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Late Comeback Falls Short Sacramento River Cats Drop The Final Game In The Series To Memphis Redbirds 5-4

May 24, 2015 4:03 PM PT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats dropped their final game of the series to the Memphis Redbirds by a score of 5-4. Sacramento made a late comeback push, but came up short on Sunday afternoon as they suffered their first home sweep of 2015.

The River Cats were down 5-1 in the 8th when Juan Ciriaco led off the inning with a single. Juan Perez reached on a Redbirds error before Brett Jackson hit his third home run of the season out to the grassy berm in right field, cutting the Memphis lead to one. The River Cats had two more hits in the inning, both singles from Darren Ford and Adam Duvall, but were unable to score again.


Duvall extended his hitting streak to eight games with his 8th inning single. His longest hitting streak this season is 11 games, spanning from 4/11 to 4/21. The River Cats as a team have had four players with a hit-streak of eight games or more.

Memphis got on the board first for the third game in a row, jumping out ahead to a 4-0 lead in the 2nd. The Redbirds strung together a number of bloop base hits and drew two walks in the inning. They added another in the 5th on an RBI-double from Xavier Scruggs.

Sacramento’s offense got off to a slow start, scoring their first run in the 7th on a Carlos Triunfel sacrifice fly. Jackson’s three-run homer in the 8th kept the River Cats in the game, but on its own wasn’t enough for Sacramento.


Left-hander Ty Blach started for Sacramento, pitching six innings and allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits and 3 walks with 5 strikeouts. Blach wasn’t his usual self on the mound, walking three and hitting his first batter of the season. With the loss, he falls to 4-4 with a 4.07 ERA. Zach Petrick picked up his third win for the Redbirds, while Tyler Waldron recorded his first save of the season.


Tomorrow’s game will bring longtime River Cats affiliate Oakland back to Sacramento for the first time with their new Triple-A affiliate, the Nashville Sounds. Sacramento will send Clayton Blackburn (1-2, 5.51) to the mound in tomorrow’s series opener. The Sounds will counter with lefty Sean Nolin (0-0, 1.04). First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. PT.

The Sacramento River Cats are the Triple-A affiliate of the 2014 World Champion San Francisco Giants. The team plays at Raley Field in West Sacramento, consistently voted one of the top ballparks in America. River Cats Season Tickets, Mini-Plans, and Flex Plans can be purchased for the 2015 season by calling the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487). For more information about the River Cats, visit

Sacramento Republic FC’s Offense Explodes Beat Chula Vista FC 7-3; Advance To Fourth-Round Of US Open Cup

Sacramento, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC explode for seven goals, including a hat-trick from Adnan Gabeljic, as they beat Chula Vista FC 7-3 and advance to the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup.

Republic FC started the scoring early in the match, scoring first in the 9th minute. Midfielder Max Alvarez took advantage of a free kick just outside the box and sent in a left-footed, in-swinging cross. Octavio Guzman beat his man to the spot, went airborne and finished the play with a powerful header into the back of the net past a diving Chula Vista FC keeper Sebastian Ortiz.

Chula Vista FC pulled even after a foul was called on Republic FC in the penalty box. Midfielder Francis Ramirez stepped up to the spot and struck the ball to Jakubek’s right, as the keeper dove to his left. The goal pulled the teams even at 1-1 in the 40th minute.

Republic FC would answer quickly after the penalty kick with a goal in the 43rd minute. Forward Adnan Gabeljic dispossessed a Chula Vista FC defender and took two touches towards goal. Gabeljic then sent a laser of a left-footed shot into the low corner of the net to Ortiz’s left. The 2-1 Republic FC advantage would hold until halftime.

Republic FC forward Thomas Stewart would add a third goal for the home side in the 53rd minute. Stewart controlled a Matthias Bonvehi pass just outside the box and sent a left-footed strike on net. The shot took a slight deflection off of a diving Cula Vista FC defender, but still had enough pace to beat Ortiz for the goal. The goal was Stewart’s fourth in the 2015 U.S. Open Cup, currently leading the competition.

Gabeljic scored his second goal in the 59th minute after some beautiful build up play from Rodrigo Lopez and Stewart. Lopez sent a through ball into the box for Stewart who held up his man and one-touched the ball back to a charging Lopez. The midfielder was taken down but the ball found Gabeljic who controlled the box and sent a right-footed curling shot into the upper right corner of the net to put Republic FC up 4-1.

Republic FC midfielder Zev Taublieb tallied in the 73rd minute off of a Lopez rebound opportunity. On the ensuing kickoff, Chula Vista FC Alberto Diaz sent a deep through ball that second half-substitute Joey Estrada ran onto. Jakubek came off his line but could not get there in time as Estrada lifted the ball over him and it rolled into the back of the net. Forward Mario Rubio would beat Jakubek in the 80th minute as well to push the scoreline to 5-3 in favor of Republic FC.

Lopez got into the scoring act in the 85th minute sending a Gabe Gissie cross into the back of the net. In the 89th minute, Gabeljic finished off his hat-trick as he received a Gissie pass in the middle of the box and sent a bullet shot past Ortiz making the score 7-3.

“It’s good to get back out there and get another 90 minutes under my belt,” said Stewart after the match. “It’s just about winning games. I’m happy to have contributed.”

Republic FC will face the San Jose Earthquakes in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday, June 16 at Avaya Stadium. Details on tickets for Republic FC designated seating at the fourth round match will be announced soon.


Match recap Courtesy of Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC To Host Mexican Liga MX’s Atlas FC On July 8th At Bonney Field

SACRAMENTO, Calif. –Sacramento Republic FC will host Mexican Liga MX’s Atlas FC on July 8, 2015 in a friendly match at Bonney Field. Kickoff is currently scheduled for 8:00 p.m.

This marks the second time that Republic FC and Atlas FC will meet in a friendly match with the two clubs playing on July 6, 2014. Atlas FC won the match 2-1 on goals from Sergio Ponce Villegas and Luis Nery Caballero. Republic FC midfielder Max Alvarez scored a goal in the 40th minute in the loss.

Atlas FC was founded on August 15, 1916 by a group of young men with the objective of bringing professional soccer to Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Atlas FC won the 1951 Mexican League, four Mexico Cup titles and operates one of the most important soccer academies in Mexico for the development of young talent. Atlas FC plays at the 60,000-seat Jalisco Stadium that has hosted matches in both the 1970 and 1986 FIFA World Cups. Brazil’s semi-final and quarterfinal victories in 1970 World Cup were played in Jalisco Stadium. In 2013, Grupo Salinas acquired the club. Atlas FC is currently a member of Liga MX, the first division of the Mexican football league system.

This friendlyis included in the Republic FC season ticket package. Details will be distributed to Season Ticket Holders on which special match ticket to use. Single match tickets will go on-sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 9 via

This will be the first in a series of midseason friendlies at Bonney Field. Future friendlies will be announced. For a full schedule and additional details visit


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.


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.


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.


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.





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.


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.



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.


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


Nashville Sounds’ Barry Zito Shuts Down River Cats At Raley Field; Sacramento Falls 3-0

All Photos By Shawn Jonas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Yesterday, the Sacramento River Cats and their fans welcomed veteran left-hander Barry Zito back to Raley Field, his first visit since pitching here in 2000. Tonight, the River Cats were stumped as he took the mound, falling 3-0 and getting shut out by the Nashville Sounds for the second game in a row.


Zito (2-4, 4.72) successfully kept the River Cats’ hitters off balance through the first six innings. He held Sacramento scoreless while allowing just 3 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 5 and picked up his second win of the season.

Robert Coello (5-3, 3.45) took the mound for Sacramento and struggled early, walking 4 in the first two innings. Despite not having command of all of his pitches, Coello battled all night and only gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and 6 walks with 5 strikeouts. He threw 102 pitches – 57 for strikes – through 5 innings in the loss.

The Sounds took advantage of the free baserunners, especially in the second. Nashville drew back-to-back walks to open the inning and, after the runners moved up on a groundout, Anothony Aliotti singled both runners home. That would be all Coello would allow, however, as he held the Sounds scoreless after that. For Nashville, Aliotti ended his night 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs. The Sounds scored their third run on a Ryan Roberts sacrifice fly in the seventh.

The River Cats struggled to generate any kind of threat, putting just five runners in scoring position in the game. Juan Perez hit a double in the fourth on some smart and aggressive base running. With a creative slide and a hop, he evaded the tag and landed safely on second. The River Cats put another runner in scoring position in the eighth with back-to-back singles by Casey McGehee and Ehire Adrianza. McGehee was 1-for-4 in his River Cats debut and made an excellent leaping play at third base to snag a line drive.

Sacramento started to put something together in the bottom of the ninth on a Jarrett Parker double and a John Bowker walk, but both runners were still standing on the bases when the last out was made. Sounds reliever R.J. Alvarez picked up his first save of the season.


San Francisco’s right-hander Jake Peavy (0-2, 9.39) will make his second rehab start tomorrow night for Sacramento. The Cy Young winner and World Series Champ is returning from a back injury and pitched last week for Class-A Advanced San Jose, throwing three scoreless innings. Taking the mound opposite of Peavy will be Nashville’s Zach Neal (2-0, 1.69). Tomorrow night is also the River Cats’ Pitch Perfect 2 and SacramenTONES specialty jerseys night. The game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off during the game to benefit the River Cats Foundation. First pitch is set for tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of Sacramento River Cats

San Jose SaberCats (9-0) vs. Portland Thunder (3-5) Game Preview 5/30 3:00 PM Pacific Time

San Jose, Calif.- The San Jose SaberCats (9-0, 2-0) will travel to take on the Portland Thunder (3-5, 1-1) at the Moda Center on Saturday, May 30th.

In a rematch from week five, where the SaberCats defeated the Thunder 64-45 at home, the Pacific Division rivals will meet for the second of three regular season games. The SaberCats are reeling, after a 70-58 comeback victory over the Cleveland Gladiators last week, to remain unbeaten. On the contrary, Portland has lost three of its last four games, including a 69-43 defeat at the hands of the Orlando Predators last week, after starting the season 2-1.


After missing two games, SaberCats’ quarterback Erik Meyer returned to the starting lineup and put on a gem against the Gladiators. Meyer completed 71.4-percent of his passes for 406 yards and set a season-high with nine touchdowns, leading San Jose to a second half comeback win. Meyer has been stellar in his first season with San Jose and despite missing two games; he is still ranked in the top five statistically among quarterbacks in the league. Meyer has been aided by some of the best receivers, who have propelled the SaberCats to the top of the league in scoring (61.2 points per game).


Reggie Gray, the team’s leading receiver is coming off of a season-high performance in the win last week, over the Gladiators. “Big Play” had 14 receptions for 201 yards and five touchdowns to lead all receivers in the game. This season Gray has 767 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns, while also making a tremendous impact on special teams with three kick returns for a touchdown. Meanwhile, Adron Tennell has also been a focal point for the offense. With his already established rapport with Meyer from their years as teammates with the Spokane Shock, Tennell has 15 touchdowns in eight games, including five in the past two weeks.


Portland’s defense is led by the young defensive back duo of Okechu Okoroha and Osagie Odiase is ranked first and second on the team in total tackles. Odiase, a rookie out of Sacramento State, has 39.0 tackles as well as 10 pass breakups and two fumble recoveries. Alongside him, Okoroha has also recovered two fumbles and has 29.0 total tackles. The secondary of Portland will have its hands full with the full array of talent San Jose has at receiver.


Ranking first in the league in almost every defensive category, the SaberCats stout defense is led by defensive back Ken Fontenette. Fontenette leads the AFL with seven interceptions, including three against the Spokane Sock in week eight. He is also tied with teammate David Hyland with 63.5 total tackles to lead the league. As a unit, the four man rotation of the San Jose defensive line, along with linebacker Francis Maka, has totaled 25 sacks to lead the AFL. Luis Vasquez, Jason Stewart, Donte Paige-Moss and Rodney Fritz all have four or more sacks, while Maka is second in the AFL with six. The defensive unit for the SaberCats has been a menace for opposing offensive lines and their ability to get pressure on the quarterback has allowed the secondary to capitalize on turnovers. Working as a cohesive unit, the SaberCats defense will look to remain the best in the league under the guidance of defensive coordinator Cedric Walker.

Portland’s leading receiver V’Keon Lacey has had six touchdowns over the past two weeks and 13 total on the season. With Jamar Howard out, Jared Perry and Duane Brooks have stepped up in the other receiving roles for the Thunder. Perry, the 2011 AFL Rookie of the Year, has totaled 322 yards and seven touchdowns in four games this season. Meanwhile, Brooks is coming off a his best performance of the season last week against the Orlando Predators, where he led the Thunder with 12 receptions for 101 yards and two touchdowns. Similar to the matchup against the Cleveland Gladiators last week, the SaberCats will have a trio of receivers to keep tabs on in the secondary.

Portland quarterback Kyle Rowley has had some high and low spots this season; while Darron Thomas, the former Oregon Duck, has started the past couple of weeks. Thomas went out with an injury in last week’s game against Orlando and it is still uncertain who will start under center for Portland. Regardless of who is taking the snaps, they will be tasked with facing the league’s top ranked defensive unit.

This Pacific Division game will also feature two of the top head coaches as well. SaberCats Head Coach Darren Arbet is ranked second all-time in regular season wins (161), while Thunder Head Coach Mike Hohensee ranks third (156).

The SaberCats are 4-0 all-time in games against the Thunder and with a win Saturday; they could pull ahead by 6.5 games in the Pacific Division.

The game can be found on ESPN3 or by radio on 1220AM KDOW with David Lewis and Ben Nelson on the call.


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)

After Trailing By 14 San Jose SaberCats Pounce On Cleveland Gladiators Win 70-58; Lead AFL Remain Undefeated 9-0

May 24, 2015 12:48 AM PT

San Jose, Calif. – The San Jose SaberCats (9-0) roared back in the second half, to defeat the Cleveland Gladiators (5-4) 70-58, at the SAP Center on Saturday Night, in front of 7,474 fans.

In a matchup between two of the top teams in their respective conferences, the SaberCats and Gladiators traded blows back-and-forth, in a tale of two half’s.


Photo of Amari Jackson by Shawn Jonas

The Gladiators got on the board first, when Shane Austin found Amari Jackson running deep down field, hauling in a 46-yard touchdown reception. On the ensuing drive, Tim Cheatwood sacked and stripped SaberCats’ quarterback Erik Meyer, recovering the fumble deep in San Jose territory. Austin found Colin Taylor in the back of the end zone for a seven yard touchdown as the SaberCats faced their largest deficit of the season, at 14-0.


 Photo of Erik Meyer by Shawn Jonas

“In the first quarter it was a little bit of nerves, I was anxious and had to shake off some rust,” said Meyer. “It took about a quarter for me to settle down.”


Photo of Odie Armstrong by  Shawn Jonas




Photos of Adron Tennell’s touchdowns by Shawn Jonas

Like any championship caliber team answering the call, San Jose scored on an Odie Armstrong 3-yard run and again with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Meyer to Adron Tennell, cutting the Gladiator lead 21-14 to end the first quarter. Tennell hauled in six receptions for 87 yards and two touchdowns.


Photo of Reggie Gray by Shawn Jonas

Cleveland and San Jose traded scored in the second quarter, with San Jose getting two touchdowns from Reggie Gray (9 and 22-yards), while Jackson (6-yards) and Taylor (4-yards) scored for Cleveland. Gray was able to make key plays down the stretch and led the SaberCats in receiving once again, finishing with 14 receptions for 201 yards and five touchdowns.

“Reggie’s been doing it all year, he comes up with big catches and makes things happen,” said Owner and Head Coach Darren Arbet.


Diondre Borel photo by Shawn Jonas

Trailing 52-42 at halftime for the first time this season, San Jose received the second half kickoff, taking two plays to score on a 17-yard touchdown reception by Diondre Borel, the first of his AFL career, as the SaberCats cut the Gladiator lead, 52-49. Borel finished with eight receptions, 79 yards and one touchdown.

The receiving duo of Jackson and Taylor erupted, scoring all seven of Cleveland’s touchdowns in the first half. Taylor led the Gladiators with 11 receptions for 152 yards and four touchdowns, while Jackson had three receptions for 61 yards and three touchdowns.


Rich Ranglin Touchdown. Photo by Shawn Jonas

In his return to the lineup after missing the past two weeks, Meyer completed 30-of-42 passes for 406 yards and a season-high nine touchdowns. Meyer completed touchdown passes to four different receivers, including a 15-yard pass to offensive lineman Rich Raglin, which gave San Jose its first lead at 56-52 in the third quarter.

“Erik’s a great quarterback and he’s going to go down as one of the best,” said Arbet. “He’s been an MVP in this league and having him back and healthy is a big plus for this team.”

After forcing a Cleveland turnover on downs on their own seven yard line, San Jose drove the length of the field, with Reggie Gray scoring on a 14-yard touchdown catch and run to give the SaberCats its biggest lead, 63-52.


Ken Fontenette breaks up a pass. Photo by Shawn Jonas

The SaberCats defense came through once again, as last week’s AFL Defensive Player of the Week Ken Fontenette intercepted Austin’s pass in the end zone late in the fourth quarter, his seventh on the season to lead the AFL.




SaberCats pass rush helped change the momentum. Photo By Shawn Jonas

San Jose successfully mounted a comeback with their ferocious defense holding Cleveland to six points in the second half, on a Taylor 1-yard run with four seconds left in the game.


Reggie Gray reception in the first quarter. Photo by Shawn Jonas

“At halftime we said we are going to come out and score and the defense would get a stop and we did exactly that,” said Gray. “Cleveland is a tough team, but we just took it to them when we needed to.”

The SaberCats will head to Portland to take on Pacific Division Rival Portland Thunder, in a rematch of a week five, 64-45 San Jose victory.

Offensive Player of the Game: SJ QB Erik Meyer
Defensive Player of the Game: SJ DB Ken Fontenette
J Lewis Small Playmaker: SJ WR Reggie Gray
Cutters Catch of the Game: SJ WR Reggie Gray 14-yard TD 4th Qtr
Highlight of the Game: SJ DB Ken Fontenette interception 4th Qtr




All photos by Shawn Jonas

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Sacramento Republic FC Fall 2-1 To Oklahoma City Energy FC

May 23, 2015 11:14 PM PT

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – With numerous weather delays caused by lightning, Oklahoma City Energy FC defeated Sacramento Republic FC 2-1 Saturday night at Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla. with goals by Sebastian Dalgaard and Danni König,

Sacramento (6-5-0, 18pts) was forced to play much of the game down to 10 men, as Rodrigo Lopez was sent off in the 11th minute after a play near the box.

Oklahoma City Energy FC (3-2-3, 12 pts) capitalized on its man-advantage in the 20th minute as Sebastian Dalgaard gave Energy FC a 1-0 lead. Dalgaard fielded a cross in front of the goal by Casey Townsend and knocked it past Sacramento keeper Patrick McLain, for his second goal of the season. Danni König added a second OKC goal in the 35th minute, giving Energy FC a 2-0 lead at the half.

Sacramento battled back in the second half despite being down to 10 men, and in the 61st minute Adnan Gabeljic cut the deficit in half. In heavy rain, both sides pushed forward in the final half-hour, but Energy FC held on for its third win of the season in the USL, and moved within a point of the top six positions in the Western Conference standings.

Republic FC returns to Bonney Field when they take on Chula Vista FC in their second Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match on Wednesday, May 27. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. The match is included in season ticket packages. Single match tickets can be purchased at

Sacramento Republic FC 1:2 Oklahoma City Energy FC
USL Match
Taft Stadium – Oklamhoma City
May 23, 2015 – Attendance: n/a

Scoring Summary: OKC – Sebastian Dalgaard (Casey Townsend) 20, Danni König (Casey Townsend) 35; Adnan Gabeljic (Emrah Klimenta) 62

Misconduct Summary: OKC – Sebastian Dalgaard (caution) 60, Peabo Doue (caution) 66, Peabo Doue (caution/ejection) 80; SRFC – Rodrigo Lopez (ejection) 9, Cameron Iwasa (caution) 44, Derek Foran (caution) 45, Nemanja Vuković (caution) 45.

Oklahoma City Energy FC – Evan Newton; Michael Thomas, Jacob Vancompernolle, Coady Andrews, Peabo Odue; Greg Mulamba, Gareth Evans, Chuy Sanchez (Kyle Greig 59); Casey Townsend (Michael Harris 39), Danni Konig, Sebastian Dalgaard (Cyprian Hedrick 90).

Subs Not Used: Ray Clark, Peter Toth, Omar Daley, Bryan Byars.

Stats: Shots: 11, Shots on Goal: 3, Saves: 3, Fouls: 15, Corner Kicks: 2, Offside: 2.

Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Nemanja Vuković, James Kiffe (Derek Foran 23, Zev Taublieb 77); Joaquin Rivas (Adnan Gabeljic 54), Ivan Mirković, Gilberto (Cameron Iwasa 34), Rodrigo Lopez; David Estrada, Justin Braun.

Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek, Max Alvarez, Gabe Gissie

Stats: Shots: 9, Shots on Goal: 4, Saves: 1, Fouls: 6, Corner Kicks: 9, Offside: 4.

Sacramento River Cats Ninth Inning Rally Falls Short Lose To Memphis Redbirds 6-4

May 23, 2015 10:48 PM PT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A ninth-inning rally fell short for Sacramento in their 6-4 loss to the Memphis Redbirds on Saturday night. The River Cats outhit the Redbirds 12 to 7 on the night, three of which belonged to shortstop Ehire Adrianza, who also extended his hit streak to nine games.

Memphis jumped ahead early for the second night in a row, taking a 1-0 lead on shortstop Greg Gacria’s RBI-single. River Cats starter Austin Fleet settled in nicely after the first inning, retiring 10 in a row from the second into the fifth. Memphis however, finally got to the right-hander with three singles and a walk, scoring twice. Fleet was replaced by reliever Curtis Partch, who helped the Redbirds extend their lead by walking in a run before getting out of the inning. Memphis led 4-0 through four and a half innings.

The River Cats countered in their half of the inning, stringing together four two-out singles and scoring four runs of their own to even the score at four. Adam Duvall, Juan Perez, Jarrett Parker, and Trevor Brown all collected an RBI in the inning.

Ehire Adrianza also singled in the inning, his third of the night, before scoring on Perez’s base hit to deep shortstop. With the three hits, Adrianza extended his season-long hitting streak to nine games. Over his last nine games, Adrianza is hitting .474 (18-38) with 7 runs scored.

Memphis took the lead again for good in the seventh, scoring twice on a walk, two singles, and a River Cats error. With two on, Garcia singled to right fielder Juan Perez. Charging aggressively, Perez overran the ball, allowing a second run to score on the play. Sacramento made a late-game push, loading the bases in the bottom of the ninth, but were unable to come through with game-changing hit. Catcher Trevor Brown hit a hard groundball to second base to end the game.

Fleet took the loss for Sacramento. He threw 4.2 innings, allowing 4 runs (all earned) on 4 hits and 3 walks. He struck out 3. Keith Butler (2-2) picked up the win for Memphis, his second of the season, as Sam Tuivailala recorded his fifth save.

Tonight’s game also featured the first automatic strike three call the River Cats have seen since the implementation of pace of game regulations in Minor League baseball. With a runner on first, Carlos Triunfel was determined to have taken too long to get into the batter’s box and was penalized with an automatic strike by home plate umpire Spencer Flynn. The strike was the third of the at bat and Triunfel was called out.

The loss moves the River Cats under .500 for the first time since April 25, when they were 8-9, but the team is 5-1 in home day games and will look to add to that record in tomorrow’s contest. Sacramento will take the field behind their lefty Ty Blach (4-3, 3.83). Memphis will counter with their first right-hander of the series, Zach Petrick (2-3, 4.54). Tomorrow’s first pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.
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