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Rickard Stays Hot As Sacramento River Cats Win Fourth Straight Series

Suarez turns in quality start to earn his sixth win

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (58-49) topped the Tacoma Rainiers (49-58) on Sunday afternoon by a score of 6-2, earning their fourth series-victory in a row. Outfielder Joey Rickard extended his hitting streak to 12 games, the longest of the season for Sacramento.

On a warm day at Raley Field, Rickard kept his hit streak going in the third inning with a double to left, then added a triple in the fourth as part of a five-run inning for Sacramento which would be the difference in the game. Finishing the afternoon going 2-for-4, Rickard raised his average to .379 in 30 games with the River Cats.

Lefty Andrew Suarez tossed 6.2 innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits. He walked none and struck out three while throwing 91 pitches (61 strikes). Suarez improves to 6-6 this season with the win.  

The River Cats will travel to San Antonio on the off day, kicking off a seven-game road trip beginning with the Missions on Tuesday evening. Right-hander Yoanys Quiala (6-5, 6.12) will take the ball for Sacramento in the series opener, against San Antonio and right-hander Thomas Jankins (9-3, 4.13). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, on Money 105.5 FM (PT) beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Late Rally Comes Up Short For Sacramento River Cats

Rickard extends hit streak to 11 games with fourth-inning single

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A night after breaking out for 18 runs on 16 hits, the Sacramento River Cats (57-49) were stifled by the Tacoma Rainiers (49-57), dropping game two of their three-game series by a score of 5-2.

The River Cats offense was held in check on Saturday night against a Rainiers staff that was ravaged the night before. The River Cats had a golden opportunity in the seventh when Rainier pitchers walked the bases loaded with one away – the River Cats squeezed across two runs on a wild pitch and RBI-single from Abiatal Avelino, but would get no closer. Sacramento managed just five hits overall, none going for extra bases.

Starter Enderson Franco delivered a strong performance in a losing effort, allowing just two runs, three hits and striking out five over five innings of work. Rehabbing San Francisco Giants’ relievers Travis Bergen and Nick Vincent combined for three innings of one-run ball while striking out five batters. 

Left-hander Andrew Suarez (5-6, 5.82) will take the mound for the final game of the season-series against the Rainiers. Tacoma will turn to right-hander Darren McCaughan (0-2, 6.30). First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, on Money 105.5 FM (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Shaw’s Big Night Leads Sacramento River Cats In Blowout

Duggar ties Pacific Coast League record with five walks

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — On a record-setting Friday night, the Sacramento River Cats (57-48) crushed the Tacoma Rainiers (48-57) in a 18-3 rout. 

The offense exploded for 18 runs and were fueled by center fielder and leadoff man Steven Duggar, who drew five walks and singled as the Rainiers failed to retire him during any of his six plate appearances. The five free passes set a River Cats franchise record and tied a Pacific Coast League record, last set in 2014 when Jace Peterson accomplished the feat for the El Paso Chihuahuas.

First baseman Chris Shaw, who extended his team-leading hitting streak to 11 games, drove in a third of the club’s runs. He finished the night going 4-for-6 with two doubles, his 13th homer of the year, and six RBI.

Left-hander Ty Blach (3-4, 5.93) gets the ball for game two of this three-game set while the Rainiers will counter with righty Mike Wright (0-2, 3.71). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Watch the game live on the CW-31 (KMAX). Or listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, on Money 105.5 FM (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Complete Sweep Of Rainiers With 6-5 Victory

Avelino and Shaw each homer in Sunday finale

TACOMA, Wash. — The Sacramento River Cats (54-47) completed a three-game series sweep of the Tacoma Rainiers (48-53) with a thrilling 6-5 victory on Sunday afternoon. 

Sacramento fell behind 1-0 early, but used a two-run second and three-run third inning to take control of the ballgame. Abiatal Avelino did the damage in the second by smacking an opposite field two-run homer to give the River Cats a lead they would not give back. Chris Shaw added to that lead with a mammoth home run, part of the three-run third inning. Later, Joey Rickard drove in a key insurance run with a single up the middle to score Ronnie Freeman and put the River Cats up 6-3 in the seventh.

Enderson Franco turned in a solid performance to keep the River Cats in the game, and picked up his fifth win of the year, going 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on six hits, while fanning four. Tacoma made it interesting late by hitting a two-run jack in the eighth to cut the lead to one, but Fernando Abad came on in the ninth to slam the door and earn his 12th save of the season. 

After a Monday off day, Sacramento will head to Fresno on Tuesday to open up a crucial three-game series with the Grizzlies. Lefty Andrew Suarez (5-6, 5.90) will take the mound in the opener, while Fresno will counter with right-hander Logan Ondrusek (4-4, 8.59). 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, on Money 105.5 FM (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Mike Gerber Hits 20th Homer As Sacramento River Cats Look To Sweep

Sacramento finds a way to score eight runs on just six hits in 8-4 win

TACOMA, Wash. — The Sacramento River Cats (53-47) can go for their second road sweep of the season after an 8-4 win over the Tacoma Rainiers (48-52) on Saturday night.

Center fielder Mike Gerber led the way for the River Cats, reaching base three times including a first-inning home run to give him 20 on the season. He finished the night going 2-for-3 with a walk, two RBI, and three runs scored.

The club tacked on some insurance runs in the eighth after they loaded the bases with no one out and managed to score all three runners while failing to record a hit. Two ground outs go a pair of runs home, followed by a passed ball that allowed the third to score. All told, the offense was highly efficient, scoring eight runs on just six his throughout the game.

Enderson Franco (4-4, 6.53) will be making his team-leading 18th start of the 2019 season as the River Cats go for a sweep of the Rainiers, who are scheduled to start right-hander Mike Wright (0-1, 2.70). First pitch is set for 1:35 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, on Money 105.5 FM (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats’ Zach Green Named PCL Player Of The Week For July 1-7

Jesuit High School product hit .385 with four home runs and 13 RBI for the week

West Sacramento, Calif. – The Pacific Coast League office announced Monday their Player and Pitcher of the Week for the period of July 1-7. Sacramento River Cats infielder Zach Green was named Player of the Week, while left-handed starter Sean Nolin of the Tacoma Rainiers took home Pitcher of the Week honors. 

For the week, Green hit .385 and led the PCL with 13 RBI and tied for the league lead with 4 home runs. Green finished among league leaders in runs (7), hits (10), total bases (24) and had a slash line of .515/.923/1.438. Green hit in six of seven games with two three-hit games, including a two-home run game on July 5 against the Reno Aces. On July 7 against the Aces, the 25-year-old went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, five RBI, three walks and scored two runs.

Green, who was selected in the third round by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2012 draft out of Jesuit High School in Sacramento, CA, is batting .320 (62-for-194) with 22 home runs and 55 RBI. Green has notched 17 multi-hit games, five multi-home run games and 14 multi-RBI games this year for the River Cats. This is the second Player of the Week honor for Green in his career (June 24, 2018 with Double-A Reading Fightin Phills).

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Walk Off Again To Close Out Opening Series

Yastrzemski’s sacrifice fly plates Slater for exciting, extra-inning win

West Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (4-1) fought back from a four-run deficit to claim an 11-10, walk-off victory in extra innings over the Tacoma Rainiers (1-4). 

Despite allowing seven runs on eight hits in the fourth inning, Sacramento crawled back thanks to three home runs off Rainiers’ right-handed reliever Ryan Garton. Outfielder Michael Reed’s two-run blast in the sixth cut the lead in half before outfielder Mike Gerber and shortstop Abiatal Avelino went back-to-back in the seventh to push the River Cats ahead by two.

Tacoma would plate two runs in the eighth and another in the 10th to take the lead, but Reed’s opposite-field double would tie the game a half inning later. Then it was outfielder Mike Yastrzemski’s fly ball that flew deep enough into left field to score Austin Slater from third as the River Cats walked off for the second time in their first five games.

The River Cats will travel to Las Vegas to help the newly-named Aviators open their brand new ballpark in Vegas suburb Summerlin. Left-hander Andrew Suarez (0-0, 4.50) will be making his second start of the young season while the Aviators will have righty Daniel Mengden (0-0, 5.40) toe the rubber for their home opener. 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, and on the air on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Erupt Early, Hold On Late To Defeat Rainiers

Anderson goes five innings with five strikeouts in strong 2019 debut

West Sacramento, Calif. — Number four Giants prospect Shaun Anderson delivered five strong innings on Saturday evening, his first start of the season for the Sacramento River Cats (2-1). A pair of home runs and two big innings paced the offense to an 11-5 victory over the Rainiers (1-2).

Anderson, a highly-touted Giants farmhand, looks to improve on a solid 2018 season where he made eight starts for the River Cats going 2-2 with a 4.18 ERA. Tonight Anderson was given a huge boost by his offense, which exploded for eleven runs on eleven hits through four innings.

The offense came from up and down the Sacramento lineup, with each starter reaching base and scoring at least one run. Catcher Aramis Garcia and third baseman Breyvic Valera each launched their first home runs of the season. 

It was the second night in a row that Sacramento jumped out to a sizeable early lead, but this time the River Cats’ bullpen would close out the win behind solid efforts from righties Tyler Rogers and Ray Black.

The River Cats will play host once again to the Rainiers for game four of the five-game series. LHP Ty Blach (0-0, No ERA) gets the nod for Sacramento while the Rainiers will counter with LHP Justus Sheffield (0-0, No ERA). First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, on the air on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats’ Tyler Beede Striking Out Eight In Season Debut

Vogt clubs first River Cats homer but bullpen squanders lead

West Sacramento, Calif. —Right-hander Tyler Beede returned to the mound as a starting pitcher and delivered an impressive performance for the Sacramento River Cats (1-1), but the club fell 6-5 to the Tacoma Rainiers (1-1) in game two of the season.

After being moved to the bullpen in 2018, Beede revamped his pitch arsenal and it paid dividends on Friday night as the former Vanderbilt star struck out eight batters in four scoreless innings. It was the most strikeouts recorded by Beede since a June 7 outing back in 2017 at Raley Field against the Fresno Grizzlies.

Despite taking a 5-0 lead into the fifth inning, things began to unravel for the River Cats as bullpen arm Chase Johnson allowed five runs on five hits in innings five and six. Rainiers first baseman Joey Curletta delivered the crushing blow in the seventh as his opposite-field solo home run broke the 5-5 tie.

The River Cats expect a large crowd on Saturday as they play game three of this five-game series with Tacoma. Fourth-ranked prospect in the organization RHP Shaun Anderson (0-0, No ERA) gets the nod for Sacramento while the Rainiers will counter with RHP Tyler Danish (0-0, No ERA). 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, on the air on Money 105.FM, and live on CW-31 (KMAX). 

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Open 20th Season In Style With Dramatic Walk-Off Win

Beautiful Opening Night at Raley Field capped off by extra-inning victory

Sacramento, CA — The Sacramento River Cats (1-0) began their 20th season in Sacramento by defeating the Tacoma Rainiers (0-1) 5-4 in the 11th inning on a thrilling walk-off double from second baseman Breyvic Valera.

The River Cats were kept quite early on by a strong start from Rainier’s righty Erik Swanson. The Rainiers jumped out to an early two run lead in the top of the 4th inning before the River Cats responded with a run in the bottom of the 6th. The Rainiers would push their lead back to two in the top of the 8th before Sacramento would start their comeback bid.

The River Cats plated two runs in the bottom of the 9th when Mike Yastrzemski smacked a clutch double to knot things up at three and send the game to extra frames. The River Cats sent fans home happy two innings later on a walk-off double from Breyvic Valera bringing home Aramis Garcia for the electric Opening Night win.

The River Cats will continue their five-game stand against Tacoma Friday night with right-hander Tyler Beede making his 2019 debut on the mound for Sacramento. The Rainiers will go with left-hander Tommy Milone. 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, and on the air on Money 105.FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations