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Sacramento River Cats Defeat Albuquerque Isotopes 7-2

July 24, 2015 – 9:11pm

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Sacramento River Cats kicked off their last road trip of July Friday night, defeating the Albuquerque Isotopes by the final score of 7-2. Clayton Blackburn outlasted Albuquerque’s starter, Rockies’ top prospect Jon Gray, earning his fifth win of the year thanks to some late fielding mishaps by the Isotopes.

Blackburn (5-3, 3.84) pitched what is arguably the best start of his Triple-A career Friday night. The 22-year-old right-hander allowed just 2 runs on 6 hits, walking 2 and striking out 3 over 7 strong innings of work. The start set a new season high for innings pitched (previously 5.0), and tied a season best for runs and earned runs allowed (2).

Not only was he dominant on the hill, but Blackburn also helped out his own cause with the bat. With one on and two out in the fourth, Albuquerque pitcher Jon Gray intentionally walked Carlos Triunfel to face Blackburn. On a 1-1 pitch, the right-hander delivered by grounding a single into right field to drive in a run.

While many believed he would be activated for San Francisco’s weekend series against the Oakland Athletics, Nori Aoki was in the River Cats lineup Friday to make his third rehab appearance. The left fielder played seven full innings, and went 0-for-4 from the plate.

In the top of the eighth, the River Cats got a great opportunity to steal the momentum as they loaded the bases with just one out for the second time of the night. Sacramento couldn’t convert in their first opportunity, but back-to-back errors from shortstop Christian Adames and a sharp RBI single from Adam Duvall allowed 5 runs to score, giving the River Cats a 7-2 advantage. Duvall went 3-for-5 on the night, driving in 3 runs to give him 70 RBIs (third in PCL) on the season.

Albuquerque’s Gray (4-6, 4.53) was a tough opponent for the River Cats. The right-hander pitched 5 innings, and in that time he allowed just 2 runs on 8 hits, walking 3 and striking out 5. Nelson Gonzalez (3-3, 2.40) took the loss after pitching just 1 inning of relief. Gonzalez allowed 5 runs, but just one of them was earned.

Left-hander Josh Osich pitched a perfect eighth inning for the River Cats. Osich was making his first appearance since returning from his Major League debut. In 9 appearances with the Giants, Osich posted a 1-0 record with a perfect 0.00 ERA.

Sacramento will hit the field again tomorrow night, when they send the hot left-hander Nik Turley (4-4, 4.89) to the mound. Turley is 3-2 in his last five starts with a 2.00 ERA and 25 strikeouts. Opposing him from the Isotopes will be righty Boone Whiting (2-4, 5.40). First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. (PT) and can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Nori Aoki Begins Rehab Assignment With River Cats

July 21, 2015 – 10:56am

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif.San Francisco Giants’ outfielder Nori Aoki is set to join the Sacramento River Cats today, Tuesday, July 21, for his Major League rehab assignment. Aoki is expected to be in the lineup tonight against the El Paso Chihuahuas at Raley Field.

Aoki was placed on the disabled list with a fractured right fibula by San Francisco on June 24 after being hit by a pitch on the foot a few days earlier. After successfully running the bases yesterday, Aoki was cleared by San Francisco’s training and medical staff to begin a rehab assignment.

Sacramento will be Aoki’s only stop during his assignment, and the left-handed hitter is expected to play five innings tonight and seven on Wednesday with a day off on Thursday. He could be activated by the Giants for the start of their homestand against the Oakland Athletics on Friday of this week.

The Giants signed Aoki this past offseason after facing him and his Kansas City Royals in the World Series. Prior to his injury, Aoki was San Francisco’s primary leadoff hitter. His .317 batting average and .383 on base percentage are both tied for the team lead, and his 12 stolen bases are seven more than any other Giants player.

First pitch for tonight’s game at Raley Field against the El Paso Chihuahuas is set for 7:05 p.m. with gates at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are still available for tonight’s game and the rest of the homestand. For more information, please call 916.371.HITS (4487) or visit rivercats.com.

Player Rehab Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Lose Close One To Tacoma Rainiers 6-5

July 18, 2015 10:46pm

Photo by Shawn Jonas

TACOMA, Wash. – Looking to keep a perfect post All-Star Game record, the Sacramento River Cats sent the game to extra innings for the second straight night, but couldn’t get the same decision in a 6-5 10 inning loss. Jarrett Parker hit his 14th home run of the season, but late fielding mishaps put Sacramento in a position they could not overcome.

After putting up 2 runs in the first 3 innings, the River Cats finally faced some danger as Tacoma scored 5 runs in the middle innings to take a 5-2 lead. Sacramento did not sit idly by however, as in the sixth Parker cut the deficit to one with a 2-run homer, his 14th of the year.

In the eighth, trailing by one, the River Cats started off the inning with back-to-back hits to put runners on the corners with no outs. The late rally resulted in just one run, coming off a Kevin Frandsen RBI double, but it was good enough to send the River Cats to their 13th extra inning contest of the season.

In the bottom of the tenth, with the game tied, the glove became the River Cats biggest enemies as back-to-back errors put two on with no outs. With one gone, a sacrifice fly drove in the winning run to hand the River Cats their 6th extra-inning loss of the season.

Tommy Hanson got the start Saturday and once again did not have his best stuff. He lasted just 5 innings and allowed 5 runs on 7 hits, walking 1 and striking out 3. The start was the first time since joining the River Cats on July 7 that Hanson made it into the fifth inning.

Former runner up for the American League Cy Young award, Chien-Ming Wang got the start for Tacoma. Wang took a no decision after pitching 7+ innings and allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 11 hits with no walks and 1 strikeout.

Three-time World Series Champion Jeremy Affeldt made his second rehab appearance on Saturday for the River Cats. Affeldt again looked good as he allowed just one base runner (via error) in 2 scoreless innings. Cody Hall took the loss after allowing the unearned run in the 10th.

Sacramento will go for the series victory tomorrow as they send 22-year-old left-hander Clayton Blackburn (3-3, 4.07) to the mound. The young righty is coming off of his first winning start since rejoining the starting staff after a stint in the bullpen due to the rehab assignments of Matt Cain and Jake Peavy. Opposing him for the Rainiers will be lefty James Gilheeney (1-0, 3.38). First pitch of the series finale is set for 1:35 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall to Albuquerque Isotopes 9-6

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Sacramento River Cats came out swinging in game two with the Albuquerque Isotopes Saturday night at Isotopes Park. Sacramento jumped ahead early, scoring five times in the first two innings, but couldn’t make the lead stick as Albuquerque took advantage of three River Cats’ errors to take the contest 9-6.

Sacramento started the scoring right away, going up 1-0 in the top of the first. With Everth Cabrera on third, Adam Duvall drove a deep fly ball to center, bringing Cabrera home on the sacrifice. The RBI was Duvall’s 71st of the season and fourth of the series. With 71 RBIs, Duvall now moves into a tie for second most in the PCL.

The River Cats continued to add to their early runs, scoring four times in the second. Two of the runs came on a mammoth home run to right field off the bat of Jarrett Parker. The homer was his 15th of the year and gives him 47 RBIs. Sacramento continued to pile on, adding two more runs when starting pitcher Nik Turley lined a single into right-center. The base hit brought home Kevin Frandsen and Brandon Hicks to put the River Cats up 4-3 after two.

Turley couldn’t keep the Isotopes from mounting a comeback, though, as the left-hander surrendered nine runs (five earned) on 11 hits in just four innings of work. The 11 hits are the most the southpaw has allowed in a start this season, and the most since his first start when he allowed eight at home against the Las Vegas 51s.

He didn’t get much support from his defense, as the River Cats committed three errors for the 12th time this season. Those three errors turned into four unearned runs for the Isotopes, who would eventually win the game by three.

Albuquerque’s Tim Smalling was 2-for-4 for the Isotopes, with his fifth home run of the season. Of those five homers, three of them have come against Sacramento pitchers.

San Francisco Giants outfielder Nori Aoki had the best game of his rehab assignment with Sacramento, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk and a run. One of his hits was a solid single to center field and the other was a slow roller to first that the speedy outfielder beat out for a base hit.

Sacramento will get at it again tomorrow night as they send left-hander Ty Blach (8-8, 4.17) to the bump. Blach’s eight wins are second most in the PCL and his 1.39 BB/IP ratio is the best in the PCL. Opposing him will be the veteran left-hander John Lannan (6-4, 4.70). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT) and the game will air live online at rivercats.com and on air on ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Rough Day at The Office for Sacramento River Cats

Photo by Shawn Jonas

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – While 7,000-plus took the day off from their office jobs, the Sacramento River Cats found themselves having one of those days as they dropped their matinee contest with the Chihuahuas 15-2 Wednesday afternoon. Right-hander Chris Stratton struggled out of the gate and the Sacramento bullpen was unable to back up their starter as El Paso piled on the hits.

Stratton (0-3, 3.25) struggled early, unable to locate with most of his pitches. The right-hander left a lot of pitches up, and in 4.1 innings of work surrendered 6 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks while striking out 2. The 4.1 inning outing was his second shortest of the season and the 6 runs are a season-high.

Sacramento’s lefty Steven Okert (2-3, 4.69) inherited Stratton’s tight spot with two runners on and one out and was unable to stop the bleeding, issuing three consecutive walks. Okert’s appearance was brief as he was unable to get the second out, allowing 4 runs on 2 hits to give the Chihuahuas a commanding 10-1 lead.

El Paso added five more in the last three innings, scoring off both Cody Hall and Curtis Partch, eventually going up 15-2 in the eighth inning. Outfielder Alex Dickerson led the way for the Chihuahuas, going 5-for-5 with a double, a walk, and 3 RBIs. Overall, the Chihuahuas collected 17 hits, 15 runs, and 8 walks – all season highs for Sacramento pitching.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom for Sacramento, though. River Cats outfielder Juan Perez went 1-for-3 with a triple, his second of the season, and drove in a run. Adam Duvall also picked up an RBI in the contest, his 67th, moving him into fourth in the PCL.

Hard-throwing righty Mike Broadway pitched a perfect ninth inning for the River Cats, lowering his already impressive ERA even further. Broadway has an even 1.00 ERA in 36.0 innings pitched and has compiled a 48:8 K:BB ratio in that time.

San Francisco’s Nori Aoki made what is expected to be his final rehab start with the River Cats, playing seven innings in left field while going 0-for-3 at the plate. The left-handed hitter hit the ball hard in all three at bats, but came up empty in the hit column.

“I’m ready to get back,” he said after the game. “I’m ready for San Francisco and my leg feels as good as it could. I’m excited to play with the Giants again.”

Aoki is expected to join the Giants this Friday for their series against the visiting Oakland A’s.

Before that, the River Cats will close out their four-game series against El Paso tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m at Raley Field. Right-handed pitcher Tommy Hanson (0-2, 7.11) will take the mound against the Chihuahuas’ Daniel McCutchen (4-5, 4.52). The River Cats have faced McCutchen twice this season, and are hitting .265 with 5 runs against him in 8.1 innings.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Aoki Makes River Cats Debut, Sacramento River Cats Fall to El Paso Chihuahuas 6-3

Photo by Shawn Jonas

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif.Mac Williamson hit the Sacramento River Cats’ third inside-the-park home run and San Francisco outfielder Nori Aoki made his River Cats debut on a perfect night at Raley Field. Despite taking a lead in the middle innings, Sacramento was unable to hold on as they dropped game two 6-3 to the El Paso Chihuahuas.

Williamson put the River Cats ahead in the fourth on his second home run and first inside the parker. With Adam Duvall on first, the powerful right-hander crushed one to straight away center that hit high off the wall.

“I thought he was going to catch it, off the bat, just because I hit it too high,” Williamson said. “But I was running hard because I know the wind here can do funny things.”

The ball ricocheted away from El Paso’s center fielder as Williamson chased Duvall around the bases, but even as the 6’4″, 240 outfielder rounded second, he still didn’t think he was going to score. “I looked out and didn’t see him too far from the ball so I thought I’d stop at third. But Maz (Coach Mariano) was waving more emphatically as I came to third so I figured I had a chance.”

The throw came in high and Williamson slid in safe under the tag, giving the River Cats a 2-0 lead. Williamson joins fellow outfielders Jarrett Parker (4/26 vs. Tacoma) and Darren Ford (5/16 at Albuquerque) as the only River Cats players to hit an inside-the-park home run this season.

Also joining the River Cats tonight was San Francisco Giants outfielder Nori Aoki. The left-handed hitter played five innings in left field in the first of his rehab starts with Sacramento, playing in his first game since June 21. After being hit by a pitch on the ankle, Aoki was placed on the disabled list with a broken right fibula on June 26.

“It’s been a month since I played,” Aoki said through his translator after his five innings. “So it was good to gauge where my leg and ankle are at.” The outfielder was all smiles as he told reporters, “I felt good, it feels ready.”

The outfielder was 1-for-3 in his first start, with his hit an infield single to the hole on the right side.

The River Cats and Chihuahuas will resume things early tomorrow behind right-hander Chris Stratton (0-2, 2.42). Stratton is still looking for his first win, despite pitching eight innings in three of his last four starts and allowing just four runs in those three starts. For El Paso, it will be righty Chris Smith (1-5, 4.06). First pitch is set for 12:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Big Third Inning Gives Sacramento River Cats Just Enough in 5-4 Win

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif.Nik Turley tossed six no-hit innings, striking out a season-high tying eight batters as the Sacramento River Cats took game one of their series against the visiting El Paso Chihuahuas. The River Cats jumped out to a 5-0 lead, which proved to be just enough as they held on to beat the Chihuahuas 5-4.

Turley came out dealing, striking out a season-high tying eight batters in just three innings of work. The lefty had excellent command of his fastball tonight, painting the corners with 93 and keeping the Chihuahuas off balance with his changeup. He retired the first 16 batters he faced before issuing a one-out walk to El Paso’s Mike McCoy in the top of the sixth. Turley concluded his night throwing 6 no-hit innings with 2 walks and 8 strikeouts on 99 pitches (66 strikes).


In his last four home starts, Turley has allowed just 5 runs (3 earned) in 24.1 innings, good for a 1.10 ERA. He has struck out 26 and walked 6 during that time while only allowing 13 hits. This marks the third shutout start for the lefty this season (10 starts). Overall, Turley is now 4-4 with a 4.89 ERA for the season.

The River Cats struck first with four runs in the bottom of the third. With the bases loaded, Kelby Tomlinson poked a seeing-eye single just past the reach of El Paso’s diving middle infielders, scoring two. Adam Duvall followed with a sacrifice fly and Jarrett Parker capped the inning with an RBI-single.

Sacramento picked up their fifth run in the fifth inning. With one out, Juan Perez hit a hard groundball just inside the first base bag that slowly rolled into shallow right field, allowing Perez to take second on the play. Chihuahuas’ manager Jamie Quirk came out to argue that the ball was fair, ultimately getting ejected by first base umpire Alex Ortiz. Two batters later Perez scored what proved to be the deciding run on Parker’s sacrifice fly.

The River Cats took their 5-0 lead into the eighth, but the Chihuahuas staged a late-game rally, scoring four times off Sacramento relievers Steven Okert and Erik Cordier. Two hits plus a River Cats error and wild pitch loaded the bases for El Paso before a sacrifice fly, RBI-single, and two-run double made it a 5-4 game. All four of El Paso’s runs in the inning were unearned.

Sacramento will send lefty Ty Blach (8-8, 4.23) to the mound for tomorrow night’s contest. The southpaw is currently second in the PCL in innings pitched, with 110.2, trailing only Nahville’s Barry Zito (116 IP). Opposite Blach will be El Paso’s left-hander Jason Lane (7-6, 5.28). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Take One From Tacoma Rainiers 7-6

All photos by Shawn Jonas

TACOMA, Wash. – The Sacramento River Cats locked down a victory in the first series back from the All-Star Break with a 7-6 win over the Tacoma Rainiers Sunday afternoon. Despite a season-high four errors, Sacramento was successful due in large part to a red hot Adam Duvall and his recent home run tear.


Duvall continues to pile on home runs to his league-leading total, which has now reached 23. In his first at bat, Duvall launched one off Rainier’s starter James Gillheeney, bringing Lollis home with him for an early 2-0 lead. He added another in the fifth inning with a solo blast to tie the game after a big fourth inning from Tacoma. Duvall finished his day going 2-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI.


Sandwiched between Duvall’s homers, Kelby Tomlinson knocked one out in the third inning for his second Triple-A home run. Ryan Lollis’ sixth-inning RBI-single gave Sacramento their first run of the day that did not come via the long ball. A wild pitch allowed Carlos Triunfel to add another run for a two-run lead over Tacoma.

In the eighth inning, Darren Ford stole both second and third base after drawing a walk, setting the scene for Triunfel’s sacrifice fly to send him home. Ford now has a team-leading 21 stolen bases on the year. Tacoma cut the deficit to just one run in their half of the eighth, but Sacramento hung on for the win.

Errors plagued the River Cats once again with a season-high of four in today’s game. Two of the errors came from Triunfel in back-to-back plays. River Cats pitchers did well to pitch around the miscues, however, as only one unearned run ran across. The River Cats are now 8-20 overall in games where two or more errors are committed.

Clayton Blackburn (4-3, 4.25) was hit around a bit today, allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 11 hits while walking none and striking out 2 in 6 innings of work. Curtis Partch and Mike Broadway pitched in relief and fared better on the mound than Blackburn. They allowed just one run while striking out four. Blackburn still picked up a win, while Broadway recorded his eighth save of the season.

The River Cats return home to Raley Field to start a four-game set with the El Paso Chihuahuas tomorrow. Sacramento’s starting pitcher will be lefty Nik Turley (3-4, 5.56), while El Paso will send out Bryan Rodriguez (0-0, 0.00) for his first career Triple-A game. Turley took a no decision in his last start, giving up 3 runs (1 earned) in 6 innings at home against the Fresno Grizzlies. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Lose To Rival Fresno Grizzlies 3-5

All photos by Shawn Jonas

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA. – The Sacramento River Cats closed out the first half of the season this afternoon with a 5-3 loss to the rival Fresno Grizzlies at Raley Field. Adam Duvall ended his first half on a high note as he prepares to head to the 2015 Triple-A All-Star Game in Omaha this week.


Duvall followed up on his record-tying three-homer night with a solid 2-for-4 afternoon. The first baseman hit his 21st double of the season, which is tops on the River Cats and tied for 13th in the PCL. Overall, Duvall has 43 extra-base hits, third most in the league.


The 2015 All-Star closed out the first half hitting .467 (7-for-15) in his last four games with 4 home runs and 7 RBIs. Since the start of July, Duvall is hitting .353 (18-for-51) with 4 homers, 4 doubles, 11 RBIs, and 10 runs scored.


Kelby Tomlinson, Kevin Frandsen, and Guillermo Quiroz each drove in a run for the River Cats. Frandsen is also taking a hot streak into the break. The infielder is hitting .500 (6-for-12) with a double, triple, and 5 RBIs in his last five games.

On the opposite side of the ball, River Cats’ starter Tommy Hanson never quite had it Sunday afternoon. The right-hander lasted just 3.2 innings while throwing 103 pitches (59 strikes). He did keep the River Cats in the game, though, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks while striking out 6.

Cody Hall, Mike Broadway, and Erik Cordier combined for 5.1 innings of relief out of the River Cats’ bullpen. The trio, who have an average fastball velocity of 96 mph, allowed 2 runs (1 earned) while scattering 5 hits and 4 walks with 6 strikeouts. Broadway lowered his already excellent ERA to 1.10 and struck out 3, increasing his K:BB ratio to an impressive 43:8 in 32.2 innings.


The River Cats are off until Thursday, July 16, when they’ll head north to take on the Tacoma Rainiers. The River Cats are 4-4 against Tacoma this season and will face the Rainiers for the first time this season at Cheney Stadium in the Evergreen State. First pitch Thursday is set for 7:05 p.m.

Before then, the Triple-A All Star Break kicks off tomorrow, Monday, July 13 with the Home Run Derby. An off-day on Tuesday will be followed by Wednesday’s All-Star Game. The derby starts at 5:35 p.m. (PT) and the All-Star Game gets underway Wednesday at 5:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall to Fresno Grizzlies 7-3

All photos by Shawn Jonas

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA. – It was all Adam Duvall for the Sacramento River Cats Saturday night at Raley Field. The 2015 All-Star was 3-for-4 with three home runs in his first three at bats. It was the first three-homer game of Duvall’s professional career and the first such game for the River Cats this season.


“I felt like I was picking it up early tonight, so when I got one I wanted to hit I was able to get the barrel on it,” Duvall said after the game. “I’ve been working lately on getting my hips square to the plate so I can drive the ball, pull the bat through the zone instead of whipping it.”

The corner infielder entered the night tied for first in the PCL with 17 home runs before launching his second inning shot to left field on a 1-2 pitch. His second home run was a mammoth shot to left, landing halfway back atop the River Cats clubhouse. His third homer led off the seventh inning, just clearing the left field wall.


“I had to kind of take a step back to move forward,” explained Duvall, whose batting average had dropped rapidly in June before slowly climbing in recent weeks. “I was landing open a lot and I think I overcompensated recently, and was landing super closed. But tonight it felt right, like I was getting back to square.”

The All-Star is now hitting .267 with 20 home runs and 60 RBIs this season.


Duvall is the first River Cats hitter to homer three times in a game this season and tied the franchise-high for a single game. The feat was last achieved almost exactly a year ago by outfielder Shane Peterson, who hit three home runs in a 10-7 River Cats win on July 17, 2014.

The River Cats were unable to get much else going, getting only two other hits to go with Duvall’s homers. Jarrett Parker doubled over the head of the centerfielder and Trevor Brown singled in the fifth as the River Cats dropped their second straight to the Fresno Grizzlies, 7-3. River Cats pitchers walked a season-high eight and allowed the Grizzlies to steal eight bases. The eight stolen bases allowed are a franchise-high for Sacramento.

The two teams will meet one more time at Raley Field in tomorrow afternoon’s finale. Tommy Hanson (0-1, 4.50) will make his first home start for Sacramento as he takes on Fresno’s righty Mike Hauschild (2-2, 4.05). First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. and gates will open at 11:00 a.m. for Fin Fest.