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Sacramento Wins Sixth Straight with 13th-Inning Walk-Off

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA. – The Sacramento River Cats picked up their sixth straight win in dramatic fashion Saturday night, kicking off their homestand with a 3-2 walk-off win in front of a sold-out crowd at Raley Field. Sacramento and the Round Rock Express traded zeros for seven innings before Trevor Brown broke the 2-2 tie with a walk-off single in the bottom of the 13th inning.

With one down in the 13th, Darren Ford poked a single to centerfield. The hit was his third of the night, and the speedy outfielder reached base four times overall going 3-for-5 with a walk and a run scored. Ford stole second – his second stolen base of the night and 27th of the season – before Brown came to the plate.

Brown entered the game in the top of the tenth, replacing the rehabbing Andrew Susac. Brown lined an 0-1 pitch to right field as Ford raced home from second, scoring easily and giving Sacramento their eighth extra-inning win and seventh walk-off win of 2015.

Susac, in Sacramento on a rehab assignment for a sprained right-thumb, was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts just one night after going 2-for-4 with a home run with the San Jose Giants (Advanced-A). Susac caught nine innings for Sacramento before being replaced by Brown in the 10th.

Round Rock scored first, jumping ahead 1-0 in the fourth on a solo home run off the bat of outfielder Jared Hoying. The River Cats quickly countered, scoring twice on a Jarrett Parker RBI-double and a Kevin Frandsen RBI-single in the bottom half of the inning to take a 2-1 lead. Not to be outdone, Round Rock evened the score at two with a run-scoring single by Beamer Weems in the top of the fifth. The score stayed locked at two until Brown’s run-scoring single sent the River Cats home winners.

Parker started his fifth straight game as the cleanup hitter for Sacramento and continued to have success in the role. Entering tonight’s game, the left-handed slugger was hitting .319 with two home runs, 10 RBI, and 15 stolen bases from the cleanup spot. With two more hits and an RBI, Parker is now hitting .327 (17-for-52) as the number four hitter.

While the River Cats bullpen as a whole was superb, the group was headlined by right-hander Cody Hall. Hall threw three shutout innings, scattering three hits and striking out two. Most impressively, Hall needed just 32 pitches, 26 of which were strikes, to record nine outs. Brett Bochy picked up the win, his fourth of the season.

Game two of the series will get underway tomorrow evening right back at Raley Field. Left-hander Nik Turley (5-6, 5.02) will take the mound for Sacramento as they look to push their win streak to seven. The Round Rock Express have yet to announce a starter. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m., the first Sunday home five o’clock start of the season. 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

Middle-Inning Rally For River Cats Not Enough Lose 7-4 To Grizzlies

FRESNO, Calif. – Looking to even up the? series with the Fresno Grizzlies, the Sacramento River Cats battled but came out on the wrong end of a 7-4 summer’s evening contest. Sacramento made things interesting with a rally in the middle innings, but the surge wasn’t enough to give Ty Blach the run support necessary to earn his 10th win of the year.

Left-hander Blach (9-10, 4.51) did not look sharp out of the gates, as Fresno tagged him for three runs in the opening frame. He would settle down afterwards to give his offense a chance, but a 2-run homer from Matt Duffy in the sixth was too much to overcome. Blach finished the night allowing 6 runs on 9 hits, walking 1 and striking out 3 over 5 innings of work.

Trailing 4-1 entering the fourth inning, the River Cats had a chance to rest and regroup following a delay due to home plate umpire Spencer Flynn needing medical attention after taking a foul ball taken off the mask earlier in the game. Once play resumed, back-to-back singles set up an RBI single for Skyler Stromsmoe, cutting the deficit in half. Stromsmoe finished the night 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

In the fifth, Sacramento threatened with a two-out rally. After a walk from Jarrett Parker, Ben Turner singled to right field to drive him in. Two batters later, Darren Ford line a ball into the gap in left-center field driving in Turner and trying the game. Tuner finished the game 3-for-4 with an RBI and 2 runs scored, and is now batting .386 (10-for-26) on the road in Triple-A this season. The game did not stay tied long as Duffy hit a 2-run homer with nobody out in the bottom half.

The top of the order cooled off for Sacramento Thursday night. The first five spots in the order (Everth Cabrera, Ryan Lollis, Kevin Frandsen, Mac Williamson, and Parker) combined to go 0-for-21.

Grizzlies’ starting pitcher Mark Appel (1-2, 4.62) took a no decision after lasting just 4.2 innings. The 2013 first overall pick of the Houston Astros allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits, walking 3 and striking out 4. The win went to RHP Jordan Jankowski (6-3, 3.91) after throwing 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.

The River Cats bullpen put in another strong night, as they combined for 3 solid innings of work. Steven Okert pitched a perfect sixth inning, striking out 2 in the process. Cody Hall put in 2 innings of work, allowing 1 run on 2 hits, walking 1 and striking out 3.

Fresno did not look like their usual selves Thursday, as for one night only they changed their names to the Fresno Tacos. With around 50 Taco Trucks at Chukchansi Stadium, Fresno donned white and green uniforms with a bright orange taco logo on the cap.

Things will get back to normal on Friday as the River Cats once again take on the Grizzlies for game three of this four game set. For Sacramento, it will be right-hander Chris Stratton (2-3, 3.56). Stratton is coming off back-to-back wins in his last two starts. For Fresno, LHP Brett Oberholtzer (4-3, 4.89) will take the mound. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. and can be heard live on rivercats.com and ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Lose Close One To Tacoma Rainiers 6-5

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Photo by Shawn Jonas

TACOMA, Wash. – Looking to keep a perfect post All-Star Game record, the Sacramento River Cats sent the game to extra innings for the second straight night, but couldn’t get the same decision in a 6-5 10 inning loss. Jarrett Parker hit his 14th home run of the season, but late fielding mishaps put Sacramento in a position they could not overcome.

After putting up 2 runs in the first 3 innings, the River Cats finally faced some danger as Tacoma scored 5 runs in the middle innings to take a 5-2 lead. Sacramento did not sit idly by however, as in the sixth Parker cut the deficit to one with a 2-run homer, his 14th of the year.

In the eighth, trailing by one, the River Cats started off the inning with back-to-back hits to put runners on the corners with no outs. The late rally resulted in just one run, coming off a Kevin Frandsen RBI double, but it was good enough to send the River Cats to their 13th extra inning contest of the season.

In the bottom of the tenth, with the game tied, the glove became the River Cats biggest enemies as back-to-back errors put two on with no outs. With one gone, a sacrifice fly drove in the winning run to hand the River Cats their 6th extra-inning loss of the season.

Tommy Hanson got the start Saturday and once again did not have his best stuff. He lasted just 5 innings and allowed 5 runs on 7 hits, walking 1 and striking out 3. The start was the first time since joining the River Cats on July 7 that Hanson made it into the fifth inning.

Former runner up for the American League Cy Young award, Chien-Ming Wang got the start for Tacoma. Wang took a no decision after pitching 7+ innings and allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 11 hits with no walks and 1 strikeout.

Three-time World Series Champion Jeremy Affeldt made his second rehab appearance on Saturday for the River Cats. Affeldt again looked good as he allowed just one base runner (via error) in 2 scoreless innings. Cody Hall took the loss after allowing the unearned run in the 10th.

Sacramento will go for the series victory tomorrow as they send 22-year-old left-hander Clayton Blackburn (3-3, 4.07) to the mound. The young righty is coming off of his first winning start since rejoining the starting staff after a stint in the bullpen due to the rehab assignments of Matt Cain and Jake Peavy. Opposing him for the Rainiers will be lefty James Gilheeney (1-0, 3.38). First pitch of the series finale is set for 1:35 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Rough Day at The Office for Sacramento River Cats

Photo by Shawn Jonas

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – While 7,000-plus took the day off from their office jobs, the Sacramento River Cats found themselves having one of those days as they dropped their matinee contest with the Chihuahuas 15-2 Wednesday afternoon. Right-hander Chris Stratton struggled out of the gate and the Sacramento bullpen was unable to back up their starter as El Paso piled on the hits.

Stratton (0-3, 3.25) struggled early, unable to locate with most of his pitches. The right-hander left a lot of pitches up, and in 4.1 innings of work surrendered 6 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks while striking out 2. The 4.1 inning outing was his second shortest of the season and the 6 runs are a season-high.

Sacramento’s lefty Steven Okert (2-3, 4.69) inherited Stratton’s tight spot with two runners on and one out and was unable to stop the bleeding, issuing three consecutive walks. Okert’s appearance was brief as he was unable to get the second out, allowing 4 runs on 2 hits to give the Chihuahuas a commanding 10-1 lead.

El Paso added five more in the last three innings, scoring off both Cody Hall and Curtis Partch, eventually going up 15-2 in the eighth inning. Outfielder Alex Dickerson led the way for the Chihuahuas, going 5-for-5 with a double, a walk, and 3 RBIs. Overall, the Chihuahuas collected 17 hits, 15 runs, and 8 walks – all season highs for Sacramento pitching.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom for Sacramento, though. River Cats outfielder Juan Perez went 1-for-3 with a triple, his second of the season, and drove in a run. Adam Duvall also picked up an RBI in the contest, his 67th, moving him into fourth in the PCL.

Hard-throwing righty Mike Broadway pitched a perfect ninth inning for the River Cats, lowering his already impressive ERA even further. Broadway has an even 1.00 ERA in 36.0 innings pitched and has compiled a 48:8 K:BB ratio in that time.

San Francisco’s Nori Aoki made what is expected to be his final rehab start with the River Cats, playing seven innings in left field while going 0-for-3 at the plate. The left-handed hitter hit the ball hard in all three at bats, but came up empty in the hit column.

“I’m ready to get back,” he said after the game. “I’m ready for San Francisco and my leg feels as good as it could. I’m excited to play with the Giants again.”

Aoki is expected to join the Giants this Friday for their series against the visiting Oakland A’s.

Before that, the River Cats will close out their four-game series against El Paso tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m at Raley Field. Right-handed pitcher Tommy Hanson (0-2, 7.11) will take the mound against the Chihuahuas’ Daniel McCutchen (4-5, 4.52). The River Cats have faced McCutchen twice this season, and are hitting .265 with 5 runs against him in 8.1 innings.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Lose To Rival Fresno Grizzlies 3-5

All photos by Shawn Jonas

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA. – The Sacramento River Cats closed out the first half of the season this afternoon with a 5-3 loss to the rival Fresno Grizzlies at Raley Field. Adam Duvall ended his first half on a high note as he prepares to head to the 2015 Triple-A All-Star Game in Omaha this week.

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Duvall followed up on his record-tying three-homer night with a solid 2-for-4 afternoon. The first baseman hit his 21st double of the season, which is tops on the River Cats and tied for 13th in the PCL. Overall, Duvall has 43 extra-base hits, third most in the league.

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The 2015 All-Star closed out the first half hitting .467 (7-for-15) in his last four games with 4 home runs and 7 RBIs. Since the start of July, Duvall is hitting .353 (18-for-51) with 4 homers, 4 doubles, 11 RBIs, and 10 runs scored.

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Kelby Tomlinson, Kevin Frandsen, and Guillermo Quiroz each drove in a run for the River Cats. Frandsen is also taking a hot streak into the break. The infielder is hitting .500 (6-for-12) with a double, triple, and 5 RBIs in his last five games.

On the opposite side of the ball, River Cats’ starter Tommy Hanson never quite had it Sunday afternoon. The right-hander lasted just 3.2 innings while throwing 103 pitches (59 strikes). He did keep the River Cats in the game, though, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks while striking out 6.

Cody Hall, Mike Broadway, and Erik Cordier combined for 5.1 innings of relief out of the River Cats’ bullpen. The trio, who have an average fastball velocity of 96 mph, allowed 2 runs (1 earned) while scattering 5 hits and 4 walks with 6 strikeouts. Broadway lowered his already excellent ERA to 1.10 and struck out 3, increasing his K:BB ratio to an impressive 43:8 in 32.2 innings.

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The River Cats are off until Thursday, July 16, when they’ll head north to take on the Tacoma Rainiers. The River Cats are 4-4 against Tacoma this season and will face the Rainiers for the first time this season at Cheney Stadium in the Evergreen State. First pitch Thursday is set for 7:05 p.m.

Before then, the Triple-A All Star Break kicks off tomorrow, Monday, July 13 with the Home Run Derby. An off-day on Tuesday will be followed by Wednesday’s All-Star Game. The derby starts at 5:35 p.m. (PT) and the All-Star Game gets underway Wednesday at 5:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Salt Lake Bees’ Ninth-Inning Rally Stings Sacramento River Cats In Finale 7-1

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats squandered another excellent start by Chris Stratton as they dropped their series finale with Salt Lake 7-1. The right-hander went eight strong innings for the second start in a row but remains winless despite owning an outstanding 1.53 ERA.

The River Cats and Bees took a 1-1 tie into the ninth inning before Salt Lake exploded for 6 runs on 5 hits and an error. Former Giants prospect Gary Brown delivered the first blow, a two-run single to center with one out in the inning. They added two more on a double by Kaleb Cowert and another pair on a two-run home run off the bat of Grant Green. Cody Hall, who entered the game in the ninth with a 2.97 ERA, recorded just one out and was responsible for five of the six runs.

Mac Williamson’s error in the ninth was the first committed by a River Cat in the series. Sacramento’s defense had gone 35 innings without a miscue and made a number of nice plays in tonight’s game, including a fantastic diving play up the middle by shortstop Kelby Tomlinson.

Chris Stratton was excellent for the River Cats once again, throwing eight innings of one run ball. He scattered 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4 in the outing and lowered his Triple-A ERA to a sparkling 1.53. Despite allowing just 6 earned runs in 35.1 innings since joining the River Cats, Stratton is still looking for his first Triple-A win.

This was Stratton’s second straight start to go eight innings. He threw eight shutout against the 51s in Las Vegas in his last start, but took a no decision as Sacramento fell 4-3 in extra frames.

On the offensive side of the ball, newcomer Xavier Avery provided a fresh look at the top of the lineup, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. His fifth-inning single drove in Darren Ford for the River Cats’ only run.

The 25-year-old outfielder hit .378 in his last 10 games with Triple-A Toledo (Detroit Tigers), recording 5 runs, 14 hits, 1 home run, 5 RBIs, 6 walks, and 2 stolen bases before opting out with the Tigers and joining the Giants organization.

The River Cats head to Reno next, where they’ll take on the Aces in a four-game set. Clayton Blackburn (2-3, 4.22) will get things started for the River Cats tomorrow night as Gabriel Arias (4-1, 3.61) takes the mound for the Aces. The game is scheduled for a 6:35 p.m. first pitch and cane be heard live online at rivercats.com and on ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy to 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

Nik Turley Is Impressive in River Cats 3-2 Win Over Oklahoma City Dodgers

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – After getting out to an early lead, the Sacramento River Cats took the series opener against the Oklahoma City Dodgers 3-2 Tuesday night. Three runs in the very first inning were enough as Sacramento hung on thanks to a solid return to Triple-A from Nik Turley and a strong finish by the bullpen.

The River Cats got out to an early 3-0 lead with help from singles by Darren Ford and Casey McGehee. Travis Ishikawa drove home Darren Ford on a single of his own, and Juan Perez soon followed with a two-run single to bring home McGehee and Ishikawa. The Dodgers scored a run in their half of the inning, and one again in the seventh, but the River Cats’ pitching came through late to nail down the series opener.

After being designated for assignment by the San Francisco Giants, both McGehee and Ishikawa ended up in Sacramento and are trying to work their way back, using tonight as a platform to prove they’re worthy of a spot on the Giants’ roster. McGehee went 2-for-4 with a single and a double. Ishikawa went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI-single.

Kevin Frandsen made his debut as a River Cat in tonight’s game after signing a minor league contract with the Giants over the weekend. The Giants originally drafted him in the 12th round of the 2004 amateur draft. Frandsen went 2-for-3 with two singles against the Dodgers Tuesday evening.

Tonight was Nik Turley’s first game back pitching for the River Cats and he did not disappoint. After 37 games on the Disabled List with a blister issue, he made one start with Class-A Advanced San Jose before being transferred back to Sacramento. Turley pitched 6 solid innings tonight in just his second start of the season with the River Cats, allowing 1 run on 5 hits and 2 walks with 4 strikeouts.

Cody Hall picked up Turley in the seventh inning and, despite allowing an unearned run, kept Sacramento’s lead. Erik Cordier relieved Hall in the middle of the eighth inning to get the River Cats out of a jam unscathed. Mike Broadway pitched a shutout ninth inning, recording his fifth save in as many tries. The bullpen combined for 3 innings, allowing just 1 run on 3 hits and 2 walks with 2 strikeouts.

Game two of the series will continue tomorrow, with the River Cats sending LHP Ty Blach (4-5, 3.82) to the mound to face the Dodgers’ RHP Zach Lee (5-3, 2.38). Blach’s 1.03 BB/9 is the second best in the PCL behind Oklahoma City’s Scott Baker. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of Sacramento RiverCats Media Relations