Category Archives: Central Valley Sports

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

San Francisco Giants’ Hunter Pence Expected To Begin Rehab In Sacramento Friday

San Francisco Giants’ fan-favorite is scheduled to rehab sprained right thumb in Sacramento

 WEST SACRAMENTO, CA – San Francisco Giants outfielder and fan-favorite Hunter Pence is expected to join the Sacramento River Cats this weekend on a rehab assignment for a sprained right thumb. While he is expected to join the team for Friday night’s game, his rehab schedule has not yet been confirmed.

Pence hurt his right thumb on April 3 while diving to make a play in a game against the Seattle Mariners at AT&T Park. The veteran outfielder had been playing through the injury, but was ultimately placed on the 10-day disabled list on April 20. Pence has played in 17 games so far this season.

The 35-year-old joined the San Francisco Giants in July of 2012 via a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies. In his first two full seasons with the Giants, Pence played in 324 consecutive games. He is a three-time All-Star (2009, 2011, 2014) and two-time World Champion (2012, 2014).

Pence has played with the River Cats in two of the last three seasons, also on rehab assignments. Combined between 2015 and 2016, he has played a total of 13 games, hitting .366 (15-for-41) with five home runs and 12 RBI.

First pitch for tomorrow night’s game at Raley Field against the Reno Aces is set for 7:05 p.m. with gates at 6 p.m. Tickets are still available for tomorrow and the rest of the weekend. 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 Fall To Tacoma Rainiers In Road Trip Finale

Jones doubles twice in 4-1 loss

TACOMA, WA — The Sacramento River Cats (7-11) were held to just one run on eight hits thanks to an impressive outing from Tacoma Rainiers (10-8) starter Rob Whalen. The 24-year old right-hander struck out nine River Cats in 6.2 innings as the Rainiers defeated the River cats 4-1.

The Rainiers picked up two early runs in the first inning on a two-out, two-run single off the bat of catcher Mike Marjama. Three of the six hits surrendered by River Cats starter Tyler Herb came in that first frame. In the four innings following, Herb struck out four and allowed just four baserunners.

Whalen was knocked out of the game in the seventh when the River Cats strung together four hits, highlighted by Chase d’Arnaud’s run-scoring single which plated third baseman Ryder Jones with two outs. Sacramento threatened again in the ninth, but Rainiers closer Erik Goeddel escaped when right fielder Cameron Perkins tracked down a fly ball in the gap.

After their first scheduled day off of the season, the River Cats will begin a five-game series back at Raley Field against the Reno Aces. Game one starter Dereck Rodriguez (0-0, 4.97) will face six-year major-league veteran Kris Medlen (0-2, 4.73). First pitch Wednesday evening will be at 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

Andrew Suarez Helps Sacramento River Cats Shut Down Tacoma Rainiers

Duggar’s three-hit night leads offense in victory

TACOMA, WA — Five shutout innings from starter Andrew Suarez paved the way for the Sacramento River Cats (7-9) to defeat the Tacoma Rainiers (8-8) 8-4 in game one of this four-game set.

The Rainiers did push across three runs in the sixth inning thanks to three singles and a throwing error by shortstop Chase d’Arnaud, putting one earned run on Suarez’s line for the night. But D.J. Snelten entered and recorded the final out of the inning to end Tacoma’s surge.

Center fielder Steven Duggar was back in the leadoff spot Saturday night after a day off and reached base three times, scoring twice. He singled in the first and scored on Austin Slater’s base hit, singled in the fifth and scored on Ryder Jones’s base hit, and knocked in a run in the sixth with his fourth double of the year.

For game two, right-hander Casey Kelly (0-1, 7.11) will make his fourth start of the season for the River Cats, while the Rainiers will send left-hander Ariel Miranda (0-0, 6.75) to the bump. First pitch Sunday afternoon will be at 1:35 p.m. (PT).

Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and live on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall To Tacoma Rainiers In Blowout

Austin Slater leads offensive output with league-leading sixth double

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — The third and fourth innings doomed the River Cats (5-6) on Sunday as 12 runs crossed the plate in the two frames, leading to a 15-4 loss at the hands of the Tacoma Rainiers (5-6).

River Cats starting pitcher Jose Flores issued seven walks in his three innings and allowed nine runs, though only six were earned due to a pair of errors. Things didn’t go well for lefty Steven Okert in relief either, as he finished the third inning with six hits to his name, including two home runs.

The offense did scratch across five runs, including infielder Alen Hanson’s first home run of the season. Austin Slater doubled twice in a three-hit day, giving him six doubles on the year to lead the Pacific Coast League.

The homestand will conclude Monday afternoon with Giants’ No. 10-ranked prospect LHP Andrew Suarez (0-0, 0.00) returning from his spot start in San Francisco. The Rainiers will send RHP Josh Smith (0-2, 7.11) to the mound. First pitch is set for 12:05 p.m.

Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and at 7:05 p.m. on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations