Sacramento River Cats’ Chris Shaw Unloads For 20th Home Run Of The Season

Herb allows six runs in return from disabled list 

EL PASO, TX — The Sacramento River Cats (43-57) fell to the El Paso Chihuahuas (53-47) 9-5 on Saturday night, but saw their power-hitting corner outfielder crush his team-leading 20th home run of the season.

Chris Shaw lifted one to the opposite field in the seventh inning to reach the 20-home run mark, putting the River Cats on the board for the first time all night against El Paso starter Brett Kennedy.

The River Cats starter, right-hander Tyler Herb, was making his first appearance for the club since April 23 after spending 80 days on the disabled list. He allowed six runs on six hits and two walks in five innings of work.

A ninth-inning rally for Sacramento featured a two-run shot off the bat of shortstop Orlando Calixte — his tenth of the season — as well as a Gregor Blanco run-scoring double.

The series will conclude Sunday evening as the River Cats send righty Jordan Johnson (0-2, 7.11) to the mound to face Chihuahuas lefty Jerry Keel (2-1, 4.76). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Hold On In Series Opener With El Paso Chihuahuas

Blanco comes off bench for two clutch hits in 6-5 win 

EL PASO, TX — Outfielder Gregor Blanco’s two run-scoring singles proved to be crucial in a narrow 6-5 win for the Sacramento River Cats (43-56) over the El Paso Chihuahuas (52-47).

Blanco entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning and promptly extended the team’s lead to 4-2 with an opposite-field single. He stayed in the game to play left field and blooped another single into center to plate his second run of the game — which turned out to be the game-winning run.

River Cats starter Chris Stratton was solid in six frames as he struck out 10 Chihuahuas hitters while allowing just two runs on six hits and three walks.

Chris Shaw’s third-inning two-run shot was his 19th home run of the season, pushing him one past the 18 he hit last season with the River Cats in 360 plate appearances. This year, it took him 311 trips to the plate to hit 19.

 First baseman Jerry Sands, with the club attempting to execute a hit-and-run play, stole the team’s first base since July 5. Sacramento is fifth in the Pacific Coast League with 70 stolen bases as a team.

In game two of this series, the River Cats will welcome back right-hander Tyler Herb (1-1, 5.59), who missed 80 games on the disabled list. The Chihuahuas will go with undefeated righty Brett Kennedy (8-0, 2.65). First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Former River Cats Outfielder Eric Byrnes Returns To Raley Field Tuesday, July 24

11-year Major League veteran visits Sacramento to promote Let Them Play Foundation 

West Sacramento, CA – Former Sacramento River Cat and 11-year Major League outfielder Eric Byrnes will make a stop at Raley Field on Tuesday, July 24 as he promotes the Let Them Play Foundation and his attempted Triathlon Across America. Byrnes played parts of three seasons in Sacramento from 2000-2002, and will be at Raley Field to throw the ceremonial first pitch, sign autographs for fans, and present a grant to a local youth sports organization on behalf of the Let Them Play Foundation.

Byrnes made his River Cats debut during the teams’ inaugural season in 2000, and played a total of 198 games across three seasons in Sacramento. He was a career .298 hitter in Triple-A and is honored on the River Cats’ Wall of Fame at Raley Field. Byrnes went on to play 11 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Oakland Athletics, Colorado Rockies, Baltimore Orioles, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Seattle Mariners. He is known best around baseball for his high energy, speed, and hustle.

Since his retirement from baseball in 2010, Byrnes has stayed active as a world-class endurance athlete, a television broadcaster, author, and philanthropist. He will be stopping in Sacramento on July 24 during the second leg of his Triathlon Across America in which he will swim the seven miles from AT&T Park in San Francisco to Oakland, then bike 2,344 miles from Oakland to Chicago, and finally run the final 846 miles from Chicago to Yankee Stadium in New York.

The mission of the Let Them Play Foundation and Triathlon Across America is to raise awareness and funding for national and local organizations that are committed to expanding youth physical education and after school activity programs. For more information about the Let Them Play Foundation or to donate, please visit

Tickets are still available for the July 24 game against the Omaha Storm Chasers. For more information, please call the River Cats ticket hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487) or email

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats’ Orlando Calixte Collects Three Hits In Loss To Fresno Grizzlies

Valdez strikes out five of seven batters in stellar relief outing

 FRESNO, CA — The Sacramento River Cats (41-55) were stymied by Fresno Grizzlies (55-40) righty Josh James, who struck out 12 River Cats hitters as they fell 8-3 to their central California rivals.

Shortstop Orlando Calixte led the offensive charge for Sacramento as he recorded three hits, including his 11th double of the season, to give him five hits in his last two games. A pair of two-baggers from Chris Shaw and Ryder Jones in the sixth inning provided the team’s three runs, with Jones’s two-run double extending his RBI streak to four games.

After River Cats starter Daniel Camarena surrendered all eight of Fresno’s runs, right-hander Jose Valdez and lefty Steven Okert teamed up to strike out eight batters in their combined 3.2 innings of work to keep the game from getting out of hand. For Valdez, he sent five of the seven batters he faced packing in 2.1 perfect frames.

Game three of this series on Wednesday will see right-hander Casey Kelly (8-7, 5.20) making his team-high 17th start of the year while the Grizzlies will go with fellow righty Cy Sneed (8-4, 3.11). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats’ Mac Williamson Clears Bases With Thrilling Double

Jones adds ninth home run of season in 7-4 loss 

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA Mac Williamson’s bases-clearing double in the eighth inning made things interesting but the Sacramento River Cats (39-53) would eventually fall to the Salt Lake Bees (47-45) 7-4.

The River Cats loaded the bases in the eighth with no outs, and after designated hitter Chris Shaw struck out, Williamson picked him up with a liner down the left-field line the just stayed fair. The two-bagger ended a slump for Williamson in which he had not collected an extra-base hit since June 26 — a string of 34 at-bats.

Third baseman Ryder Jones provided the only other run for Sacramento as he cleared the fence for his ninth homer of the season. After a 2-for-4 evening, Jones is now the only qualifying player on the club with a batting average over .300.

Saturday night’s contest will feature right-hander Mike Connolly (0-1, 4.42) making his fourth start of the season for the River Cats, while the Bees will send lefty Jose Suarez (0-3, 5.40) to the hill. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign DT Ahtyba Rubin And DT Frostee Rucker

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agents DT Ahtyba Rubin and DT Frostee Rucker, the club announced Tuesday.

Rubin was originally drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round (190th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. After spending his first seven seasons (2008-14) with the Browns, the 6-foot-2, 315-pounder had stints with the Seattle Seahawks (2015-16) and most recently with the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons in 2017. Over his 10-year career, Rubin has appeared in 144 games and made 107 starts, while recording 428 tackles (264 solo), 15 sacks, two interceptions, seven passes defensed, six forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. In five postseason appearances, he has tallied 16 stops (nine), two sacks and one fumble recovery.

Rucker spent the first six years of his career with the Cincinnati Bengals after being selected in the third round (91st overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. Following his tenure with the Bengals, Rucker made stops with the Cleveland Browns (2012) and Arizona Cardinals (2013-17). Over his 12-year career, the 6-foot-3, 261-pound defensive tackle has appeared in 142 games with 73 starts, recording 350 tackles (212), 21.5 sacks, one interception, 12 passes defensed, eight forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. In five postseason contests, Rucker has made four starts and posted 12 stops (five).

In two corresponding moves, the Raiders have waived QB Christian Hackenberg and LB Brady Sheldon.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats’ Kelby Tomlinson Collects Three Hits As Team Reaches All-Star Break

Rogers continues dominant stretch of relief work 

RENO, NV — The Sacramento River Cats (39-51) reached base 13 times but scored just two runs in an 8-2 loss to the Reno Aces (42-48) as the Pacific Coast League heads into their three-day All-Star break.

Shortstop Kelby Tomlinson recorded three of the team’s nine hits, while two other top-of-the-order guys — Gregor Blanco and Miguel Gomez — tallied two hits each. But despite all the baserunners, Aces lefty Alex Young was able to keep Sacramento off the board aside from one run during his six frames.

In his second outing as a River Cat, right-hander Jordan Johnson lasted 3.2 innings surrendering three runs on five hits and three walks. Submariner Tyler Rogers prevented the game from getting out of hand when Johnson loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth. He logged one of his three strikeouts as part of 1.1 perfect innings to lower his ERA to 1.59, and has now kept the opposition scoreless in 21 of his last 22 appearances.

The River Cats will return from the break to begin a four-game home series with the Salt Lake Bees starting on Thursday. Both starting pitchers have yet to be announced. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Oakland Raiders To Host Detroit Lions For Joint Training Camp Practices

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders will host the Detroit Lions for two joint practice sessions as part of the team’s 2018 Training Camp schedule, the team announced Friday.

The Raiders and Lions will practice on Tuesday, Aug. 7 and Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the Silver and Black’s training camp home in Napa, Calif. The Raiders will then host the Lions in the preseason opener for both teams at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Friday, Aug. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

The remainder of the Raiders’ training camp schedule, including specific dates and times, will be announced in the coming weeks.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Down Eight, Sacramento River Cats Mount Comeback But Fall Short

Shaw homers for fourth time in last six games

 RENO, NV — Trailing 8-0 in the fourth inning, the Sacramento River Cats (38-49) fought their way back to eventually tie the game at nine apiece before losing in the bottom of the ninth to the Reno Aces (40-47).

Outfielder Chris Shaw continued his power surge by clubbing his fourth home run in his last six games — a solo shot in the sixth inning that brought the River Cats within one.

But the big rally came an inning earlier as Sacramento scraped together five runs on six hits, including a solo home run from third baseman Ryder Jones and a pair of two-run singles from catcher Trevor Brown and second baseman Miguel Gomez.

Unfortunately, after Jones tied it in the eighth inning on his fourth hit of the game, the Aces loaded the bases with no outs and walked off on a Yasmany Tomas sacrifice fly.

Right-hander Casey Kelly (7-6, 5.24) will be on the bump for the River Cats looking to help the club snap their current three-game losing streak. Reno will counter with righty Taylor Clarke (8-6, 4.26). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats’ Chris Shaw Crushes 15th Home Run Of Season

Black strikes out three while touching 102 on radar gun 

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — Outfielder Chris Shaw ignited a three-run rally in the sixth inning with his 15th home run of the year but the Sacramento River Cats (36-46) fell short, losing 4-3 to the Fresno Grizzlies (48-33).

Shaw’s 439-foot blast got things going during the sixth-inning comeback attempt, followed by an RBI-double from first baseman Myles Schroder and a run-scoring single from outfielder Eury Perez as the River Cats came within one.

But the Grizzlies bullpen would strike out six in four innings while allowing three hits and one walk, including a five-out save from closer Brendan McCurry, who saved his ninth game of the year.

Hard-throwing reliever Ray Black made sure the club had a chance in the ninth. He touched 102 miles per hour and consistently posted 100 on the radar gun while striking out three of the four batters he faced.

Right-hander Mike Connolly (0-0, 2.00) will make his second start of the year for the River Cats while the Grizzlies will send righty Josh James (2-3, 3.20) to the bump. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations