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Sacramento River Cats sweep Express to capture PCL Championship

Franchise’s fifth title sends club to Triple-A National Championship Game against Columbus

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats are headed to Memphis. A three-run eighth inning, fueled by three consecutive walks and a clutch hit from shortstop Abiatal Avelino, paved the way for a 7-5 victory and a sweep of the Round Rock Express to win the Pacific Coast League Championship. The title is the franchise’s fifth in its 20-year history, and first since 2008.

The River Cats and Express went back and forth in the first three innings, with Sacramento twice answering Round Rock’s run with two of their own in the next half inning. The contest entered the bottom of the seventh still knotted up at four when Drew Ferguson’s solo shot gave the Express a slim lead.

But it was a slew of singles and walks for the River Cats on Friday night, who managed to score seven runs without the aid of any extra-base hits. After drawing three straight walks in the eighth inning, Avelino’s soft liner ricocheted off pitcher Ralph Garza’s glove and scooted past a diving second baseman into right field as two runs scored. Mike Gerber’s groundout plated an insurance run before Enderson Franco would emerge once again from the bullpen, this time for an impressive five-out save.

Memphis, Tenn. will be the setting for Tuesday night’s Triple-A National Championship matchup between the River Cats and the Columbus Clippers, Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. It will be the third appearance for Sacramento, and fourth for Columbus. Neither team has announced a starting pitcher for the ballgame. First pitch is set for 5:00 p.m. (PT). Watch the game live on FS1. Or listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM beginning at 6:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Adames lifts Sacramento River Cats over Express in game two

Sacramento one win away from capturing PCL Championship

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (2-0) are on the brink of clinching their first Pacific Coast League Championship since 2008 with a 4-2 victory over the Round Rock Express (0-2) on Wednesday night.

Infielder Cristhian Adames broke a scoreless tie with an RBI-double in the third inning, then launched a solo home run over the center field fence as part of a three-run sixth inning for Sacramento. The eventual winning runs were plated on a bloop single from outfielder Jacob Heyward.

Right-hander Chase Johnson pitched well again for the River Cats, going five or more innings for the second consecutive outing. He struck out four and allowed just one run, making it nine strikeouts and three earned runs in 10 postseason innings for a 2.53 ERA.

Following an off day, right-hander Carlos Navas (1-0, 0.00) will be on the mound for the River Cats as they look to sweep Round Rock and advance to the Triple-A National Championship Game. The Express will counter with righty Rogelio Armenteros (0-1, 4.76). First pitch is set for 5:05 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 beginning at 6:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

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 take on Round Rock for PCL Championship

Sacramento wins seventh conference title, Championship Series begins tonight at Raley Field

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats punched their ticket to the next round of the 2019 Triple-A postseason on Sunday, defeating the Las Vegas Aviators (Oakland Athletics) in a decisive game five of the Pacific Conference Playoff. The series win earned the River Cats an incredible seventh conference title, and the club will now take on the Round Rock Express (Houston Astros) in a best-of-five, Pacific Coast League Championship Series beginning Tuesday, September 10 at Raley Field in West Sacramento.

The River Cats have now reached the PCL Championship Series seven times in their 20-year history, which includes four PCL titles (2003, 2004, 2007, and 2008). With this year’s appearance, the club is back in the Championship Series for the first time since 2011 when they lost to the Omaha Storm Chasers. Going back further, the last time a San Francisco Giants’ Triple-A team claimed a PCL Championship was in 1977 (Phoenix Giants). The Express will be making their third appearance in the Championship Series, and first since 2015. They have not won a league title in their franchise’s 20-year history.

Championship baseball has returned to Raley Field, and fans will once again have the opportunity to experience the excitement when the PCL Championship Series gets under way with Games 1 and 2 on Tuesday, September 10 and Wednesday, September 11 in West Sacramento. Both games have a scheduled first pitch of 6:35 p.m., and will feature a final round of fan-favorite promotions Toyota Family Value Tuesday ($1 hot dogs!) and Wet Nose Wednesday (bring your dog!). The series will shift to Dell Diamond in Round Rock, TX for Game 3 on Friday, September 13. Games 4 and 5 this weekend (if necessary) will also be hosted by the Express.

The winner of the Pacific Coast League Championship Series will face off with the winner of the International League Governors’ Cup Finals between the Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays) and the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians) in the 14th annual Triple-A National Championship Game on Tuesday, September 17 at AutoZone Park in Memphis, TN.

Tickets are still available for the final two River Cats games of 2019 and can be purchased online at rivercats.com or by visiting the Tri Counties Bank Ticket Office at Raley Field. Fans with questions regarding tickets are encouraged to call (916) 371-HITS (4487) or email tickets@rivercats.com,

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Unable To Derail Express In Finale

Adames homers as River Cats drop third straight for first time since June 18th

ROUND ROCK, Texas — The Sacramento River Cats (61-53) dropped their third straight game to the Round Rock Express (68-45), falling 6-3 to close out their current seven-game road trip. It was the first time Sacramento has lost three in a row since June 16-18 against the Iowa Cubs.

The Sacramento offense was held in check on Monday for the second straight night. Outfielder Mike Gerber led the way with two hits, including a double, raising his season average to .324. The River Cats got a home run from Cristhian Adames in the seventh to cut the Express lead to one, but would get no closer. The club especially struggled with runs in scoring positon, going 1-for-7 in those clutch situations.

Right-hander Casey Meisner was roughed up a bit in his third start with the River Cats. Though he surrendered three runs in the second inning, he would settle down to get through 5.2 innings, giving up four runs on six hits and a pair of walks while striking out two. Young right-hander Melvin Adon bounced back from a disastrous Triple-A debut to get two quick outs in the eighth inning on Monday. 

The River Cats will return home on the off day Tuesday before opening up a seven-game homestand. In Wednesday’s opener, the River Cats will turn to lefty Conner Menez (2-0, 4.06) to end their three-game skid, while Memphis will go with lefty Austin Warner (1-1, 7.24). 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

Davis Stays Hot But Sacramento River Cats Fall To Express

Newcomer from Twins has racked up five extra-base hits in three games

ROUND ROCK, Texas — The Sacramento River Cats (61-52) had the game slip away from them in the sixth inning as they dropped their second consecutive game to the Round Rock Express (67-45), this time by a final score of 7-3.

New outfielder Jaylin Davis, acquired from the Minnesota Twins in the Sam Dyson deal, continued his scorching-hot start to his River Cats tenure with a home run, a double, and a walk in four plate appearances. His third-inning groundout plated a run and tied the game at three, but that would be all for the River Cats offense on Sunday.

The River Cats had a chance to strike back in the sixth after the Express took a four-run lead, but failed to capitalize on a bases-loaded, no-out situation as a strikeout and a double play ended the threat.

Looking to salvage the series on Monday night for the River Cats will be right-hander Casey Meisner (2-0, 4.09). He’ll be squaring off with Express lefty LHP Framber Valdez (2-2, 2.22). First pitch is set for 5:05 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 (PT) beginning at 6:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Davis, Rickard and Shaw Homer For Sacramento River Cats In Texas Slugfest

Nine runs not enough as River Cats fall 10-9 to Express

ROUND ROCK, Texas — The Sacramento River Cats (61-50) led for most of the night against the Round Rock Express (65-45), but they were dealt a 10-9 defeat following an eighth inning three-run homer against flame throwing righty Melvin Adon.

The River Cats offense got off to a hot start Saturday night, stacking up nine runs in the first four innings. The top of the order supplied most of the firepower as Joey Rickard, Chris Shaw and Jaylin Davis combined to go 6-for-13, including three homers, six runs batted in, and four runs scored. Rickard extended his on-base streak to 26 games with another two-hit night, while Davis also had two hits and has now reached base seven times in nine plate appearances since joining the River Cats.

On the other side of the ball, newcomer Ryan Halstead shined in his 2019 River Cats debut. The 28-year old worked 4.2 innings, and would have left the game unscathed if not for a costly error that allowed three unearned runs to score. Halstead appeared in three games for Sacramento in 2018, and had is 2-4 with a 3.77 ERA with Double-A Richmond this season.

The River Cats took a 9-7 lead into the eighth, but newly promoted Melvin Adon got into some trouble to start the frame, allowing a double, walk, and a home run to the first three batters to relinquishing the lead. 

The River Cats will trot out righty Yoanys Quiala (6-6, 6.49) tomorrow night for game three of this four game series, while Round Rock will counter with righty Rogelio Armenteros (4-6, 5.80). First pitch is set for 4:05 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 (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Davis Sparks Win In Sacramento River Cats Debut

Newcomer from Sam Dyson trade reaches base four times, drives in three runs

ROUND ROCK, Texas — The Sacramento River Cats (61-50) found another way to win, and this time it was a brand new River Cat driving in nearly all of the team’s runs in a 4-3 victory over the Round Rock Express (65-45). 

Outfielder Jaylin Davis, one of a trio of players who was sent to San Francisco from Minnesota in exchange for righty reliever Sam Dyson, doubled home two runs in his first plate appearance. He later singled, doubled again, and drew a walk to reach base all four times. Davis totaled 11 doubles and 15 home runs in 41 games for the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings of the International League before joining Sacramento.

Before submariner Tyler Rogers came in for a clutch two-inning save, outfielder Joey Rickard broke a 3-3 tie in the sixth with his third homer of the season. He finished the game 2-for-5 and has successfully reached base in 24 straight games.

The River Cats have not named a starter for Saturday night’s matchup, while the offense will face Houston’s rehabbing right-hander Brad Peacock followed by righty Brandon Bielak (5-3, 4.45). First pitch is set for 5:05 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 (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Pitching Propels Sacramento River Cats To Series Win

Hanigan’s seventh-inning two-run double proves to be crucial in 3-1 win

 ROUND ROCK, TX — Catcher Ryan Hanigan’s two-run double in the seventh inning provided the winning runs for the Sacramento River Cats (33-35) in a 3-1 victory over the Round Rock Express (30-37).

The River Cats took their fourth road series of the season thanks to a combined effort between rehabbing San Francisco Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija and lefty Matt Gage. Samardzija tossed three scoreless while striking out four before reaching hit pitch limit, then Gage followed with 4.2 shutout innings of his own.

Gage got into a bit of a bind in the eighth by putting two men on base to bring the tying run to the plate, but Derek Law entered and struck out Scott Heineman to end the threat. Law would eventually record a four-out save, though he did allow a run on one hit and a walk in the final inning.

The River Cats are off to New Orleans for a four-game series with the Baby Cakes. Left-hander Daniel Camarena (0-0, 0.78) is poised to make his fifth start with Sacramento while Sandy Alcantara (4-2, 3.88) will be on the bump for New Orleans. First pitch is set for 4.00 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

Casey Kelly’s Seven Strong Not Enough For Sacramento River Cats

Shaw clubs 12th home run of season, game slips away in extras

 ROUND ROCK, TX — For the fourth time in his last five outings, right-hander Casey Kelly pitched seven innings and allowed one run or fewer. On Thursday night in Texas, however, it went for naught as three former Giants farmhands led a late-inning comeback to push the Round Rock Express (30-36) over the Sacramento River Cats (32-35) 6-5 in 10 innings.

Kelly struck out eight to come within one of his season high, which he set on May 29 at home while facing Albuquerque. The one earned run over seven frames lowered Kelly’s season ERA to 4.77. The number sat as high as 11.29 through five starts, but allowing just six runs over his last 34 innings has helped to decrease that figure drastically.

Sacramento was trailing 1-0 in the fourth when outfielder Chris Shaw’s 12th home run of the year cleared the right-field fence. He would end up finishing the night reaching base a total of three times, adding a double and a walk, as well. Infielders Ryder Jones and Orlando Calixte also recorded two hits, with Jones driving in two of the team’s five runs.

But when right-hander Jose Valdez entered in the bottom of the ninth for the River Cats, things began to unravel, and all at the hands of former teammates.

Express shortstop Nick Noonan, drafted by San Francisco out of high school in 2007, launched a three-run homer to cut the deficit to one. Then it was Tommy Joseph, drafted by the Giants in 2009 and shipped to Philadelphia for Hunter Pence in 2012, who tied the game with a single with two down in the ninth. And lastly, Round Rock walked off to Hunter Cole’s RBI single an inning later.

Cole was a 26th-round pick by the Giants in 2014 out of the University of Georgia and was the player-to-be-named-later when the San Francisco acquired right-hander Sam Dyson from the Texas Rangers.

San Francisco Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzjia (0-0, No ERA) will make a rehab start for the River Cats Friday night as the club will look to win their fourth road series of the season. The Express will counter with former River Cat left-hander Michael Roth (2-0, 3.24). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on theMiLB 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