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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

Sacramento River Cats Sputters To Fourth Straight Loss

Federowicz collects three hits, but offense cannot close early gap

Tacoma, WA – The Sacramento River Cats (40-60) lost their fourth straight on Sunday afternoon as they came up short against the Tacoma Rainiers (51-50) by a score of 7-4.

Matt Gage got off to a rough start and was unable to get into a groove this afternoon. The lefty did not strike out a batter on Sunday and walked four, as the Rainiers jumped out to a 5-1 lead against him. The bullpen failed to hold Tacoma down either as Derek Law and Dusten Knight came on in relief of Gage. The two right-handers combined to toss 3.1 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and no walks while striking the only two batters of the game.

The River Cats offense played catch-up all afternoon as they trailed from the first inning on. The bottom of the order lead the way for Sacramento, accounting for six of their eight hits and two of their four RBI. Tim Federowicz and Juan Ciriaco each notched a multi-hit game, but the River Cats could not close the gap, and took the loss 7-4.

Sacramento will finish up their season series with Tacoma tomorrow afternoon behind right-hander Tyler Beede (6-7, 4.79). Tacoma will counter with lefty Marco Gonzales (0-0, 0.00), who will be making his first start with Tacoma this season. First pitch is set for 11:35 a.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live on the air on ESPN 1320 and online at rivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Come Up Dry In 4-1 Loss To Rainiers

Suarez goes six strong as offense falls flat against Tacoma

Tacoma, WA – The Sacramento River Cats (40-59) were unable to give starter Andrew Suarez the run support he needed tonight, falling 4-1 to the Tacoma Rainiers (50-50) Saturday night.

Suarez held the Rainiers in check over his six innings despite loading the bases twice, holding them to three runs (two earned) and stranding seven men on base. The left-hander set a season-high in pitches thrown tonight by tossing 107 (66 strikes) while walking three and striking out four. All seven of Suarez’s surrendered hits were singles tonight and he allowed a run in the first inning for the first time this season.

The River Cats offense wasn’t able to provide much support tonight, managing just one run coming off a wild pitch by Tacoma starter Christian Bergman. Bregman stifled Sacramento’s offense as they managed just five hits over his seven frames. Second baseman Ali Castillo collected two of the team’s six hits and Ryder Jones registered the only extra base hit, a double in the fourth.

Sacramento will send left-hander Matt Gage (0-3, 6.38) to the hill tomorrow for game three of the series. Right-hander Sam Gaviglio (2-4, 3.82) will get the start for Tacoma. First pitch is set for 1:35 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live on the air on ESPN 1320 and online at rivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento  River Cats Gives Up Late Lead, Falls 4-3 In 10

River Cats unable to shut the door as Rainiers come back to take series opener

Tacoma, WA – For the second straight night, the Sacramento River Cats (40-58) took a 3-2 lead into the eighth inning and for the second straight night found themselves on the losing end as they fell 4-3 to the Tacoma Rainiers (49-50) in 10 innings.

The River Cats bullpen struggled all night as DJ Snelten and Roberto Gomez surrendered four hits, four walks, and two runs in just 3.1 innings. Gomez did strike out four, including striking out the side in the eighth to escape a bases-loaded jam, but the Rainiers offense eventually broke through to tie the game in the ninth and win it in the 10th.

Tim Federowicz homered for Sacramento, his fifth of the year, to give the River Cats a 2-1 lead in the fifth. Two batters later, Ali Castillo knocked in Ryder Jones for his 18th RBI. The River Cats were unable to add on after the fifth, going 2-for-6 with runners in scoring position and leaving five me on base.

Andrew Suarez (3-3, 4.98) will take the mound tomorrow for Sacramento. Tacoma will counter with Christian Bergman (7-1, 3.59). 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 at rivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats, Beede Makes It Two In A Row With 2-1 Win

Giants’ top prospect gets win in his Triple-A debut with six strong innings

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (2-0) won their second straight game with a 2-1 win over the visiting Tacoma Rainiers Sunday afternoon at Raley Field.

Tyler Beede (1-0, 1.50), the San Francisco Giants No. 1 prospect, made his first Triple-A start en route to his first Triple-A win. The 23-year-old right-hander threw six innings, giving up just one run on five hits while walking none and striking out three. He threw 80 pitches (51 strikes) in the outing.

 On the offensive side of the ball, Jae-Gyun Hwang put the River Cats on the board in the first, grounding into a run-scoring double-play. He gave the River Cats their second run with a two-out RBI-single in the sixth. Kyle Blanks put the game out of reach with a three-run blast – Sacramento’s first home run this season – in the eighth inning.

 The River Cats and Rainiers will play two tomorrow, with game one of the doubleheader to start at 4:05 p.m. Joan Gregorio (0-0, 0.00) and Ricky Romero (0-0, 0.00) are expected to start for Sacramento while Chase De Jong (0-0, 0.00) and Ryan Weber (0-0, 0.00) go for Tacoma. The game can be heard live online at rivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Rally Over Tacoma Rainiers For “Opening Day” Win

After two postponed games, Sacramento overcomes early deficit to beat Tacoma 6-5 

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (1-0) started off the 2017 season with a bang, coming from behind to defeat the Tacoma Rainiers (0-1) by a score of 6-5 Saturday night at Raley Field.

Both offenses came ready to play, scoring a combined eight runs in the first two innings. Sacramento starter Clayton Blackburn yielded two runs in the first frame but the River Cats offense answered back three runs of their own. Christian Arroyo doubled in the inning and Austin Slater highlighted the frame with a two-run double to make it a 3-2 game.

The scoring spree continued into the second inning when Blackburn gave up a three-run homer to Tacoma right fielder Tyler O’Neill. Blackburn lasted just three innings, allowing five runs on six hits with a strikeout before the bullpen took over and shutdown the Rainiers the rest of the way.

 The two ‘pens traded zeros until the eighth inning when the River Cats offense roared back to life. Slater drove in another with an RBI-single and an error on Tacoma’s O’Neill allowed the tying run to also come home. Later in the frame, right fielder Orlando Calixte played hero by driving in Slater to give the River Cats the lead.

The River Cats will send right-hander Tyler Beede (0-0, 0.00) to the mound for Sunday’s matinee. Beede, the No. 1 prospect in the Giants’ organization, will be making his Triple-A debut and will square off against Rainiers’ right-hander Dylan Unsworth. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Game Suspended, To Resume Saturday, July 8, 2017

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats and Tacoma Rainiers were stopped by rain for the second straight night Friday at Raley Field after playing just half an inning.

Tonight’s suspended game will resume Saturday, July 8 when the Rainiers return to Raley Field. Additional details will be announced when they become available.

Tomorrow’s game will continue as scheduled with first pitch at 7:05 pm and gates opening to fans at 5 pm.

Single-game ticket buyers may exchange their tickets for tonight’s suspended game for any other regular season River Cats home game (excluding July 3). Tickets must be exchanged at the Round Table Pizza Ticket Office. Please contact the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487) with questions. Season ticket members are encouraged to communicate with their individual representatives.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats: Home Opener Postponed, Double-header Monday, 4/10

West Sacramento, CA – Thursday’s season opener against the Tacoma Rainiers has been postponed due to rain. River Cats to make up postponed game on Monday at 4:00 pm

The Sacramento River Cats and Rainiers will make up tonight’s postponed game with a double-header on Monday, 4/10. Game one – which will last seven innings – will start at 4:05 p.m. at Raley Field. Gates for the first game will open at 3:30 p.m. Game two – which will also be seven innings – will begin half an hour after the conclusion of game one.

Single-game ticket buyers may exchange their tickets for tonight’s postponed game for any other regular season River Cats home game. Please contact the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487). Season ticket members are encouraged to communicate with their individual representatives.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento Snaps Streak In Heartbreaking Fashion

Sacramento River Cats can’t pull away from Rainiers in 5-3 loss

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (38-52) came into Saturday night’s game looking to be within single digits of first place Tacoma for first time since May 31. In their 5-3 loss to the Rainiers (48-40), they not only saw the game slip through their fingers, but also a chance to climb closer in the Pacific Northern Division.

The Rainiers jumped out to an early lead in front of a sell-out Raley Field crowd, putting a three spot on the board in the first inning against Sacramento starter Chris Stratton. Tacoma catcher Mike Zunino hit his 16th home run of the year to punctuate Stratton’s three run debacle, giving them the early lead. Prior to tonight’s game, in three home starts, the right-hander had only allowed seven runs in 22 innings pitched.

Susac started the scoring for Sacramento in the second inning, smashing Rainiers’ starter Zach Lee’s 3-1 pitch 424 feet over the centerfield wall. The home run was his second in as many games and fourth on the year. The River Cats added two more runs in the third thanks to RBIs from third baseman Ali Castillo and first baseman Ryan Lollis, knotting the game at three runs apiece. Entering tonight’s game, the River Cats held a 10-33 record when opponents scored first.

Both Stratton and Lee would leave the outcome of this one up to their respective bullpens, as the game would stay tied until the ninth inning.

For the second game in a row, the Rainiers tagged the River Cats bullpen for two runs, with tonight’s damage being done once again by Zunino, launching a two-run shot over the left field fence for the winning runs. Right-hander Jean Machi was the culprit tonight, coming in for relief of left-hander Steven Okert in the ninth, allowing a double before serving up Zunino’s second long ball of the game. On the night, Tacoma managed to get base runners in scoring positions in six of the nine innings.

Six of the Sacramento’s seven hits tonight came in the first three innings of tonight’s loss. Susac finished 2-for-4 with a run and RBI, extending his hitting streak to four games. Through the first three games of this series, the 26-year-old is now 5-for-12 (.416) with six RBI.

The River Cats will look to finish the first half of the season on a high note before the All-Star break. On the hill for Sacramento will be the young right-hander Joan Gregorio (2-4, 5.07) and for Tacoma it will be righty Jordan Pries (1-1, 4.26) making his second start for Tacoma (sixth game). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be head live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations