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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

Sacramento River Cats, Chris Stratton Stifles Grizzlies 4-2

Calixte paces offense with team-leading 4th home run of the season

Fresno, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (10-17) rode a strong start by Chris Stratton and a home run by Orlando Calixte to a 4-2 victory against the Fresno Grizzlies (12-16) Thursday evening at Chukchansi Park.

Stratton was excellent in his return to the River Cats rotation. The righty went 4.1 innings, allowing four hits and a walk, while striking out six. He took a no decision in this one, however, after throwing just 71 pitches (49 strikes).

Shortstop Calixte got the scoring started in the third inning with a two-run homer to left, which was changed from a double after the umpires met to confirm the ball had cleared the fence. Sacramento added a run in the sixth on back-to-back doubles by Chris Marrero and Justin Ruggiano, then another on a throwing error in the seventh.

Kraig Sitton came on to relieve Stratton, and after giving up a run on two hits in the 5th inning, the tall lefty retired the final eight hitters he faced. Matt Reynolds threw a clean 8th, before Ryan Webb nailed things down in the 9th to earn his 2ndsave.

The River Cats go for their second series win behind right-hander Dan Slania (0-3, 9.17). The Grizzlies counter with righty Trent Thornton (0-0, 1.50) as they seek a series split. First pitch is at 7:05 and 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 Offense Roars In 6-4 Victory Over Fresno Grizzlies

Sacramento River Cats pile up 15 hits in season’s first win against division rival

Fresno, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (36-50) entered tonight seeking their first win this year against the Fresno Grizzlies (42-41), and did so with a huge night at the plate and support from an equally impressive bullpen. Six ‘Cats had multi-hit nights to help break a deadlocked game in the eighth, while the bullpen held on to close the door late.

After a walk and a balk from Joan Gregorio, Fresno broke through first to take a 1-0 lead at Chukchansi Park. Sacramento quickly followed, however, with a triple from Myles Schroder, his first on the year with the River Cats, which sent home Ryan Lollis to knot things at one.

The game remained locked up at one until the breakthrough fifth inning where back-to-back singles by Travis Ishikawa and Andrew Susac gave Sacramento its first lead of the series. Fresno responded with back-to-back doubles in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game back up at three apiece.

That would be all for Gregorio, who finished just two strikeouts short of a 500 in his career. He entered tonight’s game with 492, needing to match his season-best of eight to reach the milestone. He will have to wait a few more days, however, as he struck out six over five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits while walking three. The 6’7” righty struggled to find the zone tonight, throwing just 60 of his 96 pitches for strikes and also committing two balks.

Succeeding Gregorio would be Steven Okert and Tyler Rogers, who combined to retire nine straight while picking up three more strikeouts. Jean Machi entered the game in the bottom of the ninth, giving Sacramento fans a brief scare allowing one run on two hits, but salvaged the win for Okert, who moves to 4-2. The save is Machi’s first with the River Cats this season.

The key eighth inning rally marked a big step forward for a recently struggling Sacramento offense. Three singles from the middle of the order set the table in front of a triple by Rando Moreno that busted the score open at 6-3. The team picked up three runs on four hits in the eighth alone and finished with 15 hits overall, including three for extra bases.

In just his sixth game with Sacramento, Ali Castillo has made his presence known in the River Cats lineup. Tonight he picked up his fifth multi-hit game, finished 3-for-5, and is now hitting .500. Alongside him, Schroder and Moreno each went 2-for-4 with two RBI apiece.

Sacramento closes out the short series against Fresno tomorrow with right-hander Clayton Blackburn (5-6, 5.01) on the mound. The 2015 PCL ERA Champion opposes Grizzlies’ righty Joe Musgrove (3-3, 4.73). 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 Unveil Schedule for 2016 Season

Home Opener Set for April 15, Features 25 Fireworks Shows

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – While the 2015 season is still going strong, the Sacramento River Cats and Minor League Baseball are already turning an eye toward 2016. As the first step in preparing for next year, the River Cats are excited to unveil their 2016 home schedule.

The River Cats start the season on the road April 7 – 14 before returning to Raley Field for the home opener on Friday, April 15 as the team hosts the Salt Lake Bees (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) for a four-game series).

The River Cats will play on multiple holidays again next season, including Mother’s Day (5/8), Memorial Day (5/30), Father’s Day (6/19), the third of July, and Labor Day (9/5).

The schedule boasts 35 weekend dates – the most since the 2011 season. Every Friday and Saturday night will feature fireworks, including three shows in a row the Friday – Sunday of Independence Day Weekend.

Sacramento’s 2016 schedule features a 12-game homestand from Monday, June 13 through Friday, June 24. During that time, the River Cats will host the Fresno Grizzles, El Paso Chihuahuas, and Tacoma Rainiers.

While game times have not yet been announced, next season’s schedule will include 13 home day games and one scheduled home double-header. The double-header is set for Sunday, July 24 against El Paso.

The 2016 All-Star break will again take place in the second full week of July from Monday, July 11 – 13 in Charlotte, North Carolina at BB&T Ballpark, home of the Charlotte Knights. The final game of the regular season will be Monday, September 5th at home against the Grizzlies.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations