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Sacramento River Cats Fall To Omaha Storm Chasers 6-0

OMAHA, NE. – The Sacramento River Cats were unable to resume their winning ways Monday night in Omaha, falling 6-0 to the host Storm Chasers. Former first round pick Chris Stratton was roughed up early, and the lack of offensive support from the Sacramento bats pushed the River Cats back to a .500 record.

Tupelo, Mississippi’s own Stratton (3-5, 4.19) did not look his best Monday night, lasting just 5 innings. He allowed 6 runs on 9 hits during that time, walking 4 and striking out 4 in the process. The start ties the most runs Stratton has allowed in an outing this year (allowed 6 on July 22 vs. El Paso).

Omaha got on the board early, plating two runs with two-outs in the second to take an early lead. They would strike again in the next frame, as the first six batters in the inning all reached base, with three scoring on a home run from Cheslor Cuthbert and then another run off a Stratton wild pitch.

Sacramento was unable to manufacture many offensive chances in the game. Their only opportunities came in the first when Everth Cabrera made it to third with two outs. Again in the seventh, the River Cats got Joaquin Arias to third with two outs, but in both cases they would strand the runner in scoring position. The River Cats finished the night 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Right-hander Andy Ferguson (5-3, 3.16) looked very strong in his start for the Storm Chasers, as he worked 6.2 innings. Ferguson allowed just 3 hits in his shutout performance, surrendering no walks and striking out 2. Tuesday was the fifth time, and just the second time on the road, that the River Cats were shutout this year.

The loss pushes the River Cats back to .500 (65-65) on the season. Sacramento is currently on a stretch in which they have finished the last 12 season with a winning record. In order to secure a winning record this year, the River Cats must win seven of their final 13 games. In the history of the Pacific Coast League, no team has ever recorded 13 consecutive winning seasons.

There was one bright spot for the River Cats on Tuesday, as pitcher Ty Blach was named PCL Pitcher of the Week for the week of August 17-13. Blach made two starts in that time, leading the league in innings pitched (17), ERA (0.53), opponents’ batting average (.107), and WHIP (0.53).

Sacramento will look to get back on the winning side tomorrow night in game three of this four game set. It will be the right-hander Tommy Hanson (2-5, 6.43), coming off of back-to-back wins, for the River Cats. Opposing him will be righty Clayton Mortensen (7-9, 5.40) toeing the rubber for the Storm Chasers. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT) and can be heard live on rivercats.com, or after the conclusion of The Rise Guys on ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Vs Tacoma Rainiers; Williamson Powers River Cats to Fourth Straight Victory

TACOMA, Wash. – The Sacramento River Cats secured a series win against the Tacoma Rainiers, winning their third game of the four-game set 5-3 Thursday night. Mac Williamson’s three-RBI night and a strong start by Chris Stratton contributed to the victory.

After three scoreless innings, the top of the order hit three consecutive singles to lead off the fourth inning. During Darren Ford’s run to first base, he had a violent collision with Tacoma’s second baseman Shawn O’Malley. After both players were checked out by their respective trainers, the game continued on, although both were clearly shaken up.

Ford and Everth Cabrera’s singles set the stage for Joaquin Arias’ first hit as a River Cat to send Ford home with Sacramento’s first run of the night. Later in the inning, Mac Williamson hit his first double of the night to drive in two more runs for an early 3-0 River Cats lead.

After leading off the sixth inning with a walk, Jarrett Parker came around to score on Williamson’s second double of the game to add on to the River Cats’ growing lead. Williamson finished his evening going 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI.

Thursday night was Joaquin Arias’ first game with the River Cats since being designated for assignment on July 27th and joining the team on August 11th. He went 2-for-4 with a single, a double, and an RBI. Arias was signed as a Free Agent with the San Francisco Giants on December 15, 2011. In his time in San Francisco, he was a part of World Series teams in 2012 and 2014.

Stratton pitched well tonight, despite a few hiccups. He tossed 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on five hits while walking three and striking out four. After hitting two batters in the sixth inning and allowing an RBI, Stratton was replaced by Cory Gearrin. Gearrin inherited two baserunners from Stratton, both of whom scored on his watch. With tonight’s win, Stratton has won 3 of 4 last starts and is now 3-4 overall. Mike Broadway recorded his 11th save in as many opportunities.

Ryan Lollis was recalled by the San Francisco Giants today, after Nori Aoki was placed on the 7-day concussion list. This is the second time this season Lollis has been called up. His first run with the Giants came on July 3, where he went 0-for-5. With Sacramento this season, Lollis is hitting .333 with four home runs and 29 RBI.

Tomorrow’s series finale will send Tommy Hanson (0-5, 8.90) to the mound for the River Cats. Hanson is coming off a rough outing, going just 2.1 innings while allowing 9 runs (7 earned) in a loss against Fresno. In five of his first seven starts, Hanson has failed to make it past the fourth inning. Hanson is averaging 89 pitches, and under 4.1 innings per start. The Rainiers will counter with Adrian Sampson (1-1, 4.50). The River Cats will look to tie their season-high win streak of five games while sweeping Tacoma in the process. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Middle-Inning Rally For River Cats Not Enough Lose 7-4 To Grizzlies

FRESNO, Calif. – Looking to even up the? series with the Fresno Grizzlies, the Sacramento River Cats battled but came out on the wrong end of a 7-4 summer’s evening contest. Sacramento made things interesting with a rally in the middle innings, but the surge wasn’t enough to give Ty Blach the run support necessary to earn his 10th win of the year.

Left-hander Blach (9-10, 4.51) did not look sharp out of the gates, as Fresno tagged him for three runs in the opening frame. He would settle down afterwards to give his offense a chance, but a 2-run homer from Matt Duffy in the sixth was too much to overcome. Blach finished the night allowing 6 runs on 9 hits, walking 1 and striking out 3 over 5 innings of work.

Trailing 4-1 entering the fourth inning, the River Cats had a chance to rest and regroup following a delay due to home plate umpire Spencer Flynn needing medical attention after taking a foul ball taken off the mask earlier in the game. Once play resumed, back-to-back singles set up an RBI single for Skyler Stromsmoe, cutting the deficit in half. Stromsmoe finished the night 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

In the fifth, Sacramento threatened with a two-out rally. After a walk from Jarrett Parker, Ben Turner singled to right field to drive him in. Two batters later, Darren Ford line a ball into the gap in left-center field driving in Turner and trying the game. Tuner finished the game 3-for-4 with an RBI and 2 runs scored, and is now batting .386 (10-for-26) on the road in Triple-A this season. The game did not stay tied long as Duffy hit a 2-run homer with nobody out in the bottom half.

The top of the order cooled off for Sacramento Thursday night. The first five spots in the order (Everth Cabrera, Ryan Lollis, Kevin Frandsen, Mac Williamson, and Parker) combined to go 0-for-21.

Grizzlies’ starting pitcher Mark Appel (1-2, 4.62) took a no decision after lasting just 4.2 innings. The 2013 first overall pick of the Houston Astros allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits, walking 3 and striking out 4. The win went to RHP Jordan Jankowski (6-3, 3.91) after throwing 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.

The River Cats bullpen put in another strong night, as they combined for 3 solid innings of work. Steven Okert pitched a perfect sixth inning, striking out 2 in the process. Cody Hall put in 2 innings of work, allowing 1 run on 2 hits, walking 1 and striking out 3.

Fresno did not look like their usual selves Thursday, as for one night only they changed their names to the Fresno Tacos. With around 50 Taco Trucks at Chukchansi Stadium, Fresno donned white and green uniforms with a bright orange taco logo on the cap.

Things will get back to normal on Friday as the River Cats once again take on the Grizzlies for game three of this four game set. For Sacramento, it will be right-hander Chris Stratton (2-3, 3.56). Stratton is coming off back-to-back wins in his last two starts. For Fresno, LHP Brett Oberholtzer (4-3, 4.89) will take the mound. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. and can be heard live on rivercats.com and ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Blackburn Tosses Seven Shutout Innings, Slugs First Home Run; Leads River Cats To 4-2 Win Over The Las Vegas 51s

Photos by Shawn Jonas

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento’s starter Clayton Blackburn led the River Cats in their 4-2 win over the visiting Las Vegas 51s Wednesday night at Raley Field. The right-hander tossed seven shutout innings and added to the offensive with a solo home run.

In his 13th start this season, Blackburn (6-3, 3.50) stifled the 51s, scattering five hits across seven innings. He walked just one and struck out five while throwing 63 of his 94 pitches for strikes.

“I felt good tonight. I was throwing a good sinker to both sides of the plate and my curveball was pretty sharp for me tonight,” Blackburn said. “My last couple bullpens I’ve been working on my direction and on finishing my pitches, and I think it’s really started to show these last few games.”

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Blackburn has won his last three starts, posting a 1.80 ERA over 20 innings and striking out 10. He has now gone seven innings in back-to-back starts.

The right-hander also contributed with his bat, slugging the first home run of his professional career.

“He threw a fastball down and over the plate, which is about the only place I can hit one out of the ballpark. The stars aligned, you know, and that was, I think, as hard as I can hit a ball.”

The solo shot was crushed to straight away center and gave the River Cats a 2-0 lead in the third. To Blackburn’s memory, it was his first since his “senior year of high school.”

The home run continued a recent trend for River Cats starters, who have been hitting the ball all over the field as of late. In their last four games, Sacramento’s starters are hitting a combined .556 (5-for-9) with a home run, five RBI, and a sacrifice.

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The rest of the offense came through for Sacramento tonight, as well, scoring four times on 10 hits. Adam Duvall put the River Cats up 1-0 in the second with a home run – his 26th of the season – to left field. Ryan Lollis was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Everth Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Mike Broadway closed things out, making it look easy as he struck out the side in the top of the ninth to record his ninth save of the season. The hard-throwing right-hander touched 98 mph with his fastball and put away the 51s with a tight 87 mph slider. Broadway is now a perfect 9/9 in save opportunities with an 0.95 ERA for Sacramento this season.

With the series evened at one, the River Cats will look to take the lead with a win tomorrow behind their left-hander Nik Turley (4-5, 5.37). The southpaw is coming off a rough start, but recently turned in a six-inning no-hit performance at home against the Fresno Grizzlies. Opposite him will be Las Vegas’ RHP Luis Cessa (7-1, 5.05). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. and the game can be heard online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall to Albuquerque Isotopes 9-6

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Sacramento River Cats came out swinging in game two with the Albuquerque Isotopes Saturday night at Isotopes Park. Sacramento jumped ahead early, scoring five times in the first two innings, but couldn’t make the lead stick as Albuquerque took advantage of three River Cats’ errors to take the contest 9-6.

Sacramento started the scoring right away, going up 1-0 in the top of the first. With Everth Cabrera on third, Adam Duvall drove a deep fly ball to center, bringing Cabrera home on the sacrifice. The RBI was Duvall’s 71st of the season and fourth of the series. With 71 RBIs, Duvall now moves into a tie for second most in the PCL.

The River Cats continued to add to their early runs, scoring four times in the second. Two of the runs came on a mammoth home run to right field off the bat of Jarrett Parker. The homer was his 15th of the year and gives him 47 RBIs. Sacramento continued to pile on, adding two more runs when starting pitcher Nik Turley lined a single into right-center. The base hit brought home Kevin Frandsen and Brandon Hicks to put the River Cats up 4-3 after two.

Turley couldn’t keep the Isotopes from mounting a comeback, though, as the left-hander surrendered nine runs (five earned) on 11 hits in just four innings of work. The 11 hits are the most the southpaw has allowed in a start this season, and the most since his first start when he allowed eight at home against the Las Vegas 51s.

He didn’t get much support from his defense, as the River Cats committed three errors for the 12th time this season. Those three errors turned into four unearned runs for the Isotopes, who would eventually win the game by three.

Albuquerque’s Tim Smalling was 2-for-4 for the Isotopes, with his fifth home run of the season. Of those five homers, three of them have come against Sacramento pitchers.

San Francisco Giants outfielder Nori Aoki had the best game of his rehab assignment with Sacramento, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk and a run. One of his hits was a solid single to center field and the other was a slow roller to first that the speedy outfielder beat out for a base hit.

Sacramento will get at it again tomorrow night as they send left-hander Ty Blach (8-8, 4.17) to the bump. Blach’s eight wins are second most in the PCL and his 1.39 BB/IP ratio is the best in the PCL. Opposing him will be the veteran left-hander John Lannan (6-4, 4.70). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT) and the game will air live online at rivercats.com and on air on ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations