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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 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

Webb’s Sacramento River Cats Debut Spoiled By Late Sounds Comeback

Rocklin native tosses seven one-run innings with seven strikeouts

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (64-56) welcomed another local product on Monday night, as Rocklin-native Logan Webb impressed with seven innings of one-run ball in his Triple-A debut against the Nashville Sounds (52-66). Despite the sensational performance, the club fell 3-2 to the visiting Sounds.

The 22-year-old graduate of Rocklin High School lived up to the hype Monday night, striking out seven batters over his seven innings with zero walks, featuring a mid-90’s fastball and excellent command of all his pitches. Webb is ranked as the number five prospect in the San Francisco Giants organization, according to mlb.com.

The right-hander got some early help from teammate Zach Green at the plate. Green, a fellow Sacramento-area native (Carmichael), crushed his team leading 25th home run in the bottom of the first to give the River Cats an early 2-0 lead. The offense, however, was shut out for the remainder of the game, going 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position on the evening. 

Right-hander Enderson Franco (6-5, 5.98) will get the nod as the River Cats try will try to salvage a series split, while the Sounds will roll with lefty Brock Burke (0-0, 1.80). 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.

San Francisco Giants Return To Sacramento In 2020

Sacramento River Cats to host Exhibition Game with Major League affiliate Sunday, March 22

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats are excited to announce the return of the San Francisco Giants to Sacramento for the third Exhibition Game between the River Cats and Giants. This can’t miss event is scheduled for Sunday, March 22.

“The fan response to the last two Exhibition Games was truly profound, so we are thrilled to have the opportunity to host the Giants again in 2020,” explained River Cats General Manager Chip Maxson. “Being able to bring the Giants of tomorrow together with household names like Buster Posey, Brandon Belt, and Brandon Crawford, all in our great sports city, is extremely special.”

The two previous River Cats and Giants Exhibition Games took place in March of 2016 and 2018 and included a fan fest, autograph session, and special merchandise to commemorate the occasion. These unique contests were played in front of capacity crowds, televised locally on CBS13/CW31, and featured fan favorites from both the Sacramento River Cats squad and the San Francisco Giants.

“Returning to Sacramento is something we’ve wanted to do since making our first trip there in 2016,” said Giants President & CEO Larry Baer. “Thanks to our partnership with the River Cats, our fan base in the Sacramento region continues to grow stronger and stronger every year and our young players gain invaluable experience on their path to the big leagues.” 

The 2020 River Cats and Giants Exhibition Game is scheduled for Sunday, March 22. Currently, the only way for fans to guarantee tickets for the Exhibition Game is to renew a current River Cats membership or put down a deposit on a new membership. More information on memberships can be found by visiting rivercats.com, emailing tickets@rivercats.com, or calling (916) 371-HITS (4487).

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats’ Bullpen Highlighted As PCL Reveals 2019 All-Stars

Left-handers Fernando Abad and Sam Selman, plus ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte to represent PCL in 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game

West Sacramento, Calif. – With the 2019 RMHC Triple-A All-Star Game less than two weeks away, the Pacific Coast League has unveiled its roster. The 32nd annual contest, which pits the top talent from each of the two Leagues at Minor League Baseball’s highest level, will be played on Wednesday, July 10 at Southwest University Park, home of the El Paso Chihuahuas (San Diego). The roster is made up of 13 elected players who have received the most votes from ballots submitted by club’s field managers and general managers, members of the media and broadcasters, and online fan voting. The elected players are joined by 20 additional All-Stars selected by Pacific Coast League officials. 

Dave Brundage, the Sacramento River Cats manager, will skipper the PCL roster which features players from all 16 clubs, including a trio of relief pitchers from the Sacramento River Cats, each of whom is having a fantastic 2019 season.

Left-handed veteran Fernando Abad is in his first season with the River Cats, and has a 2.30 ERA in 27.1 innings, with a team-leading nine saves. The 33-year old has made 363 Major League appearances with five different clubs. Abad will be joined by fellow lefty Sam Selman who joined the San Francisco Giants organization this season after spending his entire career in the Kansas City Royals system. The 28-year old boasts a 1.82 ERA with an incredible 49 strikeouts in 29.1 innings pitched. Finally, the third All-Star selection from the Sacramento bullpen is ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte. The switch-pitching veteran has reach the big leagues with five different organizations, and has a 2.56 ERA in 38.2 innings for Sacramento this season.

The PCL will look to claim its third consecutive All-Star victory after last season’s 12-7 victory at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio. Josh Fuentes (Albuquerque) earned PCL Top Star honors after going 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBI. In the 21 years since the event changed to the current IL vs. PCL format, the International League has taken 13 of the 21 contests.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Split Friday Night Doubleheader With Grizzlies

Dereck Rodriguez solid in return to River Cats, smacks three doubles at the plate

West Sacramento, Calif. — It was an up and down evening for the Sacramento River Cats (19-22), who earned a victory in the front end of the doubleheader behind Dereck Rodriguez, then dropped game two to the Fresno Grizzlies (22-19) in extras on a walk-off homer from Nationals top prospect Carter Kieboom

In game one, right-hander Dereck Rodriguez made his first start for the River Cats since being optioned by the San Francisco Giants on May 11. Rodriguez made nine starts with Sacramento in 2018, going 4-1 with a 3.40 ERA in 50.1 innings. On Friday he picked up a win while tossing six innings of two-run ball, striking out four batters. He was even better at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three doubles, three runs scored, and an RBI.

Game two was shaping up to be a pitcher’s duel until the River Cats broke out for five runs in the fourth inning. Outfielder Mike Yastrzemski and third baseman Austin Slater launched home runs in the inning, giving Sacramento a 5-1 lead. The Grizzlies would claw back, however, to force extras. In the second extra frame, Slater doubled in two to put Sacramento up 8-6 but infielder Carter Kieboom blasted a three-run walk-off home run in the bottom half to split the doubleheader.  

Right-hander Enderson Franco (1-1, 7.76) will take the ball for the River Cats on Saturday in game three of five, while the Grizzlies will counter with righty Scott Copeland (2-1, 6.27). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, or on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramenot River Cats To Broadcast Games On CW31 In 2019

SLocal CW affiliate will broadcast 12 River Cats games during the 2019 regular season

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats and CBS13/CW31 have announced that they will collaborate to broadcast 12 games during the 2019 regular season. The games will be available locally in the Sacramento market on CW31, home of Good Day Sacramento.

After a successful season of broadcasts in 2018, including the Exhibition Game between the Sacramento River Cats and San Francisco Giants, the partnership has been renewed for 2019 to include 10 home games and two road games. Broadcast dates for this season include April 6, April 20, May 4, May 11, June 1, July 13, July 27, August 10, August 31, and September 2. CW31 will also broadcast two River Cats road games against the Las Vegas Aviators (Oakland Athletics) in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 22 and June 23.

“The team at CBS13/CW31 were tremendous partners last year,” says Chip Maxson, General Manager of the River Cats. “We’re excited to build on last season and work together to bring even more River Cats baseball to the homes of Sacramentans.”

“We are extremely happy to continue our great partnership with the River Cats as they celebrate their 20th season in Sacramento,” said Justin Draper, Vice President and General Manager, CBS 13 and CW 31. “Last season’s broadcasts were well received and we look forward to airing additional games this year, including two road games.”

Membership plans and special ticket packages are available by calling the River Cats ticket hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487) or emailing tickets@rivercats.com. A full promotion and giveaway schedule for the 2019 season is now available at rivercats.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Take On San Jose Giants At Raley Field April 1st, 2019

Inter-level scrimmage expected to feature San Francisco’s top prospects


West Sacramento, Calif. 
– The Sacramento River Cats will host a prospect-packed scrimmage against the San Jose Giants – the Class A – Advanced affiliate of the San Francisco Giants – on Monday, April 1 at Raley Field. Tickets for the game start at just $5 and are available now at rivercats.com.

This pre-season scrimmage is an extension of Spring Training and is likely to feature several of the San Francisco Giants top prospects. Catcher Joey Bart and outfielder Heliot Ramos – the system’s top two prospects according to mlb.com – are expected to take the field for the visiting Giants, while Sacramento fan-favorites Shaun Anderson (No. 4), Chris Shaw (No. 11), Aramis Garcia (No. 22), and Tyler Beede (No. 24) will likely suit up for the River Cats squad.

First pitch on Monday, April 1 at Raley Field is set for 6:05 p.m. Gates for the game will open at 5:00 p.m. for all fans, with parking lots opening at 4:30 p.m.

General admission tickets to this special scrimmage start at just $5. There will also be a $10 ticket option, which includes $10 in food and beverage value for use at any Raley Field store front or portable. Parking will be $5 for the event. Tickets are available now at rivercats.com.

Membership plans and special ticket packages are available by calling the River Cats ticket hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487) or emailing tickets@rivercats.com. A full promotions and giveaways schedule for the 2019 season is now available at rivercats.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

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

Williamson launches home run in first plate appearance back with club

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

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

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

Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija (0-1, 2.57) will be making his third, and likely final rehab start with the River Cats before he rejoins the major-league rotation. Albuquerque will send lefty Brett Oberholtzer (3-5, 5.86) to the hill. First pitch is set for 5:35 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.FM beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations