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Sacramento River Cats Vs Albuquerque Isotopes; River Cats Swing Away in Doubleheader Sweep

Photo by Shawn Jonas

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – After an unexpected rain storm washed away last night’s game, the Sacramento River Cats and Isotopes took part in a doubleheader Monday. Thanks to phenomenal starts from both Ty Blach and Chris Stratton, as well as another big day by Adam Duvall, Sacramento crushed Albuquerque in both games of the doubleheader (10-0 and 10-1) and grabbed the series victory.

Game One

Blach (9-8, 4.00) was masterful in the opening game. The left-hander went the distance, throwing a 7-inning shutout while allowing just 4 hits and no walks. Blach also got the job done offensively, going 2-for-4 at the plate with 2-RBIs.

Every River Cat who played in game one recorded a hit, and all but three recorded multi-hit games. Overall, the River Cats scored 10 runs on 16 hits to provide more than enough offense for Blach.
Sacramento’s offensive outburst was once again led by Duvall. He went 3-for-4 with a home run, double, and 4 RBIs in game one. Carlos Triunfel went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the second inning. The first four spots in the order (Kelby Tomlinson, Ryan Lollis, Juan Perez, and Duvall) combined to go 9-for-15 in game one of the double-dip.

Game Two

Game two seemed to be a continuation of the first game, as Duvall launched a three-run home run in the very first inning. Overall, Duvall finished the doubleheader going 4-for-8 with 2 home runs, a double, and 7 RBIs. The River Cats would add two more in the second, and then put up 4 runs while sending 10 men to the plate in the fifth.

Right-hander Chris Stratton (1-3, 3.02) finally earned his first Triple-A win in the final game Monday. The former first round pick went all 7 innings, allowing just 1 run on 3 hits, walking 2 and striking out 4. Like Blach, Stratton also helped himself from the plate, going 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs and a run scored.

Monday was the second doubleheader the River Cats have had this season. Earlier in the month on July 7, Sacramento and Reno split a doubleheader at Aces Ballpark, which due to rain delays did not conclude until after one o’clock in the morning.

The River Cats will now look forward to a four game series at Raley Field against the visiting Las Vegas 51s. Toeing the rubber in game one of that series will be the veteran right-hander Tommy Hanson (0-3, 6.41). Opposing him will the another veteran of the Major League level, righty Dillon Gee (4-1, 6.35). First pitch Tuesday is set for 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Defeat Albuquerque Isotopes 7-2

July 24, 2015 – 9:11pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Sacramento River Cats kicked off their last road trip of July Friday night, defeating the Albuquerque Isotopes by the final score of 7-2. Clayton Blackburn outlasted Albuquerque’s starter, Rockies’ top prospect Jon Gray, earning his fifth win of the year thanks to some late fielding mishaps by the Isotopes.

Blackburn (5-3, 3.84) pitched what is arguably the best start of his Triple-A career Friday night. The 22-year-old right-hander allowed just 2 runs on 6 hits, walking 2 and striking out 3 over 7 strong innings of work. The start set a new season high for innings pitched (previously 5.0), and tied a season best for runs and earned runs allowed (2).

Not only was he dominant on the hill, but Blackburn also helped out his own cause with the bat. With one on and two out in the fourth, Albuquerque pitcher Jon Gray intentionally walked Carlos Triunfel to face Blackburn. On a 1-1 pitch, the right-hander delivered by grounding a single into right field to drive in a run.

While many believed he would be activated for San Francisco’s weekend series against the Oakland Athletics, Nori Aoki was in the River Cats lineup Friday to make his third rehab appearance. The left fielder played seven full innings, and went 0-for-4 from the plate.

In the top of the eighth, the River Cats got a great opportunity to steal the momentum as they loaded the bases with just one out for the second time of the night. Sacramento couldn’t convert in their first opportunity, but back-to-back errors from shortstop Christian Adames and a sharp RBI single from Adam Duvall allowed 5 runs to score, giving the River Cats a 7-2 advantage. Duvall went 3-for-5 on the night, driving in 3 runs to give him 70 RBIs (third in PCL) on the season.

Albuquerque’s Gray (4-6, 4.53) was a tough opponent for the River Cats. The right-hander pitched 5 innings, and in that time he allowed just 2 runs on 8 hits, walking 3 and striking out 5. Nelson Gonzalez (3-3, 2.40) took the loss after pitching just 1 inning of relief. Gonzalez allowed 5 runs, but just one of them was earned.

Left-hander Josh Osich pitched a perfect eighth inning for the River Cats. Osich was making his first appearance since returning from his Major League debut. In 9 appearances with the Giants, Osich posted a 1-0 record with a perfect 0.00 ERA.

Sacramento will hit the field again tomorrow night, when they send the hot left-hander Nik Turley (4-4, 4.89) to the mound. Turley is 3-2 in his last five starts with a 2.00 ERA and 25 strikeouts. Opposing him from the Isotopes will be righty Boone Whiting (2-4, 5.40). First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. (PT) and 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

Sacramento River Cats Take One From Tacoma Rainiers 7-6

All photos by Shawn Jonas

TACOMA, Wash. – The Sacramento River Cats locked down a victory in the first series back from the All-Star Break with a 7-6 win over the Tacoma Rainiers Sunday afternoon. Despite a season-high four errors, Sacramento was successful due in large part to a red hot Adam Duvall and his recent home run tear.

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Duvall continues to pile on home runs to his league-leading total, which has now reached 23. In his first at bat, Duvall launched one off Rainier’s starter James Gillheeney, bringing Lollis home with him for an early 2-0 lead. He added another in the fifth inning with a solo blast to tie the game after a big fourth inning from Tacoma. Duvall finished his day going 2-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI.

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Sandwiched between Duvall’s homers, Kelby Tomlinson knocked one out in the third inning for his second Triple-A home run. Ryan Lollis’ sixth-inning RBI-single gave Sacramento their first run of the day that did not come via the long ball. A wild pitch allowed Carlos Triunfel to add another run for a two-run lead over Tacoma.

In the eighth inning, Darren Ford stole both second and third base after drawing a walk, setting the scene for Triunfel’s sacrifice fly to send him home. Ford now has a team-leading 21 stolen bases on the year. Tacoma cut the deficit to just one run in their half of the eighth, but Sacramento hung on for the win.

Errors plagued the River Cats once again with a season-high of four in today’s game. Two of the errors came from Triunfel in back-to-back plays. River Cats pitchers did well to pitch around the miscues, however, as only one unearned run ran across. The River Cats are now 8-20 overall in games where two or more errors are committed.

Clayton Blackburn (4-3, 4.25) was hit around a bit today, allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 11 hits while walking none and striking out 2 in 6 innings of work. Curtis Partch and Mike Broadway pitched in relief and fared better on the mound than Blackburn. They allowed just one run while striking out four. Blackburn still picked up a win, while Broadway recorded his eighth save of the season.

The River Cats return home to Raley Field to start a four-game set with the El Paso Chihuahuas tomorrow. Sacramento’s starting pitcher will be lefty Nik Turley (3-4, 5.56), while El Paso will send out Bryan Rodriguez (0-0, 0.00) for his first career Triple-A game. Turley took a no decision in his last start, giving up 3 runs (1 earned) in 6 innings at home against the Fresno Grizzlies. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Blow Early Lead, Come Back to Win In Extras 5-4

All Photos by Shawn Jonas

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA. – It was a roller coaster kind of night for the Sacramento River Cats as they defeated the Fresno Grizzlies 5-4 with a walk-off in extra innings. After blowing an early lead, Sacramento came back to force extra frames before walking things off in the bottom of the 13th on a Kevin Frandsen RBI-double.

With two outs in the 13th, the River Cats finally broke through on Frandsen’s walk-off double to left-center. Two batters earlier, Kelby Tomlinson picked up his second hit of the night, a two-out single to center, before stealing second. With first base open, the Grizzlies elected to intentionally walk Ryan Lollis and face Frandsen. Frandsen, who entered the game in the seventh inning in place of the ejected Adam Duvall, sent a double into the gap to score Tomlinson and send the River Cats home with their sixth extra-inning win of the season.

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Sacramento staked themselves to an early lead as Duvall mashed a three-run home run in the bottom of the first. The homer was Duvall’s 17th of the season, making him the active home run leader in the PCL.

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The Grizzlies got two back in the next inning on a two-run homer from Tyler White. The two runs were the only two that River Cats’ starter Clayton Blackburn (3-3, 4.07) would allow. The right-hander threw 5.2 innings, giving up the 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 7.

Things took a turn for the worse in the seventh, as the Grizzlies scored twice to take a 4-3 lead. Duvall was also ejected in the inning after arguing with first base umpire Adam Schwarz. Receiving a throw at first, Duvall was ruled to have missed the bag and Fresno’s Robbie Grossman was called safe.

The River Cats countered again, getting a run in the eighth to tie the game at four. After Carlos Triunfel roped a triple off the top of the wall in left-center, he scored on a sacrifice fly by Ronny Cedeno.

The bullpen was excellent for Sacramento in the win as five different pitchers put together 7.1 innings of two-run ball. Mike Broadway and Brett Bochy allowed just two baserunners in four innings of work from the 10th through 13th innings.

Left-hander Nik Turley (3-3, 6.21) gets the nod for Sacramento tomorrow night. The southpaw beat Fresno in their first meeting, throwing 6 shutout innings at Chukchansi Park. For the Grizzlies, it’ll be fellow southpaw Luis Cruz (4-4, 4.87). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Splits Doubleheader Against Reno Aces

RENO, Nev. – After a surprise rain storm postponed last night’s scheduled game, the Sacramento River Cats and Reno Aces competed in a doubleheader Tuesday night. After a two and a half hour rain delay set back first pitch of game one, the River Cats finally got things under way, splitting the two games with Reno (L, 1-2; W, 6-2).

Game One

Newly acquired Tommy Hanson (0-1, 4.50) made his River Cats debut in the opening game. Hanson struggled out of the gate, allowing three two-out walks in the first before escaping the bases-loaded jam. He finished his first Sacramento start going 4 innings, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits, walking 5 and striking out 2.

Sacramento had chances to strike, loading the bases with two gone in the third, but a groundout to shortstop ended the threat. Finally, in the seventh and final inning of game one, the River Cats converted on a rally as with runners on the corners and nobody out, Carlos Triunfel grounded out to drive in Sacramento’s first and only run of the night.

Game Two

The River Cats finally got some offense going, as they struck for their first run in the fourth. With the bases loaded, Ty Blach helped his cause by hitting a sacrifice fly. Sacramento again loaded the bases in the fifth, and after a walk to Brett Jackson and a hit by pitch by Trevor Brown, the River Cats held a comfortable 3-0 lead. They added another run on an Adam Duvall sacrifice fly in the sixth, and two more in the seventh on a Trevor Brown RBI-double and a Darren Ford RBI-single.

Blach (7-8, 4.21) kept to his winning ways on Tuesday, recording his second consecutive win. He allowed just 2 runs on 6 hits, walking 1 and striking out 5 over 5.1 innings of work. The late start had no effect on Blach, as the second game of the double header began at after 10:30 p.m. and ended early Wednesday morning at 12:55 a.m.
This was the first doubleheader the River Cats have played in the 2015 season. Last season, the River Cats competed in three, winning two and splitting one.

The River Cats now head home to the warm weather of Sacramento to begin a five game series with the rival Fresno Grizzlies. The series will lead into the 2015 All Star Break, which occurs July 13-15. Pitching for the River Cats tomorrow will be right-hander Chris Stratton. Stratton is coming off of back-to-back 8 inning starts in which he allowed no runs and received no decisions in both. Opposing him will be Mark Appel (0-1, 10.38). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Recap Courtesy to the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall to Reno Aces 5-3

RENO, Nev., – The Sacramento River Cats fell behind early in part due to some uncharacteristic pitching by starter Nik Turley as they fell to the Reno Aces 5-3. Carlos Triunfel’s big night and Turley’s first professional RBI were not enough to overcome a four-run third by the Aces.

Back-to-back walks issued by Turley in the bottom of the third proved costly. With one out in the inning, Reno’s Nick Evans drilled a three-run home run to right field, giving the Aces a 4-2 lead. Turley, showing signs of frustration, issued his third walk of the inning to Jamie Romak. The left-fielder stole second before Peter O’Brien followed up with a double to score Romak and put the Aces up 5-2. Turley allowed another single before inducing a Raul Navarro fly ball to end the inning.

Turley (3-3, 6.21) ended his night early after just 3 innings pitched, allowing 6 hits, 5 runs, 3 walks, 1 strikeout, and 1 home run. Prior to tonight’s start, the southpaw had not given up a run in 12 consecutive innings. The outing was Turley’s second shortest of the season and snapped his streak of three consecutive six-inning starts.
Carlos Triunfel led off the fourth inning with a mammoth home run to left field to pull the River Cats to within two. It was his third home run of the season, giving him 24 RBIs. He also hit his third double of the series. The double advanced Trevor Brown to third, who would score on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Turley. Overall, Triunfel was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI on the night.

Despite the short outing, Turley earned his first professional RBI. With one out in the third, he drove a sacrifice fly to left field to bring home Brown. At the time, the run tied the game at one.
Reno scored the first run of the night on Romak’s RBI-single to right field. The River Cats countered in the second with Turley’s RBI and took the lead the next inning. Kelby Tomlinson and Adam Duvall led off the third with back-to-back singles. The runners advanced on Mac Williamson’s groundout before Tomlinson scored on a groundout from Kevin Frandsen.

Reno followed with their big third inning to take a 5-2 lead. Triunfel’s home run gave the River Cats their third run of the night.
A scary moment occurred during the game when a fan was taken away by EMTs during the seventh inning after being struck by a foul ball along the third base line. Fortunately everything appeared to be okay as she returned to her seat in the top of the eighth inning.

Game three of the series is set for tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. PT. The River Cats will start left-hander Jack Snodgrass (1-1, 3.45). The southpaw went 5 innings, giving up 4 hits, 1 run, and 3 walks while striking out 6 in his first Triple-A start. The Aces will send righty Caleb Clay (4-6, 5.52) to the mound.

Game Recap Courtesy to the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Prevent The Sweep; Offense Erupts To Beat Las Vegas 51s 14-7

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Looking to avoid a series sweep, the Sacramento River Cats came out swinging as they ended their seven game road trip with a 14-7 victory over the Las Vegas 51s. Sacramento was backed offensively by 20 hits, one shy of their season high, as well as a 5-RBI day from Carlos Triunfel.

Sacramento saw offensive outbursts from a number of spots in the lineup. The top three in the lineup for the River Cats combined to go 11-for-20 with 2 RBIs and 5 runs scored. The River Cats also saw four players record at least 3 hits (Tomlinson 3, Frandsen 4, Lollis, 4, Triunfel 4).

One of the key contributors to Sacramento’s offensive surplus was Triunfel. The infielder had a career day as he drove in 5 runs while going 4-for-5 with a walk, triple, and a run scored. The 5-RBI night is tied for the most in a single game by a River Cat this season (Jarrett Parker, 4/11 vs SLC).

After a hot start the River Cats blew the game wide open with a huge six-run 7th inning. The scoring was started as Adam Duvall hit a pinch-hit grand slam following three walks. The home run was Duvall’s 16th of the season which is good for second most in the PCL. Kelby Tomlinson immediately followed Duvall’s blast with his first career Triple-A home run. This was the second time this season Sacramento hit back-to-back home runs.

Right-hander Clayton Blackburn pitched 4.2 innings, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits while walking none and striking out four. Blackburn’s night was ended at just 78 pitches, as it was his first start since June 9. With the additions of Matt Cain and Jake Peavy over the last month for rehab starts, Blackburn had been pitching out of the bullpen.

Sacramento finishes the seven game road trip with a record of 3-4. The trip featured several highlights, including the promotions of Kelby Tomlinson, Mac Williamson, and Josh Osich from Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels. The road trip also marked the final rehab starts for both Cain and Peavy.

The River Cats now head home now for the first time in eight days as they begin a short four game home stand against the Salt Lake Bees. Left-hander Nik Turley (2-2, 6.59) will toe the rubber for Sacramento in Tuesday’s series opener. Turley is coming off of his best start of the year, having pitched 6 shutout innings in a winning decision over the Fresno Grizzlies. Salt Lake will send righty Alex Sanabia (1-8, 7.02). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fold as the Reno Aces Rally Late

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A four-run first inning wasn’t enough for the Sacramento River Cats as the Reno Aces rallied to a 6-4 win in front of 9,210 Thursday night at Raley Field. Despite an impressive start from Nik Turley – who struck out a season-high six – Sacramento watched their lead disappear late as they dropped the series opener 6-4 to the Aces.

Turley looked dominant on the mound for Sacramento, shutting out the Aces through six innings while allowing just two hits and a walk. Pitching in the seventh inning for the first time this season, Turley gave up a two-run home run to Aces’ third baseman Jamie Romak before being replaced by Cody Hall. For the most part, Turley kept the Aces off the bases and off the board, allowing just the 2 runs on 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 6 through 6.1 innings.

Turley’s 6 strikeouts were his most in a start this season, passing his previous high of 4 (6/2 at Oklahoma City). He lowered his ERA from 10.47 to 8.34 with the outing.

The River Cats jumped out early, scoring four times in the bottom of the first inning against Reno’s starter Caleb Clay. The big hit of the inning came from Hector Sanchez, who lined a two-out double to left field scoring Ehire Adrianza and Adam Duvall. Ryan Lollis followed with an RBI-double and Carlos Triunfel added an RBI-single before the inning was over.

Overall, Sanchez was 1-for-4 and tallied his second multi-RBI game of the year. Triunfel was 3-for-4 on the night, raising his season average to .260.

Reno rallied past the River Cats in the eighth inning, scoring four times on three this, two walks, and an error to take a 6-4 lead. The Aces sent nine men to the plate in the inning against Sacramento’s relievers Braulio Lara and Cody Hall. Both Cody Ransom (1-for-3) and Romak (2-for-4) drove in two for the Aces on the night.

Lara took the loss for Sacramento, falling to 0-5 on the season. Matt Reynolds (2-4) picked up the save for Reno and Kaleb Fleck recorded his second save.

Sacramento will look to even this four-game set tomorrow night behind lefty Ty Blach (5-6, 3.63). Blach has been very good at home, posting a 3-3 record and a 2.89 ERA. Opposing him will be another lefty, Reno’s Justin Marks (3-6, 6.08). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Matt Cain’s Debut Kicks Off Rivalry Series Division Leading Fresno Grizzlies Take Opener 6-3

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – 9,497 gathered at Raley Field Monday night to watch three-time World Champion and three-time All-Star Matt Cain make his Sacramento River Cats debut against the division rival Fresno Grizzlies. Cain was excellent in the early going, striking out the side in the first and second innings, but the Grizzlies powerful offense eventually came through and Fresno took the series opener 6-3.

Cain came into tonight, his second rehab start and his first with Sacramento, on a 75-pitch limit. That number reached 74 (47 for strikes) as he tossed 3.1 innings, giving up 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits. He struck out 7, six of which came in the first two innings, and walked 2. His fastball was hitting 91-92 mph consistently, and peaked at 93. Through his first two rehab starts, Cain has thrown 7 innings and struck out 9 compared to 2 walks and is 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA.

Despite leaving with one out in the fourth and down by three, the crowd on hand showed Cain their support with a standing ovation. Cain walked off the field with an acknowledging wave to the loyal Sacramento fans on hand.

Cain was followed by Clayton Blackburn and Jean Machi. Together, the trio combined to strikeout 16 Grizzlies.

On the opposite side, Fresno starter Dan Straily was dealing, limiting the River Cats to just 2 hits over 7 shutout innings. He struck out 7 and walked 2 while throwing 96 pitches (64 strikes) on his way to the win. He moved to 5-5 with the win, and lowered his ERA to 4.25. Kevin Chapman picked up the save, his sixth.

With Fresno leading 6-0 in the eighth, the River Cats scored their only runs of the night. Ehire Adrianza knocked in two with a bases-loaded single to left, scoring Carlos Triunfel and Ryan Lollis. Kevin Frandsen would also score on the play thanks to a Fresno throwing error.

The Grizzlies were led by their right fielder L.J. Hoes, who was 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI. Third baseman Matt Duffy contributed with his sixth home run of the season.

Game two of this quick three-game series will take place tomorrow night. The River Cats will send Jake Peavy (0-1, 8.10) to the mound for his fourth River Cats start. For Fresno, it’ll be the undefeated right hander Asher Wojciechowski (4-0, 4.50). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Late Walks Hand River Cats Another Extra Inning Loss; Blach Pitches Six Strong, Bullpen Gives up Late Lead

EL PASO, Texas – Extra innings were needed for the third consecutive game, and like Saturday the Sacramento River Cats were the ones on the losing end of things as they dropped a wild game to the El Paso Chihuahuas 7-6 in 12 innings. Left hander Ty Blach pitched another quality outing, but a rare bullpen lapse earned him a no decision and the team a loss.

Blach (5-6, 3.68) was perfect at the start, retiring the first ten batters he faced before allowing his first base hit in the fourth. He entered the game with the second best BB/9 ratio in the PCL, and made improvements to it as he didn’t walk a single batter for the seventh time in 13 starts. Blach finished the night allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and 4 strikeouts over 6 innings.

In the first three games of the series, the team which scored first went on to lose the game. The River Cats continued that trend as they took a 3-0 lead in the third on a 2-RBI single from Kevin Frandsen, followed by an RBI single from Travis Ishikawa. Frandsen finished the game 3-for-6 with 2 RBIs and a run scored.

The River Cats added two more runs in the fifth on a 2-RBI double by Juan Perez, and then another run in the eighth by Carlos Triunfel. El Paso stuck around all night, hitting home runs in both the seventh and ninth innings to make it a one run game. In the ninth, the Chihuahua tied the game on a throwing error by catcher Trevor Brown, sending the game to extras for the third straight game.

Both teams traded zeroes in the tenth, and then again in the eleventh. In the twelfth, Sacramento got their best chance to win as El Paso sent position player Mike McCoy to the mound, but were set down 1-2-3. Curtis Partch walked four batters in the bottom half, sending the River Cats home with another extra inning loss.

El Paso’s starting pitcher, James Needy (5-3, 7.16), was not as his best Sunday as he allowed 5 runs (all earned) on 8 hits and 3 walks over 5 innings of work. The River Cats bullpen used five pitchers to combine for 5.2 innings of relief work, allowing 3 runs on 9 hits and 5 walks. Jack Snodgrass and Cory Gearrin pitched an inning each and both earned holds.

The River Cats will now head home for a seven game home stand, beginning with three games against the Fresno Grizzlies. Matt Cain (0-0, No ERA) is scheduled to start for Sacramento on Monday, making his second rehab start and first with the River Cats. Cain is a three time NL All Star (’09, ’11, ’12), and threw the first perfect game in Giants history on June 13, 2012. Pitching for Fresno will be former River Cat Dan Strailey (4-5, 4.65). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations