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Sacramento River Cats Vs Tacoma Rainiers; Williamson Powers River Cats to Fourth Straight Victory

TACOMA, Wash. – The Sacramento River Cats secured a series win against the Tacoma Rainiers, winning their third game of the four-game set 5-3 Thursday night. Mac Williamson’s three-RBI night and a strong start by Chris Stratton contributed to the victory.

After three scoreless innings, the top of the order hit three consecutive singles to lead off the fourth inning. During Darren Ford’s run to first base, he had a violent collision with Tacoma’s second baseman Shawn O’Malley. After both players were checked out by their respective trainers, the game continued on, although both were clearly shaken up.

Ford and Everth Cabrera’s singles set the stage for Joaquin Arias’ first hit as a River Cat to send Ford home with Sacramento’s first run of the night. Later in the inning, Mac Williamson hit his first double of the night to drive in two more runs for an early 3-0 River Cats lead.

After leading off the sixth inning with a walk, Jarrett Parker came around to score on Williamson’s second double of the game to add on to the River Cats’ growing lead. Williamson finished his evening going 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI.

Thursday night was Joaquin Arias’ first game with the River Cats since being designated for assignment on July 27th and joining the team on August 11th. He went 2-for-4 with a single, a double, and an RBI. Arias was signed as a Free Agent with the San Francisco Giants on December 15, 2011. In his time in San Francisco, he was a part of World Series teams in 2012 and 2014.

Stratton pitched well tonight, despite a few hiccups. He tossed 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on five hits while walking three and striking out four. After hitting two batters in the sixth inning and allowing an RBI, Stratton was replaced by Cory Gearrin. Gearrin inherited two baserunners from Stratton, both of whom scored on his watch. With tonight’s win, Stratton has won 3 of 4 last starts and is now 3-4 overall. Mike Broadway recorded his 11th save in as many opportunities.

Ryan Lollis was recalled by the San Francisco Giants today, after Nori Aoki was placed on the 7-day concussion list. This is the second time this season Lollis has been called up. His first run with the Giants came on July 3, where he went 0-for-5. With Sacramento this season, Lollis is hitting .333 with four home runs and 29 RBI.

Tomorrow’s series finale will send Tommy Hanson (0-5, 8.90) to the mound for the River Cats. Hanson is coming off a rough outing, going just 2.1 innings while allowing 9 runs (7 earned) in a loss against Fresno. In five of his first seven starts, Hanson has failed to make it past the fourth inning. Hanson is averaging 89 pitches, and under 4.1 innings per start. The Rainiers will counter with Adrian Sampson (1-1, 4.50). The River Cats will look to tie their season-high win streak of five games while sweeping Tacoma in the process. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Defeat Albuquerque Isotopes 7-2

July 24, 2015 – 9:11pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Sacramento River Cats kicked off their last road trip of July Friday night, defeating the Albuquerque Isotopes by the final score of 7-2. Clayton Blackburn outlasted Albuquerque’s starter, Rockies’ top prospect Jon Gray, earning his fifth win of the year thanks to some late fielding mishaps by the Isotopes.

Blackburn (5-3, 3.84) pitched what is arguably the best start of his Triple-A career Friday night. The 22-year-old right-hander allowed just 2 runs on 6 hits, walking 2 and striking out 3 over 7 strong innings of work. The start set a new season high for innings pitched (previously 5.0), and tied a season best for runs and earned runs allowed (2).

Not only was he dominant on the hill, but Blackburn also helped out his own cause with the bat. With one on and two out in the fourth, Albuquerque pitcher Jon Gray intentionally walked Carlos Triunfel to face Blackburn. On a 1-1 pitch, the right-hander delivered by grounding a single into right field to drive in a run.

While many believed he would be activated for San Francisco’s weekend series against the Oakland Athletics, Nori Aoki was in the River Cats lineup Friday to make his third rehab appearance. The left fielder played seven full innings, and went 0-for-4 from the plate.

In the top of the eighth, the River Cats got a great opportunity to steal the momentum as they loaded the bases with just one out for the second time of the night. Sacramento couldn’t convert in their first opportunity, but back-to-back errors from shortstop Christian Adames and a sharp RBI single from Adam Duvall allowed 5 runs to score, giving the River Cats a 7-2 advantage. Duvall went 3-for-5 on the night, driving in 3 runs to give him 70 RBIs (third in PCL) on the season.

Albuquerque’s Gray (4-6, 4.53) was a tough opponent for the River Cats. The right-hander pitched 5 innings, and in that time he allowed just 2 runs on 8 hits, walking 3 and striking out 5. Nelson Gonzalez (3-3, 2.40) took the loss after pitching just 1 inning of relief. Gonzalez allowed 5 runs, but just one of them was earned.

Left-hander Josh Osich pitched a perfect eighth inning for the River Cats. Osich was making his first appearance since returning from his Major League debut. In 9 appearances with the Giants, Osich posted a 1-0 record with a perfect 0.00 ERA.

Sacramento will hit the field again tomorrow night, when they send the hot left-hander Nik Turley (4-4, 4.89) to the mound. Turley is 3-2 in his last five starts with a 2.00 ERA and 25 strikeouts. Opposing him from the Isotopes will be righty Boone Whiting (2-4, 5.40). First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. (PT) and 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

Nori Aoki Begins Rehab Assignment With River Cats

July 21, 2015 – 10:56am

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif.San Francisco Giants’ outfielder Nori Aoki is set to join the Sacramento River Cats today, Tuesday, July 21, for his Major League rehab assignment. Aoki is expected to be in the lineup tonight against the El Paso Chihuahuas at Raley Field.

Aoki was placed on the disabled list with a fractured right fibula by San Francisco on June 24 after being hit by a pitch on the foot a few days earlier. After successfully running the bases yesterday, Aoki was cleared by San Francisco’s training and medical staff to begin a rehab assignment.

Sacramento will be Aoki’s only stop during his assignment, and the left-handed hitter is expected to play five innings tonight and seven on Wednesday with a day off on Thursday. He could be activated by the Giants for the start of their homestand against the Oakland Athletics on Friday of this week.

The Giants signed Aoki this past offseason after facing him and his Kansas City Royals in the World Series. Prior to his injury, Aoki was San Francisco’s primary leadoff hitter. His .317 batting average and .383 on base percentage are both tied for the team lead, and his 12 stolen bases are seven more than any other Giants player.

First pitch for tonight’s game at Raley Field against the El Paso Chihuahuas is set for 7:05 p.m. with gates at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are still available for tonight’s game and the rest of the homestand. For more information, please call 916.371.HITS (4487) or visit rivercats.com.

Player Rehab Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall to Albuquerque Isotopes 9-6

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Sacramento River Cats came out swinging in game two with the Albuquerque Isotopes Saturday night at Isotopes Park. Sacramento jumped ahead early, scoring five times in the first two innings, but couldn’t make the lead stick as Albuquerque took advantage of three River Cats’ errors to take the contest 9-6.

Sacramento started the scoring right away, going up 1-0 in the top of the first. With Everth Cabrera on third, Adam Duvall drove a deep fly ball to center, bringing Cabrera home on the sacrifice. The RBI was Duvall’s 71st of the season and fourth of the series. With 71 RBIs, Duvall now moves into a tie for second most in the PCL.

The River Cats continued to add to their early runs, scoring four times in the second. Two of the runs came on a mammoth home run to right field off the bat of Jarrett Parker. The homer was his 15th of the year and gives him 47 RBIs. Sacramento continued to pile on, adding two more runs when starting pitcher Nik Turley lined a single into right-center. The base hit brought home Kevin Frandsen and Brandon Hicks to put the River Cats up 4-3 after two.

Turley couldn’t keep the Isotopes from mounting a comeback, though, as the left-hander surrendered nine runs (five earned) on 11 hits in just four innings of work. The 11 hits are the most the southpaw has allowed in a start this season, and the most since his first start when he allowed eight at home against the Las Vegas 51s.

He didn’t get much support from his defense, as the River Cats committed three errors for the 12th time this season. Those three errors turned into four unearned runs for the Isotopes, who would eventually win the game by three.

Albuquerque’s Tim Smalling was 2-for-4 for the Isotopes, with his fifth home run of the season. Of those five homers, three of them have come against Sacramento pitchers.

San Francisco Giants outfielder Nori Aoki had the best game of his rehab assignment with Sacramento, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk and a run. One of his hits was a solid single to center field and the other was a slow roller to first that the speedy outfielder beat out for a base hit.

Sacramento will get at it again tomorrow night as they send left-hander Ty Blach (8-8, 4.17) to the bump. Blach’s eight wins are second most in the PCL and his 1.39 BB/IP ratio is the best in the PCL. Opposing him will be the veteran left-hander John Lannan (6-4, 4.70). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT) and the game will air live online at rivercats.com and on air on ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Rough Day at The Office for Sacramento River Cats

Photo by Shawn Jonas

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – While 7,000-plus took the day off from their office jobs, the Sacramento River Cats found themselves having one of those days as they dropped their matinee contest with the Chihuahuas 15-2 Wednesday afternoon. Right-hander Chris Stratton struggled out of the gate and the Sacramento bullpen was unable to back up their starter as El Paso piled on the hits.

Stratton (0-3, 3.25) struggled early, unable to locate with most of his pitches. The right-hander left a lot of pitches up, and in 4.1 innings of work surrendered 6 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks while striking out 2. The 4.1 inning outing was his second shortest of the season and the 6 runs are a season-high.

Sacramento’s lefty Steven Okert (2-3, 4.69) inherited Stratton’s tight spot with two runners on and one out and was unable to stop the bleeding, issuing three consecutive walks. Okert’s appearance was brief as he was unable to get the second out, allowing 4 runs on 2 hits to give the Chihuahuas a commanding 10-1 lead.

El Paso added five more in the last three innings, scoring off both Cody Hall and Curtis Partch, eventually going up 15-2 in the eighth inning. Outfielder Alex Dickerson led the way for the Chihuahuas, going 5-for-5 with a double, a walk, and 3 RBIs. Overall, the Chihuahuas collected 17 hits, 15 runs, and 8 walks – all season highs for Sacramento pitching.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom for Sacramento, though. River Cats outfielder Juan Perez went 1-for-3 with a triple, his second of the season, and drove in a run. Adam Duvall also picked up an RBI in the contest, his 67th, moving him into fourth in the PCL.

Hard-throwing righty Mike Broadway pitched a perfect ninth inning for the River Cats, lowering his already impressive ERA even further. Broadway has an even 1.00 ERA in 36.0 innings pitched and has compiled a 48:8 K:BB ratio in that time.

San Francisco’s Nori Aoki made what is expected to be his final rehab start with the River Cats, playing seven innings in left field while going 0-for-3 at the plate. The left-handed hitter hit the ball hard in all three at bats, but came up empty in the hit column.

“I’m ready to get back,” he said after the game. “I’m ready for San Francisco and my leg feels as good as it could. I’m excited to play with the Giants again.”

Aoki is expected to join the Giants this Friday for their series against the visiting Oakland A’s.

Before that, the River Cats will close out their four-game series against El Paso tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m at Raley Field. Right-handed pitcher Tommy Hanson (0-2, 7.11) will take the mound against the Chihuahuas’ Daniel McCutchen (4-5, 4.52). The River Cats have faced McCutchen twice this season, and are hitting .265 with 5 runs against him in 8.1 innings.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Aoki Makes River Cats Debut, Sacramento River Cats Fall to El Paso Chihuahuas 6-3

Photo by Shawn Jonas

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif.Mac Williamson hit the Sacramento River Cats’ third inside-the-park home run and San Francisco outfielder Nori Aoki made his River Cats debut on a perfect night at Raley Field. Despite taking a lead in the middle innings, Sacramento was unable to hold on as they dropped game two 6-3 to the El Paso Chihuahuas.

Williamson put the River Cats ahead in the fourth on his second home run and first inside the parker. With Adam Duvall on first, the powerful right-hander crushed one to straight away center that hit high off the wall.

“I thought he was going to catch it, off the bat, just because I hit it too high,” Williamson said. “But I was running hard because I know the wind here can do funny things.”

The ball ricocheted away from El Paso’s center fielder as Williamson chased Duvall around the bases, but even as the 6’4″, 240 outfielder rounded second, he still didn’t think he was going to score. “I looked out and didn’t see him too far from the ball so I thought I’d stop at third. But Maz (Coach Mariano) was waving more emphatically as I came to third so I figured I had a chance.”

The throw came in high and Williamson slid in safe under the tag, giving the River Cats a 2-0 lead. Williamson joins fellow outfielders Jarrett Parker (4/26 vs. Tacoma) and Darren Ford (5/16 at Albuquerque) as the only River Cats players to hit an inside-the-park home run this season.

Also joining the River Cats tonight was San Francisco Giants outfielder Nori Aoki. The left-handed hitter played five innings in left field in the first of his rehab starts with Sacramento, playing in his first game since June 21. After being hit by a pitch on the ankle, Aoki was placed on the disabled list with a broken right fibula on June 26.

“It’s been a month since I played,” Aoki said through his translator after his five innings. “So it was good to gauge where my leg and ankle are at.” The outfielder was all smiles as he told reporters, “I felt good, it feels ready.”

The outfielder was 1-for-3 in his first start, with his hit an infield single to the hole on the right side.

The River Cats and Chihuahuas will resume things early tomorrow behind right-hander Chris Stratton (0-2, 2.42). Stratton is still looking for his first win, despite pitching eight innings in three of his last four starts and allowing just four runs in those three starts. For El Paso, it will be righty Chris Smith (1-5, 4.06). First pitch is set for 12:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations