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Six 2017 Sacramento River Cats Earn Non-Roster Invites To Major League Spring Training

Familiar faces highlight list of players in big league camp, which kicks off February 13

 West Sacramento, CA – The San Francisco Giants have extended non-roster invitations for Major League Spring Training to 16 players, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Bobby Evans announced Thursday. Featured in the group are six River Cats players from the 2017 season.

Left-handed starting pitcher Andrew Suarez will be making his second straight appearance in big-league camp, having been part of a group of 28 that received invites in 2017. After being called up from Double-A Richmond, Suarez made 13 starts for the River Cats with a 3.55 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 88.2 innings pitched.

Right-handed starting pitcher Jose Flores will be making his first Major League Spring Training appearance for the Giants. Like Suarez, Flores was called up from the Richmond Flying Squirrels, making 12 starts with a 4.04 ERA in a River Cats uniform.

Infielder Orlando Calixte will be making his second trip to major-league camp, though last year’s invite came as a result of being on the 40-man roster. The Dominican Republic native played in 42 games for the River Cats with a .286 batting average and .500 slugging percentage before being recalled by San Francisco, where he secured his first major-league hit in a 2-for-5 performance on May 30 against the Washington Nationals.

Catcher Trevor Brown will be in big-league camp for the third straight year, but it will be his first as a non-roster invitee. Brown began the 2017 season on the disabled list but returned and played in 58 games for the River Cats.

The Giants’ No.1 ranked prospect, according to MLB.com, outfielder Chris Shawearned his first non-roster invite. The left-handed power bat from Boston College clubbed a team-leading 18 home runs and 25 doubles in 88 games in Sacramento.

Outfielder Steven Duggar’s invite to major-league camp is his second consecutive. The Clemson product missed nearly the first three months of the 2017 season with a hip flexor injury, eventually making his way to Sacramento where he played the final 13 games at Triple-A.

The other 10 players who received a non-roster invite are: RHP Tyler Cyr, RHP Dereck Rodriguez, RHP Jose Valdez, RHP Madison Younginer, C Justin O’Conner, C Hector Sanchez, INF Chase D’Arnaud, INF Alen Hanson, 1B Kyle Jensen, and INF Josh Rutledge.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Dave Brundage Returning To Manage Sacramento River Cats In 2018

New pitching coach Steve Kline and fundamentals coach Nestor Rojas to join returning hitting coach Damon Minor

 WEST SACRAMENTO, CA The Sacramento River Cats, in conjunction with the San Francisco Giants, are thrilled to welcome back Dave Brundage for his second season as manager of the River Cats for the 2018 season.

Brundage will be joined by a few new faces for the 2018 season at Raley Field. While Damon Minor will return for his third season as the River Cats hitting coach, he will be joined by new pitching coach Steve Kline and fundamentals coach Nestor Rojas. The new training staff will be made up of athletic trainer David Getsoff and strength and conditioning coach Andy King. Travis Higgs will round out the club’s 2018 field staff, and will serve as bullpen catcher and team administrator.

An Oregon native, Brundage joined the River Cats in 2017 and compiled a 64-77 record in his 20th season as a minor league manager. Before coming to Sacramento, the veteran manager spent the previous four seasons with the International League’s Lehigh Valley IronPigs. In 2016, Brundage led the IronPigs to an 85-58 record, the second best mark in all of Triple-A baseball.

Brundage, 53, made his managerial debut in 1995 with the Riverside Pilots (Seattle Mariners Class A-Advanced) but has spent most of his managerial career at either the Double- or Triple-A levels. Prior to his four seasons with Lehigh Valley, Brundage helmed the Richmond/Gwinnett Braves for six seasons from 2007 through 2012. He made his Triple-A debut in 2006 with the Pacific Coast League’s Tacoma Rainiers. Brundage has a career record of 1,435-1,392 (.508) in 20 seasons as a manager including a 857-858 (.499) mark at the Triple-A level.

Drafted in the 4th round of the 1986 Amateur Draft out of Oregon State University, Brundage spent 10 seasons as a player in the Minor Leagues with the Phillies and Mariners organizations.

Minor, 43, returns to the River Cats for his third season as hitting coach. In his second year with the team, Minor worked closely with Triple-A newcomers and top Giants’ prospects Christian Arroyo, Chris Shaw, and Ryder Jones as they prepared for their Major League debuts.

A former Giant, Minor was drafted by San Francisco in 1996 and made his Major League debut in 2000. In 136 games over parts of four seasons, Minor hit .232 with 13 home runs. He set a career-high in 2002 when he played in 83 games and slugged 10 home runs, helping the Giants claim the National League pennant. While in the Giants farm system, he compiled a .277 batting average with 179 home runs and 648 RBI across nine seasons.

Kline, 45, joins the River Cats as pitching coach after serving in the same role for three seasons with the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels and nine seasons overall with the organization. While in Richmond, Kline helped in the development of several River Cats standouts, including Tyler Beede, Andrew Suarez, and Tyler Rogers. Kline led the Giants Double-A affiliate to a top-five pitching staff (in team ERA) in each of his three Eastern League seasons, including a league-leading 3.12 team ERA in 2015.

Kline completed his 11-year Major League career as a lefty reliever with the Giants in 2007. All told, he appeared in 796 MLB games with five different organizations. The Pennsylvania native was an 8th round selection by the Cleveland Indians in the 2003 draft out of the University of West Virginia. He set the single –season record for appearances (89) in 2001 while with St. Louis, and led the National League in games played as a pitcher for three consecutive seasons (1999-2001).

Rojas, 34, will join the River Cats as fundamentals coach after managing the Class-A Advanced San Jose Giants in 2017. Since retiring at the end of the 2010 season, Rojas immediately began his coaching career and has been a bright up-and-coming coaching talent in the Giants organization.  Rojas landed his first managerial job in 2013 at age 29 with the Arizona Rookie League Giants, and led them to a 41-14 record. Prospects (and future River Cats) Christian Arroyo and Ryder Jones each began their professional careers as teenagers under Rojas during that 2013 season.

A native of Venezuela, Rojas played for six seasons in the Giants organization, including two stints with Triple-A Fresno in 2009 and 2010.

Rounding out the field staff will be a new athletic training and strength and conditioning duo. David Getsoff will join the River Cats as the athletic trainer in his 10th season with the Giants Organization, while Andy King will be the River Cats strength and conditioning coach in what will be his fifth season with the Giants. Travis Higgs will return as the team’s bullpen catcher in 2018.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Tim Federowciz and Chris Shaw Lead Sacramento River Cats To 7-4 Win

Sacramento racks up 13 hits, Suarez goes five strong

Reno, NV Tim Federowicz and Chris Shaw drove in three each tonight, playing a key part in the Sacramento River Cats (53-71) 7-3 defeat of the Reno Aces (70-55).

The duo combined to go 4-for-9 with four runs, six RBI, and each added a home run tonight to pace the offense. First baseman Ryan Lollis added an RBI in Sacramento’s three-run sixth inning which put them up 5-3 and swung the momentum in the River Cats favor.

Andrew Suarez got the start tonight for Sacramento, holding the Pacific Coast League’s best offense in check over his five innings. The left-hander allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits without yielding a walk and struck out three en route to picking up his sixth win on the season. Right-hander Tyler Rogers pitched the final 1.2 innings tonight and earned his team-leading 10th save of the year.

The River Cats and Aces will wrap up their four-game series tomorrow night. Left-hander Matt Gage (1-6, 6.70) will be on the hill for Sacramento and will face right-hander Jake Buchanan (6-3, 4.50). 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 

Sacramento River Cats Stung By Salt Lake Despite Suarez’s Brilliance

Williamson’s homer the lone run in River Cats 3-1 loss

West Sacramento, CA Andrew Suarez gave the Sacramento River Cats (50-69) 8.1 phenomenal innings Saturday night, but it was not enough as the Salt Lake Bees (60-60) hit a three-run home run after his departure to steal the game away, 3-1.

Suarez threw a career-high 8.1 innings tonight, striking out eight Salt Lake hitters, four of which were looking. After allowing a single and a double in the ninth, the left-hander was relieved by right-hander Tyler Rogers. Rogers was able to retire the first hitter he faced and came within one strike of ending the game before Bees’ right fielder Shane Robinson shocked the 13,000-plus at Raley Field with his go-ahead three-run homer.

Mac Williamson went deep in the seventh inning for what seemed to be the winning run, putting the River Cats up 1-0. The Sacramento offense was silent other than that, managing just six hits while going 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. With tonight’s loss, Sacramento ended their four-game winning streak against Salt Lake and five-game home winning streak.

Sacramento will send left-hander Matt Gage (0-6, 7.30) to the hill tomorrow to face Salt Lake’s right-hander Daniel Wright (6-7, 7.13). 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 ESPN 1320.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Outlasts Iowa 4-2 In Extra Innings

Suarez turns in quality start, offense rallies late over Cubs

Des Moines, IA – The Sacramento River Cats (49-65) rallied for two runs in the 11th inning Monday night as they outlasted the Iowa Cubs (53-59) by a final score of 4-2.

Jae-Gyun Hwang was the catalyst tonight for the River Cats, singling home Mac Williamson to get the rally started in the 11th. One batter later, Ryan Lollis moved Tim Federowicz over to third base with a sacrifice bunt before the catcher eventually scored on a wild pitch. In the home half of the 11th, submariner Tyler Rogers closed things out to earn his team-leading seventh save this season.

Lost in the shuffle was Sacramento starter Andrew Suarez who went seven innings for a third consecutive start. The left-hander allowed two runs on five hits and retired 12 of 13 Iowa hitters at one point. The No. 11 prospect in the Giants’ organization has now turned in four straight quality starts and owns a 2.16 ERA in four road starts (6 ER, 25 IP). 

Left-hander Matt Gage (0-6, 6.82) will get the start for Sacramento tomorrow night in game two. He will oppose Iowa left-hander Rob Zastryzny (1-1, 6.67). First pitch is set for 5:08 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.comand on the air on ESPN 1320 at 7:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Take The Cake, Sweep New Orleans

Sacramento extends scoreless streak to 20 innings, beat Baby Cakes 6-0

West Sacramento, CA Andrew Suarez pitched seven shutout innings and got plenty of run support from the Sacramento River Cats offense (47-62) as they defeated the New Orleans Baby Cakes (40-69) 6-0 tonight to complete the sweep.

Suarez continued Sacramento’s dominant pitching this series, as he and the bullpen kept New Orleans off the board in tonight’s series finale. Overall, Sacramento pitchers have now thrown 20 straight scoreless innings. The left-hander devoured Baby Cakes hitters tonight, striking out six while allowing two walks and five hits. The No. 11 prospect in the Giants’ organization, Suarez stranded five New Orleans runners on base and left them 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.

The River Cats offense pounced early tonight, scoring four runs in the first inning. Chris Shaw highlighted the inning by launching a two-run home run, one of three Sacramento long balls on the night. Tim Federowicz went deep for his sixth home run of the year and Pablo Sandoval smacked his first homer with the club.   

Sacramento will have an off day Wednesday before heading to Omaha to take on the Storm Chasers. Left-hander Matt Gage (0-5, 5.72) will start for game one on Thursday against Omaha. First pitch is set for 5:05 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

Andrew Suarez Strikes Out Nine, Halts Round Rock Express In 2-1 Win

Timely hitting, strong pitching lead Sac to third straight victory

West Sacramento, CA Andrew Suarez was dominant tonight for the Sacramento River Cats (43-61), shutting down the Round Rock Express (46-59) offense en route to the 2-1 win.

Suarez ran into trouble in the first inning, giving up his only run of the night in an inning that included two hits, a walk, and a wild pitch. The left-hander settled in after that, allowing just two more hits and two walks the rest of the night. He set a season-high tonight with nine strikeouts and at one point retired 14 straight Express hitters.

The River Cats offense backed Suarez’s outing with back-to-back runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Last night’s walk-off hero Ryan Lollis got Sacramento on the board first with an RBI-double and Ryder Jones followed by driving in Orlando Calixte.

Sacramento will send left-hander Matt Gage (0-4, 6.65) to the hill for the fourth and final game of the series tomorrow night. Right-hander Tyler Wagner (1-9, 7.01) will go for Round Rock. First pitch is set for 7:05 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 Come Up Dry In 4-1 Loss To Rainiers

Suarez goes six strong as offense falls flat against Tacoma

Tacoma, WA – The Sacramento River Cats (40-59) were unable to give starter Andrew Suarez the run support he needed tonight, falling 4-1 to the Tacoma Rainiers (50-50) Saturday night.

Suarez held the Rainiers in check over his six innings despite loading the bases twice, holding them to three runs (two earned) and stranding seven men on base. The left-hander set a season-high in pitches thrown tonight by tossing 107 (66 strikes) while walking three and striking out four. All seven of Suarez’s surrendered hits were singles tonight and he allowed a run in the first inning for the first time this season.

The River Cats offense wasn’t able to provide much support tonight, managing just one run coming off a wild pitch by Tacoma starter Christian Bergman. Bregman stifled Sacramento’s offense as they managed just five hits over his seven frames. Second baseman Ali Castillo collected two of the team’s six hits and Ryder Jones registered the only extra base hit, a double in the fourth.

Sacramento will send left-hander Matt Gage (0-3, 6.38) to the hill tomorrow for game three of the series. Right-hander Sam Gaviglio (2-4, 3.82) will get the start for Tacoma. First pitch is set for 1:35 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 Cat’s Comeback Bid Falls Short Against El Paso

River Cats rally in seventh but can’t overcome deficit, lose 7-3

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (38-56) fell 7-3 to the El Paso Chihuahuas (48-47) in the first game of their four-game set as they returned home to Raley Field Monday night for the first time since the All-Star break.

Trailing 6-0, Juniel Querecuto highlighted the comeback effort in the seventh, smacking a two-run homer to ignite the rally. A couple batters later, Carlos Moncrief singled up the middle, scoring Ali Castillo and bringing Sacramento within three. That would be it for the Sacramento offense however, as they collected four of their seven hits in the frame before going quietly in the eighth and ninth innings.

Andrew Suarez got the start for the River Cats and threw a season-low 4.1 innings before giving way to reliever Collin Balester. The southpaw allowed five runs over the 4.1 innings while striking out five and walking three. Balester allowed one run over his 2.2 innings. Kraig Sitton was charged with an unearned run in the ninth, keeping his streak of no earned runs allowed alive at 10.1 innings (eight games).

Albert Suarez (0-0, 0.00) will make his first start for Sacramento tomorrow night and will face El Paso’s Zach Lee (2-3, 6.80). First pitch is set for 7:05 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 Put On Offensive Showcase In Win

Ruggiano, Jones, Williamson provide fireworks in 9-3 victory over Fresno

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (29-42) jumped out to an early lead Thursday night and never looked back, defeating the Fresno Grizzlies (35-38) by a final score of 9-3 at Chukchansi Park in Fresno.

Justin Ruggiano, the second batter of the game, started the barrage with a solo home run in the top of the first inning to give the River Cats an early 1-0 lead. That lead grew in the third inning as Sacramento added three more runs, thanks in part to an RBI double off the bat of Ryder Jones.

The scoring continued in the fourth inning as Sacramento piled on five more runs. Jones collected his second double, this time knocking in two, while Mac Williamson blasted a two-run home run that left the stadium. The home run capped the inning and put Sacramento up 9-1.

Andrew Suarez pitched six strong innings for the River Cats and picked up his first career Triple-A win. Behind him, the Sacramento defense turned a franchise record six double plays. Derek Law made his first appearance with Sacramento this season, throwing a scoreless ninth.

Game two between the River Cats and Grizzlies is tomorrow as Joan Gregorio (4-4, 3.04) faces off against Mike Hauschild (4-1, 5.15). 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