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Sacramento River Cats’ Orlando Calixte Collects Three Hits In Loss To Fresno Grizzlies

Valdez strikes out five of seven batters in stellar relief outing

 FRESNO, CA — The Sacramento River Cats (41-55) were stymied by Fresno Grizzlies (55-40) righty Josh James, who struck out 12 River Cats hitters as they fell 8-3 to their central California rivals.

Shortstop Orlando Calixte led the offensive charge for Sacramento as he recorded three hits, including his 11th double of the season, to give him five hits in his last two games. A pair of two-baggers from Chris Shaw and Ryder Jones in the sixth inning provided the team’s three runs, with Jones’s two-run double extending his RBI streak to four games.

After River Cats starter Daniel Camarena surrendered all eight of Fresno’s runs, right-hander Jose Valdez and lefty Steven Okert teamed up to strike out eight batters in their combined 3.2 innings of work to keep the game from getting out of hand. For Valdez, he sent five of the seven batters he faced packing in 2.1 perfect frames.

Game three of this series on Wednesday will see right-hander Casey Kelly (8-7, 5.20) making his team-high 17th start of the year while the Grizzlies will go with fellow righty Cy Sneed (8-4, 3.11). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online atrivercats.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’ Mac Williamson Clears Bases With Thrilling Double

Jones adds ninth home run of season in 7-4 loss 

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA Mac Williamson’s bases-clearing double in the eighth inning made things interesting but the Sacramento River Cats (39-53) would eventually fall to the Salt Lake Bees (47-45) 7-4.

The River Cats loaded the bases in the eighth with no outs, and after designated hitter Chris Shaw struck out, Williamson picked him up with a liner down the left-field line the just stayed fair. The two-bagger ended a slump for Williamson in which he had not collected an extra-base hit since June 26 — a string of 34 at-bats.

Third baseman Ryder Jones provided the only other run for Sacramento as he cleared the fence for his ninth homer of the season. After a 2-for-4 evening, Jones is now the only qualifying player on the club with a batting average over .300.

Saturday night’s contest will feature right-hander Mike Connolly (0-1, 4.42) making his fourth start of the season for the River Cats, while the Bees will send lefty Jose Suarez (0-3, 5.40) to the hill. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online atrivercats.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

Down Eight, Sacramento River Cats Mount Comeback But Fall Short

Shaw homers for fourth time in last six games

 RENO, NV — Trailing 8-0 in the fourth inning, the Sacramento River Cats (38-49) fought their way back to eventually tie the game at nine apiece before losing in the bottom of the ninth to the Reno Aces (40-47).

Outfielder Chris Shaw continued his power surge by clubbing his fourth home run in his last six games — a solo shot in the sixth inning that brought the River Cats within one.

But the big rally came an inning earlier as Sacramento scraped together five runs on six hits, including a solo home run from third baseman Ryder Jones and a pair of two-run singles from catcher Trevor Brown and second baseman Miguel Gomez.

Unfortunately, after Jones tied it in the eighth inning on his fourth hit of the game, the Aces loaded the bases with no outs and walked off on a Yasmany Tomas sacrifice fly.

Right-hander Casey Kelly (7-6, 5.24) will be on the bump for the River Cats looking to help the club snap their current three-game losing streak. Reno will counter with righty Taylor Clarke (8-6, 4.26). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online atrivercats.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

Chris Shaw’s Two Homers Carry Sacramento River Cats To Victory

Williamson launches home run in first plate appearance back with club

 ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Left fielder Chris Shaw crushed two home runs to help the Sacramento River Cats (34-43) snap a season-long eight-game losing skid with a 9-4 win over the Albuquerque Isotopes (38-38).

For Shaw, they were his 13th and 14th home runs of the season. They also accounted for half of the team’s total homers on a powerful Monday evening in Albuquerque. Right fielder Mac Williamson, playing in his first game back with the River Cats since being optioned by the San Francisco Giants, got things going with a solo home run in the second inning. Then in the fifth, third baseman Ryder Jones’s seventh of the season tied the game at four.

Right-hander Casey Kelly worked around nine hits and two walks to allow four runs over six innings. He was followed by three scoreless frames from the bullpen featuring just one baserunner and three strikeouts.

Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija (0-1, 2.57) will be making his third, and likely final rehab start with the River Cats before he rejoins the major-league rotation. Albuquerque will send lefty Brett Oberholtzer (3-5, 5.86) to the hill. First pitch is set for 5:35 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 beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PT).

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

Sacramento River Cats Welcome Back Rutledge and Gage, But Fall To Colorado Springs Sky Sox

Slater goes 2-for-4 with a double in 7-2 loss to Colorado Springs

 WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — The Sacramento River Cats (30-33) were thrown out on the base paths three times in a 7-2 loss to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (32-28) on Saturday night.

The Sacramento offense made things challenging for themselves on Saturday by running into three outs on the base paths. Center fielder Steven Duggar led off the bottom of the first with a single to extend his hitting streak to nine games, but was caught stealing shortly thereafter. Second baseman Chase d’Arnaud later doubled in the second but was thrown out at third attempting to stretch it into his fifth triple of the season. And in the fifth, catcher Ryan Hanigan rounded first base after a single but was gunned down at second base.

The River Cats made some noise late when Austin Slater and Ryder Jones smacked back-to-back extra-base hits, and d’Arnaud added a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to 6-2. But that’s where the comeback would end, as Sacramento dropped game two of the series.

Southpaw Daniel Camarena (0-0, 0.51) will make his fourth start of the year for the River Cats, while the Sky Sox will send young righty Freddy Peralta (6-1, 2.88) to the mound. 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

Four-Run First Not Enough For Sacramento River Cats In Loss

Jones hits first homer of year, Duggar collects three hits

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — The Reno Aces (7-16) snapped the Sacramento River Cats’ (10-12) longest winning streak of the young season. Sacramento put four runs on the board in the first inning thanks to a solo home run from center fielder Steven Duggar – his second in as many games – and a three-run bomb from third baseman Ryder Jones. But Reno would reach double digits in runs on 16 hits by the end of the night, defeating the River Cats 10-7.

River Cats starter Casey Kelly went five innings but gave up seven runs on nine hits and three walks. The biggest blow came in Reno’s four-run fourth inning when recently called-up center fielder Evan Marzilli took Kelly deep for three runs.

Catcher Hector Sanchez briefly brought the River Cats within a run when his based-loaded single knocked home two in the seventh. The Aces, however, would add an additional run in each of the next two innings.

The River Cats will play the finale of this rare five-game set, sending right-hander Jose Flores (0-1, 5.84) to the mound in place of injured righty Tyler Herb. Aces right-hander Jack Buchanan (0-2, 5.09) will oppose Flores. First pitch Sunday afternoon will be at 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 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall To Tacoma Rainiers In Road Trip Finale

Jones doubles twice in 4-1 loss

TACOMA, WA — The Sacramento River Cats (7-11) were held to just one run on eight hits thanks to an impressive outing from Tacoma Rainiers (10-8) starter Rob Whalen. The 24-year old right-hander struck out nine River Cats in 6.2 innings as the Rainiers defeated the River cats 4-1.

The Rainiers picked up two early runs in the first inning on a two-out, two-run single off the bat of catcher Mike Marjama. Three of the six hits surrendered by River Cats starter Tyler Herb came in that first frame. In the four innings following, Herb struck out four and allowed just four baserunners.

Whalen was knocked out of the game in the seventh when the River Cats strung together four hits, highlighted by Chase d’Arnaud’s run-scoring single which plated third baseman Ryder Jones with two outs. Sacramento threatened again in the ninth, but Rainiers closer Erik Goeddel escaped when right fielder Cameron Perkins tracked down a fly ball in the gap.

After their first scheduled day off of the season, the River Cats will begin a five-game series back at Raley Field against the Reno Aces. Game one starter Dereck Rodriguez (0-0, 4.97) will face six-year major-league veteran Kris Medlen (0-2, 4.73). First pitch Wednesday evening will be at 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 105.5 FM.

Press Release Courtesy of the  Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Andrew Suarez Helps Sacramento River Cats Shut Down Tacoma Rainiers

Duggar’s three-hit night leads offense in victory

TACOMA, WA — Five shutout innings from starter Andrew Suarez paved the way for the Sacramento River Cats (7-9) to defeat the Tacoma Rainiers (8-8) 8-4 in game one of this four-game set.

The Rainiers did push across three runs in the sixth inning thanks to three singles and a throwing error by shortstop Chase d’Arnaud, putting one earned run on Suarez’s line for the night. But D.J. Snelten entered and recorded the final out of the inning to end Tacoma’s surge.

Center fielder Steven Duggar was back in the leadoff spot Saturday night after a day off and reached base three times, scoring twice. He singled in the first and scored on Austin Slater’s base hit, singled in the fifth and scored on Ryder Jones’s base hit, and knocked in a run in the sixth with his fourth double of the year.

For game two, right-hander Casey Kelly (0-1, 7.11) will make his fourth start of the season for the River Cats, while the Rainiers will send left-hander Ariel Miranda (0-0, 6.75) to the bump. First pitch Sunday afternoon will be at 1:35 p.m. (PT).

Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and live on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Dave Brundage Returning To Manage Sacramento River Cats In 2018

New pitching coach Steve Kline and fundamentals coach Nestor Rojas to join returning hitting coach Damon Minor

 WEST SACRAMENTO, CA The Sacramento River Cats, in conjunction with the San Francisco Giants, are thrilled to welcome back Dave Brundage for his second season as manager of the River Cats for the 2018 season.

Brundage will be joined by a few new faces for the 2018 season at Raley Field. While Damon Minor will return for his third season as the River Cats hitting coach, he will be joined by new pitching coach Steve Kline and fundamentals coach Nestor Rojas. The new training staff will be made up of athletic trainer David Getsoff and strength and conditioning coach Andy King. Travis Higgs will round out the club’s 2018 field staff, and will serve as bullpen catcher and team administrator.

An Oregon native, Brundage joined the River Cats in 2017 and compiled a 64-77 record in his 20th season as a minor league manager. Before coming to Sacramento, the veteran manager spent the previous four seasons with the International League’s Lehigh Valley IronPigs. In 2016, Brundage led the IronPigs to an 85-58 record, the second best mark in all of Triple-A baseball.

Brundage, 53, made his managerial debut in 1995 with the Riverside Pilots (Seattle Mariners Class A-Advanced) but has spent most of his managerial career at either the Double- or Triple-A levels. Prior to his four seasons with Lehigh Valley, Brundage helmed the Richmond/Gwinnett Braves for six seasons from 2007 through 2012. He made his Triple-A debut in 2006 with the Pacific Coast League’s Tacoma Rainiers. Brundage has a career record of 1,435-1,392 (.508) in 20 seasons as a manager including a 857-858 (.499) mark at the Triple-A level.

Drafted in the 4th round of the 1986 Amateur Draft out of Oregon State University, Brundage spent 10 seasons as a player in the Minor Leagues with the Phillies and Mariners organizations.

Minor, 43, returns to the River Cats for his third season as hitting coach. In his second year with the team, Minor worked closely with Triple-A newcomers and top Giants’ prospects Christian Arroyo, Chris Shaw, and Ryder Jones as they prepared for their Major League debuts.

A former Giant, Minor was drafted by San Francisco in 1996 and made his Major League debut in 2000. In 136 games over parts of four seasons, Minor hit .232 with 13 home runs. He set a career-high in 2002 when he played in 83 games and slugged 10 home runs, helping the Giants claim the National League pennant. While in the Giants farm system, he compiled a .277 batting average with 179 home runs and 648 RBI across nine seasons.

Kline, 45, joins the River Cats as pitching coach after serving in the same role for three seasons with the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels and nine seasons overall with the organization. While in Richmond, Kline helped in the development of several River Cats standouts, including Tyler Beede, Andrew Suarez, and Tyler Rogers. Kline led the Giants Double-A affiliate to a top-five pitching staff (in team ERA) in each of his three Eastern League seasons, including a league-leading 3.12 team ERA in 2015.

Kline completed his 11-year Major League career as a lefty reliever with the Giants in 2007. All told, he appeared in 796 MLB games with five different organizations. The Pennsylvania native was an 8th round selection by the Cleveland Indians in the 2003 draft out of the University of West Virginia. He set the single –season record for appearances (89) in 2001 while with St. Louis, and led the National League in games played as a pitcher for three consecutive seasons (1999-2001).

Rojas, 34, will join the River Cats as fundamentals coach after managing the Class-A Advanced San Jose Giants in 2017. Since retiring at the end of the 2010 season, Rojas immediately began his coaching career and has been a bright up-and-coming coaching talent in the Giants organization.  Rojas landed his first managerial job in 2013 at age 29 with the Arizona Rookie League Giants, and led them to a 41-14 record. Prospects (and future River Cats) Christian Arroyo and Ryder Jones each began their professional careers as teenagers under Rojas during that 2013 season.

A native of Venezuela, Rojas played for six seasons in the Giants organization, including two stints with Triple-A Fresno in 2009 and 2010.

Rounding out the field staff will be a new athletic training and strength and conditioning duo. David Getsoff will join the River Cats as the athletic trainer in his 10th season with the Giants Organization, while Andy King will be the River Cats strength and conditioning coach in what will be his fifth season with the Giants. Travis Higgs will return as the team’s bullpen catcher in 2018.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations