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Sacramento River Cats Defeat Salt Lake Bees 4-3; All-Star Duvall Lifts River Cats in Walk-off Win

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats kicked off July with a thrilling 4-3 win in extras Wednesday night at Raley Field. After it looked like Jack Snodgrass was going to take the tough-luck loss in his first Triple-A start, a ninth-inning rally sent the game to extras where the River Cats won their fifth extra-inning contest on Adam Duvall’s walk-off RBI-single.

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the 15th inning, Duvall came to the plate as the Salt Lake Bees brought in their centerfielder to go to a six-man infield. The move didn’t make a difference to Duvall, who stroked his fourth hit of the night to left field, bringing in Brett Jackson and sending the River Cats home with the 4-3 win. Overall, Duvall was 4-for-8 with two runs scored and two RBIs.

For a while, it looked as if the game might not go that long, as Salt Lake held a 3-0 lead in the eighth. But Duvall sparked a late-game comeback with an RBI-double, giving Sacramento their first run of the night in the eighth inning. He scored two batters later on a wild pitch, cutting the deficit to one.

Sacramento rallied again in the ninth, tying the game on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Ryan Lollis. Lollis, who went 1-for-6 on the night, extended his hit streak to seven games and his streak of consecutive games with an RBI to four.

Before the offense rallied in the eighth, Snodgrass seemed doomed to take a tough-luck loss in his first start for the River Cats. Despite joining the roster on June 6, the tall left-hander was working exclusively out of the bullpen while Matt Cain and Jake Peavy were on Major League rehab assignments. In his debut as a starter, Snodgrass went 5 innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 run, and 3 walks while striking out 6.

The bullpen was excellent tonight for Sacramento, throwing 10 innings of shutout ball. The group was headlined by Curtis Partch, who struck out six in 2.2 perfect innings. Brett Bochy went 3 innings for the River Cats, giving up just 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 3.

Before tonight’s game, Duvall was named to the 2015 Pacific Coast League’s Triple-A All-Star team. The right-handed corner-infielder has hit 16 home runs this season, good for second most in the PCL and all of Triple-A. He is also top ten in the PCL in games played (74), at bats (294), RBIs (51), and total bases (144).

Ty Blach will take the mound for the River Cats tomorrow night. The left-hander is 5-8 with a 4.27 ERA in 15 starts this season and owns the league’s second best BB/9 (0.97). Opposite Blach will be another lefty, Salt Lake’s Adam Wilk (2-5, 5.14). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy to the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Shutout Salt Lake Bees 4-0

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Playing in a record-setting 105-degree temperature this season at Raley Field, the Sacramento River Cats sweated out game one of the series against the Salt Lake Bees by a score of 4-0. Starter Nik Turley extended a streak of solid starts as he led the River Cats to their third shutout of the season and second in less than a week.

Turley pitched six dominant innings for the third consecutive time en route to Sacramento’s third shutout win of the season. The southpaw scattered just 3 hits and 1 walk across 6 innings while striking out a season-high eight. He threw 84 pitches, 55 of them for strikes. This marks Turley’s first win of the season at Raley Field, improving his home record to 1-2 in four home starts.

After this performance, Turley has now allowed only two runs in his last 18.1 innings, good for a 0.98 ERA. He has struck out 18 and walked 3 during that time. More impressively, Turley’s last two starts have led to River Cats’ shutout wins. They have just three on the season. Overall, Turley is now 3-2 with a 5.45 ERA for the season.

Ryan Lollis continued his torrid streak at the plate, reaching base three times and driving in a run. The left-hander extended his hitting streak to six games with a first-inning single and is now hitting .364. He notched an RBI for the third consecutive game with a run-scoring single to right in the seventh. Over his last ten games, Lollis is hitting .415 (17-for-41) with five doubles, a triple, a home run, and five RBIs.

The River Cats first got on the board in the bottom of the third inning when Adam Duvall doubled on a line drive to left field. He scored two batters later on a Darren Ford single. Mac Williamson scored later in the inning on a Brett Jackson groundout.

Sacramento added another in the seventh on Lollis’ single and their fourth run of the night came on Trevor Brown’s RBI-single in the eighth.

The Bees’ right-hander Corey Rasmus took the loss (0-1, 4.50) in what was his fifth rehab start for Salt Lake. He went 2 innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, and 1 strikeout. Sacramento’s Cody Hall picked up the three-inning save, his second of the season, with Turley (3-2, 5.45) getting the win.

Game two of the series is set for tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. PT. Jack Snodgrass (1-1, 4.22) will make his first start since joining the River Cats from the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels on June 6. Snodgrass will be facing the Bees starter Drew Rucinski (3-4, 5.43).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Prevent The Sweep; Offense Erupts To Beat Las Vegas 51s 14-7

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Looking to avoid a series sweep, the Sacramento River Cats came out swinging as they ended their seven game road trip with a 14-7 victory over the Las Vegas 51s. Sacramento was backed offensively by 20 hits, one shy of their season high, as well as a 5-RBI day from Carlos Triunfel.

Sacramento saw offensive outbursts from a number of spots in the lineup. The top three in the lineup for the River Cats combined to go 11-for-20 with 2 RBIs and 5 runs scored. The River Cats also saw four players record at least 3 hits (Tomlinson 3, Frandsen 4, Lollis, 4, Triunfel 4).

One of the key contributors to Sacramento’s offensive surplus was Triunfel. The infielder had a career day as he drove in 5 runs while going 4-for-5 with a walk, triple, and a run scored. The 5-RBI night is tied for the most in a single game by a River Cat this season (Jarrett Parker, 4/11 vs SLC).

After a hot start the River Cats blew the game wide open with a huge six-run 7th inning. The scoring was started as Adam Duvall hit a pinch-hit grand slam following three walks. The home run was Duvall’s 16th of the season which is good for second most in the PCL. Kelby Tomlinson immediately followed Duvall’s blast with his first career Triple-A home run. This was the second time this season Sacramento hit back-to-back home runs.

Right-hander Clayton Blackburn pitched 4.2 innings, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits while walking none and striking out four. Blackburn’s night was ended at just 78 pitches, as it was his first start since June 9. With the additions of Matt Cain and Jake Peavy over the last month for rehab starts, Blackburn had been pitching out of the bullpen.

Sacramento finishes the seven game road trip with a record of 3-4. The trip featured several highlights, including the promotions of Kelby Tomlinson, Mac Williamson, and Josh Osich from Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels. The road trip also marked the final rehab starts for both Cain and Peavy.

The River Cats now head home now for the first time in eight days as they begin a short four game home stand against the Salt Lake Bees. Left-hander Nik Turley (2-2, 6.59) will toe the rubber for Sacramento in Tuesday’s series opener. Turley is coming off of his best start of the year, having pitched 6 shutout innings in a winning decision over the Fresno Grizzlies. Salt Lake will send righty Alex Sanabia (1-8, 7.02). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall to Las Vegas 51s 4-3 In Extra Innings

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Right-hander Chris Stratton demonstrated why he was a first round pick in 2012, shutting out Las Vegas 51s through eight dominant innings on Sunday. Despite the excellent performance, the 51s came back late to tie and ultimately handed Sacramento River Cats a 4-3 loss in 10 innings.

Stratton put on a brilliant show Sunday afternoon against the 51s, pitching eight shutout innings and allowing just 5 hits and no walks while striking out a personal season-high six. He threw 96 pitches in the outing, 64 of them for strikes, and did not allow a baserunner to reach second base. Stratton retired the final ten batters he faced.

The start was arguably the best by a River Cats pitcher this season, with Ty Blach’s 8.1 inning, 2-run outing in Colorado Springs the only other eight-inning start by a Sacramento pitcher this season. Stratton contributed at the plate, as well, picking up his first hit at the Triple-A level. Overall, he was 2-for-3 with two singles.

The River Cats threatened early with five singles through the first two innings, but were unable to produce. Their first run came on Ryan Lollis’ third-inning homer, a line-drive shot to right field to give Sacramento a one-run lead. Lollis went 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk, and two singles as the number three hitter in the lineup today.

Stratton watched from the bench as the 51s scrapped across a run in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings. After an error – the River Cats’ first in four games – put the 51s’ Wilfredo Tovar at third with no outs in the inning, Brooks Conrad drove a sacrifice fly to center to score Tovar and tie the game at one.

The River Cats put two on the board in the tenth, taking a 3-1 lead on an RBI-single from Lollis and RBI-groundout from Darren Ford. Las Vegas refused to go away, though, scoring three times in the bottom of the inning on Anthony Recker’s two-run home run and an RBI-double by Conrad.

Today marked the River Cats’ ninth extra inning game, the most in the PCL. They are now 4-5 in extra-inning contests.

The River Cats will look to avoid the sweep in tomorrow’s finale against the 51s. Sacramento will send Clayton Blackburn (2-3, 4.23) to the mound, while Las Vegas will counter with Tyler Pill (2-4, 6.78). Blackburn hasn’t started for Sacramento since 6/9, but has made three relief appearances since then. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall to Las Vegas 51s 7-1

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Game time temperature hit triple digits for the second night in a row Saturday as the Sacramento River Cats dropped a 7-1 contest to the Las Vegas 51s. The 51s hit 4 home runs to overshadow the seventh homer of the season by Darren Ford as well as the Triple-A debut of left-hander Josh Osich.

The Sacramento offense was not as hot as the 100-plus degree weather throughout the game. The lone big blow came in the fifth when Ford hit a screaming line drive that just barely cleared the 25-foot wall in the left field. The homer was Ford’s second this week, and seventh of the year.

One of the newest members on the River Cats roster, Kelby Tomlinson, recorded his first career Triple-A base hit with a two out double in the fifth. Lefty Josh Osich – also added to the River Cats roster this week – made his Triple-A debut, pitching a scoreless inning of relief with 1 strikeout.

Sacramento had a chance to narrow the score in the sixth when they loaded the bases with two outs, but a slow dribbler back to the pitcher’s mound ended the inning and any chance of a middle inning comeback. While the River Cats couldn’t find the big hit to put them back in the game, the 51s did as they hit 4 home runs – the most allowed by Sacramento this season – including two from former River Cat Anthony Recker.

Ty Blach (5-8, 4.27) started out the game strong, retiring the first five batters he saw before allowing all of his runs in a five out period. The left-hander left the night after 5 innings, and allowed 5 runs on just 4 hits (2 home runs). Blach struck out 6 and walked just 1, the first walk he allowed in his last three starts.

The River Cats finished the game with no errors for the fourth consecutive game Saturday. The streak matches the longest Sacramento has had this season (5/8-11 vs. Albuquerque).

Left-hander Darin Gorski (5-6, 5.35) picked up the win, allowing just 1 run on 5 hits while walking 3 and striking out 4 in 5.2 innings of work. The River Cats are just 9-20 (.310) this season when facing a left-handed starting pitcher.

The River Cats will look to avoid their eighth series loss of the year tomorrow when they send right-hander Chris Stratton (0-1, 2.33) to the mound. Stratton is coming off of a loss his last time out in which he only lasted 2 innings. The right-hander was San Francisco’s first round pick back in 2012. Opposing him will be righty Rainy Lara (0-0, 6.30) for Las Vegas. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall to Las Vegas 51s 6-3; Peavy Makes his Final Rehab Start

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Sacramento River Cats dropped the series opener 6-3 to the Las Vegas 51s Friday evening. Kelby Tomlinson and Mac Williamson suited up as River Cats for the first time while Jake Peavy made his last rehab start for Sacramento.

A five-run first inning from Las Vegas quickly put the River Cats behind and they could not overcome the deficit. Three runs were scattered across the last six innings as Kevin Frandsen went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Jarrett Parker had two runs while going 2-for-4 on the night.

Peavy, 0-3 with the River Cats, struggled on the mound in his sixth and final rehab start for Sacramento, finishing his night with 6 runs on 9 hits and 1 walk with 5 strikeouts in 6 innings. The three-time All-Star, Cy Young winner, and two-time World Series Champion was rehabbing a back injury sustained early in the season. Peavy made just two starts for San Francisco (0-2, 9.39) before being placed on the DL.

Kelby Tomlinson and Mac Williamson, both called up from Double-A today, made their Triple-A debut in tonight’s game. Tomlinson, a 26-year-old infielder, was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 12th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Texas Tech University. He had been with Richmond since 2013, where he played in a total of 223 games and accumulated 217 hits and 64 RBI. Tomlinson posted a .324 batting average with the Richmond Flying Squirrels this season prior to being transferred to Sacramento.

Williamson, a 24-year-old outfielder, entered the 2014 season ranked by MLB.com as the San Francisco Giants’ No. 16 prospect. He was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the third round of the 2012 Draft out of Wake Forest University. This year was his first season with Richmond, where he had 76 hits and 42 RBI in 69 games played with a .293 batting average. Williamson went 1-for-3 against the 51s tonight with a walk and a single.

Tonight marked the third consecutive game without an error for Sacramento. The last time they went three straight errorless games was 5/9-11 in Albuquerque. The longest such streak for the season is four, from 5/8-11 in Albuquerque.

Tomorrow will be a battle of the lefties as Ty Blach (5-7, 4.00) takes the mound for Sacramento and Darin Gorski (4-6, 5.66) for Las Vegas. Blach still owns the PCL’s second best BB/9: 0.92 (9 BB, 87.2 IP) and his 87.2 innings pitched are the third most by a starter in the PCL this season. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Defeat Fresno Grizzlies 1-0

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FRESNO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats evened the series at one apiece with a 1-0 win in Fresno Wednesday night. Sacramento’s second shutout win of the season – their only other shutout was on Opening Day – was sparked by a phenomenal performance from starting pitcher Nik Turley and closed by Mike Broadway.

Turley was a major factor in the shutout, putting together his third quality start of the season. He finished his evening with no runs on 2 hits and 1 walk with 4 strikeouts in 6 innings. Turley retired 12 consecutive batters, spanning the second through sixth innings. With the win, Turley moves to 2-2 on the season with a 6.59 ERA.

The bullpen combined for three scoreless innings behind Turley, highlighted by the return of Mike Broadway to the Sacramento relief corp. In his first appearance back from San Francisco, the hard throwing right-hander tossed a scoreless ninth, retiring Grizzlies 1-2-3 as he picked up his sixth save of the season.

Broadway spent the last week with the San Francisco Giants, making his Major League debut on June 13th vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks. He threw a scoreless inning, including retiring All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.

River Cats pitchers allowed just two hits in the win, a new season low. Prior to tonight, the fewest hits allowed was three, also against Fresno.

Sacramento put leadoff hitters on base in six innings and collected ten hits from six players. The River Cats jumped out to a 1-0 lead after starting off the third inning with a double from Ryan Lollis, who was eventually sent home on a wild pitch from Fresno’s Jake Buchanan.

After five scoreless innings, the River Cats scored again, thanks to another Lollis double. The designated hitter led off the ninth with a double to right and later scored on Adam Duvall’s single, putting the River Cats up 2-0.

Matt Cain (0-2, 4.50) will make what is expected to be his final rehab start in tomorrow night’s series finale at Fresno. In his last outing, Cain threw 6.2 innings and gave up 5 hits, 2 earned runs, and no walks while striking out 6. Fresno will counter with Brady Rodgers (5-3, 4.55). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT).

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Sacramento River Cats Fall to Fresno Grizzlies 6-2

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FRESNO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats came out of the gate swinging Tuesday, but it wasn’t enough to take the series opener with the Fresno Grizzlies as they lost 6-2. Darren Ford and Travis Ishikawa provided early offense with each of them hitting a home run in the first two innings, but defensive miscues allowed Fresno to counter and take the lead and the victory.

Sacramento wasted no time getting on the board, as Ford took the first pitch of the game deep over the left field wall and gave the River Cats a 1-0 lead. The home run was Ford’s sixth of the season, just three shy of his career high. In the second, Sacramento recorded another leadoff home run as Travis Ishikawa started off the inning with a long home run to right. Ishikawa finished the game 1-for-3 with the home run and a walk.

It was an uphill climb from the start on Tuesday, as the defense recorded 3 errors in the first three innings. Fresno recorded 3 hits in the second – with the aid of the Sacramento fielding mistakes – and were able to plate 4 runs to take the lead. The Grizzlies would add another run in the third, but the River Cats avoided additional damage after Fresno had loaded the bases with nobody out.

Chris Stratton was not at his best Tuesday, lasting just 2 innings before handing things over to his bullpen. He finished the day having allowed 4 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks.

The Sacramento bullpen was taxed in the series opener, having to put in 7 innings of relief while using 4 pitchers. Left-hander Jack Snodgrass pitching 3 innings of relief allowing 1 run on just 2 hits, walking 2 and striking out 3.

Luis Cruz earned the win for the Grizzlies, pitching 7 innings while allowing 2 runs on just 4 hits on 3 walks while striking out 6. Cruz was able to bounce back from the early home runs, retiring 8 of the last 10 batters he faced.

Sacramento will get a familiar face back in their bullpen tomorrow night, as the River Cats’ save leader Michael Broadway was recently added back to the roster. Broadway appeared in pitched 4.2 innings with San Francisco, recording a 1.93 ERA with 4 strikeouts.

The River Cats will take the field Wednesday, looking to even up the series with the division leading Grizzlies. It will be left-hander Nik Turley (1-2, 8.34) going for the River Cats. Turley is coming off one of his best starts of the year, having pitched 6.1 innings while allowing 2 runs on 4 hits against the Reno Aces. Opposing him will be righty Jake Buchanan (3-1, 4.75) for Fresno. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Peavy Goes Six Strong In Final Rehab Start; Duvall Launches 15th Home Run in Loss, Leads PCL

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Less than 24 hours after the Sacramento River Cats and Reno Aces went down to the wire, Jake Peavy and Gabriel Arias picked right up where the two teams left off in Sunday’s Father’s Day finale. Peavy pitched extremely well through six, but despite the strong start and Duvall’s PCL-leading 15th home run, the River Cats dropped the finale 3-2 to the Aces.

In what was likely his last rehab start with the River Cats, Peavy continued to impress on the mound. The veteran right-hander went 6 strong innings, yielding just 1 run on 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3. He threw 93 pitches on the afternoon, 61 of them for strikes.

Despite not winning a game while with Sacramento, Peavy (0-2, 5.47) continued to improve with every start. His 30-day rehab assignment ends tomorrow, and it remains to be seen what the San Francisco Giants have planned for the former Cy Young winner.

Opposite Peavy, Arias (3-1, 4.33) was equally impressive for Reno. The 25-year-old also went 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7. Both runs he allowed came on solo home runs.

Adam Duvall and Hector Sanchez provided the offense for the River Cats, each hitting a home run in Sunday’s loss. Duvall’s was a sixth-inning shot that put the club ahead 2-1 and gave him 15 home runs on the year. That total puts him alone in first place in the PCL, one ahead of Fresno’s Jon Singleton and Reno’s Peter O’Brien. Sanchez’s was a second-inning line-drive home run into the River Cats’ bullpen which put Sacramento ahead 1-0.

Reno took the lead 3-2 for good in the top of the seventh. Trayvon Robinson homered to lead off the inning, tying the game at two. Nick Buss scored a few batters later on a throwing error by Hector Sanchez. The River Cats committed two errors on the afternoon and now have 77 for the season.

Ehire Adrianza went hitless, snapping his hit streak at eight, just one shy of tying his season high. During the streak, Adrianza hit .300 (12-for-40) with two doubles, a home run, and six RBIs.

The River Cats get the day off tomorrow before traveling to Chukchansi Park on Tuesday for a quick three-game series against the first-place Fresno Grizzlies. Getting things started for Sacramento will be the right-hander Chris Stratton (0-0, 2.08). Although he doesn’t have a win at the Triple-A level, Stratton has been excellent since joining the River Cats, allowing just 5 runs (4 earned) in 17.1 innings. For Fresno, it’ll be the southpaw Luis Cruz (3-2, 4.23). First pitch is set for Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m.

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Matt Cain Sharp in Second Rehab Start; Sacramento River Cats Fall to Reno Aces 2-1

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. Matt Cain and Jhoulys Chacin battled Friday night, engaging in a pitcher’s duel in front of a full house at Raley Field. With over 400 career major league starts between them, the two hurler’s kept things locked in a 1-1 tie until a Blake Lalli RBI-single in the seventh put the Reno Aces up 2-1 for good.

Cain (0-2, 4.50) went 6.2 innings in his second River Cats start, throwing 89 pitches, 59 for strikes. He gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and no walks while striking out 6. It looked like the Aces were going to strike early, but Cain pitched around a first inning error by Hector Sanchez and stranded Reno’s Nick Buss at third base.

He retired the next eight before the Aces came through with a run in the fourth, tying the game at one. Cain held Reno at one until the seventh, when Lalli singled home Cody Ransom to put the Aces up 2-1.

Overall, Cain looked sharp on the mound, pitching around two errors behind him and keeping the River Cats in the game. He departed with Sacramento trailing and a runner on first with two outs in the seventh but the sold out crowd showed their support for the three-time World Champ with a standing ovation. Cain responded with an acknowledging wave to the crowd.

Opposite of Cain, Reno’s Chacin (1-0, 1.29) was also dealing, allowing just one run over seven innings. He gave up 5 hits, walked 1, and tallied a season-high 9 strikeouts en route to his second win of the season. Chacin made his Aces debut tonight, having just signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization yesterday.

Ehire Adrianza had a big night for the River Cats, both at the plate and on the field. With his third-inning single, the hot-hitting shortstop extended his current hit streak to seven games, two shy of his season high. He also doubled, and was 2-for-4 on the night, raising his batting average to .320 for the season.

On the defensive side of the ball, Adrianza showed off his smooth fielding, making a diving play in the fourth inning and an running, over-the-shoulder catch in shallow center field in the seventh.

It’ll be a Father’s Day matinee finale tomorrow afternoon as the River Cats look to avoid the sweep behind right-hander Jake Peavy (0-2, 5.70). Peavy made the best start of his rehab assignment his last time out, throwing 7 innings (95 pitches) and allowing 2 runs on 5 hits while striking out 5. The Aces will counter with their right-hander Gabriel Arias (5-2, 2.94). First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations