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Late Aces Rally Dooms Sacramento River Cats In Series Opener

Avelino, Davis homer for Sacramento in tough 6-5 loss

RENO, Nev. — The Sacramento River Cats (64-58) dropped game one of a crucial four-game set with the division rival Reno Aces (58-64) by a final score of 6-5. The River Cats now lead the Pacific Northern division by six games over the Aces and by nine over the Fresno Grizzlies with 18 games remaining.

Reno jumped out to a 4-1 lead after taking advantage of two Sacramento errors in the second inning, but the River Cats would crawl back. Shortstop Mauricio Dubon’s two-run single in the third cut their deficit down to one, and outfielder Joe McCarthy’s RBI single tied the game an inning later. Then, second baseman Abiatal Avelino crushed a solo shot in the sixth to put his club ahead by one on what was their fourth unanswered run. 

But in the bottom of the seventh, left-hander Sam Selman was one out from escaping a jam when Aces outfielder Jamie Westbrook doubled home a pair of runs. Sacramento’s offense was shut down in the final three frames as the Reno staff retired ten in a row to close out the ballgame.

It will be left-hander Conner Menez (2-0, 4.06) on the bump for Sacramento looking to even the series while Reno will send righty RHP Taylor Clarke (3-1, 6.63) to the mound. 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

Sacramento River Cats Explode In Extras To Down Grizzlies

Pena, Rickard both homer in four-run 10th inning

Fresno, CA. — The Sacramento River Cats (55-47) hang on in an extra-inning thriller against Fresno Grizzlies (52-50), winning 8-6 after exploding for four runs in the 10th inning.    

Sacramento got off to a hot start Tuesday, plating four runs in the first three innings. Mike Gerber blasted a first inning two-run homer, his 21st, just inside the left field foul pole, and the River Cats got a run in both the second and third innings on a fielder’s choice and RBI-groundout, respectively. The River Cats led 4-2 after three, but the offense was held in check over the next six frames. 

While Fresno was able to claw back to tie the game with two outs in the ninth, Sacramento came right back in the 10th, exploding for four runs on five hits to take an 8-4 lead. Henry Ramos plated the first run with an RBI-double, Francisco Pena came on as pinch hitter to smash a solo home run, and then Joey Rickard capped off the inning with a two-run jack two batters later.

The bottom of the 10th was not without drama of its own, however. The Grizzlies struck for two runs against lefty Steven Okert before Ray Black came on to slam the door, earning his first save of the season and pushing the River Cats’ division lead to three games. 

The River Cats will be back at it against the Grizzlies tomorrow night, looking for their fifth straight road win. Right-hander Yoanys Quiala (5-5, 6.52) takes the ball for Sacramento on Wednesday night, while Fresno will go with lefty Ben Braymer (0-2, 9.43). 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

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 Extend Winning Streak To Season-High Five

Adames homers, reaches base four times in 9-1 win

FRESNO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (56-47) cruised to a 9-1 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies (52-51) on Wednesday night thanks to six late-inning runs.

The club won their season-high fifth straight game to extend their Pacific Northern Division lead to four games – the largest margin it has been all year. Third baseman Cristhian Adames reached base four times and was retired for the first time in the ballgame during the ninth inning. He launched his fourth home run of the season while also adding a double, a single, and a walk to raise his batting average to .316.

Right-hander Yoanys Quiala tossed five one-hit innings and a trio of left-handers came out of the bullpen to pitch four scoreless frames as the Sacramento pitching staff combined to allow a season-low two hits. 

Right-hander Dereck Rodriguez (2-0, 5.40) is set to make the start Thursday night as the River Cats go for their second series sweep of this road trip. The Grizzlies will counter with fellow righty Wil Crowe (0-0, 3.38). 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 Defeat Salt Lake Bees 8-5

Peña, Michael and Gerber all go yard in 8-5 victory

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The Sacramento River Cats (51-46) leaned on a trio of home runs and some new faces out of the bullpen to defeat the Salt Lake Bees (41-56) 8-5 and secure a series victory in Salt Lake City.

River Cats starter Yoanys Quiala turned in a solid performance Wednesday night to pick up his team leading fifth win of the season. The right-hander tossed six innings and allowed four earned runs on eight hits while fanning seven batters. Lefty Travis Bergen, who rejoined the club today on a Major League rehab assignment, and recently added right-hander Sam Wolff worked final three innings, scattering four hits and allowing just an unearned run while striking out four batters. Wolff picked up his first Triple-A save in his River Cats debut. 

Three homers did much of the heavy lifting for the River Cats’ offense on Wednesday night. The first came in the second inning when Francisco Peña smacked his eighth homer of the year. Then in the seventh, with the game knotted up at four, the River Cats struck again with a solo blast from Levi Michael and a two-run jack from Mike Gerber. The 8-5 win, combined with a loss from the Fresno Grizzlies, gives the River Cats a three game advantage in the Pacific Northern division.

Sacramento will try to win four of five as the take on Salt Lake tomorrow night in the series finale. Right-hander Brandon Beachy (0-0, No ERA) will make his first career start for the River Cats as he continues his journey back to the big leagues. Salt Lake will give lefty Patrick Sandoval (3-4, 7.71) the nod. First pitch is set for 6:05 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

Sacrmaneto River Cats’ Comeback Comes Up Short Against Grizzlies

River Cats settle for series split, head to Salt Lake for five games in four nights

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (48-45) forged a comeback attempt in the ninth, driving home two runs to cut the deficit to one, but fell just shy of a series win with a 5-4 loss to the Fresno Grizzlies (48-46). 

Ty Blach pitched excellent for the River Cats, going 7.1 innings and allowing just two earned runs in what was his longest outing since May 5 of last season. Unfortunately the Grizzlies struck for three runs in the top half of the ninth off left-hander Fernando Abad, and though the River Cats would collect three hits in their half of the inning, a strikeout of Aramis Garcia would end the game with the tying run on second base.

Sacramento received impressive performances from center fielder Steven Duggar, who reached base four times, and infielder Cristhian Adames, who doubled twice and drove in his first run as a member of the River Cats.

The River Cats will embark on an 11-game road trip, featuring a doubleheader on Tuesday in Salt Lake. But before the twinbill, it will be right-hander Casey Meisner making his Triple-A debut for Sacramento. He will be squaring off with fellow righty Adrian De Horta (0-2, 8.01). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Menez Strong Again As Sacrmaneto River Cats Squeak By Grizzlies

Left-hander walks none and strikes out seven in 3-2 win

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (48-44) surrendered a run in the ninth but held on for a 3-2 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies (47-46).

Left-handed starter Conner Menez was chased in the sixth, but not until striking out seven in 5.2 strong innings. The Hollister, Calif. native walked none and allowed just one run, giving him just a single earned run over his last 11.2 innings.

A pair of Zach Green run-scoring singles and a Chris Shaw solo shot provided the offense on Saturday night, with Shaw’s 445-foot bomb serving as his 10th with the River Cats this season.

The River Cats will turn to veteran left-hander Ty Blach (3-4, 6.24) while the Grizzlies are set to debut highly-ranked prospect Wil Crowe for his first Triple-A start. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Stumble As Series Evens With Grizzlies

Ramos, Michael homer in 11-6 loss to division rival

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (47-44) fell 11-6 on Friday night to the Fresno Grizzlies (47-45) as their division rival crept to just a half game back in the Pacific Northern division standings.

The Grizzlies got to starting pitcher Yoanys Quiala early, plating 10 runs in the first five innings to put the ballgame well out of reach. Though the River Cats made things interesting in the seventh as two runs came home with a pair of bases loaded walk, back-to-back strikeouts left the bases juiced and ended the threat.

Outfielder Henry Ramos and second baseman Levi Michael each homered and drew a walk to lead the Sacramento offense, while the bullpen was solid with just one unearned run to their name. 

Lefty Conner Menez (1-0, 4.25) will get the ball as the River Cats look to avoid falling a half game back of the Grizzlies, who will counter with their own left-handed prospect in Ben Braymer (0-1, 8.79). First pitch is set for 7:07 p.m. (PT). Watch the game live on the CW-31 (KMAX). Or listen live to all of the action online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Open Second Half With Win Over Grizzlies

Three-run seventh gives Sacramento needed cushion to secure victory

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats extended their Pacific Northern division lead to one and a half games with an 8-5 win over the Fresno Grizzlies on Thursday night.

Sacramento plated a trio of runs in a crucial seventh-inning rally, as they would prove to be the winning runs in the ballgame. Left fielder Joey Rickard doubled home fellow outfielder Steven Duggar, and later it was first baseman Chris Shaw squeezing one through the defense to score two.

Duggar would reach base four times on the night, including an RBI double to pad the lead in the eighth. He has five extra-base hits in eight games since rehabbing, and later being optioned by the Giants.

Right-hander Yoanys Quiala (4-4, 5.64) will be on the hill for his 14th start of the season, while the Grizzlies will counter with veteran righty Logan Ondrusek (3-3, 9.09). 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.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Take Series Despite Dropping Finale

River Cats remain in first place despite 7-1 loss to Storm Chasers

West Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (35-31) had their four-game win streak snapped Friday night, falling 7-1 to the Omaha Storm Chasers (32-35). Even with the loss, the River Cats remain two games clear of the Fresno Grizzlies for the division lead.

On a night were offense was hard to come by, the River Cats saw Zach Green, one of their hottest hitters, head to the clubhouse in the fourth inning after being hit in the helmet by a pitch from Zach Lovvorn. Green had recently returned from a concussion on June 1 that caused him to miss 22 games. He is hitting .323 this season with 11 home runs

The offense did make a comeback attempt in the eighth inning when Mike Gerber led off the inning with a walk and Henry Ramos followed with a single. Austin Slater would add another single after that to score Gerber, but a fielder’s choice and double play ended the threat.

The Sacramento River Cats open up a four game series with the Iowa Cubs tomorrow night. Sacramento will turn to Lefty Conner Menez (0-0, 3.60) for the first game of the series while the Iowa Cubs will go with right-hander Colin Rea (6-1, 3.31). 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