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STOCKTON, Calif. – Four Heat players notched multi-point efforts as the Stockton Heat rattled off three unanswered goals to seize a 6-3 win Friday night over the Ontario Reign. Led by Luke Philp and Byron Froese with a goal and assist each, the Heat pulled away from a 3-3 tie in the second period to extend the club’s point streak to five games at Stockton Arena.

Austin Czarnik opened the scoring 4:43 into the game, running his goal-scoring streak up to an AHL-best six games, before Ontario countered midway through the frame to draw even through 20 minutes. A six-goal second period saw the Heat and Reign punch and counter-punch, Rinat Valiev lighting the lamp before a Jaret Anderson-Dolan answer, then Buddy Robinson score before Sean Durzi found the back of the net. It was all Heat from there with three consecutive strikes, from Froese, Philp and Adam Ruzicka, for the Friday night win.


W: Jon Gillies (30 shots, 27 saves)

L: Cal Petersen (37 shots, 31 saves)


Three Stars: First – Luke Philp (1g,1a), Second – Byron Froese (1g,1a), Third – Glenn Gawdin (2a)

Shots On Goal: STK – 37, ONT – 30

Power Plays: STK – 2-4, ONT – 0-3

Austin Czarnik’s power play goal in the first period extended his goal-scoring streak to six games, the longest active run in the AHL and longest goal streak of the season for Stockton.

Rinat Valiev recorded his first goal of the season, his last goal coming April 7 of the 2018-19 campaign at Manitoba.

Buddy Robinson’s goal gives him a marker in back-to-back games, and he’s found the net in three of Stockton’s last four.

Byron Froese reached double-digit goals for the season with his second period finish.

Luke Philp added to his impressive run since November 11th, depositing his 14th goal over Stockton’s last 19 games – most in the AHL in that span.

– With a pair of assists in the game, Glenn Gawdin extended his point streak to five games (3g,7a).

Corey Schueneman recorded his second multi-point effort of the season, each coming in the team’s last four games.

– The Heat have recorded at least a point in five consecutive home games, the longest such streak for Stockton since Feb. 26 through March 12, 2017. 


The Heat and Reign will close out their weekend set Saturday at 6 p.m. at Stockton Arena.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Heat 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

Sacramento River Cats Take Series Despite Dropping Finale

River Cats remain in first place despite 7-1 loss to Storm Chasers

West Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (35-31) had their four-game win streak snapped Friday night, falling 7-1 to the Omaha Storm Chasers (32-35). Even with the loss, the River Cats remain two games clear of the Fresno Grizzlies for the division lead.

On a night were offense was hard to come by, the River Cats saw Zach Green, one of their hottest hitters, head to the clubhouse in the fourth inning after being hit in the helmet by a pitch from Zach Lovvorn. Green had recently returned from a concussion on June 1 that caused him to miss 22 games. He is hitting .323 this season with 11 home runs

The offense did make a comeback attempt in the eighth inning when Mike Gerber led off the inning with a walk and Henry Ramos followed with a single. Austin Slater would add another single after that to score Gerber, but a fielder’s choice and double play ended the threat.

The Sacramento River Cats open up a four game series with the Iowa Cubs tomorrow night. Sacramento will turn to Lefty Conner Menez (0-0, 3.60) for the first game of the series while the Iowa Cubs will go with right-hander Colin Rea (6-1, 3.31). 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, or on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

New Orleans Baby Cakes Hold Off Sacramento River Cats’ Comeback Attempt

Peña collects three hits in 4-3 loss to New Orleans

Metairie, La. — Looking to tie their longest winning streak of the season, the Sacramento River Cats (31-31) came up just short losing 4-3 to the New Orleans Baby Cakes (35-28). 

The River Cats loaded the bases in the eighth inning and plated two runs to make it a one-run game, but Baby Cakes reliever R.J. Alvarez got a big strikeout on shortstop Abiatal Avelino to end the threat. Catcher Francisco Peña was part of that late-inning rally as he singled home Austin Slater for his third hit of the game. Earlier on, Peña clubbed his third homer of the year and added a double, as well.

Left-hander Ty Blach settled down nicely after allowing a run in the opening inning, but a two-run shot off the bat of New Orleans second baseman Isan Diaz in the seventh inning ended Blach’s scoreless run. Still, Blach’s outing was one of his best of the year as he walked no one and struck out a season-high seven.

Lefty Conner Menez, promoted from Double-A Richmond, will be making his 2019 debut with Sacramento. He’ll be up against New Orleans ace Zac Gallen (1-0, 1.67). First pitch is set for 11:00 a.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, or on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Crush With Four Home Runs Over Las Vegas Aviators

Gerber homers for second consecutive game, ties for team lead

West Sacramento, CA — Despite quickly trailing 3-0 in the first inning, the Sacramento River Cats (28-28) fought back with four home runs on the night to earn a 7-5 victory over the Las Vegas Aviators (31-26).

Center fielder Mike Gerber got the home run ball rolling with a solo shot to lead off the bottom of the first, followed by infielder Levi Michael’s sixth of the year in the third. But the River Cats wouldn’t grab the lead from Las Vegas until shortstop Abiatal Avelino and left fielder Austin Slater each clubbed two-run homers in the fifth.

The Sacramento bullpen continued their dominance, tossing three and two-thirds scoreless innings featuring eight strikeouts to preserve the win. River Cats’ relievers have now pitched 13.2 consecutive innings without allowing a run.

Lefty Ty Blach (2-2, 5.96) will be on the bump looking to give his club a series victory as they conclude this five-game set with Las Vegas, who are sending right-hander Paul Blackburn (5-1, 4.30) to the mound on Sunday afternoon. 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, or on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Yoanys Quiala Stifles Chihuahuas For River Cats’ Mother’s Day Victory

Anthony Garcia powers up for two home runs as Sacramento wins 6-1

West Sacramento, CA. — The Sacramento River Cats (18-19) pitching staff shut down a potent El Paso (25-12) offense and River Cats hitters hit four home runs to take game two of their four-game series 6-1.

Right-hander Yoanys Quiala turned in his best outing since joining the River Cats, holding the Chihuahuas to just one run on four hits while striking out six across 5.2 innings. The bullpen closed out the win, with Williams Jerez, Dillon McNamara, and Jandel Gustave combining to toss 3.1 shutout innings, striking out five and allowing just two baserunners.

Sacramento relied on the long ball once again on Sunday to “manufacture” runs; five of Sacramento’s six runs came as the result of a home run. Austin Slater launched his sixth in the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie, and then Anthony Garcia hit a 439-foot blast to center field the give the River Cats the lead. Catcher Ronnie Freeman would later hit his second of the year, and Garcia his second of the game and fourth overall. 

Lefty Andrew Suarez (2-2, 5.82) will take the ball for the River Cats on tomorrow night while El Paso will send with right-hander Cal Quantril (3-1, 4.68) to the mound. 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, or on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Walk Off Again To Close Out Opening Series

Yastrzemski’s sacrifice fly plates Slater for exciting, extra-inning win

West Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (4-1) fought back from a four-run deficit to claim an 11-10, walk-off victory in extra innings over the Tacoma Rainiers (1-4). 

Despite allowing seven runs on eight hits in the fourth inning, Sacramento crawled back thanks to three home runs off Rainiers’ right-handed reliever Ryan Garton. Outfielder Michael Reed’s two-run blast in the sixth cut the lead in half before outfielder Mike Gerber and shortstop Abiatal Avelino went back-to-back in the seventh to push the River Cats ahead by two.

Tacoma would plate two runs in the eighth and another in the 10th to take the lead, but Reed’s opposite-field double would tie the game a half inning later. Then it was outfielder Mike Yastrzemski’s fly ball that flew deep enough into left field to score Austin Slater from third as the River Cats walked off for the second time in their first five games.

The River Cats will travel to Las Vegas to help the newly-named Aviators open their brand new ballpark in Vegas suburb Summerlin. Left-hander Andrew Suarez (0-0, 4.50) will be making his second start of the young season while the Aviators will have righty Daniel Mengden (0-0, 5.40) toe the rubber for their home opener. 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, and on the air on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats’ 2019 Roster Announced

Opening Day roster headlined by returning fan-favorites, exciting newcomers, and top prospects

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats have announced their Opening Day roster in anticipation of the start of their 20th season in Sacramento. The roster features an exciting mix of returning fan-favorites like Austin Slater, Tyler Beede, Ty Blach and Stephen Vogt, prospects Shaun Anderson and Aramis Garcia, and thrilling newcomers Anthony Garcia, Zach Green, and Mike Gerber, among others.

BEEDE, TylerGARCIA, AramisGERBER, Michael
BLACH, TyVOGT, StephenRAMOS, Henry
JEREZ, WilliamsAVELINO, Abiatal
JOHNSON, ChaseGREEN, Zachary
LAW, DerekJONES, Ryder
ROGERS, TylerSOLANO, Donovan
SAMPSON, KeyviusVALERA, Breyvic
SUAREZ, Andrew

The River Cats open 2019 regular season play on Thursday, April 4 at 7:05 p.m. at Raley Field against the visiting Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle Mariners). The active roster will be reduced to 25 before the first regular season game.

Fans can get their first look at the 2019 River Cats when they play a scrimmage against the Advanced Class-A San Jose Giants on April 1 at Raley Field. First pitch for the scrimmage is set for 6:05 p.m.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Welcome Back Rutledge and Gage, But Fall To Colorado Springs Sky Sox

Slater goes 2-for-4 with a double in 7-2 loss to Colorado Springs

 WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — The Sacramento River Cats (30-33) were thrown out on the base paths three times in a 7-2 loss to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (32-28) on Saturday night.

The Sacramento offense made things challenging for themselves on Saturday by running into three outs on the base paths. Center fielder Steven Duggar led off the bottom of the first with a single to extend his hitting streak to nine games, but was caught stealing shortly thereafter. Second baseman Chase d’Arnaud later doubled in the second but was thrown out at third attempting to stretch it into his fifth triple of the season. And in the fifth, catcher Ryan Hanigan rounded first base after a single but was gunned down at second base.

The River Cats made some noise late when Austin Slater and Ryder Jones smacked back-to-back extra-base hits, and d’Arnaud added a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to 6-2. But that’s where the comeback would end, as Sacramento dropped game two of the series.

Southpaw Daniel Camarena (0-0, 0.51) will make his fourth start of the year for the River Cats, while the Sky Sox will send young righty Freddy Peralta (6-1, 2.88) to the mound. Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Mac Williamson Powers Sacramento River Cats In 11-7 Win

Slater extends hitting streak to 15 games in victory

 SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Rehabbing outfielder Mac Williamson homered for the second consecutive game to begin his stint with the Sacramento River Cats (22-21), who knocked off the Salt Lake Bees (24-19) 11-7 on Saturday night.

Williamson drove in four runs, adding an RBI with a double in the fifth inning. He now has eight home runs in just 59 plate appearances with the River Cats this season while batting .468.

Fellow outfielder Austin Slater, who was playing first base on Saturday night, doubled in the third inning to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. The two-bagger, his 16th of the year, led off the frame and eventually scored on an RBI single from designated hitter Kyle Jensen.

Six River Cats batters totaled at least two hits, including three hits for both Steven Duggar and Orlando Calixte. For Calixte, the third of his trio of hits was his sixth home run of the season — a two-run shot in the ninth inning to extend the lead to four.

The River Cats will look for their third win in a row in Sunday afternoon’s matinee in Salt Lake City. Right-hander Jose Flores (1-3, 5.06) will toe the rubber for Sacramento while the Bees will counter with righty Jaime Barria (0-4, 2.92). First pitch is set for 12:05 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 105.5 FM.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations