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Sacramento River Cats to host Annual Preseason Party This Sunday

Free event features the launch of 2020 single game tickets sales and remaining seats for the March 22 Exhibition Game with the San Francisco Giants

West Sacramento, Calif. – The 2020 Sacramento River Cats season kicks off this Sunday, March 1, with the annual Preseason Party at Sutter Health Park. This free event will run from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and features free hot dogs, Round Table Pizza, soda and Merlino’s, and the opening of the Tri Counties Bank Ticket Office for single game ticket sales.

Attendees at this year’s event can enjoy a scavenger hunt throughout the ballpark, a sneak peek at the River Cats’ clubhouse, live music in the Knee Deep Alley, and opportunities to take photos with the 2019 Pacific Coast League and Triple-A National Championship trophies. Another exciting feature of this year’s Preseason Party is batting practice on the field. Fans of all ages will have an opportunity to take batting practice for a donation to the River Cats Foundation (weather permitting). There will also be free activities for kids, including arts and crafts, and demonstrations from Mad Science.

Tickets to the March 22 Exhibition Game between the River Cats and San Francisco Giants are currently only available at rivercats.com as part of the Best of Sutter Health Park 3-Pack (through Saturday, February 29), but a limited number of seats will be available at Sunday’s Preseason Party.

Fans will also have the opportunity to purchase single game tickets for the 2020 season of River Cats baseball. The Tri Counties Bank Ticket Office will open at 1:00 p.m. and fans are encouraged to secure seats early for premium games like Opening Night (April 14), Independence Day Eve (July 3), Star Wars Night (July 18), and all giveaway dates to avoid lines and ticket shortages. A full promotions and giveaways schedule for the 2020 season is now available at rivercats.com/promotions. All promotions and dates are subject to change.

Those in attendance can also gear up at the On Deck Shop during the annual kick-off event. The store is stocked with a wide variety of the newest River Cats and Giants gear, including t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and novelty items. There will also be plenty of items commemorating the 2019 River Cats National Championship team.

Season ticket memberships and special ticket packages are available by calling the River Cats ticket hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487) or emailing tickets@rivercats.com.

Following the Sacramento River Cats’ Exhibition Game with the San Francisco Giants on March 22, the club’s PCL and Triple-A title-defense will officially begin on Thursday, April 9 in Reno, with Opening Night at Sutter Health Park coming on Tuesday, April 14 against the Tacoma Rainiers.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Dave Brundage Returns As Sacramento River Cats Manager To Defend Title In 2020

New pitching coach Glenn Dishman will join returning hitting coach Damon Minor and fundamentals coach Jolbert Cabrera

West Sacramento, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats, in conjunction with the San Francisco Giants, are thrilled to welcome Dave Brundage back for his fourth season as manager of the River Cats as they defend their Triple-A National Championship during the 2020 season.

Brundage will be joined by Damon Minor, who will return for his fifth season as the River Cats’ hitting coach, and fundamentals coach Jolbert Cabrera, who will enter his second season in Sacramento. One of two newcomers for 2020 will be pitching coach Glenn Dishman. The training staff will be made up of athletic trainer David Getsoff and strength and conditioning coach Andy King who are each returning for their third seasonas well as athletic trainer Hiro Sato, who returns for his second year. Also joining the staff for 2020 is bullpen coach C.J. Picerni

In 2019, Brundage led the River Cats to the franchise’s 12th division title, fifth Pacific Coast League crown, and a record third Triple-A National Championship. An Oregon native, he joined the River Cats in 2017 and has compiled a 192-229 record in his three seasons at the helm in Sacramento. Before coming to Sacramento, the veteran manager spent the previous four seasons with the International League’s Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies Triple-A). 

Brundage, 54, made his managerial debut in 1995 with the Riverside Pilots (Seattle Mariners Class A-Advanced) but has spent most of his managerial career at the Double- and Triple-A levels. Prior to his four seasons with Lehigh Valley, Brundage helmed the Richmond/Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves Triple-A) for six seasons from 2007 through 2012. He made his Triple-A debut in 2006 with the Pacific Coast League’s Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle Mariners Triple-A). Brundage has a career record of 1,563-1,544 (.503) in 22 seasons as a manager including a 985-1010 (.494) mark at the Triple-A level.

Selected 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, 44, returns to the River Cats for his fifth season as hitting coach. In his fourth year with the team, Minor worked closely with River Cats players Mike Yastrzemski, Jaylin Davis, and Zach Green, who would eventually go on to make their Major League debuts in 2019.

A former Giant, Minor was drafted by San Francisco in 1996 before making 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.

Cabrera, 47, is back with the River Cats’ coaching staff as fundamentals coach following managerial stints with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (San Francisco Giants’ Class-A Short Season) in 2017, and Augusta GreenJackets (San Francisco Giants Class-A) in 2018. 2020 will be his fifth season with the San Francisco Giants as a coach.

As a player, Cabrera signed with the Montreal Expos in 1990, and played in the Major Leagues for the Cleveland Indians (1998-2002), Los Angeles Dodgers (2002-2003), Seattle Mariners (2004), and Cincinnati Reds (2008). Cabrera also played in 1,274 minor league games over the course of his career, and even visited Sutter Health Park in 2007 as a member of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Colorado Rockies Triple-A). 

Glenn Dishman joins the club from Richmond, Va. after serving two seasons as pitching coach for the Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants Double-A). The former left-handed Major Leaguer will replace fellow lefty Steve Kline, who will swap clubs with Dishman and rejoin the Richmond staff where he had previously spent three seasons prior to his two-year stint in Sacramento.

Dishman, 49, grew up in the Bay Area and attended Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward. He would go on to appear in 33 Major League games spread across three teams, most notably his rookie season in 1995 when he made 16 starts for the San Diego Padres totaling 97 innings pitched.

Sacramento’s training staff will return unchanged for the 2020 season. David Getsoff is back with the River Cats as athletic trainer in his 12th season with the Giants organization, while Andy King will be the River Cats’ strength and conditioning coach in what will be his seventh season with the Giants. Finally, Hiro Sato will work alongside Getsoff as athletic trainer for the second consecutive season. He spent 2018 with the Richmond Flying Squirrels and will be entering his sixth season with the Giants.

CJ Picerni, 27, rounds out the River Cats field staff for 2020. Picerni was drafted by the Washington Nationals as a catcher in 2016, and is entering his second season as a minor league bullpen catcher and coach for the San Francisco Giants.

The Sacramento River Cats will kick off 2020 by taking on the San Francisco Giants in an Exhibition Game on Sunday, March 22 at Sutter Health Park in West Sacramento. The club’s PCL and Triple-A title-defense will officially begin on Thursday, April 9 in Reno, with Opening Night at Sutter Health Park coming on Tuesday, April 14 against the Tacoma Rainiers.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats finish 2019 season as Triple-A National Champions

Sacramento becomes the first team to win Triple-A Championship three times

Memphis, TN — The Sacramento River Cats are the Triple-A National Champions after shutting out the International League Champion Columbus Clippers by a score of 4-0 on Tuesday night at AutoZone Park in Memphis, TN. Behind a stellar outing from left-hander, and eventual Most Valuable Player Caleb Baragar, the River Cats became the first franchise to take home their third Triple-A National Championship.

Baragar was nothing short of magnificent for a second straight time this postseason, compiling a combined 2-0 record with a 0.90 ERA in 10 innings, and dominating the Clippers’ offense over his five frames on Tuesday night. Baragar gave up just two hits while fanning five batters to earn MVP honors.

The River Cats jumped on the Clippers early, knocking out Columbus starter Kyle Dowdy in the first inning and tagging the right-hander for three runs. Francisco Peña delivered an RBI-groundout, then a couple batters later Jacob Heyward delivered a two-RBI single to right field. 

Peter Maris would add a solo blast in the sixth inning to expand the lead to four. The swing of the bat was his second home run of this postseason. Levi Michael and Abiatal Avelino would finish the night with three hits apiece to pace the Sacramento offense from the top of the order.

The Sacramento bullpen was nearly perfect on their way to the first shutout of the playoffs from the River Cats. Right-hander Ricardo Pinto delivered two perfect innings while striking out four. Flamethrowing righty Melvin Adon contributed a scoreless inning, allowing one hit to start the ninth. Then lefty Steven Okert would come on to induce a double play and strikeout the final batter to clinch the Championship for the River Cats.

The Sacramento River Cats finished off their 2019 regular season with a 73-67 record – the first winning record since becoming a San Francisco Giants’ affiliate in 2015. The club won their first Pacific Northern division title since 2012, and became the first Giants Triple-A club to win their division since 1998. The River Cats went on defeat to defeat the Las Vegas Aviators in five games, then the Round Rock Express in a sweep to claim their first Pacific Coast League crown since 2008. In a year in which 85 players appeared Sacramento, the River Cats 20th season came to an end on September 17 with a Triple-A National Championship.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

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 First-inning homers spark series-clinching win over Aviators

River Cats to face the Round Rock Express in the PCL Championship

SUMMERLIN, Nev. — Shortstop Abiatal Avelino led off the ballgame with a home run for the second time in three days. It set the tone for the first inning, as well as the rest of the game as the Sacramento River Cats defeated the Las Vegas Aviators 7-3 to win the series and advance to the Pacific Coast League Championship.

Following Avelino’s solo shot, Joe McCarthy and Zach Houchins would go back to back to give Caleb Baragar a four-run cushion before even stepping foot on the mound. The left-hander kept the Aviators out of the hit column for the first three innings, and finished his afternoon with eight strikeouts and one earned run in five frames.

Three insurance runs were added in the fifth and sixth innings, including two that were scored on wild pitches. Relievers Steven Okert, Dan Winkler, and Enderson Franco were fantastic out of the bullpen as they kept Las Vegas completely off the bases in the final 3.2 innings.

After fending off the Iowa Cubs on Sunday afternoon, the Round Rock Express advanced from the other side of the bracket. Neither the River Cats nor the Express have announced probable starters for Tuesday’s series opener at Raley Field. 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

Luzardo Shuts down Sacramento River Cats in game three

Sacramento on brink of elimination after 11-4 loss

SUMMERLIN, Nev. — The Sacramento River Cats faced a tough task on Friday night as they met top pitching prospect Jesus Luzardo. The left-hander cooled off Sacramento’s bats in an 11-4 victory for the Las Vegas Aviators

Shortstop Abiatal Avelino led off the game with a solo shot but that was it for the River Cats offense until the eighth inning as Luzardo struck out seven batters pitching into the sixth inning. Sacramento would strike for a trio of runs late in the game to cut the lead to four only to watch the Aviators match them in the bottom half of the inning.

Right-hander Carlos Navas will look to help force a game five as he’ll take the ball on Saturday night for the River Cats. The Aviators will go with righty Grant Holmes in what will be just his second Triple-A start. 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

McCarthy Breaks Out Of Slump To Help Sacramento River Cats Even Series

Right fielder collects three hits and drives in two runs in 8-6 win

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats bounced back from their game-one loss to defeat the Las Vegas Aviators 8-6 on Thursday night to send a deadlocked series to Las Vegas.

Outfielder Joe McCarthy, who entered tonight’s ballgame with 16 strikeouts to just one hit in his last 30 plate appearances, laced three hits including a two-run double in the bottom of the third. The club’s five-run inning looked worthy of holding until the Aviators plated five runs of their own in the fifth and sixth innings.

But the River Cats would immediately take back the lead as infielders Zach Houchins and Abiatal Avelino each knocked in a run with singles in the bottom half of the sixth. Relievers Dan Winkler and Williams Jerez teamed up to fend off the Aviators in the final three innings, with Jerez securing a four-out save.

As the series shifts to Las Vegas, right-hander Brandon Lawson will be making his River Cats debut as he takes the ball for game three. The Aviators will go with Oakland Athletics No. 1-ranked prospect, left-hander Jesus Luzardo. 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