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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

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