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Sacramento River Cats finish 2019 season as Triple-A National Champions

Sacramento becomes the first team to win Triple-A Championship three times

Memphis, TN — The Sacramento River Cats are the Triple-A National Champions after shutting out the International League Champion Columbus Clippers by a score of 4-0 on Tuesday night at AutoZone Park in Memphis, TN. Behind a stellar outing from left-hander, and eventual Most Valuable Player Caleb Baragar, the River Cats became the first franchise to take home their third Triple-A National Championship.

Baragar was nothing short of magnificent for a second straight time this postseason, compiling a combined 2-0 record with a 0.90 ERA in 10 innings, and dominating the Clippers’ offense over his five frames on Tuesday night. Baragar gave up just two hits while fanning five batters to earn MVP honors.

The River Cats jumped on the Clippers early, knocking out Columbus starter Kyle Dowdy in the first inning and tagging the right-hander for three runs. Francisco Peña delivered an RBI-groundout, then a couple batters later Jacob Heyward delivered a two-RBI single to right field. 

Peter Maris would add a solo blast in the sixth inning to expand the lead to four. The swing of the bat was his second home run of this postseason. Levi Michael and Abiatal Avelino would finish the night with three hits apiece to pace the Sacramento offense from the top of the order.

The Sacramento bullpen was nearly perfect on their way to the first shutout of the playoffs from the River Cats. Right-hander Ricardo Pinto delivered two perfect innings while striking out four. Flamethrowing righty Melvin Adon contributed a scoreless inning, allowing one hit to start the ninth. Then lefty Steven Okert would come on to induce a double play and strikeout the final batter to clinch the Championship for the River Cats.

The Sacramento River Cats finished off their 2019 regular season with a 73-67 record – the first winning record since becoming a San Francisco Giants’ affiliate in 2015. The club won their first Pacific Northern division title since 2012, and became the first Giants Triple-A club to win their division since 1998. The River Cats went on defeat to defeat the Las Vegas Aviators in five games, then the Round Rock Express in a sweep to claim their first Pacific Coast League crown since 2008. In a year in which 85 players appeared Sacramento, the River Cats 20th season came to an end on September 17 with a Triple-A National Championship.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Bullpen Falters In Sacramento River Cats’ Series-Ending Loss To Sounds

Peña homers and Michael drives in four runs

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (64-57) dropped Tuesday night’s series finale to the Nashville Sounds (53-66) by a final score of 13-10.

Center fielder Levi Michael drove in four runs in the first four innings, giving the River Cats a 6-3 lead heading into the sixth inning before Nashville tied things up. Then in the seventh, right-hander Kyle Barraclough’s Sacramento debut resulted in him facing five batters, allowing five runs, and recording no outs.

Down seven in the ninth, the River Cats made things interesting with four runs off of left-hander Kyle Bird, including an opposite-field, three-run shot off the bat of infielder Cristhian Adames. But a diving catch at first base on a Joe McCarthy line drive would bring the game to an end.

After an off day, the River Cats will head up Interstate 80 for a four-game battle with the team chasing them in the Pacific Northern division standings. Right-hander Burch Smith (6-3, 2.33) is set to make his Sacramento debut after being claimed off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers. He’ll be facing Reno righty Jon Duplantier (0-2, 6.39). First pitch is set for 7:05 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.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Drop Friday Finale But Win Series

Dan Winkler tosses 1.1 innings of scoreless baseball

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (63-54) had a rough series finale, dropping Friday’s contest against the Memphis Redbirds (52-65) by a score of 15-0. The River Cats still took the three-game series in their chase for the Pacific Coast League playoffs.

The River Cats offense was held in check by the Redbirds, as right-hander Daniel Ponce de Leon was excellent over seven innings, allowing just two hits in seven innings of work. Joe McCarthy was the lone River Cat to reach second base in the eighth inning. Levi Michael, Joe McCarthy, Chris Shaw and Jaylin Davis accounted for the River Cats’ four hits on the night. 

On a night where the pitching staff was roughed up, newbie Dan Winkler managed to find success. The right-hander delivered an inning and a third of scoreless baseball, not allowing a hit while striking out one Memphis Redbird.

The River Cats will look to get back on track Saturday as the host Nashville for four games. Newly acquired righty Justin Haley (0-0, No ERA) will take the mound, while Nashville will counter with lefty Wes Benjamin (5-5, 6.15). First pitch is set for 7:05 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.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Three-Run Fourth Propels Sacramento River Cats Past Redbirds

McCarthy, Avelino collect two hits in 5-2 victory

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (63-53) used a big three-run fourth inning to take control of the ballgame, going on to beat the visiting Memphis Redbirds (51-65) by a final of 5-2.

Enderson Franco was rolling through three innings before taking a 106-mile per hour line drive off the leg in the fourth inning. The right-hander fought through the pain and finished the inning, but would not come back out for the fifth. Lefty Steven Okert came on to work a one-two-three fifth inning and would go on to earn his team-leading seventh win, while submariner Tyler Rogers worked the final 1.2 innings to pick up his fifth save on the season.  

The River Cats wasted little time taking the lead on Thursday and would not surrender it once they did – Francisco Pena blasted a 426-ft. solo shot in the second frame. Sacramento would expand their lead in the fourth when Joe McCarthy and Levi Michael clubbed back-to-back doubles, plating a combined three runs.

The River Cats will go for the three-game sweep of Memphis with righty Yoanys Quiala (6-7, 6.43) getting the nod. The Redbirds will counter with righty Daniel Pounce de Leon (4-4, 3.90) First pitch is set for 7:05 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.

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 Defeat Salt Lake Bees 8-5

Peña, Michael and Gerber all go yard in 8-5 victory

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The Sacramento River Cats (51-46) leaned on a trio of home runs and some new faces out of the bullpen to defeat the Salt Lake Bees (41-56) 8-5 and secure a series victory in Salt Lake City.

River Cats starter Yoanys Quiala turned in a solid performance Wednesday night to pick up his team leading fifth win of the season. The right-hander tossed six innings and allowed four earned runs on eight hits while fanning seven batters. Lefty Travis Bergen, who rejoined the club today on a Major League rehab assignment, and recently added right-hander Sam Wolff worked final three innings, scattering four hits and allowing just an unearned run while striking out four batters. Wolff picked up his first Triple-A save in his River Cats debut. 

Three homers did much of the heavy lifting for the River Cats’ offense on Wednesday night. The first came in the second inning when Francisco Peña smacked his eighth homer of the year. Then in the seventh, with the game knotted up at four, the River Cats struck again with a solo blast from Levi Michael and a two-run jack from Mike Gerber. The 8-5 win, combined with a loss from the Fresno Grizzlies, gives the River Cats a three game advantage in the Pacific Northern division.

Sacramento will try to win four of five as the take on Salt Lake tomorrow night in the series finale. Right-hander Brandon Beachy (0-0, No ERA) will make his first career start for the River Cats as he continues his journey back to the big leagues. Salt Lake will give lefty Patrick Sandoval (3-4, 7.71) the nod. First pitch is set for 6:05 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 Stumble As Series Evens With Grizzlies

Ramos, Michael homer in 11-6 loss to division rival

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (47-44) fell 11-6 on Friday night to the Fresno Grizzlies (47-45) as their division rival crept to just a half game back in the Pacific Northern division standings.

The Grizzlies got to starting pitcher Yoanys Quiala early, plating 10 runs in the first five innings to put the ballgame well out of reach. Though the River Cats made things interesting in the seventh as two runs came home with a pair of bases loaded walk, back-to-back strikeouts left the bases juiced and ended the threat.

Outfielder Henry Ramos and second baseman Levi Michael each homered and drew a walk to lead the Sacramento offense, while the bullpen was solid with just one unearned run to their name. 

Lefty Conner Menez (1-0, 4.25) will get the ball as the River Cats look to avoid falling a half game back of the Grizzlies, who will counter with their own left-handed prospect in Ben Braymer (0-1, 8.79). First pitch is set for 7:07 p.m. (PT). Watch the game live on the CW-31 (KMAX). Or listen live to all of the action 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

Green Blasts Grand Slam But Sacramento River Cats Drop Game

Isotopes launch grand slam of their own, win 9-5

West Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (42-41) had defeated the Albuquerque Isotopes (35-49) in seven consecutive games until Monday night when the visiting club ended the streak with a 9-5 victory.

Sacramento trailed 4-0 after the Isotopes got to pitcher Conner Menez in the fourth inning. But the River Cats immediately countered to take the lead just a half inning later as third baseman Zach Green hit his 19th home run of the season – a towering grand slam that quickly tied the game. The shot made it four homers in four consecutive games for the red-hot Green and eight in his last 10.

Second baseman Levi Michael would add an RBI sacrifice fly to give the River Cats the lead, but Albuquerque would give the River Cats a taste of their own medicine in the sixth as right fielder Sam Hilliard put the game’s second grand slam up on the board. 

Left-hander Andrew Suarez (3-6, 6.29) will look to get the River Cats back on track Tuesday night as he’ll be facing fellow Isotopes lefty Pat Dean (2-8. 7.25). 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

Sacramento River Cats Come Up Short In Wild Game Vs. Chihuahuas

Shaw, Avelino each deliver three RBI in back-and-forth 12-11 loss

El Paso, Texas — The Sacramento River Cats (39-38) found themselves on the wrong side of a slugfest against the El Paso Chihuahuas (48-29), dropping the series opener 12-11. 

Runs were not hard to come by in El Paso, Texas on Tuesday night. The lead changed hands seven times throughout the night, but in the end, the River Cats’ final rally came up just short. Sacramento plated the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth on a Levi Michael RBI-groundout, which gave them a 10-9 lead. However, El Paso would respond with three in the bottom half of the inning to give them just enough breathing room to withstand the River Cats’ ninth inning rally.

Sacramento tallied 14 hits on the night, just a few shy of their season-high of 17. Chris Shaw and Abiatal Avelino led the charge for the River Cats, as the duo combined for five hits, including two homers, and six runs batted in. 

Catcher Ronnie Freeman returned to the lineup for the first time since June 9 and wasted no time, going 2-4 with a double and home run. Freeman has made the most of his at-bats in June, batting .473 (9-for-19) with two home runs and seven RBI in five games. 

Lefty Conner Menez (0-0, 3.31) will take the hill in game two looking for his first win as a River Cat this season. The Chihuahuas will turn to lefty Dietrich Enns (7-5, 5.88)). First pitch is set for 6:05 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

Howard Comes Through Again As Sacramento River Cats Walk Off

Avelino blasts his fifth home run, Shaw collects three hits in extra-inning victory

West Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (36-32) won a roller coaster series opener against the Iowa Cubs (37-32) by a score of 7-6. Second baseman Ryan Howard picked up his second extra-inning, walk-off hit in the last three days.

Southpaw starter Conner Menez was mowing down Cubs Saturday night as he set down a River Cats season-high 10 batters in his six innings of work. The lefty exited the game with a 4-3 lead, but would not factor into the decision after the River Cats lost the lead in the top of the seventh. 

After putting up a three spot in the first, Abiatal Avelino added on with a solo shot to dead center in the third. After temporally falling behind, Levi Michael singled home Avelino to tie the game at five in the eighth inning.

Later, in the tenth inning, down by a run with runners on first and second, Howard ripped a two-run double down the left field line to send River Cats fans home happy. The young infielder was mobbed on the infield by his teammates – a familiar sight as Howard also picked up the extra-inning winner on Thursday night.

The Sacramento River Cats will send lefty Andrew Suarez (3-4, 6.07) to the mound for the Father’s Day matinee. The Iowa Cubs will counter with righty Alec Mills (3-2, 6.00). First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, or on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations