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Sacramento River Cats Explode In Extras To Down Grizzlies

Pena, Rickard both homer in four-run 10th inning

Fresno, CA. — The Sacramento River Cats (55-47) hang on in an extra-inning thriller against Fresno Grizzlies (52-50), winning 8-6 after exploding for four runs in the 10th inning.    

Sacramento got off to a hot start Tuesday, plating four runs in the first three innings. Mike Gerber blasted a first inning two-run homer, his 21st, just inside the left field foul pole, and the River Cats got a run in both the second and third innings on a fielder’s choice and RBI-groundout, respectively. The River Cats led 4-2 after three, but the offense was held in check over the next six frames. 

While Fresno was able to claw back to tie the game with two outs in the ninth, Sacramento came right back in the 10th, exploding for four runs on five hits to take an 8-4 lead. Henry Ramos plated the first run with an RBI-double, Francisco Pena came on as pinch hitter to smash a solo home run, and then Joey Rickard capped off the inning with a two-run jack two batters later.

The bottom of the 10th was not without drama of its own, however. The Grizzlies struck for two runs against lefty Steven Okert before Ray Black came on to slam the door, earning his first save of the season and pushing the River Cats’ division lead to three games. 

The River Cats will be back at it against the Grizzlies tomorrow night, looking for their fifth straight road win. Right-hander Yoanys Quiala (5-5, 6.52) takes the ball for Sacramento on Wednesday night, while Fresno will go with lefty Ben Braymer (0-2, 9.43). 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 Bullpen Bounces Back In 4-3 Comeback Victory

Garcia homers again, three relievers combine to toss 4.1 shutout innings

Las Vegas, Nevada — The Sacramento River Cats (38-36) leaned on their bullpen to keep them in the game, then used timely hitting to defeat the Las Vegas Aviators (41-33) 4-3. After losing their first five games at the brand new Las Vegas Ballpark, the River Cats have now won two straight in the Aviators’ home yard. 

First baseman Aramis Garcia got the River Cats on the board in the third with a solo home run, his 11th of the year. With the early run, Sacramento has scored first in each of the three games in this series. The River Cats then used small-ball to scratch across their next three runs: an RBI-single from Abiatal Avelino in the fourth, a Ryan Howard RBI-infield-single in the eighth, and a sacrifice fly from Francisco Peña that drove in the eventual winning run. 

The River Cats bullpen, which was near the top of the Pacific Coast League in ERA coming into the series, had an awful first two games in Las Vegas, allowing 12 earned runs in 7.1 innings. On Saturday however, lefty Sam Selman, and righties Ray Black and Tyler Rogers combined for 4.1 innings of shutout baseball to keep the River Cats in the ballgame before closing the door in the ninth.

The River Cats will go for three in a row against the Aviators on Sunday afternoon in game four of this five-game series. Sacramento will send right-hander Enderson Franco (2-2, 6.71) to the mound for his 14th start, and the Aviators will counter with righty Jake Buchanan (3-5, 6.04). First pitch is set for 12:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, on Money 105.5 FM, or on CW31 throughout the Sacramento region.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Dominate New Orleans Baby Cakes In Series Opener

Sacramento clubs four homers in 10-0 rout of New Orleans

New Orleans, Louis. — The Sacramento River Cats (31-30) won their third straight ball game Friday night, taking down the New Orleans Baby Cakes (34-28) 10-0 behind a balanced offensive attack and stellar performance from starter Yoanys Quiala

Right-hander Quiala turned in his best outing of the year for the River Cats, tossing six shutout innings and allowing just five baserunners while striking out four Baby Cakes’ hitters. Ray Black, Sam Coonrod and Williams Jerez relieved Quiala, throwing a scoreless inning apiece to finish off the third shutout of the River Cats’ season.

Sacramento was relentless on offense, scoring 10 runs on 13 hits including four home runs. The onslaught began right away, as Henry Ramos sent the first pitch of the game onto the right-centerfield berm. Chris Shaw would follow a few batters later with a two-run blast to center – his first home run of the year for the River Cats. Catcher Ronnie Freeman added a two-run shot in the sixth, and second baseman Levi Michael joined the party in eighth with perhaps the longest home run of the day, a mammoth shot to dead center. Sacramento would add two more in the ninth to win 10-0.   

The River Cats will look to extend their winning-streak to four tomorrow evening behind lefty Ty Blach (2-2, 5.54). The Baby Cakes will counter with right-hander Elieser Hernandez (3-1, 1.42). First pitch is set for 5:00 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.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Andrew Suarez Superb In River Cats’ 2-1 Victory Over Salt Lake.

Avelino scores twice in nail-biting victory over Bees

Salt Lake City, Utah — The Sacramento River Cats (6-5) picked up a 2-1 victory in a pitcher’s duel over the Salt Lake Bees (3-7) Sunday afternoon. Lefty Andrew Suarez turned in a fantastic outing to earn his first win of the year. 

Suarez was cruising through six innings before running into trouble in the seventh. He found himself in a jam with one out and runners on second and third, but right-hander Ray Black came in to get the final two outs of the frame and preserve the shutout for the time being. The 6.1 inning outing by Suarez was the longest by a River Cats starter this season. Sam Coonrod picked up his second save of the season, striking out a trio of Bees hitters to slam the door in the ninth.   

On the other side of the ball Abiatal Avelino reached base three times and scored the River Cats’ only two runs. Zach Green continued his torrid start to the season, collecting two more hits and improving his average to .361. Catcher Ronnie Freeman added two hits of his own in his River Cats season debut.

The River Cats take the field again tomorrow afternoon as right-hander Tyler Beede (0-1, 1.17) toes the rubber. Beede will look to continue his solid start to the 2019 season. The Bees will throw lefty Greg Mahle (0-1, 3.60). First pitch is set for 11:05 a.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.5 FM beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Erupt Early, Hold On Late To Defeat Rainiers

Anderson goes five innings with five strikeouts in strong 2019 debut

West Sacramento, Calif. — Number four Giants prospect Shaun Anderson delivered five strong innings on Saturday evening, his first start of the season for the Sacramento River Cats (2-1). A pair of home runs and two big innings paced the offense to an 11-5 victory over the Rainiers (1-2).

Anderson, a highly-touted Giants farmhand, looks to improve on a solid 2018 season where he made eight starts for the River Cats going 2-2 with a 4.18 ERA. Tonight Anderson was given a huge boost by his offense, which exploded for eleven runs on eleven hits through four innings.

The offense came from up and down the Sacramento lineup, with each starter reaching base and scoring at least one run. Catcher Aramis Garcia and third baseman Breyvic Valera each launched their first home runs of the season. 

It was the second night in a row that Sacramento jumped out to a sizeable early lead, but this time the River Cats’ bullpen would close out the win behind solid efforts from righties Tyler Rogers and Ray Black.

The River Cats will play host once again to the Rainiers for game four of the five-game series. LHP Ty Blach (0-0, No ERA) gets the nod for Sacramento while the Rainiers will counter with LHP Justus Sheffield (0-0, No ERA). First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, on the air on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats’ Chris Shaw Crushes 15th Home Run Of Season

Black strikes out three while touching 102 on radar gun 

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — Outfielder Chris Shaw ignited a three-run rally in the sixth inning with his 15th home run of the year but the Sacramento River Cats (36-46) fell short, losing 4-3 to the Fresno Grizzlies (48-33).

Shaw’s 439-foot blast got things going during the sixth-inning comeback attempt, followed by an RBI-double from first baseman Myles Schroder and a run-scoring single from outfielder Eury Perez as the River Cats came within one.

But the Grizzlies bullpen would strike out six in four innings while allowing three hits and one walk, including a five-out save from closer Brendan McCurry, who saved his ninth game of the year.

Hard-throwing reliever Ray Black made sure the club had a chance in the ninth. He touched 102 miles per hour and consistently posted 100 on the radar gun while striking out three of the four batters he faced.

Right-hander Mike Connolly (0-0, 2.00) will make his second start of the year for the River Cats while the Grizzlies will send righty Josh James (2-3, 3.20) to the bump. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Chase d’Arnaud Homers Again As Sacramento River Cats Clip Albuquerque Isotopes

Duggar also clears fence, Black earns first save

ALBUQUERQUE, NM Chase d’Arnaud hit one out for the second consecutive night, helping the Sacramento River Cats (35-44) get back on track with a 4-3 win over the Albuquerque Isotopes (39-39).

The home run was d’Arnaud’s 11th of the season as he reached base for the 15th time in his last 16 games. He was also hit by a pitch and stole his team-leading 15th base of the year.

Steven Duggar also homered, his fourth of the season, while recently promoted infielder Miguel Gomez provided the eventual game-winning run with a pinch-hit RBI single in the sixth.

Lefty starter Matt Gage was solid in six innings, allowing just two runs on six hits and two walks. Right-handers Derek Law and Ray Black pitched perfect eighth and ninth innings, respectively, combining for three strikeouts with Black recording his first Triple-A save.

Left-hander Daniel Camarena (0-2, 2.59) gets the call for tomorrow’s midday finale with Albuquerque while the Isotopes will counter with young righty Antonio Senzatela (2-1, 2.70). First pitch is set for 11:05 a.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.FM beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations