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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

Pitching Propels Sacramento River Cats To Series Win

Hanigan’s seventh-inning two-run double proves to be crucial in 3-1 win

 ROUND ROCK, TX — Catcher Ryan Hanigan’s two-run double in the seventh inning provided the winning runs for the Sacramento River Cats (33-35) in a 3-1 victory over the Round Rock Express (30-37).

The River Cats took their fourth road series of the season thanks to a combined effort between rehabbing San Francisco Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija and lefty Matt Gage. Samardzija tossed three scoreless while striking out four before reaching hit pitch limit, then Gage followed with 4.2 shutout innings of his own.

Gage got into a bit of a bind in the eighth by putting two men on base to bring the tying run to the plate, but Derek Law entered and struck out Scott Heineman to end the threat. Law would eventually record a four-out save, though he did allow a run on one hit and a walk in the final inning.

The River Cats are off to New Orleans for a four-game series with the Baby Cakes. Left-hander Daniel Camarena (0-0, 0.78) is poised to make his fifth start with Sacramento while Sandy Alcantara (4-2, 3.88) will be on the bump for New Orleans. First pitch is set for 4.00 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.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Routed By Las Vegas 51s To Begin Homestand

Melancon pitches scoreless inning in first rehab appearance

 WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — The Sacramento River Cats (22-23) were held to zero extra-base hits for just the second time all season in Monday night’s 9-1 loss to the Las Vegas 51s (18-27).

Two Vegas pitchers combined to allow one run on six hits and three walks as the River Cats left nine runners on base. Recently promoted infielder John Polonius supplied the lone run for Sacramento with an RBI-single in the sixth inning.

River Cats starter Tyler Beede struggled in his 4.1-innings, surrendering a season-high eight runs on six hits and five walks. It’s Beede’s fourth start in which he’s given up at least four earned runs and his sixth issuing three or more walks.

San Francisco Giants’ reliever Mark Melancon made his first rehab appearance with a quick six-pitch seventh inning in which he induced two groundouts and a pop up.

The Dorados de Sacramento will take on Las Vegas 51s on Tuesday night at Raley Field, featuring left-handers Matt Gage (2-2, 5.03) and P.J. Conlon (2-3, 5.89) squaring off. Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

San Francisco Giants’ Hunter Pence Expected To Begin Rehab In Sacramento Friday

San Francisco Giants’ fan-favorite is scheduled to rehab sprained right thumb in Sacramento

 WEST SACRAMENTO, CA – San Francisco Giants outfielder and fan-favorite Hunter Pence is expected to join the Sacramento River Cats this weekend on a rehab assignment for a sprained right thumb. While he is expected to join the team for Friday night’s game, his rehab schedule has not yet been confirmed.

Pence hurt his right thumb on April 3 while diving to make a play in a game against the Seattle Mariners at AT&T Park. The veteran outfielder had been playing through the injury, but was ultimately placed on the 10-day disabled list on April 20. Pence has played in 17 games so far this season.

The 35-year-old joined the San Francisco Giants in July of 2012 via a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies. In his first two full seasons with the Giants, Pence played in 324 consecutive games. He is a three-time All-Star (2009, 2011, 2014) and two-time World Champion (2012, 2014).

Pence has played with the River Cats in two of the last three seasons, also on rehab assignments. Combined between 2015 and 2016, he has played a total of 13 games, hitting .366 (15-for-41) with five home runs and 12 RBI.

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

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Annual Preseason PartyIs This Sunday

Season kicks off Sunday with free food, clubhouse tours, and the launch of single-game ticket sales

West Sacramento, CA Opening Day at Raley Field may not be until April 10, but Sacramento River Cats fans will get a sneak peek of what’s to come on Sunday, March 4 at the annual River Cats Preseason Party at Raley Field. The event will be from noon until 3:00 pm and features free hot dogs and pizza, clubhouse tours, and the launch of single-game ticket sales.

Fans are invited to Raley Field to check out the new features and improvements to the ballpark, including the extended backstop netting which will provide increased fan-protection all season. Those in attendance will be able to go behind the scenes with the Raley Field clubhouse tour, and there will be complimentary food at the Raley Field storefronts including hot dogs, sodas, and Round Table Pizza.

Another exciting feature of this year’s Preseason Party is batting practice on the field (weather permitting). Fans of all ages will have an opportunity to take batting practice down on the field for a donation to the River Cats Foundation. There will also be free activities for kids including arts and crafts, face painters, and the Down on the Farm play area.

Not only will fans have the opportunity to get their first look at Raley Field for 2018, they’ll also be among the first to be able to purchase individual game tickets. This includes the launch of premium games like Opening Night, Independence Day Eve, Fan Appreciation Day, all giveaway dates, and more. The Round Table Pizza Ticket Office will open at 12:00 p.m. and fans are encouraged to get their tickets now to avoid box office lines and sellouts during the season.

Tickets to the March 24 Exhibition game between the Sacramento River Cats and San Francisco Giants are currently only available online though the Best of Raley Field 3-Pack, but a limited number of seats will be available at Sunday’s Preseason Party.

River Cats faithful can also gear up for the 2018 season by visiting the On Deck Shop at Raley Field. The store is stocked with new River Cats and San Francisco Giants gear that fans will want to check out before the March 24 Exhibition Game and April 10 season opener.

A variety of season ticket plans are still available and fans can schedule a tour to check out available seats by calling (916) 371-HITS (4487) or emailing tickets@rivercats.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats  Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats’ Giants Exhibition Tickets Available Friday With The Best of Raley Field 3-Pack

3-Pack includes tickets to Giants Exhibition Game, Opening Night, and July 3

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats announce the Best of Raley Field 3-Pack, which includes the three biggest games of 2018, including the March 24 Exhibition Game between the Sacramento River Cats and the San Francisco Giants, presented by ACE Hardware.

Along with the Exhibition Game, the pack also includes a ticket to the River Cats Opening Night April 10, and the July 3rd Independence Eve Celebration. The Opening Night ticket is preloaded with $10 in Raley Field food and beverage credits

This limited-time package offer will only be available from Friday, February 23 until Saturday, March 3, and can be purchased online only by visiting www.rivercats.com. Various price and seating levels will be available.

The Best of Raley Field 3-Pack is currently the only way to guarantee seats to the March 24 Exhibition Game. A limited number of seats may be available (if supplies last) at the annual Preseason Party at Raley Field on March 4.

The Saturday, March 24 Exhibition Game between the Sacramento River Cats and the San Francisco Giants will be the second time these two teams have played, with the first coming in March of 2016. The River Cats will kick off the 2018 season with Opening Night at Raley Field on Tuesday, April 10 against the visiting Reno Aces.

For more information, please call the River Cats ticket hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487) or email tickets@rivercats.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Release Promotion Schedule For 2018 Season

23 fireworks shows, specialty jerseys, and two STAR WARS® Nights headline new promo calendar

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats are thrilled to announce the promotions schedule for the 2018 season, with the team’s home opener on Tuesday, April 10. The 2018 promotions schedule is loaded with premium giveaways, guest appearances, new theme nights, specialty jerseys, and much more.

Over the course of the team’s 70-game home schedule, the River Cats will host 23 fireworks shows – one for each Orange Friday and Sutter Health Saturday, plus another for the Independence Eve celebration. In addition, fans can look forward to three exciting giveaways, including a Madison Bumgarner Jersey T-Shirt (April 13), a River Cats jungle camo hat (May 25), and a Willie Mays bobblehead (July 27), plus appearances by two San Francisco Giants alumni.

The River Cats will wear six unique specialty jerseys this season. Farm to ForkNight presented by Raley’s (June 9) will feature a brand new jersey and theme which will continue to serve as a nod to the region’s agricultural and culinary prominence. Other specialty jerseys include a Mother’s Day pink jersey (May 13), a custom camouflage jersey for Salute to Armed Forces (May 26), a patriotic jersey for Independence Eve (July 3), and a “Cap City” jersey (August 25). STAR WARS® Night returns (July 14) with the final special themed jersey, but new for 2018 is a second STAR WARS® Night, which will take place Friday, August 24.

Brand new for the 2018 season will be the addition of Wet Nose Wednesdays to the Weekly Promotions Schedule. The River Cats will continue the success of the annual Bark in the Ballpark presented by Lagunitas, which will take place Sunday, April 15, and fans will now be able to bring their dogs to the ballpark for all Wednesday home games.

Orange Fridays return for the 2018 season. Fans are encouraged to break out their River Cats – or San Francisco Giants – orange and attend a pregame party featuring live music and drink specials before the team takes the field in orange Sactown jerseys. Orange Fridays will continue to feature postgame fireworks shows. Also returning are Cache Creek Baseball Bingo on Mondays, Toyota Family Value Tuesdays, Thirsty Thursdays, and K-LOVE Sunday Funday.

Additional highlights include a Salute to First Responders (April 28) featuring a specialty hat auction, Superhero Night (May 12), Green Awareness Night presented by Commerce Printing (May 24), Equality Night presented by Lasher’s Elk Grove Subaru (June 29), Princess & Pirate Night (July 28), and Fan Appreciation Night (August 30) among many others.

Single-game tickets go on sale during the River Cats annual Preseason Party on Sunday, March 4 at noon at the Round Table Pizza Ticket Office at Raley Field.

More details on all of the upcoming season’s promotions can be found online atrivercats.com/promotions. Promotions and dates are always subject to change.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats  Media Relations

Six 2017 Sacramento River Cats Earn Non-Roster Invites To Major League Spring Training

Familiar faces highlight list of players in big league camp, which kicks off February 13

 West Sacramento, CA – The San Francisco Giants have extended non-roster invitations for Major League Spring Training to 16 players, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Bobby Evans announced Thursday. Featured in the group are six River Cats players from the 2017 season.

Left-handed starting pitcher Andrew Suarez will be making his second straight appearance in big-league camp, having been part of a group of 28 that received invites in 2017. After being called up from Double-A Richmond, Suarez made 13 starts for the River Cats with a 3.55 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 88.2 innings pitched.

Right-handed starting pitcher Jose Flores will be making his first Major League Spring Training appearance for the Giants. Like Suarez, Flores was called up from the Richmond Flying Squirrels, making 12 starts with a 4.04 ERA in a River Cats uniform.

Infielder Orlando Calixte will be making his second trip to major-league camp, though last year’s invite came as a result of being on the 40-man roster. The Dominican Republic native played in 42 games for the River Cats with a .286 batting average and .500 slugging percentage before being recalled by San Francisco, where he secured his first major-league hit in a 2-for-5 performance on May 30 against the Washington Nationals.

Catcher Trevor Brown will be in big-league camp for the third straight year, but it will be his first as a non-roster invitee. Brown began the 2017 season on the disabled list but returned and played in 58 games for the River Cats.

The Giants’ No.1 ranked prospect, according to MLB.com, outfielder Chris Shawearned his first non-roster invite. The left-handed power bat from Boston College clubbed a team-leading 18 home runs and 25 doubles in 88 games in Sacramento.

Outfielder Steven Duggar’s invite to major-league camp is his second consecutive. The Clemson product missed nearly the first three months of the 2017 season with a hip flexor injury, eventually making his way to Sacramento where he played the final 13 games at Triple-A.

The other 10 players who received a non-roster invite are: RHP Tyler Cyr, RHP Dereck Rodriguez, RHP Jose Valdez, RHP Madison Younginer, C Justin O’Conner, C Hector Sanchez, INF Chase D’Arnaud, INF Alen Hanson, 1B Kyle Jensen, and INF Josh Rutledge.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Dave Brundage Returning To Manage Sacramento River Cats In 2018

New pitching coach Steve Kline and fundamentals coach Nestor Rojas to join returning hitting coach Damon Minor

 WEST SACRAMENTO, CA The Sacramento River Cats, in conjunction with the San Francisco Giants, are thrilled to welcome back Dave Brundage for his second season as manager of the River Cats for the 2018 season.

Brundage will be joined by a few new faces for the 2018 season at Raley Field. While Damon Minor will return for his third season as the River Cats hitting coach, he will be joined by new pitching coach Steve Kline and fundamentals coach Nestor Rojas. The new training staff will be made up of athletic trainer David Getsoff and strength and conditioning coach Andy King. Travis Higgs will round out the club’s 2018 field staff, and will serve as bullpen catcher and team administrator.

An Oregon native, Brundage joined the River Cats in 2017 and compiled a 64-77 record in his 20th season as a minor league manager. Before coming to Sacramento, the veteran manager spent the previous four seasons with the International League’s Lehigh Valley IronPigs. In 2016, Brundage led the IronPigs to an 85-58 record, the second best mark in all of Triple-A baseball.

Brundage, 53, made his managerial debut in 1995 with the Riverside Pilots (Seattle Mariners Class A-Advanced) but has spent most of his managerial career at either the Double- or Triple-A levels. Prior to his four seasons with Lehigh Valley, Brundage helmed the Richmond/Gwinnett Braves for six seasons from 2007 through 2012. He made his Triple-A debut in 2006 with the Pacific Coast League’s Tacoma Rainiers. Brundage has a career record of 1,435-1,392 (.508) in 20 seasons as a manager including a 857-858 (.499) mark at the Triple-A level.

Drafted 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, 43, returns to the River Cats for his third season as hitting coach. In his second year with the team, Minor worked closely with Triple-A newcomers and top Giants’ prospects Christian Arroyo, Chris Shaw, and Ryder Jones as they prepared for their Major League debuts.

A former Giant, Minor was drafted by San Francisco in 1996 and made 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.

Kline, 45, joins the River Cats as pitching coach after serving in the same role for three seasons with the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels and nine seasons overall with the organization. While in Richmond, Kline helped in the development of several River Cats standouts, including Tyler Beede, Andrew Suarez, and Tyler Rogers. Kline led the Giants Double-A affiliate to a top-five pitching staff (in team ERA) in each of his three Eastern League seasons, including a league-leading 3.12 team ERA in 2015.

Kline completed his 11-year Major League career as a lefty reliever with the Giants in 2007. All told, he appeared in 796 MLB games with five different organizations. The Pennsylvania native was an 8th round selection by the Cleveland Indians in the 2003 draft out of the University of West Virginia. He set the single –season record for appearances (89) in 2001 while with St. Louis, and led the National League in games played as a pitcher for three consecutive seasons (1999-2001).

Rojas, 34, will join the River Cats as fundamentals coach after managing the Class-A Advanced San Jose Giants in 2017. Since retiring at the end of the 2010 season, Rojas immediately began his coaching career and has been a bright up-and-coming coaching talent in the Giants organization.  Rojas landed his first managerial job in 2013 at age 29 with the Arizona Rookie League Giants, and led them to a 41-14 record. Prospects (and future River Cats) Christian Arroyo and Ryder Jones each began their professional careers as teenagers under Rojas during that 2013 season.

A native of Venezuela, Rojas played for six seasons in the Giants organization, including two stints with Triple-A Fresno in 2009 and 2010.

Rounding out the field staff will be a new athletic training and strength and conditioning duo. David Getsoff will join the River Cats as the athletic trainer in his 10th season with the Giants Organization, while Andy King will be the River Cats strength and conditioning coach in what will be his fifth season with the Giants. Travis Higgs will return as the team’s bullpen catcher in 2018.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cat’s 2018 Giant Pack Launches Online For Thanksgiving holiday

The best games, guaranteed giveaways, and Giants exhibition game presale

 West Sacramento, CA – The Giant Pack for the upcoming Sacramento River Cats season will be available for purchase with a special online-only offer starting Monday, November 20.

The fan-favorite Giant Pack includes a Senate level seat for each of the 13 biggest River Cats games of 2018 and is available next week for just $299 (an $800 value). The package will also be available over the phone and in person starting Monday, November 27.

Among the 13 games included in the 2018 Giant Pack are Opening Night (April 10), Mother’s Day (May 13), Independence Eve (July 3), Star Wars Night (July 14), Fan Appreciation Night (August 30), and more. A full list of included game dates is available online at rivercats.com.

Fans who purchase the package are also guaranteed premium giveaway items for the 2018 season, including a limited edition Madison Bumgarner Sactown jersey t-shirt. The first 500 fans who purchase a 2018 Giant Pack will also have the opportunity to choose from assorted River Cats gifts, perfect for the holiday season. Gifts must be selected at Raley Field.

Giant pack buyers will also receive exclusive access to a presale for the 2018 exhibition game on March 24 at Raley Field between the Sacramento River Cats and the San Francisco Giants. Presale date has not yet been determined.

For more information, please call the River Cats ticket hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487) or email tickets@rivercats.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations