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Dave Brundage Returning To Manage Sacramento River Cats In 2018

New pitching coach Steve Kline and fundamentals coach Nestor Rojas to join returning hitting coach Damon Minor

 WEST SACRAMENTO, CA The Sacramento River Cats, in conjunction with the San Francisco Giants, are thrilled to welcome back Dave Brundage for his second season as manager of the River Cats for the 2018 season.

Brundage will be joined by a few new faces for the 2018 season at Raley Field. While Damon Minor will return for his third season as the River Cats hitting coach, he will be joined by new pitching coach Steve Kline and fundamentals coach Nestor Rojas. The new training staff will be made up of athletic trainer David Getsoff and strength and conditioning coach Andy King. Travis Higgs will round out the club’s 2018 field staff, and will serve as bullpen catcher and team administrator.

An Oregon native, Brundage joined the River Cats in 2017 and compiled a 64-77 record in his 20th season as a minor league manager. Before coming to Sacramento, the veteran manager spent the previous four seasons with the International League’s Lehigh Valley IronPigs. In 2016, Brundage led the IronPigs to an 85-58 record, the second best mark in all of Triple-A baseball.

Brundage, 53, made his managerial debut in 1995 with the Riverside Pilots (Seattle Mariners Class A-Advanced) but has spent most of his managerial career at either the Double- or Triple-A levels. Prior to his four seasons with Lehigh Valley, Brundage helmed the Richmond/Gwinnett Braves for six seasons from 2007 through 2012. He made his Triple-A debut in 2006 with the Pacific Coast League’s Tacoma Rainiers. Brundage has a career record of 1,435-1,392 (.508) in 20 seasons as a manager including a 857-858 (.499) mark at the Triple-A level.

Drafted in the 4th round of the 1986 Amateur Draft out of Oregon State University, Brundage spent 10 seasons as a player in the Minor Leagues with the Phillies and Mariners organizations.

Minor, 43, returns to the River Cats for his third season as hitting coach. In his second year with the team, Minor worked closely with Triple-A newcomers and top Giants’ prospects Christian Arroyo, Chris Shaw, and Ryder Jones as they prepared for their Major League debuts.

A former Giant, Minor was drafted by San Francisco in 1996 and made his Major League debut in 2000. In 136 games over parts of four seasons, Minor hit .232 with 13 home runs. He set a career-high in 2002 when he played in 83 games and slugged 10 home runs, helping the Giants claim the National League pennant. While in the Giants farm system, he compiled a .277 batting average with 179 home runs and 648 RBI across nine seasons.

Kline, 45, joins the River Cats as pitching coach after serving in the same role for three seasons with the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels and nine seasons overall with the organization. While in Richmond, Kline helped in the development of several River Cats standouts, including Tyler Beede, Andrew Suarez, and Tyler Rogers. Kline led the Giants Double-A affiliate to a top-five pitching staff (in team ERA) in each of his three Eastern League seasons, including a league-leading 3.12 team ERA in 2015.

Kline completed his 11-year Major League career as a lefty reliever with the Giants in 2007. All told, he appeared in 796 MLB games with five different organizations. The Pennsylvania native was an 8th round selection by the Cleveland Indians in the 2003 draft out of the University of West Virginia. He set the single –season record for appearances (89) in 2001 while with St. Louis, and led the National League in games played as a pitcher for three consecutive seasons (1999-2001).

Rojas, 34, will join the River Cats as fundamentals coach after managing the Class-A Advanced San Jose Giants in 2017. Since retiring at the end of the 2010 season, Rojas immediately began his coaching career and has been a bright up-and-coming coaching talent in the Giants organization.  Rojas landed his first managerial job in 2013 at age 29 with the Arizona Rookie League Giants, and led them to a 41-14 record. Prospects (and future River Cats) Christian Arroyo and Ryder Jones each began their professional careers as teenagers under Rojas during that 2013 season.

A native of Venezuela, Rojas played for six seasons in the Giants organization, including two stints with Triple-A Fresno in 2009 and 2010.

Rounding out the field staff will be a new athletic training and strength and conditioning duo. David Getsoff will join the River Cats as the athletic trainer in his 10th season with the Giants Organization, while Andy King will be the River Cats strength and conditioning coach in what will be his fifth season with the Giants. Travis Higgs will return as the team’s bullpen catcher in 2018.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Christian Arroyo’s Homer Helps Lift Sacramento River Cats To 7-3 Win

Strong pitching, clutch hits propel Sacramento to fourth straight victory

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (23-33) won their fourth straight game Monday night 7-3 over the Fresno Grizzlies (26-32) thanks to timely hitting and a team effort by the pitching staff.

The Grizzlies struck first against spot-starter Roberto Gomez, tagging the right-hander for two runs in his first start since May 2. Third baseman Christian Arroyo evened things up in the River Cats half of the first, smacking a two-run shot over the right field fence. Sacramento held a slim 5-3 lead in the eighth, but Jae-Gyun Hwang put the game away with a two-run blast to left-center, his sixth home run of the year.

Gomez settled in after a rocky first inning, allowing just three more hits over his next 2.2 innings. Left-handed relievers Kraig Sitton and D.J. Snelten each pitched two innings and right-hander Kyle Crick closed the game out in the ninth.

Game two will feature Sacramento right-hander Dan Slania (0-6, 8.05) up against Fresno right-hander Mike Hauschild (1-1, 6.58). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Match Recap Courtesy of the  Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats’ Christian Arroyo Walks Off Against Las Vegas 51s 7-6

Sacramento overcomes 4-0 deficit, snaps eight-game losing streak


West Sacramento, CA 
– The Sacramento River Cats (6-11) rallied back from a 4-0 deficit to walk off against the Las Vegas 51s (9-9) 7-6 Sunday afternoon at Raley Field. Christian Arroyo provided the game-winning hit in the bottom of the 10th, snapping the River Cats eight-game losing streak.

Arroyo had four hits on the afternoon, going 4-for-6 with two RBI while raising his batting average to .446 for the season. He now has two four-hit games on the season and a team-leading 12 RBI.

The River Cats scored all of their runs against the Las Vegas bullpen starting in the sixth inning. Mike Morse, in his second game with the River Cats, played seven innings in left field and went 1-for-4 at the plate with an RBI-double. Drew Stubbs also had two RBI, including a bases-loaded sacrifice fly that nearly left the ballpark.  

Tyler Beede (1-0, 3.78) will take the mound tomorrow for the River Cats as Las Vegas sends right-hander Tyler Pill (0-0, 0.00) to the hill. First pitch is set for 7:05 pm (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN

Match Recap Courtesy of the  Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall To Las Vegas 51s 2-3

Sacramento suffers eighth straight loss, fall 3-2 to 51s


West Sacramento, CA 
– The Sacramento River Cats (5-11) dropped game one of their four-game series to the Las Vegas 51s (9-8) by a score of 3-2 in front of a packed Raley Field crowd Saturday night.

Leadoff hitter Drew Stubbs got things going early for Sacramento, hitting a solo home run in his very first at bat of the ballgame for the River Cats. Las Vegas countered by scoring in their half of the second and third innings against River Cats starter Michael Roth, giving the visitors a 2-1 lead.

Roth gave up two runs (one earned) on eight hits while striking out two and walking one over 4.2 innings on the hill tonight. Sacramento’s only other RBI came courtesy of third baseman Ryder Jones, who drove in shortstop Christian Arroyo in the sixth, tying the game at two. Salt Lake then scored what proved to be the game-winner in the eighth off reliever Chase Johnson.

Game two will feature River Cats right-hander Dan Slania (0-2, 7.45) up against 51s right-hander Rafael Montero (0-0, 0.00). First pitch is set for 1:05 pm (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Rally Over Tacoma Rainiers For “Opening Day” Win

After two postponed games, Sacramento overcomes early deficit to beat Tacoma 6-5 

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (1-0) started off the 2017 season with a bang, coming from behind to defeat the Tacoma Rainiers (0-1) by a score of 6-5 Saturday night at Raley Field.

Both offenses came ready to play, scoring a combined eight runs in the first two innings. Sacramento starter Clayton Blackburn yielded two runs in the first frame but the River Cats offense answered back three runs of their own. Christian Arroyo doubled in the inning and Austin Slater highlighted the frame with a two-run double to make it a 3-2 game.

The scoring spree continued into the second inning when Blackburn gave up a three-run homer to Tacoma right fielder Tyler O’Neill. Blackburn lasted just three innings, allowing five runs on six hits with a strikeout before the bullpen took over and shutdown the Rainiers the rest of the way.

 The two ‘pens traded zeros until the eighth inning when the River Cats offense roared back to life. Slater drove in another with an RBI-single and an error on Tacoma’s O’Neill allowed the tying run to also come home. Later in the frame, right fielder Orlando Calixte played hero by driving in Slater to give the River Cats the lead.

The River Cats will send right-hander Tyler Beede (0-0, 0.00) to the mound for Sunday’s matinee. Beede, the No. 1 prospect in the Giants’ organization, will be making his Triple-A debut and will square off against Rainiers’ right-hander Dylan Unsworth. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Opening Day Roster

New manager Dave Brundage leads roster loaded with promising prospects and veteran talent


West Sacramento, CA
– The Sacramento River Cats are excited to announce their 2017 Opening Day roster. Included on the roster are a number of returners from the 2016 squad plus a whole crop of prospects rising through the system. Among those on the roster are eight of the San Francisco organization’s Top 30 prospects, including the top two prospects in the system.

Tyler Beede and Christian Arroyo, the number one and two Giants prospects respectively, are joined by Joan Gregorio (#8), Steven Okert (#12), Austin Slater (#19), Chris Stratton (#23), Chase Johnson (#25), and Ryder Jones (#30). Last year, the Opening Day roster included seven of the organization’s Top 30 prospects.

Eight different players on the roster will be making their Triple-A debut, including Jae-Gyun Hwang, a Korean Baseball Organization All-Star. Hwang signed with the Giants this offseason and put together a very strong Spring Training, hitting .340 with five home runs and 15 RBI.

Leading this talented roster will be new River Cats manager Dave Brundage. Brundage joined the organization this offseason, bringing with him two decades of managerial experience. He is coming off an excellent 2016 season in which he led the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs to an 85-58 record, the second best mark in Triple-A. Joining him are returning hitting coach Damon Minor and pitching coach Dwight Bernard. Also returning are athletic trainer LJ Petra and strength & conditioning coach Adam Vish.

Full 2017 Sacramento River Cats Roster*

Pitchers (16)
Beede, Tyler                  RHP
Blackburn, Clayton         RHP
Crick, Kyle                     RHP
Gomez, Roberto            RHP
Gregorio, Joan              RHP
Johnson, Chase            RHP
Okert, Steven                LHP
Osich, Josh                   LHP
Reynolds, Matt              LHP
Rogers, Tyler                 RHP
Romero, Ricky               LHP
Roth, Michael                LHP
Sitton, Kraig                  LHP
Stratton, Chris               RHP
Suarez, Albert                RHP
Webb, Ryan                  RHP

Catchers (2)
Arnold, Jeff                   C
Federowicz, Tim            C

Infielders (7)
Arroyo, Christian            IF
Blanks, Kyle                  IF
Castillo, Ali                    IF
Ciriaco, Juan                 IF
Hwang, Jae-Gyun          IF
Jones, Ryder                 IF
Tomlinson, Kelby           IF

Outfielders (5)
Bernard, Wynton            OF
Calixte, Orlando             OF
Moncrief, Carlos            OF
Ruggiano, Justin            OF
Slater, Austin                 OF

*The River Cats will be making five moves to cut the active roster to 25

The River Cats open the 2017 season this Thursday, April 6 at home against the visiting Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle Mariners). First pitch is set for 7:05 pm with 6:05 pm gates. Tickets for Opening Night and the rest of the first homestand are still available. Tickets can be purchased online at rivercats.com, over the phone at (916) 376-HITS, or by visiting the Round Table Pizza Box Office at Raley Field.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Take On San Jose Giants At Raley Field

Cross-level scrimmage to feature San Francisco’s top prospects Wednesday, April 5 at Raley Field
West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats are excited to announce a cross-level scrimmage against the San Jose Giants, the class-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. The two teams will go head-to-head in a scrimmage at Raley Field on Wednesday, April 5, just one day before Sacramento’s Opening Day. Tickets for the game start at just $5 and are available now at rivercats.com.

This pre-season scrimmage is an extension of Spring Training and is likely to feature many of San Francisco’s top prospects. Christian Arroyo and Tyler Beede – the system’s top two prospects – are expected to take the field for the River Cats while 2016 first-round pick Bryan Reynolds (No. 4 prospect) may start for the San Jose squad. Other prospects likely to be involved in the game include Joan Gregorio (No. 7), Jalen Miller (No. 15), Heath Quinn (No. 17), and Sacramento fan-favorite Austin Slater (No. 22).

First pitch on Wednesday, April 5 at Raley Field is set for 6:05 pm. Gates for the game will open at 5:00 pm with parking lots to open at 4:30 pm. Parking will be $5.

General admission tickets start at just $5. There will be a $10 ticket option which includes a general admission ticket, a hot dog, chips, and a soda. Tickets can be purchased online at rivercats.com.

All River Cats season ticket members will have tickets to the exhibition game included with their plan. For more information please email tickets@rivercats.com or call (916) 376-HITS (4487).

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations