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River Cats’ Offense Powers 9-4 Comeback Win, Sweep Express Five-Run Sixth, Back-to-Back Homers Give Sacramento Ninth Straight Win

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA. –The Sacramento River Cats got off to a slow start, falling behind 3-0 to the Round Rock Express Tuesday night at Raley Field. While Round Rock jumped out early, it was all River Cats from the sixth inning on as Sacramento scored seven unanswered runs on their way to the series sweep and ninth straight win.

Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth, the River Cats took advantage of four hits, a walk, and a Round Rock error to score five times. Joaquin Arias and Brandon Hicks both doubled in the inning and Kevin Frandsen had a big bases-loaded single to drive in two. Frandsen came into tonight’s game hitting .312 with runners in scoring position and added to that number with his two-run single.

Overall, the River Cats were 4-for-8 in the win with runners in scoring position. The team has struggled most of the season in such situations, but are 34-for-111 (.306) with runners in scoring position as a team over their last ten games.

Sacramento continued to add on in the seventh inning with back-to-back, two-out home runs by Jarrett Parker and Mac Williamson. For Parker, the home run was his 18th of the season and for Williamson, it was his fourth with the River Cats and second in as many days. It was also the fourth time this season the River Cats have gone back-to-back.

Parker was 3-for-4 with a double, home run, two RBI, and two runs scored on the night. Williamson, who went 2-for-2 with a career-high six RBI in last night’s win, was 1-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored tonight.

The win gives Sacramento their first series sweep at home and third of the season. The River Cats swept the Oklahoma City Dodgers in OKC from 6/2 through 6/6 and just swept the Tacoma Rainiers in Tacoma in their last series (8/11-14).

The win is also the ninth in a row for the River Cats, who are now just one win shy of matching the Sacramento franchise record. The River Cats have won 10 straight three times in their history, with the most recent taking place from August 26 through September 4 of the 2013 season.

Sacramento will kick off the first of a four-game set against the New Orleans Zephyrs tomorrow night right here at Raley Field. The River Cats trail the Zephyrs 33-35 in the all-time series, but New Orleans entered their game Tuesday night having lost their last nine straight. Taking the mound for the River Cats will be righty Tommy Hanson (1-5, 7.71) to face New Orleans’ right-hander Ivan Pineyro (0-1, 6.75). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

River Cats Rally Late to Steal Victory in Tacoma

TACOMA, Wash. – After a much needed day off on Monday, the Sacramento River Cats got back to business Tuesday night and came out on the winning side of a 9-4 victory in Tacoma against the Rainiers. Nik Turley and Edgar Olmos were staged in a heated pitcher’s duel to start the night, but a late River Cats rally against the Rainiers bullpen gave Sacramento the comeback win.

Left-hander Edgar Olmos (1-1, 3.55) held the River Cats in check all night, not allowing a hit in five innings of work. Olmos did give Sacramento chances, however, as he allowed 5 baserunners with 3 coming via walk and two reaching base after being hit by a pitch.
Fellow lefty Nik Turley (5-6, 5.02) also started out strong, retiring the first eight batters he faced. Tacoma finally got to him in the third when, after a two-out walk, Ramon Flores launched a two-run homer to right field. Turley allowed just 3 hits in his 5 innings of work, but all 3 hits ended up driving in at least one run. He would allow 4 runs while walking 3 and striking out 3.

With Olmos out of the game, the River Cats were able to begin chipping away at the lead. With two on and one out in the seventh, Darren Ford launched a three-run home run over the center field fence to put Sacramento on the board. The homer was Ford’s tenth of the season, a new career-high high for him.

In the eighth, the River Cats rally kept going as they put runners on the corners with just one away. Ben Turner then grounded out to third, but the play was good enough to drive in Jarrett Parker to tie the game. One batter later, Brandon Hicks hit a soft line drive down the right field line to drive in Mac Williamson and give Sacramento the lead. The River Cats scored 4 runs in the inning on 4 hits and a walk.

Jake Dunning (3-1, 5.01) made his first appearance with the River Cats since June 7 on Tuesday night. Dunning looked very strong out of the bullpen, pitching 3 shutout innings of relief while allowing 1 hit and striking out one. The win was Turley’s first at the Triple-A level since May 4 (at Reno).

Kevin Frandsen had a strong day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a home run, 2 RBIs, a walk, and a hit by pitch. Frandsen has now reached base safely 19 consecutive games.

Monday was the final off day on the River Cats schedule for the 2015 season. Sacramento will play 28 consecutive games, including tonight, to end the year. The 2015 season ends on Labor Day, September 7, against the Albuquerque Isotopes at Raley Field.

The River Cats and Rainiers will hit the field bright and early tomorrow as first pitch is slated for 11:35 a.m. (PT). Left-hander Ty Blach (9-10, 4.51) will toe the rubber for Sacramento for the 23rd time (T-most in PCL), looking for his tenth win of the year after dropping his last two starts. RHP Jordan Pries (7-3, 5.14) gets the starting nod for Tacoma. Listen live online on rivercats.com, or at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats vs. Salt Lake Bees; Blackburn Wins Fourth Straight as River Cats Secure 6-3 Victory

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Sacramento River Cats won their third consecutive game over the Salt Lake Bees 6-3 Tuesday night and took the season series 12-4. The hot-hitting Jarrett Parker’s two-RBI night and the performance of the bullpen highlighted the series victory.

With the exception of Brandon Hicks, every River Cat in tonight’s game recorded a hit. Both Ryan Lollis and Jarrett Parker had multi-hit and multi-RBI games. They are the active team leaders in multi-hit games with 24 and 26, respectively.

The Bees got on the board first for the first time this series, but the River Cats didn’t stay down for long, exploding for five runs over the fourth and fifth innings to take the lead. Kevin Frandsen continued his hit-streak with a single in the fourth to give him ten consecutive games with a hit, starting 7/27 against Albuquerque. The team-high hit-streak is currently a tie between Juan Perez and Adam Duvall, each with 11 games.

The River Cats kept the momentum going in the fifth inning, with Darren Ford singling and subsequently stealing second base. Ford now has 25 stolen bases on the season, putting him in 4th place in the Pacific Coast League. Parker later doubled on a line drive to bring home Ryan Lollis and Mac Williamson and give the River Cats a four-run lead over the Bees. Parker finished his night 2-for-4 with a single, a double, a walk, and two RBI. Tonight marked his 13th multi-RBI game of the season, bringing him to a .278 batting average and 53 total RBI.

Lollis had two doubles on Tuesday night, hitting one in both the fifth and ninth innings. He went 2-for-4 with the two doubles, a walk, and two RBI. Lollis now has 24 multi-hit games and 4 multi-RBI games, good for a .341 batting average and 25 RBI on the season.

Clayton Blackburn was battling early on, walking three through the first three innings. He was able to pitch himself out of the jams in the first two innings and he managed to keep the River Cats on track to win despite Salt Lake threatening on a few occasions. Blackburn pitched 5 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits while walking a season-high 4 and striking out 7 on the way to his seventh win of the season. Other than a rare hiccup from Mike Broadway, the bullpen was consistent once again, combining for 4 innings of work and allowing 1 run on 6 hits while walking 1 and striking out 2.

The River Cats will continue their road trip tomorrow in Fresno, kicking off a five-game set against the Grizzlies. This is the last time the two rivals will meet this season. Sacramento will send out lefty Nik Turley (5-5, 4.90). Turley is coming off his best performance of the year, where he allowed just one run over a season-high seven innings while striking out a season-high eight against the Las Vegas 51s. Fresno batters are hitting just .171 against Turley. The Grizzlies will counter with Asher Wojciechowski (6-2, 5.42).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Defeat Salt Lake Bees; Perez Leads River Cats in Romp Over Bees with a 15-6 Victory

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Sacramento River Cats brought their bats to the ballpark on Sunday, piling on the runs in a 15-6 victory over the Salt Lake Bees. Juan Perez led the way with a pair of homers, as every River Cat recorded a hit and scored a run in route to the big road win.

After homering in the first inning of last night’s ballgame, Perez doubled off his efforts on Sunday as he recorded his second multi home run game this season. He launched a solo home run to left-center to lead off the third inning, and then a 3-run homer down the line in left in the top of the seventh. Perez finished the day 2-for-5 with 2 home runs and 4 RBIs.

The big inning was key for Sacramento, as twice they put up at least five in one frame. Behind solo home runs by Perez and Jarrett Parker in the third, the River Cats pulled out to an 8-3 lead. In the seventh, a 6-run inning highlighted by a 3-run double from Brandon Hicks and the 3-run shot from Perez gave Sacramento an insurmountable 15-6 advantage.

Hicks finished the game Sunday 2-for-4 with 5 RBIs. Along with his bases clearing double in the seventh, Hicks also drove in two with a single in the third. He was one of three River Cats to record a multi RBI game. Kelby Tomlinson recorded just one hit from the leadoff spot, but drove in 3 runs. Every starter for the River Cats scored a run and recorded at least one hit in the win, with four players having multi-hit games (Perez, Parker, Hicks, and Kevin Frandsen).

Sacramento’s offensive outburst was good enough to tie their season high for runs in a game. The last time the River Cats put up 15 runs in a game came back on April 19, in a game that also took place against the Bees in Salt Lake City. In 6 games at Smith’s Ballpark in 2015, the River Cats are averaging more than 8 runs a game.

Salt Lake did not go down easy, capitalizing on two big innings of their own. After Sacramento put up three in the second, the Bees immediately countered in the bottom half to tie the game. In the next frame when the River Cats pulled ahead by five, Salt Lake put up another 3 runs in the bottom half to trim the deficit. The Bees finished the day with 13 hits, just two less than the River Cats (15).

Pitching was nothing to brag about Sunday. Chris Stratton (2-3, 3.56) started for Sacramento, and allowed 6 runs on 11 hits, walking 2 and striking out 6 over 6 innings of work. Stratton won for the second straight time after starting the season with six no decisions. LHP Adam Wilk (4-8, 5.68) lasted just 2.1 innings for Salt Lake, allowing 8 runs (5 earned) on 9 hits, walking 1 and striking out 1. Mike Broadway pitched a scoreless ninth for the River Cats, lowering his ERA to an impressive 0.92.

Game three of this four game set will take place tomorrow night, as Sacramento sends veteran right-hander Tommy Hanson (0-4, 8.44) to the mound. Hanson is still in search of his first victory in a River Cats uniform since joining the club on July 5. For the Bees, top-ten prospect RHP Nick Tropeano (3-4, 4.43) will get the starting nod. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. (PT) and can be heard live on rivercats.com and ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento Beats Las Vegas 51’s 4-2; San Francisco Giants Trade River Cats Adam Duvall to Reds for Mike Leake

All Photos by Shawn Jonas

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif.-Early scoring for the River Cats, led by Sacramento’s Kevin Frandsen, proved enough to outlast the Las Vegas 51s in a 4-2 victory Thursday night at Raley Field. Nik Turley was excellent for Sacramento on the mound, tossing seven innings and striking out eight to match his season-high.

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The River Cats kicked things off early, scoring in the bottom of the first inning on Adam Duvall’s run-scoring single. Juan Perez singled with two outs and stole second before scoring on Duvall’s liner to left. The RBI was Duvall’s 80th this season.

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Sacramento kept adding on, scoring three more times in the bottom of the second inning. Trevor Brown and Brandon Hicks hit back-to-back singles before Everth Cabrera was hit by a pitch to load the bases. With two outs in the inning, Frandsen smoked a high drive to deep right-center. The ball short-hopped the wall as Frandsen cruised into second standing. The double cleared the bases and put the River Cats up 4-0. The double was Frandsen’s 13th of the season and gave him RBIs 29, 30, and 31 on the season.

Nik Turley (5-5, 4.90) put on another strong performance as he went seven innings, scattering just three hits and giving up one run with one walk. The southpaw also struck out eight in the outing, tying his season-high. This is the third time Turley has struck out eight in a game and the first time he has pitched seven innings this season.

Erik Cordier recorded the save, his ninth of the season. He threw 1 1/3 perfect innings while striking out two.

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Late in the game, news broke that the San Francisco Giants had acquired right-handed pitcher Mike Leake from the Cincinnati Reds. Shortly after, infielder Adam Duvall was pulled from the game for the River Cats. It was confirmed after the game had concluded that Duvall was included in a trade to the Reds to bring Leake to San Francisco.

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Duvall posted excellent numbers for the River Cats in 2015, hitting .279 with 26 homers (2nd in the PCL) and 80 RBI in 100 games. He had a hot July, hitting .346 with 10 home runs and 30 RBIs coming into tonight’s game. He also started at first base for the PCL All-Star team earlier this month.

Sacramento looks to take the series tomorrow behind right-hander Curtis Partch. He will make his first start for the River Cats this season. Partch has made 36 appearances in relief and has posted a 1-2 record with a 3.65 ERA. Las Vegas will send right-hander Logan Verrett (3-1, 2.93) to the mound. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Sacramento River Cats Vs El Paso Chihuahuas; Duvall, Hicks, and Bochy Turn Sure Base Hit into Spectacular Out

Photo by Shawn Jonas

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – What would have been an excellent backhanded play by Sacramento River Cats’ first baseman Adam Duvall turned instead into a contender for the play of the season for Sacramento. Duvall combined with second baseman Brandon Hicks and pitcher Brett Bochy to turn a sure base hit into what was likely the out of the year.

Bochy entered the game in the top of the 8th, taking over for River Cats’ starter Tommy Hanson. On Bochy’s fifth pitch of the night, El Paso’s Alex Dickerson smashed a hard groundball to Duvall’s right. The first baseman moved quickly to his backhand, looking to snag a tricky hop, only to watch as the ball ricocheted off his glove and high into the air.

The ball shot out into shallow right field where Hicks came sprinting across. The second baseman plucked the ball from the air and, on the run, spun and fired the ball toward first base.

His throw was a bullet, but placed perfectly. Bochy, who started the whole thing with his pitch, had moved to cover first on contact. Seeing the ball careen off Duvall’s mitt, the right-hander started to slow, but resumed his sprint as Hicks moved on the ball. Bochy caught the throw in stride, hitting the bag just a split-second before Dickerson came down on the base.

“They’ll be talking about that play for years,” said long time River Cats broadcaster Johnny Doskow. “That was one of the best plays I’ve ever seen,” he added. Doskow has been calling games professionally for almost 20 years, 15 with the River Cats. “I’ve seen a lot of really great plays, but that was definitely one of them.”

On the other side of the ball, third baseman Kevin Frandsen went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, an RBI, and a run scored. His three hits snapped a three-game skid, during which Frandsen had been hitless in 11 at bats.

His seventh inning double just missed leaving the ballpark, hitting high off the wall in deep left-center. The hit scored Mac Williamson all the way from first and gave the River Cats their first run of the night. Sacramento scored again in the inning as Hicks singled Frandsen home.

Hanson (0-3, 6.41) had his longest outing of the season, going 7 innings while taking his third loss with Sacramento. He gave up 5 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits and a walk while striking out 2. The one walk was a new best for Hanson since joining the River Cats. Bochy and Erik Cordier combined for two scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

The River Cats head to Albuquerque next to take on the Pacific Southern’s Isotopes. The River Cats are 4-4 against the ‘Topes this season, splitting one series at home and one on the road. RHP Clayton Blackburn (4-3, 3.97) will kick off the four-game stint for Sacramento while Rockies prospect Jon Gray (5-56, 4.57) goes for Albuquerque. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations