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Sacramento River Cats Rally Late But Fall Short 4-3 To Tacoma Rainiers

Sacramento leaves bases loaded in ninth, is swept by Tacoma

Tacoma, WA – The Sacramento River Cats (40-61) loaded the bases with one out in the ninth inning against the Tacoma Rainiers (52-50) Monday afternoon, but went down swinging for their final two outs in their 4-3 loss.

Sacramento first showed signs of life in the sixth inning, pushing three runs across to bring them within one run. In the ninth, catcher Trevor Brown led off the inning with a single and was followed by walks to Juniel Querecuto and Carlos Moncrief to load the bases. After Ryan Lollis flied out to left field, River Cats manager Dave Brundage turned to bench for pinch hitter Chris Shaw. Shaw was unable to take advantage however, striking out swinging. Juan Ciriaco also went down on strikes to follow to end the game.

Tacoma touched up starter Kraig Sitton for three runs over three innings today. Sitton, who was making a spot-start for Tyler Beede, was relieved for right-hander Collin Balester who allowed the fourth and final Rainiers run and also went three innings. The River Cats suffered their fifth series sweep this season and fifth straight loss.

Sacramento returns home tomorrow night to open a four game series against the Round Rock Express. Right-hander Chris Stratton (4-5, 5.11) will start for the River Cats and right-hander Clayton Blackburn (4-2, 4.98) returns to Raley Field to face his former team. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live on the air on ESPN 1320 and online atrivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Blow Late Lead To El Paso In 5-3 Loss

Chihuahuas’ three-run eighth undoes Stratton’s strong start

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (40-57) took a 3-2 lead into the eighth inning against the El Paso Chihuahuas (49-49) but watched it slip away as El Paso scored three times to steal the game 5-3.

Sacramento starter Chris Stratton put forth an excellent outing over his 6.2 frames tonight, allowing two runs on seven hits before giving way to the bullpen. The right-hander threw a career-high 111 pitches (74 strikes) tonight while striking out seven. He was in line for his fifth win of the season until the Chihuahuas’ late comeback. River Cats relievers Kraig Sitton and Derek Law could not hold the Sacramento lead, allowing three runs in the eighth inning, three runs that ultimately decided the game.

Third baseman Ali Castillo gave Sacramento the early 2-0 lead in the second inning, singling home Tim Federowicz and Ryan Lollis. Juniel Querecuto had the third and final RBI for the home side tonight while also extending his hitting streak to six games. With the loss tonight the River Cats split the four-game series with El Paso.

The River Cats will hit the road to take on the Tacoma Rainiers for a four-game set. Right-hander Jose Flores (0-1, 3.94) will get the start for Sacramento and righty Chase De Jong (3-4, 5.96) will go for Tacoma. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live on the air on ESPN 1320 and online at rivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the  Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cat’s Comeback Bid Falls Short Against El Paso

River Cats rally in seventh but can’t overcome deficit, lose 7-3

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (38-56) fell 7-3 to the El Paso Chihuahuas (48-47) in the first game of their four-game set as they returned home to Raley Field Monday night for the first time since the All-Star break.

Trailing 6-0, Juniel Querecuto highlighted the comeback effort in the seventh, smacking a two-run homer to ignite the rally. A couple batters later, Carlos Moncrief singled up the middle, scoring Ali Castillo and bringing Sacramento within three. That would be it for the Sacramento offense however, as they collected four of their seven hits in the frame before going quietly in the eighth and ninth innings.

Andrew Suarez got the start for the River Cats and threw a season-low 4.1 innings before giving way to reliever Collin Balester. The southpaw allowed five runs over the 4.1 innings while striking out five and walking three. Balester allowed one run over his 2.2 innings. Kraig Sitton was charged with an unearned run in the ninth, keeping his streak of no earned runs allowed alive at 10.1 innings (eight games).

Albert Suarez (0-0, 0.00) will make his first start for Sacramento tomorrow night and will face El Paso’s Zach Lee (2-3, 6.80). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live on the air on ESPN 1320 and online at rivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Complete Comeback, Beat Isotopes 7-5

Top of the lineup helps Sacramento claw back from 5-2 deficit to snap losing streak

Albuquerque, NM – The Sacramento River Cats (20-33) found themselves trailing 5-2 after just three innings, but clawed their way back to defeat the Albuquerque Isotopes (28-26) 7-5 Friday night at Isotopes Park.

The top of the lineup – Wynton Bernard, Jae-Gyun Hwang, and Ryder Jones – helped to keep the River Cats in the game, combining to go 6-for-12 with four runs scored and four RBI. Hwang hit his fifth home run of the season while driving in three, his team-leading 31st, 32nd, and 33rd RBI of the year.

It was the bottom of the lineup that pushed the River Cats over the edge though, as Chris Shaw tied things up with a two-out RBI single in the eighth. Juan Ciriaco scored the go-ahead run in the ninth inning on a perfectly executed squeeze play by pinch-hitter Juniel Querecuto.

Tomorrow, Sacramento’s Chris Stratton (0-3, 6.88) looks to get his first win of the season as he faces Albuquerque’s Ryan Carpenter (2-4, 5.06). First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320 AM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Joan Gregorio Strikes Out Eight In Sacramento River Cats Shutout Win

Sacramento employs small ball, strong pitching in 1-0 victory


West Sacramento, CA 
Joan Gregorio gave the Sacramento River Cats (27-41) five shutout innings while the offense did just enough in the team’s 1-0 win over the Albuquerque Isotopes (34-35) on Father’s Day.

Gregorio shut the Isotopes’ hitters down over his five frames, allowing just four hits and one walk. Eight of his 15 recorded outs came from strikeouts, all swinging. The eight batters fanned set a season-high for the 25-year-old. From there, left-hander Michael Roth took care of the rest, earning the four-inning save. Roth ran into trouble late, putting the tying run on third base in the ninth, but struck out Isotopes catcher Anthony Bemboom to end the game.

The lone River Cats run came in the second inning thanks to a sacrifice fly by second baseman Juniel Querecuto. Six different Sacramento starters collected a base knock in the win while Mac Williamson registered his second three-hit game. Today marked the second shutout victory for the River Cats this season, the last coming on April 10 against Tacoma.

The River Cats will send right-hander Tyler Beede (3-4, 4.86) to the hill tomorrow night as the Isotopes counter with right-hander Jon Gray (0-0, 0.00). 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