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Sacramento’s Historic Win Streak Comes To An End In Omaha; River Cats Unable to Overcome Three Storm Chasers Home Runs In 4-3 Loss

OMAHA, NE. – The Sacramento River Cats’ franchise-best 13-game win streak came to an end Sunday night, as the Omaha Storm Chasers topped the River Cats 4-3, handing them their first loss since August 8th. Despite tying the game late, Sacramento was unable to overcome three Omaha home runs as they dropped game one of this four game series.

Sacramento’s 13 straight wins is just one short of tying the Las Vegas 51s for the longest Pacific Coast League win streak since 2005. The 51s won 14 consecutive games this season, spanning from April 23 – May 7.

After an hour game delay, the River Cats wasted no time getting on the board Sunday evening. Darren Ford drew a walk to lead off the game, and Jarrett Parker’s ground-rule double drove in Ford with the first run of the night. Sacramento battled back and forth with Omaha for control of the game, keeping the score close with runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings.

Jarrett Parker and Mac Williamson continued to shine, each with two hits and an RBI on the night. Williamson’s multi-hit night is his 11th since joining the River Cats in late June. The duo are hitting a combined .398 (35-for-88) over their last 10 games with five home run, 24 RBI, and 23 runs scored.

All of Omaha’s scoring in tonight’s game came from home runs. Blasts from Jose Martinez, Reymond Fuentes, and a rehabbing Alex Gordon were all the Storm Chasers needed to top the River Cats. Gordon’s two-run homer in his third rehab at-bat in the fifth snapped a 1-1 tie between the teams. Martinez’s game-winning home run in the eighth inning also broke a tie, propelling Omaha past Sacramento.

Jake Dunning had a rough outing, lasting only four innings on the mound. He allowed three runs on eight hits and one walk with one strikeout. Most of Dunning’s trouble came in the fifth inning when Omaha led off with three consecutive hits, including Gordon’s two-run home run. Dunning was pulled with a runner on base and without having recorded an out.

Brett Bochy picked up where Dunning left off and got the River Cats out of the inning without any more damage. Bochy retired five consecutive batters and six of the seven he faced. Curtis Partch, who gave up the game-winning home run, picks up his third loss.

Game two of this four game set will bring Chris Stratton (3-4, 3.78) to the mound for the River Cats. Stratton took a no decision in his last start, tossing four innings and allowing three runs on four hits and four walks while striking out four. All three of his wins have come on the road, where he is 3-2 with a 3.19 ERA. He is 3-1 in his last four starts with a 4.76 ERA. The Storm Chasers will counter with Andy Ferguson (4-3, 3.54). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations


Sacramento River Cats Defeat Fresno Grizzlies 9-3; Blackburn Wins Fifth Straight

FRESNO, Calif. – It was all Sacramento River Cats in Sunday night’s 9-3 win, as they scored nine unanswered runs in the first seven innings. RBIs from six different players and another masterful performance from Clayton Blackburn highlighted the victory, avoiding a series sweep in the process.

The River Cats came out ready to battle the Grizzlies and avoid a series sweep. Darren Ford led off the game with his ninth home run to immediately put Sacramento on the board. He finished his night 3-for-5 with a single, a double, a home run, and two RBIs.

Ford, Ryan Lollis, and Juan Perez contributed Sacramento’s three home runs in tonight’s win. They were one homer short of tying their season-high of four home runs in a game. The 2015 record came from the River Cats’ 15-6 win over Salt Lake City where they blasted four home runs, two of which were from Perez.

Trevor Brown led off both the second and sixth innings with doubles, one of which was an RBI-double. Tonight’s game saw six doubles from five different players, which was just one shy of the River Cats’ season-high for doubles. Six players contributed to seven doubles in the April 19th game against Salt Lake.

One triple away from recording the second cycle in River Cats history, Lollis’ 3-RBI night was key for Sacramento. He finished his night 3-for-4 with a single, a double, and a home run. Tonight marked Lollis’ second 3-RBI game and his fifth multi-RBI game this season.
Blackburn had a rough first inning, walking two consecutive batters and loading the bases. He managed to pitch himself out of the jam, and proceeded to retire nine batters in a row, including four strikeouts. Blackburn finished his evening allowing just two hits while walking four and striking out five in 5.1 innings of shutout baseball. He was replaced by Steven Okert, who picked up where Blackburn left off, striking out two and retiring all five of the batters he faced during his 1.2 shutout innings.

Curtis Partch struggled during his outing, allowing all three of Fresno’s runs on five hits, but Mike Broadway’s two strikeouts in the ninth solidified the River Cats’ win. Blackburn picked up his eighth win and lowered his ERA to 3.30 in tonight’s victory.

After a scheduled day off Monday, the River Cats will resume their 14-day road trip in Tacoma. Sacramento leads the season series 7-4 and won their last four-game set 3-1, which was also held at Cheney Stadium. LHP Nik Turley (5-6, 4.86) will be on the mound for the River Cats. Turley has been inconsistent, allowing 5+ runs in 5 starts, but also allowing 2 or fewer runs 7 times. His last outing against Tacoma came at Raley Field on June 7th when he allowed 7 runs on 6 hits in just 2.0 innings. The Rainiers’ starting pitcher is to be announced. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall to Fresno Grizzlies; Noonan Makes Return to Giants Organization

August 8, 2015 – 10:50pm

Photos by Shawn Jonas

FRESNO, Calif. – Coming off of their first road shutout loss of the season, the Sacramento River Cat bats again struggled as they fell to the Fresno Grizzlies by the final of 12-2. Nick Noonan made his return to the San Francisco Giants organization in the loss, but a short evening from Tommy Hanson spoiled the homecoming.

The 28-year old Hanson did not have one of his better outings Saturday night, as he lasted just 2.1 innings while allowing 9 runs (7 earned) on 8 hits with 2 walks and just 1 strikeout. The start was the shortest of the season for Hanson, and is the fifth time in his 7 starts with Sacramento that he did not make it past the 4th inning.

Fresno tagged Hanson early, putting up 2 runs on 3 hits in the opening frame. The biggest blow of the evening came in the third, however, as the Grizzlies sent 13 men to the plate while scoring 7 runs on 6 hits and an error. Fresno launched 2 home runs and added a triple in the inning to force Hanson out of the game.

Noonan, an infielder who re-signed with the Giants organization this week, made his Sacramento River Cats debut on Saturday, entering the game in the fifth inning and finishing 0-for-2 at the dish. Noonan was originally drafted by the Giants in the first round of the 2007 amateur draft, and made his Major League debut with San Francisco on April 3, 2013.

The River Cats had very little offensive highlights to speak off, as they collected a total of 6 hits as a team. The first run of the day came in the fifth, as Ryan Lollis (1-for-3, RBI) drove in his 26th run of the season on a single to center. The next inning, catcher Trevor Brown (1-for-4, RBI) drove in the club’s only other run on a soft line drive single to left field.

Right-hander Mike Hauschild (6-3, 3.49) got the starting nod for Fresno, and held Sacramento in check over his 6 innings of work. Hauschild allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walking 1 and striking out 8. The start was Hauschild’s second against Sacramento in 2015 (July 12), both resulting in wins.

The Sacramento bullpen was taxed in Saturday’s loss. Five different relievers had to be used in the game, combining for a total of 5.2 innings. Curtis Partch looked especially sharp in his appearance, striking out the side in a perfect seventh inning.

Saturday was the 14th time in the 2015 campaign that the River Cats committed 3 errors. In those games, Sacramento holds a record of 2-12 while allowing opponents to score an average of over 8 runs per game.

Sacramento will look to avoid their fifth series sweep of the year tomorrow, when they send young right-hander Clayton Blackburn (7-3, 3.51) to the mound. Blackburn has won his last four starts, posting a 2.16 ERA while holding opposing hitters to a .286 batting average in that time. Opposing him for the Grizzlies will be RHP Brady Rodgers (9-5, 4.59). Rodgers started against the River Cats on June 25, and took the loss after allowing 4 runs over 5 innings. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. and can be heard on ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Curtis Partch Dominates Inb First Start For Sacramento; Parker Shines In River Cats 5-1 Victory Over Las Vegas 51s

 Photos by ShawnJonas

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif.Jarrett Parker shined under the lights Friday night in front a sold-out crowd at Raley Field as he powered the Sacramento River Cats past the Las Vegas 51s 5-1 to take the series finale and the series. Right-hander Curtis Partch dominated in his first start for Sacramento, striking out a season-high seven in four innings.

Parker showed off his easy power in the first inning, doubling to the deepest part of the yard in right-center. Mac Williamson and Trevor Brown both came around to score on the knock, putting the River Cats up 3-0. The double was his 12th of the season.

The 26-year-old unleashed again in the fourth, belting a solo home run, his 16th, to left to give the River Cats a 4-1 lead. Overall, Parker was 2-for-4 with a double, home run, and 3 RBI in the win.

Curtis Partch (1-2, 3.54) made a spot start for the River Cats after last weekend’s doubleheader pushed the rotation back a day. The start was his first since May 20, 2014 when he went three innings for the Triple-A Louisville Bats. The right-hander had made 36 relief appearances prior to tonight, maxing out at 2 2/3 innings on July 1 against Salt Lake.

The transition appeared effortless for Partch who recorded a new season-high seven strikeouts over four innings, also a season-high. He threw 52 pitches (35 for strikes), allowing just one run on two hits and a walk.

The River Cats used six different pitchers in the win, and although Partch’s start was certainly impressive, left-hander Josh Osich’s appearance may have edged his out for the best of the night. Osich entered the game in the top of the eighth in a bases-loaded, no-out situation and proceeded to strikeout out the side to get the River Cats out of the jam.

The left-hander mixed a 96-97 mph fastball with a devastating 90 mph slider and a disappearing changeup to keep Las Vegas off balance and flailing at the plate. He pitched a scoreless ninth inning, striking out one more, to close out the game and picked up the win, his first, for his dominating effort.

Sacramento finishes the month having gone 15-13, posting a winning record in a single month for the first time since April (12-9). They will head out on the road tomorrow for a four-game set with the Salt Lake Bees. August also marks the start of a stretch where the River Cats play 21 of their next 30 on the road.

Toeing the rubber tomorrow night will be left-hander Ty Blach (9-8, 4.00). Opposing him will the righty Alex Sanabia (1-10, 7.44). First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. PT and can be heard live on rivercats.com and on ESPN 1320.

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 Take One From Tacoma Rainiers 7-6

All photos by Shawn Jonas

TACOMA, Wash. – The Sacramento River Cats locked down a victory in the first series back from the All-Star Break with a 7-6 win over the Tacoma Rainiers Sunday afternoon. Despite a season-high four errors, Sacramento was successful due in large part to a red hot Adam Duvall and his recent home run tear.


Duvall continues to pile on home runs to his league-leading total, which has now reached 23. In his first at bat, Duvall launched one off Rainier’s starter James Gillheeney, bringing Lollis home with him for an early 2-0 lead. He added another in the fifth inning with a solo blast to tie the game after a big fourth inning from Tacoma. Duvall finished his day going 2-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI.


Sandwiched between Duvall’s homers, Kelby Tomlinson knocked one out in the third inning for his second Triple-A home run. Ryan Lollis’ sixth-inning RBI-single gave Sacramento their first run of the day that did not come via the long ball. A wild pitch allowed Carlos Triunfel to add another run for a two-run lead over Tacoma.

In the eighth inning, Darren Ford stole both second and third base after drawing a walk, setting the scene for Triunfel’s sacrifice fly to send him home. Ford now has a team-leading 21 stolen bases on the year. Tacoma cut the deficit to just one run in their half of the eighth, but Sacramento hung on for the win.

Errors plagued the River Cats once again with a season-high of four in today’s game. Two of the errors came from Triunfel in back-to-back plays. River Cats pitchers did well to pitch around the miscues, however, as only one unearned run ran across. The River Cats are now 8-20 overall in games where two or more errors are committed.

Clayton Blackburn (4-3, 4.25) was hit around a bit today, allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 11 hits while walking none and striking out 2 in 6 innings of work. Curtis Partch and Mike Broadway pitched in relief and fared better on the mound than Blackburn. They allowed just one run while striking out four. Blackburn still picked up a win, while Broadway recorded his eighth save of the season.

The River Cats return home to Raley Field to start a four-game set with the El Paso Chihuahuas tomorrow. Sacramento’s starting pitcher will be lefty Nik Turley (3-4, 5.56), while El Paso will send out Bryan Rodriguez (0-0, 0.00) for his first career Triple-A game. Turley took a no decision in his last start, giving up 3 runs (1 earned) in 6 innings at home against the Fresno Grizzlies. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall To Sky Sox 5-3 Split Series; Error Proves Costly

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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 Ninth Inning Rally Falls Short Lose To Memphis Redbirds 6-4

May 23, 2015 10:48 PM PT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A ninth-inning rally fell short for Sacramento in their 6-4 loss to the Memphis Redbirds on Saturday night. The River Cats outhit the Redbirds 12 to 7 on the night, three of which belonged to shortstop Ehire Adrianza, who also extended his hit streak to nine games.

Memphis jumped ahead early for the second night in a row, taking a 1-0 lead on shortstop Greg Gacria’s RBI-single. River Cats starter Austin Fleet settled in nicely after the first inning, retiring 10 in a row from the second into the fifth. Memphis however, finally got to the right-hander with three singles and a walk, scoring twice. Fleet was replaced by reliever Curtis Partch, who helped the Redbirds extend their lead by walking in a run before getting out of the inning. Memphis led 4-0 through four and a half innings.

The River Cats countered in their half of the inning, stringing together four two-out singles and scoring four runs of their own to even the score at four. Adam Duvall, Juan Perez, Jarrett Parker, and Trevor Brown all collected an RBI in the inning.

Ehire Adrianza also singled in the inning, his third of the night, before scoring on Perez’s base hit to deep shortstop. With the three hits, Adrianza extended his season-long hitting streak to nine games. Over his last nine games, Adrianza is hitting .474 (18-38) with 7 runs scored.

Memphis took the lead again for good in the seventh, scoring twice on a walk, two singles, and a River Cats error. With two on, Garcia singled to right fielder Juan Perez. Charging aggressively, Perez overran the ball, allowing a second run to score on the play. Sacramento made a late-game push, loading the bases in the bottom of the ninth, but were unable to come through with game-changing hit. Catcher Trevor Brown hit a hard groundball to second base to end the game.

Fleet took the loss for Sacramento. He threw 4.2 innings, allowing 4 runs (all earned) on 4 hits and 3 walks. He struck out 3. Keith Butler (2-2) picked up the win for Memphis, his second of the season, as Sam Tuivailala recorded his fifth save.

Tonight’s game also featured the first automatic strike three call the River Cats have seen since the implementation of pace of game regulations in Minor League baseball. With a runner on first, Carlos Triunfel was determined to have taken too long to get into the batter’s box and was penalized with an automatic strike by home plate umpire Spencer Flynn. The strike was the third of the at bat and Triunfel was called out.

The loss moves the River Cats under .500 for the first time since April 25, when they were 8-9, but the team is 5-1 in home day games and will look to add to that record in tomorrow’s contest. Sacramento will take the field behind their lefty Ty Blach (4-3, 3.83). Memphis will counter with their first right-hander of the series, Zach Petrick (2-3, 4.54). Tomorrow’s first pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.
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