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Sacramento River Cats Fall to Las Vegas 51s 6-3; Peavy Makes his Final Rehab Start

Photo by Shawn Jonas

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Sacramento River Cats dropped the series opener 6-3 to the Las Vegas 51s Friday evening. Kelby Tomlinson and Mac Williamson suited up as River Cats for the first time while Jake Peavy made his last rehab start for Sacramento.

A five-run first inning from Las Vegas quickly put the River Cats behind and they could not overcome the deficit. Three runs were scattered across the last six innings as Kevin Frandsen went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Jarrett Parker had two runs while going 2-for-4 on the night.

Peavy, 0-3 with the River Cats, struggled on the mound in his sixth and final rehab start for Sacramento, finishing his night with 6 runs on 9 hits and 1 walk with 5 strikeouts in 6 innings. The three-time All-Star, Cy Young winner, and two-time World Series Champion was rehabbing a back injury sustained early in the season. Peavy made just two starts for San Francisco (0-2, 9.39) before being placed on the DL.

Kelby Tomlinson and Mac Williamson, both called up from Double-A today, made their Triple-A debut in tonight’s game. Tomlinson, a 26-year-old infielder, was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 12th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Texas Tech University. He had been with Richmond since 2013, where he played in a total of 223 games and accumulated 217 hits and 64 RBI. Tomlinson posted a .324 batting average with the Richmond Flying Squirrels this season prior to being transferred to Sacramento.

Williamson, a 24-year-old outfielder, entered the 2014 season ranked by MLB.com as the San Francisco Giants’ No. 16 prospect. He was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the third round of the 2012 Draft out of Wake Forest University. This year was his first season with Richmond, where he had 76 hits and 42 RBI in 69 games played with a .293 batting average. Williamson went 1-for-3 against the 51s tonight with a walk and a single.

Tonight marked the third consecutive game without an error for Sacramento. The last time they went three straight errorless games was 5/9-11 in Albuquerque. The longest such streak for the season is four, from 5/8-11 in Albuquerque.

Tomorrow will be a battle of the lefties as Ty Blach (5-7, 4.00) takes the mound for Sacramento and Darin Gorski (4-6, 5.66) for Las Vegas. Blach still owns the PCL’s second best BB/9: 0.92 (9 BB, 87.2 IP) and his 87.2 innings pitched are the third most by a starter in the PCL this season. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

San Francisco Giants’ Righty Throws 95 Pitches in Sacramento Rivers 3-1 Loss; Peavy Goes Seven Strong in Rehab Start

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – San Francisco Giants right-hander Jake Peavy made his fourth rehab start for the River Cats tonight, throwing seven strong innings as he works his way back to the Giants’ rotation. Despite the solid outing for the veteran right-hander, the River Cats were unable to generate much offense behind him as they dropped game two to the visiting Fresno Grizzlies 3-1.

Prior to tonight’s start, Peavy had failed to reach the sixth inning in any of his previous three starts. He threw 83 pitches in his last start in El Paso, but only managed to go 4.1 innings. He increased both his innings and his pitch count tonight, as he cruised through seven on a rehab-high 95 pitches (64 strikes). Peavy retired the side in order in seventh before giving way to the River Cats bullpen for the eighth. He ended his night having given up 5 hits and allowing 3 earned runs while walking two and striking out 5.

Peavy allowed two runs in the first inning on a two-run double to Fresno’s L.J. Hoes before settling in. He kept the Grizzlies off the board until the fifth when the speedy Tony Kemp hit a long shot that bounced off the wall in right-center field. The ball shot away from Brett Jackson and allowed Kemp to come all the way around for the inside-the-park home run. After the hit by Kemp, Peavy retired the final nine hitters he faced.

Despite Peavy’s effort, Fresno’s starter Asher Wojciechowski was better, holding the Sacramento offense to just 1 run on 5 hits over his seven innings of work. Wojciechowski only gave up one free pass and struck out 5 on his way to the win, his fifth of the season. He is undefeated through seven starts with Fresno. Tyson Perez pitched a scoreless ninth to record his fifth save.

For the second night in a row, the River Cats fell behind early and were unable to recover. Their only run came in the bottom of the fourth inning. After Adam Duvall doubled to right-center, Travis Ishikawa brought him home with a single to right.

Sacramento threatened in the sixth, putting runners on second and third with two outs, but Hector Sanchez struck out to end the inning.

The series finale is tomorrow night as the River Cats send Chris Stratton (0-0, 2.38) to the mound. The start will be Stratton’s third with the River Cats and his first at Raley Field. Fresno will go for the sweep behind their southpaw Luis Cruz (3-2, 4.47). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Sweep The Oklahoma City Dodgers Win 7-2; Stratton Makes Triple-A Debut

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Sacramento River Cats defeated the Oklahoma City Dodgers 7-2 in 12 innings Friday night. Former San Francisco Giants first round pick Chris Stratton made his Triple-A debut and behind Adam Duvall’s 13th home run of the year and a 5-run 12th inning, he helped the River Cats secure their first series sweep of the season.

Stratton (0-0, 1.42) – a 24-year old right-hander who was drafted out of Mississippi State by the Giants in the 1st round (20th overall) of the 2012 MLB Draft – made his Triple-A debut after getting called up from Double-A Richmond earlier Friday. He was nearly unstoppable, going 6.1 innings, while allowing 1 run (earned) on just 3 hits while walking 4 and striking out 1.

Sacramento got behind early, when in the second inning Kyle Jensen hit a solo home run to put the Dodgers up 1-0. There would be no shutdown inning however, as the River Cats tied the game in the third on a double by Kevin Frandsen, driving in Ronny Cedeno. Frandsen went 3-for-6 with 3 RBI in the game, and is batting .467 since joining the River Cats on June 1.

Stratton settled in for the middle innings, retiring 12-of-14 during that stretch while keeping the game tied. In the seventh, Duvall led off the inning with a long home run to left field to put his side up 2-1. He finished the night 2-for-3 with the home run and a double. In the eighth, Cory Seager hit his second home run of the series for Oklahoma City to tie things up and eventually sending the game to extra innings.

The River Cats had their best chance to score in the 11th, as they had the bases loaded with nobody out. However, they were unable to score any runs as they stranded all three. In the 12th, Sacramento got another chance as the bases were loaded once again with nobody out. They did not miss this time, driving in 5 runs on 6 hits with the big blow coming on a 2-run double by Cedeno.

Dodgers’ starting pitcher Scott Baker (4-3, 4.22) held the River Cats in check, going 7 innings while allowing just 2 runs (both earned) on 5 hits, walking none and striking out 4. This was just the first time Oklahoma City has been swept at home since August of 2012, when the River Cats also swept the then RedHawks at Chicksaw Brickyard Ballpark.

The River Cats will look to keep this good play going as they head home to begin a four game series with the Tacoma Rainiers on Saturday. It’ll be the 2007 National League Cy Young Award winner Jake Peavy (0-1, 11.57) going for the River Cats in his third rehab start. Opposing him will be righty Stephen Landazuri (0-2, 10.34) for Tacoma. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m., and you can hear the action on EPSN 1320 and rivercats.com.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

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)

The San Francisco Giants Shutout The Arizona Diamondbacks 5-0

March 15, 2015 11:04 PM PT

Scottsdale, ArizonaTim Hudson went 1 1/3 innings, faced eight batters, and allowed five batters to reach base. With all that said he didn’t give up a run to the Diamondbacks . San Francisco Giants shutout the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-0 on Sunday.

The World Champions Giants, finally got a win. They only had one win in it’s last 10 games.

Diamondbacks Archie Bradley also struggled. He allowed two runs and six hits through three innings of work. He struck out two and didn’t issue a walk.

 Ehire Adrianza had two hits and an RBI for the Giants. Matt Duffy hit an RBI tripleBrandon Crawford added a hit and scored a run. He played at shortstop. Juan Perez added two hits, including a double.

Ex-Giant Cody Ross had two hits for the Diamondbacks.

San Franciscos’ Center fielder Gary Brown threw  a runner  out at the plate in the first inning keeping the game scoreless.

Hudson:  “I need to work on release-point stuff, mechanical stuff,” he said. “The plate is moving around on me, but that will get better. From a workload standpoint I’m ahead of where I thought I might be. I didn’t think I would be out this early, but I am. You can’t look at numbers and say too much. The World Series MVP (Bumgarner) has given up a run this spring, ” Hudson added.

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ARI        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  8   0
SF           0  1  1  0  0  0  1  2  X  5 11 0


Roster Moves

Giants: San Francisco is moving OF Norichika Aoki to left field and will use Gregor Blanco or Juan Perez in right until Hunter Pence returns from injury.

Diamondbacks: Arizona released OF Ben Francisco and reassigned RHP Blake Beaven, RHP Aaron Blair, RHP Justin Marks, C Matt Pognozzi, RHP Braden Shipley and C Mark Thomas to minor league camp. LHPs Vidal Nuno and Andrew Chafin are no longer being considered for the starting rotation but remain in the bullpen mix.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Giants: RHP Tim Lincecum (neck) will miss his next scheduled start. He will pitch again on March 21.“I can’t force the issue,” he said. “It’s not the time to be a hero and try to power through it.”

Hunter Pence (broken right forearm) had his cast replaced. He will wear one for a month.

Diamondbacks: RHP Addison Reed (shoulder soreness) continues to throw bullpen sessions as he works himself into condition to open the season on time.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: RHP Randall Delgado starts Monday against the Chicago White Sox.

Giants: RHP Chris Stratton starts Monday against the Cincinnati Reds. San Francisco reliever Sergio Romo is also expected to make his spring debut.

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.