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Sacramento River Cats Fall to Salt Lake Bees 5-2

Five run deficit too much for Sacramento, but new River Cats shine

SALT LAKE CITY, UTSacramento River Cats baseball kicked off the 2016 season in Salt Lake against the Bees at Smith’s Ballpark Thursday night. 2015 Pacific Coast League innings-pitched leader Ty Blach got the nod for the season opener, but an early deficit was too much for the offense to come back from as the River Cats fell to the Bees 5-2.

Sacramento fell behind early as Salt Lake jumped out to a 5-0 lead through five innings. Blach (0-1, 7.94) struggled with his command in his first start of 2016, walking three batters and giving up five runs – all earned – on seven hits in five and a third innings of work. In total, he threw 47 of his 82 pitches for strikes. In 2015, Blach averaged 66% strikes over the course of the season and didn’t walk a batter until his fifth start (26 and two thirds innings pitched).

On the other side of the ball, the River Cats offense struggled to get anything going against Bees starter Nate Smith (1-0, 1.59), who struck out five and allowed just two hits in five innings. Sacramento eventually got to Smith in the sixth, scoring two runs on a Conor Gillaspie single and another on a Salt Lake error, but were unable to extend the inning around a double play and a lineout. The Bees committed two errors on the night, but managed to limit the damage to just the two runs (one earned).

Those runs would be the last of the game, as both bullpens allowed just three total hits in five and two thirds combined innings. Vin Mazzaro and Philip McCormick were excellent in their River Cats debuts, posting two and a third scoreless innings. Also shining in their first game with Sacramento were second baseman Ramiro Pena (1-for-3, 2B), Gillaspie (1-for-4, RBI), and Hak-Ju Lee, who recorded five putouts at shortstop and scored a run.

The River Cats will return home to Raley Field on Friday, April 15, when they host the Salt Lake Bees. The two teams will face each other 12 times in their first 24 games this season, including the next three nights. Sacramento will take the field behind 2015 PCL ERA champ Clayton Blackburn (0-0, No ERA). Opposite Blackburn will be the Bees right-hander Yunesky Maya (0-0, No ERA). First pitch is set for 5:35 p.m. and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Offense Comes to Life in Extra-Inning Win; Sacramento River Cats Collect 15 Hits As They Defeat El Paso Chihuahuas 6-4

EL PASO, Texas – The Sacramento River Cats won an extra-inning contest against the El Paso Chihuahuas Friday night, 6-4. Backed by dominant offensive performances, Sacramento secured their third win against the Chihuahuas this season and first in El Paso.

Sacramento collected 15 hits tonight, with contributions from eight different players. The River Cats had six doubles on the night, one away from tying their season high of seven, set on 4/19 vs. Las Vegas. Darren Ford had an exceptional game, going 3-for-6 with two singles, a double, and two RBIs. Hector Sanchez went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two walks, recording his third multi-hit game this season.

The Chihuahuas jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning after Brett Wallace hit a two-run single. After two scoreless innings, the River Cats tied the game in the fourth. Ronny Cedeno led off the inning with a double, and Darren Ford followed with a double of his own to drive home Cedeno. Ford rounded the bases off Ryan Lollis’ single to even the score.

The River Cats added two more runs in the fifth to grab their first lead of the night. Travis Ishikawa led the inning off with a double and came around to score on a Cedeno groundout. Perez followed suit, scoring on a single by Ford. The River Cats led off three different innings with a double in Friday night’s game.

El Paso cut the lead to one in their half of the fifth inning and tied it in the eighth on a Ramiro Pena sacrifice bunt. With the score locked 4-4, the River Cats struck for two in the 11th. Hector Sanchez’s sacrifice fly scored Kevin Frandsen from third and Cedeno drove in Adam Duvall to stretch the lead to two.

Chris Stratton pitched 5 strong innings in his second appearance with the River Cats, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks with 3 strikeouts. Overall, River Cats pitchers limited the Chihuahuas to six hits. Clay Rapada (1-2) pitched a perfect tenth to pick up his second win of the season. Erik Cordier closed the door in the 11th, recording his third save.

Game three of the series is set for tomorrow at 6:05 p.m. (PT). The River Cats will start Nik Turley (1-2, 10.50) and the Chihuahuas will send Jason Lane (4-4, 4.34) to the mound. Turley pitched just two innings in his last outing while playing the Rainiers. His last start prior to that was against Oklahoma City, where he pitched six innings and allowed just 1 run on 5 hits and 2 walks with 4 strikeouts.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Wild West Showdown Goes To El Paso; Teams Combine for 15 Runs, 26 Hits, and 4 Errors as El Paso Takes Opener 9-6

Photo by Shawn Jonas

EL PASO, Texas – The Sacramento River Cats dropped a wild one to the El Paso Chihuahuas Thursday night at Southwest University Park. The teams combined for 15 runs, 26 hits, and 4 errors in a back-and-forth affair that ultimately went El Paso’s way. Despite the loss, the River Cats offense continued to look good on the road, hitting .275 on the night and scoring six runs.

Both teams jumped out early, scoring a combined seven runs in the first two innings. After Adam Duvall walked in the top of the first inning, Travis Ishikawa crushed his second home run in his last three games. El Paso countered immediately with three runs in the bottom of the first on Tommy Medica’s bases-clearing double.

The River Cats scored again on a two-run home run, this time from Juan Ciriaco. They extended their lead to three with another two-run inning in the sixth, but El Paso came back to tie the game at six with a pair of RBI-singles from Ramiro Pena and Rocky Gale. The Chihuahuas jumped ahead 9-6 in a three-run seventh in which the River Cats committed two errors. El Paso’s 4-5-6 hitters combined to go 7-for-15 and drove in five of their team’s nine runs.

Jake Peavy (0-1, 8.10) threw 83 pitches in the start, the most of his rehab assignment. He tossed 4.1 innings and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits and 1 walk while striking out 8. He is expected to make at least one more rehab start. Braulio Lara made his first relief appearance for the River Cats and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk and recorded just two outs. Snodgrass (1-1, 1.59) took the loss, giving up 3 runs (1 earned) in 2 innings of work.

El Paso’s Robbie Erlin tossed 5 innings, allowing 6 runs (5 earned) on 8 hits. He walked 1 and struck out 6. Jerry Sullivan picked up the win and is now 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA. Marcos Mateo recorded his eighth save of the season.

With two more errors in the loss, the River Cats now have 66 on the season. When the River Cats play clean defense and do not commit an error, they are 16-7 so far in 2015. When they commit two or more errors, however, they are now 5-15.

Sacramento will look to build off their positive offensive display in tomorrow’s game two. RHP Chris Stratton (0-0, 1.42) will make his second Triple-A start and try to follow up on his strong debut last week in Oklahoma City (6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 1 K). Taking the mound for El Paso is their right-hander Zack Segovia (1-2, 5.31).

Tomorrow night’s game is set for 6:05 p.m. and the game will air live online at rivercats.com and on ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations.