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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)

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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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 www.rivercats.com<http://sacramento.rivercats.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t105>. For information on other events at Raley Field, visit www.raleyfield.com<http://www.raleyfield.com/>.

The Sacramento River Cats Unravel Lose Late 8-6 To Memphis Redbirds

May 22, 2015 11:42 PM PT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A close game started to unravel for the Sacramento River Cats in the late innings as their normally dominant bullpen struggled in Friday night’s 8-6 loss to the Memphis Redbirds. The offense received numerous contributions from throughout the lineup, but the Redbirds’ three-run ninth proved too much for the River Cats to overcome.

The River Cats battled and managed to take a 5-4 lead into the eighth inning in what had been a back-and-forth affair with six lead changes in the first seven innings. The River Cats bullpen, however, struggled, as Juan Gutierrez and Cody Hall combined to allow 4 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks. It was the first time this season that the River Cats have lost when leading after seven innings. Prior to tonight, the team was 9-0 at home and 17-0 overall when taking a lead into the eighth inning.

Adam Duvall, Hector Sanchez, and starter Kevin Correia each hit a home run in the loss. Duvall’s was a colossal two-run shot to left and his 12th of the year. For Sanchez, it was his first Triple-A home run of the season. Overall, he was 2-for-5 with the solo home run and an RBI-single in his River Cats debut. For Correia, it was his first ever professional home run. The veteran pitcher had gone almost 400 at bats as a professional baseball player without leaving the yard before tonight’s homer.

It was a good night for the offense overall, as well, despite being unable to overcome the late Memphis rally. Eight of the nine starters picked up a hit while Duvall, Travis Ishikawa, and Sanchez picked up two apiece. Five different starters scored a run and four different starters recorded an RBI.

Correia and the River Cats fell behind early in a rough defensive first inning. Two errors in the top of the first allowed the Redbirds to jump out to a 1-0 lead, but Duvall countered almost immediately in the bottom of the first as he absolutely crushed a two-run home run to left field and put the River Cats ahead 2-1.

Sacramento added another in the third on an Ehire Adrianza RBI-single before Memphis tied things up in the fourth with two runs of their own. The teams then traded runs, with Sacramento scoring once in the fifth and seventh innings, taking the lead both times. Memphis refused to give in, countering with a run in the sixth and eighth innings to keep the game tied. The Redbirds’ three-run rally in the ninth proved to be the difference.

Kevin Correia (0-1, 4.40) took his fourth no decision in five starts, throwing 6 innings and allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits while walking 3 and striking out 4. Marcus Hatley (2-1, 1.57) picked up the win in relief for the Redbirds while Sacramento’s Cody Hall (1-1, 2.57) suffered his first loss of the season.

The River Cats will take the field tomorrow night behind their right-hander Austin Fleet (2-3, 6.59). Opposing him for the Redbirds will be southpaw John Gast (1-3, 4.63). It is Princess & Pirates night at the park tomorrow night, as well as a Sutter Health Fireworks night. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
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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 www.rivercats.com<http://sacramento.rivercats.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t105>. For information on other events at Raley Field, visit www.raleyfield.com<http://www.raleyfield.com/>.

Sacramento River Cats Lose Series Opener 4-2 To Memphis Redbirds

May 21, 2015 9:58 PM PT

SACRAMENTO, CA. – Playing in front of their home crowd for the first time in 10 days, the Sacramento River Cats homered in their seventh consecutive game as Coello cruised through the first five innings. The homer was Darren Ford’s third of the week, but it wasn’t enough as the River Cats dropped their series opener with the Memphis Redbirds 4-2.

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The River Cats’ offense got to work early, as with Ford on first and nobody out, Ehire Adrianza doubled down the left field line to push across the game’s first run. Then with nobody on and one out in the 3rd, Ford recorded his second hit of the night as he crushed a towering homer to left, putting his club up 2-0. The home run was Ford’s fourth on the season.

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Robert Coello started the night off hot, retiring the first six and eventually 14 of the first 16 batters he faced Thursday night. In the sixth, Memphis finally got to him, striking for three runs on 3 hits and 1 error, ending Coello’s night early. The River Cats turned one of the oddest doubles plays when right fielder Juan Perez lost the ball in the lights. Memphis’ over-aggressive base running put two men near third base and allowed the River Cats to turn the double play.

In the eighth inning, the River Cats had a chance to tie the game with two outs and runners on the corners. Adam Duvall hit a fly ball into the right center field gap, but Memphis’ right fielder Stephen Piscotty made a diving catch to end the inning. Sacramento went hitless with runners in scoring position, batting 0-for-5.

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Memphis added an insurance run in the ninth, as with two out and two on, Duvall recorded his second error of the night, allowing a run to score.

Coello (5-2, 3.44) pitched 5.2 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits while walking 2 and striking out 3. Even with the loss, Coello is still tied for the most wins in the Pacific Coast League. His counterpart, Tyler Lyons (3-1, 2.64), earned the win pitching a complete game allowing 2 runs (all earned) on 7 hits, striking out 12.

The River Cats bullpen limited the damage as Steven Okert, Hunter Strickland, and Cory Gearrin combined for 3.1 innings of relief, allowing just 1 run (unearned) on 2 hits, walking 2 and striking out 6.

The River Cats will look to even up the series tomorrow night behind right hander Kevin Correia (0-1, 4.38). Lefty Tim Cooney (3-2, 3.00) will take the mound for Memphis. The first 2,500 fans in attendance Friday will receive a free Giants World Series Championship T-Shirt. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and can be heard on ESPN 1320.
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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 www.rivercats.com<http://sacramento.rivercats.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t105>. For information on other events at Raley Field, visit www.raleyfield.com<http://www.raleyfield.com/>.

Giants Veteran Pitcher Jake Peavy Scheduled To Start For The Sacramento River Cats On Wednesday, May 27

May 21, 2015 5:56 PM PT

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA. – World Series Champion and Cy Young winner Jake Peavy is scheduled to start for the Sacramento River Cats this Wednesday, May 27, as a part of his Major League rehab assignment. The veteran right-hander will take the mound on the River Cats’ SacramenTONES specialty jersey night and face the Nashville Sounds in the return of the Oakland Athletics’ Triple-A affiliate to Raley Field.
Peavy is rehabbing a back strain that he suffered early in the season. He made just two starts for San Francisco before being placed on the 15-day DL on April 18.
The Giants acquired Peavy via a trade with the Boston Red Sox in July of the 2014 season. Before joining the Giants’ starting rotation, Peavy struggled with Boston, going 1-9 with a 4.72 ERA. Upon arriving in San Francisco, Peavy was lights out, posting a 2.17 ERA and going 6-4 in 12 starts. In August, he was 3-3 with a 2.40 ERA and played a pivotal role in the Giants’ push for the postseason.
Peavy’s scheduled start on Wednesday is also the River Cats’ SacramenTONES specialty jersey night, celebrating the release of Pitch Perfect 2 and Sacramento’s own Kelley Jakle, who stars in the movie. In addition, Monday, May 25, is the start of a four-game series with the Oakland A’s Triple-A affiliate, the Nashville Sounds. This is the first and only time this season that the Sounds will travel to Sacramento. Peavy’s start will also be the night after former Giants and River Cats star Barry Zito takes the mound for the Sounds.
Peavy’s rehab assignment begins tomorrow, Friday, May 22, in San Jose with the Class-A Advanced San Jose Giants as they host the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Los Angeles Dodgers).
First pitch for Wednesday’s game at Raley Field against the Nashville Sounds is set for 7:05 p.m. with gates at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are still available. For more information, please call 916.371.HITS (4487) or visit rivercats.com.
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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 www.rivercats.com

Perez Leads Offensive Explosion; River Cats Collect A 12-5 Victory Over Isotopes

May 5, 2015 8:40 PMPT

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The River Cats ran away with their second win of the series against the Albuquerque Isotopes, 12-5. In an offensive onslaught, five different River Cats collected multi-hit games, contributing to Sacramento’s 18-hit total. The run support was welcomed as Ty Blach worked through one tough inning to ultimately put together another phenomenal start.

The River Cats offense broke out for 12 runs and six extra base hits, highlighted by Juan Perez, who went 3-for-4 with five RBIs. Perez picked up his first home run as a River Cat in the 3rd, and added a second homer in the 8th. Carlos Triunfel (3-for-5, two RBIs) hit his first home run of the season, and added two doubles to contribute to the success of the River Cats. Travis Ishikawa had a good night of his own, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs.

Blach pitched seven innings, allowing five runs on nine hits and one walk with one strikeout. Despite a rocky 4th inning, Blach played brilliantly the rest of his seven innings, and he picked up his fourth win of the season. He threw 94 pitches, 63 for strikes, and induced 14 groundouts.

The River Cats jumped out to an early lead, going ahead 7-0 with runs in 1st, 3rd, and 4th innings. The 1st inning saw two of those runs, with Brett Jackson scoring on an Ishikawa single, and Ishikawa heading home himself on a ground-rule double from Trevor Brown.

The 3rd inning saw more action for the River Cats, with Adam Duvall hitting his second triple of the season, a single from Ishikawa, and home runs from both Perez and Triunfel. Ishikawa had his third RBI of the night in the 4th, sending Jackson home on a sacrifice fly.

The Isotopes started an early comeback in the bottom of the 4th, bringing 10 batters to the plate to collect seven hits and five runs. After a two-run homer by Ryan Casteel, a would-be inning-ending double play ball deflected off Blach’s glove dribbled into right field for an RBI single. The unfortunate break opened the door for three more Isotopes runs in the inning. After getting through the tough inning, Blach got right back to work, retiring the next seven batters in order.

The River Cats piled on late, with two runs in the 7th and three more in the 8th. Steven Okert and Cody Hall relieved Blach, throwing a perfect 8th and 9th to close out the game.

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The River Cats will look for their fourth series victory tomorrow, sending Clayton Blackburn (1-1, 1.64) to face Albuquerque’s Chris Rusin (3-2, 5.52). Clayton Blackburn’s last outing resulted in six shutout innings, as he struck out 6 on the way to his first win. First pitch is set for 11:05 a.m. PT. The River Cats will return to Raley Field for an eight-game homestand starting Thursday, May 21.

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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 www.rivercats.com. For information on other events at Raley Field, visit www.raleyfield.com.

Sacramento Republic FC Beat The LA Galaxy II On The Road 1-0

May 17, 2015 7:17 PM PT

Match Recap: Sacramento Republic FC 1, LA Galaxy II 0

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Photos Courtesy: LA Galaxy II

Sacramento Republic FC looked to gain an advantage early in the match pressuring the LA Galaxy II defense with an early opportunity at goal in the first minute. Republic FC forward Justin Braun broke down the left side of the field and sent a cross into the middle of the box where two Republic FC attackers were lurking but the ball missed both and was cleared.

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The match leveled out for the most of the first half with each side getting just one good look at goal. Los Dos saw their best opportunity in the 40th minute after a foul in the middle of the pitch. Galaxy II restarted play quickly and beat the Republic FC defense on the left side. Los Dos midfielder Ariel Lassiter cut the ball back multiple times at the top of the box before sending a low strike that beat Republic FC keeper Patrick McLain but struck the left post and was cleared by the defense.

Republic FC saw their chance come in the 45th minute when Braun again got free on the left side of the defense. Braun sent a strong low strike toward the near post but Los Dos keeper Clement Diop was up to the task, making the kick save and keeping the match scoreless at the half.

Republic FC came out attacking in the second half constantly going after the Los Dos back line. In the 65th minute, they would finally break through. Midfielder Ivan Mirković won a 50-50 ball in the middle of the pitch and then sent a pass to defender Emrah Klimenta who was streaking up the right side of the pitch. Klimenta then passed the ball back to Gilberto who sent in his cross to the back post and a waiting Rodrigo Lopez. Lopez settled the ball then sent a low finessed shot into the right side of the goal putting Republic FC ahead 1-0.

Los Dos put pressure for a late goal and got their best chance at an equalizer in the final four minutes of the match. McLain would make three big plays in that time including punching two crosses clear and coming up with the biggest save of the match. In the 90th minute, a strong cross was swung into the box where it found the head of Los Dos forward Jack McBean. McBean flicked the ball toward goal and over the head of McLain. McLain rushed quickly toward goal and made a great save pushing the sure goal over the crossbar and preserving the 1-0 win.

The goal by Lopez was his USL-leading seventh of the season and his seventh all-time against Los Dos. The Republic FC defense also recorded their second straight shutout and have not allowed a goal in 202 consecutive minutes, their second 200-plus minute shutout streak of the season. The match is also the USL-leading fourth shutout for McLain this season.

Republic FC will be back in action on Wednesday, May 20 when they take on the Sonoma County Sol in the U.S. Open Cup. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. PDT at Bonney Field. Tickets start at $13 on Ticketmaster.com.

LA Galaxy II 0:1 Sacramento Republic FC
USL Match
StubHub Center – Carson, CA
May 17, 2015 – Attendance: 689

Scoring Summary: SRFC – Rodrigo Lopez (Gilberto) 65.

Misconduct Summary: SRFC – Ivan Mirković (caution) 73; LA – Jason Bli (caution) 68, Jaime Villarreal (caution) 84.

Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Nemanja Vuković, James Kiffe; Max Alvarez (Octavio Guzman 45), Gilberto, Ivan Mirković, Rodrigo Lopez; Justin Braun, David Estrada

Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek, Derek Foran, Thomas Stewart, Adnan Gabeljic, Zev Taublieb, Joaquin Rivas.

Stats: Shots: 10, Shots on Goal: 4, Saves: 3, Corner Kicks: 4, Offside: 5.

LA Galaxy II – Clement Diop; Joe Franco, Daniel Steres, Dave Romney, Bradley Diallo (Jason Bli 61); Ariel Lassiter, Andre Auras (Adonis Amaya 77), Kenney Walker (Alejandro Covarrubias 45), Raul Mendiola (Jaime Villarreal 45); Kainoa Bailey (Edson Buddle 61), Jack McBean.

Subs Not Used: Nick Shackleford, Travis Bowen.

Stats: Shots: 7, Shots on Goal: 3, Saves: 3, Corner Kicks: 4, Offside: 1.

Sacramento River Cats Took Game Two Of The Series Beat Isotopes 5-2; Duval Hits 10th Homer Adds 3 RBI’s

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The Sacramento River Cats took game two of the series against the Albuquerque Isotopes Sunday afternoon, 5-2. Adam Duvall led the way for the offense as Austin Fleet picked up his second win and second quality start of the season.

Duvall went 3-for-5 with two singles and his first home run in nine days. With the 3 hits and 3 RBIs, Duvall notched his 13th multi-hit game and eighth multi-RBI game of the season, both of which lead the River Cats. Duvall’s homer was his 10th of the season, and he now has 32 RBIs. Ehire Adrianza also had a good day at the plate, reaching base four times as he went 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored.

Austin Fleet pitched 6 solid innings, finishing his day having allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks with 4 strikeouts. Both runs came on solo home runs, one by Kyle Parker and another by Matt McBride. He threw 87 pitches, 54 for strikes.

The River Cats got on the board first with three consecutive singles, starting with leadoff hitter Brett Jackson. Duvall’s single drove home Jackson for a 1-0 River Cats lead. Albuquerque tied it up in the 2nd with a home run, but the River Cats answered back in the 5th. After Adrianza walked, he advanced to third on a Duvall single before Jarrett Parker knocked him in with a single of his own.

Albuquerque evened the score with a home run from Matt McBride in the 6th, but Duvall’s two-run homer gave Sacramento the 4-2 lead. The River Cats added another run in the 8th when Darren Ford, pinch-hitting for pitcher Clay Rapada, tripled, sending John Bowker home.

The bullpen pitched 3 shutout innings, combining for 1 walk and 3 strikeouts. Cory Gearrin and Rapada tag-teamed the 7th inning, and Juan Gutierrez pitched the 8th. Hunter Strickland closed out the game, picking up his fifth save of the season. He is now 5-for-5 in save opportunities.

Game three of the series is set for tomorrow at 5:35 p.m. PT. The River Cats will start LHP Ty Blach (3-3, 3.40), while Albuquerque will counter with LHP Tyler Matzek (0-1, 63.00). Blach has pitched at least 6 innings in his last four starts and has a 1.82 ERA over that time. The game can be heard live online and on ESPN 1320 following the Rise Guys.

Courtesy Sacramento RiverCats Media Relations

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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 www.rivercats.com<http://sacramento.rivercats.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t105>. For information on other events at Raley Field, visit www.raleyfield.com<http://www.raleyfield.com/>.

 

Late Rally Not Enough As The Sacramento River Cats Lose 6-4 To The Albuquerque Isotopes In Series Opener

May 16, 2015 10:16 PM PT

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ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. – The Sacramento River Cats put up a late rally, but came up just short as they dropped game one of their four game set with the Albuquerque Isotopes 6-4. Kevin Correia had a strong outing, but his few mistakes on the evening were too much to overcome.

The River Cats got on the board first Saturday, as Brett Jackson led off the game with a double to right field. Two batters later Juan Perez drove him in with a single to left. The Isotopes countered quickly however, tying the game in the bottom half on an RBI groundout.

Correia started out strong, bringing a no hitter into the fourth. The Isotopes bats finally showed up in the inning, recording 3 runs on 4 hits, two of which went for extra bases. Correia would surrender another run in the 5th on a solo home run by Roger Bernadina, but that would be all Albuquerque would get on him before he settled down.

In the seventh inning, trailing 5-1, the River Cats began to rally and place themselves back in the game. With two out and a runner on second, Jackson doubled, driving in Trevor Brown. The next batter, Darren Ford, hit a two-run inside-the-park home run to trim the lead to just one.

The River Cats faced more danger in the eighth as Albuquerque put runners on first and second with nobody out, forcing Correia out of the game. Curtis Partch entered the game in relief and retired the first two batters he faced, but allowed one inherited runner to score via a throwing error from Carlos Triunfel.

Sacramento had other chances to trim the deficit. With two outs in the third, the River Cats had runners on the corners but Travis Ishikawa struck out to end the inning. In the ninth, early offense got runners on second and third with nobody out, but no one would score as the Isotopes retired the next three batters to end the game.

The top of the order played a key role in the Sacramento offense on Saturday, with the top two hitters Jackson and Ford combining to go 5-for-9 with 3 RBI. They also had 3 extra base hits, including Ford’s inside-the-park home run.

Correia (0-1, 4.38) settled down following the middle innings, retiring 9 of the last 12 men he faced. He finished the night pitching 7+ innings, allowing 6 runs (5 earned) on 7 hits, walking 2 and striking out 4. Correia entered the night looking for his first decision, having received a no decision in each of his first three starts. Left hander John Lannan (1-1, 4.70) earned the win pitching 7 innings, allowing 4 runs (1 earned) on 9 hits, striking out 2.

The River Cats will look to even the series tomorrow when it will be right hander Austin Fleet (2-3, 7.59) facing off against David Hale (0-2, 8.20) for the Isotopes. Fleet will be making his first career start against Albuquerque, as he was the lone Sacramento starter not to pitch against the ‘Topes earlier this month in Sacramento. First pitch is scheduled for 12:35 p.m. (PT).

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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 www.rivercats.com. For information on other events at Raley Field, visit www.raleyfield.com.

Sacramento Republic FC Win 3-2 AT Home Over The Seattle Sounders FC2

May 9, 2015 11:52 PM PT

Match Recap: Sacramento Republic FC 3, Seattle Sounders FC 2 0

Sacramento Republic FC use a three-goal onslaught and a man advantage to secure three points in home victory over Seattle Sounders FC 2.

Republic FC started the scoring early in the 19th minute when midfielder Rodrigo Lopez sent a right-footed free kick into the box from just inside the left touchline. Defender Nemanja Vuković was left wide-open at the 6 yard box and calmly flicked a header past S2 keeper Charlie Lyon and into the back of the net for an early 1-0 lead that would hold until halftime.

Tensions between the two sides grew hotter in the 26th minute when Mickey Daly was called for a foul after a push on S2 forward Andy Craven just outside the box. Both teams engaged in a shouting match with a few jersey grabs mixed in before the referee intervened and gave a yellow card to Daly and S2 midfielder Giuliano Frano. Frano would later receive a second yellow card and an ejection for a slide tackle in the 65th minute.

Both goalkeepers were tested in a frantic five-minute span starting with Patrick McLain in the 50th minute. Craven sent a ball down the wing to Darwin Jones who took a curling shot on goal that McLain made a diving save on. McLain was called into action again in the 52nd minute when he had to make another diving save, this time to his right. S2 keeper Lyon then made a diving save of his own on a Lopez shot in the 54th minute.

Republic FC would add a second goal in the 63rd minute after a strong build-up from defender James Kiffe and midfielder Gilberto, who then sent a low cross to Lopez just outside the box. Lopez quickly sent a give-and-go ball to Max Alvarez who one-touched it back to Lopez in behind the defense. Lopez took one touch toward goal and promptly slotted a left-footed shot past Lyon and into the side netting for a 2-0 lead.

The home side added a third goal with the man advantage in the form of second-half substitute Adnan Gabeljic. After a clearance from a Seattle defender deflected right to him, Gabeljic controlled the ball and sent a bullet left-footed shot through a defender and past Lyon for a decisive 3-0 score line, which would hold for the final score.

“I thought the guys fought really hard and we made it really tough on their guys,” Lopez said after the match. “We were able to find some gaps and we did our job on the field. We can’t just play well against the top teams, we have to do this against every team.”

Republic FC will travel to Carson, Calif. to take on LA Galaxy II on Sunday, May 17. Kickoff is 4:15 p.m. PDT. The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday.

Sacramento Republic FC 3:0 Seattle Sounders FC 2
USL Match
Bonney Field – Sacramento, CA
May 9, 2015 – Attendance: 11,242 (sellout)

Scoring Summary: SRFC – Nemanja Vuković (Rodrigo Lopez) 19, Rodrigo Lopez (Max Alvarez) 62, Adnan Gabeljic 78

Misconduct Summary: SRFC – Mickey Daly (caution) 26, SEA – Giuliano Frano (caution) 26, Damion Lowe (caution) 34, SRFC – Ivan Mirković (caution) 43, SEA – Duncan McCormick (caution) 58, SEA- Giuliano Frano (caution/ejection) 65

Seattle Sounders FC 2 – Charlie Lyon; Jimmy Ockford (Choong Sil Lim 72), Aaron Long, Damion Lowe, Nicholas Miele; Amadou Sanyang (Duncan McCormick 16), Giuliano Frano, Sam Garza (Victor Mansaray 78), Darwin Jones (Aaron Kovar 57), Pablo Rossi, Andy Craven

Subs Not Used: Saif Kerawala, Lorenzo Ramos, Qudus Lawal

Stats: Shots: 12, Shots on Goal: 4, Saves: 6, Fouls: 14, Corner Kicks: 5, Offside: 1.

Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Nemanja Vuković, Agustin Cazarez (James Kiffe 44); Gilberto, Ivan Mirković (Derek Foran 88), Max Alvarez (Adnan Gabeljic 64), Rodrigo Lopez; Justin Braun (Joaquin Rivas 88), David Estrada (Thomas Stewart 70).

Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek, Zev Taublieb.

Stats: Shots: 17, Shots on Goal: 11, Saves: 4, Fouls: 9, Corner Kicks: 4, Offside: 0.