Tag Archives: Jake Buchanan

Sacramento River Cats Fall to Fresno Grizzlies 5-2

FRESNO, Calif. – On a night where Sacramento River Cats’ starter Nik Turley struggled to find his groove, the left-hander kept things close enough for his offense to have a chance. Despite battling and an exciting inside-the-park home run from Darren Ford, Sacramento dropped their series opener 5-2 to the Fresno Grizzlies.

It was clear early that Turley wasn’t totally on, as the left-hander labored through the first three innings. He walked a season high five batters through three innings before somewhat settling in in the fourth. The damage, however, had already been done, as Fresno tagged Turley for three runs on three hits and two walks in the third inning.

That would’ve been enough for the Grizzlies, but they got to Turley for two unearned runs in the sixth before the southpaw’s night was done. Overall, Turley went six innings, allowing three runs on five hits and five walks while striking out five. He needed 109 pitches (69 for strikes) to complete six frames.

He pitched just well enough to keep the River Cats within striking distance though, as Fresno never led by more than four. The River Cats even brought the tying run to the plate in both the eighth and ninth innings, but were unable to add on in either instance.

Ford provided a spark in the seventh, as the speedy outfielder led off led off the top of the inning with an inside-the-park home run, cutting the deficit to three. Ford was responsible for both Sacramento runs, drawing a bases-loaded walk in the second inning to bring home Jarrett Parker and give the River Cats an early 1-0 lead. He was 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI, and a walk overall.

The inside-the-park home run was Ford’s second of the season and the fourth overall for the River Cats. Ford hit his first on May 16 at Albuquerque in a River Cats loss. Parker (4/26 vs. Tacoma) and Mac Williamson (7/21 vs. El Paso) have each hit one this season, as well.

Lefty Luis Cruz also labored early on for Fresno but managed to skirt around some early danger to keep Fresno on top. He allowed just one run on two hits and five walks with five strikeouts over four innings of work. He was relieved by Jake Buchanan, who pitched three strong innings en route to his fourth win of the season. Jason Stoffel pitched a scoreless ninth to record second save.

The Grizzlies continued to run free on the base paths against the River Cats, swiping three bases in tonight’s game. In 12 games against Sacramento this season, the Grizzlies have stolen 27 bases and been caught just eight times.

Tomorrow, left-hander Ty Blach (9-9, 4.27) will take the mound for the River Cats and looks to be the first Sacramento starter to reach double-digit wins as he faces Fresno for the first time this season. Opposing him will be top Astros prospect, right-hander Mark Appel (1-2, 4.45). Appel got the best of the River Cats the only other time he faced them, shutting out Sacramento over 6 2/3 innings. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. and the game can be hear live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Defeat Fresno Grizzlies 1-0

Photo by Shawn Jonas

FRESNO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats evened the series at one apiece with a 1-0 win in Fresno Wednesday night. Sacramento’s second shutout win of the season – their only other shutout was on Opening Day – was sparked by a phenomenal performance from starting pitcher Nik Turley and closed by Mike Broadway.

Turley was a major factor in the shutout, putting together his third quality start of the season. He finished his evening with no runs on 2 hits and 1 walk with 4 strikeouts in 6 innings. Turley retired 12 consecutive batters, spanning the second through sixth innings. With the win, Turley moves to 2-2 on the season with a 6.59 ERA.

The bullpen combined for three scoreless innings behind Turley, highlighted by the return of Mike Broadway to the Sacramento relief corp. In his first appearance back from San Francisco, the hard throwing right-hander tossed a scoreless ninth, retiring Grizzlies 1-2-3 as he picked up his sixth save of the season.

Broadway spent the last week with the San Francisco Giants, making his Major League debut on June 13th vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks. He threw a scoreless inning, including retiring All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.

River Cats pitchers allowed just two hits in the win, a new season low. Prior to tonight, the fewest hits allowed was three, also against Fresno.

Sacramento put leadoff hitters on base in six innings and collected ten hits from six players. The River Cats jumped out to a 1-0 lead after starting off the third inning with a double from Ryan Lollis, who was eventually sent home on a wild pitch from Fresno’s Jake Buchanan.

After five scoreless innings, the River Cats scored again, thanks to another Lollis double. The designated hitter led off the ninth with a double to right and later scored on Adam Duvall’s single, putting the River Cats up 2-0.

Matt Cain (0-2, 4.50) will make what is expected to be his final rehab start in tomorrow night’s series finale at Fresno. In his last outing, Cain threw 6.2 innings and gave up 5 hits, 2 earned runs, and no walks while striking out 6. Fresno will counter with Brady Rodgers (5-3, 4.55). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations