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Sacramento River Cats: Stratton Outdueled In Sunday Matinee

Despite bounce-back start by Stratton, River Cats bats fall flat against Sounds

West Sacramento, CA Sacramento River Cats (16-26) starter Chris Stratton took the mound Sunday afternoon at Raley Field looking to bounce back after a rough last outing. The former first-round pick did just that, throwing his first quality start of the year. Unfortunately, Nashville Sounds (20-20) starter Jharel Cotton was even better and the River Cats fell 4-0 Sunday. 

Stratton looked great all afternoon other than a brief hiccup in the third. With two outs in the inning, Stratton gave up a walk followed by back-to-back hits to give Nashville two runs. He settled in after that, allowing just one more run in the seventh frame before turning things over to the bullpen.

Nashville’s Cotton outdueled Stratton though, shutting out the River Cats over seven innings. He walked one and struck out nine in the outing while Sacramento managed just three hits against him, one of them a double by Tim Federowicz.

Tomorrow’s finale between the River Cats and Sounds will features Dan Slania (0-5, 8.65) against RHP Daniel Gossett  (1-2, 4.31). 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 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Jones’ Slam Leads Charge In Sacramento River Cats Win

Offense backs strong pitching performance from Roth with eight runs

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (16-25) rode the long ball to an 8-5 victory over the Nashville Sounds (19-20) Saturday night. Both Austin Slater and Ryder Jones homered for the River Cats in the win.

Slater’s two-run shot was his third home run of the season and put the River Cats ahead 2-1 in the fourth inning. Jones didn’t wait long to add on, launching a towering grand slam out to the right field grass hill and making it a 6-1 game at the time. For Jones, it was his fourth home run of the year.

Roth put together his second consecutive quality start and picked up his first win as a starter with six innings of three-run ball. Behind him, the bullpen allowed two runs over three innings. Kyle Crick recorded the four-out save, his fourth save of the year.

Chris Stratton (0-1, 5.79) takes the mound for Sacramento tomorrow afternoon against Nashville’s RHP Jharel Cotton (0-0, 0.00). First pitch is set for 1:05 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 Silenced By Sounds In 6-0 Defeat

Sacramento can’t overcome early struggles, Gillaspie makes rehab debut

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (15-25) returned home from a seven-game road trip to a packed Raley Field crowd but fell in game one of their four-game set 6-0 to the Nashville Sounds (19-19).

Nashville jumped out to an early lead, scoring two runs in the first off starter Joan Gregorio. Gregorio entered play tonight with the second best ERA in the PCL (2.04) but struggled tonight as the Sounds pushed four more runs across in the fourth.

The River Cats offense managed just three hits tonight, one of which came from third baseman Conor Gillaspie who was making his rehab debut with the club. The Sacramento defense committed more errors (four) than the offense managed hits. The four errors are a season-high.

Left-hander Michael Roth (2-3, 4.54) will face Nashville’s Chris Bassitt (1-0, 4.00) in tomorrow night’s game two. 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

Solid Start By Black Burn Yet River Cats Offense Can’t Get Going Fall To Nashville Sounds 5-0

May 25, 2015 4:53 PM PT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – 9,447 gathered at Raley Field on Memorial Day to watch as the Sacramento River Cats welcomed the Nashville Sounds (Oakland Athletics) to West Sacramento for the first time in two years. Clayton Blackburn kept the River Cats close, but the offense couldn’t find their footing as Sacramento was shut out for just the second time this season, 5-0.

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A day after recording one hit in six innings, the River Cats offense again sputtered. They scattered four hits across the first four innings and erased any potential threats by grounding into two double plays. Darren Ford was also picked off trying to steal in the first. The River Cats were unable to muster any kind of offense after that, going hitless with just three baserunners – a hit by pitch, a walk, and reached on a fielder’s choice – in the fifth through ninth innings.

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One of Sacramento’s hits belonged to Adam Duvall, who extended his hit streak to nine games with his second-inning single. Duvall is still carrying a .322 average (15th in the PCL) through 45 games this season, to go with a league-leading 26 extra-base hits.

Blackburn was solid for Sacramento, keeping the River Cats in the game and really only running into trouble in the fourth inning. Two walks and two singles led to a 2-0 Nashville lead and loaded the bases, but Blackburn got the Sounds’ Joey Wendle to ground out to end the inning. He kept the Sounds scoreless otherwise before exiting after the fifth. He threw 97 pitches in the outing, 65 for strikes.

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The Sounds continued to add on to their lead, scoring once in the sixth and again in the seventh against River Cats’ reliever Juan Gutierrez. They knocked in their fifth run in the ninth, stretching their lead to five. First baseman and former River Cat Anthony Aliotti was 3-for-5 with 2 RBIs and a run scored for Nashville.

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Blackburn took the loss on the afternoon and is now 1-3 with a 5.06 ERA. Sounds’ reliever Jim Fuller (1-0) picked up the win for Nashville while Brock Huntzinger notched the three-inning save, his first of the season.

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After starting the season 5-0 in day games, the River Cats have won just two of their last seven matinee contests. They’ll have another chance in Thursday’s 12:05 p.m. finale with the Sounds.

Before then, the River Cats will face former Giant and River Cats star Barry Zito (1-4, 5.29) tomorrow night. The veteran lefty will be making his first start at Raley Field since 2000. Opposing him will be Sacramento’s RHP Robert Coello (5-2, 3.44) as he goes for his league-leading sixth win. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

*All Photos by Shawn Jonas

 

Nashville Sounds Stay Loud Silence Sacramento 3-2; River Cats Drop Their Ninth Straight Game

Photos by Shawn Jonas

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Kevin Correia took the mound Thursday determined to end the River Cats’ losing streak, throwing seven shutout innings for Sacramento. Despite his excellent start – and two River Cats home runs – the Sounds rallied in the eighth to take a lead they would not give up as the River Cats dropped their ninth in a row 3-2.

Correia kept the Nashville Sounds off-balance and off the bases for most of the afternoon, scattering 6 hits and 1 walk across his seven innings while striking out 5. He coaxed Nashville into seven groundball outs, including three inning-ending double plays. He threw 97 pitches in the outing, 65 for strikes. It was just the third time this season that a Sacramento River Cats starter notched seven complete innings (Ty Blach, 4/11 and 5/18).

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The River Cats only managed three hits against the Sounds, although two of them were big solo home runs off the bats of Jarrett Parker and John Bowker. Parker reached base three times in the game, going 2-for-2 with a home run, a single, and a walk. With two hits today, he is now just 5 away from reaching 500 career minor league hits.

Nashville rallied for 3 runs on 3 hits and a hit by pitch in the eighth inning against Sacramento’s lefty Steven Okert. The Sounds’ Jason Pridie roped a two-run triple down the right field line in the inning to cap his afternoon and his series. Pridie hit .467 (7-for-15) with 5 extra-base hits, including a home run, and 4 RBIs against the River Cats.

With today’s loss, the River Cats have now dropped nine in a row, tying their franchise record. The River Cats also lost nine straight in 2011, from June 26 through July 7. The loss also marks the first time that the River Cats have lost all eight games of an eight-game homestand.

Sacramento will look to turn things around on their upcoming road trip. They’ll start a four-game set in Colorado Springs tomorrow night behind LHP Ty Blach (4-4, 4.07). Taking the mound for the Sky Sox is RHP Tyler Thornburg (0-2, 4.45). After that, the River Cats will head to Oklahoma City to take on the Dodgers. First pitch for tomorrow’s game is 6:05 PT and the game can be heard live on rivercats.com and ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

San Francisco Giants’ Jake Peavy Struggles In Rehab Start With River Cats; Nashville Sounds Bats Make Noise Win 11-4

All Photos by Shawn Jonas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Former Cy Young award winner and two time World Champion Jake Peavy made his Sacramento River Cats debut Wednesday night, taking the mound for the second time in his rehab assignment. Not even Peavy could quiet the Sounds’ hot bats as the River Cats dropped game three to the Nashville Sounds 11-4.

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Peavy started out strong, pitching a perfect first inning in which he threw 12 pitches, all for strikes. However, Nashville got to him in the second and third, putting up 5 runs on 7 hits, including a big solo home run by Jason Pridie that hit high off the right field foul pole.

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In the bottom of the third, the River Cats, who had been shutout in back-to-back games, scored their first run of the series. With Casey McGehee at the plate, Ronny Cedeno sprinted home on a wild pitch from Nashville’s starter Zach Neal. Cedeno ended his night 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

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Peavy was touched up again in the fifth, allowing the first two runners to reach base. The defense then showed him some support, as right fielder Juan Perez made a great play throwing out Ryan Roberts at home as he tagged on a fly ball to right. One batter later, Peavy was removed from the game after he allowed his sixth run of the night on a Bryan Anderson double. Anderson was 3-for-4 with 3 doubles and 4 RBIs on the night.

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Nashville continued to add on, scoring 5 in the seventh and stretching the score to 11-1. The River Cats’ bats found some life in the bottom of the ninth, scoring three runs on three hits, a walk, and a Nashville error. The late-game excitement wasn’t enough though, and 4 runs was all Sacramento could muster.

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Peavy (0-1, 11.57) lasted just 4.2 innings in his second rehab start. After throwing three scoreless innings last Friday night in San Jose, Peavy gave up 6 runs (all earned) on 9 hits and 2 walks with 2 strikeouts. His counterpart, Zach Neal (3-1, 1.53) tossed 7 strong innings for the Sounds, giving up 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 6.

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The River Cats played as the SacramenTONES Wednesday night, wearing specialty themed jerseys that were auctioned off in celebration of Pitch Perfect Night. Sacramento-native Kelley Jackle, a member from the cast of Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2 was on hand to sing the National Anthem and throw out the first pitch.

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Sacramento will be looking to avoid their second consecutive sweep as they send right-hander Kevin Correia (0-1, 4.40) to the mound tomorrow afternoon. Opposing him will be lefty Brad Mills (1-5, 3.91) for Nashville. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

 

Nashville Sounds’ Barry Zito Shuts Down River Cats At Raley Field; Sacramento Falls 3-0

All Photos By Shawn Jonas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Yesterday, the Sacramento River Cats and their fans welcomed veteran left-hander Barry Zito back to Raley Field, his first visit since pitching here in 2000. Tonight, the River Cats were stumped as he took the mound, falling 3-0 and getting shut out by the Nashville Sounds for the second game in a row.

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Zito (2-4, 4.72) successfully kept the River Cats’ hitters off balance through the first six innings. He held Sacramento scoreless while allowing just 3 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 5 and picked up his second win of the season.

Robert Coello (5-3, 3.45) took the mound for Sacramento and struggled early, walking 4 in the first two innings. Despite not having command of all of his pitches, Coello battled all night and only gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and 6 walks with 5 strikeouts. He threw 102 pitches – 57 for strikes – through 5 innings in the loss.

The Sounds took advantage of the free baserunners, especially in the second. Nashville drew back-to-back walks to open the inning and, after the runners moved up on a groundout, Anothony Aliotti singled both runners home. That would be all Coello would allow, however, as he held the Sounds scoreless after that. For Nashville, Aliotti ended his night 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs. The Sounds scored their third run on a Ryan Roberts sacrifice fly in the seventh.

The River Cats struggled to generate any kind of threat, putting just five runners in scoring position in the game. Juan Perez hit a double in the fourth on some smart and aggressive base running. With a creative slide and a hop, he evaded the tag and landed safely on second. The River Cats put another runner in scoring position in the eighth with back-to-back singles by Casey McGehee and Ehire Adrianza. McGehee was 1-for-4 in his River Cats debut and made an excellent leaping play at third base to snag a line drive.

Sacramento started to put something together in the bottom of the ninth on a Jarrett Parker double and a John Bowker walk, but both runners were still standing on the bases when the last out was made. Sounds reliever R.J. Alvarez picked up his first save of the season.

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San Francisco’s right-hander Jake Peavy (0-2, 9.39) will make his second rehab start tomorrow night for Sacramento. The Cy Young winner and World Series Champ is returning from a back injury and pitched last week for Class-A Advanced San Jose, throwing three scoreless innings. Taking the mound opposite of Peavy will be Nashville’s Zach Neal (2-0, 1.69). Tomorrow night is also the River Cats’ Pitch Perfect 2 and SacramenTONES specialty jerseys night. The game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off during the game to benefit the River Cats Foundation. First pitch is set for tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of Sacramento River Cats

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)