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Sactown Slugfest Ends In Sacramento River Cats Rout

Photo by Shawn Jonas

Adrianza and Pence lead cast of rehabbers, former Giants in win

West Sacramento, CA – The best offense in the Pacific Coast League took the field Saturday night and then looked on as the Sacramento River Cats (45-56) ran up the score early en route to a 12-0 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas (57-42). Sacramento struck for nine runs in the first two innings and coasted to the win behind an excellent combination effort from the bullpen.

Sacramento’s five-run first inning followed last night’s six-run outburst and was highlighted by a two-run blast off the bat of Ehire Adrianza. Adrianza joined the River Cats this afternoon as he continues his rehab for a broken foot and wasted no time getting comfortable, driving the first pitch he saw out to left. Overall, the switch-hitting shortstop went 3-for-5 with two RBI.

“It felt good being back in Sacramento,” Adrianza said after the game. “My foot feels great. I’m ready to help out the big club whenever they think I’m ready.”

In 10 rehab games, Adrianza is hitting .368 (14-for-38) with six home runs, 13 RBI and 10 runs scored between San Jose and Sacramento.

Hunter Pence also made his 2016 River Cats debut tonight, going 1-for-4 with a double in six innings. The two-time World Champ and two-time All-Star is working his way back from hamstring surgery and in three games with the River Cats is hitting .500 (4-for-8) with two doubles, a home run, and an RBI.

“It feels good to be out on a baseball field playing and competing. The crowds here are so passionate and fun. I’m trying to get back out there as quick as I can.”

Austin Slater homered for the River Cats, his fourth, as did Andrew Susac, his eighth. Since returning from the All-Star break, the two have combined to hit .299 (20-for-67) with seven home runs, 15 RBI and 16 runs scored. Juan Ciriaco and Rando Moreno each drove in a pair and Kelby Tomlinson was 3-for-5 with two runs scored. As a team, the River Cats racked up 19 hits, matching their third highest total this season.

Behind an explosive offensive performance, the bullpen quietly put together an excellent outing, led by spot-starter Austin Fleet. Fleet got the start after throwing just two days ago in San Jose and went three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk while striking out two.

The Chihuahuas entered this series with a PCL-best .314 team batting average while scoring over six runs per game. In their last 18 innings against River Cats pitching, though, the Chihuahuas have pushed just three runs across while generating 15 hits. Tonight, Fleet combined with Alex Torres, Duke Welker, Matt Reynolds, and Jake Dunning to hand the Chihuahuas their third shutout loss of the season.

The River Cats and Chihuahuas will play two tomorrow to close out this series. Left-hander and PCL wins-leader Ty Blach (10-5, 3.70) will take the mound for game one against El Paso’s Aaron Northcraft (4-0, 4.46). Game two, which will start a half hour after the end of game one, features two bullpen arms going head to head. River Cats reliever Vin Mazzaro (2-1, 2.64) will take on Eric Yardley (2-0, 4.91). Both games can be heard live online at rivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Unable To Stop Express In Its Tracks

Round Rock wins battle of the bullpens

West Sacramento, CA – It was a back and forth battle between Pacific Coast League bullpens Thursday night as the Round Rock Express (47-45) took the 6-5 win over the Sacramento River Cats (38-54) in 12 innings.

After falling into a July slump, Clayton Blackburn looked to break his three game losing skid with a fresh start coming out of the All-Star break. However, the young right-hander struggled through the first inning and gave Round Rock the early 3-0 lead off three hits and a wild pitch. He later settled in for four scoreless innings, retiring the side in the fourth with three-straight flyouts before an injury removed him from the game in the bottom of the sixth. He finished with 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on six hits with five strikeouts and a season-high four walks.

Sacramento’s offense struck back in the fifth with a long home run from the Triple-A All-Star Gorkys Hernandez, who steamed straight past the Express defense with a two-run homer to tie the game at three. The centerfielder entered tonight hitting .279 with runners in scoring position with two outs and proved again tonight his ability to capitalize on clutch situations. He went 1-for-3 on the night with a run, a walk, and 2 RBI and remains the RBI-leader for Sacramento with 39 on the year.

Manager Jose Alguacil looked to his bullpen to quiet the Round Rock bats and secure the win, but could not quite find what he needed. With the veteran Mazzaro on the mound in the eighth, Round Rock broke through the tie with a two-run double from Doug Bernier with two outs to push the score to 5-3.

The Cats were not finished just yet. Travis Ishikawa was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game to lead off the ninth and was followed by a double from Andrew Susac to put two runners in scoring position with no outs. Austin Slater then cut the deficit with an RBI groundout and Chris Denorfia followed with a sacrifice fly to bring in the tying run.

The battle of the bullpens continued as the River Cats used a total of seven relievers. Inning after inning, the defense shut down the Express offense, forcing the game into 12 innings. Combined, the pen allowed three runs on seven hits over 5.2 innings of work.

However, it was River Cats who lost again in heartbreak fashion in the bottom of the twelfth. A leadoff double followed by back-to-back base hits loaded up the bases with no outs for Jake Dunning. The right-hander just couldn’t hold on and finished the game by walking in the winning run for Round Rock.

The River Cats look to halt the “E-Train” tomorrow in game two with left-hander Adalberto Mejia (1-1, 4.81) on the mound. He faces off against Round Rock’s righty Nick Martinez (6-4, 4.50). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be head live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento’s Historic Win Streak Comes To An End In Omaha; River Cats Unable to Overcome Three Storm Chasers Home Runs In 4-3 Loss

OMAHA, NE. – The Sacramento River Cats’ franchise-best 13-game win streak came to an end Sunday night, as the Omaha Storm Chasers topped the River Cats 4-3, handing them their first loss since August 8th. Despite tying the game late, Sacramento was unable to overcome three Omaha home runs as they dropped game one of this four game series.

Sacramento’s 13 straight wins is just one short of tying the Las Vegas 51s for the longest Pacific Coast League win streak since 2005. The 51s won 14 consecutive games this season, spanning from April 23 – May 7.

After an hour game delay, the River Cats wasted no time getting on the board Sunday evening. Darren Ford drew a walk to lead off the game, and Jarrett Parker’s ground-rule double drove in Ford with the first run of the night. Sacramento battled back and forth with Omaha for control of the game, keeping the score close with runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings.

Jarrett Parker and Mac Williamson continued to shine, each with two hits and an RBI on the night. Williamson’s multi-hit night is his 11th since joining the River Cats in late June. The duo are hitting a combined .398 (35-for-88) over their last 10 games with five home run, 24 RBI, and 23 runs scored.

All of Omaha’s scoring in tonight’s game came from home runs. Blasts from Jose Martinez, Reymond Fuentes, and a rehabbing Alex Gordon were all the Storm Chasers needed to top the River Cats. Gordon’s two-run homer in his third rehab at-bat in the fifth snapped a 1-1 tie between the teams. Martinez’s game-winning home run in the eighth inning also broke a tie, propelling Omaha past Sacramento.

Jake Dunning had a rough outing, lasting only four innings on the mound. He allowed three runs on eight hits and one walk with one strikeout. Most of Dunning’s trouble came in the fifth inning when Omaha led off with three consecutive hits, including Gordon’s two-run home run. Dunning was pulled with a runner on base and without having recorded an out.

Brett Bochy picked up where Dunning left off and got the River Cats out of the inning without any more damage. Bochy retired five consecutive batters and six of the seven he faced. Curtis Partch, who gave up the game-winning home run, picks up his third loss.

Game two of this four game set will bring Chris Stratton (3-4, 3.78) to the mound for the River Cats. Stratton took a no decision in his last start, tossing four innings and allowing three runs on four hits and four walks while striking out four. All three of his wins have come on the road, where he is 3-2 with a 3.19 ERA. He is 3-1 in his last four starts with a 4.76 ERA. The Storm Chasers will counter with Andy Ferguson (4-3, 3.54). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

 

River Cats Rally Late to Steal Victory in Tacoma

TACOMA, Wash. – After a much needed day off on Monday, the Sacramento River Cats got back to business Tuesday night and came out on the winning side of a 9-4 victory in Tacoma against the Rainiers. Nik Turley and Edgar Olmos were staged in a heated pitcher’s duel to start the night, but a late River Cats rally against the Rainiers bullpen gave Sacramento the comeback win.

Left-hander Edgar Olmos (1-1, 3.55) held the River Cats in check all night, not allowing a hit in five innings of work. Olmos did give Sacramento chances, however, as he allowed 5 baserunners with 3 coming via walk and two reaching base after being hit by a pitch.
Fellow lefty Nik Turley (5-6, 5.02) also started out strong, retiring the first eight batters he faced. Tacoma finally got to him in the third when, after a two-out walk, Ramon Flores launched a two-run homer to right field. Turley allowed just 3 hits in his 5 innings of work, but all 3 hits ended up driving in at least one run. He would allow 4 runs while walking 3 and striking out 3.

With Olmos out of the game, the River Cats were able to begin chipping away at the lead. With two on and one out in the seventh, Darren Ford launched a three-run home run over the center field fence to put Sacramento on the board. The homer was Ford’s tenth of the season, a new career-high high for him.

In the eighth, the River Cats rally kept going as they put runners on the corners with just one away. Ben Turner then grounded out to third, but the play was good enough to drive in Jarrett Parker to tie the game. One batter later, Brandon Hicks hit a soft line drive down the right field line to drive in Mac Williamson and give Sacramento the lead. The River Cats scored 4 runs in the inning on 4 hits and a walk.

Jake Dunning (3-1, 5.01) made his first appearance with the River Cats since June 7 on Tuesday night. Dunning looked very strong out of the bullpen, pitching 3 shutout innings of relief while allowing 1 hit and striking out one. The win was Turley’s first at the Triple-A level since May 4 (at Reno).

Kevin Frandsen had a strong day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a home run, 2 RBIs, a walk, and a hit by pitch. Frandsen has now reached base safely 19 consecutive games.

Monday was the final off day on the River Cats schedule for the 2015 season. Sacramento will play 28 consecutive games, including tonight, to end the year. The 2015 season ends on Labor Day, September 7, against the Albuquerque Isotopes at Raley Field.

The River Cats and Rainiers will hit the field bright and early tomorrow as first pitch is slated for 11:35 a.m. (PT). Left-hander Ty Blach (9-10, 4.51) will toe the rubber for Sacramento for the 23rd time (T-most in PCL), looking for his tenth win of the year after dropping his last two starts. RHP Jordan Pries (7-3, 5.14) gets the starting nod for Tacoma. Listen live online on rivercats.com, or at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

River Cats’ Win Streak Comes to an End with a Matinee Match; Pitching Staff Comes Up Short in 8-1 Loss

All Photos by Shawn Jonas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The River Cats struggled to find their footing in Sunday’s matinee game against the Tacoma Rainiers, falling 8-1. A lack of hits and spotty pitching were contributing factors in Sacramento’s first loss after five straight wins.

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Ehire Adrianza got the game started with a leadoff home run to immediately put the River Cats ahead 1-0. Tacoma responded quickly with a two-run homer from Patrick Kivlehan to take the lead in the second inning. Three walks and a throwing error allowed the Rainiers to add to their lead with a five-run third inning.

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Tacoma did not slow down, adding another run in the fourth inning off a wild pitch by Jake Dunning. The River Cats were unable to produce a comeback as the Rainiers’ bullpen limited them to just one hit over the final three innings. Sacramento’s three-hit total came from Adrianza’s homer, a bloop double from Kevin Frandsen in the third, and a Ryan Lollis single in the eighth.

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Nik Turley made his third appearance this season, but pitched just 2+ innings in a rough start. He allowed 7 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks with 2 strikeouts. He threw to 5 batters in the third before being replaced by Dunning. Braulio Lara’s 2 inning-outing against El Paso just barely edges out Turley’s time on the mound today for the least amount of innings pitched by a River Cats starter this season.

Dunning’s stint on the mound didn’t improve matters, as he allowed a run on 2 hits and 3 walks with 2 strikeouts. However, the bullpen seemed to get back on track when Brett Bochy took over in the fifth inning. Bochy, Hall, and Rapada finished up the game with a combined 4.1 innings, allowing no runs on 1 hit and 1 walk with 2 strikeouts.

After starting the season 6-0 in day games, the River Cats are now 8-9 after today’s loss. They have 11 day games remaining this season.

The River Cats continue their series with the Tacoma Rainiers tomorrow with game three set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Sacramento will send LHP Ty Blach (5-5, 3.63) to counter the Rainiers’ RHP Sam Gaviglio (5-4, 4.31). Blach’s most recent outing was the longest by a River Cats pitcher this season after tossing 8 solid innings. He struck out a season-high seven batters and walked none in that game. Blach’s BB/9 improved to 0.91 with only 7 walks in his 69.1 innings pitched.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations