Adam Duvall holds the team-high, an 11-game streak). During that nine-game stretch, the hot-hitting shortstop was 15-for-33 (.455) with 4 doubles, 6 runs, and 3 RBIs. San Francisco Giants right-hander Jake Peavy is also expected to make a rehab start with the River Cats on Wednesday night. He was a pivotal member in the Giants’ push toward the postseason in 2014, going 6-3 in August and September with a 1.98 ERA. Like Zito, Peavy is also a three-time All-Star and a Cy Young Winner, taking home the NL award in 2007.

Matchup History

This series between the Sacramento River Cats and the Nashville Sounds will be the 18th all-time. The River Cats hold a commanding lead over the Sounds, having taken 49 of 68 games. This is Nashville’s first trip to Raley Field since August 5 – 8, 2012. The River Cats have made two trips to Nashville – once in 2013 and again in 2014 – since then. Last season, the River Cats took three of four in Nashville, scoring 32 runs in the four games.

Probable Pitchers

Monday, May 25 (1:05 p.m. PDT): RHP Clayton Blackburn (1-2, 5.51) vs. LHP Sean Nolin (0-0, 1.04)
Tuesday, May 26 (7:05 p.m. PDT): RHP Robert Coello (5-2, 3.44) vs. LHP Barry Zito (1-4, 5.29)
Wednesday, May 27 (7:05 p.m. PDT): RHP Jake Peavy (0-2, 9.39) vs. RHP Zach Neal (2-1, 1.69)
Thursday, May 28 (12:05 p.m. PDT): RHP Kevin Correia (0-1, 4.40) vs. LHP Brad Mills (1-5, 3.91)

Zito Throws Four Scoreless Innings As The Oakland A’s Beat Milwaukee Brewers Split Squad 5-2

Phoenix, ArizonaSonny Gray threw the first four innings and gave up both runs while Barry Zito threw the final four. Zito retired 11 of the 12 men he faced.  The one hit he did give up was erased by a double play.  Zito, who is attempting a comeback after a full year off from baseball, threw four scoreless innings for a save as the Oakland Athletics beat the Milwaukee Brewers split squad 5-2 in Maryvale Park on Sunday.

Brewers Ryan Braun is 0 for 10 in Cactus League Play. Braun had offseason thumb surgery and missed the last three games with the Flu.

The 36-year-old Zito , the 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner, struck out Bobby Crocker to end the ball game. Zito received a standing ovation from A’s faithful.

“You can look at results, but I have to look at the way the ball is coming out of my hand,” Zito said. “Right now it feels good.”

The A’s have deep competition for their starting pitchers. Zito could be playing for a spot on another team.

Zito: “I don’t think about things like that,” he said. “I have an agent. I’ve got an A’s uni on right now, I’ve just got to stay in the moment moment, give it my all to the team every time out, ” Zito added.

Billy Burns continued on his hot streak improving his batting average to .441 with two more hits against the Brewers. 

Zito had his famous curve going on Sunday, as catcher Luke Carlin was the first to attest.

“I thought his curve was better today than it had been other times I’ve caught him,” Carlin said. “I thought it was just better location, better arm speed, better finish with it.”

Gray gave up two runs, but it was still enough to get the win. He went mostly with the fastball. Gray was a little predictable, yet it was good enough to be effective when he needed it. He gave up a run in the second and had men in scoring position but was able to pitched out of it.

“I felt awesome,” he said of the second inning. “It was great to be able to get out of the second and limit the damage with men on second and third and one out. Today was night and day better than the last time. The fastball was good. I just threw a lot of strikes.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Athletics: Oakland is hoping OF Coco Crisp (right elbow) will be able to return to the lineup Tuesday when the A’s play San Diego in Mesa. 1B Ike Davis (back) could also be ready then or soon after.

Bob Melvin said he is “more encouraged” than ever that Josh Reddick will be ready to be in right field for opening day on April 6th. Reddick, expected to miss four to six weeks after suffering an oblique injury just after Cactus League play started.

Jarrod Parker will throw 30 pitches against live hitters Wednesday. To simulate a gamelike feel, Parker will throw 15 pitches, sit for a few minutes, then throw 15 more.

ROSTER MOVES

The A’s made their first roster cuts. Right-handers Arnold Leon and Chad Smith and left-hander Eury De La Rosa were optioned to Triple-A Nashville. Right-hander Raul Alcantara, recovering from Tommy John surgery, was optioned to Double-A Midland. Right-handers Matt Buschmann and Angel Castro, left-handers Jim Fuller and Rudy Owens, catcher Bruce Maxwell and infielders Alden Carrithers and Niuman Romero were reassigned to minor league camp.

UP NEXT

Athletics: Oakland will face RHP Zack Greinke and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch on Monday. RHP Kendall Graveman continues his quest for a spot in the rotation.

Brewers: Milwaukee gets a day off on Monday. RHP Matt Garza will pitch against RHP James Shields and the Padres in Peoria on Tuesday.

A’s Score Four Runs On Matt Cain In Less Than Two Innings Beat Giants 5-2

Saturday March 14, 2015

Shawn Jonas

MESA, Ariz. –After a two-run start by the Giants offense in the top of the first inning they were shutdown for the rest of the game.  Athletics Jesse Chavez settled down after the first inning and only gave up five hits over 4⅓ innings.  Matt Cain had a rough outing giving up for four runs in 1⅔ innings.  The Oakland Athletics beat the San Francisco Giants 5-2 Saturday in a split-squad game.

Cain, in only his second appearance following elbow surgery, allowed six hits.  He struck out one,  and did not walk a batter.

“I got my pitch count up and worked every scenario, I just didn’t make pitches,” Cain said. “Now it’s making sure my arm is able to repeat it and being able to get up and down.”

Cain’s day was a short one due to him not being able to locate as well as he wanted. His arm felt great,and he thought he had good stuff. He’s on schedule to be ready in time for the start of the season.

Cain will go through his normal routine as h e prepares for his next start in five days.

“The nerves were still there, which is good,” Cain said. “This one felt more like a normal start.”

Billy Burns is is in a nice rhythm as he collected three more hits for a second straight game.

Ben Zobrist doubled and drove in two runs while Eric Sogard collected a hit and drove in a run for the A’s as well. Burns has three triples this spring.

Casey McGehee doubled twice and drove in both of the Giants’ runs. He’s 10-for-20 in exhibition play.

Jesse Chavez gave up two runs, both in the first inning, on five hits over 4⅓ innings. He struck out four and walked none.

Athletics: Chavez was able to make an adjustment after a rough first inning and ended on a solid note.

“I was rushing a little bit with my mechanics, throwing my hip out too quickly,” he said. “It was a matter of me trusting myself to know what I needed to do. I started driving the hill.”

Chavez was allowed to start the fifth inning, something that was important to him after failing to go three innings his last outing.

“Today the whole goal was to go four innings and being able to go back out for the fifth was nice, and not even reaching my pitch count.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

A’s: OF Josh Reddick (strained right oblique) took part in the team stretch and threw from 60 feet. … INF Ike Davis (back) and OF Coco Crisp (sore left triceps) are taking an extra day or two off and should be back in action in the next few days. … RHP Jarrod Parker (Tommy John surgery) threw 20 pitches to hitters on Friday and will do so again on Wednesday.

Giants: RHP Sergio Romo (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen on Friday and will see game action Sunday. … C Buster Posey got a routine day off. … RHP Tim Lincecum (neck) has shown no improvement.
4:05 PM ET, March 14, 2015
HoHoKam Stadium, Mesa, Arizona

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UP NEXT

Giants: RHP Tim Hudson makes his second start of the spring Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

A’s: RHP Sonny Gray will start for the A’s at the Milwaukee Brewers, with LHP Barry Zito also scheduled to see action.

A’s Up Next: The A’s will be back together as one unit Sunday after a split-squad trip to Las Vegas, and it will be right-hander Sonny Gray taking the mound for the second time this spring, meeting the Brewers at Maryvale at 1:05 p.m. PT, live on MLB.TV. Gray will be followed by veteran non-roster invitee Barry Zito. Gray allowed two earned runs on five hits in his two-inning Cactus League debut, and Zito has allowed four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings in one start and one relief appearance thus far.