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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

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

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

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)

Zito Throws Four Scoreless Innings As The Oakland A’s Beat Milwaukee Brewers Split Squad 5-2

Phoenix, ArizonaSonny Gray threw the first four innings and gave up both runs while Barry Zito threw the final four. Zito retired 11 of the 12 men he faced.  The one hit he did give up was erased by a double play.  Zito, who is attempting a comeback after a full year off from baseball, threw four scoreless innings for a save as the Oakland Athletics beat the Milwaukee Brewers split squad 5-2 in Maryvale Park on Sunday.

Brewers Ryan Braun is 0 for 10 in Cactus League Play. Braun had offseason thumb surgery and missed the last three games with the Flu.

The 36-year-old Zito , the 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner, struck out Bobby Crocker to end the ball game. Zito received a standing ovation from A’s faithful.

“You can look at results, but I have to look at the way the ball is coming out of my hand,” Zito said. “Right now it feels good.”

The A’s have deep competition for their starting pitchers. Zito could be playing for a spot on another team.

Zito: “I don’t think about things like that,” he said. “I have an agent. I’ve got an A’s uni on right now, I’ve just got to stay in the moment moment, give it my all to the team every time out, ” Zito added.

Billy Burns continued on his hot streak improving his batting average to .441 with two more hits against the Brewers. 

Zito had his famous curve going on Sunday, as catcher Luke Carlin was the first to attest.

“I thought his curve was better today than it had been other times I’ve caught him,” Carlin said. “I thought it was just better location, better arm speed, better finish with it.”

Gray gave up two runs, but it was still enough to get the win. He went mostly with the fastball. Gray was a little predictable, yet it was good enough to be effective when he needed it. He gave up a run in the second and had men in scoring position but was able to pitched out of it.

“I felt awesome,” he said of the second inning. “It was great to be able to get out of the second and limit the damage with men on second and third and one out. Today was night and day better than the last time. The fastball was good. I just threw a lot of strikes.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Athletics: Oakland is hoping OF Coco Crisp (right elbow) will be able to return to the lineup Tuesday when the A’s play San Diego in Mesa. 1B Ike Davis (back) could also be ready then or soon after.

Bob Melvin said he is “more encouraged” than ever that Josh Reddick will be ready to be in right field for opening day on April 6th. Reddick, expected to miss four to six weeks after suffering an oblique injury just after Cactus League play started.

Jarrod Parker will throw 30 pitches against live hitters Wednesday. To simulate a gamelike feel, Parker will throw 15 pitches, sit for a few minutes, then throw 15 more.

ROSTER MOVES

The A’s made their first roster cuts. Right-handers Arnold Leon and Chad Smith and left-hander Eury De La Rosa were optioned to Triple-A Nashville. Right-hander Raul Alcantara, recovering from Tommy John surgery, was optioned to Double-A Midland. Right-handers Matt Buschmann and Angel Castro, left-handers Jim Fuller and Rudy Owens, catcher Bruce Maxwell and infielders Alden Carrithers and Niuman Romero were reassigned to minor league camp.

UP NEXT

Athletics: Oakland will face RHP Zack Greinke and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch on Monday. RHP Kendall Graveman continues his quest for a spot in the rotation.

Brewers: Milwaukee gets a day off on Monday. RHP Matt Garza will pitch against RHP James Shields and the Padres in Peoria on Tuesday.

A’s Score Four Runs On Matt Cain In Less Than Two Innings Beat Giants 5-2

Saturday March 14, 2015

Shawn Jonas

MESA, Ariz. –After a two-run start by the Giants offense in the top of the first inning they were shutdown for the rest of the game.  Athletics Jesse Chavez settled down after the first inning and only gave up five hits over 4⅓ innings.  Matt Cain had a rough outing giving up for four runs in 1⅔ innings.  The Oakland Athletics beat the San Francisco Giants 5-2 Saturday in a split-squad game.

Cain, in only his second appearance following elbow surgery, allowed six hits.  He struck out one,  and did not walk a batter.

“I got my pitch count up and worked every scenario, I just didn’t make pitches,” Cain said. “Now it’s making sure my arm is able to repeat it and being able to get up and down.”

Cain’s day was a short one due to him not being able to locate as well as he wanted. His arm felt great,and he thought he had good stuff. He’s on schedule to be ready in time for the start of the season.

Cain will go through his normal routine as h e prepares for his next start in five days.

“The nerves were still there, which is good,” Cain said. “This one felt more like a normal start.”

Billy Burns is is in a nice rhythm as he collected three more hits for a second straight game.

Ben Zobrist doubled and drove in two runs while Eric Sogard collected a hit and drove in a run for the A’s as well. Burns has three triples this spring.

Casey McGehee doubled twice and drove in both of the Giants’ runs. He’s 10-for-20 in exhibition play.

Jesse Chavez gave up two runs, both in the first inning, on five hits over 4⅓ innings. He struck out four and walked none.

Athletics: Chavez was able to make an adjustment after a rough first inning and ended on a solid note.

“I was rushing a little bit with my mechanics, throwing my hip out too quickly,” he said. “It was a matter of me trusting myself to know what I needed to do. I started driving the hill.”

Chavez was allowed to start the fifth inning, something that was important to him after failing to go three innings his last outing.

“Today the whole goal was to go four innings and being able to go back out for the fifth was nice, and not even reaching my pitch count.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

A’s: OF Josh Reddick (strained right oblique) took part in the team stretch and threw from 60 feet. … INF Ike Davis (back) and OF Coco Crisp (sore left triceps) are taking an extra day or two off and should be back in action in the next few days. … RHP Jarrod Parker (Tommy John surgery) threw 20 pitches to hitters on Friday and will do so again on Wednesday.

Giants: RHP Sergio Romo (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen on Friday and will see game action Sunday. … C Buster Posey got a routine day off. … RHP Tim Lincecum (neck) has shown no improvement.
4:05 PM ET, March 14, 2015
HoHoKam Stadium, Mesa, Arizona

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UP NEXT

Giants: RHP Tim Hudson makes his second start of the spring Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

A’s: RHP Sonny Gray will start for the A’s at the Milwaukee Brewers, with LHP Barry Zito also scheduled to see action.

A’s Up Next: The A’s will be back together as one unit Sunday after a split-squad trip to Las Vegas, and it will be right-hander Sonny Gray taking the mound for the second time this spring, meeting the Brewers at Maryvale at 1:05 p.m. PT, live on MLB.TV. Gray will be followed by veteran non-roster invitee Barry Zito. Gray allowed two earned runs on five hits in his two-inning Cactus League debut, and Zito has allowed four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings in one start and one relief appearance thus far.