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San Francisco Giants Return To Sacramento In 2020

Sacramento River Cats to host Exhibition Game with Major League affiliate Sunday, March 22

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats are excited to announce the return of the San Francisco Giants to Sacramento for the third Exhibition Game between the River Cats and Giants. This can’t miss event is scheduled for Sunday, March 22.

“The fan response to the last two Exhibition Games was truly profound, so we are thrilled to have the opportunity to host the Giants again in 2020,” explained River Cats General Manager Chip Maxson. “Being able to bring the Giants of tomorrow together with household names like Buster Posey, Brandon Belt, and Brandon Crawford, all in our great sports city, is extremely special.”

The two previous River Cats and Giants Exhibition Games took place in March of 2016 and 2018 and included a fan fest, autograph session, and special merchandise to commemorate the occasion. These unique contests were played in front of capacity crowds, televised locally on CBS13/CW31, and featured fan favorites from both the Sacramento River Cats squad and the San Francisco Giants.

“Returning to Sacramento is something we’ve wanted to do since making our first trip there in 2016,” said Giants President & CEO Larry Baer. “Thanks to our partnership with the River Cats, our fan base in the Sacramento region continues to grow stronger and stronger every year and our young players gain invaluable experience on their path to the big leagues.” 

The 2020 River Cats and Giants Exhibition Game is scheduled for Sunday, March 22. Currently, the only way for fans to guarantee tickets for the Exhibition Game is to renew a current River Cats membership or put down a deposit on a new membership. More information on memberships can be found by visiting rivercats.com, emailing tickets@rivercats.com, or calling (916) 371-HITS (4487).

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Raley Field Goes Black And Orange In First Ever River Cats, Giants Exhibition Game

Photos by Shawn Jonas

Big League club plays its stars, goes back to Bay Area 8-4 winners

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA – The fans painted it black and orange at Raley Field Wednesday night, as the Sacramento River Cats hosted their major league affiliate in the first ever Exhibition Game between the River Cats and San Francisco Giants. In front of a sellout crowd, the River Cats fell 8-4 to their big league rivals.

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The orange and black wasn’t just present in the stands, as the River Cats used the historic game to debut their all-new orange Sactown jerseys. These jerseys – which feature both the Tower and Golden Gate bridges – will be worn at all Friday home games starting this season. The Giants brought the black with their solid black 2016 Spring Training jerseys.

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It was more than just matching colors on display, though, as the Giants put out a lineup that closely resembles what fans can expect in San Francisco on Opening Day. Buster Posey, Hunter Pence, Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, Sergio Romo, and more headlined the Giants Exhibition lineup. Posey, Crawford, and Belt each hit a home run and combined to go 5-for-10 with four runs scored and five RBIs.

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On the mound for the Giants it was Johnny Cueto, George Kontos, Sergio Romo, and Santiago Casilla. Cueto picked up his second win of the spring while Romo and Casilla combined for a perfect eighth and ninth inning.

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Opposite them, the River Cats introduced Sacramento to their 2016 roster, including fan favorites Jarrett Parker and Mac Williamson. Newcomers Gorkys Hernandez and Hak-Ju Lee were impressive in their Sacramento debut, as well. Hernandez was just 1-for-4, but was aggressive on the base paths and nearly made an incredible catch, almost robbing Belt of a home run to straight-away center. Lee set the pace for the offense, launching a two-run home run to start the scoring for the night and reaching base three times.

Chris Stratton got the nod for Sacramento, making his first start at Raley Field since September 4, when he struck out eight in six innings of work. He went four innings and allowed four runs on seven hits in tonight’s game. Stratton was followed by lefty Matt Lujan, who went the rest of the way for Sacramento and surrendered four runs on six hits.

The River Cats are back in action on Thursday, April 7 as they travel to Salt Lake to open their season against the Bees. The home opener is scheduled for Friday, April 15, also against the Bees.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations