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Solid Start By Black Burn Yet River Cats Offense Can’t Get Going Fall To Nashville Sounds 5-0

May 25, 2015 4:53 PM PT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – 9,447 gathered at Raley Field on Memorial Day to watch as the Sacramento River Cats welcomed the Nashville Sounds (Oakland Athletics) to West Sacramento for the first time in two years. Clayton Blackburn kept the River Cats close, but the offense couldn’t find their footing as Sacramento was shut out for just the second time this season, 5-0.

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A day after recording one hit in six innings, the River Cats offense again sputtered. They scattered four hits across the first four innings and erased any potential threats by grounding into two double plays. Darren Ford was also picked off trying to steal in the first. The River Cats were unable to muster any kind of offense after that, going hitless with just three baserunners – a hit by pitch, a walk, and reached on a fielder’s choice – in the fifth through ninth innings.

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One of Sacramento’s hits belonged to Adam Duvall, who extended his hit streak to nine games with his second-inning single. Duvall is still carrying a .322 average (15th in the PCL) through 45 games this season, to go with a league-leading 26 extra-base hits.

Blackburn was solid for Sacramento, keeping the River Cats in the game and really only running into trouble in the fourth inning. Two walks and two singles led to a 2-0 Nashville lead and loaded the bases, but Blackburn got the Sounds’ Joey Wendle to ground out to end the inning. He kept the Sounds scoreless otherwise before exiting after the fifth. He threw 97 pitches in the outing, 65 for strikes.

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The Sounds continued to add on to their lead, scoring once in the sixth and again in the seventh against River Cats’ reliever Juan Gutierrez. They knocked in their fifth run in the ninth, stretching their lead to five. First baseman and former River Cat Anthony Aliotti was 3-for-5 with 2 RBIs and a run scored for Nashville.

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Blackburn took the loss on the afternoon and is now 1-3 with a 5.06 ERA. Sounds’ reliever Jim Fuller (1-0) picked up the win for Nashville while Brock Huntzinger notched the three-inning save, his first of the season.

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After starting the season 5-0 in day games, the River Cats have won just two of their last seven matinee contests. They’ll have another chance in Thursday’s 12:05 p.m. finale with the Sounds.

Before then, the River Cats will face former Giant and River Cats star Barry Zito (1-4, 5.29) tomorrow night. The veteran lefty will be making his first start at Raley Field since 2000. Opposing him will be Sacramento’s RHP Robert Coello (5-2, 3.44) as he goes for his league-leading sixth win. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

*All Photos by Shawn Jonas

 

Nashville Sounds’ Barry Zito Shuts Down River Cats At Raley Field; Sacramento Falls 3-0

All Photos By Shawn Jonas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Yesterday, the Sacramento River Cats and their fans welcomed veteran left-hander Barry Zito back to Raley Field, his first visit since pitching here in 2000. Tonight, the River Cats were stumped as he took the mound, falling 3-0 and getting shut out by the Nashville Sounds for the second game in a row.

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Zito (2-4, 4.72) successfully kept the River Cats’ hitters off balance through the first six innings. He held Sacramento scoreless while allowing just 3 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 5 and picked up his second win of the season.

Robert Coello (5-3, 3.45) took the mound for Sacramento and struggled early, walking 4 in the first two innings. Despite not having command of all of his pitches, Coello battled all night and only gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and 6 walks with 5 strikeouts. He threw 102 pitches – 57 for strikes – through 5 innings in the loss.

The Sounds took advantage of the free baserunners, especially in the second. Nashville drew back-to-back walks to open the inning and, after the runners moved up on a groundout, Anothony Aliotti singled both runners home. That would be all Coello would allow, however, as he held the Sounds scoreless after that. For Nashville, Aliotti ended his night 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs. The Sounds scored their third run on a Ryan Roberts sacrifice fly in the seventh.

The River Cats struggled to generate any kind of threat, putting just five runners in scoring position in the game. Juan Perez hit a double in the fourth on some smart and aggressive base running. With a creative slide and a hop, he evaded the tag and landed safely on second. The River Cats put another runner in scoring position in the eighth with back-to-back singles by Casey McGehee and Ehire Adrianza. McGehee was 1-for-4 in his River Cats debut and made an excellent leaping play at third base to snag a line drive.

Sacramento started to put something together in the bottom of the ninth on a Jarrett Parker double and a John Bowker walk, but both runners were still standing on the bases when the last out was made. Sounds reliever R.J. Alvarez picked up his first save of the season.

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San Francisco’s right-hander Jake Peavy (0-2, 9.39) will make his second rehab start tomorrow night for Sacramento. The Cy Young winner and World Series Champ is returning from a back injury and pitched last week for Class-A Advanced San Jose, throwing three scoreless innings. Taking the mound opposite of Peavy will be Nashville’s Zach Neal (2-0, 1.69). Tomorrow night is also the River Cats’ Pitch Perfect 2 and SacramenTONES specialty jerseys night. The game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off during the game to benefit the River Cats Foundation. First pitch is set for tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of Sacramento River Cats

Oakland A’s Affiliate Nashville Sounds Return to Raley Field

Back-To-Back Starts By Cy Young Winners Zito and Jake Peavy

Longtime River Cats affiliate Oakland returns to West Sacramento for the first time with their new Triple-A affiliate, the Nashville Sounds (16-27, 4th American Southern). Before affiliating with the Sounds, the A’s had been the Triple-A affiliate of the Sacramento River Cats (21-23, 2nd Pacific Northern) for 15 seasons. They were also affiliated with the River Cats for a season when the team was in Vancouver as the Canadians before moving to Sacramento. The four game series between the River Cats and the Sounds starts on Monday, May 25, and is the only time the two teams will face each other in 2015.

Scouting the Sounds

The Sounds are coming off a losing series with Fresno as they make their first trip to Sacramento since 2012. Over their last ten games, they are 3-7. Nashville has struggled away from their home park – the new First Tennessee Park – going just 7-16 in 23 games. Recently, they have been playing better and as a team they are hitting .279 on the road, while the pitching staff has an ERA of 4.70.

Your River Cats

The River Cats are 4-6 over their last ten games coming into Monday’s series opener with the Sounds. Sacramento is coming off a series loss to the Memphis Redbirds in which they outhit the ‘Birds 38 to 34 but were outscored 23 to 16. The River Cats pitching staff will look to continue to post strong numbers at home, where they own a 3.18 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Overall, the River Cats are 12-12 at home so far this season.

Players to Watch

Nashville comes into Sacramento with a number of familiar faces on their roster, including Anthony Aliotti and Alden Carrithers, among others. Aliotti is hitting .270 for the season but has been hot lately, going 12-for-40 (.300) with a .378 OBP over his last 11 games. Nashville also brings the veteran left-hander and former River Cats star Barry Zito into town with them. Zito is in his 16th season of professional baseball. The lefty was named to the All-Star team three times and won the 2002 AL Cy Young award while with the Oakland A’s. More recently, Zito is a two-time World Champion with the San Francisco Giants (’10 and ’12).

For the River Cats, shortstop Ehire Adrianza has been on fire over the last week. Adrianza is coming off a nine-game hit streak, the second longest for the River Cats this season (Adam Duvall holds the team-high, an 11-game streak). During that nine-game stretch, the hot-hitting shortstop was 15-for-33 (.455) with 4 doubles, 6 runs, and 3 RBIs. San Francisco Giants right-hander Jake Peavy is also expected to make a rehab start with the River Cats on Wednesday night. He was a pivotal member in the Giants’ push toward the postseason in 2014, going 6-3 in August and September with a 1.98 ERA. Like Zito, Peavy is also a three-time All-Star and a Cy Young Winner, taking home the NL award in 2007.

Matchup History

This series between the Sacramento River Cats and the Nashville Sounds will be the 18th all-time. The River Cats hold a commanding lead over the Sounds, having taken 49 of 68 games. This is Nashville’s first trip to Raley Field since August 5 – 8, 2012. The River Cats have made two trips to Nashville – once in 2013 and again in 2014 – since then. Last season, the River Cats took three of four in Nashville, scoring 32 runs in the four games.

Probable Pitchers

Monday, May 25 (1:05 p.m. PDT): RHP Clayton Blackburn (1-2, 5.51) vs. LHP Sean Nolin (0-0, 1.04)
Tuesday, May 26 (7:05 p.m. PDT): RHP Robert Coello (5-2, 3.44) vs. LHP Barry Zito (1-4, 5.29)
Wednesday, May 27 (7:05 p.m. PDT): RHP Jake Peavy (0-2, 9.39) vs. RHP Zach Neal (2-1, 1.69)
Thursday, May 28 (12:05 p.m. PDT): RHP Kevin Correia (0-1, 4.40) vs. LHP Brad Mills (1-5, 3.91)