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Bullpen Falters In Sacramento River Cats’ Series-Ending Loss To Sounds

Peña homers and Michael drives in four runs

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (64-57) dropped Tuesday night’s series finale to the Nashville Sounds (53-66) by a final score of 13-10.

Center fielder Levi Michael drove in four runs in the first four innings, giving the River Cats a 6-3 lead heading into the sixth inning before Nashville tied things up. Then in the seventh, right-hander Kyle Barraclough’s Sacramento debut resulted in him facing five batters, allowing five runs, and recording no outs.

Down seven in the ninth, the River Cats made things interesting with four runs off of left-hander Kyle Bird, including an opposite-field, three-run shot off the bat of infielder Cristhian Adames. But a diving catch at first base on a Joe McCarthy line drive would bring the game to an end.

After an off day, the River Cats will head up Interstate 80 for a four-game battle with the team chasing them in the Pacific Northern division standings. Right-hander Burch Smith (6-3, 2.33) is set to make his Sacramento debut after being claimed off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers. He’ll be facing Reno righty Jon Duplantier (0-2, 6.39). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Webb’s Sacramento River Cats Debut Spoiled By Late Sounds Comeback

Rocklin native tosses seven one-run innings with seven strikeouts

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (64-56) welcomed another local product on Monday night, as Rocklin-native Logan Webb impressed with seven innings of one-run ball in his Triple-A debut against the Nashville Sounds (52-66). Despite the sensational performance, the club fell 3-2 to the visiting Sounds.

The 22-year-old graduate of Rocklin High School lived up to the hype Monday night, striking out seven batters over his seven innings with zero walks, featuring a mid-90’s fastball and excellent command of all his pitches. Webb is ranked as the number five prospect in the San Francisco Giants organization, according to mlb.com.

The right-hander got some early help from teammate Zach Green at the plate. Green, a fellow Sacramento-area native (Carmichael), crushed his team leading 25th home run in the bottom of the first to give the River Cats an early 2-0 lead. The offense, however, was shut out for the remainder of the game, going 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position on the evening. 

Right-hander Enderson Franco (6-5, 5.98) will get the nod as the River Cats try will try to salvage a series split, while the Sounds will roll with lefty Brock Burke (0-0, 1.80). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM.

Sacrmamento River Cats Walk-Off On Sounds To Even Series

McCarthy blasts first River Cats home run in 3-2 victory

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (64-55) earned their first walk-off win since June 14, defeating the Nashville Sounds (51-66) by a score of 3-2 on an Abiatal Avelino RBI-single in the bottom of the ninth.

The River Cats got a perfect start from right-hander Carlos Torres in his River Cats debut. Torres, who has played with three different Triple-A clubs this season, faced nine batters and retired all nine including three strikeouts. Relieving Torres was right-hander Casey Meisner, who tossed five innings and gave up just two runs on three hits with a walk and a strikeout. 

Joe McCarthy smashed a solo home run in the fifth inning, his first since joining the River Cats on August 3. Right fielder Jaylin Davis plated the tying run with his second double of the afternoon in the eighth, then Avelino singled in the ninth to chase home the pinch-running Mauricio Dubon for the 3-2 walk-off win.

Right-hander Dereck Rodriguez (3-0, 3.64) will take the ball for the River Cats in game three of this four-game set, with the Sounds turning to righty Seth Maness (7-4, 5.97). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall To Nashville Sounds 3-13

River Cats fall 13-3 in front of franchise’s 100th sellout 

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (63-55) lost their second consecutive game by double-digits, falling 13-3 to the Nashville Sounds (51-65) with Saturday night’s capacity crowd on hand.

The offense fell flat for the second night in a row, mustering just five hits. But, all three runs came by way of solo homers, including the first at Raley Field for Captial Christian High School graduate Mauricio Dubon

Another Sacramento high school product, third baseman Zach Green, as well as outfielder Mike Gerber both launched their 24th home runs of the season to lead the club. For Green, it was his first back with the River Cats since being optioned by the Giants on August 4.

Veteran right-hander Carlos Torres (1-1, 2.49) will be making his River Cats debut while the Sounds are sending their own veteran righty Tim Dillard (0-0, No ERA) to the mound. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM.

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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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).



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.


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.


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.


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.





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.


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.



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.


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