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Big Third Inning Leads Sacramento River Cats Over Redbirds

Sacramento offense backs Roth’s solid start in 5-3 victory

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (18-28) used a big third inning and a strong outing from starter Michael Roth to down the Memphis Redbirds (29-19) 5-3 Thursday night at Raley Field.

First baseman Jae-Gyun Hwang opened the scoring for Sacramento by launching a double that caromed off the top of the center field fence, scoring Austin Slater. One batter later, Chris Shaw, who made his Triple-A debut tonight, drove in Hwang with a double of his own. Third baseman Juan Ciriaco capped off the inning with a two-run home run, putting the home side up 4-0.

Michael Roth stymied the Memphis offense over his six innings tonight as he allowed just one run on three hits while walking two and striking out five. He is now 4-0 at home with a 2.73 ERA. Kyle Crick struck out the side in the ninth for his fifth save.

The River Cats finish up their homestand tomorrow night behind right-hander Chris Stratton (0-2, 5.59) while the Redbirds counter with righty Josh Zeid (2-1, 7.05). 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 Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Jones’ Slam Leads Charge In Sacramento River Cats Win

Offense backs strong pitching performance from Roth with eight runs

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (16-25) rode the long ball to an 8-5 victory over the Nashville Sounds (19-20) Saturday night. Both Austin Slater and Ryder Jones homered for the River Cats in the win.

Slater’s two-run shot was his third home run of the season and put the River Cats ahead 2-1 in the fourth inning. Jones didn’t wait long to add on, launching a towering grand slam out to the right field grass hill and making it a 6-1 game at the time. For Jones, it was his fourth home run of the year.

Roth put together his second consecutive quality start and picked up his first win as a starter with six innings of three-run ball. Behind him, the bullpen allowed two runs over three innings. Kyle Crick recorded the four-out save, his fourth save of the year.

Chris Stratton (0-1, 5.79) takes the mound for Sacramento tomorrow afternoon against Nashville’s RHP Jharel Cotton (0-0, 0.00). First pitch is set for 1:05 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

Blank’s Ninth-Inning Blast Not Enough To Lift Sacramento River Cats

Sacramento hitters strike out 17 times in 6-4 loss to Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City, OK Kyle Blanks slugged a three-run blast in the ninth inning, but it was too little too late as the Sacramento River Cats (15-22) fell 6-4 to the Oklahoma City Dodgers (19-17) Monday night.

Blanks came on as a pinch hitter with two outs and two on in the ninth and launched a moonshot home run to centerfield. The blast cut the deficit to two runs, but the Dodger’s Brandon Morrow closed out the inning to give Oklahoma City the series opener.

The Dodgers jumped out to an early 6-0 lead against the River Cats and starter Chris Stratton. Oklahoma City’s starter Wilmer Font was perfect through six innings, ultimately striking out 15, the most by a starter against the River Cats in the team’s history.

Orlando Calixte ended Font’s bid for a perfect game with a leadoff walk in the seventh inning. Austin Slater then singled to break up the no hitter and Chris Marrero drove in Calixte, giving the River Cats their first run of the night.

Game two will feature Sacramento’s Dan Slania (0-4, 8.79) against the Dodgers’ Fabian Castillo (1-2, 5.63). First pitch is set for 5:05 pm (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and starting at 6 p.m. on the air on 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Check Aces In 3-2 Victory

Beede goes five strong, offense does enough to give Sacramento 

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (11-18) took game one of their four-game series against the Reno Aces (18-12) in a closely contested 3-2 ballgame.

Sacramento starter Tyler Beede picked up his second win of the season tonight, pitching brilliantly against the league’s best offense. The right-hander went five innings, allowing one run on three hits while walking two and striking out five. In the fourth, Sacramento put up two runs thanks to an RBI-double by first baseman Chris Marrero and a sacrifice fly by centerfielder Austin Slater. Second baseman Juan Ciriaco extended the lead to two runs after singling in Slater in the seventh.

Right-handers Roberto Gomez and Tyler Rogers each picked up a hold in relief of Beede and hard-throwing righty Kyle Crick earned his second save of the season.

Game two tomorrow afternoon will feature Sacramento’s Joan Gregorio (1-2, 1.95) and Aces right-hander Zach Godley (2-1, 2.25). First pitch is set for 1:05 pm (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 Rally Over Tacoma Rainiers For “Opening Day” Win

After two postponed games, Sacramento overcomes early deficit to beat Tacoma 6-5 

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (1-0) started off the 2017 season with a bang, coming from behind to defeat the Tacoma Rainiers (0-1) by a score of 6-5 Saturday night at Raley Field.

Both offenses came ready to play, scoring a combined eight runs in the first two innings. Sacramento starter Clayton Blackburn yielded two runs in the first frame but the River Cats offense answered back three runs of their own. Christian Arroyo doubled in the inning and Austin Slater highlighted the frame with a two-run double to make it a 3-2 game.

The scoring spree continued into the second inning when Blackburn gave up a three-run homer to Tacoma right fielder Tyler O’Neill. Blackburn lasted just three innings, allowing five runs on six hits with a strikeout before the bullpen took over and shutdown the Rainiers the rest of the way.

 The two ‘pens traded zeros until the eighth inning when the River Cats offense roared back to life. Slater drove in another with an RBI-single and an error on Tacoma’s O’Neill allowed the tying run to also come home. Later in the frame, right fielder Orlando Calixte played hero by driving in Slater to give the River Cats the lead.

The River Cats will send right-hander Tyler Beede (0-0, 0.00) to the mound for Sunday’s matinee. Beede, the No. 1 prospect in the Giants’ organization, will be making his Triple-A debut and will square off against Rainiers’ right-hander Dylan Unsworth. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Take On San Jose Giants At Raley Field

Cross-level scrimmage to feature San Francisco’s top prospects Wednesday, April 5 at Raley Field
West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats are excited to announce a cross-level scrimmage against the San Jose Giants, the class-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. The two teams will go head-to-head in a scrimmage at Raley Field on Wednesday, April 5, just one day before Sacramento’s Opening Day. Tickets for the game start at just $5 and are available now at rivercats.com.

This pre-season scrimmage is an extension of Spring Training and is likely to feature many of San Francisco’s top prospects. Christian Arroyo and Tyler Beede – the system’s top two prospects – are expected to take the field for the River Cats while 2016 first-round pick Bryan Reynolds (No. 4 prospect) may start for the San Jose squad. Other prospects likely to be involved in the game include Joan Gregorio (No. 7), Jalen Miller (No. 15), Heath Quinn (No. 17), and Sacramento fan-favorite Austin Slater (No. 22).

First pitch on Wednesday, April 5 at Raley Field is set for 6:05 pm. Gates for the game will open at 5:00 pm with parking lots to open at 4:30 pm. Parking will be $5.

General admission tickets start at just $5. There will be a $10 ticket option which includes a general admission ticket, a hot dog, chips, and a soda. Tickets can be purchased online at rivercats.com.

All River Cats season ticket members will have tickets to the exhibition game included with their plan. For more information please email tickets@rivercats.com or call (916) 376-HITS (4487).

Press Release 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

Sactown Slugfest Ends In Sacramento River Cats Rout

Photo by Shawn Jonas

Adrianza and Pence lead cast of rehabbers, former Giants in win

West Sacramento, CA – The best offense in the Pacific Coast League took the field Saturday night and then looked on as the Sacramento River Cats (45-56) ran up the score early en route to a 12-0 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas (57-42). Sacramento struck for nine runs in the first two innings and coasted to the win behind an excellent combination effort from the bullpen.

Sacramento’s five-run first inning followed last night’s six-run outburst and was highlighted by a two-run blast off the bat of Ehire Adrianza. Adrianza joined the River Cats this afternoon as he continues his rehab for a broken foot and wasted no time getting comfortable, driving the first pitch he saw out to left. Overall, the switch-hitting shortstop went 3-for-5 with two RBI.

“It felt good being back in Sacramento,” Adrianza said after the game. “My foot feels great. I’m ready to help out the big club whenever they think I’m ready.”

In 10 rehab games, Adrianza is hitting .368 (14-for-38) with six home runs, 13 RBI and 10 runs scored between San Jose and Sacramento.

Hunter Pence also made his 2016 River Cats debut tonight, going 1-for-4 with a double in six innings. The two-time World Champ and two-time All-Star is working his way back from hamstring surgery and in three games with the River Cats is hitting .500 (4-for-8) with two doubles, a home run, and an RBI.

“It feels good to be out on a baseball field playing and competing. The crowds here are so passionate and fun. I’m trying to get back out there as quick as I can.”

Austin Slater homered for the River Cats, his fourth, as did Andrew Susac, his eighth. Since returning from the All-Star break, the two have combined to hit .299 (20-for-67) with seven home runs, 15 RBI and 16 runs scored. Juan Ciriaco and Rando Moreno each drove in a pair and Kelby Tomlinson was 3-for-5 with two runs scored. As a team, the River Cats racked up 19 hits, matching their third highest total this season.

Behind an explosive offensive performance, the bullpen quietly put together an excellent outing, led by spot-starter Austin Fleet. Fleet got the start after throwing just two days ago in San Jose and went three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk while striking out two.

The Chihuahuas entered this series with a PCL-best .314 team batting average while scoring over six runs per game. In their last 18 innings against River Cats pitching, though, the Chihuahuas have pushed just three runs across while generating 15 hits. Tonight, Fleet combined with Alex Torres, Duke Welker, Matt Reynolds, and Jake Dunning to hand the Chihuahuas their third shutout loss of the season.

The River Cats and Chihuahuas will play two tomorrow to close out this series. Left-hander and PCL wins-leader Ty Blach (10-5, 3.70) will take the mound for game one against El Paso’s Aaron Northcraft (4-0, 4.46). Game two, which will start a half hour after the end of game one, features two bullpen arms going head to head. River Cats reliever Vin Mazzaro (2-1, 2.64) will take on Eric Yardley (2-0, 4.91). Both games can be heard live online at rivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Andrew Susac and Travis Ishikawa Power Sacramento River Cats To Victory

Mejia retires 12 straight to help blow past Zephyrs 10-4

New Orleans, LA – The rain came down early but could not ruin the Sacramento River Cats (42-56) parade over the New Orleans Zephyrs (46-49). First pitch was delayed an hour and 46 minutes, but when the game got going, so did the Sacramento bats. Adalberto Mejia did enough to earn the win, as three home runs powered the River Cats to victory.

New Orleans got on the board first in this one, but Sacramento responded and continued to add on late. A close 4-3 ballgame entering the sixth was torn apart by back-to-back blasts from Andrew Susac and Travis Ishikawa over the centerfield wall. It was the second time Ishikawa has been a part of consecutive homers this season; last time was in Las Vegas on June 28 off the bat of the first baseman and Myles Schroder.

Susac lead the offense tonight and finished 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Ishikawa followed closely and went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. Behind them, the team collected a total of 12 hits on the night with two doubles and three home runs. The third home run came off the bat of Austin Slater in the top of the ninth and drove in the final two runs of the game to give Cats the eventual 10-4 victory. Kelby Tomlinson also picked up a two-hit night with a double and a run scored from the top of the order.

Joe Panik continued his rehab assignment with Sacramento this evening and fulfilled all seven innings he was slated to play. He started with three consecutive popouts at the plate before finally breaking through with a double in the seventh. The second baseman finished 1-for-4 with a run before handing the reigns to Rando Moreno.

On the mound, Mejia provided enough to collect his third win with Sacramento. He gave up an early set of runs in the first two innings before settling in to retire 12 straight. The southpaw entered the game with a 1.46 ERA in July and lead all the Sacramento starters with a 75% left on base percentage. He continued the trend tonight and held the Zephyrs to just 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position. The newest River Cats starter allowed four runs on six hits across six innings of work with no walks and six strikeouts before the bullpen took over.

The bullpen stifled any comeback attempt as Duke Welker came in and threw two scoreless innings on three hits. He was followed by a perfect inning from Matt Reynolds to close out the ballgame. The win puts the team 14 games under .500 and 4-3 on the road trip.

Sacramento gives right-hander Chris Stratton (6-4, 5.22) the nod to close out series tomorrow night. He faces off against New Orleans’s lefty Justin Nicolino (4-3, 2.44). First pitch is set for 5:00 p.m. (PT) and can be heard live online at rivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

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Sacramento River Cats Stratton’s Career-High 12 Strike-Outs Shuts Down The Express

Machi leaves Round Rock stranded in the ninth to save 3-2 win

Round Rock, TXChris Stratton brought the Express offense to a halt Saturday night, dominating game three of the series and setting a new career-high in strikeouts. The right-hander, with the support of his closer and just enough offense, lifted the Sacramento River Cats (40-54) to a 3-2 victory over the Round Rock Express (47-47).

In his first road start back with Sacramento, Chris Stratton proved his Major League abilities on the mound. The starter made a complete one-eighty from his previous start against Round Rock on August 18, 2015 in which he gave up three runs on four hits across four innings of work while walking four. Tonight, he managed seven strikeouts in the first four innings alone and finished with a career-high 12 strikeouts. He allowed just one run on three hits across his eight innings while walking one.

While Stratton seemed to be in control on the mound, his offense struggled to give him the key hit to break the game open. The Sacramento bats were steaming all night with nine hits through the first seven innings but were kept to just one run. Overall, they picked up 13 hits on the night, but left 12 men on base and were just 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

Through the first six innings of the night, the only scoring managed by either side came by way of the solo home run. The Cats were the first to strike in the fourth inning with a long shot by Austin Slater on an 0-2 pitch over the left-centerfield wall. The Express responded though, in the fifth, with a solo homer of their own off the bat of Joey Gallo.

The clutch hit from the River Cats finally came in the eighth inning with the bases loaded and one out. Gorkys Hernandez, the team-leader in RBI, banged a single out to left field, scoring Slater and Travis Ishikawa to break the tie and put the Cats up 3-1.

However, it was Jean Machi who saved the win for Stratton. Steven Okert took over in the ninth looking to close out the game, but gave up a run on three consecutive doubles and left with the bases loaded with one out. He handed the ball to Machi, who slammed the door shut and picked up his fourth save on the year by leaving all three Express runners stranded for the 3-2 win.

San Francisco Giants favorite Hunter Pence, who joined the River Cats on a rehab assignment this afternoon, logged two at bats before turning the right field reigns over to Ryan Lollis. The first pitch to Pence struck his left leg in the first inning, and then he singled in the third before being lifted for a pinch runner. The right fielder is tentatively scheduled to rehab with Sacramento for about a week as he recovers from a torn hamstring he suffered at the beginning of June.

Sacramento will send the tall right-hander Joan Gregorio (2-5, 5.63) to seize the series finale tomorrow night. Opposing him will be Round Rock’s right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez (3-6, 4.98). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT) and 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