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Sacramento River Cats Left Chasing Omaha In 7-1 Defeat

Heathcott goes 2-for-3, drives in lone run in River Cats debut

Omaha, NE – The Sacramento River Cats (47-63) came in to Thursday night’s game against the Omaha Storm Chasers (51-58) riding a four-game winning streak but were unable to recover after falling behind early in their 7-1 loss.

 Omaha jumped on Sacramento starter Matt Gage in the first inning, tagging the left-hander for two runs. Gage kept the Storm Chasers off the board over his next two frames but ran into trouble again in the fourth. He surrendered five more runs over the fourth and fifth innings before being relieved by right-hander Dusten Knight and of Gage’s seven hits allowed, six went for extra bases.

 Right fielder Slade Heatchott gave the River Cats their lone run on the night by singling home Mac Williamson with two outs in the fifth inning. Heathcott collected two of the team’s five hits tonight in his debut with Sacramento. 

 Right-hander Casey Kelly (5-2, 4.57) will make his second start for the River Cats in game two tomorrow night and will oppose Omaha’s right-hander Christian Binford (4-8, 8.46). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and will air 7:00 p.m. on ESPN 1320.

Press Release Courtresy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall To Omaha Storm Chasers 6-0

OMAHA, NE. – The Sacramento River Cats were unable to resume their winning ways Monday night in Omaha, falling 6-0 to the host Storm Chasers. Former first round pick Chris Stratton was roughed up early, and the lack of offensive support from the Sacramento bats pushed the River Cats back to a .500 record.

Tupelo, Mississippi’s own Stratton (3-5, 4.19) did not look his best Monday night, lasting just 5 innings. He allowed 6 runs on 9 hits during that time, walking 4 and striking out 4 in the process. The start ties the most runs Stratton has allowed in an outing this year (allowed 6 on July 22 vs. El Paso).

Omaha got on the board early, plating two runs with two-outs in the second to take an early lead. They would strike again in the next frame, as the first six batters in the inning all reached base, with three scoring on a home run from Cheslor Cuthbert and then another run off a Stratton wild pitch.

Sacramento was unable to manufacture many offensive chances in the game. Their only opportunities came in the first when Everth Cabrera made it to third with two outs. Again in the seventh, the River Cats got Joaquin Arias to third with two outs, but in both cases they would strand the runner in scoring position. The River Cats finished the night 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Right-hander Andy Ferguson (5-3, 3.16) looked very strong in his start for the Storm Chasers, as he worked 6.2 innings. Ferguson allowed just 3 hits in his shutout performance, surrendering no walks and striking out 2. Tuesday was the fifth time, and just the second time on the road, that the River Cats were shutout this year.

The loss pushes the River Cats back to .500 (65-65) on the season. Sacramento is currently on a stretch in which they have finished the last 12 season with a winning record. In order to secure a winning record this year, the River Cats must win seven of their final 13 games. In the history of the Pacific Coast League, no team has ever recorded 13 consecutive winning seasons.

There was one bright spot for the River Cats on Tuesday, as pitcher Ty Blach was named PCL Pitcher of the Week for the week of August 17-13. Blach made two starts in that time, leading the league in innings pitched (17), ERA (0.53), opponents’ batting average (.107), and WHIP (0.53).

Sacramento will look to get back on the winning side tomorrow night in game three of this four game set. It will be the right-hander Tommy Hanson (2-5, 6.43), coming off of back-to-back wins, for the River Cats. Opposing him will be righty Clayton Mortensen (7-9, 5.40) toeing the rubber for the Storm Chasers. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT) and can be heard live on rivercats.com, or after the conclusion of The Rise Guys on ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento’s Historic Win Streak Comes To An End In Omaha; River Cats Unable to Overcome Three Storm Chasers Home Runs In 4-3 Loss

OMAHA, NE. – The Sacramento River Cats’ franchise-best 13-game win streak came to an end Sunday night, as the Omaha Storm Chasers topped the River Cats 4-3, handing them their first loss since August 8th. Despite tying the game late, Sacramento was unable to overcome three Omaha home runs as they dropped game one of this four game series.

Sacramento’s 13 straight wins is just one short of tying the Las Vegas 51s for the longest Pacific Coast League win streak since 2005. The 51s won 14 consecutive games this season, spanning from April 23 – May 7.

After an hour game delay, the River Cats wasted no time getting on the board Sunday evening. Darren Ford drew a walk to lead off the game, and Jarrett Parker’s ground-rule double drove in Ford with the first run of the night. Sacramento battled back and forth with Omaha for control of the game, keeping the score close with runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings.

Jarrett Parker and Mac Williamson continued to shine, each with two hits and an RBI on the night. Williamson’s multi-hit night is his 11th since joining the River Cats in late June. The duo are hitting a combined .398 (35-for-88) over their last 10 games with five home run, 24 RBI, and 23 runs scored.

All of Omaha’s scoring in tonight’s game came from home runs. Blasts from Jose Martinez, Reymond Fuentes, and a rehabbing Alex Gordon were all the Storm Chasers needed to top the River Cats. Gordon’s two-run homer in his third rehab at-bat in the fifth snapped a 1-1 tie between the teams. Martinez’s game-winning home run in the eighth inning also broke a tie, propelling Omaha past Sacramento.

Jake Dunning had a rough outing, lasting only four innings on the mound. He allowed three runs on eight hits and one walk with one strikeout. Most of Dunning’s trouble came in the fifth inning when Omaha led off with three consecutive hits, including Gordon’s two-run home run. Dunning was pulled with a runner on base and without having recorded an out.

Brett Bochy picked up where Dunning left off and got the River Cats out of the inning without any more damage. Bochy retired five consecutive batters and six of the seven he faced. Curtis Partch, who gave up the game-winning home run, picks up his third loss.

Game two of this four game set will bring Chris Stratton (3-4, 3.78) to the mound for the River Cats. Stratton took a no decision in his last start, tossing four innings and allowing three runs on four hits and four walks while striking out four. All three of his wins have come on the road, where he is 3-2 with a 3.19 ERA. He is 3-1 in his last four starts with a 4.76 ERA. The Storm Chasers will counter with Andy Ferguson (4-3, 3.54). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations