Emmy Awarded to Broadcast Team Behind Sacramento Republic FC’s 2014 USL Championship Match; Northern California Best Sporting Game Live/Unedited.

All Photos by Shawn Jonas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento Republic FC broadcast of the 2014 USL Championship match won the Northern California Emmy for Best Sporting Game Live/Unedited. The match aired live on CW31, Republic FC’s official broadcast partner, on Saturday, September 27, 2014. The broadcast was executive produced by Franklin Pictures, produced by Geoff Butler and directed by Mike Bird.

“This Emmy recognizes the amazing partnership between Republic FC, Franklin Pictures and CW31 along with the talented men and women, both behind and in front of the camera, that made this broadcast a reality,” said Republic FC Vice President of Marketing and Communications Erika Bjork. “Republic FC’s commitment to a championship-caliber team extends beyond the squad on the field. Our broadcast team did the unimaginable in less than a week, by taking the excitement and atmosphere of our matches, and bringing it to life in living rooms, pubs and watch parties.”

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The Republic FC broadcast was led by Franklin Pictures in collaboration with Republic FC, producer Geoff Butler Emmy Awarded to Broadcast Team Behind Sacramento Republic FC’s 2014 USL Championship Match.

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Franklin Pictures, Geoff Butler, Mike Bird and KOVR/CBS were recognized with a Northern California Emmy for Best Sporting Game Live/Unedited. and director Mike Bird. The Republic FC broadcast was one of three nominees, beating out broadcasts submitted by the Golden State Warriors (NBA) and San Jose Sharks (NHL). The Emmy award-winning broadcast may be viewed via Republic FC’s YouTube page.

“It is such an honor to have received this award, and amongst such great company,” said executive producer Rusty Prevatt of Franklin Pictures. “We are thankful to Sacramento Republic FC for placing their faith and their brand in our hands for such a special event. This was a team effort in the truest since of the phrase. It couldn’t have happened without every single person invested and involved they way they were.”

The broadcast, which was planned and produced in less than a week, averaged a 1.6 household rating and a 2.4 rating in the key male 18-34 demographic. Republic FC’s 1.6 rating was better than two college football games that aired in the same time slot. The Notre Dame versus Syracuse game received a 1.5 rating and the Baylor versus Iowa State game had a 1.3 rating.

Republic FC will televise locally eight of their home matches this season. The matches will air live on either CW31 or CBS13, Republic FC’s official TV partners. The next broadcast is Saturday, June 20 when Republic FC faces Oklahoma City Energy FC on CW31. Kickoff is 8:00 p.m. For a full TV broadcast schedule visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Best Sporting Game Live Emmy Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Game Preview: Los Angeles Kiss vs. San Jose SaberCats

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose SaberCats (11-0) will play host to the Los Angeles KISS (1-9) on Saturday June 13th at 7:30PM PDT for the second time this season.

The 2015 SaberCats are approaching franchise history, yet their focus remains on each upcoming opponent. In a rematch of San Jose’s home opener against the KISS, the week 12 rendition will provide the SaberCats with an opportunity to improve to 12-0, tying a franchise best start set in 2002.

In the previous meeting in week two, San Jose came out with a 54-28 victory, behind a balanced aerial attack and disruptive defense. In his first game as a SaberCat at the SAP Center, quarterback Erik Meyer paved the way, completing 64.5 percent of his passes for 222 yards and five touchdowns. Meyer connected with four different receivers for a touchdown, while Reggie Gray led all SaberCats with 10 receptions for 97 yards and two touchdowns.

Currently, Gray ranks first in the league with 29 total touchdowns (26 receiving) and eclipsed the 1,000 yards receiving mark for the fifth straight year of his AFL career. With Meyer and Gray firing on all cylinders, the SaberCats’ have remained at the peak of AFL scoring offense and have already clinched the Pacific Division title.

Hinging on its depth and talent on the defensive side of the ball, San Jose has the number one ranked defense and has only allowed an average of 36.8 points per game. Winning by an average margin of 23.8 points, the SaberCats had five sacks, two interceptions and only surrendered 209 total yards against the KISS in week two. The defensive front for San Jose has consistently put pressure on opposing quarterbacks as well. Defensive tackle Jason Stewart is second in the AFL with 6.5 sacks, while Francis Maka and Luis Vasquez rank among the top five.

Combined with a disruptive front is the ball-hawking secondary for San Jose. Defensive back Ken Fontenette leads the way, roaming the secondary for the SaberCats. After adding 13.5 tackles last week, Fontenette’s 85.5 total tackles and nine interceptions ranks first in the AFL. With Fontenette, Eric Crocker and legendary SaberCat Clevan Thomas, San Jose’s secondary will be matched up against a dual-threat quarterback and one of the best receivers in the league.

A mainstay in the AFL, KISS receiver Donovan Morgan is second in the league with 1,148 receiving yards, reaching the 1,000 yard plateau for the sixth straight season. Morgan is coming off a three touchdown performance against the Portland Thunder and with 24 on the season; his ability to make plays will challenge the SaberCats.

Returning to the starting lineup last week, quarterback Adrian McPherson had an immediate impact for the KISS. Against the Thunder, McPherson had 240 passing yards and five touchdowns, adding 32 yards on seven rushes. McPherson leads all quarterbacks with eight rushing touchdowns and against San Jose’s top-ranked pass rush, his legs will be relied upon, as will his arm.

Going through major overhaul on its roster since the last meeting, the KISS is coming off a 52-40 victory over the Portland Thunder last week, the first of the season for them. In a trade with the New Orleans Voodoo a couple weeks ago, Los Angeles acquired defensive back Rayshaun Kizer. A four-time All-Arena defender, Kizer led the way with 8.5 total tackles and added two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown in last week’s win.

Continuing to bolster the defense, the KISS also added defensive end Dajohn Harris (6-4 285) and defensive back Josh Victorian (5-10 190), both of whom have multiple years of experience in the National Football League. The additions have seemed to pay off for Los Angeles, with the 40 points surrendered last week the lowest total on the season.

The game will also have a special number retirement and Hall of Fame celebration for former player and current Assistant Head Coach Omarr Smith. The celebration will include a halftime tribute to Smith, the retiring of his jersey number 14 and a Hall of Fame pin and banner give away to the first 5,000 fans in attendance.

The game can be found on ESPN3 or KDOW 1220AM radio.

Game Preview Courtesy of the San Jose SaberCats Media Relations

Clayton Blackburn Fans Season High Nine in Loss; Sacramento River Cats Seventh Inning Rally Comes Up Short, Sacramento Drops Finale 6-3

All Photos By Shawn Jonas

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Clayton Blackburn was solid for the River Cats Tuesday night, fanning a new season high nine hitters in his third quality start of the season. A seventh-inning rally for Sacramento tied the game at three, but the River Cats couldn’t hold on as they fell 6-3 to the Tacoma Rainiers.

Blackburn started his night by retiring nine of the first 10 batters he faced. He endured one big inning in which he allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, but settled right back into a grove immediately after. Blackburn finished his night pitching 6 innings, allowing 3 earned runs on 8 hits, walking 2 and striking out a season high 9. He threw 109 pitches on the night, 68 of them for strikes.

His 9 strikeouts are the most by any River Cat pitcher this season, passing lefty Braulio Lara. Lara struck out 8 against the Las Vegas 51s at Raley Field on April 15.

Trailing 3-1 in the seventh, the River Cats pulled even with the Rainiers. Carlos Triunfel followed Juan Ciriaco’s leadoff single with an RBI triple to cut the deficit to one. Triunfel scored to tie the game two batters later when Kevin Frandsen grounded into a double play. Triunfel reached base three times on the night, going 3-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and a run.

The Rainiers countered immediately, retaking the lead with two runs in the eighth on an RBI-single from Leon Landry and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Patrick Kivlehan. Kivlehan was 1-for-3 on the night and was responsible for knocking in two of Tacoma’s runs. They added one more in the ninth on a Michael Broadway wild pitch.

Tacoma’s Forrest Snow was also strong on the mound, not allowing a base hit until the third inning. He pitched 5 innings, allowing just 1 earned run on 5 hits while walking 1 and striking out 4. The win went to Danny Farquhar (1-0, 6.75), his first of the season, and Mayckol Guaipe recorded his fourth save. Sacramento’s Erik Cordier (0-1, 2.70) took the loss.

The loss drops Sacramento into a tie with Tacoma for second place in the Northern Division. The Fresno Grizzlies still sit atop the division and possess a 6.5 game lead over both the River Cats and Rainiers.

Following tomorrow’s league-wide off day, the River Cats will head to El Paso for a four-game road trip. The trip will be Sacramento’s second to Southwest University Park this season and they’ll look to exact some revenge for the four-game sweep they suffered at the hands of the Chihuahuas in April. The River Cats will open with right-hander Jake Peavy (0-1, 8.00) on Thursday. Opposing him will be the Chihuahuas’ lefty Robbie Erlin (5-4, 5.49). First pitch Thursday is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

River Cats’ Win Streak Comes to an End with a Matinee Match; Pitching Staff Comes Up Short in 8-1 Loss

All Photos by Shawn Jonas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The River Cats struggled to find their footing in Sunday’s matinee game against the Tacoma Rainiers, falling 8-1. A lack of hits and spotty pitching were contributing factors in Sacramento’s first loss after five straight wins.

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Ehire Adrianza got the game started with a leadoff home run to immediately put the River Cats ahead 1-0. Tacoma responded quickly with a two-run homer from Patrick Kivlehan to take the lead in the second inning. Three walks and a throwing error allowed the Rainiers to add to their lead with a five-run third inning.

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Tacoma did not slow down, adding another run in the fourth inning off a wild pitch by Jake Dunning. The River Cats were unable to produce a comeback as the Rainiers’ bullpen limited them to just one hit over the final three innings. Sacramento’s three-hit total came from Adrianza’s homer, a bloop double from Kevin Frandsen in the third, and a Ryan Lollis single in the eighth.

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Nik Turley made his third appearance this season, but pitched just 2+ innings in a rough start. He allowed 7 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks with 2 strikeouts. He threw to 5 batters in the third before being replaced by Dunning. Braulio Lara’s 2 inning-outing against El Paso just barely edges out Turley’s time on the mound today for the least amount of innings pitched by a River Cats starter this season.

Dunning’s stint on the mound didn’t improve matters, as he allowed a run on 2 hits and 3 walks with 2 strikeouts. However, the bullpen seemed to get back on track when Brett Bochy took over in the fifth inning. Bochy, Hall, and Rapada finished up the game with a combined 4.1 innings, allowing no runs on 1 hit and 1 walk with 2 strikeouts.

After starting the season 6-0 in day games, the River Cats are now 8-9 after today’s loss. They have 11 day games remaining this season.

The River Cats continue their series with the Tacoma Rainiers tomorrow with game three set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Sacramento will send LHP Ty Blach (5-5, 3.63) to counter the Rainiers’ RHP Sam Gaviglio (5-4, 4.31). Blach’s most recent outing was the longest by a River Cats pitcher this season after tossing 8 solid innings. He struck out a season-high seven batters and walked none in that game. Blach’s BB/9 improved to 0.91 with only 7 walks in his 69.1 innings pitched.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

San Jose SaberCats Ground Spokane Shock 55-26;11th Straight Win, Remain Undefeated

All photos by Shawn Jonas

SAN JOSE, Calif.– The San Jose SaberCats (11-0) remain unbeaten, as they defeated visiting Pacific Division foe, the Spokane Shock (3-7), 55-26 on Friday night.

“The game tonight was a hard fought game,” said Owner and Head Coach Darren Arbet. “They hung in there, continued to grind and got it done.”

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The SaberCats got off to a quick start, taking two plays to score with quarterback Erik Meyer running into the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown to give San Jose an early 7-0 lead. Meyer completed 27-of-39 passes for 260 yards and five touchdowns, while adding two more scores on the ground. With great field position set up by a 39-yard kickoff return from Anthony Amos, the Shock capped its opening drive off with a quarterback run of its own, as Warren Smith snuck in for the 1-yard touchdown. Meyer completed 27-of-39 passes for 260 yards and five touchdowns, while adding two more scores on the ground.

“If the coverage tightens up a little bit, (Erik) is able to move around and then we go through the scrambling drill,” said receiver Reggie Gray. “It goes back to pop warner, once the quarterback is moving around; forget what is going on, just get open.”

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Striking again, San Jose answered with a 13-yard pass from Meyer to Gray, as the SaberCats held a 14-6 edge in the first quarter. Gray, the AFL Week 9 Most Valuable Player, finished with 10 receptions for 122 yards and two touchdowns to lead the SaberCats.

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Late in the first half, Jeremy Kelley hauled in a 7-yard touchdown reception from Meyer, the first of his AFL career, giving San Jose a 28-13 advantage. Kelley added a 4-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, finishing with three receptions for 17 yards and two touchdowns.

Driving down to the seven yard line, Spokane had an opportunity to score on the last play of the first half, but Ken Fontenette broke up a pass from Smith and the 28-13 mark would stand at halftime. Fontenette, the AFL Week 10 MVP, led all defenders with 15 tackles and is currently leading the AFL in total tackles.

“(Ken) is smart, he’s competitive every day and every down,” said Arbet. “He is just a competitive guy and it carries over to the football field and he’s playing really well right now.”

Spokane was without its leading pass rusher, James Ruffin, on its defensive front; however, it was the secondary for the Shock that was able to play great coverage on the SaberCats’ receivers.
Still, the resilient SaberCats leaned on their ferocious defense to hold an advantage throughout the game. Relying on its depth, San Jose at one point even used receiver Darius Reynolds at the linebacker spot for a brief stint.

“The defense played well,” said Arbet. “We played a lot of different guys on defense and when they got in there, they stepped up and did what they had to do.”

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Leading the way for the Shock was receiver Anthony Amos, who hauled in a 24-yard touchdown pass from Smith in the second quarter, finishing with a team-high 11 receptions for 121 yards and the score. In his second start against the SaberCats’ top-ranked defense, Smith completed 23-of-41 passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns through the air (one on the ground).

Falling over the boards in the corner of the end zone, Spokane receiver Nick Truesdell used his entire six-foot-seven-inch frame to haul in a 4-yard touchdown reception, as Spokane minimized the San Jose lead to 35-20 with 13:41 remaining in the fourth quarter. Coming off a four touchdown performance against the Arizona Rattlers last week, Truesdell was limited against San Jose’s prolific secondary, grabbing just five receptions for 32 yards and one touchdown.

“Anytime you can hold a team under 40 points in arena football, it’s almost unheard of,” said Fontenette. “For us to continue to do that really shows where we are going.”

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The SaberCats answered, with an 18-yard pass from Meyer to Gray, setting up Odie Armstrong for a 2-yard touchdown run, as San Jose pulled ahead 42-20. After trading touchdowns, the Shock held possession, trailing 49-26 with four minutes remaining, but the drive was halted when Mike Williams intercepted a Smith pass in the end zone, ultimately sealing the victory for the SaberCats.

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Mike Williams started in the box, then at defensive back and at the end, he got an interception to close the game out,” said Arbet.

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For San Jose, its next game will be at home in the SAP Center, against the Los Angeles Kiss on Saturday, June 13th at 7:30PM PDT.

Offensive Player of the Game: WR Reggie Gray
Defensive Player of the Game: DB Ken Fontenette
J. Lewis Small Playmaker of the Game: WR Reggie Gray
Cutters Catch of the Game: SPO WR Jabin Sambrano 4th QT TD
Highlight of the Game: FB Odie Armstrong catch and hurdle defender.

Game Recap Courtesy of the San Jose SaberCats

Sacramento Republic FC Signs Third Year NASL Veteran Midfielder Danny Barrera

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC has agreed to a contract with midfielder Danny Barrera. The midfielder is expected to play on Saturday against the Austin Aztex.

Barrera joins Republic FC after spending the last three years in the North American Soccer League (NASL). Barrera appeared in over 50 matches for the Atlanta Silverbacks, San Antonio Scorpions and Carolina Railhawks, scoring seven goals. Barrera appeared in 66 matches for UC Santa Barbara from 2008-2010, scoring 10 goals and recording 22 assists. He and Republic FC defender James Kiffe were teammates for the Gauchos in the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Barrera also appeared in 45 matches for the Ventura County Fusion, scoring 13 goals.

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Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-7
Weight: 150
Born: 1/8/1990
Birthplace: Bogotá, Colombia

Player Signing Courtesy of Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

 

Trevor Brown’s 3-Run Double and Jake Peavy’s Strong Start Leads to Sacramento River Cats 5th Straight Win with a 4-2 Victory

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats won their fifth straight game Saturday night as they topped the Tacoma Rainiers 4-2. Two time World Champion and former National League Cy Young award winner Jake Peavy made his second rehab appearance with the River Cats, pitching a strong outing that was backed by a big four-run sixth inning.

Peavy (0-1, 8.00) started out dealing, retiring 9 of the first 10 while facing the minimum through three innings. He ended his night pitching 4.1 innings, allowing 2 runs (both earned) on 4 hits while throwing 69 pitches. He walked only 1, and struck out 5, the most in any of his rehab starts. The start was his third rehab start, and second with Sacramento.

Tacoma got on the board first, as with 2 out in the fourth, Franklin Gutierrez hit a long home run to left-center to put the Rainiers up 2-0. Sacramento had a good chance to counter in the fifth when they loaded the bases with just 1 out, but Kevin Frandsen would ground into an inning ending double-play. The River Cats were hitless (0-for-3) with runners in scoring position through the first five innings.

In the sixth, the River Cats again loaded the bases, this time with nobody out. Trevor Brown nearly missed a grand slam, clearing the bases on a three-run double off the centerfield wall. He would later score in the inning on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Lollis. Brown finished the night 1-for-2 with a double, 3 RBI, and a hit by pitch.

Tacoma’s starting pitcher, right-hander Stephen Landazuri (0-3, 9.14) started out strong, holding Sacramento scoreless through the fifth inning. He finished the night pitching 6 innings, allowing 4 runs (all earned) on 4 hits. The Tacoma pitchers walked a total of 6 batters, setting a new season high for the River Cats offense.

Sacramento’s bullpen came in and shut the door in support of Peavy, pitching a combined 4.2 scoreless innings. Left-hander Jack Snodgrass (1-0, 0.00) made his River Cats debut and had a big impact as he earned his first career Triple-A win. He pitched 3.2 innings of relief, allowing 4 hits and striking out 5 while throwing 63 pitches. Eric Cordier pitched a scoreless ninth inning, earning his second save of the year.

The River Cats will look to for their sixth straight win tomorrow afternoon as they will send left-hander Nik Turley (1-1, 6.30) to the mound. Turley will be making just his third start of the year at the Triple-A level after spending almost 50 days on the Disabled List earlier in the season. Opposing him will be righty Danny Farquhar (0-0, 8.44) for Tacoma. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Austin Aztecs (0-1)

All Photos by Shawn Jonas

Despite outshooting the Austin Aztex 20-4, the Sacramento Republic FC fall, 1-0, at home in front of a sold-out crowd at Bonney Field.

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In a scoreless first half between Republic FC and the Austin Aztex, both keepers were active. Aztex keeper Devin Perales was called into action early in the 7th minute when Republic FC defender Emrah Klimenta sent a shot on goal. Defender Nemanja Vuković had a heading chance in the 13 minute, but his shot went over the crossbar. In the 20th minute, Cameron Iwasa had a goal disallowed after scoring a back-heel goal in an offside position.

Republic FC keeper Patrick McLain was active late in the first half. In the 44th minute McLain was forced to come off of his line to stop a breakaway opportunity. McLain made a diving save on a shot from Aztex midfielder Guaraci just before halftime in the 45th minute.

Republic FC had their best scoring chance of the match in the 56th minute when Iwasa sent a header on goal only to have it saved by a diving Perales. Soon after, in the 58th minute the Aztex used a strong build-up to send the ball out wide to defender Max Gunderson who found his defensive mate Travis Golden open in the box. Golden sent a one-touch left-footed shot to McLain’s right. McLain was able to get a hand on it but the shot deflected right into the back of the net for a 1-0 Aztex lead.

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Despite a number of chances in the final half hour, Republic FC could not find an equalizer. Shots from Gilberto and forward Justin Braun could not find the target and crosses from new acquisition Danny Barrera could not find a finish. Republic FC outshot the Austin Aztex 20-4 but they were only able to put 4 of those shots on goal. The match ended in a 1-0 defeat for Republic FC, the team’s second loss at home in USL play in 2015.

“It just doesn’t seem to be going our way and I thought tonight we pushed hard,” said Republic FC captain Justin Braun following the match. “Unfortunately, they get one chance and score the goal. The league is definitely better this year than last.”

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Republic FC will be in action again June 13 when they take on Arizona United SC in Scottsdale, Ariz. The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Sweep The Oklahoma City Dodgers Win 7-2; Stratton Makes Triple-A Debut

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Sacramento River Cats defeated the Oklahoma City Dodgers 7-2 in 12 innings Friday night. Former San Francisco Giants first round pick Chris Stratton made his Triple-A debut and behind Adam Duvall’s 13th home run of the year and a 5-run 12th inning, he helped the River Cats secure their first series sweep of the season.

Stratton (0-0, 1.42) – a 24-year old right-hander who was drafted out of Mississippi State by the Giants in the 1st round (20th overall) of the 2012 MLB Draft – made his Triple-A debut after getting called up from Double-A Richmond earlier Friday. He was nearly unstoppable, going 6.1 innings, while allowing 1 run (earned) on just 3 hits while walking 4 and striking out 1.

Sacramento got behind early, when in the second inning Kyle Jensen hit a solo home run to put the Dodgers up 1-0. There would be no shutdown inning however, as the River Cats tied the game in the third on a double by Kevin Frandsen, driving in Ronny Cedeno. Frandsen went 3-for-6 with 3 RBI in the game, and is batting .467 since joining the River Cats on June 1.

Stratton settled in for the middle innings, retiring 12-of-14 during that stretch while keeping the game tied. In the seventh, Duvall led off the inning with a long home run to left field to put his side up 2-1. He finished the night 2-for-3 with the home run and a double. In the eighth, Cory Seager hit his second home run of the series for Oklahoma City to tie things up and eventually sending the game to extra innings.

The River Cats had their best chance to score in the 11th, as they had the bases loaded with nobody out. However, they were unable to score any runs as they stranded all three. In the 12th, Sacramento got another chance as the bases were loaded once again with nobody out. They did not miss this time, driving in 5 runs on 6 hits with the big blow coming on a 2-run double by Cedeno.

Dodgers’ starting pitcher Scott Baker (4-3, 4.22) held the River Cats in check, going 7 innings while allowing just 2 runs (both earned) on 5 hits, walking none and striking out 4. This was just the first time Oklahoma City has been swept at home since August of 2012, when the River Cats also swept the then RedHawks at Chicksaw Brickyard Ballpark.

The River Cats will look to keep this good play going as they head home to begin a four game series with the Tacoma Rainiers on Saturday. It’ll be the 2007 National League Cy Young Award winner Jake Peavy (0-1, 11.57) going for the River Cats in his third rehab start. Opposing him will be righty Stephen Landazuri (0-2, 10.34) for Tacoma. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m., and you can hear the action on EPSN 1320 and rivercats.com.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Hosts Premier League Club Sunderland AFC on July 14 at Bonney Field

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Republic FC will host English Premier League Club Sunderland AFC on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 in a friendly at Bonney Field. Kickoff is currently scheduled for 8:00 p.m.

This will be one of two matches that Republic FC will play against an EPL opponent this year. On July 18, Republic FC will play Sunderland rival, Newcastle United, at Bonney Field.

Sunderland AFC was founded in 1879 by schoolteachers and originally named Sunderland and District Teachers Association Football Club. After the first year non-schoolteachers were allowed to join and the team got its permanent name, Sunderland Association Football Club. Sunderland has won the FA Cup twice (1937, 1973) and the First Division title six times (1891-1892, 1892-1893, 1894-1895, 1901-1902, 1912-1913, 1935-1936). They play their home matches at Stadium of Light, a 49,000-seat stadium that has hosted multiple England National Team matches.

In addition to the match against Republic FC, Sunderland will face Liga MX’s Club de Fútbol Pachuca in a separate friendly at Bonney Field. Pachuca finished seventh in Liga MX this season. The two clubs will play on Friday, July 17. Kickoff is currently scheduled for 8:00 p.m.

Both friendlies are not included in the Republic FC season ticket package. Republic FC Season Ticket Holders may secure first rights to their seats in a presale. Single match tickets will go on-sale to the general public on Wednesday, June 17 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster.com. Both matches will take place during the California State Fair.

The Republic FC versus Sunderland friendly will be broadcast on KHTK Sports 1140 AM and live streamed at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday. Updates will also be available via Twitter at @SacRepublicFC. For more information about the upcoming friendlies and the full Republic FC schedule visit SacRepublicFC.com.

Press Release Courtesy of Sacramento Republic FC