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Sacramento Republic FC Beats Arizona United SC 2-1

Photo By Shawn Jonas

Sacramento Republic FC scores two goals in the final 15 minutes and beats Arizona United SC on the road.

The match started slowly for Republic FC and in just the 9th minute they went down 1-0. Arizona United SC midfielder Danny Garcia sent in a left footed pass from the top right side of the box toward the back post of the goal. Garcia’s pass found the head of forward Long Tan who had found his way behind the defense. Tan headed the ball into an empty net giving Arizona United SC the early advantage.

Republic FC looked to equalize quickly and in the 18th minute had their first good look on goal. Defender Agustin Cazarez sent a cross into the box from the left side. Cazarez’s cross found the feet of forward David Estrada, who tried to turn in the box but the ball was knocked away. Republic FC midfielder Derek Foran took a strong stike toward goal on the rebound but his shot was deflected away keeping the score 1-0.

Republic FC had their best chance of the first half in the 32nd minute. Midfielder Ivan Mirković made a strong tackle in the middle of the field to win the ball for Republic FC. The ball was then sent forward to Thomas Stewart who went one-on-one with Arizona United SC keeper Carl Woszczinski. Stewart looked to slide the ball under Woszczinski with his left foot but the keeper dove quickly down and saved Stewart’s shot attempt keeping the score 1-0 going into the half.

Republic FC came out in the second half very strong attacking the Arizona United SC defense constantly. Republic FC has opportunities in the 57th and 65th minutes with shots by Cazarez but both shots were just off the mark.

In the 70th minute Arizona United SC had a chance to double their lead when Tan took the ball to the far left side of the box. Tan then sent a back-heel pass to Brad Stisser who sent a rocket toward the near post but Republic FC keeper Patrick McLain made a diving save.

In the 76th minute Republic FC finally found an equalizer. Substitute forward Gabe Gissie received the ball on the right side of the field, created space and sent a cross in front of goal. Gissie’s cross found a leaping Cazarez who flicked the ball into the net pulling Republic FC even, 1-1.

Arizona United SC responded quickly and in the 80th minute forward Jonathan Top got the ball in the middle of the field after giveaway by Republic FC. Top had a one-on-one chance but McLain was able to block the ball away. McLain then dealt with the rebound shot by Tan who was following the play.

Republic FC then found a go-ahead goal in the 83rd minute. Defender Emrah Klimenta attacked near the top of the box before stumbling and sending a pass to forward Cameron Iwasa. Iwasa made a quick touch pass to midfielder Danny Barrera who fired a left footed shot past Woszczinski and putting Republic FC up 2-1 for good.

Republic FC will head to Avaya Stadium and look to knock-off their MLS affiliate, the San Jose Earthquakes, in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup when they are back in action on Tuesday, June 15. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Offense Comes to Life in Extra-Inning Win; Sacramento River Cats Collect 15 Hits As They Defeat El Paso Chihuahuas 6-4

EL PASO, Texas – The Sacramento River Cats won an extra-inning contest against the El Paso Chihuahuas Friday night, 6-4. Backed by dominant offensive performances, Sacramento secured their third win against the Chihuahuas this season and first in El Paso.

Sacramento collected 15 hits tonight, with contributions from eight different players. The River Cats had six doubles on the night, one away from tying their season high of seven, set on 4/19 vs. Las Vegas. Darren Ford had an exceptional game, going 3-for-6 with two singles, a double, and two RBIs. Hector Sanchez went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two walks, recording his third multi-hit game this season.

The Chihuahuas jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning after Brett Wallace hit a two-run single. After two scoreless innings, the River Cats tied the game in the fourth. Ronny Cedeno led off the inning with a double, and Darren Ford followed with a double of his own to drive home Cedeno. Ford rounded the bases off Ryan Lollis’ single to even the score.

The River Cats added two more runs in the fifth to grab their first lead of the night. Travis Ishikawa led the inning off with a double and came around to score on a Cedeno groundout. Perez followed suit, scoring on a single by Ford. The River Cats led off three different innings with a double in Friday night’s game.

El Paso cut the lead to one in their half of the fifth inning and tied it in the eighth on a Ramiro Pena sacrifice bunt. With the score locked 4-4, the River Cats struck for two in the 11th. Hector Sanchez’s sacrifice fly scored Kevin Frandsen from third and Cedeno drove in Adam Duvall to stretch the lead to two.

Chris Stratton pitched 5 strong innings in his second appearance with the River Cats, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks with 3 strikeouts. Overall, River Cats pitchers limited the Chihuahuas to six hits. Clay Rapada (1-2) pitched a perfect tenth to pick up his second win of the season. Erik Cordier closed the door in the 11th, recording his third save.

Game three of the series is set for tomorrow at 6:05 p.m. (PT). The River Cats will start Nik Turley (1-2, 10.50) and the Chihuahuas will send Jason Lane (4-4, 4.34) to the mound. Turley pitched just two innings in his last outing while playing the Rainiers. His last start prior to that was against Oklahoma City, where he pitched six innings and allowed just 1 run on 5 hits and 2 walks with 4 strikeouts.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Wild West Showdown Goes To El Paso; Teams Combine for 15 Runs, 26 Hits, and 4 Errors as El Paso Takes Opener 9-6

Photo by Shawn Jonas

EL PASO, Texas – The Sacramento River Cats dropped a wild one to the El Paso Chihuahuas Thursday night at Southwest University Park. The teams combined for 15 runs, 26 hits, and 4 errors in a back-and-forth affair that ultimately went El Paso’s way. Despite the loss, the River Cats offense continued to look good on the road, hitting .275 on the night and scoring six runs.

Both teams jumped out early, scoring a combined seven runs in the first two innings. After Adam Duvall walked in the top of the first inning, Travis Ishikawa crushed his second home run in his last three games. El Paso countered immediately with three runs in the bottom of the first on Tommy Medica’s bases-clearing double.

The River Cats scored again on a two-run home run, this time from Juan Ciriaco. They extended their lead to three with another two-run inning in the sixth, but El Paso came back to tie the game at six with a pair of RBI-singles from Ramiro Pena and Rocky Gale. The Chihuahuas jumped ahead 9-6 in a three-run seventh in which the River Cats committed two errors. El Paso’s 4-5-6 hitters combined to go 7-for-15 and drove in five of their team’s nine runs.

Jake Peavy (0-1, 8.10) threw 83 pitches in the start, the most of his rehab assignment. He tossed 4.1 innings and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits and 1 walk while striking out 8. He is expected to make at least one more rehab start. Braulio Lara made his first relief appearance for the River Cats and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk and recorded just two outs. Snodgrass (1-1, 1.59) took the loss, giving up 3 runs (1 earned) in 2 innings of work.

El Paso’s Robbie Erlin tossed 5 innings, allowing 6 runs (5 earned) on 8 hits. He walked 1 and struck out 6. Jerry Sullivan picked up the win and is now 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA. Marcos Mateo recorded his eighth save of the season.

With two more errors in the loss, the River Cats now have 66 on the season. When the River Cats play clean defense and do not commit an error, they are 16-7 so far in 2015. When they commit two or more errors, however, they are now 5-15.

Sacramento will look to build off their positive offensive display in tomorrow’s game two. RHP Chris Stratton (0-0, 1.42) will make his second Triple-A start and try to follow up on his strong debut last week in Oklahoma City (6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 1 K). Taking the mound for El Paso is their right-hander Zack Segovia (1-2, 5.31).

Tomorrow night’s game is set for 6:05 p.m. and the game will air live online at rivercats.com and on ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations.

Emmy Awarded to Broadcast Team Behind Sacramento Republic FC’s 2014 USL Championship Match; Northern California Best Sporting Game Live/Unedited.

All Photos by Shawn Jonas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento Republic FC broadcast of the 2014 USL Championship match won the Northern California Emmy for Best Sporting Game Live/Unedited. The match aired live on CW31, Republic FC’s official broadcast partner, on Saturday, September 27, 2014. The broadcast was executive produced by Franklin Pictures, produced by Geoff Butler and directed by Mike Bird.

“This Emmy recognizes the amazing partnership between Republic FC, Franklin Pictures and CW31 along with the talented men and women, both behind and in front of the camera, that made this broadcast a reality,” said Republic FC Vice President of Marketing and Communications Erika Bjork. “Republic FC’s commitment to a championship-caliber team extends beyond the squad on the field. Our broadcast team did the unimaginable in less than a week, by taking the excitement and atmosphere of our matches, and bringing it to life in living rooms, pubs and watch parties.”

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The Republic FC broadcast was led by Franklin Pictures in collaboration with Republic FC, producer Geoff Butler Emmy Awarded to Broadcast Team Behind Sacramento Republic FC’s 2014 USL Championship Match.

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Franklin Pictures, Geoff Butler, Mike Bird and KOVR/CBS were recognized with a Northern California Emmy for Best Sporting Game Live/Unedited. and director Mike Bird. The Republic FC broadcast was one of three nominees, beating out broadcasts submitted by the Golden State Warriors (NBA) and San Jose Sharks (NHL). The Emmy award-winning broadcast may be viewed via Republic FC’s YouTube page.

“It is such an honor to have received this award, and amongst such great company,” said executive producer Rusty Prevatt of Franklin Pictures. “We are thankful to Sacramento Republic FC for placing their faith and their brand in our hands for such a special event. This was a team effort in the truest since of the phrase. It couldn’t have happened without every single person invested and involved they way they were.”

The broadcast, which was planned and produced in less than a week, averaged a 1.6 household rating and a 2.4 rating in the key male 18-34 demographic. Republic FC’s 1.6 rating was better than two college football games that aired in the same time slot. The Notre Dame versus Syracuse game received a 1.5 rating and the Baylor versus Iowa State game had a 1.3 rating.

Republic FC will televise locally eight of their home matches this season. The matches will air live on either CW31 or CBS13, Republic FC’s official TV partners. The next broadcast is Saturday, June 20 when Republic FC faces Oklahoma City Energy FC on CW31. Kickoff is 8:00 p.m. For a full TV broadcast schedule visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Best Sporting Game Live Emmy Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Game Preview: Los Angeles Kiss vs. San Jose SaberCats

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose SaberCats (11-0) will play host to the Los Angeles KISS (1-9) on Saturday June 13th at 7:30PM PDT for the second time this season.

The 2015 SaberCats are approaching franchise history, yet their focus remains on each upcoming opponent. In a rematch of San Jose’s home opener against the KISS, the week 12 rendition will provide the SaberCats with an opportunity to improve to 12-0, tying a franchise best start set in 2002.

In the previous meeting in week two, San Jose came out with a 54-28 victory, behind a balanced aerial attack and disruptive defense. In his first game as a SaberCat at the SAP Center, quarterback Erik Meyer paved the way, completing 64.5 percent of his passes for 222 yards and five touchdowns. Meyer connected with four different receivers for a touchdown, while Reggie Gray led all SaberCats with 10 receptions for 97 yards and two touchdowns.

Currently, Gray ranks first in the league with 29 total touchdowns (26 receiving) and eclipsed the 1,000 yards receiving mark for the fifth straight year of his AFL career. With Meyer and Gray firing on all cylinders, the SaberCats’ have remained at the peak of AFL scoring offense and have already clinched the Pacific Division title.

Hinging on its depth and talent on the defensive side of the ball, San Jose has the number one ranked defense and has only allowed an average of 36.8 points per game. Winning by an average margin of 23.8 points, the SaberCats had five sacks, two interceptions and only surrendered 209 total yards against the KISS in week two. The defensive front for San Jose has consistently put pressure on opposing quarterbacks as well. Defensive tackle Jason Stewart is second in the AFL with 6.5 sacks, while Francis Maka and Luis Vasquez rank among the top five.

Combined with a disruptive front is the ball-hawking secondary for San Jose. Defensive back Ken Fontenette leads the way, roaming the secondary for the SaberCats. After adding 13.5 tackles last week, Fontenette’s 85.5 total tackles and nine interceptions ranks first in the AFL. With Fontenette, Eric Crocker and legendary SaberCat Clevan Thomas, San Jose’s secondary will be matched up against a dual-threat quarterback and one of the best receivers in the league.

A mainstay in the AFL, KISS receiver Donovan Morgan is second in the league with 1,148 receiving yards, reaching the 1,000 yard plateau for the sixth straight season. Morgan is coming off a three touchdown performance against the Portland Thunder and with 24 on the season; his ability to make plays will challenge the SaberCats.

Returning to the starting lineup last week, quarterback Adrian McPherson had an immediate impact for the KISS. Against the Thunder, McPherson had 240 passing yards and five touchdowns, adding 32 yards on seven rushes. McPherson leads all quarterbacks with eight rushing touchdowns and against San Jose’s top-ranked pass rush, his legs will be relied upon, as will his arm.

Going through major overhaul on its roster since the last meeting, the KISS is coming off a 52-40 victory over the Portland Thunder last week, the first of the season for them. In a trade with the New Orleans Voodoo a couple weeks ago, Los Angeles acquired defensive back Rayshaun Kizer. A four-time All-Arena defender, Kizer led the way with 8.5 total tackles and added two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown in last week’s win.

Continuing to bolster the defense, the KISS also added defensive end Dajohn Harris (6-4 285) and defensive back Josh Victorian (5-10 190), both of whom have multiple years of experience in the National Football League. The additions have seemed to pay off for Los Angeles, with the 40 points surrendered last week the lowest total on the season.

The game will also have a special number retirement and Hall of Fame celebration for former player and current Assistant Head Coach Omarr Smith. The celebration will include a halftime tribute to Smith, the retiring of his jersey number 14 and a Hall of Fame pin and banner give away to the first 5,000 fans in attendance.

The game can be found on ESPN3 or KDOW 1220AM radio.

Game Preview Courtesy of the San Jose SaberCats Media Relations

Clayton Blackburn Fans Season High Nine in Loss; Sacramento River Cats Seventh Inning Rally Comes Up Short, Sacramento Drops Finale 6-3

All Photos By Shawn Jonas

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Clayton Blackburn was solid for the River Cats Tuesday night, fanning a new season high nine hitters in his third quality start of the season. A seventh-inning rally for Sacramento tied the game at three, but the River Cats couldn’t hold on as they fell 6-3 to the Tacoma Rainiers.

Blackburn started his night by retiring nine of the first 10 batters he faced. He endured one big inning in which he allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, but settled right back into a grove immediately after. Blackburn finished his night pitching 6 innings, allowing 3 earned runs on 8 hits, walking 2 and striking out a season high 9. He threw 109 pitches on the night, 68 of them for strikes.

His 9 strikeouts are the most by any River Cat pitcher this season, passing lefty Braulio Lara. Lara struck out 8 against the Las Vegas 51s at Raley Field on April 15.

Trailing 3-1 in the seventh, the River Cats pulled even with the Rainiers. Carlos Triunfel followed Juan Ciriaco’s leadoff single with an RBI triple to cut the deficit to one. Triunfel scored to tie the game two batters later when Kevin Frandsen grounded into a double play. Triunfel reached base three times on the night, going 3-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and a run.

The Rainiers countered immediately, retaking the lead with two runs in the eighth on an RBI-single from Leon Landry and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Patrick Kivlehan. Kivlehan was 1-for-3 on the night and was responsible for knocking in two of Tacoma’s runs. They added one more in the ninth on a Michael Broadway wild pitch.

Tacoma’s Forrest Snow was also strong on the mound, not allowing a base hit until the third inning. He pitched 5 innings, allowing just 1 earned run on 5 hits while walking 1 and striking out 4. The win went to Danny Farquhar (1-0, 6.75), his first of the season, and Mayckol Guaipe recorded his fourth save. Sacramento’s Erik Cordier (0-1, 2.70) took the loss.

The loss drops Sacramento into a tie with Tacoma for second place in the Northern Division. The Fresno Grizzlies still sit atop the division and possess a 6.5 game lead over both the River Cats and Rainiers.

Following tomorrow’s league-wide off day, the River Cats will head to El Paso for a four-game road trip. The trip will be Sacramento’s second to Southwest University Park this season and they’ll look to exact some revenge for the four-game sweep they suffered at the hands of the Chihuahuas in April. The River Cats will open with right-hander Jake Peavy (0-1, 8.00) on Thursday. Opposing him will be the Chihuahuas’ lefty Robbie Erlin (5-4, 5.49). First pitch Thursday is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

River Cats’ Win Streak Comes to an End with a Matinee Match; Pitching Staff Comes Up Short in 8-1 Loss

All Photos by Shawn Jonas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The River Cats struggled to find their footing in Sunday’s matinee game against the Tacoma Rainiers, falling 8-1. A lack of hits and spotty pitching were contributing factors in Sacramento’s first loss after five straight wins.

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Ehire Adrianza got the game started with a leadoff home run to immediately put the River Cats ahead 1-0. Tacoma responded quickly with a two-run homer from Patrick Kivlehan to take the lead in the second inning. Three walks and a throwing error allowed the Rainiers to add to their lead with a five-run third inning.

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Tacoma did not slow down, adding another run in the fourth inning off a wild pitch by Jake Dunning. The River Cats were unable to produce a comeback as the Rainiers’ bullpen limited them to just one hit over the final three innings. Sacramento’s three-hit total came from Adrianza’s homer, a bloop double from Kevin Frandsen in the third, and a Ryan Lollis single in the eighth.

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Nik Turley made his third appearance this season, but pitched just 2+ innings in a rough start. He allowed 7 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks with 2 strikeouts. He threw to 5 batters in the third before being replaced by Dunning. Braulio Lara’s 2 inning-outing against El Paso just barely edges out Turley’s time on the mound today for the least amount of innings pitched by a River Cats starter this season.

Dunning’s stint on the mound didn’t improve matters, as he allowed a run on 2 hits and 3 walks with 2 strikeouts. However, the bullpen seemed to get back on track when Brett Bochy took over in the fifth inning. Bochy, Hall, and Rapada finished up the game with a combined 4.1 innings, allowing no runs on 1 hit and 1 walk with 2 strikeouts.

After starting the season 6-0 in day games, the River Cats are now 8-9 after today’s loss. They have 11 day games remaining this season.

The River Cats continue their series with the Tacoma Rainiers tomorrow with game three set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Sacramento will send LHP Ty Blach (5-5, 3.63) to counter the Rainiers’ RHP Sam Gaviglio (5-4, 4.31). Blach’s most recent outing was the longest by a River Cats pitcher this season after tossing 8 solid innings. He struck out a season-high seven batters and walked none in that game. Blach’s BB/9 improved to 0.91 with only 7 walks in his 69.1 innings pitched.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

San Jose SaberCats Ground Spokane Shock 55-26;11th Straight Win, Remain Undefeated

All photos by Shawn Jonas

SAN JOSE, Calif.– The San Jose SaberCats (11-0) remain unbeaten, as they defeated visiting Pacific Division foe, the Spokane Shock (3-7), 55-26 on Friday night.

“The game tonight was a hard fought game,” said Owner and Head Coach Darren Arbet. “They hung in there, continued to grind and got it done.”

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The SaberCats got off to a quick start, taking two plays to score with quarterback Erik Meyer running into the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown to give San Jose an early 7-0 lead. Meyer completed 27-of-39 passes for 260 yards and five touchdowns, while adding two more scores on the ground. With great field position set up by a 39-yard kickoff return from Anthony Amos, the Shock capped its opening drive off with a quarterback run of its own, as Warren Smith snuck in for the 1-yard touchdown. Meyer completed 27-of-39 passes for 260 yards and five touchdowns, while adding two more scores on the ground.

“If the coverage tightens up a little bit, (Erik) is able to move around and then we go through the scrambling drill,” said receiver Reggie Gray. “It goes back to pop warner, once the quarterback is moving around; forget what is going on, just get open.”

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Striking again, San Jose answered with a 13-yard pass from Meyer to Gray, as the SaberCats held a 14-6 edge in the first quarter. Gray, the AFL Week 9 Most Valuable Player, finished with 10 receptions for 122 yards and two touchdowns to lead the SaberCats.

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Late in the first half, Jeremy Kelley hauled in a 7-yard touchdown reception from Meyer, the first of his AFL career, giving San Jose a 28-13 advantage. Kelley added a 4-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, finishing with three receptions for 17 yards and two touchdowns.

Driving down to the seven yard line, Spokane had an opportunity to score on the last play of the first half, but Ken Fontenette broke up a pass from Smith and the 28-13 mark would stand at halftime. Fontenette, the AFL Week 10 MVP, led all defenders with 15 tackles and is currently leading the AFL in total tackles.

“(Ken) is smart, he’s competitive every day and every down,” said Arbet. “He is just a competitive guy and it carries over to the football field and he’s playing really well right now.”

Spokane was without its leading pass rusher, James Ruffin, on its defensive front; however, it was the secondary for the Shock that was able to play great coverage on the SaberCats’ receivers.
Still, the resilient SaberCats leaned on their ferocious defense to hold an advantage throughout the game. Relying on its depth, San Jose at one point even used receiver Darius Reynolds at the linebacker spot for a brief stint.

“The defense played well,” said Arbet. “We played a lot of different guys on defense and when they got in there, they stepped up and did what they had to do.”

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Leading the way for the Shock was receiver Anthony Amos, who hauled in a 24-yard touchdown pass from Smith in the second quarter, finishing with a team-high 11 receptions for 121 yards and the score. In his second start against the SaberCats’ top-ranked defense, Smith completed 23-of-41 passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns through the air (one on the ground).

Falling over the boards in the corner of the end zone, Spokane receiver Nick Truesdell used his entire six-foot-seven-inch frame to haul in a 4-yard touchdown reception, as Spokane minimized the San Jose lead to 35-20 with 13:41 remaining in the fourth quarter. Coming off a four touchdown performance against the Arizona Rattlers last week, Truesdell was limited against San Jose’s prolific secondary, grabbing just five receptions for 32 yards and one touchdown.

“Anytime you can hold a team under 40 points in arena football, it’s almost unheard of,” said Fontenette. “For us to continue to do that really shows where we are going.”

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The SaberCats answered, with an 18-yard pass from Meyer to Gray, setting up Odie Armstrong for a 2-yard touchdown run, as San Jose pulled ahead 42-20. After trading touchdowns, the Shock held possession, trailing 49-26 with four minutes remaining, but the drive was halted when Mike Williams intercepted a Smith pass in the end zone, ultimately sealing the victory for the SaberCats.

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Mike Williams started in the box, then at defensive back and at the end, he got an interception to close the game out,” said Arbet.

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For San Jose, its next game will be at home in the SAP Center, against the Los Angeles Kiss on Saturday, June 13th at 7:30PM PDT.

Offensive Player of the Game: WR Reggie Gray
Defensive Player of the Game: DB Ken Fontenette
J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Game: WR Reggie Gray
Cutters Catch of the Game: SPO WR Jabin Sambrano 4th QT TD
Highlight of the Game: FB Odie Armstrong catch and hurdle defender.

Game Recap Courtesy of the San Jose SaberCats

Sacramento Republic FC Signs Third Year NASL Veteran Midfielder Danny Barrera

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC has agreed to a contract with midfielder Danny Barrera. The midfielder is expected to play on Saturday against the Austin Aztex.

Barrera joins Republic FC after spending the last three years in the North American Soccer League (NASL). Barrera appeared in over 50 matches for the Atlanta Silverbacks, San Antonio Scorpions and Carolina Railhawks, scoring seven goals. Barrera appeared in 66 matches for UC Santa Barbara from 2008-2010, scoring 10 goals and recording 22 assists. He and Republic FC defender James Kiffe were teammates for the Gauchos in the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Barrera also appeared in 45 matches for the Ventura County Fusion, scoring 13 goals.

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Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-7
Weight: 150
Born: 1/8/1990
Birthplace: Bogotá, Colombia

Player Signing Courtesy of Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

 

Trevor Brown’s 3-Run Double and Jake Peavy’s Strong Start Leads to Sacramento River Cats 5th Straight Win with a 4-2 Victory

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats won their fifth straight game Saturday night as they topped the Tacoma Rainiers 4-2. Two time World Champion and former National League Cy Young award winner Jake Peavy made his second rehab appearance with the River Cats, pitching a strong outing that was backed by a big four-run sixth inning.

Peavy (0-1, 8.00) started out dealing, retiring 9 of the first 10 while facing the minimum through three innings. He ended his night pitching 4.1 innings, allowing 2 runs (both earned) on 4 hits while throwing 69 pitches. He walked only 1, and struck out 5, the most in any of his rehab starts. The start was his third rehab start, and second with Sacramento.

Tacoma got on the board first, as with 2 out in the fourth, Franklin Gutierrez hit a long home run to left-center to put the Rainiers up 2-0. Sacramento had a good chance to counter in the fifth when they loaded the bases with just 1 out, but Kevin Frandsen would ground into an inning ending double-play. The River Cats were hitless (0-for-3) with runners in scoring position through the first five innings.

In the sixth, the River Cats again loaded the bases, this time with nobody out. Trevor Brown nearly missed a grand slam, clearing the bases on a three-run double off the centerfield wall. He would later score in the inning on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Lollis. Brown finished the night 1-for-2 with a double, 3 RBI, and a hit by pitch.

Tacoma’s starting pitcher, right-hander Stephen Landazuri (0-3, 9.14) started out strong, holding Sacramento scoreless through the fifth inning. He finished the night pitching 6 innings, allowing 4 runs (all earned) on 4 hits. The Tacoma pitchers walked a total of 6 batters, setting a new season high for the River Cats offense.

Sacramento’s bullpen came in and shut the door in support of Peavy, pitching a combined 4.2 scoreless innings. Left-hander Jack Snodgrass (1-0, 0.00) made his River Cats debut and had a big impact as he earned his first career Triple-A win. He pitched 3.2 innings of relief, allowing 4 hits and striking out 5 while throwing 63 pitches. Eric Cordier pitched a scoreless ninth inning, earning his second save of the year.

The River Cats will look to for their sixth straight win tomorrow afternoon as they will send left-hander Nik Turley (1-1, 6.30) to the mound. Turley will be making just his third start of the year at the Triple-A level after spending almost 50 days on the Disabled List earlier in the season. Opposing him will be righty Danny Farquhar (0-0, 8.44) for Tacoma. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations