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Sacramento River Cats’ Mac Williamson Clears Bases With Thrilling Double

Jones adds ninth home run of season in 7-4 loss 

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA Mac Williamson’s bases-clearing double in the eighth inning made things interesting but the Sacramento River Cats (39-53) would eventually fall to the Salt Lake Bees (47-45) 7-4.

The River Cats loaded the bases in the eighth with no outs, and after designated hitter Chris Shaw struck out, Williamson picked him up with a liner down the left-field line the just stayed fair. The two-bagger ended a slump for Williamson in which he had not collected an extra-base hit since June 26 — a string of 34 at-bats.

Third baseman Ryder Jones provided the only other run for Sacramento as he cleared the fence for his ninth homer of the season. After a 2-for-4 evening, Jones is now the only qualifying player on the club with a batting average over .300.

Saturday night’s contest will feature right-hander Mike Connolly (0-1, 4.42) making his fourth start of the season for the River Cats, while the Bees will send lefty Jose Suarez (0-3, 5.40) to the hill. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online atrivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Chris Shaw’s Two Homers Carry Sacramento River Cats To Victory

Williamson launches home run in first plate appearance back with club

 ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Left fielder Chris Shaw crushed two home runs to help the Sacramento River Cats (34-43) snap a season-long eight-game losing skid with a 9-4 win over the Albuquerque Isotopes (38-38).

For Shaw, they were his 13th and 14th home runs of the season. They also accounted for half of the team’s total homers on a powerful Monday evening in Albuquerque. Right fielder Mac Williamson, playing in his first game back with the River Cats since being optioned by the San Francisco Giants, got things going with a solo home run in the second inning. Then in the fifth, third baseman Ryder Jones’s seventh of the season tied the game at four.

Right-hander Casey Kelly worked around nine hits and two walks to allow four runs over six innings. He was followed by three scoreless frames from the bullpen featuring just one baserunner and three strikeouts.

Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija (0-1, 2.57) will be making his third, and likely final rehab start with the River Cats before he rejoins the major-league rotation. Albuquerque will send lefty Brett Oberholtzer (3-5, 5.86) to the hill. First pitch is set for 5:35 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.FM beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Mac Williamson Powers Sacramento River Cats In 11-7 Win

Slater extends hitting streak to 15 games in victory

 SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Rehabbing outfielder Mac Williamson homered for the second consecutive game to begin his stint with the Sacramento River Cats (22-21), who knocked off the Salt Lake Bees (24-19) 11-7 on Saturday night.

Williamson drove in four runs, adding an RBI with a double in the fifth inning. He now has eight home runs in just 59 plate appearances with the River Cats this season while batting .468.

Fellow outfielder Austin Slater, who was playing first base on Saturday night, doubled in the third inning to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. The two-bagger, his 16th of the year, led off the frame and eventually scored on an RBI single from designated hitter Kyle Jensen.

Six River Cats batters totaled at least two hits, including three hits for both Steven Duggar and Orlando Calixte. For Calixte, the third of his trio of hits was his sixth home run of the season — a two-run shot in the ninth inning to extend the lead to four.

The River Cats will look for their third win in a row in Sunday afternoon’s matinee in Salt Lake City. Right-hander Jose Flores (1-3, 5.06) will toe the rubber for Sacramento while the Bees will counter with righty Jaime Barria (0-4, 2.92). First pitch is set for 12:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.5 FM.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats’ Williamson Homers For Third Straight Game In Narrow Loss

Rainiers capitalize on wild pitch to squeak by River Cats

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA Jose Valdez’s seventh-inning wild pitch allowed the winning run to advance to third base, and eventually home on a sacrifice fly, as the Tacoma Rainiers (4-5) edged the Sacramento River Cats (4-5) by a final score of 3-2.

Right-hander Tyler Herb settled down after giving up two runs on two walks and two singles in the opening frame, retiring 14 of his final 17 batters faced. Herb struck out six in six innings in what was the longest outing by a River Cats starting pitcher in the young season.

Mac Williamson cleared the fence for the third consecutive game, crushing a line-drive home run to straight-away left field to tie the game at two in the first. He has hits in his first seven games this season, including three doubles to go along with his four total homers.

Williamson’s bomb, though, was one of just six hits, and the only extra-base hit, the River Cats were able to muster off Rainiers starter Rob Whalen. The 24-year old right-hander struck out six and walked one in six strong innings while the bullpen allowed just one baserunner and struck out six more in their three innings of work.

Game two of this four-game series is set for Saturday at 7:05 p.m. as the River Cats will turn to right-hander Dereck Rodriguez (0-0, 9.82), who will be making his Raley Field debut. Tacoma will counter with another righty, Max Povse (0-1, 5.40).

Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Shawsome: ‘Cats Get Second Straight Walk-off Win

Shaw drives in winning run to defeat first-place El Paso 3-2 in 10 innings

West Sacramento, CA Chris Shaw gave the Sacramento River Cats (63-75) their second straight walk-off win as they downed the El Paso Chihuahuas (71-68) 3-2 in 10 innings Friday night at Raley Field.

Mac Williamson singled to start the 10th inning for Sacramento, his first hit of the night. One batter later, Chris Shaw doubled him home for his 47th RBI of the season and his first walk-off RBI of the year. With the win, the River Cats improved their record to 4-1 at home in extra-inning games. Sacramento has now won five straight games for the first time this season.

Right-hander Jose Flores (2-3, 3.47) will get the start in game two for Sacramento and is slated to face El Paso left-hander Dillon Overton (6-6, 7.09). 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 Win Third Straight, Beat 51s 6-1

Offense racks up 12 hits, Williamson homers for second straight night

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (61-75) offense was firing on all cylinders Wednesday night. They jumped ahead early in the first inning and rolled to an easy 6-1 victory over the Las Vegas 51s (52-85).

Ryan Lollis got things started for the River Cats, driving in two with the bases loaded in the first frame. Mac Williamson highlighted the scoring, launching his second big fly in as many games over the center field wall in the fifth inning. As a team, the River Cats went 5-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

Sacramento starter Kraig Sitton gave the team a solid four innings in his second start this season, allowing just one hit and one run. The bullpen took it from there with Collin Balester tossing three scoreless frames to follow. Balester earned his first win of the year for his efforts.

Right-hander Casey Kelly (7-5, 4.55) will get the ball for the River Cats tomorrow night. He will square off against the 51s’ righty Robert Gsellman (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 Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Stung By Salt Lake Despite Suarez’s Brilliance

Williamson’s homer the lone run in River Cats 3-1 loss

West Sacramento, CA Andrew Suarez gave the Sacramento River Cats (50-69) 8.1 phenomenal innings Saturday night, but it was not enough as the Salt Lake Bees (60-60) hit a three-run home run after his departure to steal the game away, 3-1.

Suarez threw a career-high 8.1 innings tonight, striking out eight Salt Lake hitters, four of which were looking. After allowing a single and a double in the ninth, the left-hander was relieved by right-hander Tyler Rogers. Rogers was able to retire the first hitter he faced and came within one strike of ending the game before Bees’ right fielder Shane Robinson shocked the 13,000-plus at Raley Field with his go-ahead three-run homer.

Mac Williamson went deep in the seventh inning for what seemed to be the winning run, putting the River Cats up 1-0. The Sacramento offense was silent other than that, managing just six hits while going 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. With tonight’s loss, Sacramento ended their four-game winning streak against Salt Lake and five-game home winning streak.

Sacramento will send left-hander Matt Gage (0-6, 7.30) to the hill tomorrow to face Salt Lake’s right-hander Daniel Wright (6-7, 7.13). First pitch is set for 5:05 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 Go To Extras Again, Fall This Time 6-5 To Cubs

Sacramento offense quieted after three-run first inning

Des Moines, IA – The Sacramento River Cats (49-66) and Iowa Cubs (54-66) went to extra innings for the second straight night but this time it was the home side who came out victorious, taking game two from the River Cats 6-5.

The River Cats bats came out hot from the get-go tonight, pushing three runs across in the first inning thanks to RBIs from Chris Shaw and Mac Williamson. The two corner outfielders collected five of the team’s 12 hits tonight but the Sacramento offense managed just two runs over the next 10 innings.

After starter Matt Gage was relieved in the fifth inning, the River Cats bullpen allowed just one run over their combined 8.2 innings. Right-hander D.J. Snelten retired all nine Iowa hitters he faced, striking out four of them. With the loss, Sacramento is now 6-6 in extra-inning games. 

Sacramento will send right-hander Casey Kelly (5-3, 4.69) to the hill for game three to face his former club. Iowa will counter with right-hander Aaron Brooks (6-9, 6.10). First pitch is set for 10:08 a.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online atrivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320 at 7:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Outlasts Iowa 4-2 In Extra Innings

Suarez turns in quality start, offense rallies late over Cubs

Des Moines, IA – The Sacramento River Cats (49-65) rallied for two runs in the 11th inning Monday night as they outlasted the Iowa Cubs (53-59) by a final score of 4-2.

Jae-Gyun Hwang was the catalyst tonight for the River Cats, singling home Mac Williamson to get the rally started in the 11th. One batter later, Ryan Lollis moved Tim Federowicz over to third base with a sacrifice bunt before the catcher eventually scored on a wild pitch. In the home half of the 11th, submariner Tyler Rogers closed things out to earn his team-leading seventh save this season.

Lost in the shuffle was Sacramento starter Andrew Suarez who went seven innings for a third consecutive start. The left-hander allowed two runs on five hits and retired 12 of 13 Iowa hitters at one point. The No. 11 prospect in the Giants’ organization has now turned in four straight quality starts and owns a 2.16 ERA in four road starts (6 ER, 25 IP). 

Left-hander Matt Gage (0-6, 6.82) will get the start for Sacramento tomorrow night in game two. He will oppose Iowa left-hander Rob Zastryzny (1-1, 6.67). First pitch is set for 5:08 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.comand on the air on ESPN 1320 at 7:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

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