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Sacramento River Cats’ Orlando Calixte Collects Three Hits In Loss To Fresno Grizzlies

Valdez strikes out five of seven batters in stellar relief outing

 FRESNO, CA — The Sacramento River Cats (41-55) were stymied by Fresno Grizzlies (55-40) righty Josh James, who struck out 12 River Cats hitters as they fell 8-3 to their central California rivals.

Shortstop Orlando Calixte led the offensive charge for Sacramento as he recorded three hits, including his 11th double of the season, to give him five hits in his last two games. A pair of two-baggers from Chris Shaw and Ryder Jones in the sixth inning provided the team’s three runs, with Jones’s two-run double extending his RBI streak to four games.

After River Cats starter Daniel Camarena surrendered all eight of Fresno’s runs, right-hander Jose Valdez and lefty Steven Okert teamed up to strike out eight batters in their combined 3.2 innings of work to keep the game from getting out of hand. For Valdez, he sent five of the seven batters he faced packing in 2.1 perfect frames.

Game three of this series on Wednesday will see right-hander Casey Kelly (8-7, 5.20) making his team-high 17th start of the year while the Grizzlies will go with fellow righty Cy Sneed (8-4, 3.11). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online atrivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats’ Chris Shaw Crushes 15th Home Run Of Season

Black strikes out three while touching 102 on radar gun 

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — Outfielder Chris Shaw ignited a three-run rally in the sixth inning with his 15th home run of the year but the Sacramento River Cats (36-46) fell short, losing 4-3 to the Fresno Grizzlies (48-33).

Shaw’s 439-foot blast got things going during the sixth-inning comeback attempt, followed by an RBI-double from first baseman Myles Schroder and a run-scoring single from outfielder Eury Perez as the River Cats came within one.

But the Grizzlies bullpen would strike out six in four innings while allowing three hits and one walk, including a five-out save from closer Brendan McCurry, who saved his ninth game of the year.

Hard-throwing reliever Ray Black made sure the club had a chance in the ninth. He touched 102 miles per hour and consistently posted 100 on the radar gun while striking out three of the four batters he faced.

Right-hander Mike Connolly (0-0, 2.00) will make his second start of the year for the River Cats while the Grizzlies will send righty Josh James (2-3, 3.20) to the bump. 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, and on the air on Money 105.FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Salt Lake Bees Halt Sacramento River Cats’ Win Streak At Five

Slater extends hit streak to 10 games in defeat

 WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — The Sacramento River Cats (18-16) were shut down in a 7-2 loss to the Salt Lake Bees (21-14) on Thursday night, ending their winning streak at five games.

Bees right-hander Osmer Morales struck out seven River Cats in 5.2 innings allowing just three baserunners while Sacramento’s starter failed to get through the second frame.

Tyler Beede’s off night featured just five outs, including a grinding second inning in which he walked the first four batters. All told, Beede issued six free passes, something he had done just once before as a pro — last July in a loss to the Fresno Grizzlies at home.

Designated hitter Austin Slater recorded one of the team’s five base hits, extending his streak to ten games, while outfielder Chris Shaw raked his ninth double of the season, plating Slater to tie the game in the opening frame.

Friday night’s contest will conclude this four-game series. Left-hander Matt Gage (2-0, 0.82) will be making his first Raley Field appearance of the year after two stellar outings on the road in Las Vegas and Fresno. He’ll face fellow southpaw John Lamb (1-0, 3.25). 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, and on the air on Money 105.5 FM.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Christian Arroyo’s Homer Helps Lift Sacramento River Cats To 7-3 Win

Strong pitching, clutch hits propel Sacramento to fourth straight victory

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (23-33) won their fourth straight game Monday night 7-3 over the Fresno Grizzlies (26-32) thanks to timely hitting and a team effort by the pitching staff.

The Grizzlies struck first against spot-starter Roberto Gomez, tagging the right-hander for two runs in his first start since May 2. Third baseman Christian Arroyo evened things up in the River Cats half of the first, smacking a two-run shot over the right field fence. Sacramento held a slim 5-3 lead in the eighth, but Jae-Gyun Hwang put the game away with a two-run blast to left-center, his sixth home run of the year.

Gomez settled in after a rocky first inning, allowing just three more hits over his next 2.2 innings. Left-handed relievers Kraig Sitton and D.J. Snelten each pitched two innings and right-hander Kyle Crick closed the game out in the ninth.

Game two will feature Sacramento right-hander Dan Slania (0-6, 8.05) up against Fresno right-hander Mike Hauschild (1-1, 6.58). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Match Recap Courtesy of the  Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

San Francisco Giants’ Ace Madison Bumgarner To Join Sacramento River Cats

Four-time All-Star, three-time World Champ expected to start rehab Friday, June 30

West Sacramento, CA Three-time World Champion Madison Bumgarner is expected join the Sacramento River Cats Friday, June 30 as he begins his Major League rehab assignment. The Giants’ ace is scheduled to start Friday night as the River Cats host the Fresno Grizzlies.

Bumgarner is rehabbing a left-shoulder strain, an injury he sustained in a dirt biking accident in April. Bumgarner most recently pitched for the Giants’ rookie-level Arizona team Sunday, throwing three no-hit innings. Before that, he threw two innings in a simulated game at the Giants’ Spring Training complex in Arizona.

The 27-year-old was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the first round (10th overall) of the MLB June Amateur Draft in 2007. He made his Major League debut on September 8, 2009 and was an important factor in the Giants 2010 Postseason run. Bumgarner made history during the 2014 Postseason, throwing a record-setting 52.2 innings, including a historic five-inning save in Game 7 to clinch the Championship for San Francisco.

Bumgarner’s rehab assignment in Sacramento is scheduled to begin this Friday, June 30 as the River Cats host the visiting Fresno Grizzlies at Raley Field. First pitch is 7:05 p.m. and gates will open at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are still available. For more information, please call 916.371.HITS or visit rivercats.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Drop Both Ends Of Double Header

Sacramento looks ahead to fresh start in El Paso on Monday
Fresno, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (29-45) were swept in their double header on Saturday, falling 6-2 in both games to the Fresno Grizzlies (38-38) at Chukchansi Park in Fresno.
In the first game, the River Cats scored in the first inning against Fresno, but they could not build much from there. Sacramento’s offense was stymied from there on as they managed to score just one run on three hits over the next six frames.
Roberto Gomez got the start for the River Cats and cruised through the first three innings before the Grizzlies busted things open in the fourth. Gomez allowed a season-high six runs in the fourth, all coming before the right-hander was able to record an out. He was relieved by Tyler Rogers who finished out the game with three scoreless innings in the 6-2 defeat.
Dusten Knight got the start for the River Cats in game two and was excellent for the first three innings. The Grizzlies used two home runs and a sixth inning rally to build their lead. DJ Snelten relieved Knight, but the damage was done.
The River Cats have an off day tomorrow in which they will travel to El Paso for a four-game set starting Monday. It will be the first series of the season for Sacramento against the Chihuahuas. The River Cats have yet to announce a starter, while the Chihuahuas will send LHP Dillon Overton (1-2, 9.33) to the hill. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.
Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Put On Offensive Showcase In Win

Ruggiano, Jones, Williamson provide fireworks in 9-3 victory over Fresno

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (29-42) jumped out to an early lead Thursday night and never looked back, defeating the Fresno Grizzlies (35-38) by a final score of 9-3 at Chukchansi Park in Fresno.

Justin Ruggiano, the second batter of the game, started the barrage with a solo home run in the top of the first inning to give the River Cats an early 1-0 lead. That lead grew in the third inning as Sacramento added three more runs, thanks in part to an RBI double off the bat of Ryder Jones.

The scoring continued in the fourth inning as Sacramento piled on five more runs. Jones collected his second double, this time knocking in two, while Mac Williamson blasted a two-run home run that left the stadium. The home run capped the inning and put Sacramento up 9-1.

Andrew Suarez pitched six strong innings for the River Cats and picked up his first career Triple-A win. Behind him, the Sacramento defense turned a franchise record six double plays. Derek Law made his first appearance with Sacramento this season, throwing a scoreless ninth.

Game two between the River Cats and Grizzlies is tomorrow as Joan Gregorio (4-4, 3.04) faces off against Mike Hauschild (4-1, 5.15). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Match Recap Courtesy of the  Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats’ Bats Silenced In 9-2 Defeat

Jones goes deep but River Cats drops series to Fresno

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (23-36) fell in the fourth and final game of their Highway 99 series Thursday night against the Fresno Grizzlies (29-32) by a score of 9-2.

Sacramento showed a spark early, collecting three hits and scoring a run in the second inning thanks to a sacrifice fly by Ali Castillo. The River Cats bats managed just four hits the rest of the way, however. Their second run came on a solo home run off the bat of third baseman Ryder Jones. For Jones, it was his seventh long ball of the season and his 23rd RBI.

Fresno found their stride in the second inning, tying the game at one on a Tyler White RBI-groundout. They scored four runs in the fifth and three more in the eighth en route to their 9-2 victory. Sacramento starter Chris Stratton yielded five of those runs over his 4.1 innings while walking three and striking out three. His ERA climbed to 6.35 in the loss.

The River Cats will open a three-game series tomorrow night at Raley Field against the Reno Aces. Joan Gregorio (3-4, 2.97), who owns the fourth-best ERA in the PCL, will take the mound for the River Cats. For Reno, it will be Frank Duncan (5-4, 5.37). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Rally Late, Drop Heartbreaker To Fresno Grizzlies 6-5

FedEx delivers go-ahead homer but Crick can’t close the door against Fresno

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (23-35) took a one-run lead into the ninth thanks to a Tim Federowicz three-run home run but watched it slip away in their 6-5 loss to the Fresno Grizzlies (28-32) Wednesday night at Raley Field.

The Grizzlies struck first in this one, hitting a two-run home run in the first inning off starter Tyler Beede. The River Cats answered back in their half of the frame with a run thanks to an RBI-single by Mac Williamson. Fresno tagged Beede for two more runs over his seven innings, both solo shots, and they took a 4-2 lead into the eighth.

After walks to Ryder Jones and Jae-Gyun Hwang, Federowicz stepped to the dish and launched a go-ahead, three-run homer to put Sacramento up 5-4 in the eighth. The lead was short-lived, however, as

Fresno mounted a two-out rally against Sacramento’s Dusten Knight and Kyle Crick, scoring twice with two outs to take a 6-5 lead. Tonight marked the seventh loss in which the River Cats outhit their opponents.

Sacramento will look to earn the series split tomorrow night in the fourth and final game. Right-hander Chris Stratton (1-3, 5.93) will get the ball for the River Cats. Right-hander David Martinez (2-3, 5.73) will take the hill for Fresno. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations 

Sacramento River Cats’ Four-Game Win Streak Snapped In 5-2 Loss

River Cats offense rallies late but drop game two to Grizzlies

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (23-34) made things interesting late against the Fresno Grizzlies (27-32), scoring twice in the eighth inning, but fell short in their 5-2 defeat Tuesday night at Raley Field.

It was a back-and-forth battle through the first four innings as neither team was able to break the scoreless tie. Despite a 29-pitch first inning, Sacramento starter Dan Slania kept Fresno in check until the fifth inning when the right-hander gave up a three-run home run. Left-hander Matt Reynolds relieved Slania after 4.2 innings and gave up a long ball of his own, this time a solo-shot in the sixth to make the score 4-0 Fresno.

The River Cats broke through in the eighth thanks to an RBI-double by Mac Williamson and an RBI-single by Chris Shaw but a third Fresno homer in the ninth put the game away at 5-2.

Sacramento will look to bounce back in game three of this four-game set when they send right-hander Tyler Beede (3-3, 4.28) to the bump. The Giants’ No. 1 prospect will face Francis Martes (0-2, 5.29), the No.1 prospect in the Astros’ organization. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations