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Sacramento River Cats’ Casey Kelly Keeps Dorados Close But Game Slips Away Late

Sands, Gomez each collect two hits in 6-2 loss 

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — Right-hander Casey Kelly allowed just one earned run in six and a third innings but the Sacramento River Cats (43-59) dropped game one of the series 6-2 to the Omaha Storm Chasers (45-56).

Kelly made it four consecutive games pitching at least six innings with his solid outing on Tuesday, and if it weren’t for the three runs that scored in the second inning, two of which were unearned, he had a shot at a third win in his last four outings.

The River Cats got within a run when first baseman Jerry Sands scored on shortstop Orlando Calixte’s groundout. But Sacramento failed to reach base in the final two frames while the bullpen surrendered a trio of additional runs.

Among the club’s seven baserunners on Tuesday were two hits from Sands, as well as two from second baseman Miguel Gomez.

Right-hander Shaun Anderson (0-0, 3.60) will be making his Raley Field debut on Wednesday after his Triple-A introduction last week in Fresno. The Storm Chasers will counter with righty Trevor Oaks (6-4, 2.12). 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.FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Casey Kelly’s Seven Strong Not Enough For Sacramento River Cats

Shaw clubs 12th home run of season, game slips away in extras

 ROUND ROCK, TX — For the fourth time in his last five outings, right-hander Casey Kelly pitched seven innings and allowed one run or fewer. On Thursday night in Texas, however, it went for naught as three former Giants farmhands led a late-inning comeback to push the Round Rock Express (30-36) over the Sacramento River Cats (32-35) 6-5 in 10 innings.

Kelly struck out eight to come within one of his season high, which he set on May 29 at home while facing Albuquerque. The one earned run over seven frames lowered Kelly’s season ERA to 4.77. The number sat as high as 11.29 through five starts, but allowing just six runs over his last 34 innings has helped to decrease that figure drastically.

Sacramento was trailing 1-0 in the fourth when outfielder Chris Shaw’s 12th home run of the year cleared the right-field fence. He would end up finishing the night reaching base a total of three times, adding a double and a walk, as well. Infielders Ryder Jones and Orlando Calixte also recorded two hits, with Jones driving in two of the team’s five runs.

But when right-hander Jose Valdez entered in the bottom of the ninth for the River Cats, things began to unravel, and all at the hands of former teammates.

Express shortstop Nick Noonan, drafted by San Francisco out of high school in 2007, launched a three-run homer to cut the deficit to one. Then it was Tommy Joseph, drafted by the Giants in 2009 and shipped to Philadelphia for Hunter Pence in 2012, who tied the game with a single with two down in the ninth. And lastly, Round Rock walked off to Hunter Cole’s RBI single an inning later.

Cole was a 26th-round pick by the Giants in 2014 out of the University of Georgia and was the player-to-be-named-later when the San Francisco acquired right-hander Sam Dyson from the Texas Rangers.

San Francisco Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzjia (0-0, No ERA) will make a rehab start for the River Cats Friday night as the club will look to win their fourth road series of the season. The Express will counter with former River Cat left-hander Michael Roth (2-0, 3.24). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on theMiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.FM beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Walk Off In Extras For 1-0 Shutout Win

Casey Kelly allows just two baserunners in seven innings

WEST SACRAMENTO — In their first shutout of the season, the Sacramento River Cats (23-25) stopped a four-game skid in thrilling fashion with a 1-0 walk-off win against the Las Vegas 51s (20-28).

Sacramento blanked the 51s thanks to right-hander Casey Kelly, who pitched seven scoreless frames allowing just one single and one walk. It was Kelly’s best start of the season, and the first time he’s allowed zero earned runs since his first start of the year on April 6.

The game was locked at zeros through nine, and due to Minor League Baseball’s new pace of play rules, a runner is placed on second base to begin each extra inning. Pinch-hitter Caleb Gindl was able to sacrifice pinch-runner Jordan Schafer to third base to open the River Cats half of the tenth inning. That set up catcher Ronnie Freeman’s ground ball to the shortstop, which allowed enough time for Schafer to score the winning run just ahead of Ty Kelly’s throw home.

There will be a new face on the mound Friday evening for the River Cats as newly-acquired left-hander Daniel Camarena will make his Pacific Coast League debut. Camarena, who was released by the Yankees and signed by the Giants to a minor-league deal on Thursday, will face fellow lefty Brett Oberholtzer (1-4, 5.92) as Sacramento begins a five-game series with the Albuquerque Isotopes. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. Catch all of the action live online atrivercats.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

Four-Run First Not Enough For Sacramento River Cats In Loss

Jones hits first homer of year, Duggar collects three hits

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — The Reno Aces (7-16) snapped the Sacramento River Cats’ (10-12) longest winning streak of the young season. Sacramento put four runs on the board in the first inning thanks to a solo home run from center fielder Steven Duggar – his second in as many games – and a three-run bomb from third baseman Ryder Jones. But Reno would reach double digits in runs on 16 hits by the end of the night, defeating the River Cats 10-7.

River Cats starter Casey Kelly went five innings but gave up seven runs on nine hits and three walks. The biggest blow came in Reno’s four-run fourth inning when recently called-up center fielder Evan Marzilli took Kelly deep for three runs.

Catcher Hector Sanchez briefly brought the River Cats within a run when his based-loaded single knocked home two in the seventh. The Aces, however, would add an additional run in each of the next two innings.

The River Cats will play the finale of this rare five-game set, sending right-hander Jose Flores (0-1, 5.84) to the mound in place of injured righty Tyler Herb. Aces right-hander Jack Buchanan (0-2, 5.09) will oppose Flores. First pitch Sunday afternoon will be at 1:05 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

Andrew Suarez Helps Sacramento River Cats Shut Down Tacoma Rainiers

Duggar’s three-hit night leads offense in victory

TACOMA, WA — Five shutout innings from starter Andrew Suarez paved the way for the Sacramento River Cats (7-9) to defeat the Tacoma Rainiers (8-8) 8-4 in game one of this four-game set.

The Rainiers did push across three runs in the sixth inning thanks to three singles and a throwing error by shortstop Chase d’Arnaud, putting one earned run on Suarez’s line for the night. But D.J. Snelten entered and recorded the final out of the inning to end Tacoma’s surge.

Center fielder Steven Duggar was back in the leadoff spot Saturday night after a day off and reached base three times, scoring twice. He singled in the first and scored on Austin Slater’s base hit, singled in the fifth and scored on Ryder Jones’s base hit, and knocked in a run in the sixth with his fourth double of the year.

For game two, right-hander Casey Kelly (0-1, 7.11) will make his fourth start of the season for the River Cats, while the Rainiers will send left-hander Ariel Miranda (0-0, 6.75) to the bump. First pitch Sunday afternoon will be at 1:35 p.m. (PT).

Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and live on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Chris Shaw Homers, Extends Hit Streak But Sacramento River Cats Fall

Sacramento can’t keep pace with Cubs in 7-3 defeat

Des Moines, IA – The Sacramento River Cats (49-67) fell for a second straight game to the Iowa Cubs (55-59) in Wednesday’s matinee by a final score of 7-3.

Chris Shaw was the highlight this afternoon for Sacramento, slugging his 13th home run of the year while simultaneously extending his hitting streak to 13 games. Trevor Brown also went deep, launching his first long ball of the season in the eight inning.

Right-hander Casey Kelly got the start for Sacramento, going six innings while allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits. Kelly also struck out six Iowa hitters and yielded two walks before giving way to the River Cats bullpen. Left-hander Steven Okert allowed two runs to follow in the seventh, ending his 6.2 inning scoreless streak, and righty Collin Balester surrendered two more in the eighth.

Right-hander Roberto Gomez (3-6, 4.76) will get the start tomorrow afternoon for Sacramento and will oppose Iowa’s right-hander Jen-Ho Tseng (4-1, 2.10). First pitch is set for 10:08 a.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live on the air on ESPN 1320 and online at rivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Ryder Jones Ices New Orleans The Baby Cakes, Sacramento River Cats Win 4-3

Giants’ #14 prospect homers twice, lifts Sacramento in series opener

West Sacramento, CA Ryder Jones powered the Sacramento River Cats (44-62) to a 4-3 victory Saturday night over the New Orleans Baby Cakes (40-66) in front of a packed Raley Field crowd.

Jones went yard twice for Sacramento tonight, launching his 12th and 13th home runs of the season. His go-ahead, solo home run in the seventh inning proved to be the decisive run, putting the River Cats up for good. The left-handed hitting Jones has been on a tear of late, driving in eight of the club’s last 20 runs.

Right-hander Casey Kelly made his season debut for Sacramento, going five innings while allowing two runs on five hits. The 27-year-old yielded two walks and fanned four New Orleans batters before giving way to the bullpen. Right-hander Tyler Rogers picked up the win, his third, and Derek Law earned his fifth save this season. 

San Francisco’s Mark Melancon will make a rehab appearance with the River Cats tomorrow, pitching the first inning before scheduled starter Roberto Gomez (2-6, 5.10) takes over. Left-hander Mike Kickham (0-0, 4.91) will get the call for New Orleans. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live on the air on ESPN 1320 and online atrivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations