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Franco Backs Sacramento River Cats’ Win With Strong Showing

Duggar hits first Triple-A home run of season for lone run in 1-0 victory

West Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (44-41) took four of five from the Albuquerque Isotopes (35-51), capping it off with a 1-0 shutout on Independence Eve.

After opener Sam Selman struck out two in a scoreless first, right-hander Enderson Franco entered the game and proceeded to toss six scoreless innings with four strikeouts. The staff, comprised of four pitchers, allowed just eight baserunners the entire night and kept the Isotopes off the board for Sacramento’s fourth shutout of the season.

The lone run came off the bat of outfielder Steven Duggar, whose solo shot in the third was his first Triple-A home run of the season. He’s hit safely in each of his four games since joining the club, though tonight’s was the first not part of a major-league rehab assignment. He was reinstated from the Injured List on Wednesday but subsequently optioned to Sacramento.

The River Cats will head up Interstate 80 to Reno and face the Aces for four games before hitting the All-Star break. Taking the ball in game one will be right-hander Yoanys Quiala (4-4, 5.34) and he’ll be squaring off with fellow righty Riley Smith (1-0, 12.71). First pitch is set for 6:35 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

Green Blasts Grand Slam But Sacramento River Cats Drop Game

Isotopes launch grand slam of their own, win 9-5

West Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (42-41) had defeated the Albuquerque Isotopes (35-49) in seven consecutive games until Monday night when the visiting club ended the streak with a 9-5 victory.

Sacramento trailed 4-0 after the Isotopes got to pitcher Conner Menez in the fourth inning. But the River Cats immediately countered to take the lead just a half inning later as third baseman Zach Green hit his 19th home run of the season – a towering grand slam that quickly tied the game. The shot made it four homers in four consecutive games for the red-hot Green and eight in his last 10.

Second baseman Levi Michael would add an RBI sacrifice fly to give the River Cats the lead, but Albuquerque would give the River Cats a taste of their own medicine in the sixth as right fielder Sam Hilliard put the game’s second grand slam up on the board. 

Left-hander Andrew Suarez (3-6, 6.29) will look to get the River Cats back on track Tuesday night as he’ll be facing fellow Isotopes lefty Pat Dean (2-8. 7.25). 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’ Blach Provides Seventh Straight Win Over Isotopes

Gerber blasts 18th homer, finishes 2-for-4 with 3 RBI in 7-2 victory

West Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (42-40) continued their dominance over the Albuquerque Isotopes (34-49), winning 7-2 for their seventh straight victory over the Colorado Rockies affiliate.

Ty Blach bounced back in a big way for the River Cats on Sunday afternoon. Coming off a few tough starts in a row, the lefty cruised through six innings before allowing a couple runs in the seventh and giving way to the bullpen. Blach earned his third win of the season, finishing with 6.1 innings and allowing two runs on four hits. He struck out six Isotopes hitters and walked just one. 

Submariner Tyler Rogers and lefty Williams Jerez shined in relief, tossing 2.2 innings of no-hit, shutout baseball to close out the game. Jerez struck out the side in the eighth.

Offensively it was Mike Gerber and Austin Slater providing the thump, combining to go 4-for-8 with four runs batted in and three runs scored. Gerber crushed his 17th homer of the season to pull within one of Zach Green for the team lead in home runs.

The Sacramento River Cats will look to push their streak against the Isotopes to eight on Monday with Conner Menez (0-0, 4.22) taking the mound.  Albuquerque will toss righty Rico Garcia (0-1, 8.10). 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

Quiala Shines As Sacramento River Cats Return Home With Victory

Right-hander strikes out career-high nine in seven scoreless innings

West Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (41-40) began their five-game home series with the Albuquerque Isotopes (34-48) on a winning note, taking the opener 6-1 on the back of starting pitcher Yoanys Quiala.

The Cuban right-hander tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out a career-high nine batters. For Quiala, his previous mark of eight had been set on four occasions dating back to 2016.

The offense entered tonight’s contest with 24 home runs in eight games against the Isotopes and continued that trend with two more on Saturday night. Outfielder Mike Gerber launched his 16th of the year in the first inning and third baseman Zach Green plunked one off the batter’s eye in the second for his team-leading 18th. Green’s hot streak gives him an astounding seven home runs in his last nine games.

The Dorados de Sacramento are back on the field Sunday afternoon and it’ll be left-hander Ty Blach (2-4, 6.38) making his 14th start of the season. On the mound for the Mariachis de Nuevo México will be right-hander Jeff Hoffman (4-3, 7.52). First pitch is set for 1:05 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

Chase d’Arnaud Homers Again As Sacramento River Cats Clip Albuquerque Isotopes

Duggar also clears fence, Black earns first save

ALBUQUERQUE, NM Chase d’Arnaud hit one out for the second consecutive night, helping the Sacramento River Cats (35-44) get back on track with a 4-3 win over the Albuquerque Isotopes (39-39).

The home run was d’Arnaud’s 11th of the season as he reached base for the 15th time in his last 16 games. He was also hit by a pitch and stole his team-leading 15th base of the year.

Steven Duggar also homered, his fourth of the season, while recently promoted infielder Miguel Gomez provided the eventual game-winning run with a pinch-hit RBI single in the sixth.

Lefty starter Matt Gage was solid in six innings, allowing just two runs on six hits and two walks. Right-handers Derek Law and Ray Black pitched perfect eighth and ninth innings, respectively, combining for three strikeouts with Black recording his first Triple-A save.

Left-hander Daniel Camarena (0-2, 2.59) gets the call for tomorrow’s midday finale with Albuquerque while the Isotopes will counter with young righty Antonio Senzatela (2-1, 2.70). First pitch is set for 11:05 a.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.FM beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Chris Shaw’s Two Homers Carry Sacramento River Cats To Victory

Williamson launches home run in first plate appearance back with club

 ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Left fielder Chris Shaw crushed two home runs to help the Sacramento River Cats (34-43) snap a season-long eight-game losing skid with a 9-4 win over the Albuquerque Isotopes (38-38).

For Shaw, they were his 13th and 14th home runs of the season. They also accounted for half of the team’s total homers on a powerful Monday evening in Albuquerque. Right fielder Mac Williamson, playing in his first game back with the River Cats since being optioned by the San Francisco Giants, got things going with a solo home run in the second inning. Then in the fifth, third baseman Ryder Jones’s seventh of the season tied the game at four.

Right-hander Casey Kelly worked around nine hits and two walks to allow four runs over six innings. He was followed by three scoreless frames from the bullpen featuring just one baserunner and three strikeouts.

Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija (0-1, 2.57) will be making his third, and likely final rehab start with the River Cats before he rejoins the major-league rotation. Albuquerque will send lefty Brett Oberholtzer (3-5, 5.86) to the hill. First pitch is set for 5:35 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.FM beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik To Begin Rehab Stint Memorial Day In Sacramento

Fan-favorite second baseman expected to start rehab with River Cats Monday, May 28

West Sacramento, CA Giants’ All-Star and Gold Glove second baseman Joe Panik is expected to begin a rehab assignment with the Sacramento River Cats tomorrow afternoon – Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 at Raley Field against the Albuquerque Isotopes. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. and gates open at 12:00 p.m. He is also scheduled to play Tuesday, May 29, first pitch 12:05 p.m.

Panik has been sidelined for nearly a month after undergoing surgery on April 30 to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. Tomorrow’s game will be his first game-action since April 27. This will be Panik’s third stint with the River Cats, as the 27-year-old also rehabbed with Sacramento during the 2015 and 2017 seasons.

Drafted by the Giants in the first round (29th overall) of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Panik finished sixth in Rookie of the Year voting in 2014, has been named an All-Star once (2015) and has won one Gold Glove award (2016).

Tickets are still available for tomorrow’s game, including the Memorial day BBQ package, which includes a ticket to the game and access to an all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet in the Home Run Terrace. For more information, please call 916.371.HITS (4487) or visit rivercats.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Roberto Gomez’s Strong Start Leads Sacramento River Cats To 6-1 Victory

Lollis, Ciriaco hit homers to pace the offense in Albuquerque

Albuquerque, NM – The Sacramento River Cats (33-51) rode a fantastic start from Roberto Gomez and a burst of offense to defeat the Albuquerque Isotopes (41-44) by a score of 6-1 on Wednesday night.

Gomez took the ball in what was his sixth start of the year, and was splendid. The right-hander threw a season-high six innings and gave up just one run when the Isotopes strung together three straight singles in the second to take an early 1-0 lead.

The River Cats got their bats started in the fourth with a flurry of action. Left-fielder Chris Shaw extended his hit streak with a single on the first pitch of the inning, then catcher Matt Winn doubled him home on the very next pitch. Two pitches later, first baseman Ryan Lollis put an exclamation point on the rally with his first home run of 2017 to put Sacramento on top 3-1.

The advantage was extended an inning later when Juan Ciriaco launched a solo home run to left center. For the utility infielder, it was his fourth homer of the year. He added an RBI-single late in route to a 3-for-5 night with a run and two RBI. The River Cats lineup stuck out 10 times as a team, but rode their three extra base hits to a 6-1 lead.

The bullpen came in after Gomez’s excellent outing and was just as stingy. DJ Snelten came in to deliver two shutout innings and Derek Law closed the door with a zero in the ninth to seal the victory for Sacramento.

The River Cats look to win the series as they send right-hander Tyler Beede (4-6, 5.30) to the hill to face the ‘Topes. Albuquerque will answer with left-hander Ryan Carpenter (4-6, 4.77). First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live on the air on ESPN 1320 and online at rivercats.com

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Complete Comeback, Beat Isotopes 7-5

Top of the lineup helps Sacramento claw back from 5-2 deficit to snap losing streak

Albuquerque, NM – The Sacramento River Cats (20-33) found themselves trailing 5-2 after just three innings, but clawed their way back to defeat the Albuquerque Isotopes (28-26) 7-5 Friday night at Isotopes Park.

The top of the lineup – Wynton Bernard, Jae-Gyun Hwang, and Ryder Jones – helped to keep the River Cats in the game, combining to go 6-for-12 with four runs scored and four RBI. Hwang hit his fifth home run of the season while driving in three, his team-leading 31st, 32nd, and 33rd RBI of the year.

It was the bottom of the lineup that pushed the River Cats over the edge though, as Chris Shaw tied things up with a two-out RBI single in the eighth. Juan Ciriaco scored the go-ahead run in the ninth inning on a perfectly executed squeeze play by pinch-hitter Juniel Querecuto.

Tomorrow, Sacramento’s Chris Stratton (0-3, 6.88) looks to get his first win of the season as he faces Albuquerque’s Ryan Carpenter (2-4, 5.06). First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320 AM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations