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Davis, Rickard and Shaw Homer For Sacramento River Cats In Texas Slugfest

Nine runs not enough as River Cats fall 10-9 to Express

ROUND ROCK, Texas — The Sacramento River Cats (61-50) led for most of the night against the Round Rock Express (65-45), but they were dealt a 10-9 defeat following an eighth inning three-run homer against flame throwing righty Melvin Adon.

The River Cats offense got off to a hot start Saturday night, stacking up nine runs in the first four innings. The top of the order supplied most of the firepower as Joey Rickard, Chris Shaw and Jaylin Davis combined to go 6-for-13, including three homers, six runs batted in, and four runs scored. Rickard extended his on-base streak to 26 games with another two-hit night, while Davis also had two hits and has now reached base seven times in nine plate appearances since joining the River Cats.

On the other side of the ball, newcomer Ryan Halstead shined in his 2019 River Cats debut. The 28-year old worked 4.2 innings, and would have left the game unscathed if not for a costly error that allowed three unearned runs to score. Halstead appeared in three games for Sacramento in 2018, and had is 2-4 with a 3.77 ERA with Double-A Richmond this season.

The River Cats took a 9-7 lead into the eighth, but newly promoted Melvin Adon got into some trouble to start the frame, allowing a double, walk, and a home run to the first three batters to relinquishing the lead. 

The River Cats will trot out righty Yoanys Quiala (6-6, 6.49) tomorrow night for game three of this four game series, while Round Rock will counter with righty Rogelio Armenteros (4-6, 5.80). First pitch is set for 4:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Davis Sparks Win In Sacramento River Cats Debut

Newcomer from Sam Dyson trade reaches base four times, drives in three runs

ROUND ROCK, Texas — The Sacramento River Cats (61-50) found another way to win, and this time it was a brand new River Cat driving in nearly all of the team’s runs in a 4-3 victory over the Round Rock Express (65-45). 

Outfielder Jaylin Davis, one of a trio of players who was sent to San Francisco from Minnesota in exchange for righty reliever Sam Dyson, doubled home two runs in his first plate appearance. He later singled, doubled again, and drew a walk to reach base all four times. Davis totaled 11 doubles and 15 home runs in 41 games for the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings of the International League before joining Sacramento.

Before submariner Tyler Rogers came in for a clutch two-inning save, outfielder Joey Rickard broke a 3-3 tie in the sixth with his third homer of the season. He finished the game 2-for-5 and has successfully reached base in 24 straight games.

The River Cats have not named a starter for Saturday night’s matchup, while the offense will face Houston’s rehabbing right-hander Brad Peacock followed by righty Brandon Bielak (5-3, 4.45). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Explode In Extras To Down Grizzlies

Pena, Rickard both homer in four-run 10th inning

Fresno, CA. — The Sacramento River Cats (55-47) hang on in an extra-inning thriller against Fresno Grizzlies (52-50), winning 8-6 after exploding for four runs in the 10th inning.    

Sacramento got off to a hot start Tuesday, plating four runs in the first three innings. Mike Gerber blasted a first inning two-run homer, his 21st, just inside the left field foul pole, and the River Cats got a run in both the second and third innings on a fielder’s choice and RBI-groundout, respectively. The River Cats led 4-2 after three, but the offense was held in check over the next six frames. 

While Fresno was able to claw back to tie the game with two outs in the ninth, Sacramento came right back in the 10th, exploding for four runs on five hits to take an 8-4 lead. Henry Ramos plated the first run with an RBI-double, Francisco Pena came on as pinch hitter to smash a solo home run, and then Joey Rickard capped off the inning with a two-run jack two batters later.

The bottom of the 10th was not without drama of its own, however. The Grizzlies struck for two runs against lefty Steven Okert before Ray Black came on to slam the door, earning his first save of the season and pushing the River Cats’ division lead to three games. 

The River Cats will be back at it against the Grizzlies tomorrow night, looking for their fifth straight road win. Right-hander Yoanys Quiala (5-5, 6.52) takes the ball for Sacramento on Wednesday night, while Fresno will go with lefty Ben Braymer (0-2, 9.43). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, on Money 105.5 FM (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats drop Series Opener In San Antonio

Top of the order sets the table but Sacramento can’t capitalize

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The Sacramento River Cats (58-50), in their first ever meeting with the San Antonio Missions (68-40), watched the home club’s leadoff hitter hit for the cycle in an 8-4 loss to open up the series.

The first three hitters in the River Cats lineup reached base a combined total of eight times but the rest of the order finished the night 2-for-22 as the offense wasn’t able to keep up with the Pacific Coast League’s top team. Center fielder Steven Duggar went 2-for-4 with his third homer of the year while right fielder Mike Gerber cashed in two more RBI while going 2-for-3 with a walk. 

The third member of the top of the lineup, left fielder Joey Rickard, singled and doubled to bring his team-high hitting streak to 13 games. The former Baltimore Oriole has already racked up 46 hits in just 134 at-bats since joining the River Cats on June 23.

The River Cats will look to get back on track in game two of the series, though a starter has yet to be announced for Wednesday’s game. The Missions will send righty Aaron Wilkerson (7-1, 3.05) to the mound. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, on Money 105.5 FM (PT) beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Rickard Stays Hot As Sacramento River Cats Win Fourth Straight Series

Suarez turns in quality start to earn his sixth win

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (58-49) topped the Tacoma Rainiers (49-58) on Sunday afternoon by a score of 6-2, earning their fourth series-victory in a row. Outfielder Joey Rickard extended his hitting streak to 12 games, the longest of the season for Sacramento.

On a warm day at Raley Field, Rickard kept his hit streak going in the third inning with a double to left, then added a triple in the fourth as part of a five-run inning for Sacramento which would be the difference in the game. Finishing the afternoon going 2-for-4, Rickard raised his average to .379 in 30 games with the River Cats.

Lefty Andrew Suarez tossed 6.2 innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits. He walked none and struck out three while throwing 91 pitches (61 strikes). Suarez improves to 6-6 this season with the win.  

The River Cats will travel to San Antonio on the off day, kicking off a seven-game road trip beginning with the Missions on Tuesday evening. Right-hander Yoanys Quiala (6-5, 6.12) will take the ball for Sacramento in the series opener, against San Antonio and right-hander Thomas Jankins (9-3, 4.13). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, on Money 105.5 FM (PT) beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Complete Sweep Of Rainiers With 6-5 Victory

Avelino and Shaw each homer in Sunday finale

TACOMA, Wash. — The Sacramento River Cats (54-47) completed a three-game series sweep of the Tacoma Rainiers (48-53) with a thrilling 6-5 victory on Sunday afternoon. 

Sacramento fell behind 1-0 early, but used a two-run second and three-run third inning to take control of the ballgame. Abiatal Avelino did the damage in the second by smacking an opposite field two-run homer to give the River Cats a lead they would not give back. Chris Shaw added to that lead with a mammoth home run, part of the three-run third inning. Later, Joey Rickard drove in a key insurance run with a single up the middle to score Ronnie Freeman and put the River Cats up 6-3 in the seventh.

Enderson Franco turned in a solid performance to keep the River Cats in the game, and picked up his fifth win of the year, going 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on six hits, while fanning four. Tacoma made it interesting late by hitting a two-run jack in the eighth to cut the lead to one, but Fernando Abad came on in the ninth to slam the door and earn his 12th save of the season. 

After a Monday off day, Sacramento will head to Fresno on Tuesday to open up a crucial three-game series with the Grizzlies. Lefty Andrew Suarez (5-6, 5.90) will take the mound in the opener, while Fresno will counter with right-hander Logan Ondrusek (4-4, 8.59). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, on Money 105.5 FM (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Take Series From Bees Despite Dropping Finale

Rickard caps off fantastic five-game series with three more hits

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The Sacramento River Cats (51-47) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on Thursday but could not contain the Salt Lake Bees (42-56) offense, losing the series finale 9-6. The club will head to Tacoma tomorrow after taking three of five against the Bees.

Sacramento outfielder Joey Rickard gave the visiting River Cats the early lead with an RBI-single in the first inning. Rickard had a brilliant series, going 10-for-17 over the five game span. Steven Duggar added two hits and scored a run in the contest.

Right-hander Brandon Beachy was promoted from Double-A Richmond to make his first career start for the Sacramento River Cats Thursday night. The 32-year old tossed 5.1 innings, allowed seven runs (six earned) on seven hits while striking out four batters. The MLB-veteran has not pitched in the big leagues since 2015, following two Tommy John surgeries on his right elbow. He was 3-6 with a 5.60 ERA in 11 games with the Flying Squirrels before his promotion.

The River Cats took the lead at 5-4 in the sixth inning on a Levi Michael sac bunt, but the Bees scored five runs over the next three frames to put the game out of reach. Third baseman Zach Green did smack his 23rd homer of the season in the ninth, but was too little too late. 

Sacramento will pack up and head to Tacoma for a three game series beginning tomorrow night. Left-hander Conner Menez (2-0, 3.82) is expected to get the nod for the River Cats, while the Rainiers will turn to lefty Sean Nolin (3-0, 2.45) for the series opener. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, on Money 105.5 FM (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Hang On For Wild Win In Salt Lake

Shaw collects five hits as Sacramento kicks off road trip with a victory

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The Sacramento River Cats (49-45) jumped out to a 10-1 lead after two innings but needed a wild game-ending play to squeeze by the Salt Lake Bees (40-54) by a final score of 12-11.

The River Cats were fueled by a huge game at the plate from first baseman Chris Shaw, whose solo home run in the fifth inning highlighted a 5-for-6 night that also included two doubles. 

At the top of the order, it was Sacramento’s three outfielders combining to score half of the team’s runs while reaching base a total of nine times. Left fielder Joey Rickard finished his night with three singles and a walk to raise his OPS just a few ticks above 1.000 in 19 games since joining the River Cats.

Salt Lake, however, added four runs in the seventh and entered the bottom of the ninth down by five. They would proceed to plate four additional runs, getting the tying run to third base when catcher Aramis Garcia picked off the lead runner to end the game.

Tuesday’s doubleheader will feature right-hander Enderson Franco (4-3, 6.03) taking the ball for the River Cats in game one, while the club has yet to announce a starter for game two. The Bees are scheduled to send southpaw Dillon Peters (3-1, 6.23) out for game one and righty Parker Bridwell (4-4, 9.11) for game two. First pitch is set for 4:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, on Money 105.5 FM beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Open Second Half With Win Over Grizzlies

Three-run seventh gives Sacramento needed cushion to secure victory

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats extended their Pacific Northern division lead to one and a half games with an 8-5 win over the Fresno Grizzlies on Thursday night.

Sacramento plated a trio of runs in a crucial seventh-inning rally, as they would prove to be the winning runs in the ballgame. Left fielder Joey Rickard doubled home fellow outfielder Steven Duggar, and later it was first baseman Chris Shaw squeezing one through the defense to score two.

Duggar would reach base four times on the night, including an RBI double to pad the lead in the eighth. He has five extra-base hits in eight games since rehabbing, and later being optioned by the Giants.

Right-hander Yoanys Quiala (4-4, 5.64) will be on the hill for his 14th start of the season, while the Grizzlies will counter with veteran righty Logan Ondrusek (3-3, 9.09). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Walk-off Homer Dooms Sacramento River Cats In Slugfest

Green tacks on two more homers, Rickard doubles three times

West Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (44-43) found themselves locked in a back and forth battle with the Reno Aces (39-48), losing in heartbreaking fashion on a walk-off home run from Pacific Coast League journeyman Cody Decker.

Third basemen Zach Green continues to smash the baseball, blasting two more home runs on Friday night, giving him 21 this season. He has now hit 10 homers in his last 14 games, while hitting .309 (17-for-55) with 19 RBI over that span.

Sacramento found themselves trailing by one run headed into the ninth, but rallied to take the lead on back-to-back doubles from outfielders Joey Rickard and Mike Gerber, followed by a Chris Shaw RBI-single, the 500th minor league hit of his career. 

Shaw looked poised to be the hero, but Reno’s left fielder Cody Decker blasted a two-run walk-off homer against Jandel Gustave to hand the River Cats their second straight loss.  

Lefty Conner Menez (0-0, 5.32) will look to get the River Cats back on track Saturday evening against the Aces. Reno will toss right-hander Matt Koch (1-5, 9.64) for game three of the four-game set. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations