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Sacramento River Cats Left Chasing Omaha In 7-1 Defeat

Heathcott goes 2-for-3, drives in lone run in River Cats debut

Omaha, NE – The Sacramento River Cats (47-63) came in to Thursday night’s game against the Omaha Storm Chasers (51-58) riding a four-game winning streak but were unable to recover after falling behind early in their 7-1 loss.

 Omaha jumped on Sacramento starter Matt Gage in the first inning, tagging the left-hander for two runs. Gage kept the Storm Chasers off the board over his next two frames but ran into trouble again in the fourth. He surrendered five more runs over the fourth and fifth innings before being relieved by right-hander Dusten Knight and of Gage’s seven hits allowed, six went for extra bases.

 Right fielder Slade Heatchott gave the River Cats their lone run on the night by singling home Mac Williamson with two outs in the fifth inning. Heathcott collected two of the team’s five hits tonight in his debut with Sacramento. 

 Right-hander Casey Kelly (5-2, 4.57) will make his second start for the River Cats in game two tomorrow night and will oppose Omaha’s right-hander Christian Binford (4-8, 8.46). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and will air 7:00 p.m. on ESPN 1320.

Press Release Courtresy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

San Francisco Giants Return To Raley Field in 2018

Sacramento River Cats to host exhibition game with major league affiliate Saturday, March 24

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats are excited to announce the return of the San Francisco Giants to Raley Field for the second ever Exhibition Game between the River Cats and Giants. The game is scheduled for Saturday, March 24 of next year at Raley Field.

“Returning to Raley Field is something we’ve wanted to do since making our first trip to Sacramento in 2016,” said Giants President & CEO Larry Baer. “Our partnership with the River Cats and our shared fanbase in the Sacramento region have both grown stronger over the last three seasons and this is another opportunity for us to participate in that community.”

The first River Cats and Giants Exhibition Game took place at Raley Field in March of 2016. The game, which was played in front of a sellout crowd and also televised locally, was a major success on every level.

“The fan reaction in 2016 exceeded even our expectations and we knew we needed to host the Giants again,” explained River Cats General Manager Chip Maxson. “The opportunity to see the Giants of the future alongside your favorite San Francisco Giants in an intimate setting like Raley Field is unlike any other experience.”

In 2016, fans were treated to such Giants as three-time World Champion Buster Posey, Gold Glove winner Brandon Crawford, and two-time All-Star Johnny Cueto. They took the field against River Cats favorites, including Jarrett Parker, Mac Williamson, and Ryan Lollis.

The 2018 River Cats versus Giants Exhibition Game is scheduled for Saturday, March 24. Currently, the only way fans are able to guarantee tickets for the Exhibition Game is to become a River Cats Season Ticket Member or to renew a current membership. More information on the membership program can be found at rivercats.com, by emailing tickets@rivercats.com, or by calling 916-371-HITS.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Leave New Orleans Baby Cakes Battered In 6-2 Win

Melancon makes rehab start, Sandoval collects first RBI for Sacramento

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (45-62) offense pounced on the New Orleans Baby Cakes (40-67) early, scoring four runs in the first inning as they took game two of the series 6-2 Sunday evening at Raley Field.

San Francisco Giants closer Mark Melancon got the start for the River Cats, facing the minimum in his one inning by inducing an inning-ending double play after allowing a walk. In the home half of the first, Sacramento jumped on New Orleans starter and former Giants’ left-hander Mike Kickham for four runs in an inning that including five hits – two for extra bases – and two stolen bases.

Third baseman Pablo Sandoval gave the River Cats their first run of the ballgame by driving in Wynton Bernard with a sacrifice fly in the four-run first. Mac Williamson, Chris Shaw, and Trevor Brown each knocked in a run in the frame, as well. Sacramento struck again in the fourth as first baseman Ryan Lollis drove in a pair with two outs to put the game away.

Sacramento will send right-hander Jose Flores (0-1, 4.03) to the hill tomorrow. New Orleans will counter with left-hander Justin Nicolino (4-4, 3.55). 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’ Comeback Attempt Falls Short In Texas

Stratton cannot overcome home runs as Sacramento falls to El Paso

El Paso, TX – The Sacramento River Cats (30-46) mounted promising comeback attempts late, but each of them fell flat as they dropped Tuesday night’s game to the El Paso Chihuahuas (38-40) by a score of 5-2.

Chris Stratton allowed a season-high 11 hits tonight, as he was unable to get through the fifth inning. The Right-hander allowed five runs on 11 hits, a walk, and six strikeouts, while throwing 104 pitches (69 strikes).

The bulk of the damage on Tuesday night came from the two-three hitters for El Paso, as Jose Rondon and Christian Villanueva combined to go 6-for-8 with four runs scored, three RBI and five extra base hits, including a home run apiece.

The River Cats threatened a couple times late, but were unable to mount a serious rally against the Chihuahua bullpen. Juan Ciriaco punched an RBI single to center in the seventh and Mac Williamson hit a sac fly to the wall in the ninth, but it was too little too late for Sacramento.

The River Cats will look to bounce back behind left-hander Andrew Suarez (1-1, 5.40) for game three tomorrow night. The Chihuahuas will send right-hander Trevor Cahill (0-0, No ERA) to the mound on a rehab assignment from the San Diego Padres. 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.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

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 Topped By ‘Topes in Jarrett Parker’s Return

Beede touched up for seven runs, offense can’t keep pace in 11-6 defeat

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (27-42) put up five runs over the first three innings but could not sustain the production Monday Night at Raley Field in their 11-6 loss to the Albuquerque Isotopes (35-35).

Sacramento opened things up early, pushing four runs across in the third frame thanks to an RBI-double by Jarrett Parker that was inches from clearing the fence. One batter later, Mac Williamson launched a two-run home run to straightaway centerfield bringing Parker in to score.

Starter Tyler Beede made it through four frames relatively unharmed, allowing three runs on five hits while racking up four strike outs. Things unraveled in the fifth however, as Beede allowed four runs on five hits in the inning. Of the right-hander’s 10 hits surrendered tonight, eight went for extra bases. Left-hander Matt Reynolds was responsible for the other four runs after allowing just five runs in his previous 13 home outings. The River Cats pitching staff allowed a season-high 16 hits on the night and matched a franchise-high by conceding eight doubles.

For game three tomorrow night Sacramento will send right-hander Chris Stratton (2-4, 6.02) to the hill. Albuquerque will counter with left Ryan Carpenter (3-5, 5.37). 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

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

Sacramento River Cats’ Ninth-Inning Rally Comes Up Short In 7-5 Loss

Sacramento sends winning run to the plate, but drops series finale to Aces

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (24-38) rallied in the ninth inning to climb within two runs of the Reno Aces (40-24) Sunday afternoon at Raley Field, but that was as close as they would get, dropping the series finale 7-5. 

Sacramento scored first for the fourth straight game thanks to an RBI-single by Ali Castillo in the second inning. The two teams traded blows over the next two frames and entered the sixth inning tied 3-3.

Dan Slania was on his way to having his best start this year with the River Cats until he unraveled in the sixth, allowing three runs on three hits in his final inning. An inning later, Reno tacked on another run off the newest River Cats reliever Heath Slatton to take a four-run lead.

In the ninth, Sacramento loaded the bases before Ryder Jones drove a base hit up the middle, scoring two and making it a 7-5 ballgame. The Aces then brought in closer Jimmie Sherfy, who struck out Mac Williamson and got catcher Tim Federowicz to ground out to end the game.

Sacramento will have an off day tomorrow, their fourth of the season, and start a four game series against the Las Vegas 51s on Tuesday. The River Cats’ Tyler Beede (3-3, 4.37) will face the 51s’ Wilfredo Boscan (2-3, 4.47). 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 Rally Late, Drop Heartbreaker To Fresno Grizzlies 6-5

FedEx delivers go-ahead homer but Crick can’t close the door against Fresno

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (23-35) took a one-run lead into the ninth thanks to a Tim Federowicz three-run home run but watched it slip away in their 6-5 loss to the Fresno Grizzlies (28-32) Wednesday night at Raley Field.

The Grizzlies struck first in this one, hitting a two-run home run in the first inning off starter Tyler Beede. The River Cats answered back in their half of the frame with a run thanks to an RBI-single by Mac Williamson. Fresno tagged Beede for two more runs over his seven innings, both solo shots, and they took a 4-2 lead into the eighth.

After walks to Ryder Jones and Jae-Gyun Hwang, Federowicz stepped to the dish and launched a go-ahead, three-run homer to put Sacramento up 5-4 in the eighth. The lead was short-lived, however, as

Fresno mounted a two-out rally against Sacramento’s Dusten Knight and Kyle Crick, scoring twice with two outs to take a 6-5 lead. Tonight marked the seventh loss in which the River Cats outhit their opponents.

Sacramento will look to earn the series split tomorrow night in the fourth and final game. Right-hander Chris Stratton (1-3, 5.93) will get the ball for the River Cats. Right-hander David Martinez (2-3, 5.73) will take the hill for Fresno. 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 Drops Sloppy Game In The Desert

Late homers by Jones and Shaw too little too late, as defense lapses early

Las Vegas, NV – The Sacramento River Cats (25-40) could not withstand the offensive barrage by the Las Vegas 51s (27-40), as they fell 12-4 in the desert on Thursday night.

Scheduled starter Joan Gregorio was scratched just before the game and right-hander Dusten Knight filled in with a valiant effort to get the bullpen through four innings with the game still within striking distance.

The River Cats had their best chance in the 6th inning, down 4-1 with the bases loaded and nobody out, when Chris Shaw singled home Conor Gillapsie to make it 4-2. The rally ended there, however, as 51s starter Tyler Pill stuck out Mac Williamson before inducing an inning-ending double play from Tim Federowicz.

Las Vegas took control from there, scoring three in the bottom of the 6th, and five in the 7th to stretch the lead to 12-2. Sacramento got some late fireworks when Ryder Jones and Chris Shaw each launched a solo home run in the 8th, but it was too little too late as the River Cats dropped the 7th in their last nine games.

The River Cats will send right-hander Roberto Gomez (1-3, 5.12) to the mound for the series finale in the desert, while the 51s will counter with righty Donovan Hand (1-2, 7.16). 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