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Avelino provides walk-off as Sacramento River Cats take Game 1

Pena’s two-run blast sparks River Cats comeback

SUMMERLIN, Nev. — The Sacramento River Cats (1-0) played a roller coaster ballgame in game one of the PCL Championship Series, with shortstop Abiatal Avelino giving them an 8-7 walk-off win over the Round Rock Express (0-1).

It was a wild opening game to this Championship Series, as the lead changed hands seven different times at Raley Field on Tuesday night. Designated hitter Francisco Peña led the offense, going 4-for-4 with three RBI, while outfielder Jacob Heyward picked up a double, a single, and knocked in two runs. 

Round Rock would get to the River Cats bullpen in the middle innings, as righties Ricardo Pinto and Sam Wolff combined to allow three runs, giving the Express a 6-5 lead in the eighth. With one on and one away in the eighth, however, Pena would deliver a clutch two-run shot down the left field line to give Sacramento a 7-6 lead. 

The stage was set for a Sacramento walk-off after lefty Steven Okert surrendered a solo blast in the ninth to tie the game at seven. Then, with two outs and catcher Ronnie Freeman at second, Abiatal Avelino would deliver the victorious hit, doubling home Freeman to give the River Cats with a huge game one win.

Sacramento will look to take a commanding two games to none lead with right-hander Chase Johnson (1-2, 7.65) getting the ball on Wednesday night. Round Rock will turn to righty Brandon Bielak (8-4, 4.41).  First pitch is set for 6:35 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 Complete Sweep Of Rainiers With 6-5 Victory

Avelino and Shaw each homer in Sunday finale

TACOMA, Wash. — The Sacramento River Cats (54-47) completed a three-game series sweep of the Tacoma Rainiers (48-53) with a thrilling 6-5 victory on Sunday afternoon. 

Sacramento fell behind 1-0 early, but used a two-run second and three-run third inning to take control of the ballgame. Abiatal Avelino did the damage in the second by smacking an opposite field two-run homer to give the River Cats a lead they would not give back. Chris Shaw added to that lead with a mammoth home run, part of the three-run third inning. Later, Joey Rickard drove in a key insurance run with a single up the middle to score Ronnie Freeman and put the River Cats up 6-3 in the seventh.

Enderson Franco turned in a solid performance to keep the River Cats in the game, and picked up his fifth win of the year, going 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on six hits, while fanning four. Tacoma made it interesting late by hitting a two-run jack in the eighth to cut the lead to one, but Fernando Abad came on in the ninth to slam the door and earn his 12th save of the season. 

After a Monday off day, Sacramento will head to Fresno on Tuesday to open up a crucial three-game series with the Grizzlies. Lefty Andrew Suarez (5-6, 5.90) will take the mound in the opener, while Fresno will counter with right-hander Logan Ondrusek (4-4, 8.59). 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 Come Up Short In Wild Game Vs. Chihuahuas

Shaw, Avelino each deliver three RBI in back-and-forth 12-11 loss

El Paso, Texas — The Sacramento River Cats (39-38) found themselves on the wrong side of a slugfest against the El Paso Chihuahuas (48-29), dropping the series opener 12-11. 

Runs were not hard to come by in El Paso, Texas on Tuesday night. The lead changed hands seven times throughout the night, but in the end, the River Cats’ final rally came up just short. Sacramento plated the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth on a Levi Michael RBI-groundout, which gave them a 10-9 lead. However, El Paso would respond with three in the bottom half of the inning to give them just enough breathing room to withstand the River Cats’ ninth inning rally.

Sacramento tallied 14 hits on the night, just a few shy of their season-high of 17. Chris Shaw and Abiatal Avelino led the charge for the River Cats, as the duo combined for five hits, including two homers, and six runs batted in. 

Catcher Ronnie Freeman returned to the lineup for the first time since June 9 and wasted no time, going 2-4 with a double and home run. Freeman has made the most of his at-bats in June, batting .473 (9-for-19) with two home runs and seven RBI in five games. 

Lefty Conner Menez (0-0, 3.31) will take the hill in game two looking for his first win as a River Cat this season. The Chihuahuas will turn to lefty Dietrich Enns (7-5, 5.88)). First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Complete Comeback In Extras To Win 4-3

Sacramento pitching staff strikes out a season-high 16 opposing hitters

Metairie, La. — Late-inning drama saw the Sacramento River Cats (32-31) roar back from down 0-2 with two runs in each the ninth and tenth innings to beat the New Orleans Baby Cakes (35-29) 4-3.

After being held scoreless by Baby Cakes righties Zac Gallen and Joe Gunkel for eight innings, the River Cats came stormed back with two runs in the ninth inning to force extras. Shortstop Abiatal Avelino followed a leadoff hit-by-pitch with a double to put Sacramento runners at second and third. Catcher Ronnie Freeman then came up with an RBI infield single and third baseman Ryan Howard hit a fly ball deep enough for Avelino to tag up and score – tying the game at two.

In the tenth, the River Cats took advantage of two walks, an error, a balk and a sacrifice fly to plate two more runs and take the lead for the first time in the game. 

The River Cats got a solid outing from lefty Conner Menez, who was making his season debut for Sacramento. Menez tossed five innings of two-run baseball, striking out a season-high nine batters. Pat Venditte, Sam Selman, Jandel Gustave, Sam Coonrod and Fernando Abad shined on Sunday as well, combining to toss five innings, giving up no earned runs while striking out seven. Abad retired the final three hitters to nail down his eighth save of the season.

Lefty Andrew Suarez (2-4, 6.81) will take the mound tomorrow in the series finale for the River Cats. New Orleans go with right-hander Dustin Beggs (4-2,4.73). 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 beginning at 6:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Drop Series Finale Despite Strong Outing From Blach

Freeman and Green go deep, River Cats lose rubber match with Aviators 7-5

West Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (28-29) bullpen was unable to hold an early lead as the Las Vegas Aviators (32-26) came back in the series finale to take the game 7-5 and the series 3-2.

Lefty Ty Blach got the start for Sacramento on Sunday and was solid in his five innings of work. He allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts on the day. Blach would exit the game with a 4-2 lead after five, but would finish with a no-decision.

At the plate, three River Cats picked up multi-hit games on the afternoon, with center fielder Mike Gerber, shortstop Abiatal Avelino, and catcher Ronnie Freeman each collecting two hits. Freeman hit his third home run of the season in the second inning and first baseman Zach Green blasted a mammoth 449-ft. homer in the eighth.

The Aviators did the bulk of their damage against the normally stingy River Cats’ bullpen, tagging submarine-righty Tyler Rogers with three runs on four doubles in the sixth inning and adding a two-run homer against Williams Jerez in the eighth.

The River Cats will get an off day on Monday before embarking on a seven-game road trip to Oklahoma City and New Orleans. River Cats’ right-hander Carlos Navas (0-4, 5.09) will be on the hill Tuesday to open the series with the Dodgers, who will counter with right-hander Tony Gonsolin (1-1, 2.31). First pitch is set for 5:05 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 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Yoanys Quiala Stifles Chihuahuas For River Cats’ Mother’s Day Victory

Anthony Garcia powers up for two home runs as Sacramento wins 6-1

West Sacramento, CA. — The Sacramento River Cats (18-19) pitching staff shut down a potent El Paso (25-12) offense and River Cats hitters hit four home runs to take game two of their four-game series 6-1.

Right-hander Yoanys Quiala turned in his best outing since joining the River Cats, holding the Chihuahuas to just one run on four hits while striking out six across 5.2 innings. The bullpen closed out the win, with Williams Jerez, Dillon McNamara, and Jandel Gustave combining to toss 3.1 shutout innings, striking out five and allowing just two baserunners.

Sacramento relied on the long ball once again on Sunday to “manufacture” runs; five of Sacramento’s six runs came as the result of a home run. Austin Slater launched his sixth in the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie, and then Anthony Garcia hit a 439-foot blast to center field the give the River Cats the lead. Catcher Ronnie Freeman would later hit his second of the year, and Garcia his second of the game and fourth overall. 

Lefty Andrew Suarez (2-2, 5.82) will take the ball for the River Cats on tomorrow night while El Paso will send with right-hander Cal Quantril (3-1, 4.68) to the mound. 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.

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

Late home Run Not Enough, Sacramento River Cats Stymied In El Paso

Schroder’s fifth homer leads quiet offensive night as River Cats drop finale 10-3 

EL PASO, TX — The struggles against left-handed starters continued on Sunday evening for the Sacramento River Cats (43-58) as they were defeated 10-3 at the hands of the El Paso Chihuahuas (54-47).

Southpaw Jerry Keel induced 13 groundball outs in his seven innings, allowing just one earned run as the River Cats fell to 4-17 when the opposition sends out a left-handed starter.

Sacramento added a couple runs in the fifth inning thanks to a sacrifice fly from catcher Ronnie Freeman and an RBI-single from shortstop Orlando Calixte. Then late in the game, second baseman Myles Schroder launched one in the ninth for this fifth home run of the season.

After tomorrow’s day off, the River Cats will be back in action on Tuesday with right-hander Casey Kelly (9-7, 4.95) on the mound. Their opponents, the Omaha Storm Chasers, will go with left-hander Jake Kalish (4-4, 3.27). 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, and on the air on Money 105.FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Walk Off In Extras For 1-0 Shutout Win

Casey Kelly allows just two baserunners in seven innings

WEST SACRAMENTO — In their first shutout of the season, the Sacramento River Cats (23-25) stopped a four-game skid in thrilling fashion with a 1-0 walk-off win against the Las Vegas 51s (20-28).

Sacramento blanked the 51s thanks to right-hander Casey Kelly, who pitched seven scoreless frames allowing just one single and one walk. It was Kelly’s best start of the season, and the first time he’s allowed zero earned runs since his first start of the year on April 6.

The game was locked at zeros through nine, and due to Minor League Baseball’s new pace of play rules, a runner is placed on second base to begin each extra inning. Pinch-hitter Caleb Gindl was able to sacrifice pinch-runner Jordan Schafer to third base to open the River Cats half of the tenth inning. That set up catcher Ronnie Freeman’s ground ball to the shortstop, which allowed enough time for Schafer to score the winning run just ahead of Ty Kelly’s throw home.

There will be a new face on the mound Friday evening for the River Cats as newly-acquired left-hander Daniel Camarena will make his Pacific Coast League debut. Camarena, who was released by the Yankees and signed by the Giants to a minor-league deal on Thursday, will face fellow lefty Brett Oberholtzer (1-4, 5.92) as Sacramento begins a five-game series with the Albuquerque Isotopes. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. Catch all of the action live online atrivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats, Extra Inning Walk-Off Spoils Incredible Comeback

Home run barrage brings Sacramento back from down five before falling in 11

Reno, NV – After fighting back in amazing fashion to take the lead late, the Aces walked-off in the 11th, as the Sacramento River Cats (18-30) dropped the series opener to the Reno Aces (31-19) by a score of 7-6.

Sacramento starter Dan Slania was hit hard early, but managed to keep the River Cats within striking distance by getting through six innings, allowing four runs on ten hits and three walks while striking out four.

After a brilliant start by Aaron Laffey stymied the River Cats offense, Sacramento made noise against the Aces bullpen. Home runs by Juan Ciriaco and Jae-Gyun Hwang in the 8th made it 5-3, then long balls by Orlando Calixte and Ryder Jones gave the River Cats a 6-5 lead in the 9th. Steven Okert came on but allowed a game-tying sac-fly to send the game to extra innings.

The Aces were able to break the tie in the 11th inning against Roberto Gomez when Ronnie Freeman singled up the middle to drive in the winning run for the 7-6 victory.

The River Cats take on the Aces again tomorrow night in game two, as San Francisco Giants top prospect Tyler Beede (3-2, 3.31) will lead Sacramento as they face Reno lefty Anthony Banda (4-2, 4.44). First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats  Media Relations