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Sacramento River Cats Fall To Tacoma Rainiers In Road Trip Finale

Jones doubles twice in 4-1 loss

TACOMA, WA — The Sacramento River Cats (7-11) were held to just one run on eight hits thanks to an impressive outing from Tacoma Rainiers (10-8) starter Rob Whalen. The 24-year old right-hander struck out nine River Cats in 6.2 innings as the Rainiers defeated the River cats 4-1.

The Rainiers picked up two early runs in the first inning on a two-out, two-run single off the bat of catcher Mike Marjama. Three of the six hits surrendered by River Cats starter Tyler Herb came in that first frame. In the four innings following, Herb struck out four and allowed just four baserunners.

Whalen was knocked out of the game in the seventh when the River Cats strung together four hits, highlighted by Chase d’Arnaud’s run-scoring single which plated third baseman Ryder Jones with two outs. Sacramento threatened again in the ninth, but Rainiers closer Erik Goeddel escaped when right fielder Cameron Perkins tracked down a fly ball in the gap.

After their first scheduled day off of the season, the River Cats will begin a five-game series back at Raley Field against the Reno Aces. Game one starter Dereck Rodriguez (0-0, 4.97) will face six-year major-league veteran Kris Medlen (0-2, 4.73). First pitch Wednesday evening will be at 7:05 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

Andrew Suarez Helps Sacramento River Cats Shut Down Tacoma Rainiers

Duggar’s three-hit night leads offense in victory

TACOMA, WA — Five shutout innings from starter Andrew Suarez paved the way for the Sacramento River Cats (7-9) to defeat the Tacoma Rainiers (8-8) 8-4 in game one of this four-game set.

The Rainiers did push across three runs in the sixth inning thanks to three singles and a throwing error by shortstop Chase d’Arnaud, putting one earned run on Suarez’s line for the night. But D.J. Snelten entered and recorded the final out of the inning to end Tacoma’s surge.

Center fielder Steven Duggar was back in the leadoff spot Saturday night after a day off and reached base three times, scoring twice. He singled in the first and scored on Austin Slater’s base hit, singled in the fifth and scored on Ryder Jones’s base hit, and knocked in a run in the sixth with his fourth double of the year.

For game two, right-hander Casey Kelly (0-1, 7.11) will make his fourth start of the season for the River Cats, while the Rainiers will send left-hander Ariel Miranda (0-0, 6.75) to the bump. First pitch Sunday afternoon will be at 1:35 p.m. (PT).

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

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall To Tacoma Rainiers In Blowout

Austin Slater leads offensive output with league-leading sixth double

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — The third and fourth innings doomed the River Cats (5-6) on Sunday as 12 runs crossed the plate in the two frames, leading to a 15-4 loss at the hands of the Tacoma Rainiers (5-6).

River Cats starting pitcher Jose Flores issued seven walks in his three innings and allowed nine runs, though only six were earned due to a pair of errors. Things didn’t go well for lefty Steven Okert in relief either, as he finished the third inning with six hits to his name, including two home runs.

The offense did scratch across five runs, including infielder Alen Hanson’s first home run of the season. Austin Slater doubled twice in a three-hit day, giving him six doubles on the year to lead the Pacific Coast League.

The homestand will conclude Monday afternoon with Giants’ No. 10-ranked prospect LHP Andrew Suarez (0-0, 0.00) returning from his spot start in San Francisco. The Rainiers will send RHP Josh Smith (0-2, 7.11) to the mound. First pitch is set for 12:05 p.m.

Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and at 7:05 p.m. on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap 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

Sacramento River Cats And Raley Field Are Ready To Kick Off The 2018 Season

Seven-game homestand features Opening Night, Bumgarner t-shirt giveaway, fireworks, and more

 WEST SACRAMENTO, CA – The Sacramento River Cats will begin their 2018 home schedule with Opening Night at Raley Field on Tuesday, April 10. The first regular season home game kicks off a seven-game series against the Pacific Northern Division rival Reno Aces (Arizona Diamondbacks) and Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle Mariners). The first homestand features the first Thirsty Thursday of 2018, a Madison Bumgarner jersey t-shirt giveaway, fireworks shows on both Friday and Saturday nights, and two opportunities to bring your dog to Raley Field!

Tuesday, April 10 – River Cats vs. Reno Aces

·         Game Time: First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. Raley Field gates will open to all fans at 6:00 p.m. 

·         Broadcast: Tonight’s game will be broadcast live online at rivercats.com and on the River Cats radio affiliate Money 105.5.

·         Opening Night: Check out the new food options around the ballpark and the Knee Deep Alley near Home Plate Gate.

·         Family Value Tuesday: Enjoy $1 hot dogs and $1 ice cream cups for Toyota Family Value Tuesdays.

Wednesday, April 11 – River Cats vs. Reno Aces

·         Game Time: First pitch is at 12:05 p.m. Raley Field gates will open to all fans at 11:00 a.m. 

·         Broadcast: Today’s game will be broadcast live online at rivercats.com and on the River Cats radio affiliate Money 105.5 at 7:00 p.m.

·         Wet Nose Wednesday: Dogs are welcome at every Wednesday home game this season at Raley Field.

Thursday, April 12 – River Cats vs. Reno Aces

·         Game Time: First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. Raley Field gates will open to all fans at 6:00 p.m. 

·         Broadcast: Tonight’s game will be broadcast live online at rivercats.com and on the River Cats radio affiliate Money 105.5.

·         Thirsty Thursday: 12-oz beers are just $2 in the Sactown Smokehouse BBQ area!

Friday, April 13 – River Cats vs. Tacoma Rainiers

·         Game Time: First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. Raley Field gates will open to all fans at 6:00 p.m. 

·         Broadcast: Tonight’s game will be broadcast live online at rivercats.com and on the River Cats radio affiliate Money 105.5.

·         MadBum T: The first 2,500 fans through the gates will receive a Sactown Bumgarner jersey t-shirt.

·         Food Trucks: Big Shrimp’n and Chando’s Tacos food trucks will be on the Toyota Home Run Hill.

·         #OrangeFriday: Live music from REMIX. $2 off craft beers in the Knee Deep Alley from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., postgame fireworks, and of course, orange Sactown jerseys.

Saturday, April 14 – River Cats vs. Tacoma Rainiers

·         Game Time: First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. Raley Field gates will open to all fans at 6:00 p.m. 

·         Broadcast: Tonight’s game will be broadcast live online at rivercats.com and on the River Cats radio affiliate Money 105.5.

·         Bridge Hats: The River Cats will take the field in the brand new Tower Bridge logo hats

·         Food Trucks: Smokers Wild and Gyro Stop food trucks will be on the Toyota Home Run Hill.

·         Saturday Night Fireworks: Enjoy themed fireworks shows after every Saturday game, courtesy of Sutter Health.

Sunday, April 15 – River Cats vs. Tacoma Rainiers

·         Game Time: First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. Raley Field gates will open to all fans at 12:00 p.m. 

·         Broadcast: Today’s game will be broadcast live online at rivercats.com and on the River Cats radio affiliate Money 105.5.

·         Bark in the Ballpark: Bring your dog along to Raley Field for Bark in the Ballpark, brought to you by Lagunitas.

·         Art of Baseball: Join the River Cats in welcoming and honoring our Art of Baseball calendar artists.

·         Sunday Funday: K-LOVE Sunday Funday features pregame player autographs, face painters, and Kids Run the Bases after the game.

Monday, April 16 – River Cats vs. Tacoma Rainiers

·         Game Time: First pitch is at 12:05 p.m. Raley Field gates will open to all fans at 11:00 a.m. 

·         Broadcast: Today’s game will be broadcast live online at rivercats.com and on the River Cats radio affiliate Money 105.5 at 7:00 p.m.

·         Baseball Bingo Monday: Each play on the field corresponds to a square on your Bingo card, presented by Cache Creek Casino Resort.

Tickets are still available for all games and can be purchased online at rivercats.com, over the phone by calling (916) 371-HITS (4487), emailing tickets@rivercats.com, or by visiting the Round Table Pizza Box Office at Raley Field.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

2018 Sacramento River Cats Roster Announced

Opening Day roster headlined by returning fan-favorites and top prospects

 WEST SACRAMENTO, CA – The Sacramento River Cats have announced their Opening Day roster in anticipation of the start of the 2018 regular season. The roster features an exciting mix of returning fan-favorites like Tyler Beede and Trevor Brown, top prospects Steven Duggar and Chris Shaw, and thrilling newcomers Tyler Herb and Kyle Jensen, among others.

The River Cats open regular season play Thursday, April 5 in Tacoma against the Rainiers, and their home opener is Tuesday, April 10 at 7:05 p.m. at Raley Field against the visiting Reno Aces. The River Cats’ active roster will be reduced to 25 before the first regular season game.

 

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Pitchers

#         

Infielders

32

Beede, Tyler

2

Calixte, Orlando

50

Flores, Jose

5

d’Arnaud, Chase

43

Gregorio, Joan

52

Gomez, Miguel

22

Herb, Tyler

5

Hanson, Alen

55

Heston, Chris

26

Jensen, Kyle

21

Kelly, Casey

8

Jones, Ryder

34

Law, Derek

19

Rutledge, Josh

16

Okert, Steven

10

Rodriguez, Dereck

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Outfielders

17

Rogers, Tyler

14

Duggar, Steven

46

Snelten, DJ

9

Schroder, Myles

33

Suarez, Andrew

15

Shaw, Chris

6

Valdez, Jose

13

Slater, Austin

31

Younginer, Madison

7

Williamson, Mac

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Catchers

25

Brown, Trevor

29

Sanchez, Hector

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

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