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Sacramento River Cats Fall Short to Fresno Grizzlies 8-5

Photos by Shawn Jonas

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA. – The Sacramento River Cats put together the beginnings of a comeback in the bottom of the ninth inning, loading the bases with no outs, but were unable to push through on Star Wars night at Raley Field as they fell 8-5 to the Fresno Grizzlies. Kevin Frandsen continued to stay hot at the plate, driving in three for the River Cats in the loss.

Frandsen was the hero of last night’s 15-inning game, delivering a walk-off RBI-double to send the River Cats home with the win. He did what he could to propel the team again tonight, going 2-for-2 with a walk, a sacrifice fly, a triple, and 3 RBIs. The triple was Frandsen’s first of the season and gave him two extra-base hits and four RBIs in his last four at bats.

Frandsen’s triple drove in two as a part of a four-run eighth inning and was also the first extra-base hit of the night. Prior to the three-bagger, the River Cats and Grizzlies had combined for 18 hits – all singles.

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One of those singles belonged to Kelby Tomlinson. With a first-inning base knock to center, the second baseman extended his hit streak to nine. Tomlinson was 2-for-5 overall and has now reached base safely in 13 straight games. He is hitting .338 since joining Sacramento on June 26.

The Grizzlies scored 5 of their 8 runs in the seventh inning, jumping out to an 8-1 lead over the River Cats. 5 singles, a walk, and a River Cats error contributed to Fresno’s big inning.

Nik Turley (3-4, 5.56) took his fourth loss of the season, giving up 3 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits and a walk with 4 strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work. Turley’s ERA over his last five starts has been a spectacular 2.66 and he has posted a 23:8 K:BB ratio. Since rejoining the River Cats rotation on June 2, Turley is 3-3 with a 4.76 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 39.2 innings.

Left-hander Luis Cruz (5-4, 4.52) picked up the win, throwing 6 innings and allowing 1 run on 5 hits and 2 walks with 3 strikeouts. Kevin Chapman recorded the save, his seventh of the season.
Jack Snodgrass (1-1, 3.24) will make his second start for the River Cats tomorrow night. Snodgrass has made six relief appearances since joining Sacramento, including 3 innings of 1-run ball against the Grizzlies. Opposite him will be right-hander Brady Rodgers (7-4, 4.39) for Fresno. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Prior to tomorrow’s River Cats first game, the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team will play against the Sacramento All-Stars. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m. and gates will open at 3:00 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Blow Early Lead, Come Back to Win In Extras 5-4

All Photos by Shawn Jonas

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA. – It was a roller coaster kind of night for the Sacramento River Cats as they defeated the Fresno Grizzlies 5-4 with a walk-off in extra innings. After blowing an early lead, Sacramento came back to force extra frames before walking things off in the bottom of the 13th on a Kevin Frandsen RBI-double.

With two outs in the 13th, the River Cats finally broke through on Frandsen’s walk-off double to left-center. Two batters earlier, Kelby Tomlinson picked up his second hit of the night, a two-out single to center, before stealing second. With first base open, the Grizzlies elected to intentionally walk Ryan Lollis and face Frandsen. Frandsen, who entered the game in the seventh inning in place of the ejected Adam Duvall, sent a double into the gap to score Tomlinson and send the River Cats home with their sixth extra-inning win of the season.

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Sacramento staked themselves to an early lead as Duvall mashed a three-run home run in the bottom of the first. The homer was Duvall’s 17th of the season, making him the active home run leader in the PCL.

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The Grizzlies got two back in the next inning on a two-run homer from Tyler White. The two runs were the only two that River Cats’ starter Clayton Blackburn (3-3, 4.07) would allow. The right-hander threw 5.2 innings, giving up the 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 7.

Things took a turn for the worse in the seventh, as the Grizzlies scored twice to take a 4-3 lead. Duvall was also ejected in the inning after arguing with first base umpire Adam Schwarz. Receiving a throw at first, Duvall was ruled to have missed the bag and Fresno’s Robbie Grossman was called safe.

The River Cats countered again, getting a run in the eighth to tie the game at four. After Carlos Triunfel roped a triple off the top of the wall in left-center, he scored on a sacrifice fly by Ronny Cedeno.

The bullpen was excellent for Sacramento in the win as five different pitchers put together 7.1 innings of two-run ball. Mike Broadway and Brett Bochy allowed just two baserunners in four innings of work from the 10th through 13th innings.

Left-hander Nik Turley (3-3, 6.21) gets the nod for Sacramento tomorrow night. The southpaw beat Fresno in their first meeting, throwing 6 shutout innings at Chukchansi Park. For the Grizzlies, it’ll be fellow southpaw Luis Cruz (4-4, 4.87). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Salt Lake Bees’ Ninth-Inning Rally Stings Sacramento River Cats In Finale 7-1

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats squandered another excellent start by Chris Stratton as they dropped their series finale with Salt Lake 7-1. The right-hander went eight strong innings for the second start in a row but remains winless despite owning an outstanding 1.53 ERA.

The River Cats and Bees took a 1-1 tie into the ninth inning before Salt Lake exploded for 6 runs on 5 hits and an error. Former Giants prospect Gary Brown delivered the first blow, a two-run single to center with one out in the inning. They added two more on a double by Kaleb Cowert and another pair on a two-run home run off the bat of Grant Green. Cody Hall, who entered the game in the ninth with a 2.97 ERA, recorded just one out and was responsible for five of the six runs.

Mac Williamson’s error in the ninth was the first committed by a River Cat in the series. Sacramento’s defense had gone 35 innings without a miscue and made a number of nice plays in tonight’s game, including a fantastic diving play up the middle by shortstop Kelby Tomlinson.

Chris Stratton was excellent for the River Cats once again, throwing eight innings of one run ball. He scattered 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4 in the outing and lowered his Triple-A ERA to a sparkling 1.53. Despite allowing just 6 earned runs in 35.1 innings since joining the River Cats, Stratton is still looking for his first Triple-A win.

This was Stratton’s second straight start to go eight innings. He threw eight shutout against the 51s in Las Vegas in his last start, but took a no decision as Sacramento fell 4-3 in extra frames.

On the offensive side of the ball, newcomer Xavier Avery provided a fresh look at the top of the lineup, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. His fifth-inning single drove in Darren Ford for the River Cats’ only run.

The 25-year-old outfielder hit .378 in his last 10 games with Triple-A Toledo (Detroit Tigers), recording 5 runs, 14 hits, 1 home run, 5 RBIs, 6 walks, and 2 stolen bases before opting out with the Tigers and joining the Giants organization.

The River Cats head to Reno next, where they’ll take on the Aces in a four-game set. Clayton Blackburn (2-3, 4.22) will get things started for the River Cats tomorrow night as Gabriel Arias (4-1, 3.61) takes the mound for the Aces. The game is scheduled for a 6:35 p.m. first pitch and cane be heard live online at rivercats.com and on ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy to the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Prevent The Sweep; Offense Erupts To Beat Las Vegas 51s 14-7

Photo by Shawn Jonas

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Looking to avoid a series sweep, the Sacramento River Cats came out swinging as they ended their seven game road trip with a 14-7 victory over the Las Vegas 51s. Sacramento was backed offensively by 20 hits, one shy of their season high, as well as a 5-RBI day from Carlos Triunfel.

Sacramento saw offensive outbursts from a number of spots in the lineup. The top three in the lineup for the River Cats combined to go 11-for-20 with 2 RBIs and 5 runs scored. The River Cats also saw four players record at least 3 hits (Tomlinson 3, Frandsen 4, Lollis, 4, Triunfel 4).

One of the key contributors to Sacramento’s offensive surplus was Triunfel. The infielder had a career day as he drove in 5 runs while going 4-for-5 with a walk, triple, and a run scored. The 5-RBI night is tied for the most in a single game by a River Cat this season (Jarrett Parker, 4/11 vs SLC).

After a hot start the River Cats blew the game wide open with a huge six-run 7th inning. The scoring was started as Adam Duvall hit a pinch-hit grand slam following three walks. The home run was Duvall’s 16th of the season which is good for second most in the PCL. Kelby Tomlinson immediately followed Duvall’s blast with his first career Triple-A home run. This was the second time this season Sacramento hit back-to-back home runs.

Right-hander Clayton Blackburn pitched 4.2 innings, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits while walking none and striking out four. Blackburn’s night was ended at just 78 pitches, as it was his first start since June 9. With the additions of Matt Cain and Jake Peavy over the last month for rehab starts, Blackburn had been pitching out of the bullpen.

Sacramento finishes the seven game road trip with a record of 3-4. The trip featured several highlights, including the promotions of Kelby Tomlinson, Mac Williamson, and Josh Osich from Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels. The road trip also marked the final rehab starts for both Cain and Peavy.

The River Cats now head home now for the first time in eight days as they begin a short four game home stand against the Salt Lake Bees. Left-hander Nik Turley (2-2, 6.59) will toe the rubber for Sacramento in Tuesday’s series opener. Turley is coming off of his best start of the year, having pitched 6 shutout innings in a winning decision over the Fresno Grizzlies. Salt Lake will send righty Alex Sanabia (1-8, 7.02). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall to Las Vegas 51s 7-1

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Game time temperature hit triple digits for the second night in a row Saturday as the Sacramento River Cats dropped a 7-1 contest to the Las Vegas 51s. The 51s hit 4 home runs to overshadow the seventh homer of the season by Darren Ford as well as the Triple-A debut of left-hander Josh Osich.

The Sacramento offense was not as hot as the 100-plus degree weather throughout the game. The lone big blow came in the fifth when Ford hit a screaming line drive that just barely cleared the 25-foot wall in the left field. The homer was Ford’s second this week, and seventh of the year.

One of the newest members on the River Cats roster, Kelby Tomlinson, recorded his first career Triple-A base hit with a two out double in the fifth. Lefty Josh Osich – also added to the River Cats roster this week – made his Triple-A debut, pitching a scoreless inning of relief with 1 strikeout.

Sacramento had a chance to narrow the score in the sixth when they loaded the bases with two outs, but a slow dribbler back to the pitcher’s mound ended the inning and any chance of a middle inning comeback. While the River Cats couldn’t find the big hit to put them back in the game, the 51s did as they hit 4 home runs – the most allowed by Sacramento this season – including two from former River Cat Anthony Recker.

Ty Blach (5-8, 4.27) started out the game strong, retiring the first five batters he saw before allowing all of his runs in a five out period. The left-hander left the night after 5 innings, and allowed 5 runs on just 4 hits (2 home runs). Blach struck out 6 and walked just 1, the first walk he allowed in his last three starts.

The River Cats finished the game with no errors for the fourth consecutive game Saturday. The streak matches the longest Sacramento has had this season (5/8-11 vs. Albuquerque).

Left-hander Darin Gorski (5-6, 5.35) picked up the win, allowing just 1 run on 5 hits while walking 3 and striking out 4 in 5.2 innings of work. The River Cats are just 9-20 (.310) this season when facing a left-handed starting pitcher.

The River Cats will look to avoid their eighth series loss of the year tomorrow when they send right-hander Chris Stratton (0-1, 2.33) to the mound. Stratton is coming off of a loss his last time out in which he only lasted 2 innings. The right-hander was San Francisco’s first round pick back in 2012. Opposing him will be righty Rainy Lara (0-0, 6.30) for Las Vegas. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall to Las Vegas 51s 6-3; Peavy Makes his Final Rehab Start

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Sacramento River Cats dropped the series opener 6-3 to the Las Vegas 51s Friday evening. Kelby Tomlinson and Mac Williamson suited up as River Cats for the first time while Jake Peavy made his last rehab start for Sacramento.

A five-run first inning from Las Vegas quickly put the River Cats behind and they could not overcome the deficit. Three runs were scattered across the last six innings as Kevin Frandsen went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Jarrett Parker had two runs while going 2-for-4 on the night.

Peavy, 0-3 with the River Cats, struggled on the mound in his sixth and final rehab start for Sacramento, finishing his night with 6 runs on 9 hits and 1 walk with 5 strikeouts in 6 innings. The three-time All-Star, Cy Young winner, and two-time World Series Champion was rehabbing a back injury sustained early in the season. Peavy made just two starts for San Francisco (0-2, 9.39) before being placed on the DL.

Kelby Tomlinson and Mac Williamson, both called up from Double-A today, made their Triple-A debut in tonight’s game. Tomlinson, a 26-year-old infielder, was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 12th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Texas Tech University. He had been with Richmond since 2013, where he played in a total of 223 games and accumulated 217 hits and 64 RBI. Tomlinson posted a .324 batting average with the Richmond Flying Squirrels this season prior to being transferred to Sacramento.

Williamson, a 24-year-old outfielder, entered the 2014 season ranked by MLB.com as the San Francisco Giants’ No. 16 prospect. He was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the third round of the 2012 Draft out of Wake Forest University. This year was his first season with Richmond, where he had 76 hits and 42 RBI in 69 games played with a .293 batting average. Williamson went 1-for-3 against the 51s tonight with a walk and a single.

Tonight marked the third consecutive game without an error for Sacramento. The last time they went three straight errorless games was 5/9-11 in Albuquerque. The longest such streak for the season is four, from 5/8-11 in Albuquerque.

Tomorrow will be a battle of the lefties as Ty Blach (5-7, 4.00) takes the mound for Sacramento and Darin Gorski (4-6, 5.66) for Las Vegas. Blach still owns the PCL’s second best BB/9: 0.92 (9 BB, 87.2 IP) and his 87.2 innings pitched are the third most by a starter in the PCL this season. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations