Category Archives: Central Valley Sports

Sacramento River Cats Welcome Back Rutledge and Gage, But Fall To Colorado Springs Sky Sox

Slater goes 2-for-4 with a double in 7-2 loss to Colorado Springs

 WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — The Sacramento River Cats (30-33) were thrown out on the base paths three times in a 7-2 loss to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (32-28) on Saturday night.

The Sacramento offense made things challenging for themselves on Saturday by running into three outs on the base paths. Center fielder Steven Duggar led off the bottom of the first with a single to extend his hitting streak to nine games, but was caught stealing shortly thereafter. Second baseman Chase d’Arnaud later doubled in the second but was thrown out at third attempting to stretch it into his fifth triple of the season. And in the fifth, catcher Ryan Hanigan rounded first base after a single but was gunned down at second base.

The River Cats made some noise late when Austin Slater and Ryder Jones smacked back-to-back extra-base hits, and d’Arnaud added a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to 6-2. But that’s where the comeback would end, as Sacramento dropped game two of the series.

Southpaw Daniel Camarena (0-0, 0.51) will make his fourth start of the year for the River Cats, while the Sky Sox will send young righty Freddy Peralta (6-1, 2.88) to the mound. 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

San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik To Begin Rehab Stint Memorial Day In Sacramento

Fan-favorite second baseman expected to start rehab with River Cats Monday, May 28

West Sacramento, CA Giants’ All-Star and Gold Glove second baseman Joe Panik is expected to begin a rehab assignment with the Sacramento River Cats tomorrow afternoon – Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 at Raley Field against the Albuquerque Isotopes. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. and gates open at 12:00 p.m. He is also scheduled to play Tuesday, May 29, first pitch 12:05 p.m.

Panik has been sidelined for nearly a month after undergoing surgery on April 30 to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. Tomorrow’s game will be his first game-action since April 27. This will be Panik’s third stint with the River Cats, as the 27-year-old also rehabbed with Sacramento during the 2015 and 2017 seasons.

Drafted by the Giants in the first round (29th overall) of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Panik finished sixth in Rookie of the Year voting in 2014, has been named an All-Star once (2015) and has won one Gold Glove award (2016).

Tickets are still available for tomorrow’s game, including the Memorial day BBQ package, which includes a ticket to the game and access to an all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet in the Home Run Terrace. For more information, please call 916.371.HITS (4487) or visit rivercats.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Walk Off In Extras For 1-0 Shutout Win

Casey Kelly allows just two baserunners in seven innings

WEST SACRAMENTO — In their first shutout of the season, the Sacramento River Cats (23-25) stopped a four-game skid in thrilling fashion with a 1-0 walk-off win against the Las Vegas 51s (20-28).

Sacramento blanked the 51s thanks to right-hander Casey Kelly, who pitched seven scoreless frames allowing just one single and one walk. It was Kelly’s best start of the season, and the first time he’s allowed zero earned runs since his first start of the year on April 6.

The game was locked at zeros through nine, and due to Minor League Baseball’s new pace of play rules, a runner is placed on second base to begin each extra inning. Pinch-hitter Caleb Gindl was able to sacrifice pinch-runner Jordan Schafer to third base to open the River Cats half of the tenth inning. That set up catcher Ronnie Freeman’s ground ball to the shortstop, which allowed enough time for Schafer to score the winning run just ahead of Ty Kelly’s throw home.

There will be a new face on the mound Friday evening for the River Cats as newly-acquired left-hander Daniel Camarena will make his Pacific Coast League debut. Camarena, who was released by the Yankees and signed by the Giants to a minor-league deal on Thursday, will face fellow lefty Brett Oberholtzer (1-4, 5.92) as Sacramento begins a five-game series with the Albuquerque Isotopes. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. Catch all of the action live online atrivercats.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

Comeback Falls Short As Sacramento River Cats Lose Fourth Straight

Rodriguez strikes out seven but takes first loss of the year

 WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — The Sacramento River Cats (22-25) put together a rally in the eighth inning, cutting the deficit to just one, but left the bases loaded as the Las Vegas 51s (20-27) prevailed 4-3 to hand the home team its fourth straight loss.

The attempted comeback got started with a leadoff double from Hector Sanchez, followed by two consecutive singles from Orlando Calixte and pinch-hitting Kyle Jensen. But back-to-back strikeouts and a groundout ended Sacramento’s late-inning threat before going down in order in the bottom of the ninth.

Right-handed starter Dereck Rodriguez was impressive again, striking out seven in six innings of work. He’ll regret the two home runs allowed, including a two-run shot to rehabbing catcher Kevin Plawecki in the third.

For Rodriguez, it was the sixth consecutive start in which he’s recorded at least six strikeouts, and sixth outing of the season in which he’s issued one or fewer walks.

These two clubs will wrap up their four-game series Thursday night and then not meet again until August 24. Right-handers Casey Kelly (4-4, 7.27) and Drew Gagnon (0-2, 7.14) will look to improve on rough starts to their 2018 seasons. Catch all of the action live online atrivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.5 FM.

Sacramento River Cats Routed By Las Vegas 51s To Begin Homestand

Melancon pitches scoreless inning in first rehab appearance

 WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — The Sacramento River Cats (22-23) were held to zero extra-base hits for just the second time all season in Monday night’s 9-1 loss to the Las Vegas 51s (18-27).

Two Vegas pitchers combined to allow one run on six hits and three walks as the River Cats left nine runners on base. Recently promoted infielder John Polonius supplied the lone run for Sacramento with an RBI-single in the sixth inning.

River Cats starter Tyler Beede struggled in his 4.1-innings, surrendering a season-high eight runs on six hits and five walks. It’s Beede’s fourth start in which he’s given up at least four earned runs and his sixth issuing three or more walks.

San Francisco Giants’ reliever Mark Melancon made his first rehab appearance with a quick six-pitch seventh inning in which he induced two groundouts and a pop up.

The Dorados de Sacramento will take on Las Vegas 51s on Tuesday night at Raley Field, featuring left-handers Matt Gage (2-2, 5.03) and P.J. Conlon (2-3, 5.89) squaring off. 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

Mac Williamson Powers Sacramento River Cats In 11-7 Win

Slater extends hitting streak to 15 games in victory

 SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Rehabbing outfielder Mac Williamson homered for the second consecutive game to begin his stint with the Sacramento River Cats (22-21), who knocked off the Salt Lake Bees (24-19) 11-7 on Saturday night.

Williamson drove in four runs, adding an RBI with a double in the fifth inning. He now has eight home runs in just 59 plate appearances with the River Cats this season while batting .468.

Fellow outfielder Austin Slater, who was playing first base on Saturday night, doubled in the third inning to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. The two-bagger, his 16th of the year, led off the frame and eventually scored on an RBI single from designated hitter Kyle Jensen.

Six River Cats batters totaled at least two hits, including three hits for both Steven Duggar and Orlando Calixte. For Calixte, the third of his trio of hits was his sixth home run of the season — a two-run shot in the ninth inning to extend the lead to four.

The River Cats will look for their third win in a row in Sunday afternoon’s matinee in Salt Lake City. Right-hander Jose Flores (1-3, 5.06) will toe the rubber for Sacramento while the Bees will counter with righty Jaime Barria (0-4, 2.92). 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.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Salt Lake Bees Halt Sacramento River Cats’ Win Streak At Five

Slater extends hit streak to 10 games in defeat

 WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — The Sacramento River Cats (18-16) were shut down in a 7-2 loss to the Salt Lake Bees (21-14) on Thursday night, ending their winning streak at five games.

Bees right-hander Osmer Morales struck out seven River Cats in 5.2 innings allowing just three baserunners while Sacramento’s starter failed to get through the second frame.

Tyler Beede’s off night featured just five outs, including a grinding second inning in which he walked the first four batters. All told, Beede issued six free passes, something he had done just once before as a pro — last July in a loss to the Fresno Grizzlies at home.

Designated hitter Austin Slater recorded one of the team’s five base hits, extending his streak to ten games, while outfielder Chris Shaw raked his ninth double of the season, plating Slater to tie the game in the opening frame.

Friday night’s contest will conclude this four-game series. Left-hander Matt Gage (2-0, 0.82) will be making his first Raley Field appearance of the year after two stellar outings on the road in Las Vegas and Fresno. He’ll face fellow southpaw John Lamb (1-0, 3.25). 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.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Matt Gage’s Strong Start Aids In Sacramento River Cats’ Win

Eury Perez launches first home run since joining club

LAS VEGAS, NV — In what was the earliest game the Sacramento River Cats (12-13) will play this season, lefty Matt Gage was on point after being promoted from Double-A Richmond this weekend. His solid start and a home run from outfielder Eury Perez were crucial in a 5-1 win over the Las Vegas 51s (10-16).

Gage, sent west from the Flying Squirrels to take the mound for the River Cats on Tuesday, surrendered just one unearned run over 5.1 innings. The 51s registered nine base hits, though all were singles and no walks were issued. The outing was consistent with how Gage had been pitching for Richmond in his four starts prior to being sent to Triple-A. In 22.2 innings he had allowed 24 hits, but had walked just three to go along with a 3.18 ERA.

Perez provided the bulk of the offense with his three-run home run off 51s left-hander P.J. Conlon in the fourth inning.

The River Cats will return to a regular first pitch time Wednesday evening as right-handers Dereck Rodriguez (1-0, 4.66) and Drew Gagnon (0-1, 5.49) will duel at 7:05 p.m. from Cashman Field.

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

Sacramento River Cats Walk Off On Eury Perez’ Single

Pinch runner Madison Younginer, a relief pitcher, scored the winning run

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — Sunday afternoon’s matinee ended in unusual fashion. The Sacramento River Cats (11-12) and Reno Aces (7-17) were in danger of having play during their 6-6 tie suspended due to a curfew needing to be implemented to accommodate Reno’s travel plans to El Paso, Texas. But outfielder Eury Perez, who made a spectacular catch the end the top of the ninth, singled to left with the bases loaded to send everybody home and give the River Cats a 7-6 win.

Play in the bottom of the ninth began with a Jeff Arnold walk – his third of the game. Outfielder Caleb Gindl continued his streak of plate appearances without recording an at-bat, sacrificing Arnold to second with a bunt. Relief pitcher Madison Younginer was selected to pinch-run for Arnold at second, and following a fielder’s choice and an intentional walk, Younginer frantically ran home as the winning run.

A curfew was needed for Sunday’s game due to a 6:50 p.m. flight the Aces had booked out of Sacramento inbound for El Paso for their series beginning Monday. Had the top of the ninth not begun before 4:30 p.m., or had neither team scored a run in the ninth, the two clubs would have had to complete their game at a later date. Though, it would have had to take place in Reno since Sunday’s game was the final contest between the two teams in Sacramento this season.

Sacramento’s bullpen pitched 4.1 scoreless innings, striking out five and allowing just one walk after right-hander Jose Flores gave up five unearned runs on four hits and four walks.

The River Cats are off to Las Vegas to face the 51s in a four-game set. First pitch Monday evening will be at 7:05 p.m. (PT) and will feature the third start of the season for Tyler Beede (1-1, 3.75) in a River cats uniform. He’ll oppose southpaw P.J. Conlon (1-1, 6.63).

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

Four-Run First Not Enough For Sacramento River Cats In Loss

Jones hits first homer of year, Duggar collects three hits

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — The Reno Aces (7-16) snapped the Sacramento River Cats’ (10-12) longest winning streak of the young season. Sacramento put four runs on the board in the first inning thanks to a solo home run from center fielder Steven Duggar – his second in as many games – and a three-run bomb from third baseman Ryder Jones. But Reno would reach double digits in runs on 16 hits by the end of the night, defeating the River Cats 10-7.

River Cats starter Casey Kelly went five innings but gave up seven runs on nine hits and three walks. The biggest blow came in Reno’s four-run fourth inning when recently called-up center fielder Evan Marzilli took Kelly deep for three runs.

Catcher Hector Sanchez briefly brought the River Cats within a run when his based-loaded single knocked home two in the seventh. The Aces, however, would add an additional run in each of the next two innings.

The River Cats will play the finale of this rare five-game set, sending right-hander Jose Flores (0-1, 5.84) to the mound in place of injured righty Tyler Herb. Aces right-hander Jack Buchanan (0-2, 5.09) will oppose Flores. First pitch Sunday afternoon will be at 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 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations