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Sacramento River Cats sweep Express to capture PCL Championship

Franchise’s fifth title sends club to Triple-A National Championship Game against Columbus

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats are headed to Memphis. A three-run eighth inning, fueled by three consecutive walks and a clutch hit from shortstop Abiatal Avelino, paved the way for a 7-5 victory and a sweep of the Round Rock Express to win the Pacific Coast League Championship. The title is the franchise’s fifth in its 20-year history, and first since 2008.

The River Cats and Express went back and forth in the first three innings, with Sacramento twice answering Round Rock’s run with two of their own in the next half inning. The contest entered the bottom of the seventh still knotted up at four when Drew Ferguson’s solo shot gave the Express a slim lead.

But it was a slew of singles and walks for the River Cats on Friday night, who managed to score seven runs without the aid of any extra-base hits. After drawing three straight walks in the eighth inning, Avelino’s soft liner ricocheted off pitcher Ralph Garza’s glove and scooted past a diving second baseman into right field as two runs scored. Mike Gerber’s groundout plated an insurance run before Enderson Franco would emerge once again from the bullpen, this time for an impressive five-out save.

Memphis, Tenn. will be the setting for Tuesday night’s Triple-A National Championship matchup between the River Cats and the Columbus Clippers, Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. It will be the third appearance for Sacramento, and fourth for Columbus. Neither team has announced a starting pitcher for the ballgame. First pitch is set for 5:00 p.m. (PT). Watch the game live on FS1. Or listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM beginning at 6:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Avelino provides walk-off as Sacramento River Cats take Game 1

Pena’s two-run blast sparks River Cats comeback

SUMMERLIN, Nev. — The Sacramento River Cats (1-0) played a roller coaster ballgame in game one of the PCL Championship Series, with shortstop Abiatal Avelino giving them an 8-7 walk-off win over the Round Rock Express (0-1).

It was a wild opening game to this Championship Series, as the lead changed hands seven different times at Raley Field on Tuesday night. Designated hitter Francisco Peña led the offense, going 4-for-4 with three RBI, while outfielder Jacob Heyward picked up a double, a single, and knocked in two runs. 

Round Rock would get to the River Cats bullpen in the middle innings, as righties Ricardo Pinto and Sam Wolff combined to allow three runs, giving the Express a 6-5 lead in the eighth. With one on and one away in the eighth, however, Pena would deliver a clutch two-run shot down the left field line to give Sacramento a 7-6 lead. 

The stage was set for a Sacramento walk-off after lefty Steven Okert surrendered a solo blast in the ninth to tie the game at seven. Then, with two outs and catcher Ronnie Freeman at second, Abiatal Avelino would deliver the victorious hit, doubling home Freeman to give the River Cats with a huge game one win.

Sacramento will look to take a commanding two games to none lead with right-hander Chase Johnson (1-2, 7.65) getting the ball on Wednesday night. Round Rock will turn to righty Brandon Bielak (8-4, 4.41).  First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats First-inning homers spark series-clinching win over Aviators

River Cats to face the Round Rock Express in the PCL Championship

SUMMERLIN, Nev. — Shortstop Abiatal Avelino led off the ballgame with a home run for the second time in three days. It set the tone for the first inning, as well as the rest of the game as the Sacramento River Cats defeated the Las Vegas Aviators 7-3 to win the series and advance to the Pacific Coast League Championship.

Following Avelino’s solo shot, Joe McCarthy and Zach Houchins would go back to back to give Caleb Baragar a four-run cushion before even stepping foot on the mound. The left-hander kept the Aviators out of the hit column for the first three innings, and finished his afternoon with eight strikeouts and one earned run in five frames.

Three insurance runs were added in the fifth and sixth innings, including two that were scored on wild pitches. Relievers Steven Okert, Dan Winkler, and Enderson Franco were fantastic out of the bullpen as they kept Las Vegas completely off the bases in the final 3.2 innings.

After fending off the Iowa Cubs on Sunday afternoon, the Round Rock Express advanced from the other side of the bracket. Neither the River Cats nor the Express have announced probable starters for Tuesday’s series opener at Raley Field. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Luzardo Shuts down Sacramento River Cats in game three

Sacramento on brink of elimination after 11-4 loss

SUMMERLIN, Nev. — The Sacramento River Cats faced a tough task on Friday night as they met top pitching prospect Jesus Luzardo. The left-hander cooled off Sacramento’s bats in an 11-4 victory for the Las Vegas Aviators

Shortstop Abiatal Avelino led off the game with a solo shot but that was it for the River Cats offense until the eighth inning as Luzardo struck out seven batters pitching into the sixth inning. Sacramento would strike for a trio of runs late in the game to cut the lead to four only to watch the Aviators match them in the bottom half of the inning.

Right-hander Carlos Navas will look to help force a game five as he’ll take the ball on Saturday night for the River Cats. The Aviators will go with righty Grant Holmes in what will be just his second Triple-A start. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

McCarthy Breaks Out Of Slump To Help Sacramento River Cats Even Series

Right fielder collects three hits and drives in two runs in 8-6 win

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats bounced back from their game-one loss to defeat the Las Vegas Aviators 8-6 on Thursday night to send a deadlocked series to Las Vegas.

Outfielder Joe McCarthy, who entered tonight’s ballgame with 16 strikeouts to just one hit in his last 30 plate appearances, laced three hits including a two-run double in the bottom of the third. The club’s five-run inning looked worthy of holding until the Aviators plated five runs of their own in the fifth and sixth innings.

But the River Cats would immediately take back the lead as infielders Zach Houchins and Abiatal Avelino each knocked in a run with singles in the bottom half of the sixth. Relievers Dan Winkler and Williams Jerez teamed up to fend off the Aviators in the final three innings, with Jerez securing a four-out save.

As the series shifts to Las Vegas, right-hander Brandon Lawson will be making his River Cats debut as he takes the ball for game three. The Aviators will go with Oakland Athletics No. 1-ranked prospect, left-hander Jesus Luzardo. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Late Aces Rally Dooms Sacramento River Cats In Series Opener

Avelino, Davis homer for Sacramento in tough 6-5 loss

RENO, Nev. — The Sacramento River Cats (64-58) dropped game one of a crucial four-game set with the division rival Reno Aces (58-64) by a final score of 6-5. The River Cats now lead the Pacific Northern division by six games over the Aces and by nine over the Fresno Grizzlies with 18 games remaining.

Reno jumped out to a 4-1 lead after taking advantage of two Sacramento errors in the second inning, but the River Cats would crawl back. Shortstop Mauricio Dubon’s two-run single in the third cut their deficit down to one, and outfielder Joe McCarthy’s RBI single tied the game an inning later. Then, second baseman Abiatal Avelino crushed a solo shot in the sixth to put his club ahead by one on what was their fourth unanswered run. 

But in the bottom of the seventh, left-hander Sam Selman was one out from escaping a jam when Aces outfielder Jamie Westbrook doubled home a pair of runs. Sacramento’s offense was shut down in the final three frames as the Reno staff retired ten in a row to close out the ballgame.

It will be left-hander Conner Menez (2-0, 4.06) on the bump for Sacramento looking to even the series while Reno will send righty RHP Taylor Clarke (3-1, 6.63) to the mound. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacrmamento River Cats Walk-Off On Sounds To Even Series

McCarthy blasts first River Cats home run in 3-2 victory

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (64-55) earned their first walk-off win since June 14, defeating the Nashville Sounds (51-66) by a score of 3-2 on an Abiatal Avelino RBI-single in the bottom of the ninth.

The River Cats got a perfect start from right-hander Carlos Torres in his River Cats debut. Torres, who has played with three different Triple-A clubs this season, faced nine batters and retired all nine including three strikeouts. Relieving Torres was right-hander Casey Meisner, who tossed five innings and gave up just two runs on three hits with a walk and a strikeout. 

Joe McCarthy smashed a solo home run in the fifth inning, his first since joining the River Cats on August 3. Right fielder Jaylin Davis plated the tying run with his second double of the afternoon in the eighth, then Avelino singled in the ninth to chase home the pinch-running Mauricio Dubon for the 3-2 walk-off win.

Right-hander Dereck Rodriguez (3-0, 3.64) will take the ball for the River Cats in game three of this four-game set, with the Sounds turning to righty Seth Maness (7-4, 5.97). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Late Rally Comes Up Short For Sacramento River Cats

Rickard extends hit streak to 11 games with fourth-inning single

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A night after breaking out for 18 runs on 16 hits, the Sacramento River Cats (57-49) were stifled by the Tacoma Rainiers (49-57), dropping game two of their three-game series by a score of 5-2.

The River Cats offense was held in check on Saturday night against a Rainiers staff that was ravaged the night before. The River Cats had a golden opportunity in the seventh when Rainier pitchers walked the bases loaded with one away – the River Cats squeezed across two runs on a wild pitch and RBI-single from Abiatal Avelino, but would get no closer. Sacramento managed just five hits overall, none going for extra bases.

Starter Enderson Franco delivered a strong performance in a losing effort, allowing just two runs, three hits and striking out five over five innings of work. Rehabbing San Francisco Giants’ relievers Travis Bergen and Nick Vincent combined for three innings of one-run ball while striking out five batters. 

Left-hander Andrew Suarez (5-6, 5.82) will take the mound for the final game of the season-series against the Rainiers. Tacoma will turn to right-hander Darren McCaughan (0-2, 6.30). First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, on Money 105.5 FM (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Complete Sweep Of Rainiers With 6-5 Victory

Avelino and Shaw each homer in Sunday finale

TACOMA, Wash. — The Sacramento River Cats (54-47) completed a three-game series sweep of the Tacoma Rainiers (48-53) with a thrilling 6-5 victory on Sunday afternoon. 

Sacramento fell behind 1-0 early, but used a two-run second and three-run third inning to take control of the ballgame. Abiatal Avelino did the damage in the second by smacking an opposite field two-run homer to give the River Cats a lead they would not give back. Chris Shaw added to that lead with a mammoth home run, part of the three-run third inning. Later, Joey Rickard drove in a key insurance run with a single up the middle to score Ronnie Freeman and put the River Cats up 6-3 in the seventh.

Enderson Franco turned in a solid performance to keep the River Cats in the game, and picked up his fifth win of the year, going 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on six hits, while fanning four. Tacoma made it interesting late by hitting a two-run jack in the eighth to cut the lead to one, but Fernando Abad came on in the ninth to slam the door and earn his 12th save of the season. 

After a Monday off day, Sacramento will head to Fresno on Tuesday to open up a crucial three-game series with the Grizzlies. Lefty Andrew Suarez (5-6, 5.90) will take the mound in the opener, while Fresno will counter with right-hander Logan Ondrusek (4-4, 8.59). 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, on Money 105.5 FM (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Bounce Back In Game, Two To Split Doubleheader

Garcia homers in each game of twin bill, collects four total hits and five RBI on the night

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — following a 12-5 loss in the first of two games on Tuesday night, the Sacramento River Cats (50-46) bounced back in the nightcap for an 8-6 victory over the Salt Lake Bees (41-55) to earn a doubleheader split.

River Cats’ starter Enderson Franco struggled through five innings in game one of the twin bill, allowing eight runs on 11 hits with three punch outs. Newly promoted right-hander Rodolfo Martinez then came on to make his Triple-A debut in relief, but was roughed up in the sixth inning of the 12-5 loss. Catcher Aramis Garcia and outfielder Mike Gerber each homered in the contest, but Sacramento was unable to keep up with the Bees offensive display.

In game two, the River Cats turned to the bullpen to cover the seven innings, beginning with submariner Tyler Rogers. While Rogers surrendered four runs in the first inning, he bounced back with a clean second inning. Sam Selman, Jandel Gustave, Fernando Abad, and Sam Coonrod would then piece together the final five innings while allowing just two additional runs and scattering six hits.

The offense showed a lot of fight in game two, working their way back from down 4-0 to take the lead in the third. Abiatal Avelino blasted his ninth home run of 2019, and Chris Shaw followed up his five-hit game with a four-hit doubleheader. The big swing of the bat, however, came from Garcia, whose second home run of the day broke a 6-6 tie and proved to be the difference.

Right-hander Yoanys Quiala (4-5, 6.56) will get the start for the River Cats in game four of this five game series, and Salt Lake will counter with right-hander JC Ramirez (1-2, 7.47). First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, on Money 105.5 FM (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations