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Hunter Pence Lifts Sacramento River Cats To 5-4 Win Over New Orleans Zephyrs

Susac, Stratton supply the rest for Sacramento

New Orleans, LA – The Sacramento River Cats (43-56) ended their eight-game road trip on a high note Thursday night in New Orleans, defeating the New Orleans Zephyrs (46-50) by the score of 5-4. The win not only earned the River Cats their sixth series win, but brought their record to 5-3 since the All-Star break thanks to some familiar faces.

Making his second rehab start with Sacramento was right fielder Hunter Pence, who suffered a setback in his last appearance July 16 against Round Rock. The San Francisco Giants star seemed no worse for wear, proving he was raring to go by launching a solo home run in his first at-bat of the game. The home run was Pence’s first with Sacramento since May 12 of last year.

The three-time All-Star was not done either, as Pence smacked a double in his next at-bat to leadoff the fourth inning before coming around to score. The right-handed slugger finished the night 2-for-3 with a RBI and two runs scored before being replaced in right field by veteran Chris Denorfia.

Not to be outdone was fellow fan-favorite Andrew Susac, who mashed his second home run in as many games in the winning effort. The talented backstop continued his hot hitting tonight, going 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. The Roseville-native showed off his defensive skills behind the dish as well, picking off Zephyrs’ catcher Tomas Telis to end the sixth inning.

Tonight marked Susac’s second time this month in which he has hit home runs in consecutive games and the fifth time in his last 10 games in which he has gone yard. The right-hander has been locked in at the plate this month as a whole, leading the team in RBI (13) and runs scored (11).

Right-hander Chris Stratton took care of the rest for Sacramento, putting forth another solid outing while picking up his seventh win in his last 10 starts. A native of Tupelo, Mississippi, Stratton went six innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on seven hits while striking out four and didn’t allow a walk. Over his last three starts, Stratton has struck out 20 of the last 76 batters he has faced.

Jean Machi made things interesting in the ninth as he allowed one run before striking out Xavier Scruggs with the bases loaded to end the game. The save was Machi’s fifth with Sacramento and third on the road trip.

The River Cats will fly home to the friendly confines of Raley Field to open a four-game set against the El Paso Chihuahuas this weekend. Sacramento will send lanky right-hander Joan Gregorio (2-6, 5.92) to the mound and El Paso will counter with their own righty in Michael Kelly (5-0, 3.23). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and can be heard live online at rivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Stratton’s Career-High 12 Strike-Outs Shuts Down The Express

Machi leaves Round Rock stranded in the ninth to save 3-2 win

Round Rock, TXChris Stratton brought the Express offense to a halt Saturday night, dominating game three of the series and setting a new career-high in strikeouts. The right-hander, with the support of his closer and just enough offense, lifted the Sacramento River Cats (40-54) to a 3-2 victory over the Round Rock Express (47-47).

In his first road start back with Sacramento, Chris Stratton proved his Major League abilities on the mound. The starter made a complete one-eighty from his previous start against Round Rock on August 18, 2015 in which he gave up three runs on four hits across four innings of work while walking four. Tonight, he managed seven strikeouts in the first four innings alone and finished with a career-high 12 strikeouts. He allowed just one run on three hits across his eight innings while walking one.

While Stratton seemed to be in control on the mound, his offense struggled to give him the key hit to break the game open. The Sacramento bats were steaming all night with nine hits through the first seven innings but were kept to just one run. Overall, they picked up 13 hits on the night, but left 12 men on base and were just 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

Through the first six innings of the night, the only scoring managed by either side came by way of the solo home run. The Cats were the first to strike in the fourth inning with a long shot by Austin Slater on an 0-2 pitch over the left-centerfield wall. The Express responded though, in the fifth, with a solo homer of their own off the bat of Joey Gallo.

The clutch hit from the River Cats finally came in the eighth inning with the bases loaded and one out. Gorkys Hernandez, the team-leader in RBI, banged a single out to left field, scoring Slater and Travis Ishikawa to break the tie and put the Cats up 3-1.

However, it was Jean Machi who saved the win for Stratton. Steven Okert took over in the ninth looking to close out the game, but gave up a run on three consecutive doubles and left with the bases loaded with one out. He handed the ball to Machi, who slammed the door shut and picked up his fourth save on the year by leaving all three Express runners stranded for the 3-2 win.

San Francisco Giants favorite Hunter Pence, who joined the River Cats on a rehab assignment this afternoon, logged two at bats before turning the right field reigns over to Ryan Lollis. The first pitch to Pence struck his left leg in the first inning, and then he singled in the third before being lifted for a pinch runner. The right fielder is tentatively scheduled to rehab with Sacramento for about a week as he recovers from a torn hamstring he suffered at the beginning of June.

Sacramento will send the tall right-hander Joan Gregorio (2-5, 5.63) to seize the series finale tomorrow night. Opposing him will be Round Rock’s right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez (3-6, 4.98). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT) 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 Snaps Streak In Heartbreaking Fashion

Sacramento River Cats can’t pull away from Rainiers in 5-3 loss

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (38-52) came into Saturday night’s game looking to be within single digits of first place Tacoma for first time since May 31. In their 5-3 loss to the Rainiers (48-40), they not only saw the game slip through their fingers, but also a chance to climb closer in the Pacific Northern Division.

The Rainiers jumped out to an early lead in front of a sell-out Raley Field crowd, putting a three spot on the board in the first inning against Sacramento starter Chris Stratton. Tacoma catcher Mike Zunino hit his 16th home run of the year to punctuate Stratton’s three run debacle, giving them the early lead. Prior to tonight’s game, in three home starts, the right-hander had only allowed seven runs in 22 innings pitched.

Susac started the scoring for Sacramento in the second inning, smashing Rainiers’ starter Zach Lee’s 3-1 pitch 424 feet over the centerfield wall. The home run was his second in as many games and fourth on the year. The River Cats added two more runs in the third thanks to RBIs from third baseman Ali Castillo and first baseman Ryan Lollis, knotting the game at three runs apiece. Entering tonight’s game, the River Cats held a 10-33 record when opponents scored first.

Both Stratton and Lee would leave the outcome of this one up to their respective bullpens, as the game would stay tied until the ninth inning.

For the second game in a row, the Rainiers tagged the River Cats bullpen for two runs, with tonight’s damage being done once again by Zunino, launching a two-run shot over the left field fence for the winning runs. Right-hander Jean Machi was the culprit tonight, coming in for relief of left-hander Steven Okert in the ninth, allowing a double before serving up Zunino’s second long ball of the game. On the night, Tacoma managed to get base runners in scoring positions in six of the nine innings.

Six of the Sacramento’s seven hits tonight came in the first three innings of tonight’s loss. Susac finished 2-for-4 with a run and RBI, extending his hitting streak to four games. Through the first three games of this series, the 26-year-old is now 5-for-12 (.416) with six RBI.

The River Cats will look to finish the first half of the season on a high note before the All-Star break. On the hill for Sacramento will be the young right-hander Joan Gregorio (2-4, 5.07) and for Tacoma it will be righty Jordan Pries (1-1, 4.26) making his second start for Tacoma (sixth game). First pitch is set for 7:05 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 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 Trap Fresno Grizzlies Win Finale Series 4-1

Photo By Shawn Jonas

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats sent the right-hander Chris Stratton (0-0, 2.08) to the mound Friday night for their series finale with the rival Fresno Grizzlies. The start was just Stratton’s third since being called up to Triple-A and his first at Raley Field. He held the hot-hitting Grizzlies to one run on two hits in six innings as the River Cats took the finale from Fresno 4-1.

Since being called up from the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels, Stratton has looked excellent for the River Cats. In three starts, he has thrown 17.1 innings and allowed just 5 runs (4 earned). His Friday night start against the Grizzlies may have been his best yet, as he tossed 6 outstanding innings, allowing just 1 run on 2 hits and 3 walks while striking out 4. Stratton kept the ball down all night, recording 10 ground ball outs on the night.

Stratton’s lone blemish came in the second inning, when he opened the frame with back-to-back walks. Fresno scratched across their only run of the night with a groundball out to advance the runners and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Robbie Grossman.

The River Cats scored four times on the night while knocking out 10 hits and drawing six walks. Sacramento tied the game in the third on Darren Ford’s fifth home run of the season, a solo shot to right field. They took the lead when Travis Ishikawa lined a single to right, scoring Brett Jackson from second. With the hit, Ishikawa extended his hit streak to nine games, his longest of the season. He has also recorded an RBI in four of his last five games and now has 18 on the season.

Sacramento took control of the game in the bottom of the eighth, adding on two more runs to extend their lead to three thanks to an RBI-single from Ehire Adrianzab.

Stratton was followed by Jean Machi and Erik Cordier out of the River Cats bullpen. Machi, making his second rehab appearance, picked up his first win with two scoreless innings. Cordier brought the heat in the ninth, hitting 96-97 mph consistently and going as high as 98 mph. The save was his fourth.

The River Cats welcome the Reno Aces to Raley Field tomorrow night for a four game series. LHP Nik Turley (2-3, 10.47) will get the nod for Sacramento while the right-hander Caleb Clay (4-5, 4.17) gets the start for Reno. The teams split four games in Reno earlier this season. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Matt Cain’s Debut Kicks Off Rivalry Series Division Leading Fresno Grizzlies Take Opener 6-3

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – 9,497 gathered at Raley Field Monday night to watch three-time World Champion and three-time All-Star Matt Cain make his Sacramento River Cats debut against the division rival Fresno Grizzlies. Cain was excellent in the early going, striking out the side in the first and second innings, but the Grizzlies powerful offense eventually came through and Fresno took the series opener 6-3.

Cain came into tonight, his second rehab start and his first with Sacramento, on a 75-pitch limit. That number reached 74 (47 for strikes) as he tossed 3.1 innings, giving up 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits. He struck out 7, six of which came in the first two innings, and walked 2. His fastball was hitting 91-92 mph consistently, and peaked at 93. Through his first two rehab starts, Cain has thrown 7 innings and struck out 9 compared to 2 walks and is 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA.

Despite leaving with one out in the fourth and down by three, the crowd on hand showed Cain their support with a standing ovation. Cain walked off the field with an acknowledging wave to the loyal Sacramento fans on hand.

Cain was followed by Clayton Blackburn and Jean Machi. Together, the trio combined to strikeout 16 Grizzlies.

On the opposite side, Fresno starter Dan Straily was dealing, limiting the River Cats to just 2 hits over 7 shutout innings. He struck out 7 and walked 2 while throwing 96 pitches (64 strikes) on his way to the win. He moved to 5-5 with the win, and lowered his ERA to 4.25. Kevin Chapman picked up the save, his sixth.

With Fresno leading 6-0 in the eighth, the River Cats scored their only runs of the night. Ehire Adrianza knocked in two with a bases-loaded single to left, scoring Carlos Triunfel and Ryan Lollis. Kevin Frandsen would also score on the play thanks to a Fresno throwing error.

The Grizzlies were led by their right fielder L.J. Hoes, who was 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI. Third baseman Matt Duffy contributed with his sixth home run of the season.

Game two of this quick three-game series will take place tomorrow night. The River Cats will send Jake Peavy (0-1, 8.10) to the mound for his fourth River Cats start. For Fresno, it’ll be the undefeated right hander Asher Wojciechowski (4-0, 4.50). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations