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Rodriguez Goes Seven Strong In Sacramento River Cats Win

Shaw provides crucial two-run single in sixth inning of 4-2 victory

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (62-53) received seven innings of two-run ball from right-hander Dereck Rodriguez in a narrow 4-2 victory over the Memphis Redbirds (51-64).

Rodriguez struck out six and walked none in what was his longest outing in his six starts for the River Cats this season. It makes back-to-back impressive outings in a River Cats uniform for Rodriguez as he tossed six scoreless at Fresno two weeks ago.

With one out and the bases loaded in the sixth inning, first baseman Chris Shaw shot one down the right-field line and plated two to give Sacramento a 3-2 lead. Catcher Aramis Garcia would provide an insurance run in the eighth before lefty Travis Bergen saved his first game of the season.

For Thursday, it will be right-hander Enderson Franco (6-5, 6.22) making the start for Sacramento while Memphis is scheduled to send righty Jake Woodford (6-7, 4.20). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Pair Of Home Runs Doom As Sacramento River Cats Streak Ends At Five

Rodriguez tosses gem but bullpen surrenders lead

FRESNO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (56-48) fell 3-1 to the Fresno Grizzlies (53-51) in Thursday’s series finale but will head home having moved into first place by three games during their 11-game road trip.

Right-hander Dereck Rodriguez struck out seven in six shutout innings while allowing just two hits. But the bullpen immediately lost the lead as the Grizzlies launched a pair of seventh-inning solo home runs. They would go on to add an insurance run in the eighth and win by that margin.

The front half of the batting order set the table as the first four hitters reached base a combined seven times, but the club scored just one run. Outfielder Chris Shaw led the way drawing two walks, tripling in the sixth, and scoring on a Cristhian Adames single.

The River Cats return to Raley Field following their longest road trip of the season, and it will be left-hander Conner Menez (2-0, 3.82) getting the ball coming off his impressive major-league debut last Sunday. The visiting Tacoma Rainiers will send Nabil Crismatt (0-2, 8.59) to the mound. 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, on Money 105.5 FM (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Split Friday Night Doubleheader With Grizzlies

Dereck Rodriguez solid in return to River Cats, smacks three doubles at the plate

West Sacramento, Calif. — It was an up and down evening for the Sacramento River Cats (19-22), who earned a victory in the front end of the doubleheader behind Dereck Rodriguez, then dropped game two to the Fresno Grizzlies (22-19) in extras on a walk-off homer from Nationals top prospect Carter Kieboom

In game one, right-hander Dereck Rodriguez made his first start for the River Cats since being optioned by the San Francisco Giants on May 11. Rodriguez made nine starts with Sacramento in 2018, going 4-1 with a 3.40 ERA in 50.1 innings. On Friday he picked up a win while tossing six innings of two-run ball, striking out four batters. He was even better at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three doubles, three runs scored, and an RBI.

Game two was shaping up to be a pitcher’s duel until the River Cats broke out for five runs in the fourth inning. Outfielder Mike Yastrzemski and third baseman Austin Slater launched home runs in the inning, giving Sacramento a 5-1 lead. The Grizzlies would claw back, however, to force extras. In the second extra frame, Slater doubled in two to put Sacramento up 8-6 but infielder Carter Kieboom blasted a three-run walk-off home run in the bottom half to split the doubleheader.  

Right-hander Enderson Franco (1-1, 7.76) will take the ball for the River Cats on Saturday in game three of five, while the Grizzlies will counter with righty Scott Copeland (2-1, 6.27). 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, or on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Comeback Falls Short As Sacramento River Cats Lose Fourth Straight

Rodriguez strikes out seven but takes first loss of the year

 WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — The Sacramento River Cats (22-25) put together a rally in the eighth inning, cutting the deficit to just one, but left the bases loaded as the Las Vegas 51s (20-27) prevailed 4-3 to hand the home team its fourth straight loss.

The attempted comeback got started with a leadoff double from Hector Sanchez, followed by two consecutive singles from Orlando Calixte and pinch-hitting Kyle Jensen. But back-to-back strikeouts and a groundout ended Sacramento’s late-inning threat before going down in order in the bottom of the ninth.

Right-handed starter Dereck Rodriguez was impressive again, striking out seven in six innings of work. He’ll regret the two home runs allowed, including a two-run shot to rehabbing catcher Kevin Plawecki in the third.

For Rodriguez, it was the sixth consecutive start in which he’s recorded at least six strikeouts, and sixth outing of the season in which he’s issued one or fewer walks.

These two clubs will wrap up their four-game series Thursday night and then not meet again until August 24. Right-handers Casey Kelly (4-4, 7.27) and Drew Gagnon (0-2, 7.14) will look to improve on rough starts to their 2018 seasons. Catch all of the action live online atrivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.5 FM.

Sacramento River Cats Fall To Tacoma Rainiers In Road Trip Finale

Jones doubles twice in 4-1 loss

TACOMA, WA — The Sacramento River Cats (7-11) were held to just one run on eight hits thanks to an impressive outing from Tacoma Rainiers (10-8) starter Rob Whalen. The 24-year old right-hander struck out nine River Cats in 6.2 innings as the Rainiers defeated the River cats 4-1.

The Rainiers picked up two early runs in the first inning on a two-out, two-run single off the bat of catcher Mike Marjama. Three of the six hits surrendered by River Cats starter Tyler Herb came in that first frame. In the four innings following, Herb struck out four and allowed just four baserunners.

Whalen was knocked out of the game in the seventh when the River Cats strung together four hits, highlighted by Chase d’Arnaud’s run-scoring single which plated third baseman Ryder Jones with two outs. Sacramento threatened again in the ninth, but Rainiers closer Erik Goeddel escaped when right fielder Cameron Perkins tracked down a fly ball in the gap.

After their first scheduled day off of the season, the River Cats will begin a five-game series back at Raley Field against the Reno Aces. Game one starter Dereck Rodriguez (0-0, 4.97) will face six-year major-league veteran Kris Medlen (0-2, 4.73). First pitch Wednesday evening will be at 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