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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

Sacramento River Cats Crush Aces To Finish Out First Half

Green reaches base six times as club shatters franchise record with 27 hits

RENO, Nev. — The Sacramento River Cats (46-43) moved into first place heading into the All-Star break with a record-breaking 21-7 blowout victory over the Reno Aces (39-50) on Sunday afternoon.

After trailing 6-2 through two innings, the Sacramento offense would explode for 19 unanswered runs over the course of the next seven frames. The five-run third inning, which put the River Cats ahead for good, was comprised of two big home runs – a three-run shot from shortstop Abiatal Avelino and a two-run bomb from first baseman Chris Shaw. Both players would finish the game with four runs batted in.

As the game got out of hand, third baseman Zach Green hit his team-leading 22nd home run of the season in what was his fifth time reaching base in the ballgame. He would single in the ninth to finish the afternoon going 3-for-4 with three walks.

Then in the ninth, the River Cats would add three more runs on five hits to smash a franchise record for most hits (27) in a game. Their previous high (24) had been set twice in team history, most recently on April 30, 2016 at Salt Lake.

The River Cats will return from the break primed for a four-game showdown with the Pacific Northern division rival Fresno Grizzlies, who sit just a half game back of Sacramento. Right-hander Enderson Franco will be on the hill for River Cats facing a pitcher yet to be determined by Fresno. 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.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Suarez’ Brilliant As Sacramento River Cats Clobber Isotopes

Avelino comes up a triple shy of the cycle on three hit night

West Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (43-41) beat up on the Albuquerque Isotopes (35-50) Tuesday night by a score of 11-2, backing a gem from lefty Andrew Suarez with a 16-hit offensive outburst.

Suarez turned in an electric performance for the River Cats, tossing eight shutout innings of one-hit ball with four punchouts. The left-hander cruised to his fourth victory of the season, pitching to contact and keeping the Isotopes hitters off balance throughout the evening. He left after eight innings, throwing 101 pitches (69 strikes), and retiring 16 of the last 17 batters he faced.

Sacramento backed the effort from Suarez with a well-rounded attack from up and down the lineup. Francisco Peña and Abiatal Avelino each picked up a three-hit game on Tuesday, with Avelino finishing just a triple shy of the second cycle in River Cats history. The young shortstop leads the River Cats with 28 multi-hit games this season and is now hitting .286 for the year.

The River Cats will deploy the opener strategy in the series finale, tossing the left-hander Sam Selman (3-1, 1.74) to start, with righty Enderson Franco (2-3, 6.65) to follow. Albuquerque will go with left-hander Kyle Freeman (0-3, 11.12). 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.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Come Up Short In Wild Game Vs. Chihuahuas

Shaw, Avelino each deliver three RBI in back-and-forth 12-11 loss

El Paso, Texas — The Sacramento River Cats (39-38) found themselves on the wrong side of a slugfest against the El Paso Chihuahuas (48-29), dropping the series opener 12-11. 

Runs were not hard to come by in El Paso, Texas on Tuesday night. The lead changed hands seven times throughout the night, but in the end, the River Cats’ final rally came up just short. Sacramento plated the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth on a Levi Michael RBI-groundout, which gave them a 10-9 lead. However, El Paso would respond with three in the bottom half of the inning to give them just enough breathing room to withstand the River Cats’ ninth inning rally.

Sacramento tallied 14 hits on the night, just a few shy of their season-high of 17. Chris Shaw and Abiatal Avelino led the charge for the River Cats, as the duo combined for five hits, including two homers, and six runs batted in. 

Catcher Ronnie Freeman returned to the lineup for the first time since June 9 and wasted no time, going 2-4 with a double and home run. Freeman has made the most of his at-bats in June, batting .473 (9-for-19) with two home runs and seven RBI in five games. 

Lefty Conner Menez (0-0, 3.31) will take the hill in game two looking for his first win as a River Cat this season. The Chihuahuas will turn to lefty Dietrich Enns (7-5, 5.88)). 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.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Bullpen Bounces Back In 4-3 Comeback Victory

Garcia homers again, three relievers combine to toss 4.1 shutout innings

Las Vegas, Nevada — The Sacramento River Cats (38-36) leaned on their bullpen to keep them in the game, then used timely hitting to defeat the Las Vegas Aviators (41-33) 4-3. After losing their first five games at the brand new Las Vegas Ballpark, the River Cats have now won two straight in the Aviators’ home yard. 

First baseman Aramis Garcia got the River Cats on the board in the third with a solo home run, his 11th of the year. With the early run, Sacramento has scored first in each of the three games in this series. The River Cats then used small-ball to scratch across their next three runs: an RBI-single from Abiatal Avelino in the fourth, a Ryan Howard RBI-infield-single in the eighth, and a sacrifice fly from Francisco Peña that drove in the eventual winning run. 

The River Cats bullpen, which was near the top of the Pacific Coast League in ERA coming into the series, had an awful first two games in Las Vegas, allowing 12 earned runs in 7.1 innings. On Saturday however, lefty Sam Selman, and righties Ray Black and Tyler Rogers combined for 4.1 innings of shutout baseball to keep the River Cats in the ballgame before closing the door in the ninth.

The River Cats will go for three in a row against the Aviators on Sunday afternoon in game four of this five-game series. Sacramento will send right-hander Enderson Franco (2-2, 6.71) to the mound for his 14th start, and the Aviators will counter with righty Jake Buchanan (3-5, 6.04). 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, on Money 105.5 FM, or on CW31 throughout the Sacramento region.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall To Iowa Cubs 8-10

Shaw clubs two homers while Peña records four hits in 10-8 defeat

West Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (36-34) showed some teeth with three runs in the ninth inning but eventually fell 10-8 to the Iowa Cubs (39-32) on Monday night.

The Sacramento offense launched six home runs, including a pair from first baseman Chris Shaw. His two-run shot in the ninth brought the River Cats to within two runs, and shortstop Abiatal Avelino would get the tying run to the plate with a double, but Cubs reliever Craig Brooks shut the door with a strikeout of infielder Ryan Howard.

Accounting for the other four homers were outfielders Mike Gerber (14) and Austin Slater (11), as well as Howard (3) and catcher Francisco Peña (6). For Peña, his sixth-inning solo home run was his third hit of the game, and he would add a fourth with a single in the eighth. Overall on the season, the right-handed hitting backstop is batting .330 split between his time with Sacramento and the Cardinals’ Triple-A affiliate Memphis Redbirds.

The River Cats will close the books on this seven-game homestand Tuesday as right-hander Yoanys Quiala (3-2, 5.13) gets the nod for the series finale. He’ll square off with fellow righty Colin Rea (7-1, 3.20). 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, or on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations