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Sacramento River Cats, San Francisco Giant Extend Affiliation

Photo by Shawn Jonas

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA –The Sacramento River Cats and San Francisco Giants have announced an extension of their Player Development Contract (PDC). The extension is for four years, keeping the Giants’ Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento through the 2020 season.

River Cats General Manager Chip Maxson will make the official announcement at today’s Preseason Party at 12:30 p.m. in front of loyal fans at Raley Field.

“I’m extremely excited to share that we are officially extending our Player Development Contract with the San Francisco Giants,” says Maxson. “Our first year together was an incredible success, both on and off the field, and we’re proud to share that our dynamic partnership with the San Francisco Giants will continue well into the future.”

The Giants originally entered into a two-year PDC agreement with the River Cats in September of 2014. With this extension, the two teams will remain affiliated through the 2020 season.

“Sacramento has proved to be an incredibly important affiliate for us. The proximity to San Francisco, the loyal fan-base in the Sacramento-region, and the passion of the ownership and front office has been nothing short of spectacular,” said Giants CEO and President Larry Baer. “The future is bright for our relationship with the River Cats organization.”

San Francisco’s General Manager, Bobby Evans, echoed Baer. “The communication between our clubs is very strong and we seemed to fall in step with each other immediately. They has gone above and beyond to provide our players with an excellent place to play.”

Despite entering just their second season as the Giants’ Triple-A affiliate, the River Cats have already seen their fair share of players entering into the Major Leagues. Trevor Brown, Josh Osich, Kelby Tomlinson, and Jarrett Parker headlined a group of nearly fifteen players who put in time with both the River Cats and Giants. Conversely, a number of Giants made their River Cats debut in 2015 on rehab assignments, including Hunter Pence, Matt Cain, Joe Panik, and more.

Sacramento is one of San Francisco’s five domestic minor league affiliates, joining Double-A Richmond (Eastern League), Advanced-A San Jose (California League), Class A Augusta (South Atlantic League) and Short-Season A Salem-Keizer (Northwest League).

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Cap Season With Shutout Win; River Cats Dominate Isotopes 11-0

Photo by Shawn Jonas

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats closed out the 2015 season on Monday afternoon with what may have been their most all-around impressive win of the season, an overpowering 11-0 shutout against the Albuquerque Isotopes. The middle of the lineup brought the big bats to the park for the Labor Day matinee finale and Nik Turley went seven strong to cap the season with his seventh win of the season.

Sacramento’s three-four-five hitters Kevin Frandsen, Jarrett Parker, and Mac Williamson combined to go 6-for-10 with three home runs, seven RBI, and five runs scored. Williamson had perhaps the biggest afternoon, slugging two of those home runs – a solo shot and a two-run blast – and driving in three. Jarrett Parker contributed the third homer, a three-run blast in the third inning.

Overall, the River Cats offense tallied 13 hits and scored 11 runs. Seven of nine starters recorded at least one hit, while four of nine recorded multiple. Seven different River Cats scored in the blowout win.

Turley looked superb on the mound in his last start of the year. The left-hander threw seven scoreless innings while giving up just two hits. He walked four and struck out eight. This is the third time the southpaw has struck out eight in a game, matching his season high.

San Francisco Giants’ pitcher Matt Cain pitched two scoreless innings of relief for the River Cats Monday afternoon. Cain closed out the game, throwing 32 pitches (25 strikes) while giving up two hits and striking out two. He is expected to return to the Giants tomorrow.

Sacramento closes out their inaugural season as the Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants with a record of 71-73. The season saw many historic feats, including the first cycle in team history by Adam Duvall on April 18, as well as the franchise-long winning streak of 13 games (8/9-8-22).

The River Cats will begin the 2016 season in Salt Lake on April 7. The home opener for the 2016 year will be on Friday, April 15, when Sacramento plays host to the Bees.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Defeat Salt Lake Bees 4-3; All-Star Duvall Lifts River Cats in Walk-off Win

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats kicked off July with a thrilling 4-3 win in extras Wednesday night at Raley Field. After it looked like Jack Snodgrass was going to take the tough-luck loss in his first Triple-A start, a ninth-inning rally sent the game to extras where the River Cats won their fifth extra-inning contest on Adam Duvall’s walk-off RBI-single.

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the 15th inning, Duvall came to the plate as the Salt Lake Bees brought in their centerfielder to go to a six-man infield. The move didn’t make a difference to Duvall, who stroked his fourth hit of the night to left field, bringing in Brett Jackson and sending the River Cats home with the 4-3 win. Overall, Duvall was 4-for-8 with two runs scored and two RBIs.

For a while, it looked as if the game might not go that long, as Salt Lake held a 3-0 lead in the eighth. But Duvall sparked a late-game comeback with an RBI-double, giving Sacramento their first run of the night in the eighth inning. He scored two batters later on a wild pitch, cutting the deficit to one.

Sacramento rallied again in the ninth, tying the game on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Ryan Lollis. Lollis, who went 1-for-6 on the night, extended his hit streak to seven games and his streak of consecutive games with an RBI to four.

Before the offense rallied in the eighth, Snodgrass seemed doomed to take a tough-luck loss in his first start for the River Cats. Despite joining the roster on June 6, the tall left-hander was working exclusively out of the bullpen while Matt Cain and Jake Peavy were on Major League rehab assignments. In his debut as a starter, Snodgrass went 5 innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 run, and 3 walks while striking out 6.

The bullpen was excellent tonight for Sacramento, throwing 10 innings of shutout ball. The group was headlined by Curtis Partch, who struck out six in 2.2 perfect innings. Brett Bochy went 3 innings for the River Cats, giving up just 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 3.

Before tonight’s game, Duvall was named to the 2015 Pacific Coast League’s Triple-A All-Star team. The right-handed corner-infielder has hit 16 home runs this season, good for second most in the PCL and all of Triple-A. He is also top ten in the PCL in games played (74), at bats (294), RBIs (51), and total bases (144).

Ty Blach will take the mound for the River Cats tomorrow night. The left-hander is 5-8 with a 4.27 ERA in 15 starts this season and owns the league’s second best BB/9 (0.97). Opposite Blach will be another lefty, Salt Lake’s Adam Wilk (2-5, 5.14). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

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

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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

Matt Cain Sharp in Second Rehab Start; Sacramento River Cats Fall to Reno Aces 2-1

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. Matt Cain and Jhoulys Chacin battled Friday night, engaging in a pitcher’s duel in front of a full house at Raley Field. With over 400 career major league starts between them, the two hurler’s kept things locked in a 1-1 tie until a Blake Lalli RBI-single in the seventh put the Reno Aces up 2-1 for good.

Cain (0-2, 4.50) went 6.2 innings in his second River Cats start, throwing 89 pitches, 59 for strikes. He gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and no walks while striking out 6. It looked like the Aces were going to strike early, but Cain pitched around a first inning error by Hector Sanchez and stranded Reno’s Nick Buss at third base.

He retired the next eight before the Aces came through with a run in the fourth, tying the game at one. Cain held Reno at one until the seventh, when Lalli singled home Cody Ransom to put the Aces up 2-1.

Overall, Cain looked sharp on the mound, pitching around two errors behind him and keeping the River Cats in the game. He departed with Sacramento trailing and a runner on first with two outs in the seventh but the sold out crowd showed their support for the three-time World Champ with a standing ovation. Cain responded with an acknowledging wave to the crowd.

Opposite of Cain, Reno’s Chacin (1-0, 1.29) was also dealing, allowing just one run over seven innings. He gave up 5 hits, walked 1, and tallied a season-high 9 strikeouts en route to his second win of the season. Chacin made his Aces debut tonight, having just signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization yesterday.

Ehire Adrianza had a big night for the River Cats, both at the plate and on the field. With his third-inning single, the hot-hitting shortstop extended his current hit streak to seven games, two shy of his season high. He also doubled, and was 2-for-4 on the night, raising his batting average to .320 for the season.

On the defensive side of the ball, Adrianza showed off his smooth fielding, making a diving play in the fourth inning and an running, over-the-shoulder catch in shallow center field in the seventh.

It’ll be a Father’s Day matinee finale tomorrow afternoon as the River Cats look to avoid the sweep behind right-hander Jake Peavy (0-2, 5.70). Peavy made the best start of his rehab assignment his last time out, throwing 7 innings (95 pitches) and allowing 2 runs on 5 hits while striking out 5. The Aces will counter with their right-hander Gabriel Arias (5-2, 2.94). First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Matt Cain’s Debut Kicks Off Rivalry Series Division Leading Fresno Grizzlies Take Opener 6-3

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – 9,497 gathered at Raley Field Monday night to watch three-time World Champion and three-time All-Star Matt Cain make his Sacramento River Cats debut against the division rival Fresno Grizzlies. Cain was excellent in the early going, striking out the side in the first and second innings, but the Grizzlies powerful offense eventually came through and Fresno took the series opener 6-3.

Cain came into tonight, his second rehab start and his first with Sacramento, on a 75-pitch limit. That number reached 74 (47 for strikes) as he tossed 3.1 innings, giving up 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits. He struck out 7, six of which came in the first two innings, and walked 2. His fastball was hitting 91-92 mph consistently, and peaked at 93. Through his first two rehab starts, Cain has thrown 7 innings and struck out 9 compared to 2 walks and is 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA.

Despite leaving with one out in the fourth and down by three, the crowd on hand showed Cain their support with a standing ovation. Cain walked off the field with an acknowledging wave to the loyal Sacramento fans on hand.

Cain was followed by Clayton Blackburn and Jean Machi. Together, the trio combined to strikeout 16 Grizzlies.

On the opposite side, Fresno starter Dan Straily was dealing, limiting the River Cats to just 2 hits over 7 shutout innings. He struck out 7 and walked 2 while throwing 96 pitches (64 strikes) on his way to the win. He moved to 5-5 with the win, and lowered his ERA to 4.25. Kevin Chapman picked up the save, his sixth.

With Fresno leading 6-0 in the eighth, the River Cats scored their only runs of the night. Ehire Adrianza knocked in two with a bases-loaded single to left, scoring Carlos Triunfel and Ryan Lollis. Kevin Frandsen would also score on the play thanks to a Fresno throwing error.

The Grizzlies were led by their right fielder L.J. Hoes, who was 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI. Third baseman Matt Duffy contributed with his sixth home run of the season.

Game two of this quick three-game series will take place tomorrow night. The River Cats will send Jake Peavy (0-1, 8.10) to the mound for his fourth River Cats start. For Fresno, it’ll be the undefeated right hander Asher Wojciechowski (4-0, 4.50). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

A’s Score Four Runs On Matt Cain In Less Than Two Innings Beat Giants 5-2

Saturday March 14, 2015

Shawn Jonas

MESA, Ariz. –After a two-run start by the Giants offense in the top of the first inning they were shutdown for the rest of the game.  Athletics Jesse Chavez settled down after the first inning and only gave up five hits over 4⅓ innings.  Matt Cain had a rough outing giving up for four runs in 1⅔ innings.  The Oakland Athletics beat the San Francisco Giants 5-2 Saturday in a split-squad game.

Cain, in only his second appearance following elbow surgery, allowed six hits.  He struck out one,  and did not walk a batter.

“I got my pitch count up and worked every scenario, I just didn’t make pitches,” Cain said. “Now it’s making sure my arm is able to repeat it and being able to get up and down.”

Cain’s day was a short one due to him not being able to locate as well as he wanted. His arm felt great,and he thought he had good stuff. He’s on schedule to be ready in time for the start of the season.

Cain will go through his normal routine as h e prepares for his next start in five days.

“The nerves were still there, which is good,” Cain said. “This one felt more like a normal start.”

Billy Burns is is in a nice rhythm as he collected three more hits for a second straight game.

Ben Zobrist doubled and drove in two runs while Eric Sogard collected a hit and drove in a run for the A’s as well. Burns has three triples this spring.

Casey McGehee doubled twice and drove in both of the Giants’ runs. He’s 10-for-20 in exhibition play.

Jesse Chavez gave up two runs, both in the first inning, on five hits over 4⅓ innings. He struck out four and walked none.

Athletics: Chavez was able to make an adjustment after a rough first inning and ended on a solid note.

“I was rushing a little bit with my mechanics, throwing my hip out too quickly,” he said. “It was a matter of me trusting myself to know what I needed to do. I started driving the hill.”

Chavez was allowed to start the fifth inning, something that was important to him after failing to go three innings his last outing.

“Today the whole goal was to go four innings and being able to go back out for the fifth was nice, and not even reaching my pitch count.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

A’s: OF Josh Reddick (strained right oblique) took part in the team stretch and threw from 60 feet. … INF Ike Davis (back) and OF Coco Crisp (sore left triceps) are taking an extra day or two off and should be back in action in the next few days. … RHP Jarrod Parker (Tommy John surgery) threw 20 pitches to hitters on Friday and will do so again on Wednesday.

Giants: RHP Sergio Romo (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen on Friday and will see game action Sunday. … C Buster Posey got a routine day off. … RHP Tim Lincecum (neck) has shown no improvement.
4:05 PM ET, March 14, 2015
HoHoKam Stadium, Mesa, Arizona

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UP NEXT

Giants: RHP Tim Hudson makes his second start of the spring Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

A’s: RHP Sonny Gray will start for the A’s at the Milwaukee Brewers, with LHP Barry Zito also scheduled to see action.

A’s Up Next: The A’s will be back together as one unit Sunday after a split-squad trip to Las Vegas, and it will be right-hander Sonny Gray taking the mound for the second time this spring, meeting the Brewers at Maryvale at 1:05 p.m. PT, live on MLB.TV. Gray will be followed by veteran non-roster invitee Barry Zito. Gray allowed two earned runs on five hits in his two-inning Cactus League debut, and Zito has allowed four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings in one start and one relief appearance thus far.