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Big Third Inning Leads Sacramento River Cats Over Redbirds

Sacramento offense backs Roth’s solid start in 5-3 victory

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (18-28) used a big third inning and a strong outing from starter Michael Roth to down the Memphis Redbirds (29-19) 5-3 Thursday night at Raley Field.

First baseman Jae-Gyun Hwang opened the scoring for Sacramento by launching a double that caromed off the top of the center field fence, scoring Austin Slater. One batter later, Chris Shaw, who made his Triple-A debut tonight, drove in Hwang with a double of his own. Third baseman Juan Ciriaco capped off the inning with a two-run home run, putting the home side up 4-0.

Michael Roth stymied the Memphis offense over his six innings tonight as he allowed just one run on three hits while walking two and striking out five. He is now 4-0 at home with a 2.73 ERA. Kyle Crick struck out the side in the ninth for his fifth save.

The River Cats finish up their homestand tomorrow night behind right-hander Chris Stratton (0-2, 5.59) while the Redbirds counter with righty Josh Zeid (2-1, 7.05). 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

Late Comeback Falls Short Sacramento River Cats Drop The Final Game In The Series To Memphis Redbirds 5-4

May 24, 2015 4:03 PM PT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats dropped their final game of the series to the Memphis Redbirds by a score of 5-4. Sacramento made a late comeback push, but came up short on Sunday afternoon as they suffered their first home sweep of 2015.

The River Cats were down 5-1 in the 8th when Juan Ciriaco led off the inning with a single. Juan Perez reached on a Redbirds error before Brett Jackson hit his third home run of the season out to the grassy berm in right field, cutting the Memphis lead to one. The River Cats had two more hits in the inning, both singles from Darren Ford and Adam Duvall, but were unable to score again.

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Duvall extended his hitting streak to eight games with his 8th inning single. His longest hitting streak this season is 11 games, spanning from 4/11 to 4/21. The River Cats as a team have had four players with a hit-streak of eight games or more.

Memphis got on the board first for the third game in a row, jumping out ahead to a 4-0 lead in the 2nd. The Redbirds strung together a number of bloop base hits and drew two walks in the inning. They added another in the 5th on an RBI-double from Xavier Scruggs.

Sacramento’s offense got off to a slow start, scoring their first run in the 7th on a Carlos Triunfel sacrifice fly. Jackson’s three-run homer in the 8th kept the River Cats in the game, but on its own wasn’t enough for Sacramento.

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Left-hander Ty Blach started for Sacramento, pitching six innings and allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits and 3 walks with 5 strikeouts. Blach wasn’t his usual self on the mound, walking three and hitting his first batter of the season. With the loss, he falls to 4-4 with a 4.07 ERA. Zach Petrick picked up his third win for the Redbirds, while Tyler Waldron recorded his first save of the season.

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Tomorrow’s game will bring longtime River Cats affiliate Oakland back to Sacramento for the first time with their new Triple-A affiliate, the Nashville Sounds. Sacramento will send Clayton Blackburn (1-2, 5.51) to the mound in tomorrow’s series opener. The Sounds will counter with lefty Sean Nolin (0-0, 1.04). First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. PT.

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The Sacramento River Cats are the Triple-A affiliate of the 2014 World Champion San Francisco Giants. The team plays at Raley Field in West Sacramento, consistently voted one of the top ballparks in America. River Cats Season Tickets, Mini-Plans, and Flex Plans can be purchased for the 2015 season by calling the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487). For more information about the River Cats, visit www.rivercats.com

Oakland A’s Affiliate Nashville Sounds Return to Raley Field

Back-To-Back Starts By Cy Young Winners Zito and Jake Peavy

Longtime River Cats affiliate Oakland returns to West Sacramento for the first time with their new Triple-A affiliate, the Nashville Sounds (16-27, 4th American Southern). Before affiliating with the Sounds, the A’s had been the Triple-A affiliate of the Sacramento River Cats (21-23, 2nd Pacific Northern) for 15 seasons. They were also affiliated with the River Cats for a season when the team was in Vancouver as the Canadians before moving to Sacramento. The four game series between the River Cats and the Sounds starts on Monday, May 25, and is the only time the two teams will face each other in 2015.

Scouting the Sounds

The Sounds are coming off a losing series with Fresno as they make their first trip to Sacramento since 2012. Over their last ten games, they are 3-7. Nashville has struggled away from their home park – the new First Tennessee Park – going just 7-16 in 23 games. Recently, they have been playing better and as a team they are hitting .279 on the road, while the pitching staff has an ERA of 4.70.

Your River Cats

The River Cats are 4-6 over their last ten games coming into Monday’s series opener with the Sounds. Sacramento is coming off a series loss to the Memphis Redbirds in which they outhit the ‘Birds 38 to 34 but were outscored 23 to 16. The River Cats pitching staff will look to continue to post strong numbers at home, where they own a 3.18 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Overall, the River Cats are 12-12 at home so far this season.

Players to Watch

Nashville comes into Sacramento with a number of familiar faces on their roster, including Anthony Aliotti and Alden Carrithers, among others. Aliotti is hitting .270 for the season but has been hot lately, going 12-for-40 (.300) with a .378 OBP over his last 11 games. Nashville also brings the veteran left-hander and former River Cats star Barry Zito into town with them. Zito is in his 16th season of professional baseball. The lefty was named to the All-Star team three times and won the 2002 AL Cy Young award while with the Oakland A’s. More recently, Zito is a two-time World Champion with the San Francisco Giants (’10 and ’12).

For the River Cats, shortstop Ehire Adrianza has been on fire over the last week. Adrianza is coming off a nine-game hit streak, the second longest for the River Cats this season (Adam Duvall holds the team-high, an 11-game streak). During that nine-game stretch, the hot-hitting shortstop was 15-for-33 (.455) with 4 doubles, 6 runs, and 3 RBIs. San Francisco Giants right-hander Jake Peavy is also expected to make a rehab start with the River Cats on Wednesday night. He was a pivotal member in the Giants’ push toward the postseason in 2014, going 6-3 in August and September with a 1.98 ERA. Like Zito, Peavy is also a three-time All-Star and a Cy Young Winner, taking home the NL award in 2007.

Matchup History

This series between the Sacramento River Cats and the Nashville Sounds will be the 18th all-time. The River Cats hold a commanding lead over the Sounds, having taken 49 of 68 games. This is Nashville’s first trip to Raley Field since August 5 – 8, 2012. The River Cats have made two trips to Nashville – once in 2013 and again in 2014 – since then. Last season, the River Cats took three of four in Nashville, scoring 32 runs in the four games.

Probable Pitchers

Monday, May 25 (1:05 p.m. PDT): RHP Clayton Blackburn (1-2, 5.51) vs. LHP Sean Nolin (0-0, 1.04)
Tuesday, May 26 (7:05 p.m. PDT): RHP Robert Coello (5-2, 3.44) vs. LHP Barry Zito (1-4, 5.29)
Wednesday, May 27 (7:05 p.m. PDT): RHP Jake Peavy (0-2, 9.39) vs. RHP Zach Neal (2-1, 1.69)
Thursday, May 28 (12:05 p.m. PDT): RHP Kevin Correia (0-1, 4.40) vs. LHP Brad Mills (1-5, 3.91)

Sacramento River Cats Ninth Inning Rally Falls Short Lose To Memphis Redbirds 6-4

May 23, 2015 10:48 PM PT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A ninth-inning rally fell short for Sacramento in their 6-4 loss to the Memphis Redbirds on Saturday night. The River Cats outhit the Redbirds 12 to 7 on the night, three of which belonged to shortstop Ehire Adrianza, who also extended his hit streak to nine games.

Memphis jumped ahead early for the second night in a row, taking a 1-0 lead on shortstop Greg Gacria’s RBI-single. River Cats starter Austin Fleet settled in nicely after the first inning, retiring 10 in a row from the second into the fifth. Memphis however, finally got to the right-hander with three singles and a walk, scoring twice. Fleet was replaced by reliever Curtis Partch, who helped the Redbirds extend their lead by walking in a run before getting out of the inning. Memphis led 4-0 through four and a half innings.

The River Cats countered in their half of the inning, stringing together four two-out singles and scoring four runs of their own to even the score at four. Adam Duvall, Juan Perez, Jarrett Parker, and Trevor Brown all collected an RBI in the inning.

Ehire Adrianza also singled in the inning, his third of the night, before scoring on Perez’s base hit to deep shortstop. With the three hits, Adrianza extended his season-long hitting streak to nine games. Over his last nine games, Adrianza is hitting .474 (18-38) with 7 runs scored.

Memphis took the lead again for good in the seventh, scoring twice on a walk, two singles, and a River Cats error. With two on, Garcia singled to right fielder Juan Perez. Charging aggressively, Perez overran the ball, allowing a second run to score on the play. Sacramento made a late-game push, loading the bases in the bottom of the ninth, but were unable to come through with game-changing hit. Catcher Trevor Brown hit a hard groundball to second base to end the game.

Fleet took the loss for Sacramento. He threw 4.2 innings, allowing 4 runs (all earned) on 4 hits and 3 walks. He struck out 3. Keith Butler (2-2) picked up the win for Memphis, his second of the season, as Sam Tuivailala recorded his fifth save.

Tonight’s game also featured the first automatic strike three call the River Cats have seen since the implementation of pace of game regulations in Minor League baseball. With a runner on first, Carlos Triunfel was determined to have taken too long to get into the batter’s box and was penalized with an automatic strike by home plate umpire Spencer Flynn. The strike was the third of the at bat and Triunfel was called out.

The loss moves the River Cats under .500 for the first time since April 25, when they were 8-9, but the team is 5-1 in home day games and will look to add to that record in tomorrow’s contest. Sacramento will take the field behind their lefty Ty Blach (4-3, 3.83). Memphis will counter with their first right-hander of the series, Zach Petrick (2-3, 4.54). Tomorrow’s first pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.
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The Sacramento River Cats are the Triple-A affiliate of the 2014 World Champion San Francisco Giants. The team plays at Raley Field in West Sacramento, consistently voted one of the top ballparks in America. River Cats Season Tickets, Mini-Plans, and Flex Plans can be purchased for the 2015 season by calling the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487). For more information about the River Cats, visit www.rivercats.com<http://sacramento.rivercats.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t105>. For information on other events at Raley Field, visit www.raleyfield.com<http://www.raleyfield.com/>.

The Sacramento River Cats Unravel Lose Late 8-6 To Memphis Redbirds

May 22, 2015 11:42 PM PT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A close game started to unravel for the Sacramento River Cats in the late innings as their normally dominant bullpen struggled in Friday night’s 8-6 loss to the Memphis Redbirds. The offense received numerous contributions from throughout the lineup, but the Redbirds’ three-run ninth proved too much for the River Cats to overcome.

The River Cats battled and managed to take a 5-4 lead into the eighth inning in what had been a back-and-forth affair with six lead changes in the first seven innings. The River Cats bullpen, however, struggled, as Juan Gutierrez and Cody Hall combined to allow 4 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks. It was the first time this season that the River Cats have lost when leading after seven innings. Prior to tonight, the team was 9-0 at home and 17-0 overall when taking a lead into the eighth inning.

Adam Duvall, Hector Sanchez, and starter Kevin Correia each hit a home run in the loss. Duvall’s was a colossal two-run shot to left and his 12th of the year. For Sanchez, it was his first Triple-A home run of the season. Overall, he was 2-for-5 with the solo home run and an RBI-single in his River Cats debut. For Correia, it was his first ever professional home run. The veteran pitcher had gone almost 400 at bats as a professional baseball player without leaving the yard before tonight’s homer.

It was a good night for the offense overall, as well, despite being unable to overcome the late Memphis rally. Eight of the nine starters picked up a hit while Duvall, Travis Ishikawa, and Sanchez picked up two apiece. Five different starters scored a run and four different starters recorded an RBI.

Correia and the River Cats fell behind early in a rough defensive first inning. Two errors in the top of the first allowed the Redbirds to jump out to a 1-0 lead, but Duvall countered almost immediately in the bottom of the first as he absolutely crushed a two-run home run to left field and put the River Cats ahead 2-1.

Sacramento added another in the third on an Ehire Adrianza RBI-single before Memphis tied things up in the fourth with two runs of their own. The teams then traded runs, with Sacramento scoring once in the fifth and seventh innings, taking the lead both times. Memphis refused to give in, countering with a run in the sixth and eighth innings to keep the game tied. The Redbirds’ three-run rally in the ninth proved to be the difference.

Kevin Correia (0-1, 4.40) took his fourth no decision in five starts, throwing 6 innings and allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits while walking 3 and striking out 4. Marcus Hatley (2-1, 1.57) picked up the win in relief for the Redbirds while Sacramento’s Cody Hall (1-1, 2.57) suffered his first loss of the season.

The River Cats will take the field tomorrow night behind their right-hander Austin Fleet (2-3, 6.59). Opposing him for the Redbirds will be southpaw John Gast (1-3, 4.63). It is Princess & Pirates night at the park tomorrow night, as well as a Sutter Health Fireworks night. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
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The Sacramento River Cats are the Triple-A affiliate of the 2014 World Champion San Francisco Giants. The team plays at Raley Field in West Sacramento, consistently voted one of the top ballparks in America. River Cats Season Tickets, Mini-Plans, and Flex Plans can be purchased for the 2015 season by calling the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487). For more information about the River Cats, visit www.rivercats.com<http://sacramento.rivercats.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t105>. For information on other events at Raley Field, visit www.raleyfield.com<http://www.raleyfield.com/>.

Sacramento River Cats Lose Series Opener 4-2 To Memphis Redbirds

May 21, 2015 9:58 PM PT

SACRAMENTO, CA. – Playing in front of their home crowd for the first time in 10 days, the Sacramento River Cats homered in their seventh consecutive game as Coello cruised through the first five innings. The homer was Darren Ford’s third of the week, but it wasn’t enough as the River Cats dropped their series opener with the Memphis Redbirds 4-2.

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Photos by Shawn Jonas

The River Cats’ offense got to work early, as with Ford on first and nobody out, Ehire Adrianza doubled down the left field line to push across the game’s first run. Then with nobody on and one out in the 3rd, Ford recorded his second hit of the night as he crushed a towering homer to left, putting his club up 2-0. The home run was Ford’s fourth on the season.

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Photos by Shawn Jonas

Robert Coello started the night off hot, retiring the first six and eventually 14 of the first 16 batters he faced Thursday night. In the sixth, Memphis finally got to him, striking for three runs on 3 hits and 1 error, ending Coello’s night early. The River Cats turned one of the oddest doubles plays when right fielder Juan Perez lost the ball in the lights. Memphis’ over-aggressive base running put two men near third base and allowed the River Cats to turn the double play.

In the eighth inning, the River Cats had a chance to tie the game with two outs and runners on the corners. Adam Duvall hit a fly ball into the right center field gap, but Memphis’ right fielder Stephen Piscotty made a diving catch to end the inning. Sacramento went hitless with runners in scoring position, batting 0-for-5.

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Photos by Shawn Jonas

Memphis added an insurance run in the ninth, as with two out and two on, Duvall recorded his second error of the night, allowing a run to score.

Coello (5-2, 3.44) pitched 5.2 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits while walking 2 and striking out 3. Even with the loss, Coello is still tied for the most wins in the Pacific Coast League. His counterpart, Tyler Lyons (3-1, 2.64), earned the win pitching a complete game allowing 2 runs (all earned) on 7 hits, striking out 12.

The River Cats bullpen limited the damage as Steven Okert, Hunter Strickland, and Cory Gearrin combined for 3.1 innings of relief, allowing just 1 run (unearned) on 2 hits, walking 2 and striking out 6.

The River Cats will look to even up the series tomorrow night behind right hander Kevin Correia (0-1, 4.38). Lefty Tim Cooney (3-2, 3.00) will take the mound for Memphis. The first 2,500 fans in attendance Friday will receive a free Giants World Series Championship T-Shirt. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and can be heard on ESPN 1320.
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The Sacramento River Cats are the Triple-A affiliate of the 2014 World Champion San Francisco Giants. The team plays at Raley Field in West Sacramento, consistently voted one of the top ballparks in America. River Cats Season Tickets, Mini-Plans, and Flex Plans can be purchased for the 2015 season by calling the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487). For more information about the River Cats, visit www.rivercats.com<http://sacramento.rivercats.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t105>. For information on other events at Raley Field, visit www.raleyfield.com<http://www.raleyfield.com/>.