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Sacramento River Cats Put On Offensive Showcase In Win

Ruggiano, Jones, Williamson provide fireworks in 9-3 victory over Fresno

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (29-42) jumped out to an early lead Thursday night and never looked back, defeating the Fresno Grizzlies (35-38) by a final score of 9-3 at Chukchansi Park in Fresno.

Justin Ruggiano, the second batter of the game, started the barrage with a solo home run in the top of the first inning to give the River Cats an early 1-0 lead. That lead grew in the third inning as Sacramento added three more runs, thanks in part to an RBI double off the bat of Ryder Jones.

The scoring continued in the fourth inning as Sacramento piled on five more runs. Jones collected his second double, this time knocking in two, while Mac Williamson blasted a two-run home run that left the stadium. The home run capped the inning and put Sacramento up 9-1.

Andrew Suarez pitched six strong innings for the River Cats and picked up his first career Triple-A win. Behind him, the Sacramento defense turned a franchise record six double plays. Derek Law made his first appearance with Sacramento this season, throwing a scoreless ninth.

Game two between the River Cats and Grizzlies is tomorrow as Joan Gregorio (4-4, 3.04) faces off against Mike Hauschild (4-1, 5.15). 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, Chris Stratton Stifles Grizzlies 4-2

Calixte paces offense with team-leading 4th home run of the season

Fresno, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (10-17) rode a strong start by Chris Stratton and a home run by Orlando Calixte to a 4-2 victory against the Fresno Grizzlies (12-16) Thursday evening at Chukchansi Park.

Stratton was excellent in his return to the River Cats rotation. The righty went 4.1 innings, allowing four hits and a walk, while striking out six. He took a no decision in this one, however, after throwing just 71 pitches (49 strikes).

Shortstop Calixte got the scoring started in the third inning with a two-run homer to left, which was changed from a double after the umpires met to confirm the ball had cleared the fence. Sacramento added a run in the sixth on back-to-back doubles by Chris Marrero and Justin Ruggiano, then another on a throwing error in the seventh.

Kraig Sitton came on to relieve Stratton, and after giving up a run on two hits in the 5th inning, the tall lefty retired the final eight hitters he faced. Matt Reynolds threw a clean 8th, before Ryan Webb nailed things down in the 9th to earn his 2ndsave.

The River Cats go for their second series win behind right-hander Dan Slania (0-3, 9.17). The Grizzlies counter with righty Trent Thornton (0-0, 1.50) as they seek a series split. First pitch is at 7:05 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