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Middle-Inning Rally For River Cats Not Enough Lose 7-4 To Grizzlies

FRESNO, Calif. – Looking to even up the? series with the Fresno Grizzlies, the Sacramento River Cats battled but came out on the wrong end of a 7-4 summer’s evening contest. Sacramento made things interesting with a rally in the middle innings, but the surge wasn’t enough to give Ty Blach the run support necessary to earn his 10th win of the year.

Left-hander Blach (9-10, 4.51) did not look sharp out of the gates, as Fresno tagged him for three runs in the opening frame. He would settle down afterwards to give his offense a chance, but a 2-run homer from Matt Duffy in the sixth was too much to overcome. Blach finished the night allowing 6 runs on 9 hits, walking 1 and striking out 3 over 5 innings of work.

Trailing 4-1 entering the fourth inning, the River Cats had a chance to rest and regroup following a delay due to home plate umpire Spencer Flynn needing medical attention after taking a foul ball taken off the mask earlier in the game. Once play resumed, back-to-back singles set up an RBI single for Skyler Stromsmoe, cutting the deficit in half. Stromsmoe finished the night 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

In the fifth, Sacramento threatened with a two-out rally. After a walk from Jarrett Parker, Ben Turner singled to right field to drive him in. Two batters later, Darren Ford line a ball into the gap in left-center field driving in Turner and trying the game. Tuner finished the game 3-for-4 with an RBI and 2 runs scored, and is now batting .386 (10-for-26) on the road in Triple-A this season. The game did not stay tied long as Duffy hit a 2-run homer with nobody out in the bottom half.

The top of the order cooled off for Sacramento Thursday night. The first five spots in the order (Everth Cabrera, Ryan Lollis, Kevin Frandsen, Mac Williamson, and Parker) combined to go 0-for-21.

Grizzlies’ starting pitcher Mark Appel (1-2, 4.62) took a no decision after lasting just 4.2 innings. The 2013 first overall pick of the Houston Astros allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits, walking 3 and striking out 4. The win went to RHP Jordan Jankowski (6-3, 3.91) after throwing 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.

The River Cats bullpen put in another strong night, as they combined for 3 solid innings of work. Steven Okert pitched a perfect sixth inning, striking out 2 in the process. Cody Hall put in 2 innings of work, allowing 1 run on 2 hits, walking 1 and striking out 3.

Fresno did not look like their usual selves Thursday, as for one night only they changed their names to the Fresno Tacos. With around 50 Taco Trucks at Chukchansi Stadium, Fresno donned white and green uniforms with a bright orange taco logo on the cap.

Things will get back to normal on Friday as the River Cats once again take on the Grizzlies for game three of this four game set. For Sacramento, it will be right-hander Chris Stratton (2-3, 3.56). Stratton is coming off back-to-back wins in his last two starts. For Fresno, LHP Brett Oberholtzer (4-3, 4.89) will take the mound. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. and can be heard live on rivercats.com and ESPN 1320.

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

The San Francisco Giants Shutout The Arizona Diamondbacks 5-0

March 15, 2015 11:04 PM PT

Scottsdale, ArizonaTim Hudson went 1 1/3 innings, faced eight batters, and allowed five batters to reach base. With all that said he didn’t give up a run to the Diamondbacks . San Francisco Giants shutout the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-0 on Sunday.

The World Champions Giants, finally got a win. They only had one win in it’s last 10 games.

Diamondbacks Archie Bradley also struggled. He allowed two runs and six hits through three innings of work. He struck out two and didn’t issue a walk.

 Ehire Adrianza had two hits and an RBI for the Giants. Matt Duffy hit an RBI tripleBrandon Crawford added a hit and scored a run. He played at shortstop. Juan Perez added two hits, including a double.

Ex-Giant Cody Ross had two hits for the Diamondbacks.

San Franciscos’ Center fielder Gary Brown threw  a runner  out at the plate in the first inning keeping the game scoreless.

Hudson:  “I need to work on release-point stuff, mechanical stuff,” he said. “The plate is moving around on me, but that will get better. From a workload standpoint I’m ahead of where I thought I might be. I didn’t think I would be out this early, but I am. You can’t look at numbers and say too much. The World Series MVP (Bumgarner) has given up a run this spring, ” Hudson added.

                1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  R  H  E
ARI        0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  8   0
SF           0  1  1  0  0  0  1  2  X  5 11 0


Roster Moves

Giants: San Francisco is moving OF Norichika Aoki to left field and will use Gregor Blanco or Juan Perez in right until Hunter Pence returns from injury.

Diamondbacks: Arizona released OF Ben Francisco and reassigned RHP Blake Beaven, RHP Aaron Blair, RHP Justin Marks, C Matt Pognozzi, RHP Braden Shipley and C Mark Thomas to minor league camp. LHPs Vidal Nuno and Andrew Chafin are no longer being considered for the starting rotation but remain in the bullpen mix.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Giants: RHP Tim Lincecum (neck) will miss his next scheduled start. He will pitch again on March 21.“I can’t force the issue,” he said. “It’s not the time to be a hero and try to power through it.”

Hunter Pence (broken right forearm) had his cast replaced. He will wear one for a month.

Diamondbacks: RHP Addison Reed (shoulder soreness) continues to throw bullpen sessions as he works himself into condition to open the season on time.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: RHP Randall Delgado starts Monday against the Chicago White Sox.

Giants: RHP Chris Stratton starts Monday against the Cincinnati Reds. San Francisco reliever Sergio Romo is also expected to make his spring debut.