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Dave Brundage Returns As Sacramento River Cats Manager To Defend Title In 2020

New pitching coach Glenn Dishman will join returning hitting coach Damon Minor and fundamentals coach Jolbert Cabrera

West Sacramento, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats, in conjunction with the San Francisco Giants, are thrilled to welcome Dave Brundage back for his fourth season as manager of the River Cats as they defend their Triple-A National Championship during the 2020 season.

Brundage will be joined by Damon Minor, who will return for his fifth season as the River Cats’ hitting coach, and fundamentals coach Jolbert Cabrera, who will enter his second season in Sacramento. One of two newcomers for 2020 will be pitching coach Glenn Dishman. The training staff will be made up of athletic trainer David Getsoff and strength and conditioning coach Andy King who are each returning for their third seasonas well as athletic trainer Hiro Sato, who returns for his second year. Also joining the staff for 2020 is bullpen coach C.J. Picerni

In 2019, Brundage led the River Cats to the franchise’s 12th division title, fifth Pacific Coast League crown, and a record third Triple-A National Championship. An Oregon native, he joined the River Cats in 2017 and has compiled a 192-229 record in his three seasons at the helm in Sacramento. Before coming to Sacramento, the veteran manager spent the previous four seasons with the International League’s Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies Triple-A). 

Brundage, 54, made his managerial debut in 1995 with the Riverside Pilots (Seattle Mariners Class A-Advanced) but has spent most of his managerial career at the Double- and Triple-A levels. Prior to his four seasons with Lehigh Valley, Brundage helmed the Richmond/Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves Triple-A) for six seasons from 2007 through 2012. He made his Triple-A debut in 2006 with the Pacific Coast League’s Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle Mariners Triple-A). Brundage has a career record of 1,563-1,544 (.503) in 22 seasons as a manager including a 985-1010 (.494) mark at the Triple-A level.

Selected 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, 44, returns to the River Cats for his fifth season as hitting coach. In his fourth year with the team, Minor worked closely with River Cats players Mike Yastrzemski, Jaylin Davis, and Zach Green, who would eventually go on to make their Major League debuts in 2019.

A former Giant, Minor was drafted by San Francisco in 1996 before making 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.

Cabrera, 47, is back with the River Cats’ coaching staff as fundamentals coach following managerial stints with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (San Francisco Giants’ Class-A Short Season) in 2017, and Augusta GreenJackets (San Francisco Giants Class-A) in 2018. 2020 will be his fifth season with the San Francisco Giants as a coach.

As a player, Cabrera signed with the Montreal Expos in 1990, and played in the Major Leagues for the Cleveland Indians (1998-2002), Los Angeles Dodgers (2002-2003), Seattle Mariners (2004), and Cincinnati Reds (2008). Cabrera also played in 1,274 minor league games over the course of his career, and even visited Sutter Health Park in 2007 as a member of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Colorado Rockies Triple-A). 

Glenn Dishman joins the club from Richmond, Va. after serving two seasons as pitching coach for the Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants Double-A). The former left-handed Major Leaguer will replace fellow lefty Steve Kline, who will swap clubs with Dishman and rejoin the Richmond staff where he had previously spent three seasons prior to his two-year stint in Sacramento.

Dishman, 49, grew up in the Bay Area and attended Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward. He would go on to appear in 33 Major League games spread across three teams, most notably his rookie season in 1995 when he made 16 starts for the San Diego Padres totaling 97 innings pitched.

Sacramento’s training staff will return unchanged for the 2020 season. David Getsoff is back with the River Cats as athletic trainer in his 12th season with the Giants organization, while Andy King will be the River Cats’ strength and conditioning coach in what will be his seventh season with the Giants. Finally, Hiro Sato will work alongside Getsoff as athletic trainer for the second consecutive season. He spent 2018 with the Richmond Flying Squirrels and will be entering his sixth season with the Giants.

CJ Picerni, 27, rounds out the River Cats field staff for 2020. Picerni was drafted by the Washington Nationals as a catcher in 2016, and is entering his second season as a minor league bullpen catcher and coach for the San Francisco Giants.

The Sacramento River Cats will kick off 2020 by taking on the San Francisco Giants in an Exhibition Game on Sunday, March 22 at Sutter Health Park in West Sacramento. The club’s PCL and Triple-A title-defense will officially begin on Thursday, April 9 in Reno, with Opening Night at Sutter Health Park coming on Tuesday, April 14 against the Tacoma Rainiers.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Welcome Back Rutledge and Gage, But Fall To Colorado Springs Sky Sox

Slater goes 2-for-4 with a double in 7-2 loss to Colorado Springs

 WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — The Sacramento River Cats (30-33) were thrown out on the base paths three times in a 7-2 loss to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (32-28) on Saturday night.

The Sacramento offense made things challenging for themselves on Saturday by running into three outs on the base paths. Center fielder Steven Duggar led off the bottom of the first with a single to extend his hitting streak to nine games, but was caught stealing shortly thereafter. Second baseman Chase d’Arnaud later doubled in the second but was thrown out at third attempting to stretch it into his fifth triple of the season. And in the fifth, catcher Ryan Hanigan rounded first base after a single but was gunned down at second base.

The River Cats made some noise late when Austin Slater and Ryder Jones smacked back-to-back extra-base hits, and d’Arnaud added a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to 6-2. But that’s where the comeback would end, as Sacramento dropped game two of the series.

Southpaw Daniel Camarena (0-0, 0.51) will make his fourth start of the year for the River Cats, while the Sky Sox will send young righty Freddy Peralta (6-1, 2.88) to the mound. 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 Bats Shut Down By Sky Sox

River Cats manage one run in 4-1 loss

Colorado Springs, CO – The Sacramento River Cats (13-21) managed just one run on seven hits in their 4-1 loss to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (21-9) a day after they posted a club-record 13 runs in one inning.

Colorado Springs avenged their blowout loss, coming out hot early by putting up two runs in the first frame off Sacramento starter Tyler Beede. The Sky Sox pushed two more runs across in the third, collecting eight hits in the first three innings. In the fourth, third baseman Ryder Jones was ejected for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Ramon De Jesus, as well as manager Dave Brundage.

The River Cats lone run came in the ninth when catcher Tim Federowicz doubled in left field Mac Williamson, Federowicz’s ninth RBI in his last four games.

Sacramento will look to bounce back tomorrow night as they send right-hander Joan Gregorio (1-2, 1.87). Colorado Springs will counter with right Brandon Woodreuff (5-0, 1.83). They have the sixth and seventh best ERAs in the PCL respectively. First pitch is set for 6:00 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 Fall To Sky Sox 5-3 Split Series; Error Proves Costly

Photo Courtesy of The Sacramento River Cats

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Sacramento River Cats and Sky Sox both sent bullpen arms to the mound to start Monday’s matinee finale in Colorado Springs. Looking for their first series win since late April, the defense again stumbled, committing their eighth error of the series as the River Cats fell 5-3 to the Sky Sox.

Veteran righty Juan Gutierrez took the mound for the River Cats, making his first start of the season. Gutierrez had appeared in 13 games for Sacramento prior to today’s game, posting an 0-1 record with one save and a 4.94 ERA. He was excellent for the River Cats filling in as a starter, tossing 3 scoreless innings, allowing just 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 2. He threw 39 pitches in the start, 25 for strikes, and recorded five ground ball outs.

His opponent was fellow right-handed reliever Tim Dillard. Dillard, who was also making his first start of the season, went 4 innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 2.

The River Cats struck first, jumping ahead in the second inning on a towering three-run home run from Casey McGehee. The homer was his second in the last two games and one of three hits on the afternoon. It was a strong end to the series for McGehee, who hit .500 (8-for-16) with 2 walks, 3 runs, 2 home runs, a double, and 6 RBIs over the four games.

The Sky Sox took the lead in the fourth, though, scoring five times off reliever Curtis Partch to go ahead by two. The big hit in the inning came from Colorado Springs’ pinch-hitter Chris Nelson. With the bases loaded, Nelson – who came into the at bat hitting just .158 in his last ten games (3-for-19)  roped a bases-clearing double down the right-field line.

Four of Colorado Springs’ runs in the inning were unearned as Adam Duvall committed his team-leading 10th error of the season on a throw to first. In the series, the River Cats committed eight errors and surrendered 11 unearned runs.

The River Cats were unable to generate a comeback as the Sky Sox bullpen limited them to just three hits over the final five innings. Jarrett Parker, who started the day with 499 career hits, was 0-2 with two walks on the afternoon, postponing the milestone for at least another game.

The River Cats are now 23-29 and will head to Oklahoma City to take on the OKC Dodgers. The Dodgers are 34-15 heading into their game tonight and are in first in the American Northern Division. Nik Turley (0-1, 13.50) will kick things off for the River Cats. The Dodgers will counter with right-hander Joe Wieland (4-1, 5.45). First pitch is 5:05 p.m. PDT. The game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and will join in progress at 6:00 p.m. on ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy Of The Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Wins Second Straight Beat Colorado Sky Sox 10-5

Photo Courtesy of Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Sacramento River Cats won their second straight as they took game three of their four game series with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 10-5. After snapping a franchise long losing streak on Saturday, Sacramento was backed on Sunday by a pair of home runs by Jarrett Parker and a strong pitching performance from Robert Coello.

Sacramento wasted little time getting on the board Sunday. After the first four batters of the game had been retired, Parker stepped up and crushed his 10th home run of the year over the right field fence, putting his club up 1-0. Two batters later, the River Cats added to their lead on a Trevor Brown single, driving in Juan Perez.

Colorado Springs struck for their first run of the ballgame in the bottom of the second on a two-out single by Pete Orr. The River Cats countered in the third with an Adam Duvall RBI single, scoring Ehire Adrianza, who reached on a walk and advanced first-to-third on a wild pitch. Sacramento added another run in the fourth on a bases-loaded single by Casey McGehee.

The Sky Sox got back on the board with a run in the bottom of the fourth, as Nevin Ashley scored on a throwing error by the catcher Trevor Brown. However, the River Cats didn’t take long to strike back, as in the fifth inning Parker hit his second homer of the day to put Sacramento up 5-2. Parker finished the day 2-for-4 with 2 home runs, a walk, and 2 RBI. The 2-hit day moves Parker one hit shy of 500 for his minor league career.

Colorado Springs put up a threat in the sixth, scoring two early runs and loading the bases with nobody out. Coello, however, managed to escape the inning with a one-run lead still intact. In the seventh, McGehee led off the inning with his first home run as a River Cat, providing padding the lead for Coello. McGehee finished the day 2-for-4 with a walk and 2 RBI. The River Cats plated four more insurance runs in the final two innings to secure the victory.

Coello (6-3, 3.50) pitched well and earned the win in his PCL leading eleventh start of the year, pitching 7 innings while allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits. He walked 2 and struck out 4. His counterpart, right-hander Drew Gagnon (1-7, 7.91), lasted 5 innings while allowing 5 runs (all earned) on 9 hits, striking out 2.

The River Cats will go for the series victory on Monday. Sacramento’s starting pitcher has yet to be announced, but the Sky Sox will be sending right-hander Tyler Cravy (5-4, 4.04) to the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 11:35 a.m. (PT) and can be heard on rivercats.com. Following the game, the River Cats will head to Oklahoma City to begin four game set with the Oklahoma City Dodgers.

Game Recap – Courtesy of Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Three-Run Sixth Inning Lifts River Cats Over The Colorado Sky Sox 4-3; Sacramento Snaps 10-Game Skid

Photos By Shawn Jonas

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Sacramento River Cats took game two of their four-game series with the Colorado Sky Sox 4-3, ending their 10-game losing streak. A three-run sixth inning and a dominant showing by the bullpen put the River Cats over the edge.

The River Cats fell behind 2-1 early, but kept things close through the first five innings. In the sixth, they scored three runs to take their first lead of the game. A single by Casey McGehee led off the big inning, and a single from Hector Sanchez brought home McGehee to tie the game up. Both Jarrett Parker and Juan Perez drew consecutive walks, loading the bases. Carlos Triunfel’s single scored Sanchez and Parker to give the River Cats a 4-2 lead. That would be enough, as the bullpen held the line en route to a 4-3 win.

The Colorado Sky Sox got on the board first with a two-run double by starting pitcher Josh Roenicke in the fourth. The River Cats immediately responded back in the fifth, leading off the inning with a double by Juan Perez. A wild pitch from Roenicke allowed Perez to score Sacramento’s first run of the game.

Clayton Blackburn pitched in and out of jams all night, but the Sky Sox got the best of him in the fourth inning. Blackburn appeared to have grip issues, which led to him having trouble finding the strike zone, throwing more pitches, and possibly contributing to his throwing error. Blackburn pitched just 3.2 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks with 1 strikeout. He threw 75 pitches, 43 for strikes.

Clay Rapada picked up Blackburn, getting the last out of the fourth without allowing any more damage. Cory Gearrin, Brett Bochy, Steven Okert, and Cody Hall combined to pitch the rest of the game, allowing just one run over 5.1 innings. They struck out a total of six while walking just two. Gearrin (1-0, 1.23) picked up his first win of the season. Hall recorded the save for Sacramento, also his first.
Tonight’s win is the River Cats’ first since 5/18 when they beat the Albuquerque Isotopes on the road, 12-5. Over the last 10 games, the River Cats were outscored 32-63 and committed 15 errors. The 10-game streak is also the longest in franchise history.

Game three of the series will bring RHP Robert Coello (5-3, 3.45) to the mound for the River Cats, while Colorado will counter with RHP Drew Gagnon (1-6, 7.78). Coello pitched 5 innings in his last outing, allowing 2 runs on just 3 hits. His five wins are tied for second in the PCL heading into Sunday’s contest. First pitch is set for tomorrow at 12:35 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Colorado Springs Sky Sox Make It Rain Beat River Cats 8-3; Extends Sacramentos’ Losing Streak To 10

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After a rain delay that postponed first pitch by over an hour, left-hander Ty Blach took the mound in his home state of Colorado Friday night and pitched 4 quality innings before the defense struggled behind him in the fifth. Sacramento River Cats committed three errors in total on the night as they dropped their 10th straight with an 8-3 loss to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.

Once the rain cleared, Sacramento wasted no time getting on the board, as with two out in the first, Jarrett Parker drove in Casey McGehee with an RBI single. McGehee had reached base on a line drive to center, and with smart base running turned it into a double as he advanced to second on the throw. Parker finished the night 2-for-3 with a walk. With those 2 hits, Parker is now just 3 hits shy of 500 for his Minor League Career.

Colorado Springs tied things up immediately, as the second pitch Blach threw on the night was hit over the right field wall by Scooter Gennett to tie the game. The Sky Sox applied pressure early with doubles in the first three innings, all with less than 2 outs, but Blach was able to escape each time to keep the score tied. Through the first four, he held the Sky Sox hitless (0-for-8) with runners in scoring position.

The Sky Sox finally struck in the fifth, putting up 6 runs on 5 hits, including a 2-run home run by Donnie Murphy. None of the runs in the inning were earned as the River Cats committed 2 errors in the frame, giving them three total on the night.

The River Cats got back on the board in the seventh on John Bowker’s two-run home run. The homer was his third of the season and put him at 500 career Minor League RBIs. The Sky Sox countered in the bottom half, tagging Clay Rapada for another run to push the score to 8-3.

Blach (4-5, 3.82) finished the night pitching 6 innings, allowing 7 runs (1 earned) on 11 hits, while walking just 1 and striking out 2. He continues to throw strikes and still maintains the league’s best BB/9 (1.03). His counterpart, Tyler Thornburg (1-2, 4.41), lasted 6.1 innings, allowing 3 runs (all earned) on 7 hits, striking out 4.

The River Cats will look to end their skid Saturday night as they send right-hander Clayton Blackburn (1-3, 5.07) to the hill. Opposing him for the Sky Sox will be righty Josh Roenicke (2-1, 5.12). First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. (PT) and can be heard live on rivercats.com and on ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of Sacramento River Cats Media Relations