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Sacramento River Cats Vs El Paso Chihuahuas; Duvall, Hicks, and Bochy Turn Sure Base Hit into Spectacular Out

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WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – What would have been an excellent backhanded play by Sacramento River Cats’ first baseman Adam Duvall turned instead into a contender for the play of the season for Sacramento. Duvall combined with second baseman Brandon Hicks and pitcher Brett Bochy to turn a sure base hit into what was likely the out of the year.

Bochy entered the game in the top of the 8th, taking over for River Cats’ starter Tommy Hanson. On Bochy’s fifth pitch of the night, El Paso’s Alex Dickerson smashed a hard groundball to Duvall’s right. The first baseman moved quickly to his backhand, looking to snag a tricky hop, only to watch as the ball ricocheted off his glove and high into the air.

The ball shot out into shallow right field where Hicks came sprinting across. The second baseman plucked the ball from the air and, on the run, spun and fired the ball toward first base.

His throw was a bullet, but placed perfectly. Bochy, who started the whole thing with his pitch, had moved to cover first on contact. Seeing the ball careen off Duvall’s mitt, the right-hander started to slow, but resumed his sprint as Hicks moved on the ball. Bochy caught the throw in stride, hitting the bag just a split-second before Dickerson came down on the base.

“They’ll be talking about that play for years,” said long time River Cats broadcaster Johnny Doskow. “That was one of the best plays I’ve ever seen,” he added. Doskow has been calling games professionally for almost 20 years, 15 with the River Cats. “I’ve seen a lot of really great plays, but that was definitely one of them.”

On the other side of the ball, third baseman Kevin Frandsen went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, an RBI, and a run scored. His three hits snapped a three-game skid, during which Frandsen had been hitless in 11 at bats.

His seventh inning double just missed leaving the ballpark, hitting high off the wall in deep left-center. The hit scored Mac Williamson all the way from first and gave the River Cats their first run of the night. Sacramento scored again in the inning as Hicks singled Frandsen home.

Hanson (0-3, 6.41) had his longest outing of the season, going 7 innings while taking his third loss with Sacramento. He gave up 5 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits and a walk while striking out 2. The one walk was a new best for Hanson since joining the River Cats. Bochy and Erik Cordier combined for two scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

The River Cats head to Albuquerque next to take on the Pacific Southern’s Isotopes. The River Cats are 4-4 against the ‘Topes this season, splitting one series at home and one on the road. RHP Clayton Blackburn (4-3, 3.97) will kick off the four-game stint for Sacramento while Rockies prospect Jon Gray (5-56, 4.57) goes for Albuquerque. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Nori Aoki Begins Rehab Assignment With River Cats

July 21, 2015 – 10:56am

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif.San Francisco Giants’ outfielder Nori Aoki is set to join the Sacramento River Cats today, Tuesday, July 21, for his Major League rehab assignment. Aoki is expected to be in the lineup tonight against the El Paso Chihuahuas at Raley Field.

Aoki was placed on the disabled list with a fractured right fibula by San Francisco on June 24 after being hit by a pitch on the foot a few days earlier. After successfully running the bases yesterday, Aoki was cleared by San Francisco’s training and medical staff to begin a rehab assignment.

Sacramento will be Aoki’s only stop during his assignment, and the left-handed hitter is expected to play five innings tonight and seven on Wednesday with a day off on Thursday. He could be activated by the Giants for the start of their homestand against the Oakland Athletics on Friday of this week.

The Giants signed Aoki this past offseason after facing him and his Kansas City Royals in the World Series. Prior to his injury, Aoki was San Francisco’s primary leadoff hitter. His .317 batting average and .383 on base percentage are both tied for the team lead, and his 12 stolen bases are seven more than any other Giants player.

First pitch for tonight’s game at Raley Field against the El Paso Chihuahuas is set for 7:05 p.m. with gates at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are still available for tonight’s game and the rest of the homestand. For more information, please call 916.371.HITS (4487) or visit rivercats.com.

Player Rehab Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Rough Day at The Office for Sacramento River Cats

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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

Aoki Makes River Cats Debut, Sacramento River Cats Fall to El Paso Chihuahuas 6-3

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WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif.Mac Williamson hit the Sacramento River Cats’ third inside-the-park home run and San Francisco outfielder Nori Aoki made his River Cats debut on a perfect night at Raley Field. Despite taking a lead in the middle innings, Sacramento was unable to hold on as they dropped game two 6-3 to the El Paso Chihuahuas.

Williamson put the River Cats ahead in the fourth on his second home run and first inside the parker. With Adam Duvall on first, the powerful right-hander crushed one to straight away center that hit high off the wall.

“I thought he was going to catch it, off the bat, just because I hit it too high,” Williamson said. “But I was running hard because I know the wind here can do funny things.”

The ball ricocheted away from El Paso’s center fielder as Williamson chased Duvall around the bases, but even as the 6’4″, 240 outfielder rounded second, he still didn’t think he was going to score. “I looked out and didn’t see him too far from the ball so I thought I’d stop at third. But Maz (Coach Mariano) was waving more emphatically as I came to third so I figured I had a chance.”

The throw came in high and Williamson slid in safe under the tag, giving the River Cats a 2-0 lead. Williamson joins fellow outfielders Jarrett Parker (4/26 vs. Tacoma) and Darren Ford (5/16 at Albuquerque) as the only River Cats players to hit an inside-the-park home run this season.

Also joining the River Cats tonight was San Francisco Giants outfielder Nori Aoki. The left-handed hitter played five innings in left field in the first of his rehab starts with Sacramento, playing in his first game since June 21. After being hit by a pitch on the ankle, Aoki was placed on the disabled list with a broken right fibula on June 26.

“It’s been a month since I played,” Aoki said through his translator after his five innings. “So it was good to gauge where my leg and ankle are at.” The outfielder was all smiles as he told reporters, “I felt good, it feels ready.”

The outfielder was 1-for-3 in his first start, with his hit an infield single to the hole on the right side.

The River Cats and Chihuahuas will resume things early tomorrow behind right-hander Chris Stratton (0-2, 2.42). Stratton is still looking for his first win, despite pitching eight innings in three of his last four starts and allowing just four runs in those three starts. For El Paso, it will be righty Chris Smith (1-5, 4.06). First pitch is set for 12:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Big Third Inning Gives Sacramento River Cats Just Enough in 5-4 Win

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif.Nik Turley tossed six no-hit innings, striking out a season-high tying eight batters as the Sacramento River Cats took game one of their series against the visiting El Paso Chihuahuas. The River Cats jumped out to a 5-0 lead, which proved to be just enough as they held on to beat the Chihuahuas 5-4.

Turley came out dealing, striking out a season-high tying eight batters in just three innings of work. The lefty had excellent command of his fastball tonight, painting the corners with 93 and keeping the Chihuahuas off balance with his changeup. He retired the first 16 batters he faced before issuing a one-out walk to El Paso’s Mike McCoy in the top of the sixth. Turley concluded his night throwing 6 no-hit innings with 2 walks and 8 strikeouts on 99 pitches (66 strikes).

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In his last four home starts, Turley has allowed just 5 runs (3 earned) in 24.1 innings, good for a 1.10 ERA. He has struck out 26 and walked 6 during that time while only allowing 13 hits. This marks the third shutout start for the lefty this season (10 starts). Overall, Turley is now 4-4 with a 4.89 ERA for the season.

The River Cats struck first with four runs in the bottom of the third. With the bases loaded, Kelby Tomlinson poked a seeing-eye single just past the reach of El Paso’s diving middle infielders, scoring two. Adam Duvall followed with a sacrifice fly and Jarrett Parker capped the inning with an RBI-single.

Sacramento picked up their fifth run in the fifth inning. With one out, Juan Perez hit a hard groundball just inside the first base bag that slowly rolled into shallow right field, allowing Perez to take second on the play. Chihuahuas’ manager Jamie Quirk came out to argue that the ball was fair, ultimately getting ejected by first base umpire Alex Ortiz. Two batters later Perez scored what proved to be the deciding run on Parker’s sacrifice fly.

The River Cats took their 5-0 lead into the eighth, but the Chihuahuas staged a late-game rally, scoring four times off Sacramento relievers Steven Okert and Erik Cordier. Two hits plus a River Cats error and wild pitch loaded the bases for El Paso before a sacrifice fly, RBI-single, and two-run double made it a 5-4 game. All four of El Paso’s runs in the inning were unearned.

Sacramento will send lefty Ty Blach (8-8, 4.23) to the mound for tomorrow night’s contest. The southpaw is currently second in the PCL in innings pitched, with 110.2, trailing only Nahville’s Barry Zito (116 IP). Opposite Blach will be El Paso’s left-hander Jason Lane (7-6, 5.28). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Late Walks Hand River Cats Another Extra Inning Loss; Blach Pitches Six Strong, Bullpen Gives up Late Lead

EL PASO, Texas – Extra innings were needed for the third consecutive game, and like Saturday the Sacramento River Cats were the ones on the losing end of things as they dropped a wild game to the El Paso Chihuahuas 7-6 in 12 innings. Left hander Ty Blach pitched another quality outing, but a rare bullpen lapse earned him a no decision and the team a loss.

Blach (5-6, 3.68) was perfect at the start, retiring the first ten batters he faced before allowing his first base hit in the fourth. He entered the game with the second best BB/9 ratio in the PCL, and made improvements to it as he didn’t walk a single batter for the seventh time in 13 starts. Blach finished the night allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and 4 strikeouts over 6 innings.

In the first three games of the series, the team which scored first went on to lose the game. The River Cats continued that trend as they took a 3-0 lead in the third on a 2-RBI single from Kevin Frandsen, followed by an RBI single from Travis Ishikawa. Frandsen finished the game 3-for-6 with 2 RBIs and a run scored.

The River Cats added two more runs in the fifth on a 2-RBI double by Juan Perez, and then another run in the eighth by Carlos Triunfel. El Paso stuck around all night, hitting home runs in both the seventh and ninth innings to make it a one run game. In the ninth, the Chihuahua tied the game on a throwing error by catcher Trevor Brown, sending the game to extras for the third straight game.

Both teams traded zeroes in the tenth, and then again in the eleventh. In the twelfth, Sacramento got their best chance to win as El Paso sent position player Mike McCoy to the mound, but were set down 1-2-3. Curtis Partch walked four batters in the bottom half, sending the River Cats home with another extra inning loss.

El Paso’s starting pitcher, James Needy (5-3, 7.16), was not as his best Sunday as he allowed 5 runs (all earned) on 8 hits and 3 walks over 5 innings of work. The River Cats bullpen used five pitchers to combine for 5.2 innings of relief work, allowing 3 runs on 9 hits and 5 walks. Jack Snodgrass and Cory Gearrin pitched an inning each and both earned holds.

The River Cats will now head home for a seven game home stand, beginning with three games against the Fresno Grizzlies. Matt Cain (0-0, No ERA) is scheduled to start for Sacramento on Monday, making his second rehab start and first with the River Cats. Cain is a three time NL All Star (’09, ’11, ’12), and threw the first perfect game in Giants history on June 13, 2012. Pitching for Fresno will be former River Cat Dan Strailey (4-5, 4.65). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Offense Comes to Life in Extra-Inning Win; Sacramento River Cats Collect 15 Hits As They Defeat El Paso Chihuahuas 6-4

EL PASO, Texas – The Sacramento River Cats won an extra-inning contest against the El Paso Chihuahuas Friday night, 6-4. Backed by dominant offensive performances, Sacramento secured their third win against the Chihuahuas this season and first in El Paso.

Sacramento collected 15 hits tonight, with contributions from eight different players. The River Cats had six doubles on the night, one away from tying their season high of seven, set on 4/19 vs. Las Vegas. Darren Ford had an exceptional game, going 3-for-6 with two singles, a double, and two RBIs. Hector Sanchez went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two walks, recording his third multi-hit game this season.

The Chihuahuas jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning after Brett Wallace hit a two-run single. After two scoreless innings, the River Cats tied the game in the fourth. Ronny Cedeno led off the inning with a double, and Darren Ford followed with a double of his own to drive home Cedeno. Ford rounded the bases off Ryan Lollis’ single to even the score.

The River Cats added two more runs in the fifth to grab their first lead of the night. Travis Ishikawa led the inning off with a double and came around to score on a Cedeno groundout. Perez followed suit, scoring on a single by Ford. The River Cats led off three different innings with a double in Friday night’s game.

El Paso cut the lead to one in their half of the fifth inning and tied it in the eighth on a Ramiro Pena sacrifice bunt. With the score locked 4-4, the River Cats struck for two in the 11th. Hector Sanchez’s sacrifice fly scored Kevin Frandsen from third and Cedeno drove in Adam Duvall to stretch the lead to two.

Chris Stratton pitched 5 strong innings in his second appearance with the River Cats, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks with 3 strikeouts. Overall, River Cats pitchers limited the Chihuahuas to six hits. Clay Rapada (1-2) pitched a perfect tenth to pick up his second win of the season. Erik Cordier closed the door in the 11th, recording his third save.

Game three of the series is set for tomorrow at 6:05 p.m. (PT). The River Cats will start Nik Turley (1-2, 10.50) and the Chihuahuas will send Jason Lane (4-4, 4.34) to the mound. Turley pitched just two innings in his last outing while playing the Rainiers. His last start prior to that was against Oklahoma City, where he pitched six innings and allowed just 1 run on 5 hits and 2 walks with 4 strikeouts.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Wild West Showdown Goes To El Paso; Teams Combine for 15 Runs, 26 Hits, and 4 Errors as El Paso Takes Opener 9-6

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EL PASO, Texas – The Sacramento River Cats dropped a wild one to the El Paso Chihuahuas Thursday night at Southwest University Park. The teams combined for 15 runs, 26 hits, and 4 errors in a back-and-forth affair that ultimately went El Paso’s way. Despite the loss, the River Cats offense continued to look good on the road, hitting .275 on the night and scoring six runs.

Both teams jumped out early, scoring a combined seven runs in the first two innings. After Adam Duvall walked in the top of the first inning, Travis Ishikawa crushed his second home run in his last three games. El Paso countered immediately with three runs in the bottom of the first on Tommy Medica’s bases-clearing double.

The River Cats scored again on a two-run home run, this time from Juan Ciriaco. They extended their lead to three with another two-run inning in the sixth, but El Paso came back to tie the game at six with a pair of RBI-singles from Ramiro Pena and Rocky Gale. The Chihuahuas jumped ahead 9-6 in a three-run seventh in which the River Cats committed two errors. El Paso’s 4-5-6 hitters combined to go 7-for-15 and drove in five of their team’s nine runs.

Jake Peavy (0-1, 8.10) threw 83 pitches in the start, the most of his rehab assignment. He tossed 4.1 innings and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits and 1 walk while striking out 8. He is expected to make at least one more rehab start. Braulio Lara made his first relief appearance for the River Cats and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk and recorded just two outs. Snodgrass (1-1, 1.59) took the loss, giving up 3 runs (1 earned) in 2 innings of work.

El Paso’s Robbie Erlin tossed 5 innings, allowing 6 runs (5 earned) on 8 hits. He walked 1 and struck out 6. Jerry Sullivan picked up the win and is now 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA. Marcos Mateo recorded his eighth save of the season.

With two more errors in the loss, the River Cats now have 66 on the season. When the River Cats play clean defense and do not commit an error, they are 16-7 so far in 2015. When they commit two or more errors, however, they are now 5-15.

Sacramento will look to build off their positive offensive display in tomorrow’s game two. RHP Chris Stratton (0-0, 1.42) will make his second Triple-A start and try to follow up on his strong debut last week in Oklahoma City (6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 1 K). Taking the mound for El Paso is their right-hander Zack Segovia (1-2, 5.31).

Tomorrow night’s game is set for 6:05 p.m. and the game will air live online at rivercats.com and on ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations.