Chase d’Arnaud Homers Again As Sacramento River Cats Clip Albuquerque Isotopes

Duggar also clears fence, Black earns first save

ALBUQUERQUE, NM Chase d’Arnaud hit one out for the second consecutive night, helping the Sacramento River Cats (35-44) get back on track with a 4-3 win over the Albuquerque Isotopes (39-39).

The home run was d’Arnaud’s 11th of the season as he reached base for the 15th time in his last 16 games. He was also hit by a pitch and stole his team-leading 15th base of the year.

Steven Duggar also homered, his fourth of the season, while recently promoted infielder Miguel Gomez provided the eventual game-winning run with a pinch-hit RBI single in the sixth.

Lefty starter Matt Gage was solid in six innings, allowing just two runs on six hits and two walks. Right-handers Derek Law and Ray Black pitched perfect eighth and ninth innings, respectively, combining for three strikeouts with Black recording his first Triple-A save.

Left-hander Daniel Camarena (0-2, 2.59) gets the call for tomorrow’s midday finale with Albuquerque while the Isotopes will counter with young righty Antonio Senzatela (2-1, 2.70). First pitch is set for 11:05 a.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.FM beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Chris Shaw’s Two Homers Carry Sacramento River Cats To Victory

Williamson launches home run in first plate appearance back with club

 ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Left fielder Chris Shaw crushed two home runs to help the Sacramento River Cats (34-43) snap a season-long eight-game losing skid with a 9-4 win over the Albuquerque Isotopes (38-38).

For Shaw, they were his 13th and 14th home runs of the season. They also accounted for half of the team’s total homers on a powerful Monday evening in Albuquerque. Right fielder Mac Williamson, playing in his first game back with the River Cats since being optioned by the San Francisco Giants, got things going with a solo home run in the second inning. Then in the fifth, third baseman Ryder Jones’s seventh of the season tied the game at four.

Right-hander Casey Kelly worked around nine hits and two walks to allow four runs over six innings. He was followed by three scoreless frames from the bullpen featuring just one baserunner and three strikeouts.

Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija (0-1, 2.57) will be making his third, and likely final rehab start with the River Cats before he rejoins the major-league rotation. Albuquerque will send lefty Brett Oberholtzer (3-5, 5.86) to the hill. First pitch is set for 5:35 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.FM beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Jeff Samardzija Strikes Out Seven In Second Rehab Start

d’Arnaud collects two hits in 10-1 loss to El Paso

 WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — Giants’ right-hander Jeff Samardzija made his second successful rehab start on Thursday, but the Sacramento River Cats (33-40) fell to the El Paso Chihuahuas (36-37) 10-1 for their fifth straight loss.

Samardzija kept the game close through four innings as the 11-year veteran struck out seven and walked none while surrendering two runs. But the River Cats’ bullpen would allow eight runs in the final five frames, including five in a tough outing for righty Jose Valdez, as the game quickly got out of hand.

First baseman Chase d’Arnaud’s 14th multi-hit game of the season led the River Cats offensively as his fifth-inning single knocked in the team’s only run of the game.

Lefty Matt Gage (3-5, 6.10) will be on the hill for Sacramento in game two of the series while El Paso will counter with right-hander Luis Perdomo (4-2, 3.34). 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, and on the air on Money 105.FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Mike Connolly Impresses In Triple-A Debut With Sacramento River Cats

Just called up from Double-A, Mike Connolly tosses six scoreless in 3-0 loss

 METAIRIE, LA — The Sacramento River Cats (33-37) were blanked on Sunday in New Orleans, recording just four hits as the Baby Cakes (33-36) took game two of the series 3-0.

Right-hander Mike Connolly, promoted from Double-A Richmond to make Sunday afternoon’s start, was outstanding in his Triple-A debut. He allowed just four hits and one walk in six scoreless innings while striking out three.

Making his second relief appearance of the season was right-hander Tyler Beede, who surrendered all three of New Orleans’ runs during the seventh inning. Beede gave up three hits and a walk in the frame.

Catcher Trevor Brown was the team’s top offensive performer, reaching base twice with a single and a walk.

Right-hander Taylor Hill (1-1, 7.36) gets the nod Monday evening in what will be his fourth start with Sacramento. New Orleans will counter with righty Tyler Cloyd (0-1, 7.07). First pitch is set for 5.00 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on theMiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.FM beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Pitching Propels Sacramento River Cats To Series Win

Hanigan’s seventh-inning two-run double proves to be crucial in 3-1 win

 ROUND ROCK, TX — Catcher Ryan Hanigan’s two-run double in the seventh inning provided the winning runs for the Sacramento River Cats (33-35) in a 3-1 victory over the Round Rock Express (30-37).

The River Cats took their fourth road series of the season thanks to a combined effort between rehabbing San Francisco Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija and lefty Matt Gage. Samardzija tossed three scoreless while striking out four before reaching hit pitch limit, then Gage followed with 4.2 shutout innings of his own.

Gage got into a bit of a bind in the eighth by putting two men on base to bring the tying run to the plate, but Derek Law entered and struck out Scott Heineman to end the threat. Law would eventually record a four-out save, though he did allow a run on one hit and a walk in the final inning.

The River Cats are off to New Orleans for a four-game series with the Baby Cakes. Left-hander Daniel Camarena (0-0, 0.78) is poised to make his fifth start with Sacramento while Sandy Alcantara (4-2, 3.88) will be on the bump for New Orleans. First pitch is set for 4.00 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.FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Casey Kelly’s Seven Strong Not Enough For Sacramento River Cats

Shaw clubs 12th home run of season, game slips away in extras

 ROUND ROCK, TX — For the fourth time in his last five outings, right-hander Casey Kelly pitched seven innings and allowed one run or fewer. On Thursday night in Texas, however, it went for naught as three former Giants farmhands led a late-inning comeback to push the Round Rock Express (30-36) over the Sacramento River Cats (32-35) 6-5 in 10 innings.

Kelly struck out eight to come within one of his season high, which he set on May 29 at home while facing Albuquerque. The one earned run over seven frames lowered Kelly’s season ERA to 4.77. The number sat as high as 11.29 through five starts, but allowing just six runs over his last 34 innings has helped to decrease that figure drastically.

Sacramento was trailing 1-0 in the fourth when outfielder Chris Shaw’s 12th home run of the year cleared the right-field fence. He would end up finishing the night reaching base a total of three times, adding a double and a walk, as well. Infielders Ryder Jones and Orlando Calixte also recorded two hits, with Jones driving in two of the team’s five runs.

But when right-hander Jose Valdez entered in the bottom of the ninth for the River Cats, things began to unravel, and all at the hands of former teammates.

Express shortstop Nick Noonan, drafted by San Francisco out of high school in 2007, launched a three-run homer to cut the deficit to one. Then it was Tommy Joseph, drafted by the Giants in 2009 and shipped to Philadelphia for Hunter Pence in 2012, who tied the game with a single with two down in the ninth. And lastly, Round Rock walked off to Hunter Cole’s RBI single an inning later.

Cole was a 26th-round pick by the Giants in 2014 out of the University of Georgia and was the player-to-be-named-later when the San Francisco acquired right-hander Sam Dyson from the Texas Rangers.

San Francisco Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzjia (0-0, No ERA) will make a rehab start for the River Cats Friday night as the club will look to win their fourth road series of the season. The Express will counter with former River Cat left-hander Michael Roth (2-0, 3.24). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on theMiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.FM beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

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.