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Walk-Off Magic In West Sacramento; River Cats Win 13th Straight On Noonan Walk-Off Single

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA. – The Sacramento River Cats won in walk-off fashion for the ninth time this season and third time this week, topping the visiting New Orleans Zephyrs 2-1 in 10 innings. 14,117 were on hand Saturday night as both starting pitchers dueled into the late innings, and all 14,117 stayed into extras to watch the River Cats win their 13th straight on Nick Noonan’s game-winning RBI-single.

Sacramento found themselves in extra innings for the 16th time this season as they went to the tenth tied 1-1 with the Zephyrs. Jarrett Parker led off the bottom of the inning with a double down the right-field line, cruising into second base standing. New Orleans’ Nick Wittgren managed to get Mac Williamson to fly out harmlessly before striking out Hector Sanchez for the second out of the inning.

That brought Noonan to the plate. The left-handed hitting shortstop was 0-2 with a sacrifice fly prior to the at bat, and after fouling off a number of pitches, lined a base hit back up the middle to score Parker and send the River Cats home winners. Noonan was responsible for the River Cats’ first run, as well, again driving in Parker with a second inning sacrifice fly. Overall, he was 1-for-3 with two RB, raising his batting average to .263.

This is the ninth time this season that the River Cats have walked off to a victory and the third in their last seven games. They beat the Round Rock Express 3-2 in 13 innings on 8/16 and then beat the Zephyrs by a score of 4-3 in 13 innings just two nights ago.

Both starting pitchers were excellent in this one. Ty Blach was dealing for the River Cats, holding the Zephyrs hitless through the first five innings. The left-hander, who tossed a complete game shutout in his last start, went eight excellent innings for Sacramento, allowing just one run on three hits and one walk while striking out four. He threw 96 pitches in the outing, 65 of them for strikes.

New Orleans’ starter and former River Cats pitcher Travis Blackley was equally impressive, tossing seven innings of one-run ball. Blackley gave up three hits, walked none, and recorded a season-high eight strikeouts. After allowing the River Cats’ second-inning run, Blackley shut down the Sacramento offense, even retiring the final thirteen straight batters he faced.

Mike Broadway picked up the win for the River Cats with two dominant innings in relief. Broadway pitched a perfect ninth and tenth, striking out two as he improved to 2-0 and lowered his already incredible ERA to 0.93 for the season.

The win extends Sacramento’s win streak to 13 games, just one shy of the Las Vegas 51s’ 14-game streak from earlier this year. Since 2005, only Las Vegas’ streak is longer than the River Cats’. The win also gave the River Cats their third straight series sweep, something that the franchise has never achieved in their 15 year history in West Sacramento.

The River Cats head out on their last road trip of the year early tomorrow morning before taking on the Omaha Storm Chasers (Kansas City Royals – AL) for four games. Jake Dunning (4-1, 5.15) will open the series for Sacramento as he makes his first start since May 4. Left-hander Chris Dwyer (2-2, 4.22) gets the nod for Omaha. First pitch is set for 3:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com. The game will also air in its entirety at 7:05 p.m. (PT) on the air on ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Blach Derails Round Rock, Throws Complete Game Shutout

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA. – The Sacramento River Cats had a number of headliners Monday night at Raley Field, but none of them were more impressive than the performance by Ty Blach. The young left-hander tossed a complete game, three-hit shutout for the River Cats as Sacramento rolled through Round Rock Express to their eighth straight win. On the other side of the ball, Mac Williamson led the offense in an 11-run outburst with a career night at the plate.

Blach (11-10, 4.26) was masterful, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out six en route to his first career nine-inning complete game shutout. He threw 117 pitches in the effort, 78 of them for strikes, and all of those pitches were working. Blach kept the ball consistently on the edges and kept Round Rock off balance all night by mixing his pitches.

“The big thing for me was mostly just mixing, you know. Taking advice from (pitching coach) Dwight and working in my breaking balls more,” he said after the game. “Being able to execute those and keep the hitter off balance more. Trevor did an awesome job calling pitches back there today, too, again just keeping those guys off balance all night.”

Blach has now made 24 starts and thrown a PCL-high 147.2 innings this season. He has gone at least six innings in 17 of those 24 starts and allowed one earned run or less in six.

No complete game shutout is without its fair share of excellent defensive plays, and Blach was quick to point out the guys behind him.

“The defense played awesome behind me. Noonan and Arias and Franny made some nice plays around the infield, Fordy made some really nice catches out there in center. It’s easy to pitch when you’ve got that going behind you.”

On a night where the River Cats pitching and defense were on point, the offense came along, too, exploding for 11 runs on 15 hits and setting a new season-high for runs scored at home this year. All nine River Cats starters recorded a hit, with five recording more than one. Six of the nine starters also scored at least one run.

Leading the way was outfielder Mac Williamson, who reached base five times in the 11-0 rout. The powerful right-hander went 2-for-2 with a career-high six RBI. He roped a two-run double in the third inning and absolutely crushed a grand slam home run in the sixth. He also drew two walks, was hit by a pitch, and scored four runs.

The River Cats will go for the sweep tomorrow night behind right-hander Chris Stratton (3-4, 3.62). Opposite him will be Round Rock’s right-hander Nick Martinez (0-0, 4.50). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Rain Delay Doesn’t Slow River Cats Offense; Sacramento Defeats Tacoma Rainiers 6-2

TACOMA, Wash. – The Sacramento River Cats and Rainiers were delayed just over half an hour this morning due to rain, but the wet conditions and late start didn’t faze Sacramento in the least as they picked up their second straight win in Tacoma and third straight overall. Nick Noonan and Darren Ford both homered for the River Cats as Sacramento rolled to a 6-2 victory.

Noonan, making just his second start for the River Cats, shined this afternoon. Starting at shortstop, the right-handed hitter was 3-for-4 with a two-run home run in the top of the second inning. The homer put the River Cats up 2-1 and gave them a lead they would not relinquish. Noonan later singled in the fourth inning, driving in two more to extend Sacramento’s lead to 4-1.

Ford also contributed to the scoring, blasting a solo home run to left field in the top of the seventh. The home run, which was his second in the last two games, was his 11th of the season. He was 1-for-5 in the game overall.

Ford’s home run last night set a new season-high for the outfielder, and he continues to add on. Previously, the most home runs Ford had hit in a season was nine. He reached that mark twice, in both 2007 and 2009.

Mac Williamson also had a strong day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. The right-handed hitting outfielder has struggled lately at the plate, going just 2-for-20 over his last five games, but looked much more comfortable in his at bats today.

Overall, the River Cats offense tallied six runs on 12 hits. The Sacramento bats have really come to life as of late, having racked up 32 hits and scored 24 runs over their last three games.

Ty Blach picked up his 10th win of the season for the River Cats, becoming the first Sacramento starter to reach the double-digit mark this season. The left-hander went five innings and allowed two runs on nine hits and a walk with four strike outs. He benefited from some solid defense behind him as the River Cats turned three double plays to erase a number would-be rallies.

Brett Bochy, Steven Okert, and Mike Broadway combined to pitch four shutout innings. Broadway entered the game with two down in the eighth before pitching a scoreless ninth en route to his 10th save of the season. He is a perfect 10/10 in save opportunities and has now lowered his ERA to 1.04.

The River Cats and Rainiers will resume things tomorrow night at the regular time with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. It’ll be Chris Stratton (2-4, 3.52) on the mound for Sacramento. Stratton has been excellent on the road, posting a 2-2 record with a 2.98 ERA in eight road starts. For Tacoma, it’ll be the lefty Roenis Elias (3-1, 8.03). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Game Recap 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