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Sacramento Beats Las Vegas 51’s 4-2; San Francisco Giants Trade River Cats Adam Duvall to Reds for Mike Leake

All Photos by Shawn Jonas

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif.-Early scoring for the River Cats, led by Sacramento’s Kevin Frandsen, proved enough to outlast the Las Vegas 51s in a 4-2 victory Thursday night at Raley Field. Nik Turley was excellent for Sacramento on the mound, tossing seven innings and striking out eight to match his season-high.

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The River Cats kicked things off early, scoring in the bottom of the first inning on Adam Duvall’s run-scoring single. Juan Perez singled with two outs and stole second before scoring on Duvall’s liner to left. The RBI was Duvall’s 80th this season.

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Sacramento kept adding on, scoring three more times in the bottom of the second inning. Trevor Brown and Brandon Hicks hit back-to-back singles before Everth Cabrera was hit by a pitch to load the bases. With two outs in the inning, Frandsen smoked a high drive to deep right-center. The ball short-hopped the wall as Frandsen cruised into second standing. The double cleared the bases and put the River Cats up 4-0. The double was Frandsen’s 13th of the season and gave him RBIs 29, 30, and 31 on the season.

Nik Turley (5-5, 4.90) put on another strong performance as he went seven innings, scattering just three hits and giving up one run with one walk. The southpaw also struck out eight in the outing, tying his season-high. This is the third time Turley has struck out eight in a game and the first time he has pitched seven innings this season.

Erik Cordier recorded the save, his ninth of the season. He threw 1 1/3 perfect innings while striking out two.

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Late in the game, news broke that the San Francisco Giants had acquired right-handed pitcher Mike Leake from the Cincinnati Reds. Shortly after, infielder Adam Duvall was pulled from the game for the River Cats. It was confirmed after the game had concluded that Duvall was included in a trade to the Reds to bring Leake to San Francisco.

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Duvall posted excellent numbers for the River Cats in 2015, hitting .279 with 26 homers (2nd in the PCL) and 80 RBI in 100 games. He had a hot July, hitting .346 with 10 home runs and 30 RBIs coming into tonight’s game. He also started at first base for the PCL All-Star team earlier this month.

Sacramento looks to take the series tomorrow behind right-hander Curtis Partch. He will make his first start for the River Cats this season. Partch has made 36 appearances in relief and has posted a 1-2 record with a 3.65 ERA. Las Vegas will send right-hander Logan Verrett (3-1, 2.93) to the mound. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

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

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

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

Sacramento River Cats Trap Fresno Grizzlies Win Finale Series 4-1

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WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats sent the right-hander Chris Stratton (0-0, 2.08) to the mound Friday night for their series finale with the rival Fresno Grizzlies. The start was just Stratton’s third since being called up to Triple-A and his first at Raley Field. He held the hot-hitting Grizzlies to one run on two hits in six innings as the River Cats took the finale from Fresno 4-1.

Since being called up from the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels, Stratton has looked excellent for the River Cats. In three starts, he has thrown 17.1 innings and allowed just 5 runs (4 earned). His Friday night start against the Grizzlies may have been his best yet, as he tossed 6 outstanding innings, allowing just 1 run on 2 hits and 3 walks while striking out 4. Stratton kept the ball down all night, recording 10 ground ball outs on the night.

Stratton’s lone blemish came in the second inning, when he opened the frame with back-to-back walks. Fresno scratched across their only run of the night with a groundball out to advance the runners and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Robbie Grossman.

The River Cats scored four times on the night while knocking out 10 hits and drawing six walks. Sacramento tied the game in the third on Darren Ford’s fifth home run of the season, a solo shot to right field. They took the lead when Travis Ishikawa lined a single to right, scoring Brett Jackson from second. With the hit, Ishikawa extended his hit streak to nine games, his longest of the season. He has also recorded an RBI in four of his last five games and now has 18 on the season.

Sacramento took control of the game in the bottom of the eighth, adding on two more runs to extend their lead to three thanks to an RBI-single from Ehire Adrianzab.

Stratton was followed by Jean Machi and Erik Cordier out of the River Cats bullpen. Machi, making his second rehab appearance, picked up his first win with two scoreless innings. Cordier brought the heat in the ninth, hitting 96-97 mph consistently and going as high as 98 mph. The save was his fourth.

The River Cats welcome the Reno Aces to Raley Field tomorrow night for a four game series. LHP Nik Turley (2-3, 10.47) will get the nod for Sacramento while the right-hander Caleb Clay (4-5, 4.17) gets the start for Reno. The teams split four games in Reno earlier this season. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

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

Clayton Blackburn Fans Season High Nine in Loss; Sacramento River Cats Seventh Inning Rally Comes Up Short, Sacramento Drops Finale 6-3

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.Clayton Blackburn was solid for the River Cats Tuesday night, fanning a new season high nine hitters in his third quality start of the season. A seventh-inning rally for Sacramento tied the game at three, but the River Cats couldn’t hold on as they fell 6-3 to the Tacoma Rainiers.

Blackburn started his night by retiring nine of the first 10 batters he faced. He endured one big inning in which he allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, but settled right back into a grove immediately after. Blackburn finished his night pitching 6 innings, allowing 3 earned runs on 8 hits, walking 2 and striking out a season high 9. He threw 109 pitches on the night, 68 of them for strikes.

His 9 strikeouts are the most by any River Cat pitcher this season, passing lefty Braulio Lara. Lara struck out 8 against the Las Vegas 51s at Raley Field on April 15.

Trailing 3-1 in the seventh, the River Cats pulled even with the Rainiers. Carlos Triunfel followed Juan Ciriaco’s leadoff single with an RBI triple to cut the deficit to one. Triunfel scored to tie the game two batters later when Kevin Frandsen grounded into a double play. Triunfel reached base three times on the night, going 3-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and a run.

The Rainiers countered immediately, retaking the lead with two runs in the eighth on an RBI-single from Leon Landry and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Patrick Kivlehan. Kivlehan was 1-for-3 on the night and was responsible for knocking in two of Tacoma’s runs. They added one more in the ninth on a Michael Broadway wild pitch.

Tacoma’s Forrest Snow was also strong on the mound, not allowing a base hit until the third inning. He pitched 5 innings, allowing just 1 earned run on 5 hits while walking 1 and striking out 4. The win went to Danny Farquhar (1-0, 6.75), his first of the season, and Mayckol Guaipe recorded his fourth save. Sacramento’s Erik Cordier (0-1, 2.70) took the loss.

The loss drops Sacramento into a tie with Tacoma for second place in the Northern Division. The Fresno Grizzlies still sit atop the division and possess a 6.5 game lead over both the River Cats and Rainiers.

Following tomorrow’s league-wide off day, the River Cats will head to El Paso for a four-game road trip. The trip will be Sacramento’s second to Southwest University Park this season and they’ll look to exact some revenge for the four-game sweep they suffered at the hands of the Chihuahuas in April. The River Cats will open with right-hander Jake Peavy (0-1, 8.00) on Thursday. Opposing him will be the Chihuahuas’ lefty Robbie Erlin (5-4, 5.49). First pitch Thursday is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. (PT).

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