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Six 2017 Sacramento River Cats Earn Non-Roster Invites To Major League Spring Training

Familiar faces highlight list of players in big league camp, which kicks off February 13

 West Sacramento, CA – The San Francisco Giants have extended non-roster invitations for Major League Spring Training to 16 players, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Bobby Evans announced Thursday. Featured in the group are six River Cats players from the 2017 season.

Left-handed starting pitcher Andrew Suarez will be making his second straight appearance in big-league camp, having been part of a group of 28 that received invites in 2017. After being called up from Double-A Richmond, Suarez made 13 starts for the River Cats with a 3.55 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 88.2 innings pitched.

Right-handed starting pitcher Jose Flores will be making his first Major League Spring Training appearance for the Giants. Like Suarez, Flores was called up from the Richmond Flying Squirrels, making 12 starts with a 4.04 ERA in a River Cats uniform.

Infielder Orlando Calixte will be making his second trip to major-league camp, though last year’s invite came as a result of being on the 40-man roster. The Dominican Republic native played in 42 games for the River Cats with a .286 batting average and .500 slugging percentage before being recalled by San Francisco, where he secured his first major-league hit in a 2-for-5 performance on May 30 against the Washington Nationals.

Catcher Trevor Brown will be in big-league camp for the third straight year, but it will be his first as a non-roster invitee. Brown began the 2017 season on the disabled list but returned and played in 58 games for the River Cats.

The Giants’ No.1 ranked prospect, according to MLB.com, outfielder Chris Shawearned his first non-roster invite. The left-handed power bat from Boston College clubbed a team-leading 18 home runs and 25 doubles in 88 games in Sacramento.

Outfielder Steven Duggar’s invite to major-league camp is his second consecutive. The Clemson product missed nearly the first three months of the 2017 season with a hip flexor injury, eventually making his way to Sacramento where he played the final 13 games at Triple-A.

The other 10 players who received a non-roster invite are: RHP Tyler Cyr, RHP Dereck Rodriguez, RHP Jose Valdez, RHP Madison Younginer, C Justin O’Conner, C Hector Sanchez, INF Chase D’Arnaud, INF Alen Hanson, 1B Kyle Jensen, and INF Josh Rutledge.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Two-Time World Champion Barry Zito To Return To Raley Field

Former Athletics and Giants pitcher to make an appearance for River Cats game on August 10

 West Sacramento, CA – Former Sacramento River Cats, Oakland Athletics, and San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito will be at Raley Field on Friday, August 10, 2018 to sign autographs for fans and throw the ceremonial first pitch.

The River Cats will host a pregame VIP meet and greet with Zito, which will include those who have purchased a Giant Pack. He will also be available for autographs on the concourse after throwing out the first pitch.

Barry Zito began the 2000 season with the River Cats, the franchise’s first year in Sacramento, and made his Major League debut that same year with the Oakland Athletics. Zito spent seven seasons with the Athletics before signing with the San Francisco Giants after the 2006 season. Two World Championships highlighted his seven seasons with the Giants. Zito was a member of the Nashville (Triple-A Oakland) roster in 2015 and pitched six shutout innings at Raley Field during the team’s series against Sacramento that year.

The fan-favorite Giant Pack includes a Senate level seat for each of the 13 biggest River Cats games of 2018 and is available for just $299 (an $800 value). Fans who purchase the package are also guaranteed premium giveaway items for the 2018 season, including a limited edition Madison Bumgarner Sactown jersey t-shirt. A full list of included game dates is available online at rivercats.com.

Giant Pack buyers will also receive exclusive access to a presale for the 2018 exhibition game on March 24 at Raley Field between the Sacramento River Cats and the San Francisco Giants. Presale date has not yet been determined.

For more information, please call the River Cats ticket hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487) or email tickets@rivercats.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Dave Brundage Returning To Manage Sacramento River Cats In 2018

New pitching coach Steve Kline and fundamentals coach Nestor Rojas to join returning hitting coach Damon Minor

 WEST SACRAMENTO, CA The Sacramento River Cats, in conjunction with the San Francisco Giants, are thrilled to welcome back Dave Brundage for his second season as manager of the River Cats for the 2018 season.

Brundage will be joined by a few new faces for the 2018 season at Raley Field. While Damon Minor will return for his third season as the River Cats hitting coach, he will be joined by new pitching coach Steve Kline and fundamentals coach Nestor Rojas. The new training staff will be made up of athletic trainer David Getsoff and strength and conditioning coach Andy King. Travis Higgs will round out the club’s 2018 field staff, and will serve as bullpen catcher and team administrator.

An Oregon native, Brundage joined the River Cats in 2017 and compiled a 64-77 record in his 20th season as a minor league manager. Before coming to Sacramento, the veteran manager spent the previous four seasons with the International League’s Lehigh Valley IronPigs. In 2016, Brundage led the IronPigs to an 85-58 record, the second best mark in all of Triple-A baseball.

Brundage, 53, made his managerial debut in 1995 with the Riverside Pilots (Seattle Mariners Class A-Advanced) but has spent most of his managerial career at either the Double- or Triple-A levels. Prior to his four seasons with Lehigh Valley, Brundage helmed the Richmond/Gwinnett Braves for six seasons from 2007 through 2012. He made his Triple-A debut in 2006 with the Pacific Coast League’s Tacoma Rainiers. Brundage has a career record of 1,435-1,392 (.508) in 20 seasons as a manager including a 857-858 (.499) mark at the Triple-A level.

Drafted in the 4th round of the 1986 Amateur Draft out of Oregon State University, Brundage spent 10 seasons as a player in the Minor Leagues with the Phillies and Mariners organizations.

Minor, 43, returns to the River Cats for his third season as hitting coach. In his second year with the team, Minor worked closely with Triple-A newcomers and top Giants’ prospects Christian Arroyo, Chris Shaw, and Ryder Jones as they prepared for their Major League debuts.

A former Giant, Minor was drafted by San Francisco in 1996 and made his Major League debut in 2000. In 136 games over parts of four seasons, Minor hit .232 with 13 home runs. He set a career-high in 2002 when he played in 83 games and slugged 10 home runs, helping the Giants claim the National League pennant. While in the Giants farm system, he compiled a .277 batting average with 179 home runs and 648 RBI across nine seasons.

Kline, 45, joins the River Cats as pitching coach after serving in the same role for three seasons with the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels and nine seasons overall with the organization. While in Richmond, Kline helped in the development of several River Cats standouts, including Tyler Beede, Andrew Suarez, and Tyler Rogers. Kline led the Giants Double-A affiliate to a top-five pitching staff (in team ERA) in each of his three Eastern League seasons, including a league-leading 3.12 team ERA in 2015.

Kline completed his 11-year Major League career as a lefty reliever with the Giants in 2007. All told, he appeared in 796 MLB games with five different organizations. The Pennsylvania native was an 8th round selection by the Cleveland Indians in the 2003 draft out of the University of West Virginia. He set the single –season record for appearances (89) in 2001 while with St. Louis, and led the National League in games played as a pitcher for three consecutive seasons (1999-2001).

Rojas, 34, will join the River Cats as fundamentals coach after managing the Class-A Advanced San Jose Giants in 2017. Since retiring at the end of the 2010 season, Rojas immediately began his coaching career and has been a bright up-and-coming coaching talent in the Giants organization.  Rojas landed his first managerial job in 2013 at age 29 with the Arizona Rookie League Giants, and led them to a 41-14 record. Prospects (and future River Cats) Christian Arroyo and Ryder Jones each began their professional careers as teenagers under Rojas during that 2013 season.

A native of Venezuela, Rojas played for six seasons in the Giants organization, including two stints with Triple-A Fresno in 2009 and 2010.

Rounding out the field staff will be a new athletic training and strength and conditioning duo. David Getsoff will join the River Cats as the athletic trainer in his 10th season with the Giants Organization, while Andy King will be the River Cats strength and conditioning coach in what will be his fifth season with the Giants. Travis Higgs will return as the team’s bullpen catcher in 2018.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cat’s 2018 Giant Pack Launches Online For Thanksgiving holiday

The best games, guaranteed giveaways, and Giants exhibition game presale

 West Sacramento, CA – The Giant Pack for the upcoming Sacramento River Cats season will be available for purchase with a special online-only offer starting Monday, November 20.

The fan-favorite Giant Pack includes a Senate level seat for each of the 13 biggest River Cats games of 2018 and is available next week for just $299 (an $800 value). The package will also be available over the phone and in person starting Monday, November 27.

Among the 13 games included in the 2018 Giant Pack are Opening Night (April 10), Mother’s Day (May 13), Independence Eve (July 3), Star Wars Night (July 14), Fan Appreciation Night (August 30), and more. A full list of included game dates is available online at rivercats.com.

Fans who purchase the package are also guaranteed premium giveaway items for the 2018 season, including a limited edition Madison Bumgarner Sactown jersey t-shirt. The first 500 fans who purchase a 2018 Giant Pack will also have the opportunity to choose from assorted River Cats gifts, perfect for the holiday season. Gifts must be selected at Raley Field.

Giant pack buyers will also receive exclusive access to a presale for the 2018 exhibition game on March 24 at Raley Field between the Sacramento River Cats and the San Francisco Giants. Presale date has not yet been determined.

For more information, please call the River Cats ticket hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487) or email tickets@rivercats.com.

Press Release 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

acramento River Cats Split Doubleheader In El Paso

Duggar and Calixte power game one, bats come up empty in game two

 El Paso, TX – The Sacramento River Cats (58-74) settled for a split in the weekend doubleheader with the El Paso Chihuahuas (66-67), as they fell 1-0 in game two after holding on for a 7-4 victory in game one.

In game one, Sacramento led from the very first batter as Steven Duggar hit a leadoff home run to put the River Cats up 1-0 in the first. Sacramento would jump out to a 7-0 lead after six innings before El Paso made it interesting late. Orlando Calixte added his 14th home run, and Jae Hwang, Conor Gillaspie, and Tim Federowicz each pitched in with multi-hit games.

The back end of the doubleheader gave us a pitcher’s duel as Roberto Gomez and Chris Huffman took a scoreless game into the fourth. The Chihuahuas broke through on an RBI-groundout by Nick Buss. That run would hold up for El Paso, as the River Cats managed just five hits and were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.

The River Cats will go for the series split tomorrow night as Sacramento right-hander Jose Flores (2-3, 2.97) will face off against El Paso righty Kyle Lloyd (1-4, 7.42). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com. The game will also air starting at 5 p.m. (PT) on the air on Money 105.5.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Silenced By El Paso In 6-1 Loss

Four-run eighth inning dooms River Cats

El Paso, TX – The Sacramento River Cats (57-73) were within one run of the El Paso Chihuahuas (65-66) heading into the eighth inning, but their chances slipped away late as they fell 6-1.

The River Cats seemed to have gotten out of the eighth inning unscathed until home plate umpire Ronnie Teague overturned an out call at first base which gave El Paso another chance. The Chihuahuas took advantage, pushing four runs across off Sacramento right-hander Tyler Rogers to put the game out of reach.

Left-hander Matt Gage was terrific over his six frames tonight for the River Cats, allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out six. Trevor Brown knocked in Sacramento’s lone run in the fourth inning, driving in Jae-Gyun Hwang for his ninth RBI of the year.

Game two tomorrow night will feature Sacramento right-hander Casey Kelly (6-5, 4.47) up against El Paso left-hander Dillon Overton (6-5, 6.80). First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com. The game will also air starting at 7 pm on the air on ESPN 1320.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Tim Federowciz and Chris Shaw Lead Sacramento River Cats To 7-4 Win

Sacramento racks up 13 hits, Suarez goes five strong

Reno, NV Tim Federowicz and Chris Shaw drove in three each tonight, playing a key part in the Sacramento River Cats (53-71) 7-3 defeat of the Reno Aces (70-55).

The duo combined to go 4-for-9 with four runs, six RBI, and each added a home run tonight to pace the offense. First baseman Ryan Lollis added an RBI in Sacramento’s three-run sixth inning which put them up 5-3 and swung the momentum in the River Cats favor.

Andrew Suarez got the start tonight for Sacramento, holding the Pacific Coast League’s best offense in check over his five innings. The left-hander allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits without yielding a walk and struck out three en route to picking up his sixth win on the season. Right-hander Tyler Rogers pitched the final 1.2 innings tonight and earned his team-leading 10th save of the year.

The River Cats and Aces will wrap up their four-game series tomorrow night. Left-hander Matt Gage (1-6, 6.70) will be on the hill for Sacramento and will face right-hander Jake Buchanan (6-3, 4.50). 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 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