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Late Aces Rally Dooms Sacramento River Cats In Series Opener

Avelino, Davis homer for Sacramento in tough 6-5 loss

RENO, Nev. — The Sacramento River Cats (64-58) dropped game one of a crucial four-game set with the division rival Reno Aces (58-64) by a final score of 6-5. The River Cats now lead the Pacific Northern division by six games over the Aces and by nine over the Fresno Grizzlies with 18 games remaining.

Reno jumped out to a 4-1 lead after taking advantage of two Sacramento errors in the second inning, but the River Cats would crawl back. Shortstop Mauricio Dubon’s two-run single in the third cut their deficit down to one, and outfielder Joe McCarthy’s RBI single tied the game an inning later. Then, second baseman Abiatal Avelino crushed a solo shot in the sixth to put his club ahead by one on what was their fourth unanswered run. 

But in the bottom of the seventh, left-hander Sam Selman was one out from escaping a jam when Aces outfielder Jamie Westbrook doubled home a pair of runs. Sacramento’s offense was shut down in the final three frames as the Reno staff retired ten in a row to close out the ballgame.

It will be left-hander Conner Menez (2-0, 4.06) on the bump for Sacramento looking to even the series while Reno will send righty RHP Taylor Clarke (3-1, 6.63) to the mound. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Extend Winning Streak To Season-High Five

Adames homers, reaches base four times in 9-1 win

FRESNO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (56-47) cruised to a 9-1 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies (52-51) on Wednesday night thanks to six late-inning runs.

The club won their season-high fifth straight game to extend their Pacific Northern Division lead to four games – the largest margin it has been all year. Third baseman Cristhian Adames reached base four times and was retired for the first time in the ballgame during the ninth inning. He launched his fourth home run of the season while also adding a double, a single, and a walk to raise his batting average to .316.

Right-hander Yoanys Quiala tossed five one-hit innings and a trio of left-handers came out of the bullpen to pitch four scoreless frames as the Sacramento pitching staff combined to allow a season-low two hits. 

Right-hander Dereck Rodriguez (2-0, 5.40) is set to make the start Thursday night as the River Cats go for their second series sweep of this road trip. The Grizzlies will counter with fellow righty Wil Crowe (0-0, 3.38). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, on Money 105.5 FM (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Drop Finale But Leave Fresno With Series Win

Austin Slater reaches base four times in tough 4-3 extra-inning loss

West Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (21-23) dropped a nail-biter in extras 4-3 to the Fresno Grizzlies (23-21) on Monday night. They do leave town with a series victory, though, now two back of first place in the Pacific North Division.

Starter Enderson Franco turned in a phenomenal effort across six innings, giving up just two hits with four strikeouts. Unfortunately for the right-hander, both hits left they yard – solo shots off the bats of Brandon Snyder and Carter Kieboom. Franco retired 11-straight Fresno hitters to start the game before allowing the home run to Snyder. 

First baseman Austin Slater once again powered the River Cats offense, reaching base four times and scoring two runs. A pair of costly defensive miscue put the River Cats behind the eight ball late, opening the door for the Grizzlies to force extras and walk off on a sacrifice fly from Bengie Gonzalez

Right-hander Yoanys Quiala (0-2, 4.95) will toe the rubber for the River Cats back at Raley Field in Tuesday’s series opener against the Salt Lake Bees Salt Lake will go with left-hander Dillon Peters (1-0, 5.04). First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, or on Money 105.5 FM.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento Snaps Streak In Heartbreaking Fashion

Sacramento River Cats can’t pull away from Rainiers in 5-3 loss

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (38-52) came into Saturday night’s game looking to be within single digits of first place Tacoma for first time since May 31. In their 5-3 loss to the Rainiers (48-40), they not only saw the game slip through their fingers, but also a chance to climb closer in the Pacific Northern Division.

The Rainiers jumped out to an early lead in front of a sell-out Raley Field crowd, putting a three spot on the board in the first inning against Sacramento starter Chris Stratton. Tacoma catcher Mike Zunino hit his 16th home run of the year to punctuate Stratton’s three run debacle, giving them the early lead. Prior to tonight’s game, in three home starts, the right-hander had only allowed seven runs in 22 innings pitched.

Susac started the scoring for Sacramento in the second inning, smashing Rainiers’ starter Zach Lee’s 3-1 pitch 424 feet over the centerfield wall. The home run was his second in as many games and fourth on the year. The River Cats added two more runs in the third thanks to RBIs from third baseman Ali Castillo and first baseman Ryan Lollis, knotting the game at three runs apiece. Entering tonight’s game, the River Cats held a 10-33 record when opponents scored first.

Both Stratton and Lee would leave the outcome of this one up to their respective bullpens, as the game would stay tied until the ninth inning.

For the second game in a row, the Rainiers tagged the River Cats bullpen for two runs, with tonight’s damage being done once again by Zunino, launching a two-run shot over the left field fence for the winning runs. Right-hander Jean Machi was the culprit tonight, coming in for relief of left-hander Steven Okert in the ninth, allowing a double before serving up Zunino’s second long ball of the game. On the night, Tacoma managed to get base runners in scoring positions in six of the nine innings.

Six of the Sacramento’s seven hits tonight came in the first three innings of tonight’s loss. Susac finished 2-for-4 with a run and RBI, extending his hitting streak to four games. Through the first three games of this series, the 26-year-old is now 5-for-12 (.416) with six RBI.

The River Cats will look to finish the first half of the season on a high note before the All-Star break. On the hill for Sacramento will be the young right-hander Joan Gregorio (2-4, 5.07) and for Tacoma it will be righty Jordan Pries (1-1, 4.26) making his second start for Tacoma (sixth game). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be head live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Series Preview: Las Vegas 51s; River Cats Look to Play Spoiler Against Division-Leading 51s

Photo by Shawn Jonas

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats will face the Las Vegas 51s (New York Mets) for the fourth and final time this season as Las Vegas makes their second appearance at Raley Field tonight, kicking off a four-game series. The division-leading 51s are looking to extend their lead in the Pacific Southern, but the River Cats are playing for the season series and enter the homestand trailing Las Vegas five games to seven.

Scouting the Teams

Protecting a five-game lead in the Pacific Southern division, the 51s have stumbled slightly coming out of the All-Star break. In their first 12 games since the break, they are 5-7 despite averaging more than five runs a game. The 51s are in the middle of a stretch where they play 21 of 29 games on the road with their stop in Sacramento right in the middle. Las Vegas has played well enough on the road so far this season though, hitting .268 away from their home park and posting a 22-28 road record.

Sacramento is coming off of an offensive outburst on Monday in which they swept a doubleheader with the Albuquerque Isotopes, outscoring them 20-1 in the process. Since the All-Star break, the River Cats have had their ups and downs, holding a record of 7-5 in that 12 game span. The River Cats currently sit 12 games back of the first-place Fresno Grizzlies in the Pacific Northern division. After this four game series, Sacramento will embark on a season-long 13-game road trip.

Players to Watch

Las Vegas’ OF Travis Taijeron comes into the series hitting over .300 in his last 10 games. The right-handed outfielder has smashed two homers while driving in five for the 51s in that time. Taijeron entered the season known for his power and ability to get on base, and has not disappointed. His 17 home runs lead the team and his .406 on base percentage is second among active 51s.

The 51s’ RHP Matt Bowman was named the PCL Pitcher of the Week yesterday. He achieved that honor thanks to his start last Tuesday, in which he threw a complete game 2-hit shutout against the Fresno Grizzlies. In 2015, Bowman holds a record of 7-10 with a 5.32 ERA.

River Cats’ INF Adam Duvall has continued to post excellent numbers in the month of July, both at home and on the road. He is hitting .350 in 22 July games while slugging nine home runs and driving in 29, with four of those home runs and 11 RBIs coming at Raley Field.

Sacramento’s OF Ryan Lollis and INF Kevin Frandsen have both had great success against the 51s this season. The duo are hitting .571 and .474, respectively, with a combined seven runs scored, three extra base hits, and four RBIs.

Matchup History

The River Cats will be looking to take the upper hand on the 51s this series, as the two sides split a four game series at Raley Field back in the second week of the season. Overall in 2015, Sacramento is 5-7 in 12 games against the 51s, with eight of those contests occurring at Cashman Field in Las Vegas. Historically, the River Cats have fared well against Las Vegas, with a record of 146-106 (.579).

Probable Pitchers

Tuesday, July 28 (7:05 p.m. PDT): RHP Tommy Hanson (0-3, 6.41) vs. RHP Dillon Gee (4-1, 6.35)

Wednesday, July 29 (7:05 p.m. PDT): RHP Clayton Blackburn (5-3, 3.84) vs. RHP Tyler Pill (2-6, 7.60)

Thursday, July 30 (7:05 p.m. PDT): LHP Nik Turley (4-5, 5.37) vs. RHP Luis Cessa (0-2, 8.84)

Friday, July 31 (7:05 p.m. PDT): LHP Ty Blach (9-8, 4.00) vs. RHP Matthew Bowman (7-10, 5.32)

Series Preview Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations