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Casey Kelly’s Seven Strong Not Enough For Sacramento River Cats

Shaw clubs 12th home run of season, game slips away in extras

 ROUND ROCK, TX — For the fourth time in his last five outings, right-hander Casey Kelly pitched seven innings and allowed one run or fewer. On Thursday night in Texas, however, it went for naught as three former Giants farmhands led a late-inning comeback to push the Round Rock Express (30-36) over the Sacramento River Cats (32-35) 6-5 in 10 innings.

Kelly struck out eight to come within one of his season high, which he set on May 29 at home while facing Albuquerque. The one earned run over seven frames lowered Kelly’s season ERA to 4.77. The number sat as high as 11.29 through five starts, but allowing just six runs over his last 34 innings has helped to decrease that figure drastically.

Sacramento was trailing 1-0 in the fourth when outfielder Chris Shaw’s 12th home run of the year cleared the right-field fence. He would end up finishing the night reaching base a total of three times, adding a double and a walk, as well. Infielders Ryder Jones and Orlando Calixte also recorded two hits, with Jones driving in two of the team’s five runs.

But when right-hander Jose Valdez entered in the bottom of the ninth for the River Cats, things began to unravel, and all at the hands of former teammates.

Express shortstop Nick Noonan, drafted by San Francisco out of high school in 2007, launched a three-run homer to cut the deficit to one. Then it was Tommy Joseph, drafted by the Giants in 2009 and shipped to Philadelphia for Hunter Pence in 2012, who tied the game with a single with two down in the ninth. And lastly, Round Rock walked off to Hunter Cole’s RBI single an inning later.

Cole was a 26th-round pick by the Giants in 2014 out of the University of Georgia and was the player-to-be-named-later when the San Francisco acquired right-hander Sam Dyson from the Texas Rangers.

San Francisco Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzjia (0-0, No ERA) will make a rehab start for the River Cats Friday night as the club will look to win their fourth road series of the season. The Express will counter with former River Cat left-hander Michael Roth (2-0, 3.24). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on theMiLB 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

 Jarret Parker’s Walk-Off Leads Sacramento River Cats In  Pablo Sandoval’s Debut

River Cats derail Express 4-3, snap five game skid

West Sacramento, CA Jarrett Parker played hero Tuesday night in Pablo Sandoval’s River Cats debut, hitting a ninth inning walk-off home run as the Sacramento River Cats (41-61) defeated the Round Rock Express (46-57) 4-3 Tuesday night.

Parker stepped up the plate with two outs in the ninth inning and delivered, blasting a 428-foot solo home run to left-center field to give Sacramento their first walk-off homer this season. Parker’s walk-off was the highlight of the game, but Sandoval left an impression in his own right in his River Cats debut.

Sandoval hit second and started at third base tonight for Sacramento, playing seven innings. The switch-hitter finished the game 1-for-4 with a run and stretched a line drive to right field into a double. His double came off Round Rock right-hander Clayton Blackburn who spent two and a half seasons with Sacramento before being traded to the Texas Rangers earlier this year.

The River Cats will send right-hander Jose Flores (0-1, 3.68) to the hill for game two and will square off against Round Rock’s right-hander David Ledbetter (2-2, 3.86). 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 Top Triple-A Attendance Charts; Raley Field Opens Gates to 670,000-Plus

Photo by Shawn Jonas

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – With 12,488 on hand for Monday’s Labor Day season finale against the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Sacramento River Cats have moved into the top spot in overall attendance in all of Minor League baseball for the 2015 season.

In their first season as the Triple-A affiliate of the World Champion San Francisco Giants, the River Cats welcomed 672,354 fans through the gates at Raley Field, more than any other team in Triple-A baseball. That number is nearly a 10% increase from the River Cats 607,839 overall attendance in 2014 and is the most since 2008. An average of 9,338 fans came out to the ballpark per game.

This is the third consecutive year that the River Cats have led the Pacific Coast League in attendance. The last time they finished second in the league was in 2012, when they closed the season with 586,090, behind the Round Rock Express (Texas Rangers). This year, the Express came in at number two in the PCL, with a 595,012 overall attendance (8,623 per game).

Raley Field, with a capacity of 14,014, saw 12 sellouts this season, bringing their all-time sellout total to 95. The River Cats hosted 10,000 or more 25 different times this season.

The Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) led the International League with 669,398. While second overall, the Knights’ 9,428 per game average (71 openings) was the best across Triple-A baseball.

Tickets for next season are available and can be purchased by visiting rivercats.com or calling the River Cats ticket hotline at 916-371-HITS (4487).

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations