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Matt Cain Sharp in Second Rehab Start; Sacramento River Cats Fall to Reno Aces 2-1

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. Matt Cain and Jhoulys Chacin battled Friday night, engaging in a pitcher’s duel in front of a full house at Raley Field. With over 400 career major league starts between them, the two hurler’s kept things locked in a 1-1 tie until a Blake Lalli RBI-single in the seventh put the Reno Aces up 2-1 for good.

Cain (0-2, 4.50) went 6.2 innings in his second River Cats start, throwing 89 pitches, 59 for strikes. He gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and no walks while striking out 6. It looked like the Aces were going to strike early, but Cain pitched around a first inning error by Hector Sanchez and stranded Reno’s Nick Buss at third base.

He retired the next eight before the Aces came through with a run in the fourth, tying the game at one. Cain held Reno at one until the seventh, when Lalli singled home Cody Ransom to put the Aces up 2-1.

Overall, Cain looked sharp on the mound, pitching around two errors behind him and keeping the River Cats in the game. He departed with Sacramento trailing and a runner on first with two outs in the seventh but the sold out crowd showed their support for the three-time World Champ with a standing ovation. Cain responded with an acknowledging wave to the crowd.

Opposite of Cain, Reno’s Chacin (1-0, 1.29) was also dealing, allowing just one run over seven innings. He gave up 5 hits, walked 1, and tallied a season-high 9 strikeouts en route to his second win of the season. Chacin made his Aces debut tonight, having just signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization yesterday.

Ehire Adrianza had a big night for the River Cats, both at the plate and on the field. With his third-inning single, the hot-hitting shortstop extended his current hit streak to seven games, two shy of his season high. He also doubled, and was 2-for-4 on the night, raising his batting average to .320 for the season.

On the defensive side of the ball, Adrianza showed off his smooth fielding, making a diving play in the fourth inning and an running, over-the-shoulder catch in shallow center field in the seventh.

It’ll be a Father’s Day matinee finale tomorrow afternoon as the River Cats look to avoid the sweep behind right-hander Jake Peavy (0-2, 5.70). Peavy made the best start of his rehab assignment his last time out, throwing 7 innings (95 pitches) and allowing 2 runs on 5 hits while striking out 5. The Aces will counter with their right-hander Gabriel Arias (5-2, 2.94). First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall To Reno Aces 6-3

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Reno Aces brought their bats to the ballpark Friday night, hitting three home runs off Sacramento’s starter Ty Blach. The homers were more than the Sacramento River Cats could keep up with, as they dropped their second straight to Reno, 6-3.

All of the Aces’ six runs on Friday came via the long ball, as they took Blach deep three separate times. Right fielder Peter O’Brien struck first, hitting a solo shot to deep left field. The homer was O’Brien’s 14th of the season and tied the game at one in the fifth inning.

First baseman Nick Evans was next, launching a three-run shot out to left-center and putting the Aces ahead 4-1 in the sixth. For Evans, it was his tenth of the season and RBIs 57, 58, and 59. The Aces hit their third home run in the seventh, a two-run homer off the bat of veteran Cody Ransom. For Ransom, the home run gave him four on the season and put the Aces ahead 6-1.

The River Cats looked to mount a comeback in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases with two outs. Ehire Adrianza came through with a big two-out, two-run single up the middle to score Ryan Lollis and Kevin Frandsen, cutting the Aces’ lead to three. That was all they could get, though, as Adam Duvall popped out in foul territory to end the inning.

Trevor Brown picked up two hits in the loss, recording his seventh multi-hit game of the season. For Adrianza, his two RBIs give him three multi-RBI games on the season.

Jack Snodgrass made his fourth appearance for the River Cats, throwing a scoreless ninth inning. Since joining Sacramento from Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels, Snodgrass is 1-1 with a 4.17 ERA and 7 strikeouts in 7.1 innings. Snodgrass made nine starts with Richmond, but had only appeared out of the bullpen since being promoted to Triple-A.

Blach took the loss, falling to 5-7 with a 4.00 ERA. The win went to Reno’s lefty Justin Marks (4-6, 5.68). Matt Stites recorded his second save.

Game three is scheduled for tomorrow night as the Giants’ right-hander Matt Cain (0-1, 8.10) takes the mound for his second rehab start. Cain struck out seven in 3.1 innings in his last start and will look to pitch deeper into tomorrow night’s game. For Reno, it will be the right-hander Edgar Garcia (2-1, 5.65). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fold as the Reno Aces Rally Late

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A four-run first inning wasn’t enough for the Sacramento River Cats as the Reno Aces rallied to a 6-4 win in front of 9,210 Thursday night at Raley Field. Despite an impressive start from Nik Turley – who struck out a season-high six – Sacramento watched their lead disappear late as they dropped the series opener 6-4 to the Aces.

Turley looked dominant on the mound for Sacramento, shutting out the Aces through six innings while allowing just two hits and a walk. Pitching in the seventh inning for the first time this season, Turley gave up a two-run home run to Aces’ third baseman Jamie Romak before being replaced by Cody Hall. For the most part, Turley kept the Aces off the bases and off the board, allowing just the 2 runs on 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 6 through 6.1 innings.

Turley’s 6 strikeouts were his most in a start this season, passing his previous high of 4 (6/2 at Oklahoma City). He lowered his ERA from 10.47 to 8.34 with the outing.

The River Cats jumped out early, scoring four times in the bottom of the first inning against Reno’s starter Caleb Clay. The big hit of the inning came from Hector Sanchez, who lined a two-out double to left field scoring Ehire Adrianza and Adam Duvall. Ryan Lollis followed with an RBI-double and Carlos Triunfel added an RBI-single before the inning was over.

Overall, Sanchez was 1-for-4 and tallied his second multi-RBI game of the year. Triunfel was 3-for-4 on the night, raising his season average to .260.

Reno rallied past the River Cats in the eighth inning, scoring four times on three this, two walks, and an error to take a 6-4 lead. The Aces sent nine men to the plate in the inning against Sacramento’s relievers Braulio Lara and Cody Hall. Both Cody Ransom (1-for-3) and Romak (2-for-4) drove in two for the Aces on the night.

Lara took the loss for Sacramento, falling to 0-5 on the season. Matt Reynolds (2-4) picked up the save for Reno and Kaleb Fleck recorded his second save.

Sacramento will look to even this four-game set tomorrow night behind lefty Ty Blach (5-6, 3.63). Blach has been very good at home, posting a 3-3 record and a 2.89 ERA. Opposing him will be another lefty, Reno’s Justin Marks (3-6, 6.08). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Trap Fresno Grizzlies Win Finale Series 4-1

Photo By Shawn Jonas

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats sent the right-hander Chris Stratton (0-0, 2.08) to the mound Friday night for their series finale with the rival Fresno Grizzlies. The start was just Stratton’s third since being called up to Triple-A and his first at Raley Field. He held the hot-hitting Grizzlies to one run on two hits in six innings as the River Cats took the finale from Fresno 4-1.

Since being called up from the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels, Stratton has looked excellent for the River Cats. In three starts, he has thrown 17.1 innings and allowed just 5 runs (4 earned). His Friday night start against the Grizzlies may have been his best yet, as he tossed 6 outstanding innings, allowing just 1 run on 2 hits and 3 walks while striking out 4. Stratton kept the ball down all night, recording 10 ground ball outs on the night.

Stratton’s lone blemish came in the second inning, when he opened the frame with back-to-back walks. Fresno scratched across their only run of the night with a groundball out to advance the runners and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Robbie Grossman.

The River Cats scored four times on the night while knocking out 10 hits and drawing six walks. Sacramento tied the game in the third on Darren Ford’s fifth home run of the season, a solo shot to right field. They took the lead when Travis Ishikawa lined a single to right, scoring Brett Jackson from second. With the hit, Ishikawa extended his hit streak to nine games, his longest of the season. He has also recorded an RBI in four of his last five games and now has 18 on the season.

Sacramento took control of the game in the bottom of the eighth, adding on two more runs to extend their lead to three thanks to an RBI-single from Ehire Adrianzab.

Stratton was followed by Jean Machi and Erik Cordier out of the River Cats bullpen. Machi, making his second rehab appearance, picked up his first win with two scoreless innings. Cordier brought the heat in the ninth, hitting 96-97 mph consistently and going as high as 98 mph. The save was his fourth.

The River Cats welcome the Reno Aces to Raley Field tomorrow night for a four game series. LHP Nik Turley (2-3, 10.47) will get the nod for Sacramento while the right-hander Caleb Clay (4-5, 4.17) gets the start for Reno. The teams split four games in Reno earlier this season. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

San Francisco Giants’ Righty Throws 95 Pitches in Sacramento Rivers 3-1 Loss; Peavy Goes Seven Strong in Rehab Start

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – San Francisco Giants right-hander Jake Peavy made his fourth rehab start for the River Cats tonight, throwing seven strong innings as he works his way back to the Giants’ rotation. Despite the solid outing for the veteran right-hander, the River Cats were unable to generate much offense behind him as they dropped game two to the visiting Fresno Grizzlies 3-1.

Prior to tonight’s start, Peavy had failed to reach the sixth inning in any of his previous three starts. He threw 83 pitches in his last start in El Paso, but only managed to go 4.1 innings. He increased both his innings and his pitch count tonight, as he cruised through seven on a rehab-high 95 pitches (64 strikes). Peavy retired the side in order in seventh before giving way to the River Cats bullpen for the eighth. He ended his night having given up 5 hits and allowing 3 earned runs while walking two and striking out 5.

Peavy allowed two runs in the first inning on a two-run double to Fresno’s L.J. Hoes before settling in. He kept the Grizzlies off the board until the fifth when the speedy Tony Kemp hit a long shot that bounced off the wall in right-center field. The ball shot away from Brett Jackson and allowed Kemp to come all the way around for the inside-the-park home run. After the hit by Kemp, Peavy retired the final nine hitters he faced.

Despite Peavy’s effort, Fresno’s starter Asher Wojciechowski was better, holding the Sacramento offense to just 1 run on 5 hits over his seven innings of work. Wojciechowski only gave up one free pass and struck out 5 on his way to the win, his fifth of the season. He is undefeated through seven starts with Fresno. Tyson Perez pitched a scoreless ninth to record his fifth save.

For the second night in a row, the River Cats fell behind early and were unable to recover. Their only run came in the bottom of the fourth inning. After Adam Duvall doubled to right-center, Travis Ishikawa brought him home with a single to right.

Sacramento threatened in the sixth, putting runners on second and third with two outs, but Hector Sanchez struck out to end the inning.

The series finale is tomorrow night as the River Cats send Chris Stratton (0-0, 2.38) to the mound. The start will be Stratton’s third with the River Cats and his first at Raley Field. Fresno will go for the sweep behind their southpaw Luis Cruz (3-2, 4.47). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Matt Cain’s Debut Kicks Off Rivalry Series Division Leading Fresno Grizzlies Take Opener 6-3

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – 9,497 gathered at Raley Field Monday night to watch three-time World Champion and three-time All-Star Matt Cain make his Sacramento River Cats debut against the division rival Fresno Grizzlies. Cain was excellent in the early going, striking out the side in the first and second innings, but the Grizzlies powerful offense eventually came through and Fresno took the series opener 6-3.

Cain came into tonight, his second rehab start and his first with Sacramento, on a 75-pitch limit. That number reached 74 (47 for strikes) as he tossed 3.1 innings, giving up 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits. He struck out 7, six of which came in the first two innings, and walked 2. His fastball was hitting 91-92 mph consistently, and peaked at 93. Through his first two rehab starts, Cain has thrown 7 innings and struck out 9 compared to 2 walks and is 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA.

Despite leaving with one out in the fourth and down by three, the crowd on hand showed Cain their support with a standing ovation. Cain walked off the field with an acknowledging wave to the loyal Sacramento fans on hand.

Cain was followed by Clayton Blackburn and Jean Machi. Together, the trio combined to strikeout 16 Grizzlies.

On the opposite side, Fresno starter Dan Straily was dealing, limiting the River Cats to just 2 hits over 7 shutout innings. He struck out 7 and walked 2 while throwing 96 pitches (64 strikes) on his way to the win. He moved to 5-5 with the win, and lowered his ERA to 4.25. Kevin Chapman picked up the save, his sixth.

With Fresno leading 6-0 in the eighth, the River Cats scored their only runs of the night. Ehire Adrianza knocked in two with a bases-loaded single to left, scoring Carlos Triunfel and Ryan Lollis. Kevin Frandsen would also score on the play thanks to a Fresno throwing error.

The Grizzlies were led by their right fielder L.J. Hoes, who was 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI. Third baseman Matt Duffy contributed with his sixth home run of the season.

Game two of this quick three-game series will take place tomorrow night. The River Cats will send Jake Peavy (0-1, 8.10) to the mound for his fourth River Cats start. For Fresno, it’ll be the undefeated right hander Asher Wojciechowski (4-0, 4.50). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Late Walks Hand River Cats Another Extra Inning Loss; Blach Pitches Six Strong, Bullpen Gives up Late Lead

EL PASO, Texas – Extra innings were needed for the third consecutive game, and like Saturday the Sacramento River Cats were the ones on the losing end of things as they dropped a wild game to the El Paso Chihuahuas 7-6 in 12 innings. Left hander Ty Blach pitched another quality outing, but a rare bullpen lapse earned him a no decision and the team a loss.

Blach (5-6, 3.68) was perfect at the start, retiring the first ten batters he faced before allowing his first base hit in the fourth. He entered the game with the second best BB/9 ratio in the PCL, and made improvements to it as he didn’t walk a single batter for the seventh time in 13 starts. Blach finished the night allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and 4 strikeouts over 6 innings.

In the first three games of the series, the team which scored first went on to lose the game. The River Cats continued that trend as they took a 3-0 lead in the third on a 2-RBI single from Kevin Frandsen, followed by an RBI single from Travis Ishikawa. Frandsen finished the game 3-for-6 with 2 RBIs and a run scored.

The River Cats added two more runs in the fifth on a 2-RBI double by Juan Perez, and then another run in the eighth by Carlos Triunfel. El Paso stuck around all night, hitting home runs in both the seventh and ninth innings to make it a one run game. In the ninth, the Chihuahua tied the game on a throwing error by catcher Trevor Brown, sending the game to extras for the third straight game.

Both teams traded zeroes in the tenth, and then again in the eleventh. In the twelfth, Sacramento got their best chance to win as El Paso sent position player Mike McCoy to the mound, but were set down 1-2-3. Curtis Partch walked four batters in the bottom half, sending the River Cats home with another extra inning loss.

El Paso’s starting pitcher, James Needy (5-3, 7.16), was not as his best Sunday as he allowed 5 runs (all earned) on 8 hits and 3 walks over 5 innings of work. The River Cats bullpen used five pitchers to combine for 5.2 innings of relief work, allowing 3 runs on 9 hits and 5 walks. Jack Snodgrass and Cory Gearrin pitched an inning each and both earned holds.

The River Cats will now head home for a seven game home stand, beginning with three games against the Fresno Grizzlies. Matt Cain (0-0, No ERA) is scheduled to start for Sacramento on Monday, making his second rehab start and first with the River Cats. Cain is a three time NL All Star (’09, ’11, ’12), and threw the first perfect game in Giants history on June 13, 2012. Pitching for Fresno will be former River Cat Dan Strailey (4-5, 4.65). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Offense Comes to Life in Extra-Inning Win; Sacramento River Cats Collect 15 Hits As They Defeat El Paso Chihuahuas 6-4

EL PASO, Texas – The Sacramento River Cats won an extra-inning contest against the El Paso Chihuahuas Friday night, 6-4. Backed by dominant offensive performances, Sacramento secured their third win against the Chihuahuas this season and first in El Paso.

Sacramento collected 15 hits tonight, with contributions from eight different players. The River Cats had six doubles on the night, one away from tying their season high of seven, set on 4/19 vs. Las Vegas. Darren Ford had an exceptional game, going 3-for-6 with two singles, a double, and two RBIs. Hector Sanchez went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two walks, recording his third multi-hit game this season.

The Chihuahuas jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning after Brett Wallace hit a two-run single. After two scoreless innings, the River Cats tied the game in the fourth. Ronny Cedeno led off the inning with a double, and Darren Ford followed with a double of his own to drive home Cedeno. Ford rounded the bases off Ryan Lollis’ single to even the score.

The River Cats added two more runs in the fifth to grab their first lead of the night. Travis Ishikawa led the inning off with a double and came around to score on a Cedeno groundout. Perez followed suit, scoring on a single by Ford. The River Cats led off three different innings with a double in Friday night’s game.

El Paso cut the lead to one in their half of the fifth inning and tied it in the eighth on a Ramiro Pena sacrifice bunt. With the score locked 4-4, the River Cats struck for two in the 11th. Hector Sanchez’s sacrifice fly scored Kevin Frandsen from third and Cedeno drove in Adam Duvall to stretch the lead to two.

Chris Stratton pitched 5 strong innings in his second appearance with the River Cats, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks with 3 strikeouts. Overall, River Cats pitchers limited the Chihuahuas to six hits. Clay Rapada (1-2) pitched a perfect tenth to pick up his second win of the season. Erik Cordier closed the door in the 11th, recording his third save.

Game three of the series is set for tomorrow at 6:05 p.m. (PT). The River Cats will start Nik Turley (1-2, 10.50) and the Chihuahuas will send Jason Lane (4-4, 4.34) to the mound. Turley pitched just two innings in his last outing while playing the Rainiers. His last start prior to that was against Oklahoma City, where he pitched six innings and allowed just 1 run on 5 hits and 2 walks with 4 strikeouts.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Wild West Showdown Goes To El Paso; Teams Combine for 15 Runs, 26 Hits, and 4 Errors as El Paso Takes Opener 9-6

Photo by Shawn Jonas

EL PASO, Texas – The Sacramento River Cats dropped a wild one to the El Paso Chihuahuas Thursday night at Southwest University Park. The teams combined for 15 runs, 26 hits, and 4 errors in a back-and-forth affair that ultimately went El Paso’s way. Despite the loss, the River Cats offense continued to look good on the road, hitting .275 on the night and scoring six runs.

Both teams jumped out early, scoring a combined seven runs in the first two innings. After Adam Duvall walked in the top of the first inning, Travis Ishikawa crushed his second home run in his last three games. El Paso countered immediately with three runs in the bottom of the first on Tommy Medica’s bases-clearing double.

The River Cats scored again on a two-run home run, this time from Juan Ciriaco. They extended their lead to three with another two-run inning in the sixth, but El Paso came back to tie the game at six with a pair of RBI-singles from Ramiro Pena and Rocky Gale. The Chihuahuas jumped ahead 9-6 in a three-run seventh in which the River Cats committed two errors. El Paso’s 4-5-6 hitters combined to go 7-for-15 and drove in five of their team’s nine runs.

Jake Peavy (0-1, 8.10) threw 83 pitches in the start, the most of his rehab assignment. He tossed 4.1 innings and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits and 1 walk while striking out 8. He is expected to make at least one more rehab start. Braulio Lara made his first relief appearance for the River Cats and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk and recorded just two outs. Snodgrass (1-1, 1.59) took the loss, giving up 3 runs (1 earned) in 2 innings of work.

El Paso’s Robbie Erlin tossed 5 innings, allowing 6 runs (5 earned) on 8 hits. He walked 1 and struck out 6. Jerry Sullivan picked up the win and is now 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA. Marcos Mateo recorded his eighth save of the season.

With two more errors in the loss, the River Cats now have 66 on the season. When the River Cats play clean defense and do not commit an error, they are 16-7 so far in 2015. When they commit two or more errors, however, they are now 5-15.

Sacramento will look to build off their positive offensive display in tomorrow’s game two. RHP Chris Stratton (0-0, 1.42) will make his second Triple-A start and try to follow up on his strong debut last week in Oklahoma City (6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 1 K). Taking the mound for El Paso is their right-hander Zack Segovia (1-2, 5.31).

Tomorrow night’s game is set for 6:05 p.m. and the game will air live online at rivercats.com and on ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations.

Clayton Blackburn Fans Season High Nine in Loss; Sacramento River Cats Seventh Inning Rally Comes Up Short, Sacramento Drops Finale 6-3

All Photos By Shawn Jonas

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Clayton Blackburn was solid for the River Cats Tuesday night, fanning a new season high nine hitters in his third quality start of the season. A seventh-inning rally for Sacramento tied the game at three, but the River Cats couldn’t hold on as they fell 6-3 to the Tacoma Rainiers.

Blackburn started his night by retiring nine of the first 10 batters he faced. He endured one big inning in which he allowed 3 runs on 5 hits, but settled right back into a grove immediately after. Blackburn finished his night pitching 6 innings, allowing 3 earned runs on 8 hits, walking 2 and striking out a season high 9. He threw 109 pitches on the night, 68 of them for strikes.

His 9 strikeouts are the most by any River Cat pitcher this season, passing lefty Braulio Lara. Lara struck out 8 against the Las Vegas 51s at Raley Field on April 15.

Trailing 3-1 in the seventh, the River Cats pulled even with the Rainiers. Carlos Triunfel followed Juan Ciriaco’s leadoff single with an RBI triple to cut the deficit to one. Triunfel scored to tie the game two batters later when Kevin Frandsen grounded into a double play. Triunfel reached base three times on the night, going 3-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and a run.

The Rainiers countered immediately, retaking the lead with two runs in the eighth on an RBI-single from Leon Landry and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Patrick Kivlehan. Kivlehan was 1-for-3 on the night and was responsible for knocking in two of Tacoma’s runs. They added one more in the ninth on a Michael Broadway wild pitch.

Tacoma’s Forrest Snow was also strong on the mound, not allowing a base hit until the third inning. He pitched 5 innings, allowing just 1 earned run on 5 hits while walking 1 and striking out 4. The win went to Danny Farquhar (1-0, 6.75), his first of the season, and Mayckol Guaipe recorded his fourth save. Sacramento’s Erik Cordier (0-1, 2.70) took the loss.

The loss drops Sacramento into a tie with Tacoma for second place in the Northern Division. The Fresno Grizzlies still sit atop the division and possess a 6.5 game lead over both the River Cats and Rainiers.

Following tomorrow’s league-wide off day, the River Cats will head to El Paso for a four-game road trip. The trip will be Sacramento’s second to Southwest University Park this season and they’ll look to exact some revenge for the four-game sweep they suffered at the hands of the Chihuahuas in April. The River Cats will open with right-hander Jake Peavy (0-1, 8.00) on Thursday. Opposing him will be the Chihuahuas’ lefty Robbie Erlin (5-4, 5.49). First pitch Thursday is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations