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Sacramento River Cats’ Chris Shaw Unloads For 20th Home Run Of The Season

Herb allows six runs in return from disabled list 

EL PASO, TX — The Sacramento River Cats (43-57) fell to the El Paso Chihuahuas (53-47) 9-5 on Saturday night, but saw their power-hitting corner outfielder crush his team-leading 20th home run of the season.

Chris Shaw lifted one to the opposite field in the seventh inning to reach the 20-home run mark, putting the River Cats on the board for the first time all night against El Paso starter Brett Kennedy.

The River Cats starter, right-hander Tyler Herb, was making his first appearance for the club since April 23 after spending 80 days on the disabled list. He allowed six runs on six hits and two walks in five innings of work.

A ninth-inning rally for Sacramento featured a two-run shot off the bat of shortstop Orlando Calixte — his tenth of the season — as well as a Gregor Blanco run-scoring double.

The series will conclude Sunday evening as the River Cats send righty Jordan Johnson (0-2, 7.11) to the mound to face Chihuahuas lefty Jerry Keel (2-1, 4.76). First pitch is set for 5:05 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

Sacramento River Cats Hold On In Series Opener With El Paso Chihuahuas

Blanco comes off bench for two clutch hits in 6-5 win 

EL PASO, TX — Outfielder Gregor Blanco’s two run-scoring singles proved to be crucial in a narrow 6-5 win for the Sacramento River Cats (43-56) over the El Paso Chihuahuas (52-47).

Blanco entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning and promptly extended the team’s lead to 4-2 with an opposite-field single. He stayed in the game to play left field and blooped another single into center to plate his second run of the game — which turned out to be the game-winning run.

River Cats starter Chris Stratton was solid in six frames as he struck out 10 Chihuahuas hitters while allowing just two runs on six hits and three walks.

Chris Shaw’s third-inning two-run shot was his 19th home run of the season, pushing him one past the 18 he hit last season with the River Cats in 360 plate appearances. This year, it took him 311 trips to the plate to hit 19.

 First baseman Jerry Sands, with the club attempting to execute a hit-and-run play, stole the team’s first base since July 5. Sacramento is fifth in the Pacific Coast League with 70 stolen bases as a team.

In game two of this series, the River Cats will welcome back right-hander Tyler Herb (1-1, 5.59), who missed 80 games on the disabled list. The Chihuahuas will go with undefeated righty Brett Kennedy (8-0, 2.65). First pitch is set for 6:05 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

Sacramento River Cats’ Orlando Calixte Collects Three Hits In Loss To Fresno Grizzlies

Valdez strikes out five of seven batters in stellar relief outing

 FRESNO, CA — The Sacramento River Cats (41-55) were stymied by Fresno Grizzlies (55-40) righty Josh James, who struck out 12 River Cats hitters as they fell 8-3 to their central California rivals.

Shortstop Orlando Calixte led the offensive charge for Sacramento as he recorded three hits, including his 11th double of the season, to give him five hits in his last two games. A pair of two-baggers from Chris Shaw and Ryder Jones in the sixth inning provided the team’s three runs, with Jones’s two-run double extending his RBI streak to four games.

After River Cats starter Daniel Camarena surrendered all eight of Fresno’s runs, right-hander Jose Valdez and lefty Steven Okert teamed up to strike out eight batters in their combined 3.2 innings of work to keep the game from getting out of hand. For Valdez, he sent five of the seven batters he faced packing in 2.1 perfect frames.

Game three of this series on Wednesday will see right-hander Casey Kelly (8-7, 5.20) making his team-high 17th start of the year while the Grizzlies will go with fellow righty Cy Sneed (8-4, 3.11). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online atrivercats.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

Sacramento River Cats’ Mac Williamson Clears Bases With Thrilling Double

Jones adds ninth home run of season in 7-4 loss 

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA Mac Williamson’s bases-clearing double in the eighth inning made things interesting but the Sacramento River Cats (39-53) would eventually fall to the Salt Lake Bees (47-45) 7-4.

The River Cats loaded the bases in the eighth with no outs, and after designated hitter Chris Shaw struck out, Williamson picked him up with a liner down the left-field line the just stayed fair. The two-bagger ended a slump for Williamson in which he had not collected an extra-base hit since June 26 — a string of 34 at-bats.

Third baseman Ryder Jones provided the only other run for Sacramento as he cleared the fence for his ninth homer of the season. After a 2-for-4 evening, Jones is now the only qualifying player on the club with a batting average over .300.

Saturday night’s contest will feature right-hander Mike Connolly (0-1, 4.42) making his fourth start of the season for the River Cats, while the Bees will send lefty Jose Suarez (0-3, 5.40) to the hill. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online atrivercats.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

Down Eight, Sacramento River Cats Mount Comeback But Fall Short

Shaw homers for fourth time in last six games

 RENO, NV — Trailing 8-0 in the fourth inning, the Sacramento River Cats (38-49) fought their way back to eventually tie the game at nine apiece before losing in the bottom of the ninth to the Reno Aces (40-47).

Outfielder Chris Shaw continued his power surge by clubbing his fourth home run in his last six games — a solo shot in the sixth inning that brought the River Cats within one.

But the big rally came an inning earlier as Sacramento scraped together five runs on six hits, including a solo home run from third baseman Ryder Jones and a pair of two-run singles from catcher Trevor Brown and second baseman Miguel Gomez.

Unfortunately, after Jones tied it in the eighth inning on his fourth hit of the game, the Aces loaded the bases with no outs and walked off on a Yasmany Tomas sacrifice fly.

Right-hander Casey Kelly (7-6, 5.24) will be on the bump for the River Cats looking to help the club snap their current three-game losing streak. Reno will counter with righty Taylor Clarke (8-6, 4.26). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online atrivercats.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

Sacramento River Cats’ Chris Shaw Crushes 15th Home Run Of Season

Black strikes out three while touching 102 on radar gun 

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — Outfielder Chris Shaw ignited a three-run rally in the sixth inning with his 15th home run of the year but the Sacramento River Cats (36-46) fell short, losing 4-3 to the Fresno Grizzlies (48-33).

Shaw’s 439-foot blast got things going during the sixth-inning comeback attempt, followed by an RBI-double from first baseman Myles Schroder and a run-scoring single from outfielder Eury Perez as the River Cats came within one.

But the Grizzlies bullpen would strike out six in four innings while allowing three hits and one walk, including a five-out save from closer Brendan McCurry, who saved his ninth game of the year.

Hard-throwing reliever Ray Black made sure the club had a chance in the ninth. He touched 102 miles per hour and consistently posted 100 on the radar gun while striking out three of the four batters he faced.

Right-hander Mike Connolly (0-0, 2.00) will make his second start of the year for the River Cats while the Grizzlies will send righty Josh James (2-3, 3.20) to the bump. First pitch is set for 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.FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Chris Shaw’s Two Homers Carry Sacramento River Cats To Victory

Williamson launches home run in first plate appearance back with club

 ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Left fielder Chris Shaw crushed two home runs to help the Sacramento River Cats (34-43) snap a season-long eight-game losing skid with a 9-4 win over the Albuquerque Isotopes (38-38).

For Shaw, they were his 13th and 14th home runs of the season. They also accounted for half of the team’s total homers on a powerful Monday evening in Albuquerque. Right fielder Mac Williamson, playing in his first game back with the River Cats since being optioned by the San Francisco Giants, got things going with a solo home run in the second inning. Then in the fifth, third baseman Ryder Jones’s seventh of the season tied the game at four.

Right-hander Casey Kelly worked around nine hits and two walks to allow four runs over six innings. He was followed by three scoreless frames from the bullpen featuring just one baserunner and three strikeouts.

Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija (0-1, 2.57) will be making his third, and likely final rehab start with the River Cats before he rejoins the major-league rotation. Albuquerque will send lefty Brett Oberholtzer (3-5, 5.86) to the hill. First pitch is set for 5:35 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 beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PT).

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

Salt Lake Bees Halt Sacramento River Cats’ Win Streak At Five

Slater extends hit streak to 10 games in defeat

 WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — The Sacramento River Cats (18-16) were shut down in a 7-2 loss to the Salt Lake Bees (21-14) on Thursday night, ending their winning streak at five games.

Bees right-hander Osmer Morales struck out seven River Cats in 5.2 innings allowing just three baserunners while Sacramento’s starter failed to get through the second frame.

Tyler Beede’s off night featured just five outs, including a grinding second inning in which he walked the first four batters. All told, Beede issued six free passes, something he had done just once before as a pro — last July in a loss to the Fresno Grizzlies at home.

Designated hitter Austin Slater recorded one of the team’s five base hits, extending his streak to ten games, while outfielder Chris Shaw raked his ninth double of the season, plating Slater to tie the game in the opening frame.

Friday night’s contest will conclude this four-game series. Left-hander Matt Gage (2-0, 0.82) will be making his first Raley Field appearance of the year after two stellar outings on the road in Las Vegas and Fresno. He’ll face fellow southpaw John Lamb (1-0, 3.25). 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 105.5 FM.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Six 2017 Sacramento River Cats Earn Non-Roster Invites To Major League Spring Training

Familiar faces highlight list of players in big league camp, which kicks off February 13

 West Sacramento, CA – The San Francisco Giants have extended non-roster invitations for Major League Spring Training to 16 players, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Bobby Evans announced Thursday. Featured in the group are six River Cats players from the 2017 season.

Left-handed starting pitcher Andrew Suarez will be making his second straight appearance in big-league camp, having been part of a group of 28 that received invites in 2017. After being called up from Double-A Richmond, Suarez made 13 starts for the River Cats with a 3.55 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 88.2 innings pitched.

Right-handed starting pitcher Jose Flores will be making his first Major League Spring Training appearance for the Giants. Like Suarez, Flores was called up from the Richmond Flying Squirrels, making 12 starts with a 4.04 ERA in a River Cats uniform.

Infielder Orlando Calixte will be making his second trip to major-league camp, though last year’s invite came as a result of being on the 40-man roster. The Dominican Republic native played in 42 games for the River Cats with a .286 batting average and .500 slugging percentage before being recalled by San Francisco, where he secured his first major-league hit in a 2-for-5 performance on May 30 against the Washington Nationals.

Catcher Trevor Brown will be in big-league camp for the third straight year, but it will be his first as a non-roster invitee. Brown began the 2017 season on the disabled list but returned and played in 58 games for the River Cats.

The Giants’ No.1 ranked prospect, according to MLB.com, outfielder Chris Shawearned his first non-roster invite. The left-handed power bat from Boston College clubbed a team-leading 18 home runs and 25 doubles in 88 games in Sacramento.

Outfielder Steven Duggar’s invite to major-league camp is his second consecutive. The Clemson product missed nearly the first three months of the 2017 season with a hip flexor injury, eventually making his way to Sacramento where he played the final 13 games at Triple-A.

The other 10 players who received a non-roster invite are: RHP Tyler Cyr, RHP Dereck Rodriguez, RHP Jose Valdez, RHP Madison Younginer, C Justin O’Conner, C Hector Sanchez, INF Chase D’Arnaud, INF Alen Hanson, 1B Kyle Jensen, and INF Josh Rutledge.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations