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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

Raley Field Goes Black And Orange In First Ever River Cats, Giants Exhibition Game

Photos by Shawn Jonas

Big League club plays its stars, goes back to Bay Area 8-4 winners

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA – The fans painted it black and orange at Raley Field Wednesday night, as the Sacramento River Cats hosted their major league affiliate in the first ever Exhibition Game between the River Cats and San Francisco Giants. In front of a sellout crowd, the River Cats fell 8-4 to their big league rivals.

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The orange and black wasn’t just present in the stands, as the River Cats used the historic game to debut their all-new orange Sactown jerseys. These jerseys – which feature both the Tower and Golden Gate bridges – will be worn at all Friday home games starting this season. The Giants brought the black with their solid black 2016 Spring Training jerseys.

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It was more than just matching colors on display, though, as the Giants put out a lineup that closely resembles what fans can expect in San Francisco on Opening Day. Buster Posey, Hunter Pence, Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, Sergio Romo, and more headlined the Giants Exhibition lineup. Posey, Crawford, and Belt each hit a home run and combined to go 5-for-10 with four runs scored and five RBIs.

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On the mound for the Giants it was Johnny Cueto, George Kontos, Sergio Romo, and Santiago Casilla. Cueto picked up his second win of the spring while Romo and Casilla combined for a perfect eighth and ninth inning.

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Opposite them, the River Cats introduced Sacramento to their 2016 roster, including fan favorites Jarrett Parker and Mac Williamson. Newcomers Gorkys Hernandez and Hak-Ju Lee were impressive in their Sacramento debut, as well. Hernandez was just 1-for-4, but was aggressive on the base paths and nearly made an incredible catch, almost robbing Belt of a home run to straight-away center. Lee set the pace for the offense, launching a two-run home run to start the scoring for the night and reaching base three times.

Chris Stratton got the nod for Sacramento, making his first start at Raley Field since September 4, when he struck out eight in six innings of work. He went four innings and allowed four runs on seven hits in tonight’s game. Stratton was followed by lefty Matt Lujan, who went the rest of the way for Sacramento and surrendered four runs on six hits.

The River Cats are back in action on Thursday, April 7 as they travel to Salt Lake to open their season against the Bees. The home opener is scheduled for Friday, April 15, also against the Bees.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

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, San Francisco Giants Exhibition Game Tickets On Sale March 6

Advance tickets available with purchase of various ticket packages

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA – The Sacramento River Cats are excited to announce the official on-sale date for tickets to the March 30 Exhibition Game between the River Cats and three-time World Champion San Francisco Giants. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Sunday, March 6 at the River Cats’ Preseason Party and official Ticket Office opening.

An exclusive presale will be made available to River Cats Season Ticket and Mini Plan members. For more information, please visit rivercats.com, send an email to tickets@rivercats.com, or call the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487).

Sunday, March 6 is the official opening of the Raley Field Ticket Office as well as the River Cats’ Preseason Party. Fans are invited to Raley Field to enjoy a day at the park, including free ballpark snacks, clubhouse tours, batting practice, ticket/seat selection, and more.
March 30’s contest will be the first between the River Cats and Giants. The game will allow local fans an opportunity to see not just their favorite River Cats players, but also current members of the three-time World Champion San Francisco Giants. Three-time All-Star Buster Posey and World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner are expected to take the field alongside fan-favorite Hunter Pence and Gold Glove winner Brandon Crawford.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall to Fresno Grizzlies; Noonan Makes Return to Giants Organization

August 8, 2015 – 10:50pm

Photos by Shawn Jonas

FRESNO, Calif. – Coming off of their first road shutout loss of the season, the Sacramento River Cat bats again struggled as they fell to the Fresno Grizzlies by the final of 12-2. Nick Noonan made his return to the San Francisco Giants organization in the loss, but a short evening from Tommy Hanson spoiled the homecoming.

The 28-year old Hanson did not have one of his better outings Saturday night, as he lasted just 2.1 innings while allowing 9 runs (7 earned) on 8 hits with 2 walks and just 1 strikeout. The start was the shortest of the season for Hanson, and is the fifth time in his 7 starts with Sacramento that he did not make it past the 4th inning.

Fresno tagged Hanson early, putting up 2 runs on 3 hits in the opening frame. The biggest blow of the evening came in the third, however, as the Grizzlies sent 13 men to the plate while scoring 7 runs on 6 hits and an error. Fresno launched 2 home runs and added a triple in the inning to force Hanson out of the game.

Noonan, an infielder who re-signed with the Giants organization this week, made his Sacramento River Cats debut on Saturday, entering the game in the fifth inning and finishing 0-for-2 at the dish. Noonan was originally drafted by the Giants in the first round of the 2007 amateur draft, and made his Major League debut with San Francisco on April 3, 2013.

The River Cats had very little offensive highlights to speak off, as they collected a total of 6 hits as a team. The first run of the day came in the fifth, as Ryan Lollis (1-for-3, RBI) drove in his 26th run of the season on a single to center. The next inning, catcher Trevor Brown (1-for-4, RBI) drove in the club’s only other run on a soft line drive single to left field.

Right-hander Mike Hauschild (6-3, 3.49) got the starting nod for Fresno, and held Sacramento in check over his 6 innings of work. Hauschild allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walking 1 and striking out 8. The start was Hauschild’s second against Sacramento in 2015 (July 12), both resulting in wins.

The Sacramento bullpen was taxed in Saturday’s loss. Five different relievers had to be used in the game, combining for a total of 5.2 innings. Curtis Partch looked especially sharp in his appearance, striking out the side in a perfect seventh inning.

Saturday was the 14th time in the 2015 campaign that the River Cats committed 3 errors. In those games, Sacramento holds a record of 2-12 while allowing opponents to score an average of over 8 runs per game.

Sacramento will look to avoid their fifth series sweep of the year tomorrow, when they send young right-hander Clayton Blackburn (7-3, 3.51) to the mound. Blackburn has won his last four starts, posting a 2.16 ERA while holding opposing hitters to a .286 batting average in that time. Opposing him for the Grizzlies will be RHP Brady Rodgers (9-5, 4.59). Rodgers started against the River Cats on June 25, and took the loss after allowing 4 runs over 5 innings. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. and can be heard on ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

River Cats Rally Late, Frandsen Hits Go Ahead Double; Sacramento Beat Salt Lake Bees 4-1

Photo by Shawn Jonas

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Sacramento River Cats broke a 1-1 tie with a big three-run ninth inning and took the win 4-1 over the Salt Lake Bees. Sacramento scrapped and clawed to load the bases before Kevin Frandsen came through with a bases-clearing double to score the game’s winning runs.

Before that, the River Cats scored first for the third straight game in the series, grabbing a 1-0 lead in the third inning on a Juan Perez single. Overall, Perez was 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Coming into tonight’s contest, Perez had been on a tear, hitting .438 (14-for-32) with three home runs, seven RBI, and seven runs scored in his last ten games.

Salt Lake tied up the game in the fourth inning on Roger Kieshnick’s RBI-single. The score remain locked at one apiece until the River Cats finally managed to break through in the ninth.

The River Cats worked their way to a bases loaded, no outs situation. Ryan Lollis drew a walk from Salt Lake’s reliever Mike Morin before Juan Perez reached on Morin’s throwing error. Morin then hit Mac Williamson with a pitch to put three men on. After Jarrett Parker went down looking, Frandsen crushed a ball to deep center field, nearly driving it out of the park. The ball bounced off the wall and scored all three baserunners, putting Sacramento ahead 4-1 for good.

Tommy Hanson had a short outing tonight, lasting just four innings, but kept the game close. He allowed 1 run on 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 2. The Bees made Hanson work for it in the fourth inning, as he threw 33 pitches in the frame. He exited after four with the score tied 1-1.

The bullpen picked up where Hanson left off, and combined for 5 strong innings, allowing no runs on 2 hits while walking 2 and striking out 5. Steven Okert threw 1.2 innings and picked up his fourth win while Josh Osich recorded his second save of the season with a perfect bottom of the ninth.

Elsewhere in the organization, Kelby Tomlinson had his major league debut tonight as a pinch hitter for the San Francisco Giants in their game against the Atlanta Braves. Tomlinson was in the River Cats’ lineup Sunday night before getting called up today. After blowing a 6-0 lead, the Giants found themselves tied at seven in the 12th inning. Tomlinson pinch-hit in for Yusmeiro Petit and recorded his first MLB base hit with a line drive single to center field. He ultimately scored on a Buster Posey RBI-single, but the Giants were unable to hold onto the lead, losing 8-7 in 12.

Sacramento will send Clayton Blackburn (6-3, 3.50) to the mound for the tomorrow’s series finale. Blackburn has won his last three starts and gone at least six innings with two earned runs or less in each. Salt Lake City’s starting pitcher is TBD. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. (PT).

Sacramento Beats Las Vegas 51’s 4-2; San Francisco Giants Trade River Cats Adam Duvall to Reds for Mike Leake

All Photos by Shawn Jonas

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif.-Early scoring for the River Cats, led by Sacramento’s Kevin Frandsen, proved enough to outlast the Las Vegas 51s in a 4-2 victory Thursday night at Raley Field. Nik Turley was excellent for Sacramento on the mound, tossing seven innings and striking out eight to match his season-high.

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The River Cats kicked things off early, scoring in the bottom of the first inning on Adam Duvall’s run-scoring single. Juan Perez singled with two outs and stole second before scoring on Duvall’s liner to left. The RBI was Duvall’s 80th this season.

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Sacramento kept adding on, scoring three more times in the bottom of the second inning. Trevor Brown and Brandon Hicks hit back-to-back singles before Everth Cabrera was hit by a pitch to load the bases. With two outs in the inning, Frandsen smoked a high drive to deep right-center. The ball short-hopped the wall as Frandsen cruised into second standing. The double cleared the bases and put the River Cats up 4-0. The double was Frandsen’s 13th of the season and gave him RBIs 29, 30, and 31 on the season.

Nik Turley (5-5, 4.90) put on another strong performance as he went seven innings, scattering just three hits and giving up one run with one walk. The southpaw also struck out eight in the outing, tying his season-high. This is the third time Turley has struck out eight in a game and the first time he has pitched seven innings this season.

Erik Cordier recorded the save, his ninth of the season. He threw 1 1/3 perfect innings while striking out two.

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Late in the game, news broke that the San Francisco Giants had acquired right-handed pitcher Mike Leake from the Cincinnati Reds. Shortly after, infielder Adam Duvall was pulled from the game for the River Cats. It was confirmed after the game had concluded that Duvall was included in a trade to the Reds to bring Leake to San Francisco.

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Duvall posted excellent numbers for the River Cats in 2015, hitting .279 with 26 homers (2nd in the PCL) and 80 RBI in 100 games. He had a hot July, hitting .346 with 10 home runs and 30 RBIs coming into tonight’s game. He also started at first base for the PCL All-Star team earlier this month.

Sacramento looks to take the series tomorrow behind right-hander Curtis Partch. He will make his first start for the River Cats this season. Partch has made 36 appearances in relief and has posted a 1-2 record with a 3.65 ERA. Las Vegas will send right-hander Logan Verrett (3-1, 2.93) to the mound. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

San Francisco Giants Aquire Cincinnati Reds RHP Mike Leake In Exchange for River Cats Adam Duvall And RHP Keury Mella

All photos by Shawn Jonas

West Sacramento, Calif. – Late in the game, news broke that the San Francisco Giants had acquired right-handed pitcher Mike Leake from the Cincinnati Reds. Shortly after, infielder Adam Duvall was pulled from the game for the Sacramento River Cats. It was confirmed after the game had concluded that Duvall was included in a trade to the Reds to bring Leake to San Francisco. The Giants also included RHP Keury Mella in the deal.

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Adam Duvall posted excellent numbers for the River Cats in 2015, hitting .279 with 26 homers (2nd in the PCL) and 80 RBI in 100 games. He had a hot July, hitting .346 with 10 home runs and 30 RBIs coming into tonight’s game. He also started at first base for the PCL All-Star team earlier this month.

Clayton Blackburn Fans Season High Nine in Loss; Sacramento River Cats Seventh Inning Rally Comes Up Short, Sacramento Drops Finale 6-3

All Photos By Shawn Jonas

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Clayton Blackburn was solid for the River Cats Tuesday night, fanning a new season high nine hitters in his third quality start of the season. A seventh-inning rally for Sacramento tied the game at three, but the River Cats couldn’t hold on as they fell 6-3 to the Tacoma Rainiers.

Blackburn started his night by retiring nine of the first 10 batters he faced. He endured one big inning in which he allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, but settled right back into a grove immediately after. Blackburn finished his night pitching 6 innings, allowing 3 earned runs on 8 hits, walking 2 and striking out a season high 9. He threw 109 pitches on the night, 68 of them for strikes.

His 9 strikeouts are the most by any River Cat pitcher this season, passing lefty Braulio Lara. Lara struck out 8 against the Las Vegas 51s at Raley Field on April 15.

Trailing 3-1 in the seventh, the River Cats pulled even with the Rainiers. Carlos Triunfel followed Juan Ciriaco’s leadoff single with an RBI triple to cut the deficit to one. Triunfel scored to tie the game two batters later when Kevin Frandsen grounded into a double play. Triunfel reached base three times on the night, going 3-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and a run.

The Rainiers countered immediately, retaking the lead with two runs in the eighth on an RBI-single from Leon Landry and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Patrick Kivlehan. Kivlehan was 1-for-3 on the night and was responsible for knocking in two of Tacoma’s runs. They added one more in the ninth on a Michael Broadway wild pitch.

Tacoma’s Forrest Snow was also strong on the mound, not allowing a base hit until the third inning. He pitched 5 innings, allowing just 1 earned run on 5 hits while walking 1 and striking out 4. The win went to Danny Farquhar (1-0, 6.75), his first of the season, and Mayckol Guaipe recorded his fourth save. Sacramento’s Erik Cordier (0-1, 2.70) took the loss.

The loss drops Sacramento into a tie with Tacoma for second place in the Northern Division. The Fresno Grizzlies still sit atop the division and possess a 6.5 game lead over both the River Cats and Rainiers.

Following tomorrow’s league-wide off day, the River Cats will head to El Paso for a four-game road trip. The trip will be Sacramento’s second to Southwest University Park this season and they’ll look to exact some revenge for the four-game sweep they suffered at the hands of the Chihuahuas in April. The River Cats will open with right-hander Jake Peavy (0-1, 8.00) on Thursday. Opposing him will be the Chihuahuas’ lefty Robbie Erlin (5-4, 5.49). First pitch Thursday is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Nik Turley Is Impressive in River Cats 3-2 Win Over Oklahoma City Dodgers

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – After getting out to an early lead, the Sacramento River Cats took the series opener against the Oklahoma City Dodgers 3-2 Tuesday night. Three runs in the very first inning were enough as Sacramento hung on thanks to a solid return to Triple-A from Nik Turley and a strong finish by the bullpen.

The River Cats got out to an early 3-0 lead with help from singles by Darren Ford and Casey McGehee. Travis Ishikawa drove home Darren Ford on a single of his own, and Juan Perez soon followed with a two-run single to bring home McGehee and Ishikawa. The Dodgers scored a run in their half of the inning, and one again in the seventh, but the River Cats’ pitching came through late to nail down the series opener.

After being designated for assignment by the San Francisco Giants, both McGehee and Ishikawa ended up in Sacramento and are trying to work their way back, using tonight as a platform to prove they’re worthy of a spot on the Giants’ roster. McGehee went 2-for-4 with a single and a double. Ishikawa went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI-single.

Kevin Frandsen made his debut as a River Cat in tonight’s game after signing a minor league contract with the Giants over the weekend. The Giants originally drafted him in the 12th round of the 2004 amateur draft. Frandsen went 2-for-3 with two singles against the Dodgers Tuesday evening.

Tonight was Nik Turley’s first game back pitching for the River Cats and he did not disappoint. After 37 games on the Disabled List with a blister issue, he made one start with Class-A Advanced San Jose before being transferred back to Sacramento. Turley pitched 6 solid innings tonight in just his second start of the season with the River Cats, allowing 1 run on 5 hits and 2 walks with 4 strikeouts.

Cody Hall picked up Turley in the seventh inning and, despite allowing an unearned run, kept Sacramento’s lead. Erik Cordier relieved Hall in the middle of the eighth inning to get the River Cats out of a jam unscathed. Mike Broadway pitched a shutout ninth inning, recording his fifth save in as many tries. The bullpen combined for 3 innings, allowing just 1 run on 3 hits and 2 walks with 2 strikeouts.

Game two of the series will continue tomorrow, with the River Cats sending LHP Ty Blach (4-5, 3.82) to the mound to face the Dodgers’ RHP Zach Lee (5-3, 2.38). Blach’s 1.03 BB/9 is the second best in the PCL behind Oklahoma City’s Scott Baker. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of Sacramento RiverCats Media Relations