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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)

Giants Veteran Pitcher Jake Peavy Scheduled To Start For The Sacramento River Cats On Wednesday, May 27

May 21, 2015 5:56 PM PT

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA. – World Series Champion and Cy Young winner Jake Peavy is scheduled to start for the Sacramento River Cats this Wednesday, May 27, as a part of his Major League rehab assignment. The veteran right-hander will take the mound on the River Cats’ SacramenTONES specialty jersey night and face the Nashville Sounds in the return of the Oakland Athletics’ Triple-A affiliate to Raley Field.
Peavy is rehabbing a back strain that he suffered early in the season. He made just two starts for San Francisco before being placed on the 15-day DL on April 18.
The Giants acquired Peavy via a trade with the Boston Red Sox in July of the 2014 season. Before joining the Giants’ starting rotation, Peavy struggled with Boston, going 1-9 with a 4.72 ERA. Upon arriving in San Francisco, Peavy was lights out, posting a 2.17 ERA and going 6-4 in 12 starts. In August, he was 3-3 with a 2.40 ERA and played a pivotal role in the Giants’ push for the postseason.
Peavy’s scheduled start on Wednesday is also the River Cats’ SacramenTONES specialty jersey night, celebrating the release of Pitch Perfect 2 and Sacramento’s own Kelley Jakle, who stars in the movie. In addition, Monday, May 25, is the start of a four-game series with the Oakland A’s Triple-A affiliate, the Nashville Sounds. This is the first and only time this season that the Sounds will travel to Sacramento. Peavy’s start will also be the night after former Giants and River Cats star Barry Zito takes the mound for the Sounds.
Peavy’s rehab assignment begins tomorrow, Friday, May 22, in San Jose with the Class-A Advanced San Jose Giants as they host the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Los Angeles Dodgers).
First pitch for Wednesday’s game at Raley Field against the Nashville Sounds is set for 7:05 p.m. with gates at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are still available. For more information, please call 916.371.HITS (4487) or visit rivercats.com.
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The Sacramento River Cats are the Triple-A affiliate of the 2014 World Champion San Francisco Giants. The team plays at Raley Field in West Sacramento, consistently voted one of the top ballparks in America. River Cats Season Tickets, Mini-Plans, and Flex Plans can be purchased for the 2015 season by calling the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487). For more information about the River Cats, visit www.rivercats.com

Zito Throws Four Scoreless Innings As The Oakland A’s Beat Milwaukee Brewers Split Squad 5-2

Phoenix, ArizonaSonny Gray threw the first four innings and gave up both runs while Barry Zito threw the final four. Zito retired 11 of the 12 men he faced.  The one hit he did give up was erased by a double play.  Zito, who is attempting a comeback after a full year off from baseball, threw four scoreless innings for a save as the Oakland Athletics beat the Milwaukee Brewers split squad 5-2 in Maryvale Park on Sunday.

Brewers Ryan Braun is 0 for 10 in Cactus League Play. Braun had offseason thumb surgery and missed the last three games with the Flu.

The 36-year-old Zito , the 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner, struck out Bobby Crocker to end the ball game. Zito received a standing ovation from A’s faithful.

“You can look at results, but I have to look at the way the ball is coming out of my hand,” Zito said. “Right now it feels good.”

The A’s have deep competition for their starting pitchers. Zito could be playing for a spot on another team.

Zito: “I don’t think about things like that,” he said. “I have an agent. I’ve got an A’s uni on right now, I’ve just got to stay in the moment moment, give it my all to the team every time out, ” Zito added.

Billy Burns continued on his hot streak improving his batting average to .441 with two more hits against the Brewers. 

Zito had his famous curve going on Sunday, as catcher Luke Carlin was the first to attest.

“I thought his curve was better today than it had been other times I’ve caught him,” Carlin said. “I thought it was just better location, better arm speed, better finish with it.”

Gray gave up two runs, but it was still enough to get the win. He went mostly with the fastball. Gray was a little predictable, yet it was good enough to be effective when he needed it. He gave up a run in the second and had men in scoring position but was able to pitched out of it.

“I felt awesome,” he said of the second inning. “It was great to be able to get out of the second and limit the damage with men on second and third and one out. Today was night and day better than the last time. The fastball was good. I just threw a lot of strikes.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Athletics: Oakland is hoping OF Coco Crisp (right elbow) will be able to return to the lineup Tuesday when the A’s play San Diego in Mesa. 1B Ike Davis (back) could also be ready then or soon after.

Bob Melvin said he is “more encouraged” than ever that Josh Reddick will be ready to be in right field for opening day on April 6th. Reddick, expected to miss four to six weeks after suffering an oblique injury just after Cactus League play started.

Jarrod Parker will throw 30 pitches against live hitters Wednesday. To simulate a gamelike feel, Parker will throw 15 pitches, sit for a few minutes, then throw 15 more.

ROSTER MOVES

The A’s made their first roster cuts. Right-handers Arnold Leon and Chad Smith and left-hander Eury De La Rosa were optioned to Triple-A Nashville. Right-hander Raul Alcantara, recovering from Tommy John surgery, was optioned to Double-A Midland. Right-handers Matt Buschmann and Angel Castro, left-handers Jim Fuller and Rudy Owens, catcher Bruce Maxwell and infielders Alden Carrithers and Niuman Romero were reassigned to minor league camp.

UP NEXT

Athletics: Oakland will face RHP Zack Greinke and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch on Monday. RHP Kendall Graveman continues his quest for a spot in the rotation.

Brewers: Milwaukee gets a day off on Monday. RHP Matt Garza will pitch against RHP James Shields and the Padres in Peoria on Tuesday.