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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

Sacramento River Cats’ 2019 Roster Announced

Opening Day roster headlined by returning fan-favorites, exciting newcomers, and top prospects

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats have announced their Opening Day roster in anticipation of the start of their 20th season in Sacramento. The roster features an exciting mix of returning fan-favorites like Austin Slater, Tyler Beede, Ty Blach and Stephen Vogt, prospects Shaun Anderson and Aramis Garcia, and thrilling newcomers Anthony Garcia, Zach Green, and Mike Gerber, among others.

PitchersCatchersOutfielders
ANDERSON, ShaunFREEMAN, RonnieGARCIA, Anthony
BEEDE, TylerGARCIA, AramisGERBER, Michael
BLACH, TyVOGT, StephenRAMOS, Henry
BLACK, RaySLATER, Austin
COONROD, SamInfieldersYASTRZEMSKI, Mike
JEREZ, WilliamsAVELINO, Abiatal
JOHNSON, ChaseGREEN, Zachary
LAW, DerekJONES, Ryder
OKERT, StevenMICHAEL, Levi
ROGERS, TylerSOLANO, Donovan
SAMPSON, KeyviusVALERA, Breyvic
SUAREZ, Andrew
VENDITTE, Pat

The River Cats open 2019 regular season play on Thursday, April 4 at 7:05 p.m. at Raley Field against the visiting Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle Mariners). The active roster will be reduced to 25 before the first regular season game.

Fans can get their first look at the 2019 River Cats when they play a scrimmage against the Advanced Class-A San Jose Giants on April 1 at Raley Field. First pitch for the scrimmage is set for 6:05 p.m.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall To Tacoma Rainiers In Road Trip Finale

Jones doubles twice in 4-1 loss

TACOMA, WA — The Sacramento River Cats (7-11) were held to just one run on eight hits thanks to an impressive outing from Tacoma Rainiers (10-8) starter Rob Whalen. The 24-year old right-hander struck out nine River Cats in 6.2 innings as the Rainiers defeated the River cats 4-1.

The Rainiers picked up two early runs in the first inning on a two-out, two-run single off the bat of catcher Mike Marjama. Three of the six hits surrendered by River Cats starter Tyler Herb came in that first frame. In the four innings following, Herb struck out four and allowed just four baserunners.

Whalen was knocked out of the game in the seventh when the River Cats strung together four hits, highlighted by Chase d’Arnaud’s run-scoring single which plated third baseman Ryder Jones with two outs. Sacramento threatened again in the ninth, but Rainiers closer Erik Goeddel escaped when right fielder Cameron Perkins tracked down a fly ball in the gap.

After their first scheduled day off of the season, the River Cats will begin a five-game series back at Raley Field against the Reno Aces. Game one starter Dereck Rodriguez (0-0, 4.97) will face six-year major-league veteran Kris Medlen (0-2, 4.73). First pitch Wednesday evening will be at 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.

Press Release Courtesy of the  Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall To Tacoma Rainiers In Blowout

Austin Slater leads offensive output with league-leading sixth double

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — The third and fourth innings doomed the River Cats (5-6) on Sunday as 12 runs crossed the plate in the two frames, leading to a 15-4 loss at the hands of the Tacoma Rainiers (5-6).

River Cats starting pitcher Jose Flores issued seven walks in his three innings and allowed nine runs, though only six were earned due to a pair of errors. Things didn’t go well for lefty Steven Okert in relief either, as he finished the third inning with six hits to his name, including two home runs.

The offense did scratch across five runs, including infielder Alen Hanson’s first home run of the season. Austin Slater doubled twice in a three-hit day, giving him six doubles on the year to lead the Pacific Coast League.

The homestand will conclude Monday afternoon with Giants’ No. 10-ranked prospect LHP Andrew Suarez (0-0, 0.00) returning from his spot start in San Francisco. The Rainiers will send RHP Josh Smith (0-2, 7.11) to the mound. First pitch is set for 12:05 p.m.

Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and at 7:05 p.m. on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats’ Williamson Homers For Third Straight Game In Narrow Loss

Rainiers capitalize on wild pitch to squeak by River Cats

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA Jose Valdez’s seventh-inning wild pitch allowed the winning run to advance to third base, and eventually home on a sacrifice fly, as the Tacoma Rainiers (4-5) edged the Sacramento River Cats (4-5) by a final score of 3-2.

Right-hander Tyler Herb settled down after giving up two runs on two walks and two singles in the opening frame, retiring 14 of his final 17 batters faced. Herb struck out six in six innings in what was the longest outing by a River Cats starting pitcher in the young season.

Mac Williamson cleared the fence for the third consecutive game, crushing a line-drive home run to straight-away left field to tie the game at two in the first. He has hits in his first seven games this season, including three doubles to go along with his four total homers.

Williamson’s bomb, though, was one of just six hits, and the only extra-base hit, the River Cats were able to muster off Rainiers starter Rob Whalen. The 24-year old right-hander struck out six and walked one in six strong innings while the bullpen allowed just one baserunner and struck out six more in their three innings of work.

Game two of this four-game series is set for Saturday at 7:05 p.m. as the River Cats will turn to right-hander Dereck Rodriguez (0-0, 9.82), who will be making his Raley Field debut. Tacoma will counter with another righty, Max Povse (0-1, 5.40).

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

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 Cats Rally Late But Fall Short 4-3 To Tacoma Rainiers

Sacramento leaves bases loaded in ninth, is swept by Tacoma

Tacoma, WA – The Sacramento River Cats (40-61) loaded the bases with one out in the ninth inning against the Tacoma Rainiers (52-50) Monday afternoon, but went down swinging for their final two outs in their 4-3 loss.

Sacramento first showed signs of life in the sixth inning, pushing three runs across to bring them within one run. In the ninth, catcher Trevor Brown led off the inning with a single and was followed by walks to Juniel Querecuto and Carlos Moncrief to load the bases. After Ryan Lollis flied out to left field, River Cats manager Dave Brundage turned to bench for pinch hitter Chris Shaw. Shaw was unable to take advantage however, striking out swinging. Juan Ciriaco also went down on strikes to follow to end the game.

Tacoma touched up starter Kraig Sitton for three runs over three innings today. Sitton, who was making a spot-start for Tyler Beede, was relieved for right-hander Collin Balester who allowed the fourth and final Rainiers run and also went three innings. The River Cats suffered their fifth series sweep this season and fifth straight loss.

Sacramento returns home tomorrow night to open a four game series against the Round Rock Express. Right-hander Chris Stratton (4-5, 5.11) will start for the River Cats and right-hander Clayton Blackburn (4-2, 4.98) returns to Raley Field to face his former team. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live on the air on ESPN 1320 and online atrivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations