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Sacramento River Cats, San Francisco Giant Extend Affiliation

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WEST SACRAMENTO, CA –The Sacramento River Cats and San Francisco Giants have announced an extension of their Player Development Contract (PDC). The extension is for four years, keeping the Giants’ Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento through the 2020 season.

River Cats General Manager Chip Maxson will make the official announcement at today’s Preseason Party at 12:30 p.m. in front of loyal fans at Raley Field.

“I’m extremely excited to share that we are officially extending our Player Development Contract with the San Francisco Giants,” says Maxson. “Our first year together was an incredible success, both on and off the field, and we’re proud to share that our dynamic partnership with the San Francisco Giants will continue well into the future.”

The Giants originally entered into a two-year PDC agreement with the River Cats in September of 2014. With this extension, the two teams will remain affiliated through the 2020 season.

“Sacramento has proved to be an incredibly important affiliate for us. The proximity to San Francisco, the loyal fan-base in the Sacramento-region, and the passion of the ownership and front office has been nothing short of spectacular,” said Giants CEO and President Larry Baer. “The future is bright for our relationship with the River Cats organization.”

San Francisco’s General Manager, Bobby Evans, echoed Baer. “The communication between our clubs is very strong and we seemed to fall in step with each other immediately. They has gone above and beyond to provide our players with an excellent place to play.”

Despite entering just their second season as the Giants’ Triple-A affiliate, the River Cats have already seen their fair share of players entering into the Major Leagues. Trevor Brown, Josh Osich, Kelby Tomlinson, and Jarrett Parker headlined a group of nearly fifteen players who put in time with both the River Cats and Giants. Conversely, a number of Giants made their River Cats debut in 2015 on rehab assignments, including Hunter Pence, Matt Cain, Joe Panik, and more.

Sacramento is one of San Francisco’s five domestic minor league affiliates, joining Double-A Richmond (Eastern League), Advanced-A San Jose (California League), Class A Augusta (South Atlantic League) and Short-Season A Salem-Keizer (Northwest League).

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Curtis Partch Dominates Inb First Start For Sacramento; Parker Shines In River Cats 5-1 Victory Over Las Vegas 51s

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WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif.Jarrett Parker shined under the lights Friday night in front a sold-out crowd at Raley Field as he powered the Sacramento River Cats past the Las Vegas 51s 5-1 to take the series finale and the series. Right-hander Curtis Partch dominated in his first start for Sacramento, striking out a season-high seven in four innings.

Parker showed off his easy power in the first inning, doubling to the deepest part of the yard in right-center. Mac Williamson and Trevor Brown both came around to score on the knock, putting the River Cats up 3-0. The double was his 12th of the season.

The 26-year-old unleashed again in the fourth, belting a solo home run, his 16th, to left to give the River Cats a 4-1 lead. Overall, Parker was 2-for-4 with a double, home run, and 3 RBI in the win.

Curtis Partch (1-2, 3.54) made a spot start for the River Cats after last weekend’s doubleheader pushed the rotation back a day. The start was his first since May 20, 2014 when he went three innings for the Triple-A Louisville Bats. The right-hander had made 36 relief appearances prior to tonight, maxing out at 2 2/3 innings on July 1 against Salt Lake.

The transition appeared effortless for Partch who recorded a new season-high seven strikeouts over four innings, also a season-high. He threw 52 pitches (35 for strikes), allowing just one run on two hits and a walk.

The River Cats used six different pitchers in the win, and although Partch’s start was certainly impressive, left-hander Josh Osich’s appearance may have edged his out for the best of the night. Osich entered the game in the top of the eighth in a bases-loaded, no-out situation and proceeded to strikeout out the side to get the River Cats out of the jam.

The left-hander mixed a 96-97 mph fastball with a devastating 90 mph slider and a disappearing changeup to keep Las Vegas off balance and flailing at the plate. He pitched a scoreless ninth inning, striking out one more, to close out the game and picked up the win, his first, for his dominating effort.

Sacramento finishes the month having gone 15-13, posting a winning record in a single month for the first time since April (12-9). They will head out on the road tomorrow for a four-game set with the Salt Lake Bees. August also marks the start of a stretch where the River Cats play 21 of their next 30 on the road.

Toeing the rubber tomorrow night will be left-hander Ty Blach (9-8, 4.00). Opposing him will the righty Alex Sanabia (1-10, 7.44). First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. PT and can be heard live on rivercats.com and on ESPN 1320.