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Sacramento River Cats Drop Finale But Take Series Against Round Rock Express

Sacramento snaps three-game win streak in 7-2 loss to Round Rock

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (43-62) and Round Rock Express (47-59) played another closely contested ballgame Friday night at Raley Field and after taking the first three, Sacramento let tonight’s game get away late in their 7-2 defeat.

The River Cats dug themselves an early hole as starter Matt Gage allowed two runs in the first inning. Gage found his stride from then on, however, allowing just one more run to score while recording all five of his strikeouts in the fourth and fifth innings. The left-hander set a new season-high tonight by tossing 101 pitches (63 strikes) over his 5.1 innings and of the three runs he allowed, only one was earned.

Ryder Jones was the offensive catalyst tonight for the River Cats, driving in the club’s first run with an RBI-groundout in the first and then launching a solo home run in the sixth. The homer was Jones’ 11th on the year, and he now has six RBI in his last five games.

The River Cats will open a four-game set beginning tomorrow night as they welcome the New Orleans Baby Cakes to Sacramento. Right-hander Casey Kelly (5-2, 4.65) will make his first start for the River Cats and right-hander Tom Koehler (1-1, 1.50) will go for New Orleans. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live on the air on ESPN 1320 and online at rivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations 

Andrew Suarez Strikes Out Nine, Halts Round Rock Express In 2-1 Win

Timely hitting, strong pitching lead Sac to third straight victory

West Sacramento, CA Andrew Suarez was dominant tonight for the Sacramento River Cats (43-61), shutting down the Round Rock Express (46-59) offense en route to the 2-1 win.

Suarez ran into trouble in the first inning, giving up his only run of the night in an inning that included two hits, a walk, and a wild pitch. The left-hander settled in after that, allowing just two more hits and two walks the rest of the night. He set a season-high tonight with nine strikeouts and at one point retired 14 straight Express hitters.

The River Cats offense backed Suarez’s outing with back-to-back runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Last night’s walk-off hero Ryan Lollis got Sacramento on the board first with an RBI-double and Ryder Jones followed by driving in Orlando Calixte.

Sacramento will send left-hander Matt Gage (0-4, 6.65) to the hill for the fourth and final game of the series tomorrow night. Right-hander Tyler Wagner (1-9, 7.01) will go for Round Rock. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live on the air on ESPN 1320 and online at rivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Ryan Lollis Gives Sacramento River Cats Second Straight Walk-Off

Despite blown lead, River Cats come back for 9th-inning victory

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (42-61) and Round Rock Express (46-58) traded blows Wednesday night at Raley Field, but when all was said and done, Ryan Lollis made sure the River Cats came out on top in their 6-5 victory.

After Round Rock hit a game-tying, two-out home run in the top of the ninth inning to tie the game at five, the River Cats responded by walking off for the second straight night. First baseman Ryan Lollis sent the Sacramento faithful home happy tonight by singling up the middle to score Pablo Sandoval, giving them their fifth walk-off win this season.

Leadoff hitter Jarrett Parker got the scoring started tonight for Sacramento, picking up where he left off from last night by launching a home run in the first inning to put the River Cats up 1-0. Sacramento was not done in the first however, as Chris Shaw hit a two-run blast to make it a 3-0 ballgame. Round rock responded in the fourth inning off River Cats starter Jose Flores, tagging the right-hander for a three-run homer to tie things up. 

Flores yielded his fourth and final run to the Express in the sixth inning but this time it was Sacramento’s turn to respond, and in the bottom half of the frame Ryder Jones helped retake the lead. Jones managed to take advantage of Round Rock’s defensive shift, driving a go-ahead two-run single through the hole on the left side of the infield to give the home side a 5-4 lead. With the win tonight, Sacramento improved their record to 15-18 in one-run games.

Left-hander Andrew Suarez (3-4, 4.69) will get the start for Sacramento in game three and will face Round Rock right-hander James Dykstra (1-4, 8.610). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live on the air on ESPN 1320 and online at rivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

 Jarret Parker’s Walk-Off Leads Sacramento River Cats In  Pablo Sandoval’s Debut

River Cats derail Express 4-3, snap five game skid

West Sacramento, CA Jarrett Parker played hero Tuesday night in Pablo Sandoval’s River Cats debut, hitting a ninth inning walk-off home run as the Sacramento River Cats (41-61) defeated the Round Rock Express (46-57) 4-3 Tuesday night.

Parker stepped up the plate with two outs in the ninth inning and delivered, blasting a 428-foot solo home run to left-center field to give Sacramento their first walk-off homer this season. Parker’s walk-off was the highlight of the game, but Sandoval left an impression in his own right in his River Cats debut.

Sandoval hit second and started at third base tonight for Sacramento, playing seven innings. The switch-hitter finished the game 1-for-4 with a run and stretched a line drive to right field into a double. His double came off Round Rock right-hander Clayton Blackburn who spent two and a half seasons with Sacramento before being traded to the Texas Rangers earlier this year.

The River Cats will send right-hander Jose Flores (0-1, 3.68) to the hill for game two and will square off against Round Rock’s right-hander David Ledbetter (2-2, 3.86). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live on the air on ESPN 1320 and online at rivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Giants Postseason Hero Pablo Sandoval To Join Sacramento River Cats

World Series MVP, three-time World Champ expected to report to Sacramento this week
West Sacramento, CA – Three-time World Champion Pablo Sandoval is expected join the Sacramento River Cats for their upcoming homestand after being signed to a minor league contract by the San Francisco Giants. The signing was announced today by the Giants.
Sandoval is likely to join the River Cats during their upcoming homestand that begins on Tuesday, July 25 against the Round Rock Express.
An instrumental piece in San Francisco’s three world championships, Sandoval owns a career .344 batting average in the postseason. He was named the World Series MVP after the Giants swept the Detroit Tigers in 2012.
The 30-year-old was signed as an amateur free agent by the San Francisco Giants in 2002 and made his Major League debut in 2009. In seven seasons with the Giants, Sandoval hit .294 with 106 home runs and 462 RBI.
Tickets for the full homestand and the rest of the season are still available and can be purchased online at rivercats.com, by visiting the Round Table Pizza Ticket Office at Raley Field, or over the phone at 1-800-745-3000.
Press Release Courtney of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Stratton’s Career-High 12 Strike-Outs Shuts Down The Express

Machi leaves Round Rock stranded in the ninth to save 3-2 win

Round Rock, TXChris Stratton brought the Express offense to a halt Saturday night, dominating game three of the series and setting a new career-high in strikeouts. The right-hander, with the support of his closer and just enough offense, lifted the Sacramento River Cats (40-54) to a 3-2 victory over the Round Rock Express (47-47).

In his first road start back with Sacramento, Chris Stratton proved his Major League abilities on the mound. The starter made a complete one-eighty from his previous start against Round Rock on August 18, 2015 in which he gave up three runs on four hits across four innings of work while walking four. Tonight, he managed seven strikeouts in the first four innings alone and finished with a career-high 12 strikeouts. He allowed just one run on three hits across his eight innings while walking one.

While Stratton seemed to be in control on the mound, his offense struggled to give him the key hit to break the game open. The Sacramento bats were steaming all night with nine hits through the first seven innings but were kept to just one run. Overall, they picked up 13 hits on the night, but left 12 men on base and were just 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

Through the first six innings of the night, the only scoring managed by either side came by way of the solo home run. The Cats were the first to strike in the fourth inning with a long shot by Austin Slater on an 0-2 pitch over the left-centerfield wall. The Express responded though, in the fifth, with a solo homer of their own off the bat of Joey Gallo.

The clutch hit from the River Cats finally came in the eighth inning with the bases loaded and one out. Gorkys Hernandez, the team-leader in RBI, banged a single out to left field, scoring Slater and Travis Ishikawa to break the tie and put the Cats up 3-1.

However, it was Jean Machi who saved the win for Stratton. Steven Okert took over in the ninth looking to close out the game, but gave up a run on three consecutive doubles and left with the bases loaded with one out. He handed the ball to Machi, who slammed the door shut and picked up his fourth save on the year by leaving all three Express runners stranded for the 3-2 win.

San Francisco Giants favorite Hunter Pence, who joined the River Cats on a rehab assignment this afternoon, logged two at bats before turning the right field reigns over to Ryan Lollis. The first pitch to Pence struck his left leg in the first inning, and then he singled in the third before being lifted for a pinch runner. The right fielder is tentatively scheduled to rehab with Sacramento for about a week as he recovers from a torn hamstring he suffered at the beginning of June.

Sacramento will send the tall right-hander Joan Gregorio (2-5, 5.63) to seize the series finale tomorrow night. Opposing him will be Round Rock’s right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez (3-6, 4.98). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT) and 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

Sacramento Rolls Round Rock 11-4

Mejia sets the tone early, offense racks up 15 hits in blowout

Round Rock, TX – Coming off a 12-inning marathon in last night’s game, it would be understandable if the Sacramento River Cats (39-54) got off to a slow start Friday. The River Cats, however, looked no worse for wear in their 11-4 trouncing of the Round Rock Express (47-46). The offense struck early and often in the second game of the series, backing a strong outing by pitcher Adalberto Mejia.

The offensive output started immediately, as the River Cats scored three runs on four hits in the very first inning off the Express’ left-hander Jack Snodgrass. The three-run first inning was the most scored since June 18 versus El Paso. Snodgrass, who came up through the San Francisco Giants’ system and made eight appearances with Sacramento last season, could not fool the River Cats hitters tonight as the lefty lasted just three innings, allowing four runs on seven hits while walking three.

In the third, veteran catcher Miguel Olivo launched the first pitch he saw, a solo-shot and his seventh home run of the year. One inning later, Andrew Susac mashed his fifth home run of the year, a three-run bomb. Susac, who was Sacramento’s designated hitter tonight, has now hit three home runs in his last five games after hitting two in his first 44.

On the hill tonight for the River Cats was the left-hander Mejia, who pitched a perfect inning for the World Team just five days ago. The southpaw was sensational tonight, going 5.1 scoreless innings while allowing three hits, two walks and striking out five. The ninth ranked prospect in the Giants organization according to MLB.com, Mejia got ahead in the count early and often tonight, throwing first pitch strikes to 17 of the 21 batters he faced.

Mejia was pulled in the fifth inning due to his pitch count (88 pitches 59 for strikes), but not before lowering his ERA from 4.81 to 3.94. The scoreless outing was his first since his Triple-A debut May 18 against El Paso.

Everything was working offensively of the River Cats tonight, as every Sacramento starter had at least one hit and seven different players drove in at least one run. The 11 runs were the most since June 28 versus Las Vegas. The team also registered five stolen bases, including one from the veteran backstop Olivo. The ‘Cats went 6-for-20 with runners in scoring position against the Express tonight and left 11 men on base. Sacramento showed their discipline at the dish tonight as well, earning eight free passes, tying their season-high.

Sacramento will look for their second straight victory Saturday night as right-hander Chris Stratton (5-4, 5.75) takes the hill, making his first start for the River Cats since July 3. Opposing him will be Round Rock’s right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez (3-6, 5.04). First pitch is set for 5:05 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 Unable To Stop Express In Its Tracks

Round Rock wins battle of the bullpens

West Sacramento, CA – It was a back and forth battle between Pacific Coast League bullpens Thursday night as the Round Rock Express (47-45) took the 6-5 win over the Sacramento River Cats (38-54) in 12 innings.

After falling into a July slump, Clayton Blackburn looked to break his three game losing skid with a fresh start coming out of the All-Star break. However, the young right-hander struggled through the first inning and gave Round Rock the early 3-0 lead off three hits and a wild pitch. He later settled in for four scoreless innings, retiring the side in the fourth with three-straight flyouts before an injury removed him from the game in the bottom of the sixth. He finished with 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on six hits with five strikeouts and a season-high four walks.

Sacramento’s offense struck back in the fifth with a long home run from the Triple-A All-Star Gorkys Hernandez, who steamed straight past the Express defense with a two-run homer to tie the game at three. The centerfielder entered tonight hitting .279 with runners in scoring position with two outs and proved again tonight his ability to capitalize on clutch situations. He went 1-for-3 on the night with a run, a walk, and 2 RBI and remains the RBI-leader for Sacramento with 39 on the year.

Manager Jose Alguacil looked to his bullpen to quiet the Round Rock bats and secure the win, but could not quite find what he needed. With the veteran Mazzaro on the mound in the eighth, Round Rock broke through the tie with a two-run double from Doug Bernier with two outs to push the score to 5-3.

The Cats were not finished just yet. Travis Ishikawa was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game to lead off the ninth and was followed by a double from Andrew Susac to put two runners in scoring position with no outs. Austin Slater then cut the deficit with an RBI groundout and Chris Denorfia followed with a sacrifice fly to bring in the tying run.

The battle of the bullpens continued as the River Cats used a total of seven relievers. Inning after inning, the defense shut down the Express offense, forcing the game into 12 innings. Combined, the pen allowed three runs on seven hits over 5.2 innings of work.

However, it was River Cats who lost again in heartbreak fashion in the bottom of the twelfth. A leadoff double followed by back-to-back base hits loaded up the bases with no outs for Jake Dunning. The right-hander just couldn’t hold on and finished the game by walking in the winning run for Round Rock.

The River Cats look to halt the “E-Train” tomorrow in game two with left-hander Adalberto Mejia (1-1, 4.81) on the mound. He faces off against Round Rock’s righty Nick Martinez (6-4, 4.50). First pitch is set for 5:05 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 Top Triple-A Attendance Charts; Raley Field Opens Gates to 670,000-Plus

Photo by Shawn Jonas

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – With 12,488 on hand for Monday’s Labor Day season finale against the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Sacramento River Cats have moved into the top spot in overall attendance in all of Minor League baseball for the 2015 season.

In their first season as the Triple-A affiliate of the World Champion San Francisco Giants, the River Cats welcomed 672,354 fans through the gates at Raley Field, more than any other team in Triple-A baseball. That number is nearly a 10% increase from the River Cats 607,839 overall attendance in 2014 and is the most since 2008. An average of 9,338 fans came out to the ballpark per game.

This is the third consecutive year that the River Cats have led the Pacific Coast League in attendance. The last time they finished second in the league was in 2012, when they closed the season with 586,090, behind the Round Rock Express (Texas Rangers). This year, the Express came in at number two in the PCL, with a 595,012 overall attendance (8,623 per game).

Raley Field, with a capacity of 14,014, saw 12 sellouts this season, bringing their all-time sellout total to 95. The River Cats hosted 10,000 or more 25 different times this season.

The Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) led the International League with 669,398. While second overall, the Knights’ 9,428 per game average (71 openings) was the best across Triple-A baseball.

Tickets for next season are available and can be purchased by visiting rivercats.com or calling the River Cats ticket hotline at 916-371-HITS (4487).

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Walk-Off Magic In West Sacramento; River Cats Win 13th Straight On Noonan Walk-Off Single

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA. – The Sacramento River Cats won in walk-off fashion for the ninth time this season and third time this week, topping the visiting New Orleans Zephyrs 2-1 in 10 innings. 14,117 were on hand Saturday night as both starting pitchers dueled into the late innings, and all 14,117 stayed into extras to watch the River Cats win their 13th straight on Nick Noonan’s game-winning RBI-single.

Sacramento found themselves in extra innings for the 16th time this season as they went to the tenth tied 1-1 with the Zephyrs. Jarrett Parker led off the bottom of the inning with a double down the right-field line, cruising into second base standing. New Orleans’ Nick Wittgren managed to get Mac Williamson to fly out harmlessly before striking out Hector Sanchez for the second out of the inning.

That brought Noonan to the plate. The left-handed hitting shortstop was 0-2 with a sacrifice fly prior to the at bat, and after fouling off a number of pitches, lined a base hit back up the middle to score Parker and send the River Cats home winners. Noonan was responsible for the River Cats’ first run, as well, again driving in Parker with a second inning sacrifice fly. Overall, he was 1-for-3 with two RB, raising his batting average to .263.

This is the ninth time this season that the River Cats have walked off to a victory and the third in their last seven games. They beat the Round Rock Express 3-2 in 13 innings on 8/16 and then beat the Zephyrs by a score of 4-3 in 13 innings just two nights ago.

Both starting pitchers were excellent in this one. Ty Blach was dealing for the River Cats, holding the Zephyrs hitless through the first five innings. The left-hander, who tossed a complete game shutout in his last start, went eight excellent innings for Sacramento, allowing just one run on three hits and one walk while striking out four. He threw 96 pitches in the outing, 65 of them for strikes.

New Orleans’ starter and former River Cats pitcher Travis Blackley was equally impressive, tossing seven innings of one-run ball. Blackley gave up three hits, walked none, and recorded a season-high eight strikeouts. After allowing the River Cats’ second-inning run, Blackley shut down the Sacramento offense, even retiring the final thirteen straight batters he faced.

Mike Broadway picked up the win for the River Cats with two dominant innings in relief. Broadway pitched a perfect ninth and tenth, striking out two as he improved to 2-0 and lowered his already incredible ERA to 0.93 for the season.

The win extends Sacramento’s win streak to 13 games, just one shy of the Las Vegas 51s’ 14-game streak from earlier this year. Since 2005, only Las Vegas’ streak is longer than the River Cats’. The win also gave the River Cats their third straight series sweep, something that the franchise has never achieved in their 15 year history in West Sacramento.

The River Cats head out on their last road trip of the year early tomorrow morning before taking on the Omaha Storm Chasers (Kansas City Royals – AL) for four games. Jake Dunning (4-1, 5.15) will open the series for Sacramento as he makes his first start since May 4. Left-hander Chris Dwyer (2-2, 4.22) gets the nod for Omaha. First pitch is set for 3:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com. The game will also air in its entirety at 7:05 p.m. (PT) on the air on ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations