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Sacramento River Cats Stung By Salt Lake Despite Suarez’s Brilliance

Williamson’s homer the lone run in River Cats 3-1 loss

West Sacramento, CA Andrew Suarez gave the Sacramento River Cats (50-69) 8.1 phenomenal innings Saturday night, but it was not enough as the Salt Lake Bees (60-60) hit a three-run home run after his departure to steal the game away, 3-1.

Suarez threw a career-high 8.1 innings tonight, striking out eight Salt Lake hitters, four of which were looking. After allowing a single and a double in the ninth, the left-hander was relieved by right-hander Tyler Rogers. Rogers was able to retire the first hitter he faced and came within one strike of ending the game before Bees’ right fielder Shane Robinson shocked the 13,000-plus at Raley Field with his go-ahead three-run homer.

Mac Williamson went deep in the seventh inning for what seemed to be the winning run, putting the River Cats up 1-0. The Sacramento offense was silent other than that, managing just six hits while going 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. With tonight’s loss, Sacramento ended their four-game winning streak against Salt Lake and five-game home winning streak.

Sacramento will send left-hander Matt Gage (0-6, 7.30) to the hill tomorrow to face Salt Lake’s right-hander Daniel Wright (6-7, 7.13). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Slade Heathcott Drives In Two In Raley Field Debut, Lifts Sacramento River Cats To Victory

Sacramento completes comeback to beat Salt Lake Bees 5-3

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (50-68) found themselves trailing the Salt Lake Bees (59-60) late Friday night at Raley Field, but rallied in the seventh inning for the come-from-behind, 5-3 victory.

In his Raley Field debut, centerfielder Slade Heathcott went 1-for-3 with a walk and two crucial RBIs. With the game tied at three in the seventh, Heathcott muscled a base hit up the middle, scoring two and putting Sacramento up 5-3. He was joined in the inning by Trevor Brown, whose RBI-single tied the game one batter earlier.

Steven Okert, who pitched in each of the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings, got the win, his third of the year. Tyler Rogers took over for Okert with one out in the ninth and recorded his eighth save of the season.

Game two of this four-game homestand features Sacramento’s #11 prospect Andrew Suarez against Salt Lake’s Andrew Heaney (on rehab from Los Angeles Angeles). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Win A Wild One Thanks To Offensive Explosion

Calixte, Moncrief lead Sacramento to season-high 21 hits

Salt Lake City, UT – The Sacramento River Cats (38-55) won their third straight in a wild one on Sunday afternoon. An offensive explosion helped them go on to defeat the Salt Lake Bees (50-44) by a score of 14-11.

The River Cats allowed the first run for the first time in the series, but the game would be back and forth all day on what was a very warm Sunday afternoon in Salt Lake City. Jose Flores got the start for Sacramento, but was only able to get through four innings before giving way to the bullpen.

The offense battled through the first few innings to keep the game close before catching fire late. The early story was the home runs by Carlos Moncrief and Orlando Calixte, two-out RBI from both Jarrett Parker and Wynton Bernard, and all nine starters recording at least one hit.

However, neither bullpen could contain the red hot bats in this one, as there were a combined 15 runs scored from the 6thinning on. The River Cats had the last laugh though when Calixte hit his second home run of the day to break an 11-11 tie in the 9th inning. As a team, Sacramento churned out a season-high 21 hits on the day and worked five walks on the way to their 14-run outburst. Derek Law came in in the ninth to end the madness and earn his fifth save of the season.

The River Cats will fly home this evening following the game, and will welcome in the El Paso Chihuahuas tomorrow night. In the series opener, it will be left-hander Andrew Suarez (3-2, 4.20) to take the ball for Sacramento. El Paso will counter with right-hander Bryan Rodriguez (2-7, 5.63). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live on the air on ESPN 1320 and online at rivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall to Salt Lake Bees 5-2

Five run deficit too much for Sacramento, but new River Cats shine

SALT LAKE CITY, UTSacramento River Cats baseball kicked off the 2016 season in Salt Lake against the Bees at Smith’s Ballpark Thursday night. 2015 Pacific Coast League innings-pitched leader Ty Blach got the nod for the season opener, but an early deficit was too much for the offense to come back from as the River Cats fell to the Bees 5-2.

Sacramento fell behind early as Salt Lake jumped out to a 5-0 lead through five innings. Blach (0-1, 7.94) struggled with his command in his first start of 2016, walking three batters and giving up five runs – all earned – on seven hits in five and a third innings of work. In total, he threw 47 of his 82 pitches for strikes. In 2015, Blach averaged 66% strikes over the course of the season and didn’t walk a batter until his fifth start (26 and two thirds innings pitched).

On the other side of the ball, the River Cats offense struggled to get anything going against Bees starter Nate Smith (1-0, 1.59), who struck out five and allowed just two hits in five innings. Sacramento eventually got to Smith in the sixth, scoring two runs on a Conor Gillaspie single and another on a Salt Lake error, but were unable to extend the inning around a double play and a lineout. The Bees committed two errors on the night, but managed to limit the damage to just the two runs (one earned).

Those runs would be the last of the game, as both bullpens allowed just three total hits in five and two thirds combined innings. Vin Mazzaro and Philip McCormick were excellent in their River Cats debuts, posting two and a third scoreless innings. Also shining in their first game with Sacramento were second baseman Ramiro Pena (1-for-3, 2B), Gillaspie (1-for-4, RBI), and Hak-Ju Lee, who recorded five putouts at shortstop and scored a run.

The River Cats will return home to Raley Field on Friday, April 15, when they host the Salt Lake Bees. The two teams will face each other 12 times in their first 24 games this season, including the next three nights. Sacramento will take the field behind 2015 PCL ERA champ Clayton Blackburn (0-0, No ERA). Opposite Blackburn will be the Bees right-hander Yunesky Maya (0-0, No ERA). First pitch is set for 5:35 p.m. and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Unveil Schedule for 2016 Season

Home Opener Set for April 15, Features 25 Fireworks Shows

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – While the 2015 season is still going strong, the Sacramento River Cats and Minor League Baseball are already turning an eye toward 2016. As the first step in preparing for next year, the River Cats are excited to unveil their 2016 home schedule.

The River Cats start the season on the road April 7 – 14 before returning to Raley Field for the home opener on Friday, April 15 as the team hosts the Salt Lake Bees (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) for a four-game series).

The River Cats will play on multiple holidays again next season, including Mother’s Day (5/8), Memorial Day (5/30), Father’s Day (6/19), the third of July, and Labor Day (9/5).

The schedule boasts 35 weekend dates – the most since the 2011 season. Every Friday and Saturday night will feature fireworks, including three shows in a row the Friday – Sunday of Independence Day Weekend.

Sacramento’s 2016 schedule features a 12-game homestand from Monday, June 13 through Friday, June 24. During that time, the River Cats will host the Fresno Grizzles, El Paso Chihuahuas, and Tacoma Rainiers.

While game times have not yet been announced, next season’s schedule will include 13 home day games and one scheduled home double-header. The double-header is set for Sunday, July 24 against El Paso.

The 2016 All-Star break will again take place in the second full week of July from Monday, July 11 – 13 in Charlotte, North Carolina at BB&T Ballpark, home of the Charlotte Knights. The final game of the regular season will be Monday, September 5th at home against the Grizzlies.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Defeat Fresno Grizzlies 9-3; Blackburn Wins Fifth Straight

FRESNO, Calif. – It was all Sacramento River Cats in Sunday night’s 9-3 win, as they scored nine unanswered runs in the first seven innings. RBIs from six different players and another masterful performance from Clayton Blackburn highlighted the victory, avoiding a series sweep in the process.

The River Cats came out ready to battle the Grizzlies and avoid a series sweep. Darren Ford led off the game with his ninth home run to immediately put Sacramento on the board. He finished his night 3-for-5 with a single, a double, a home run, and two RBIs.

Ford, Ryan Lollis, and Juan Perez contributed Sacramento’s three home runs in tonight’s win. They were one homer short of tying their season-high of four home runs in a game. The 2015 record came from the River Cats’ 15-6 win over Salt Lake City where they blasted four home runs, two of which were from Perez.

Trevor Brown led off both the second and sixth innings with doubles, one of which was an RBI-double. Tonight’s game saw six doubles from five different players, which was just one shy of the River Cats’ season-high for doubles. Six players contributed to seven doubles in the April 19th game against Salt Lake.

One triple away from recording the second cycle in River Cats history, Lollis’ 3-RBI night was key for Sacramento. He finished his night 3-for-4 with a single, a double, and a home run. Tonight marked Lollis’ second 3-RBI game and his fifth multi-RBI game this season.
Blackburn had a rough first inning, walking two consecutive batters and loading the bases. He managed to pitch himself out of the jam, and proceeded to retire nine batters in a row, including four strikeouts. Blackburn finished his evening allowing just two hits while walking four and striking out five in 5.1 innings of shutout baseball. He was replaced by Steven Okert, who picked up where Blackburn left off, striking out two and retiring all five of the batters he faced during his 1.2 shutout innings.

Curtis Partch struggled during his outing, allowing all three of Fresno’s runs on five hits, but Mike Broadway’s two strikeouts in the ninth solidified the River Cats’ win. Blackburn picked up his eighth win and lowered his ERA to 3.30 in tonight’s victory.

After a scheduled day off Monday, the River Cats will resume their 14-day road trip in Tacoma. Sacramento leads the season series 7-4 and won their last four-game set 3-1, which was also held at Cheney Stadium. LHP Nik Turley (5-6, 4.86) will be on the mound for the River Cats. Turley has been inconsistent, allowing 5+ runs in 5 starts, but also allowing 2 or fewer runs 7 times. His last outing against Tacoma came at Raley Field on June 7th when he allowed 7 runs on 6 hits in just 2.0 innings. The Rainiers’ starting pitcher is to be announced. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats vs. Salt Lake Bees; Blackburn Wins Fourth Straight as River Cats Secure 6-3 Victory

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Sacramento River Cats won their third consecutive game over the Salt Lake Bees 6-3 Tuesday night and took the season series 12-4. The hot-hitting Jarrett Parker’s two-RBI night and the performance of the bullpen highlighted the series victory.

With the exception of Brandon Hicks, every River Cat in tonight’s game recorded a hit. Both Ryan Lollis and Jarrett Parker had multi-hit and multi-RBI games. They are the active team leaders in multi-hit games with 24 and 26, respectively.

The Bees got on the board first for the first time this series, but the River Cats didn’t stay down for long, exploding for five runs over the fourth and fifth innings to take the lead. Kevin Frandsen continued his hit-streak with a single in the fourth to give him ten consecutive games with a hit, starting 7/27 against Albuquerque. The team-high hit-streak is currently a tie between Juan Perez and Adam Duvall, each with 11 games.

The River Cats kept the momentum going in the fifth inning, with Darren Ford singling and subsequently stealing second base. Ford now has 25 stolen bases on the season, putting him in 4th place in the Pacific Coast League. Parker later doubled on a line drive to bring home Ryan Lollis and Mac Williamson and give the River Cats a four-run lead over the Bees. Parker finished his night 2-for-4 with a single, a double, a walk, and two RBI. Tonight marked his 13th multi-RBI game of the season, bringing him to a .278 batting average and 53 total RBI.

Lollis had two doubles on Tuesday night, hitting one in both the fifth and ninth innings. He went 2-for-4 with the two doubles, a walk, and two RBI. Lollis now has 24 multi-hit games and 4 multi-RBI games, good for a .341 batting average and 25 RBI on the season.

Clayton Blackburn was battling early on, walking three through the first three innings. He was able to pitch himself out of the jams in the first two innings and he managed to keep the River Cats on track to win despite Salt Lake threatening on a few occasions. Blackburn pitched 5 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits while walking a season-high 4 and striking out 7 on the way to his seventh win of the season. Other than a rare hiccup from Mike Broadway, the bullpen was consistent once again, combining for 4 innings of work and allowing 1 run on 6 hits while walking 1 and striking out 2.

The River Cats will continue their road trip tomorrow in Fresno, kicking off a five-game set against the Grizzlies. This is the last time the two rivals will meet this season. Sacramento will send out lefty Nik Turley (5-5, 4.90). Turley is coming off his best performance of the year, where he allowed just one run over a season-high seven innings while striking out a season-high eight against the Las Vegas 51s. Fresno batters are hitting just .171 against Turley. The Grizzlies will counter with Asher Wojciechowski (6-2, 5.42).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

River Cats Rally Late, Frandsen Hits Go Ahead Double; Sacramento Beat Salt Lake Bees 4-1

Photo by Shawn Jonas

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Sacramento River Cats broke a 1-1 tie with a big three-run ninth inning and took the win 4-1 over the Salt Lake Bees. Sacramento scrapped and clawed to load the bases before Kevin Frandsen came through with a bases-clearing double to score the game’s winning runs.

Before that, the River Cats scored first for the third straight game in the series, grabbing a 1-0 lead in the third inning on a Juan Perez single. Overall, Perez was 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Coming into tonight’s contest, Perez had been on a tear, hitting .438 (14-for-32) with three home runs, seven RBI, and seven runs scored in his last ten games.

Salt Lake tied up the game in the fourth inning on Roger Kieshnick’s RBI-single. The score remain locked at one apiece until the River Cats finally managed to break through in the ninth.

The River Cats worked their way to a bases loaded, no outs situation. Ryan Lollis drew a walk from Salt Lake’s reliever Mike Morin before Juan Perez reached on Morin’s throwing error. Morin then hit Mac Williamson with a pitch to put three men on. After Jarrett Parker went down looking, Frandsen crushed a ball to deep center field, nearly driving it out of the park. The ball bounced off the wall and scored all three baserunners, putting Sacramento ahead 4-1 for good.

Tommy Hanson had a short outing tonight, lasting just four innings, but kept the game close. He allowed 1 run on 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 2. The Bees made Hanson work for it in the fourth inning, as he threw 33 pitches in the frame. He exited after four with the score tied 1-1.

The bullpen picked up where Hanson left off, and combined for 5 strong innings, allowing no runs on 2 hits while walking 2 and striking out 5. Steven Okert threw 1.2 innings and picked up his fourth win while Josh Osich recorded his second save of the season with a perfect bottom of the ninth.

Elsewhere in the organization, Kelby Tomlinson had his major league debut tonight as a pinch hitter for the San Francisco Giants in their game against the Atlanta Braves. Tomlinson was in the River Cats’ lineup Sunday night before getting called up today. After blowing a 6-0 lead, the Giants found themselves tied at seven in the 12th inning. Tomlinson pinch-hit in for Yusmeiro Petit and recorded his first MLB base hit with a line drive single to center field. He ultimately scored on a Buster Posey RBI-single, but the Giants were unable to hold onto the lead, losing 8-7 in 12.

Sacramento will send Clayton Blackburn (6-3, 3.50) to the mound for the tomorrow’s series finale. Blackburn has won his last three starts and gone at least six innings with two earned runs or less in each. Salt Lake City’s starting pitcher is TBD. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. (PT).

Sacramento River Cats Defeat Salt Lake Bees; Perez Leads River Cats in Romp Over Bees with a 15-6 Victory

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Sacramento River Cats brought their bats to the ballpark on Sunday, piling on the runs in a 15-6 victory over the Salt Lake Bees. Juan Perez led the way with a pair of homers, as every River Cat recorded a hit and scored a run in route to the big road win.

After homering in the first inning of last night’s ballgame, Perez doubled off his efforts on Sunday as he recorded his second multi home run game this season. He launched a solo home run to left-center to lead off the third inning, and then a 3-run homer down the line in left in the top of the seventh. Perez finished the day 2-for-5 with 2 home runs and 4 RBIs.

The big inning was key for Sacramento, as twice they put up at least five in one frame. Behind solo home runs by Perez and Jarrett Parker in the third, the River Cats pulled out to an 8-3 lead. In the seventh, a 6-run inning highlighted by a 3-run double from Brandon Hicks and the 3-run shot from Perez gave Sacramento an insurmountable 15-6 advantage.

Hicks finished the game Sunday 2-for-4 with 5 RBIs. Along with his bases clearing double in the seventh, Hicks also drove in two with a single in the third. He was one of three River Cats to record a multi RBI game. Kelby Tomlinson recorded just one hit from the leadoff spot, but drove in 3 runs. Every starter for the River Cats scored a run and recorded at least one hit in the win, with four players having multi-hit games (Perez, Parker, Hicks, and Kevin Frandsen).

Sacramento’s offensive outburst was good enough to tie their season high for runs in a game. The last time the River Cats put up 15 runs in a game came back on April 19, in a game that also took place against the Bees in Salt Lake City. In 6 games at Smith’s Ballpark in 2015, the River Cats are averaging more than 8 runs a game.

Salt Lake did not go down easy, capitalizing on two big innings of their own. After Sacramento put up three in the second, the Bees immediately countered in the bottom half to tie the game. In the next frame when the River Cats pulled ahead by five, Salt Lake put up another 3 runs in the bottom half to trim the deficit. The Bees finished the day with 13 hits, just two less than the River Cats (15).

Pitching was nothing to brag about Sunday. Chris Stratton (2-3, 3.56) started for Sacramento, and allowed 6 runs on 11 hits, walking 2 and striking out 6 over 6 innings of work. Stratton won for the second straight time after starting the season with six no decisions. LHP Adam Wilk (4-8, 5.68) lasted just 2.1 innings for Salt Lake, allowing 8 runs (5 earned) on 9 hits, walking 1 and striking out 1. Mike Broadway pitched a scoreless ninth for the River Cats, lowering his ERA to an impressive 0.92.

Game three of this four game set will take place tomorrow night, as Sacramento sends veteran right-hander Tommy Hanson (0-4, 8.44) to the mound. Hanson is still in search of his first victory in a River Cats uniform since joining the club on July 5. For the Bees, top-ten prospect RHP Nick Tropeano (3-4, 4.43) will get the starting nod. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. (PT) and can be heard live on rivercats.com and ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall to Salt Lake Bees 6-4

Photo by Shawn Jonas

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Sacramento River Cats got their season long 14-day road trip underway with a 6-4 loss in Salt Lake against the Bees. Jarrett Parker continued to swing the hot bat and place himself in scoring position, but an attack in the middle innings from Salt Lake, playing Friday’s game as former PCL team the Salt Lake Gulls, proved to be too much for Sacramento to overcome.

Trailing by two in the fifth, Salt Lake struck for two singles, a double, a home run, a walk, and a sacrifice to blow the game wide open. The big hit came with two outs, after two runs had already crossed home to tie the score, Alfredo Marte hit a 3-run homer to left to give the Bees a 6-3 lead.

Coming off a 2-for-4 night with a homer and 3 RBIs Friday, Parker continued to swing a hot bat as he went 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and a run scored. In his last seven games, Parker has hit safely in six of them. The River Cats combined for 9 hits on the night, but went just 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

Left-hander Ty Blach (9-9, 4.27) started out the night looking strong up until the fifth inning rally. He finished the night allowing 6 runs on 9 hits, walking 2 and striking out 3. The 6 runs are the most Blach has allowed in his last six starts. During that time, Blach held a record of 4-1, with an ERA of 4.00.

Blach had started the night with a lead before ever stepping on the mound. With two out in the top of the first, designated hitter Juan Perez narrowly got over the left field wall for his fourth home run of the year. However, the lead did not last long as the Bees muscled together three singles in the second to even the score. Sacramento led twice in the game, but each time the lead lasted no more than one inning.

Right-hander Alex Sanabia (2-10, 7.32) got the starting nod for Salt Lake, and even with the first inning run, was able to pick up his second win of the year. Sanabia went 6 innings, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits, surrendering 1 walk while striking out 5.

Salt Lake payed homage to former Pacific Coast League team the Salt Lake Gulls on Saturday with a “Turn Back the Clock Night”. The Bees changed their names to the ‘Gulls’ for the night and donned bright orange and green throwback uniforms.
Sacramento will send former first round pick RHP Chris Stratton (1-3, 3.02) to the mound tomorrow night for the second game of this four game series. Stratton is coming off a win his last time out, the first win he has received in his Triple-A career. Salt Lake has yet to announce a starting pitcher for Sunday. Game time is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. (PT) and can be heard live on rivercats.com as well as ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations