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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

Peavy Goes Six Strong In Final Rehab Start; Duvall Launches 15th Home Run in Loss, Leads PCL

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Less than 24 hours after the Sacramento River Cats and Reno Aces went down to the wire, Jake Peavy and Gabriel Arias picked right up where the two teams left off in Sunday’s Father’s Day finale. Peavy pitched extremely well through six, but despite the strong start and Duvall’s PCL-leading 15th home run, the River Cats dropped the finale 3-2 to the Aces.

In what was likely his last rehab start with the River Cats, Peavy continued to impress on the mound. The veteran right-hander went 6 strong innings, yielding just 1 run on 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3. He threw 93 pitches on the afternoon, 61 of them for strikes.

Despite not winning a game while with Sacramento, Peavy (0-2, 5.47) continued to improve with every start. His 30-day rehab assignment ends tomorrow, and it remains to be seen what the San Francisco Giants have planned for the former Cy Young winner.

Opposite Peavy, Arias (3-1, 4.33) was equally impressive for Reno. The 25-year-old also went 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7. Both runs he allowed came on solo home runs.

Adam Duvall and Hector Sanchez provided the offense for the River Cats, each hitting a home run in Sunday’s loss. Duvall’s was a sixth-inning shot that put the club ahead 2-1 and gave him 15 home runs on the year. That total puts him alone in first place in the PCL, one ahead of Fresno’s Jon Singleton and Reno’s Peter O’Brien. Sanchez’s was a second-inning line-drive home run into the River Cats’ bullpen which put Sacramento ahead 1-0.

Reno took the lead 3-2 for good in the top of the seventh. Trayvon Robinson homered to lead off the inning, tying the game at two. Nick Buss scored a few batters later on a throwing error by Hector Sanchez. The River Cats committed two errors on the afternoon and now have 77 for the season.

Ehire Adrianza went hitless, snapping his hit streak at eight, just one shy of tying his season high. During the streak, Adrianza hit .300 (12-for-40) with two doubles, a home run, and six RBIs.

The River Cats get the day off tomorrow before traveling to Chukchansi Park on Tuesday for a quick three-game series against the first-place Fresno Grizzlies. Getting things started for Sacramento will be the right-hander Chris Stratton (0-0, 2.08). Although he doesn’t have a win at the Triple-A level, Stratton has been excellent since joining the River Cats, allowing just 5 runs (4 earned) in 17.1 innings. For Fresno, it’ll be the southpaw Luis Cruz (3-2, 4.23). First pitch is set for Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Matt Cain Sharp in Second Rehab Start; Sacramento River Cats Fall to Reno Aces 2-1

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. Matt Cain and Jhoulys Chacin battled Friday night, engaging in a pitcher’s duel in front of a full house at Raley Field. With over 400 career major league starts between them, the two hurler’s kept things locked in a 1-1 tie until a Blake Lalli RBI-single in the seventh put the Reno Aces up 2-1 for good.

Cain (0-2, 4.50) went 6.2 innings in his second River Cats start, throwing 89 pitches, 59 for strikes. He gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and no walks while striking out 6. It looked like the Aces were going to strike early, but Cain pitched around a first inning error by Hector Sanchez and stranded Reno’s Nick Buss at third base.

He retired the next eight before the Aces came through with a run in the fourth, tying the game at one. Cain held Reno at one until the seventh, when Lalli singled home Cody Ransom to put the Aces up 2-1.

Overall, Cain looked sharp on the mound, pitching around two errors behind him and keeping the River Cats in the game. He departed with Sacramento trailing and a runner on first with two outs in the seventh but the sold out crowd showed their support for the three-time World Champ with a standing ovation. Cain responded with an acknowledging wave to the crowd.

Opposite of Cain, Reno’s Chacin (1-0, 1.29) was also dealing, allowing just one run over seven innings. He gave up 5 hits, walked 1, and tallied a season-high 9 strikeouts en route to his second win of the season. Chacin made his Aces debut tonight, having just signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization yesterday.

Ehire Adrianza had a big night for the River Cats, both at the plate and on the field. With his third-inning single, the hot-hitting shortstop extended his current hit streak to seven games, two shy of his season high. He also doubled, and was 2-for-4 on the night, raising his batting average to .320 for the season.

On the defensive side of the ball, Adrianza showed off his smooth fielding, making a diving play in the fourth inning and an running, over-the-shoulder catch in shallow center field in the seventh.

It’ll be a Father’s Day matinee finale tomorrow afternoon as the River Cats look to avoid the sweep behind right-hander Jake Peavy (0-2, 5.70). Peavy made the best start of his rehab assignment his last time out, throwing 7 innings (95 pitches) and allowing 2 runs on 5 hits while striking out 5. The Aces will counter with their right-hander Gabriel Arias (5-2, 2.94). First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations