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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

Sacramento River Cats Topped By ‘Topes in Jarrett Parker’s Return

Beede touched up for seven runs, offense can’t keep pace in 11-6 defeat

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (27-42) put up five runs over the first three innings but could not sustain the production Monday Night at Raley Field in their 11-6 loss to the Albuquerque Isotopes (35-35).

Sacramento opened things up early, pushing four runs across in the third frame thanks to an RBI-double by Jarrett Parker that was inches from clearing the fence. One batter later, Mac Williamson launched a two-run home run to straightaway centerfield bringing Parker in to score.

Starter Tyler Beede made it through four frames relatively unharmed, allowing three runs on five hits while racking up four strike outs. Things unraveled in the fifth however, as Beede allowed four runs on five hits in the inning. Of the right-hander’s 10 hits surrendered tonight, eight went for extra bases. Left-hander Matt Reynolds was responsible for the other four runs after allowing just five runs in his previous 13 home outings. The River Cats pitching staff allowed a season-high 16 hits on the night and matched a franchise-high by conceding eight doubles.

For game three tomorrow night Sacramento will send right-hander Chris Stratton (2-4, 6.02) to the hill. Albuquerque will counter with left Ryan Carpenter (3-5, 5.37). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Joan Gregorio Strikes Out Eight In Sacramento River Cats Shutout Win

Sacramento employs small ball, strong pitching in 1-0 victory


West Sacramento, CA 
Joan Gregorio gave the Sacramento River Cats (27-41) five shutout innings while the offense did just enough in the team’s 1-0 win over the Albuquerque Isotopes (34-35) on Father’s Day.

Gregorio shut the Isotopes’ hitters down over his five frames, allowing just four hits and one walk. Eight of his 15 recorded outs came from strikeouts, all swinging. The eight batters fanned set a season-high for the 25-year-old. From there, left-hander Michael Roth took care of the rest, earning the four-inning save. Roth ran into trouble late, putting the tying run on third base in the ninth, but struck out Isotopes catcher Anthony Bemboom to end the game.

The lone River Cats run came in the second inning thanks to a sacrifice fly by second baseman Juniel Querecuto. Six different Sacramento starters collected a base knock in the win while Mac Williamson registered his second three-hit game. Today marked the second shutout victory for the River Cats this season, the last coming on April 10 against Tacoma.

The River Cats will send right-hander Tyler Beede (3-4, 4.86) to the hill tomorrow night as the Isotopes counter with right-hander Jon Gray (0-0, 0.00). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats  Media Relations

Andrew Suarez Strikes Out Eight In Debut, But Sacramento River Cats Drop Opener

Left-hander makes strong impression in first Triple-A game

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (26-41) welcomed prospect Andrew Suarez to their staff Saturday night, and the lefty was quite impressive. The new addition was not enough to earn the team the win though, as the River Cats fell to the Albuquerque Isotopes (34-34) 8-4 at Raley Field.

The 24-year-old Suarez made the start for Sacramento in what was his Triple-A debut. The lefty looked sharp early and got through the first four innings allowing just one run. In the fifth, however, the Isotopes strung together four singles against Suarez to push across three runs. He left with two outs in the sixth after giving up five runs on 10 hits and one walk. He matched his season high with eight strikeouts.

The River Cats got on the board in the first inning when Chris Shaw singled home Orlando Calixte, but the Isotopes answered back and did not let up. Sacramento put up single runs in the third, seventh, and eighth innings, but it was not enough to keep pace with Isotopes. The loss is the team’s seventh in their last 10 games.

The River Cats will look to bounce back tomorrow night in a Sunday matinee. Sacramento expects to reinstate left-hander Michael Roth (4-4, 4.44) from the Disabled List to make the afternoon start. The Isotopes will counter with lefty Tyler Anderson (0-0, no ERA) who will be with Albuquerque on a rehab assignment. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Offense Erupts In 13-1 Win Over Isotopes

Federowicz has career day, Williamson racks up five RBI in blowout win

Albuquerque, NM – The Sacramento River Cats (21-33) put on an offensive show in their 13-1 rout of the Albuquerque Isotopes (28-27) highlighted by Tim Federowicz’s first career five-hit game.

Federowicz, who leads the team with a .356 batting average, finished tonight’s game 5-for-5 with three runs, two RBI and two home runs. The veteran backstop also started a double play after fielding a bunt in the fifth inning and notched his seventh double. Right fielder Mac Williamson had a stellar night of his own, going 2-for-5 with five RBI and launched two homers. Tonight marked Williamson’s second five-RBI game this season. Shortstop Ali Castillo hit his first home run of the season in his first game back with the club since April 11.

Sacramento starter Chris Stratton was terrific on the hill tonight as well, earning his first victory of the year. The right-hander went seven innings of one-run ball while allowing six hits and striking out seven. He did not allow a walk and threw 107 pitches, 80 of which went for strikes, both team-highs. 

The River Cats can win their third series of the season tomorrow night with a win as they send right-hander Joan Gregorio (3-4, 3.18) to the hill. The Isotopes will counter with right-hander Barry Enright (2-1, 5.40). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Implodes Late In 9-2 Loss To Albuquerque Isotopes

River Cats’ streak ends as they drop first game of August

Albuquerque, NM – The Sacramento River Cats (53-62) came into Saturday night’s contest against the Albuquerque Isotopes (49-64) winners of six straight games and an undefeated record in the month of August. In their 9-2 loss tonight however, the River Cats weren’t able to continue their hot hitting while their pitching let the game slip away late.

Right-hander Clayton Blackburn was on the bump for Sacramento making his 19th start of the season and fourth against Albuquerque. Blackburn has struggled on the road this year to the tune of a 6.12 ERA away from Raley Field but pitched well early in this one. Through the first six innings, the 23-year-old allowed two runs on six hits while leaving the Isotopes 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

Blackburn hit a skid in his seventh and final inning, however, allowing a leadoff double to start the trouble. A sacrifice bunt and single gave the ‘Topes a 3-2 lead, and things snowballed from there. One out later Albuquerque’s best hitter Jordan Patterson stepped to the dish with one on and two out. The clean-up hitter blasted a two-run home run off the righty, extending the lead to 5-2.

Of the five earned runs by Blackburn tonight, four came with two outs. He finished the night facing a season-high 32 batters, and tied his season-high with eight strikeouts. The game would get away from the River Cats late, as left-hander Steven Okert was roughed up for four runs on five hits during his eighth inning appearance.

The offensive highlight came courtesy of third baseman Grant Green tonight, who hit his seventh home run for Sacramento in the fourth inning, a solo-shot which at the time gave the River Cats a 2-1 lead. That would be all the scoring, however, as over their next five innings Sacramento scattered just four hits.

Centerfielder Austin Slater, right fielder Chris Denorfia and Green all registered two-hit games and catcher Tony Sanchez tallied in his first RBI with the club on a sacrifice fly. Tonight’s two runs were the fewest in a game so far this month, a month in which the River Cats lead the Pacific Coast League in batting average (.344) and home runs (9). The offensive couldn’t emulate the success of their 5-0 record this month, finishing the game tonight 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and leaving nine men on base.

Sacramento will hit the road for an early flight tomorrow morning to Tacoma. Right-hander Chris Stratton (8-5, 4.81) will take the hill for the River Cats in the opener and is 1-0 with a 7.20 ERA in two starts against the Rainiers this season. Tacoma will send righty Zach Lee (0-4, 5.74) to the mound, who has a 6.00 ERA against Sacramento in two starts. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. (PT) and can be heard live online at rivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Top Triple-A Attendance Charts; Raley Field Opens Gates to 670,000-Plus

Photo by Shawn Jonas

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – With 12,488 on hand for Monday’s Labor Day season finale against the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Sacramento River Cats have moved into the top spot in overall attendance in all of Minor League baseball for the 2015 season.

In their first season as the Triple-A affiliate of the World Champion San Francisco Giants, the River Cats welcomed 672,354 fans through the gates at Raley Field, more than any other team in Triple-A baseball. That number is nearly a 10% increase from the River Cats 607,839 overall attendance in 2014 and is the most since 2008. An average of 9,338 fans came out to the ballpark per game.

This is the third consecutive year that the River Cats have led the Pacific Coast League in attendance. The last time they finished second in the league was in 2012, when they closed the season with 586,090, behind the Round Rock Express (Texas Rangers). This year, the Express came in at number two in the PCL, with a 595,012 overall attendance (8,623 per game).

Raley Field, with a capacity of 14,014, saw 12 sellouts this season, bringing their all-time sellout total to 95. The River Cats hosted 10,000 or more 25 different times this season.

The Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) led the International League with 669,398. While second overall, the Knights’ 9,428 per game average (71 openings) was the best across Triple-A baseball.

Tickets for next season are available and can be purchased by visiting rivercats.com or calling the River Cats ticket hotline at 916-371-HITS (4487).

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

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

Photo by Shawn Jonas

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 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