Sacramento River Cats Welcome Back Rutledge and Gage, But Fall To Colorado Springs Sky Sox

Slater goes 2-for-4 with a double in 7-2 loss to Colorado Springs

 WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — The Sacramento River Cats (30-33) were thrown out on the base paths three times in a 7-2 loss to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (32-28) on Saturday night.

The Sacramento offense made things challenging for themselves on Saturday by running into three outs on the base paths. Center fielder Steven Duggar led off the bottom of the first with a single to extend his hitting streak to nine games, but was caught stealing shortly thereafter. Second baseman Chase d’Arnaud later doubled in the second but was thrown out at third attempting to stretch it into his fifth triple of the season. And in the fifth, catcher Ryan Hanigan rounded first base after a single but was gunned down at second base.

The River Cats made some noise late when Austin Slater and Ryder Jones smacked back-to-back extra-base hits, and d’Arnaud added a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to 6-2. But that’s where the comeback would end, as Sacramento dropped game two of the series.

Southpaw Daniel Camarena (0-0, 0.51) will make his fourth start of the year for the River Cats, while the Sky Sox will send young righty Freddy Peralta (6-1, 2.88) to the mound. Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik To Begin Rehab Stint Memorial Day In Sacramento

Fan-favorite second baseman expected to start rehab with River Cats Monday, May 28

West Sacramento, CA Giants’ All-Star and Gold Glove second baseman Joe Panik is expected to begin a rehab assignment with the Sacramento River Cats tomorrow afternoon – Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 at Raley Field against the Albuquerque Isotopes. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. and gates open at 12:00 p.m. He is also scheduled to play Tuesday, May 29, first pitch 12:05 p.m.

Panik has been sidelined for nearly a month after undergoing surgery on April 30 to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. Tomorrow’s game will be his first game-action since April 27. This will be Panik’s third stint with the River Cats, as the 27-year-old also rehabbed with Sacramento during the 2015 and 2017 seasons.

Drafted by the Giants in the first round (29th overall) of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Panik finished sixth in Rookie of the Year voting in 2014, has been named an All-Star once (2015) and has won one Gold Glove award (2016).

Tickets are still available for tomorrow’s game, including the Memorial day BBQ package, which includes a ticket to the game and access to an all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet in the Home Run Terrace. For more information, please call 916.371.HITS (4487) or visit rivercats.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Walk Off In Extras For 1-0 Shutout Win

Casey Kelly allows just two baserunners in seven innings

WEST SACRAMENTO — In their first shutout of the season, the Sacramento River Cats (23-25) stopped a four-game skid in thrilling fashion with a 1-0 walk-off win against the Las Vegas 51s (20-28).

Sacramento blanked the 51s thanks to right-hander Casey Kelly, who pitched seven scoreless frames allowing just one single and one walk. It was Kelly’s best start of the season, and the first time he’s allowed zero earned runs since his first start of the year on April 6.

The game was locked at zeros through nine, and due to Minor League Baseball’s new pace of play rules, a runner is placed on second base to begin each extra inning. Pinch-hitter Caleb Gindl was able to sacrifice pinch-runner Jordan Schafer to third base to open the River Cats half of the tenth inning. That set up catcher Ronnie Freeman’s ground ball to the shortstop, which allowed enough time for Schafer to score the winning run just ahead of Ty Kelly’s throw home.

There will be a new face on the mound Friday evening for the River Cats as newly-acquired left-hander Daniel Camarena will make his Pacific Coast League debut. Camarena, who was released by the Yankees and signed by the Giants to a minor-league deal on Thursday, will face fellow lefty Brett Oberholtzer (1-4, 5.92) as Sacramento begins a five-game series with the Albuquerque Isotopes. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. Catch all of the action live online atrivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Comeback Falls Short As Sacramento River Cats Lose Fourth Straight

Rodriguez strikes out seven but takes first loss of the year

 WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — The Sacramento River Cats (22-25) put together a rally in the eighth inning, cutting the deficit to just one, but left the bases loaded as the Las Vegas 51s (20-27) prevailed 4-3 to hand the home team its fourth straight loss.

The attempted comeback got started with a leadoff double from Hector Sanchez, followed by two consecutive singles from Orlando Calixte and pinch-hitting Kyle Jensen. But back-to-back strikeouts and a groundout ended Sacramento’s late-inning threat before going down in order in the bottom of the ninth.

Right-handed starter Dereck Rodriguez was impressive again, striking out seven in six innings of work. He’ll regret the two home runs allowed, including a two-run shot to rehabbing catcher Kevin Plawecki in the third.

For Rodriguez, it was the sixth consecutive start in which he’s recorded at least six strikeouts, and sixth outing of the season in which he’s issued one or fewer walks.

These two clubs will wrap up their four-game series Thursday night and then not meet again until August 24. Right-handers Casey Kelly (4-4, 7.27) and Drew Gagnon (0-2, 7.14) will look to improve on rough starts to their 2018 seasons. Catch all of the action live online atrivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.5 FM.

Sacramento River Cats Routed By Las Vegas 51s To Begin Homestand

Melancon pitches scoreless inning in first rehab appearance

 WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — The Sacramento River Cats (22-23) were held to zero extra-base hits for just the second time all season in Monday night’s 9-1 loss to the Las Vegas 51s (18-27).

Two Vegas pitchers combined to allow one run on six hits and three walks as the River Cats left nine runners on base. Recently promoted infielder John Polonius supplied the lone run for Sacramento with an RBI-single in the sixth inning.

River Cats starter Tyler Beede struggled in his 4.1-innings, surrendering a season-high eight runs on six hits and five walks. It’s Beede’s fourth start in which he’s given up at least four earned runs and his sixth issuing three or more walks.

San Francisco Giants’ reliever Mark Melancon made his first rehab appearance with a quick six-pitch seventh inning in which he induced two groundouts and a pop up.

The Dorados de Sacramento will take on Las Vegas 51s on Tuesday night at Raley Field, featuring left-handers Matt Gage (2-2, 5.03) and P.J. Conlon (2-3, 5.89) squaring off. Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign Third-Round Pick T Brandon Parker

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed third-round draft pick T Brandon Parker, the club announced Monday.

Parker was selected 65th overall by the Raiders in last month’s draft. He played four seasons at North Carolina AT&T, starting all 48 games of his career at left tackle. He was a three-time FCS All-American at left tackle (2015-17) and was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year for three straight years from 2015-17.

As a senior, the native of Kannapolis, N.C., started all 12 games at left tackle as a senior and was named the MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Year. He also earned a spot on the FCS All-American First Team and the All-MEAC First Team.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign Fourth-Round Pick CB Nick Nelson

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed fourth-round draft pick CB Nick Nelson, the club announced Monday.

Nelson was selected 110th overall by the Raiders in the 2018 NFL Draft. He spent two seasons at Hawaii before playing one year at Wisconsin, appearing in 37 games collectively. He totaled 124 tackles (95 solo), 42 passes defensed, one sack and two forced fumbles over his career. Nelson was named second-team All-American by CBS and first-team All-Big Ten in 2017 and earned All-Mountain West Honorable Mention recognition in 2015.

In 2017, the 5-foot-11, 200-pound cornerback started all 14 games, leading the nation and setting a school record with 21 passes defensed, adding 35 tackles (26). Nelson also returned 24 punts for 206 yards (8.6 avg.) with one touchdown.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Mac Williamson Powers Sacramento River Cats In 11-7 Win

Slater extends hitting streak to 15 games in victory

 SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Rehabbing outfielder Mac Williamson homered for the second consecutive game to begin his stint with the Sacramento River Cats (22-21), who knocked off the Salt Lake Bees (24-19) 11-7 on Saturday night.

Williamson drove in four runs, adding an RBI with a double in the fifth inning. He now has eight home runs in just 59 plate appearances with the River Cats this season while batting .468.

Fellow outfielder Austin Slater, who was playing first base on Saturday night, doubled in the third inning to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. The two-bagger, his 16th of the year, led off the frame and eventually scored on an RBI single from designated hitter Kyle Jensen.

Six River Cats batters totaled at least two hits, including three hits for both Steven Duggar and Orlando Calixte. For Calixte, the third of his trio of hits was his sixth home run of the season — a two-run shot in the ninth inning to extend the lead to four.

The River Cats will look for their third win in a row in Sunday afternoon’s matinee in Salt Lake City. Right-hander Jose Flores (1-3, 5.06) will toe the rubber for Sacramento while the Bees will counter with righty Jaime Barria (0-4, 2.92). First pitch is set for 12:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.5 FM.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign First-Round Pick T Kolton Miller

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed first-round draft pick T Kolton Miller, the club announced Friday.

Miller was selected 15th overall by the Raiders in last month’s draft. He played three seasons at UCLA after redshirting as a true freshman, appearing in 31 games with 23 starts at both left and right tackle over his career.

As a junior, the native of Roseville, Calif., started all 13 games at left tackle and was named to the All-Pac-12 Conference Second Team by the league’s coaches. He anchored an offensive line that helped the Bruins rank third in the conference in total offense (379.8 yards per game).

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign G Cameron Hunt

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agentG Cameron Hunt, the club announced Thursday.

Hunt originally signed with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in May 2017. He spent the 2017 preseason with the Broncos and was later signed to the San Francisco 49ers’ practice squad in November, where he spent the remainder of his rookie campaign. During his four-year career at Oregon, Hunt appeared in 52 games for the Ducks and made 43 starts, seeing action at right guard and right tackle.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have waived C Alex Officer, who signed with the club as an undrafted free agent earlier this month.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations