Oakland Raiders Sign Fifth-round Draft pick Neiron Ball

May 21, 2015 10;15 PM PT

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed fifth-round draft pick LB Neiron Ball, the club announced Thursday.

Ball is the seventh of the team’s 10 draft picks from the 2015 NFL Draft to sign their rookie contract, joining WR Amari Cooper, G/C Jon Feliciano, LB Ben Heeney, DE Max Valles, T Anthony Morris and WR Andre Debose.

Ball was selected 161st overall by the Raiders in the 2015 NFL Draft. He played four seasons at Florida, starting 16-of-45 games over his career and totaling 94 tackles (37 solo), three sacks, one interception, four passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

Sacramento River Cats Lose Series Opener 4-2 To Memphis Redbirds

May 21, 2015 9:58 PM PT

SACRAMENTO, CA. – Playing in front of their home crowd for the first time in 10 days, the Sacramento River Cats homered in their seventh consecutive game as Coello cruised through the first five innings. The homer was Darren Ford’s third of the week, but it wasn’t enough as the River Cats dropped their series opener with the Memphis Redbirds 4-2.

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The River Cats’ offense got to work early, as with Ford on first and nobody out, Ehire Adrianza doubled down the left field line to push across the game’s first run. Then with nobody on and one out in the 3rd, Ford recorded his second hit of the night as he crushed a towering homer to left, putting his club up 2-0. The home run was Ford’s fourth on the season.

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Robert Coello started the night off hot, retiring the first six and eventually 14 of the first 16 batters he faced Thursday night. In the sixth, Memphis finally got to him, striking for three runs on 3 hits and 1 error, ending Coello’s night early. The River Cats turned one of the oddest doubles plays when right fielder Juan Perez lost the ball in the lights. Memphis’ over-aggressive base running put two men near third base and allowed the River Cats to turn the double play.

In the eighth inning, the River Cats had a chance to tie the game with two outs and runners on the corners. Adam Duvall hit a fly ball into the right center field gap, but Memphis’ right fielder Stephen Piscotty made a diving catch to end the inning. Sacramento went hitless with runners in scoring position, batting 0-for-5.

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Memphis added an insurance run in the ninth, as with two out and two on, Duvall recorded his second error of the night, allowing a run to score.

Coello (5-2, 3.44) pitched 5.2 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits while walking 2 and striking out 3. Even with the loss, Coello is still tied for the most wins in the Pacific Coast League. His counterpart, Tyler Lyons (3-1, 2.64), earned the win pitching a complete game allowing 2 runs (all earned) on 7 hits, striking out 12.

The River Cats bullpen limited the damage as Steven Okert, Hunter Strickland, and Cory Gearrin combined for 3.1 innings of relief, allowing just 1 run (unearned) on 2 hits, walking 2 and striking out 6.

The River Cats will look to even up the series tomorrow night behind right hander Kevin Correia (0-1, 4.38). Lefty Tim Cooney (3-2, 3.00) will take the mound for Memphis. The first 2,500 fans in attendance Friday will receive a free Giants World Series Championship T-Shirt. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and can be heard on ESPN 1320.
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Giants Veteran Pitcher Jake Peavy Scheduled To Start For The Sacramento River Cats On Wednesday, May 27

May 21, 2015 5:56 PM PT

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA. – World Series Champion and Cy Young winner Jake Peavy is scheduled to start for the Sacramento River Cats this Wednesday, May 27, as a part of his Major League rehab assignment. The veteran right-hander will take the mound on the River Cats’ SacramenTONES specialty jersey night and face the Nashville Sounds in the return of the Oakland Athletics’ Triple-A affiliate to Raley Field.
Peavy is rehabbing a back strain that he suffered early in the season. He made just two starts for San Francisco before being placed on the 15-day DL on April 18.
The Giants acquired Peavy via a trade with the Boston Red Sox in July of the 2014 season. Before joining the Giants’ starting rotation, Peavy struggled with Boston, going 1-9 with a 4.72 ERA. Upon arriving in San Francisco, Peavy was lights out, posting a 2.17 ERA and going 6-4 in 12 starts. In August, he was 3-3 with a 2.40 ERA and played a pivotal role in the Giants’ push for the postseason.
Peavy’s scheduled start on Wednesday is also the River Cats’ SacramenTONES specialty jersey night, celebrating the release of Pitch Perfect 2 and Sacramento’s own Kelley Jakle, who stars in the movie. In addition, Monday, May 25, is the start of a four-game series with the Oakland A’s Triple-A affiliate, the Nashville Sounds. This is the first and only time this season that the Sounds will travel to Sacramento. Peavy’s start will also be the night after former Giants and River Cats star Barry Zito takes the mound for the Sounds.
Peavy’s rehab assignment begins tomorrow, Friday, May 22, in San Jose with the Class-A Advanced San Jose Giants as they host the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Los Angeles Dodgers).
First pitch for Wednesday’s game at Raley Field against the Nashville Sounds is set for 7:05 p.m. with gates at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are still available. For more information, please call 916.371.HITS (4487) or visit rivercats.com.
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The Sacramento River Cats are the Triple-A affiliate of the 2014 World Champion San Francisco Giants. The team plays at Raley Field in West Sacramento, consistently voted one of the top ballparks in America. River Cats Season Tickets, Mini-Plans, and Flex Plans can be purchased for the 2015 season by calling the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487). For more information about the River Cats, visit www.rivercats.com

Sacramento Republic FC Beats Sonoma County Sol FC4-2 Advances To Third-Round Of Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup; Thomas Stewart Scores Hat Trick, Injured

May 20, 2015 10:39 PM PT

Match Recap: Sacramento Republic FC 4, Sonoma County Sol FC 2

Courtesy Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC score 4 goals, including a hat trick from Thomas Stewart, as they defeat Sonoma County Sol FC 4-2 and advance to the Third Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

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Sacramento Republic FC started the scoring off in the 9th minute, when defender Emrah Klimenta sent a low, driven shot on goal. Sonoma County Sol FC keeper Arturo Ornelas made the initial save but the rebound was tapped in by Republic FC forward Thomas Stewart, who beat Ornelas to the ball and flipped it over the keeper as the ball went into the back of the net putting Republic FC up 1-0.

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Republic FC wasted no time in adding a second goal as they scored again in the 12th minute. This time midfielder Gabe Gonzalez was the beneficiary of a Stewart cross into the box. Gonzalez headed the cross on net, only to have it saved by Ornelas, but again the rebound chance led to a goal as Gonzalez followed his shot and hit a volley right past the keeper for a 2-0 lead.

The Sol would get a goal back in the 26th minute. Forward Omar Nuno received a long ball from the midfield and made a turn on goal. Nuno then sent a driven right-footed shot into the upper-corner of the net, past Republic FC keeper Dominik Jakubek.

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Stewart would add a second goal just before halftime in the 43rd minute when a through ball up the middle that went through a defender’s legs. Stewart, who was making an attacking run, found himself onside and in perfect position to whip a left-footed shot around Ornelas and into the back of the net for his second goal of the match. The 3-1 score line would carry into halftime.

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Stewart finished his hat trick in the 61st minute when midfielder Cameron Iwasa attacked up the left flank of the pitch. Stewart made an attacking run up the middle and Iwasa sent a low cross on the ground to an unmarked Stewart. The Republic FC forward slid to reach the pass and sent a right-footed shot into the back of the net for his third goal of the match and a 4-1 lead for Republic FC.

Sol forward Nuno scored his second goal of the match in the 73rd minute as he found space behind the defense. Jesus Arroyo sent a through ball into the box, Nuno controlled the ball and promptly slid a shot past Jakubek to make it a 4-2 match.

The Sol had a chance to pull even closer in the 77th minute after Jakubek was called for a foul in the box resulting in a penalty. Sol captain Taylor Varnadore stepped up to the penalty spot and proceeded to send a laser shot off the outside of the right post to keep the score 4-2.

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Republic FC would go down a man for the last four minutes of the match after Stewart was injured following a tackle by Sol defender Arroyo. Arroyo was shown a yellow card for the tackle. Stewart injured his right ankle and will be evaluated further by Republic FC’s medical staff. He underwent the Kindner procedure, a surgery for a type II accessory navicular, on his left foot earlier this season and returned to play on April 24.

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Republic FC will take on Chula Vista FC in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, May 27. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Bonney Field. Single match tickets will go on sale May 21 at Ticketmaster.com. Season Ticket Holders may use their “Special Match B” tickets.

Sacramento Republic FC 4:2 Sonoma County Sol FC
U.S. Open Cup Match
Bonney Field – Sacramento, CA
May 20, 2015 – Attendance: 10,386

Scoring Summary: SRFC – Thomas Stewart 9, Gabe Gonzalez 12, Thomas Stewart (Zev Taublieb) 43, Thomas Stewart (Cameron Iwasa) 61; SOL – Omar Nuno (Trevor Hurst) 26, Omar Nuno (Jesus Arroyo) 73.

Misconduct Summary: SOL – Angel Acevedo (caution) 14, Jesus Arroyo (caution) 86, Brandon Boone (caution) 90

Sonoma County Sol FC – Arturo Ornelas; Oscar Ortiz, Christopher Rodd, Taylor Varnadore (Brandon Boone 83), Angel Acevedo; Edgar Amador, Simon Wheatley, Tyler Hurst (Jesus Arroyo 58); Trevor Hurst, Omar Nuno, Nico Spann (Justin Ferriera 69).

Subs Not Used: James Delcurto, Lee Summerscales, Noah Paravicini.

Stats: Shots: 8, Shots on Goal: 5, Saves: 8, Fouls: 14, Corner Kicks: 0, Offside: 0.

Sacramento Republic FC – Dominik Jakubek; Emrah Klimenta (Gabe Gissie 45), Derek Foran, Alfonso Motagalvan, Matthias Bonvehi; Joaquin Rivas, Zev Taublieb, Octavio Guzman (Cameron Iwasa 22), Gabe Gonzalez (Max Alvarez 76); Thomas Stewart, Adnan Gabeljic.

Subs Not Used: Patrick McLain, Rodrigo Lopez, Nemanja Vuković, Ivan Mirković.

Stats: Shots: 23, Shots on Goal: 12, Saves: 3, Fouls: 8, Corner Kicks: 8, Offside: 2.

Perez Leads Offensive Explosion; River Cats Collect A 12-5 Victory Over Isotopes

May 5, 2015 8:40 PMPT

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The River Cats ran away with their second win of the series against the Albuquerque Isotopes, 12-5. In an offensive onslaught, five different River Cats collected multi-hit games, contributing to Sacramento’s 18-hit total. The run support was welcomed as Ty Blach worked through one tough inning to ultimately put together another phenomenal start.

The River Cats offense broke out for 12 runs and six extra base hits, highlighted by Juan Perez, who went 3-for-4 with five RBIs. Perez picked up his first home run as a River Cat in the 3rd, and added a second homer in the 8th. Carlos Triunfel (3-for-5, two RBIs) hit his first home run of the season, and added two doubles to contribute to the success of the River Cats. Travis Ishikawa had a good night of his own, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs.

Blach pitched seven innings, allowing five runs on nine hits and one walk with one strikeout. Despite a rocky 4th inning, Blach played brilliantly the rest of his seven innings, and he picked up his fourth win of the season. He threw 94 pitches, 63 for strikes, and induced 14 groundouts.

The River Cats jumped out to an early lead, going ahead 7-0 with runs in 1st, 3rd, and 4th innings. The 1st inning saw two of those runs, with Brett Jackson scoring on an Ishikawa single, and Ishikawa heading home himself on a ground-rule double from Trevor Brown.

The 3rd inning saw more action for the River Cats, with Adam Duvall hitting his second triple of the season, a single from Ishikawa, and home runs from both Perez and Triunfel. Ishikawa had his third RBI of the night in the 4th, sending Jackson home on a sacrifice fly.

The Isotopes started an early comeback in the bottom of the 4th, bringing 10 batters to the plate to collect seven hits and five runs. After a two-run homer by Ryan Casteel, a would-be inning-ending double play ball deflected off Blach’s glove dribbled into right field for an RBI single. The unfortunate break opened the door for three more Isotopes runs in the inning. After getting through the tough inning, Blach got right back to work, retiring the next seven batters in order.

The River Cats piled on late, with two runs in the 7th and three more in the 8th. Steven Okert and Cody Hall relieved Blach, throwing a perfect 8th and 9th to close out the game.

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The River Cats will look for their fourth series victory tomorrow, sending Clayton Blackburn (1-1, 1.64) to face Albuquerque’s Chris Rusin (3-2, 5.52). Clayton Blackburn’s last outing resulted in six shutout innings, as he struck out 6 on the way to his first win. First pitch is set for 11:05 a.m. PT. The River Cats will return to Raley Field for an eight-game homestand starting Thursday, May 21.

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The Sacramento River Cats are the Triple-A affiliate of the 2014 World Champion San Francisco Giants. The team plays at Raley Field in West Sacramento, consistently voted one of the top ballparks in America. River Cats Season Tickets, Mini-Plans, and Flex Plans can be purchased for the 2015 season by calling the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487). For more information about the River Cats, visit www.rivercats.com. For information on other events at Raley Field, visit www.raleyfield.com.

Sacramento Republic FC Beat The LA Galaxy II On The Road 1-0

May 17, 2015 7:17 PM PT

Match Recap: Sacramento Republic FC 1, LA Galaxy II 0

Courtesy Of The Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Photos Courtesy: LA Galaxy II

Sacramento Republic FC looked to gain an advantage early in the match pressuring the LA Galaxy II defense with an early opportunity at goal in the first minute. Republic FC forward Justin Braun broke down the left side of the field and sent a cross into the middle of the box where two Republic FC attackers were lurking but the ball missed both and was cleared.

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The match leveled out for the most of the first half with each side getting just one good look at goal. Los Dos saw their best opportunity in the 40th minute after a foul in the middle of the pitch. Galaxy II restarted play quickly and beat the Republic FC defense on the left side. Los Dos midfielder Ariel Lassiter cut the ball back multiple times at the top of the box before sending a low strike that beat Republic FC keeper Patrick McLain but struck the left post and was cleared by the defense.

Republic FC saw their chance come in the 45th minute when Braun again got free on the left side of the defense. Braun sent a strong low strike toward the near post but Los Dos keeper Clement Diop was up to the task, making the kick save and keeping the match scoreless at the half.

Republic FC came out attacking in the second half constantly going after the Los Dos back line. In the 65th minute, they would finally break through. Midfielder Ivan Mirković won a 50-50 ball in the middle of the pitch and then sent a pass to defender Emrah Klimenta who was streaking up the right side of the pitch. Klimenta then passed the ball back to Gilberto who sent in his cross to the back post and a waiting Rodrigo Lopez. Lopez settled the ball then sent a low finessed shot into the right side of the goal putting Republic FC ahead 1-0.

Los Dos put pressure for a late goal and got their best chance at an equalizer in the final four minutes of the match. McLain would make three big plays in that time including punching two crosses clear and coming up with the biggest save of the match. In the 90th minute, a strong cross was swung into the box where it found the head of Los Dos forward Jack McBean. McBean flicked the ball toward goal and over the head of McLain. McLain rushed quickly toward goal and made a great save pushing the sure goal over the crossbar and preserving the 1-0 win.

The goal by Lopez was his USL-leading seventh of the season and his seventh all-time against Los Dos. The Republic FC defense also recorded their second straight shutout and have not allowed a goal in 202 consecutive minutes, their second 200-plus minute shutout streak of the season. The match is also the USL-leading fourth shutout for McLain this season.

Republic FC will be back in action on Wednesday, May 20 when they take on the Sonoma County Sol in the U.S. Open Cup. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. PDT at Bonney Field. Tickets start at $13 on Ticketmaster.com.

LA Galaxy II 0:1 Sacramento Republic FC
USL Match
StubHub Center – Carson, CA
May 17, 2015 – Attendance: 689

Scoring Summary: SRFC – Rodrigo Lopez (Gilberto) 65.

Misconduct Summary: SRFC – Ivan Mirković (caution) 73; LA – Jason Bli (caution) 68, Jaime Villarreal (caution) 84.

Sacramento Republic FC – Patrick McLain; Emrah Klimenta, Mickey Daly, Nemanja Vuković, James Kiffe; Max Alvarez (Octavio Guzman 45), Gilberto, Ivan Mirković, Rodrigo Lopez; Justin Braun, David Estrada

Subs Not Used: Dominik Jakubek, Derek Foran, Thomas Stewart, Adnan Gabeljic, Zev Taublieb, Joaquin Rivas.

Stats: Shots: 10, Shots on Goal: 4, Saves: 3, Corner Kicks: 4, Offside: 5.

LA Galaxy II – Clement Diop; Joe Franco, Daniel Steres, Dave Romney, Bradley Diallo (Jason Bli 61); Ariel Lassiter, Andre Auras (Adonis Amaya 77), Kenney Walker (Alejandro Covarrubias 45), Raul Mendiola (Jaime Villarreal 45); Kainoa Bailey (Edson Buddle 61), Jack McBean.

Subs Not Used: Nick Shackleford, Travis Bowen.

Stats: Shots: 7, Shots on Goal: 3, Saves: 3, Corner Kicks: 4, Offside: 1.

Sacramento River Cats Took Game Two Of The Series Beat Isotopes 5-2; Duval Hits 10th Homer Adds 3 RBI’s

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The Sacramento River Cats took game two of the series against the Albuquerque Isotopes Sunday afternoon, 5-2. Adam Duvall led the way for the offense as Austin Fleet picked up his second win and second quality start of the season.

Duvall went 3-for-5 with two singles and his first home run in nine days. With the 3 hits and 3 RBIs, Duvall notched his 13th multi-hit game and eighth multi-RBI game of the season, both of which lead the River Cats. Duvall’s homer was his 10th of the season, and he now has 32 RBIs. Ehire Adrianza also had a good day at the plate, reaching base four times as he went 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored.

Austin Fleet pitched 6 solid innings, finishing his day having allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks with 4 strikeouts. Both runs came on solo home runs, one by Kyle Parker and another by Matt McBride. He threw 87 pitches, 54 for strikes.

The River Cats got on the board first with three consecutive singles, starting with leadoff hitter Brett Jackson. Duvall’s single drove home Jackson for a 1-0 River Cats lead. Albuquerque tied it up in the 2nd with a home run, but the River Cats answered back in the 5th. After Adrianza walked, he advanced to third on a Duvall single before Jarrett Parker knocked him in with a single of his own.

Albuquerque evened the score with a home run from Matt McBride in the 6th, but Duvall’s two-run homer gave Sacramento the 4-2 lead. The River Cats added another run in the 8th when Darren Ford, pinch-hitting for pitcher Clay Rapada, tripled, sending John Bowker home.

The bullpen pitched 3 shutout innings, combining for 1 walk and 3 strikeouts. Cory Gearrin and Rapada tag-teamed the 7th inning, and Juan Gutierrez pitched the 8th. Hunter Strickland closed out the game, picking up his fifth save of the season. He is now 5-for-5 in save opportunities.

Game three of the series is set for tomorrow at 5:35 p.m. PT. The River Cats will start LHP Ty Blach (3-3, 3.40), while Albuquerque will counter with LHP Tyler Matzek (0-1, 63.00). Blach has pitched at least 6 innings in his last four starts and has a 1.82 ERA over that time. The game can be heard live online and on ESPN 1320 following the Rise Guys.

Courtesy Sacramento RiverCats Media Relations

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The Sacramento River Cats are the Triple-A affiliate of the 2014 World Champion San Francisco Giants. The team plays at Raley Field in West Sacramento, consistently voted one of the top ballparks in America. River Cats Season Tickets, Mini-Plans, and Flex Plans can be purchased for the 2015 season by calling the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487). For more information about the River Cats, visit www.rivercats.com<http://sacramento.rivercats.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t105>. For information on other events at Raley Field, visit www.raleyfield.com<http://www.raleyfield.com/>.

 

Late Rally Not Enough As The Sacramento River Cats Lose 6-4 To The Albuquerque Isotopes In Series Opener

May 16, 2015 10:16 PM PT

Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media relations.

ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. – The Sacramento River Cats put up a late rally, but came up just short as they dropped game one of their four game set with the Albuquerque Isotopes 6-4. Kevin Correia had a strong outing, but his few mistakes on the evening were too much to overcome.

The River Cats got on the board first Saturday, as Brett Jackson led off the game with a double to right field. Two batters later Juan Perez drove him in with a single to left. The Isotopes countered quickly however, tying the game in the bottom half on an RBI groundout.

Correia started out strong, bringing a no hitter into the fourth. The Isotopes bats finally showed up in the inning, recording 3 runs on 4 hits, two of which went for extra bases. Correia would surrender another run in the 5th on a solo home run by Roger Bernadina, but that would be all Albuquerque would get on him before he settled down.

In the seventh inning, trailing 5-1, the River Cats began to rally and place themselves back in the game. With two out and a runner on second, Jackson doubled, driving in Trevor Brown. The next batter, Darren Ford, hit a two-run inside-the-park home run to trim the lead to just one.

The River Cats faced more danger in the eighth as Albuquerque put runners on first and second with nobody out, forcing Correia out of the game. Curtis Partch entered the game in relief and retired the first two batters he faced, but allowed one inherited runner to score via a throwing error from Carlos Triunfel.

Sacramento had other chances to trim the deficit. With two outs in the third, the River Cats had runners on the corners but Travis Ishikawa struck out to end the inning. In the ninth, early offense got runners on second and third with nobody out, but no one would score as the Isotopes retired the next three batters to end the game.

The top of the order played a key role in the Sacramento offense on Saturday, with the top two hitters Jackson and Ford combining to go 5-for-9 with 3 RBI. They also had 3 extra base hits, including Ford’s inside-the-park home run.

Correia (0-1, 4.38) settled down following the middle innings, retiring 9 of the last 12 men he faced. He finished the night pitching 7+ innings, allowing 6 runs (5 earned) on 7 hits, walking 2 and striking out 4. Correia entered the night looking for his first decision, having received a no decision in each of his first three starts. Left hander John Lannan (1-1, 4.70) earned the win pitching 7 innings, allowing 4 runs (1 earned) on 9 hits, striking out 2.

The River Cats will look to even the series tomorrow when it will be right hander Austin Fleet (2-3, 7.59) facing off against David Hale (0-2, 8.20) for the Isotopes. Fleet will be making his first career start against Albuquerque, as he was the lone Sacramento starter not to pitch against the ‘Topes earlier this month in Sacramento. First pitch is scheduled for 12:35 p.m. (PT).

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The Sacramento River Cats are the Triple-A affiliate of the 2014 World Champion San Francisco Giants. The team plays at Raley Field in West Sacramento, consistently voted one of the top ballparks in America. River Cats Season Tickets, Mini-Plans, and Flex Plans can be purchased for the 2015 season by calling the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487). For more information about the River Cats, visit www.rivercats.com. For information on other events at Raley Field, visit www.raleyfield.com.

The San Jose SaberCats Remain UnBeaten Blowout The Spokane Shock 83-28

May 16, 2015 9:57 PM PT

All Photos by Shawn Jonas from May 8, 2015 at the SAP Center vs. Las Vegas Outlaws

Courtesy Of The San Jose Saber Cats Media Relations  

By Mathew Dziak

Spokane, Wash. – The San Jose SaberCats (8-0, 2-0) defeated the Spokane Shock (2-5, 0-2), 83-28 at Spokane Veteran’s Memorial Arena on Saturday May 16th, to remain undefeated on the season.

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Getting his second consecutive start for San Jose, quarterback Nathan Stanley built on his success from last week’s performance against the Las Vegas Outlaws; completing 14-of -22 passes for 212 yards and set a career-high with eight touchdowns (nine total), leading San Jose’s offense to its highest point total of the season. San Jose’s 83 points was the highest point total this season scored by an Arena Football League team and the first to eclipse 80 points in a game.

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The SaberCats got on the board first, with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Stanley to Darius Reynolds. On the ensuing drive, defensive back Ken Fontenette grabbed an interception from Spokane quarterback Warren Smith. Fontenette finished with six tackles, a fumble recovery on special teams and now leads the Arena Football League with six interceptions this season, after adding three against Spokane. Rich Ranglin made it 14-0 in the first quarter, after hauling in a 17-yard touchdown, his third of the season.

Spokane cut the San Jose lead to 14-7, with a 7–yard touchdown from Smith to receiver Anthony Amos. Amos finished with a team high nine receptions for 87 yards and two touchdowns. The SaberCats answered in the beginning of the second quarter, with a 3-yard touchdown from Reynolds to make it a 21-7 lead. Reynolds added a 37-yard touchdown reception off a screen play and finished with a team-high 85 yards on four receptions and four total touchdowns (three receiving).

The Shock’s leading receiver this season, Mike Washington added to his touchdown total, with a leaping 6-yard touchdown reception, crashing into the end zone boards to cut the SaberCats’ lead to 21-14, prior to the end of the first quarter. Washington finished with eight receptions for 74 yards and a pair of touchdowns and the 21-14 mark was the closest Spokane got within of San Jose.

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With a big hit from David Hyland on Shock receiver Rashaad Carter, Ken Fontenette grabbed the deflection and returned the interception for a touchdown to extend the SaberCats lead to 42-21 in the second quarter.

The SaberCats held a commanding, 49-21 lead at halftime, after Stanley scrambled right and ran in a 3-yard touchdown with under a minute left tin the half. Whether it was through the air, or on the ground, Stanley had a career night.

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After spending four seasons with the Shock, SaberCats’ receiver Adron Tennell returned to Spokane and had a tremendous impact. Tennell finished with six receptions for 74 yards and hauled in three touchdowns.

Also starting his second straight game, Spokane quarterback Warren Smith did not have the same success he had last week against the Los Angeles KISS. Smith threw for 206 yards and four touchdowns, but was picked off four times.

After trailing 76-28 with seven minutes remaining, the Shock turned to Chase Coffman at quarterback. Coffman was unable to rally Spokane against the dominant SaberCats’ defense, completing only 1-of-8 passes for five yards to end the game.

The SaberCats outscored the Shock 34-7 in the second half to sustain their lead and secure the win.

After the Philadelphia Soul lost to the Jacksonville Sharks, San Jose is the only unbeaten team in the AFL and will be back at home next week Saturday, May 23rd at 7:30PM PDT, to host the Cleveland Gladiators (5-3) for Military Appreciation Night at the SAP Center.

San Jose SaberCats Announce Radio Broadcast Of Games On KDOW 1220 AM

May 15, 2015 11:59 PM PT

San Jose, CA.- The San Jose SaberCats announced today that they have partnered with KDOW 1220AM radio to provide radio game coverage for the remainder of the season.

“We are thrilled to bring our fans another means to hear our games and keep up with the team this season,” said Owner and Head Coach Darren Arbet.

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Longtime sports anchor and broadcasting veteran will have the play-by-play call and former SaberCats’ two-time All-Arena wide receiver Steve Papin will handle color commentary duties.

Broadcasts begin with the game this Saturday, May 16th against the Spokane Shock, with kickoff set for 4:00PM PDT the broadcast will be tape delayed and will not begin until 6:00PM PDT.

KDOW has been broadcasting over Bay Area radio airways since 2008, with its original stationing, KIBE, dating back to 1949. Known as the “Bay Area’s Business Leader” KDOW primarily has focused on 24/7 business and financial news and talk shows and the SaberCats’ game broadcasts will be the first of its kind on the station.

Courtesy Of The San Jose SaberCats Media Relations