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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

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