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Sacramento River Cats Fall to Salt Lake Bees 5-2

Five run deficit too much for Sacramento, but new River Cats shine

SALT LAKE CITY, UTSacramento River Cats baseball kicked off the 2016 season in Salt Lake against the Bees at Smith’s Ballpark Thursday night. 2015 Pacific Coast League innings-pitched leader Ty Blach got the nod for the season opener, but an early deficit was too much for the offense to come back from as the River Cats fell to the Bees 5-2.

Sacramento fell behind early as Salt Lake jumped out to a 5-0 lead through five innings. Blach (0-1, 7.94) struggled with his command in his first start of 2016, walking three batters and giving up five runs – all earned – on seven hits in five and a third innings of work. In total, he threw 47 of his 82 pitches for strikes. In 2015, Blach averaged 66% strikes over the course of the season and didn’t walk a batter until his fifth start (26 and two thirds innings pitched).

On the other side of the ball, the River Cats offense struggled to get anything going against Bees starter Nate Smith (1-0, 1.59), who struck out five and allowed just two hits in five innings. Sacramento eventually got to Smith in the sixth, scoring two runs on a Conor Gillaspie single and another on a Salt Lake error, but were unable to extend the inning around a double play and a lineout. The Bees committed two errors on the night, but managed to limit the damage to just the two runs (one earned).

Those runs would be the last of the game, as both bullpens allowed just three total hits in five and two thirds combined innings. Vin Mazzaro and Philip McCormick were excellent in their River Cats debuts, posting two and a third scoreless innings. Also shining in their first game with Sacramento were second baseman Ramiro Pena (1-for-3, 2B), Gillaspie (1-for-4, RBI), and Hak-Ju Lee, who recorded five putouts at shortstop and scored a run.

The River Cats will return home to Raley Field on Friday, April 15, when they host the Salt Lake Bees. The two teams will face each other 12 times in their first 24 games this season, including the next three nights. Sacramento will take the field behind 2015 PCL ERA champ Clayton Blackburn (0-0, No ERA). Opposite Blackburn will be the Bees right-hander Yunesky Maya (0-0, No ERA). First pitch is set for 5:35 p.m. 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

Raley Field Goes Black And Orange In First Ever River Cats, Giants Exhibition Game

Photos by Shawn Jonas

Big League club plays its stars, goes back to Bay Area 8-4 winners

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA – The fans painted it black and orange at Raley Field Wednesday night, as the Sacramento River Cats hosted their major league affiliate in the first ever Exhibition Game between the River Cats and San Francisco Giants. In front of a sellout crowd, the River Cats fell 8-4 to their big league rivals.

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The orange and black wasn’t just present in the stands, as the River Cats used the historic game to debut their all-new orange Sactown jerseys. These jerseys – which feature both the Tower and Golden Gate bridges – will be worn at all Friday home games starting this season. The Giants brought the black with their solid black 2016 Spring Training jerseys.

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It was more than just matching colors on display, though, as the Giants put out a lineup that closely resembles what fans can expect in San Francisco on Opening Day. Buster Posey, Hunter Pence, Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, Sergio Romo, and more headlined the Giants Exhibition lineup. Posey, Crawford, and Belt each hit a home run and combined to go 5-for-10 with four runs scored and five RBIs.

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On the mound for the Giants it was Johnny Cueto, George Kontos, Sergio Romo, and Santiago Casilla. Cueto picked up his second win of the spring while Romo and Casilla combined for a perfect eighth and ninth inning.

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Opposite them, the River Cats introduced Sacramento to their 2016 roster, including fan favorites Jarrett Parker and Mac Williamson. Newcomers Gorkys Hernandez and Hak-Ju Lee were impressive in their Sacramento debut, as well. Hernandez was just 1-for-4, but was aggressive on the base paths and nearly made an incredible catch, almost robbing Belt of a home run to straight-away center. Lee set the pace for the offense, launching a two-run home run to start the scoring for the night and reaching base three times.

Chris Stratton got the nod for Sacramento, making his first start at Raley Field since September 4, when he struck out eight in six innings of work. He went four innings and allowed four runs on seven hits in tonight’s game. Stratton was followed by lefty Matt Lujan, who went the rest of the way for Sacramento and surrendered four runs on six hits.

The River Cats are back in action on Thursday, April 7 as they travel to Salt Lake to open their season against the Bees. The home opener is scheduled for Friday, April 15, also against the Bees.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations