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Sacramento River Cats Cap Season With Shutout Win; River Cats Dominate Isotopes 11-0

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WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats closed out the 2015 season on Monday afternoon with what may have been their most all-around impressive win of the season, an overpowering 11-0 shutout against the Albuquerque Isotopes. The middle of the lineup brought the big bats to the park for the Labor Day matinee finale and Nik Turley went seven strong to cap the season with his seventh win of the season.

Sacramento’s three-four-five hitters Kevin Frandsen, Jarrett Parker, and Mac Williamson combined to go 6-for-10 with three home runs, seven RBI, and five runs scored. Williamson had perhaps the biggest afternoon, slugging two of those home runs – a solo shot and a two-run blast – and driving in three. Jarrett Parker contributed the third homer, a three-run blast in the third inning.

Overall, the River Cats offense tallied 13 hits and scored 11 runs. Seven of nine starters recorded at least one hit, while four of nine recorded multiple. Seven different River Cats scored in the blowout win.

Turley looked superb on the mound in his last start of the year. The left-hander threw seven scoreless innings while giving up just two hits. He walked four and struck out eight. This is the third time the southpaw has struck out eight in a game, matching his season high.

San Francisco Giants’ pitcher Matt Cain pitched two scoreless innings of relief for the River Cats Monday afternoon. Cain closed out the game, throwing 32 pitches (25 strikes) while giving up two hits and striking out two. He is expected to return to the Giants tomorrow.

Sacramento closes out their inaugural season as the Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants with a record of 71-73. The season saw many historic feats, including the first cycle in team history by Adam Duvall on April 18, as well as the franchise-long winning streak of 13 games (8/9-8-22).

The River Cats will begin the 2016 season in Salt Lake on April 7. The home opener for the 2016 year will be on Friday, April 15, when Sacramento plays host to the Bees.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats vs. Salt Lake Bees; Blackburn Wins Fourth Straight as River Cats Secure 6-3 Victory

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Sacramento River Cats won their third consecutive game over the Salt Lake Bees 6-3 Tuesday night and took the season series 12-4. The hot-hitting Jarrett Parker’s two-RBI night and the performance of the bullpen highlighted the series victory.

With the exception of Brandon Hicks, every River Cat in tonight’s game recorded a hit. Both Ryan Lollis and Jarrett Parker had multi-hit and multi-RBI games. They are the active team leaders in multi-hit games with 24 and 26, respectively.

The Bees got on the board first for the first time this series, but the River Cats didn’t stay down for long, exploding for five runs over the fourth and fifth innings to take the lead. Kevin Frandsen continued his hit-streak with a single in the fourth to give him ten consecutive games with a hit, starting 7/27 against Albuquerque. The team-high hit-streak is currently a tie between Juan Perez and Adam Duvall, each with 11 games.

The River Cats kept the momentum going in the fifth inning, with Darren Ford singling and subsequently stealing second base. Ford now has 25 stolen bases on the season, putting him in 4th place in the Pacific Coast League. Parker later doubled on a line drive to bring home Ryan Lollis and Mac Williamson and give the River Cats a four-run lead over the Bees. Parker finished his night 2-for-4 with a single, a double, a walk, and two RBI. Tonight marked his 13th multi-RBI game of the season, bringing him to a .278 batting average and 53 total RBI.

Lollis had two doubles on Tuesday night, hitting one in both the fifth and ninth innings. He went 2-for-4 with the two doubles, a walk, and two RBI. Lollis now has 24 multi-hit games and 4 multi-RBI games, good for a .341 batting average and 25 RBI on the season.

Clayton Blackburn was battling early on, walking three through the first three innings. He was able to pitch himself out of the jams in the first two innings and he managed to keep the River Cats on track to win despite Salt Lake threatening on a few occasions. Blackburn pitched 5 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits while walking a season-high 4 and striking out 7 on the way to his seventh win of the season. Other than a rare hiccup from Mike Broadway, the bullpen was consistent once again, combining for 4 innings of work and allowing 1 run on 6 hits while walking 1 and striking out 2.

The River Cats will continue their road trip tomorrow in Fresno, kicking off a five-game set against the Grizzlies. This is the last time the two rivals will meet this season. Sacramento will send out lefty Nik Turley (5-5, 4.90). Turley is coming off his best performance of the year, where he allowed just one run over a season-high seven innings while striking out a season-high eight against the Las Vegas 51s. Fresno batters are hitting just .171 against Turley. The Grizzlies will counter with Asher Wojciechowski (6-2, 5.42).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento Beats Las Vegas 51’s 4-2; San Francisco Giants Trade River Cats Adam Duvall to Reds for Mike Leake

All Photos by Shawn Jonas

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif.-Early scoring for the River Cats, led by Sacramento’s Kevin Frandsen, proved enough to outlast the Las Vegas 51s in a 4-2 victory Thursday night at Raley Field. Nik Turley was excellent for Sacramento on the mound, tossing seven innings and striking out eight to match his season-high.

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The River Cats kicked things off early, scoring in the bottom of the first inning on Adam Duvall’s run-scoring single. Juan Perez singled with two outs and stole second before scoring on Duvall’s liner to left. The RBI was Duvall’s 80th this season.

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Sacramento kept adding on, scoring three more times in the bottom of the second inning. Trevor Brown and Brandon Hicks hit back-to-back singles before Everth Cabrera was hit by a pitch to load the bases. With two outs in the inning, Frandsen smoked a high drive to deep right-center. The ball short-hopped the wall as Frandsen cruised into second standing. The double cleared the bases and put the River Cats up 4-0. The double was Frandsen’s 13th of the season and gave him RBIs 29, 30, and 31 on the season.

Nik Turley (5-5, 4.90) put on another strong performance as he went seven innings, scattering just three hits and giving up one run with one walk. The southpaw also struck out eight in the outing, tying his season-high. This is the third time Turley has struck out eight in a game and the first time he has pitched seven innings this season.

Erik Cordier recorded the save, his ninth of the season. He threw 1 1/3 perfect innings while striking out two.

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Late in the game, news broke that the San Francisco Giants had acquired right-handed pitcher Mike Leake from the Cincinnati Reds. Shortly after, infielder Adam Duvall was pulled from the game for the River Cats. It was confirmed after the game had concluded that Duvall was included in a trade to the Reds to bring Leake to San Francisco.

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Duvall posted excellent numbers for the River Cats in 2015, hitting .279 with 26 homers (2nd in the PCL) and 80 RBI in 100 games. He had a hot July, hitting .346 with 10 home runs and 30 RBIs coming into tonight’s game. He also started at first base for the PCL All-Star team earlier this month.

Sacramento looks to take the series tomorrow behind right-hander Curtis Partch. He will make his first start for the River Cats this season. Partch has made 36 appearances in relief and has posted a 1-2 record with a 3.65 ERA. Las Vegas will send right-hander Logan Verrett (3-1, 2.93) to the mound. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

San Francisco Giants Aquire Cincinnati Reds RHP Mike Leake In Exchange for River Cats Adam Duvall And RHP Keury Mella

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West Sacramento, Calif. – Late in the game, news broke that the San Francisco Giants had acquired right-handed pitcher Mike Leake from the Cincinnati Reds. Shortly after, infielder Adam Duvall was pulled from the game for the Sacramento River Cats. It was confirmed after the game had concluded that Duvall was included in a trade to the Reds to bring Leake to San Francisco. The Giants also included RHP Keury Mella in the deal.

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Adam Duvall posted excellent numbers for the River Cats in 2015, hitting .279 with 26 homers (2nd in the PCL) and 80 RBI in 100 games. He had a hot July, hitting .346 with 10 home runs and 30 RBIs coming into tonight’s game. He also started at first base for the PCL All-Star team earlier this month.

Blackburn Tosses Seven Shutout Innings, Slugs First Home Run; Leads River Cats To 4-2 Win Over The Las Vegas 51s

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WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento’s starter Clayton Blackburn led the River Cats in their 4-2 win over the visiting Las Vegas 51s Wednesday night at Raley Field. The right-hander tossed seven shutout innings and added to the offensive with a solo home run.

In his 13th start this season, Blackburn (6-3, 3.50) stifled the 51s, scattering five hits across seven innings. He walked just one and struck out five while throwing 63 of his 94 pitches for strikes.

“I felt good tonight. I was throwing a good sinker to both sides of the plate and my curveball was pretty sharp for me tonight,” Blackburn said. “My last couple bullpens I’ve been working on my direction and on finishing my pitches, and I think it’s really started to show these last few games.”

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Blackburn has won his last three starts, posting a 1.80 ERA over 20 innings and striking out 10. He has now gone seven innings in back-to-back starts.

The right-hander also contributed with his bat, slugging the first home run of his professional career.

“He threw a fastball down and over the plate, which is about the only place I can hit one out of the ballpark. The stars aligned, you know, and that was, I think, as hard as I can hit a ball.”

The solo shot was crushed to straight away center and gave the River Cats a 2-0 lead in the third. To Blackburn’s memory, it was his first since his “senior year of high school.”

The home run continued a recent trend for River Cats starters, who have been hitting the ball all over the field as of late. In their last four games, Sacramento’s starters are hitting a combined .556 (5-for-9) with a home run, five RBI, and a sacrifice.

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The rest of the offense came through for Sacramento tonight, as well, scoring four times on 10 hits. Adam Duvall put the River Cats up 1-0 in the second with a home run – his 26th of the season – to left field. Ryan Lollis was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Everth Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Mike Broadway closed things out, making it look easy as he struck out the side in the top of the ninth to record his ninth save of the season. The hard-throwing right-hander touched 98 mph with his fastball and put away the 51s with a tight 87 mph slider. Broadway is now a perfect 9/9 in save opportunities with an 0.95 ERA for Sacramento this season.

With the series evened at one, the River Cats will look to take the lead with a win tomorrow behind their left-hander Nik Turley (4-5, 5.37). The southpaw is coming off a rough start, but recently turned in a six-inning no-hit performance at home against the Fresno Grizzlies. Opposite him will be Las Vegas’ RHP Luis Cessa (7-1, 5.05). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. and the game can be heard online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Series Preview: Las Vegas 51s; River Cats Look to Play Spoiler Against Division-Leading 51s

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WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats will face the Las Vegas 51s (New York Mets) for the fourth and final time this season as Las Vegas makes their second appearance at Raley Field tonight, kicking off a four-game series. The division-leading 51s are looking to extend their lead in the Pacific Southern, but the River Cats are playing for the season series and enter the homestand trailing Las Vegas five games to seven.

Scouting the Teams

Protecting a five-game lead in the Pacific Southern division, the 51s have stumbled slightly coming out of the All-Star break. In their first 12 games since the break, they are 5-7 despite averaging more than five runs a game. The 51s are in the middle of a stretch where they play 21 of 29 games on the road with their stop in Sacramento right in the middle. Las Vegas has played well enough on the road so far this season though, hitting .268 away from their home park and posting a 22-28 road record.

Sacramento is coming off of an offensive outburst on Monday in which they swept a doubleheader with the Albuquerque Isotopes, outscoring them 20-1 in the process. Since the All-Star break, the River Cats have had their ups and downs, holding a record of 7-5 in that 12 game span. The River Cats currently sit 12 games back of the first-place Fresno Grizzlies in the Pacific Northern division. After this four game series, Sacramento will embark on a season-long 13-game road trip.

Players to Watch

Las Vegas’ OF Travis Taijeron comes into the series hitting over .300 in his last 10 games. The right-handed outfielder has smashed two homers while driving in five for the 51s in that time. Taijeron entered the season known for his power and ability to get on base, and has not disappointed. His 17 home runs lead the team and his .406 on base percentage is second among active 51s.

The 51s’ RHP Matt Bowman was named the PCL Pitcher of the Week yesterday. He achieved that honor thanks to his start last Tuesday, in which he threw a complete game 2-hit shutout against the Fresno Grizzlies. In 2015, Bowman holds a record of 7-10 with a 5.32 ERA.

River Cats’ INF Adam Duvall has continued to post excellent numbers in the month of July, both at home and on the road. He is hitting .350 in 22 July games while slugging nine home runs and driving in 29, with four of those home runs and 11 RBIs coming at Raley Field.

Sacramento’s OF Ryan Lollis and INF Kevin Frandsen have both had great success against the 51s this season. The duo are hitting .571 and .474, respectively, with a combined seven runs scored, three extra base hits, and four RBIs.

Matchup History

The River Cats will be looking to take the upper hand on the 51s this series, as the two sides split a four game series at Raley Field back in the second week of the season. Overall in 2015, Sacramento is 5-7 in 12 games against the 51s, with eight of those contests occurring at Cashman Field in Las Vegas. Historically, the River Cats have fared well against Las Vegas, with a record of 146-106 (.579).

Probable Pitchers

Tuesday, July 28 (7:05 p.m. PDT): RHP Tommy Hanson (0-3, 6.41) vs. RHP Dillon Gee (4-1, 6.35)

Wednesday, July 29 (7:05 p.m. PDT): RHP Clayton Blackburn (5-3, 3.84) vs. RHP Tyler Pill (2-6, 7.60)

Thursday, July 30 (7:05 p.m. PDT): LHP Nik Turley (4-5, 5.37) vs. RHP Luis Cessa (0-2, 8.84)

Friday, July 31 (7:05 p.m. PDT): LHP Ty Blach (9-8, 4.00) vs. RHP Matthew Bowman (7-10, 5.32)

Series Preview Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Vs Albuquerque Isotopes; River Cats Swing Away in Doubleheader Sweep

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – After an unexpected rain storm washed away last night’s game, the Sacramento River Cats and Isotopes took part in a doubleheader Monday. Thanks to phenomenal starts from both Ty Blach and Chris Stratton, as well as another big day by Adam Duvall, Sacramento crushed Albuquerque in both games of the doubleheader (10-0 and 10-1) and grabbed the series victory.

Game One

Blach (9-8, 4.00) was masterful in the opening game. The left-hander went the distance, throwing a 7-inning shutout while allowing just 4 hits and no walks. Blach also got the job done offensively, going 2-for-4 at the plate with 2-RBIs.

Every River Cat who played in game one recorded a hit, and all but three recorded multi-hit games. Overall, the River Cats scored 10 runs on 16 hits to provide more than enough offense for Blach.
Sacramento’s offensive outburst was once again led by Duvall. He went 3-for-4 with a home run, double, and 4 RBIs in game one. Carlos Triunfel went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the second inning. The first four spots in the order (Kelby Tomlinson, Ryan Lollis, Juan Perez, and Duvall) combined to go 9-for-15 in game one of the double-dip.

Game Two

Game two seemed to be a continuation of the first game, as Duvall launched a three-run home run in the very first inning. Overall, Duvall finished the doubleheader going 4-for-8 with 2 home runs, a double, and 7 RBIs. The River Cats would add two more in the second, and then put up 4 runs while sending 10 men to the plate in the fifth.

Right-hander Chris Stratton (1-3, 3.02) finally earned his first Triple-A win in the final game Monday. The former first round pick went all 7 innings, allowing just 1 run on 3 hits, walking 2 and striking out 4. Like Blach, Stratton also helped himself from the plate, going 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs and a run scored.

Monday was the second doubleheader the River Cats have had this season. Earlier in the month on July 7, Sacramento and Reno split a doubleheader at Aces Ballpark, which due to rain delays did not conclude until after one o’clock in the morning.

The River Cats will now look forward to a four game series at Raley Field against the visiting Las Vegas 51s. Toeing the rubber in game one of that series will be the veteran right-hander Tommy Hanson (0-3, 6.41). Opposing him will the another veteran of the Major League level, righty Dillon Gee (4-1, 6.35). First pitch Tuesday is set for 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Vs El Paso Chihuahuas; Duvall, Hicks, and Bochy Turn Sure Base Hit into Spectacular Out

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WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – What would have been an excellent backhanded play by Sacramento River Cats’ first baseman Adam Duvall turned instead into a contender for the play of the season for Sacramento. Duvall combined with second baseman Brandon Hicks and pitcher Brett Bochy to turn a sure base hit into what was likely the out of the year.

Bochy entered the game in the top of the 8th, taking over for River Cats’ starter Tommy Hanson. On Bochy’s fifth pitch of the night, El Paso’s Alex Dickerson smashed a hard groundball to Duvall’s right. The first baseman moved quickly to his backhand, looking to snag a tricky hop, only to watch as the ball ricocheted off his glove and high into the air.

The ball shot out into shallow right field where Hicks came sprinting across. The second baseman plucked the ball from the air and, on the run, spun and fired the ball toward first base.

His throw was a bullet, but placed perfectly. Bochy, who started the whole thing with his pitch, had moved to cover first on contact. Seeing the ball careen off Duvall’s mitt, the right-hander started to slow, but resumed his sprint as Hicks moved on the ball. Bochy caught the throw in stride, hitting the bag just a split-second before Dickerson came down on the base.

“They’ll be talking about that play for years,” said long time River Cats broadcaster Johnny Doskow. “That was one of the best plays I’ve ever seen,” he added. Doskow has been calling games professionally for almost 20 years, 15 with the River Cats. “I’ve seen a lot of really great plays, but that was definitely one of them.”

On the other side of the ball, third baseman Kevin Frandsen went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, an RBI, and a run scored. His three hits snapped a three-game skid, during which Frandsen had been hitless in 11 at bats.

His seventh inning double just missed leaving the ballpark, hitting high off the wall in deep left-center. The hit scored Mac Williamson all the way from first and gave the River Cats their first run of the night. Sacramento scored again in the inning as Hicks singled Frandsen home.

Hanson (0-3, 6.41) had his longest outing of the season, going 7 innings while taking his third loss with Sacramento. He gave up 5 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits and a walk while striking out 2. The one walk was a new best for Hanson since joining the River Cats. Bochy and Erik Cordier combined for two scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

The River Cats head to Albuquerque next to take on the Pacific Southern’s Isotopes. The River Cats are 4-4 against the ‘Topes this season, splitting one series at home and one on the road. RHP Clayton Blackburn (4-3, 3.97) will kick off the four-game stint for Sacramento while Rockies prospect Jon Gray (5-56, 4.57) goes for Albuquerque. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Defeat Albuquerque Isotopes 7-2

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Sacramento River Cats kicked off their last road trip of July Friday night, defeating the Albuquerque Isotopes by the final score of 7-2. Clayton Blackburn outlasted Albuquerque’s starter, Rockies’ top prospect Jon Gray, earning his fifth win of the year thanks to some late fielding mishaps by the Isotopes.

Blackburn (5-3, 3.84) pitched what is arguably the best start of his Triple-A career Friday night. The 22-year-old right-hander allowed just 2 runs on 6 hits, walking 2 and striking out 3 over 7 strong innings of work. The start set a new season high for innings pitched (previously 5.0), and tied a season best for runs and earned runs allowed (2).

Not only was he dominant on the hill, but Blackburn also helped out his own cause with the bat. With one on and two out in the fourth, Albuquerque pitcher Jon Gray intentionally walked Carlos Triunfel to face Blackburn. On a 1-1 pitch, the right-hander delivered by grounding a single into right field to drive in a run.

While many believed he would be activated for San Francisco’s weekend series against the Oakland Athletics, Nori Aoki was in the River Cats lineup Friday to make his third rehab appearance. The left fielder played seven full innings, and went 0-for-4 from the plate.

In the top of the eighth, the River Cats got a great opportunity to steal the momentum as they loaded the bases with just one out for the second time of the night. Sacramento couldn’t convert in their first opportunity, but back-to-back errors from shortstop Christian Adames and a sharp RBI single from Adam Duvall allowed 5 runs to score, giving the River Cats a 7-2 advantage. Duvall went 3-for-5 on the night, driving in 3 runs to give him 70 RBIs (third in PCL) on the season.

Albuquerque’s Gray (4-6, 4.53) was a tough opponent for the River Cats. The right-hander pitched 5 innings, and in that time he allowed just 2 runs on 8 hits, walking 3 and striking out 5. Nelson Gonzalez (3-3, 2.40) took the loss after pitching just 1 inning of relief. Gonzalez allowed 5 runs, but just one of them was earned.

Left-hander Josh Osich pitched a perfect eighth inning for the River Cats. Osich was making his first appearance since returning from his Major League debut. In 9 appearances with the Giants, Osich posted a 1-0 record with a perfect 0.00 ERA.

Sacramento will hit the field again tomorrow night, when they send the hot left-hander Nik Turley (4-4, 4.89) to the mound. Turley is 3-2 in his last five starts with a 2.00 ERA and 25 strikeouts. Opposing him from the Isotopes will be righty Boone Whiting (2-4, 5.40). First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. (PT) and can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall to Albuquerque Isotopes 9-6

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Sacramento River Cats came out swinging in game two with the Albuquerque Isotopes Saturday night at Isotopes Park. Sacramento jumped ahead early, scoring five times in the first two innings, but couldn’t make the lead stick as Albuquerque took advantage of three River Cats’ errors to take the contest 9-6.

Sacramento started the scoring right away, going up 1-0 in the top of the first. With Everth Cabrera on third, Adam Duvall drove a deep fly ball to center, bringing Cabrera home on the sacrifice. The RBI was Duvall’s 71st of the season and fourth of the series. With 71 RBIs, Duvall now moves into a tie for second most in the PCL.

The River Cats continued to add to their early runs, scoring four times in the second. Two of the runs came on a mammoth home run to right field off the bat of Jarrett Parker. The homer was his 15th of the year and gives him 47 RBIs. Sacramento continued to pile on, adding two more runs when starting pitcher Nik Turley lined a single into right-center. The base hit brought home Kevin Frandsen and Brandon Hicks to put the River Cats up 4-3 after two.

Turley couldn’t keep the Isotopes from mounting a comeback, though, as the left-hander surrendered nine runs (five earned) on 11 hits in just four innings of work. The 11 hits are the most the southpaw has allowed in a start this season, and the most since his first start when he allowed eight at home against the Las Vegas 51s.

He didn’t get much support from his defense, as the River Cats committed three errors for the 12th time this season. Those three errors turned into four unearned runs for the Isotopes, who would eventually win the game by three.

Albuquerque’s Tim Smalling was 2-for-4 for the Isotopes, with his fifth home run of the season. Of those five homers, three of them have come against Sacramento pitchers.

San Francisco Giants outfielder Nori Aoki had the best game of his rehab assignment with Sacramento, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk and a run. One of his hits was a solid single to center field and the other was a slow roller to first that the speedy outfielder beat out for a base hit.

Sacramento will get at it again tomorrow night as they send left-hander Ty Blach (8-8, 4.17) to the bump. Blach’s eight wins are second most in the PCL and his 1.39 BB/IP ratio is the best in the PCL. Opposing him will be the veteran left-hander John Lannan (6-4, 4.70). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT) and the game will air live online at rivercats.com and on air on ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations