Rodriguez Goes Seven Strong In Sacramento River Cats Win

Shaw provides crucial two-run single in sixth inning of 4-2 victory

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (62-53) received seven innings of two-run ball from right-hander Dereck Rodriguez in a narrow 4-2 victory over the Memphis Redbirds (51-64).

Rodriguez struck out six and walked none in what was his longest outing in his six starts for the River Cats this season. It makes back-to-back impressive outings in a River Cats uniform for Rodriguez as he tossed six scoreless at Fresno two weeks ago.

With one out and the bases loaded in the sixth inning, first baseman Chris Shaw shot one down the right-field line and plated two to give Sacramento a 3-2 lead. Catcher Aramis Garcia would provide an insurance run in the eighth before lefty Travis Bergen saved his first game of the season.

For Thursday, it will be right-hander Enderson Franco (6-5, 6.22) making the start for Sacramento while Memphis is scheduled to send righty Jake Woodford (6-7, 4.20). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Unable To Derail Express In Finale

Adames homers as River Cats drop third straight for first time since June 18th

ROUND ROCK, Texas — The Sacramento River Cats (61-53) dropped their third straight game to the Round Rock Express (68-45), falling 6-3 to close out their current seven-game road trip. It was the first time Sacramento has lost three in a row since June 16-18 against the Iowa Cubs.

The Sacramento offense was held in check on Monday for the second straight night. Outfielder Mike Gerber led the way with two hits, including a double, raising his season average to .324. The River Cats got a home run from Cristhian Adames in the seventh to cut the Express lead to one, but would get no closer. The club especially struggled with runs in scoring positon, going 1-for-7 in those clutch situations.

Right-hander Casey Meisner was roughed up a bit in his third start with the River Cats. Though he surrendered three runs in the second inning, he would settle down to get through 5.2 innings, giving up four runs on six hits and a pair of walks while striking out two. Young right-hander Melvin Adon bounced back from a disastrous Triple-A debut to get two quick outs in the eighth inning on Monday. 

The River Cats will return home on the off day Tuesday before opening up a seven-game homestand. In Wednesday’s opener, the River Cats will turn to lefty Conner Menez (2-0, 4.06) to end their three-game skid, while Memphis will go with lefty Austin Warner (1-1, 7.24). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Davis Stays Hot But Sacramento River Cats Fall To Express

Newcomer from Twins has racked up five extra-base hits in three games

ROUND ROCK, Texas — The Sacramento River Cats (61-52) had the game slip away from them in the sixth inning as they dropped their second consecutive game to the Round Rock Express (67-45), this time by a final score of 7-3.

New outfielder Jaylin Davis, acquired from the Minnesota Twins in the Sam Dyson deal, continued his scorching-hot start to his River Cats tenure with a home run, a double, and a walk in four plate appearances. His third-inning groundout plated a run and tied the game at three, but that would be all for the River Cats offense on Sunday.

The River Cats had a chance to strike back in the sixth after the Express took a four-run lead, but failed to capitalize on a bases-loaded, no-out situation as a strikeout and a double play ended the threat.

Looking to salvage the series on Monday night for the River Cats will be right-hander Casey Meisner (2-0, 4.09). He’ll be squaring off with Express lefty LHP Framber Valdez (2-2, 2.22). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM (PT) beginning at 6:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Davis, Rickard and Shaw Homer For Sacramento River Cats In Texas Slugfest

Nine runs not enough as River Cats fall 10-9 to Express

ROUND ROCK, Texas — The Sacramento River Cats (61-50) led for most of the night against the Round Rock Express (65-45), but they were dealt a 10-9 defeat following an eighth inning three-run homer against flame throwing righty Melvin Adon.

The River Cats offense got off to a hot start Saturday night, stacking up nine runs in the first four innings. The top of the order supplied most of the firepower as Joey Rickard, Chris Shaw and Jaylin Davis combined to go 6-for-13, including three homers, six runs batted in, and four runs scored. Rickard extended his on-base streak to 26 games with another two-hit night, while Davis also had two hits and has now reached base seven times in nine plate appearances since joining the River Cats.

On the other side of the ball, newcomer Ryan Halstead shined in his 2019 River Cats debut. The 28-year old worked 4.2 innings, and would have left the game unscathed if not for a costly error that allowed three unearned runs to score. Halstead appeared in three games for Sacramento in 2018, and had is 2-4 with a 3.77 ERA with Double-A Richmond this season.

The River Cats took a 9-7 lead into the eighth, but newly promoted Melvin Adon got into some trouble to start the frame, allowing a double, walk, and a home run to the first three batters to relinquishing the lead. 

The River Cats will trot out righty Yoanys Quiala (6-6, 6.49) tomorrow night for game three of this four game series, while Round Rock will counter with righty Rogelio Armenteros (4-6, 5.80). First pitch is set for 4:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign RB Mack Brown

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent RB Mack Brown, the club announced Saturday.

Brown, a 5-foot-11, 213-pound running back, joins the Raiders after most recently spending a portion of the 2018 season on the Washington Redskins’ practice squad. Brown began his career as an undrafted free agent in 2015 and later signed with the Houston Texans. He spent the majority of his rookie season on the Redskins’ practice squad and appeared in 12 games over three seasons (2015-17) with the club prior to his stint with the Minnesota Vikings (2017-18). Over his career, Brown has appeared in 13 games, compiling 16 rush attempts for 111 yards and one score, while adding two receptions for nine yards.

A native of Clarkston, Ga., Brown attended Florida for five seasons (2010-14) and appeared in 49 games before entering the NFL. During his time with the Gators, he recorded 210 carries for 805 yards and four touchdowns, while hauling in 18 passes for an additional 78 yards.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have waived G Lukayus McNeil, who signed with the team this past spring as an undrafted free agent.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Davis Sparks Win In Sacramento River Cats Debut

Newcomer from Sam Dyson trade reaches base four times, drives in three runs

ROUND ROCK, Texas — The Sacramento River Cats (61-50) found another way to win, and this time it was a brand new River Cat driving in nearly all of the team’s runs in a 4-3 victory over the Round Rock Express (65-45). 

Outfielder Jaylin Davis, one of a trio of players who was sent to San Francisco from Minnesota in exchange for righty reliever Sam Dyson, doubled home two runs in his first plate appearance. He later singled, doubled again, and drew a walk to reach base all four times. Davis totaled 11 doubles and 15 home runs in 41 games for the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings of the International League before joining Sacramento.

Before submariner Tyler Rogers came in for a clutch two-inning save, outfielder Joey Rickard broke a 3-3 tie in the sixth with his third homer of the season. He finished the game 2-for-5 and has successfully reached base in 24 straight games.

The River Cats have not named a starter for Saturday night’s matchup, while the offense will face Houston’s rehabbing right-hander Brad Peacock followed by righty Brandon Bielak (5-3, 4.45). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Claim WR Jordan Lasley

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have claimed WR Jordan Lasley via waivers from the Baltimore Ravens, the club announced Thursday.

Lasley joins the Raiders after spending his rookie season and the 2019 offseason with the Baltimore Ravens. The 6-foot-1, 213-pound receiver has not appeared in an NFL contest but was on the 53-man active roster for all 16 games last season.

Before entering the NFL, the Compton, Calif., native appeared in 29 games at UCLA over three seasons (2015-17), tallying 113 receptions for 1,901 yards and 14 touchdowns. In 2017, he notched one of the most productive seasons by a Bruin in school history, pacing the team with 69 receptions for 1,264 yards and nine touchdowns, while setting program records with three games of 10-or-more receptions en route to honorable mention All-Pac 12 honors.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have waived WR Brian Burt.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Mexican League Soccer Returns To West Sacramento This October

Chivas de Guadalajara and Club Morelia clash on the pitch at Raley Field

West Sacramento, CA – Raley Field, along with Latin Entertainment and Girasol Promotions, is honored to bring an evening of professional soccer to the Sacramento region. Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 2 for the Wednesday, October 9 friendly soccer match between Chivas de Guadalajara and Club Morelia at Raley Field, home of the Sacramento River Cats.

Club Deportivo Guadalajara – often simply known as Guadalajara and popularly known as Chivas – is a Mexican professional football club based in Guadalajara, Jalisco. Guadalajara plays in Liga MX with 12 First Division titles, and is one of the ten founding members of the Mexican First Division. They, along with longstanding rivals Club América, have never been relegated to the second-tier division.

Morelia is a Mexican professional football club based in Morelia, Michoacán, playing in Liga MX. In recent years, Monarcas Morelia has been one of the main protagonists in the Mexican First Division. Although the team had played Mexican professional football for 70 years, it had never won a First Division tournament until 2000.

Tickets will go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, August 2 at the Tri Counties Bank Ticket Office at Raley Field. Prices start at $40 for general admission, $55 for reserved seating, and $110 for on-field VIP seating. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and the match will kick off at 7:00 p.m.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign DT Anthony Rush

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent DT Anthony Rush, the club announced Thursday.

Rush, a 6-foot-5, 350-pound defensive tackle, enters his first season in the NFL after spending the last two seasons (2017-18) of his collegiate career at UAB. In 25 games with the program, Rush posted 77 tackles (43 solo), including 20 for loss, two sacks, one interception returned for a touchdown, one pass defensed and two forced fumbles. As a senior in 2018, he set career marks in tackles (43), tackles for loss (11), sacks (two) and forced fumbles (two).

Rush spent two years (2015-16) at Northeast Mississippi Community College before transferring to UAB, recording 73 tackles and four sacks over his time with the school. The Raleigh, N.C. native was a three-star prospect during his prep with Cary (N.C.) High School and was considered a top-20 player in the state after earning first-team All-Southwest Wake Athletic Conference honors as a senior.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Explode In Extras To Down Grizzlies

Pena, Rickard both homer in four-run 10th inning

Fresno, CA. — The Sacramento River Cats (55-47) hang on in an extra-inning thriller against Fresno Grizzlies (52-50), winning 8-6 after exploding for four runs in the 10th inning.    

Sacramento got off to a hot start Tuesday, plating four runs in the first three innings. Mike Gerber blasted a first inning two-run homer, his 21st, just inside the left field foul pole, and the River Cats got a run in both the second and third innings on a fielder’s choice and RBI-groundout, respectively. The River Cats led 4-2 after three, but the offense was held in check over the next six frames. 

While Fresno was able to claw back to tie the game with two outs in the ninth, Sacramento came right back in the 10th, exploding for four runs on five hits to take an 8-4 lead. Henry Ramos plated the first run with an RBI-double, Francisco Pena came on as pinch hitter to smash a solo home run, and then Joey Rickard capped off the inning with a two-run jack two batters later.

The bottom of the 10th was not without drama of its own, however. The Grizzlies struck for two runs against lefty Steven Okert before Ray Black came on to slam the door, earning his first save of the season and pushing the River Cats’ division lead to three games. 

The River Cats will be back at it against the Grizzlies tomorrow night, looking for their fifth straight road win. Right-hander Yoanys Quiala (5-5, 6.52) takes the ball for Sacramento on Wednesday night, while Fresno will go with lefty Ben Braymer (0-2, 9.43). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, on Money 105.5 FM (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations