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Sacramento River Cats Leave New Orleans Baby Cakes Battered In 6-2 Win

Melancon makes rehab start, Sandoval collects first RBI for Sacramento

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (45-62) offense pounced on the New Orleans Baby Cakes (40-67) early, scoring four runs in the first inning as they took game two of the series 6-2 Sunday evening at Raley Field.

San Francisco Giants closer Mark Melancon got the start for the River Cats, facing the minimum in his one inning by inducing an inning-ending double play after allowing a walk. In the home half of the first, Sacramento jumped on New Orleans starter and former Giants’ left-hander Mike Kickham for four runs in an inning that including five hits – two for extra bases – and two stolen bases.

Third baseman Pablo Sandoval gave the River Cats their first run of the ballgame by driving in Wynton Bernard with a sacrifice fly in the four-run first. Mac Williamson, Chris Shaw, and Trevor Brown each knocked in a run in the frame, as well. Sacramento struck again in the fourth as first baseman Ryan Lollis drove in a pair with two outs to put the game away.

Sacramento will send right-hander Jose Flores (0-1, 4.03) to the hill tomorrow. New Orleans will counter with left-hander Justin Nicolino (4-4, 3.55). 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 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 Defeat El Paso Chihuahuas 7-6

Brown delivers walk-off hit in only at bat as River Cats defeat El Paso 7-6

West Sacramento, CA – It took 12 innings Tuesday night at Raley Field, but thanks to a strong bullpen showing and a walk-off RBI single from Trevor Brown, the Sacramento River Cats (39-56) beat the El Paso Chihuahuas (48-48) 7-6.

Coming into tonight, Sacramento was 0-21 when trailing at home after eight innings. Tonight however, the River Cats rallied to score the game’s final four runs from the seventh inning on in their third-longest game this season.

Sacramento first mounted their comeback in the ninth thanks Ryan Lollis’ RBI-single, which scored Ali Castillo to tie the game at six. Lollis once again was the catalyst in the 12th, leading off the inning with a double before being scoring on Brown’s walk-off single. With the win, the River Cats improved their record to 5-4 in extra innings and 3-1 at home.

The River Cats and Chihuahuas will come right back tomorrow afternoon for a game three matinee. Right-hander Tyler Beede (5-7, 5.12) will get the call for Sacramento and left-hander Dillon Overton (2-2, 6.75) will go for El Paso. First pitch is set for 12:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live on the air on ESPN 1320 and online at rivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtresy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats, San Francisco Giant Extend Affiliation

Photo by Shawn Jonas

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA –The Sacramento River Cats and San Francisco Giants have announced an extension of their Player Development Contract (PDC). The extension is for four years, keeping the Giants’ Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento through the 2020 season.

River Cats General Manager Chip Maxson will make the official announcement at today’s Preseason Party at 12:30 p.m. in front of loyal fans at Raley Field.

“I’m extremely excited to share that we are officially extending our Player Development Contract with the San Francisco Giants,” says Maxson. “Our first year together was an incredible success, both on and off the field, and we’re proud to share that our dynamic partnership with the San Francisco Giants will continue well into the future.”

The Giants originally entered into a two-year PDC agreement with the River Cats in September of 2014. With this extension, the two teams will remain affiliated through the 2020 season.

“Sacramento has proved to be an incredibly important affiliate for us. The proximity to San Francisco, the loyal fan-base in the Sacramento-region, and the passion of the ownership and front office has been nothing short of spectacular,” said Giants CEO and President Larry Baer. “The future is bright for our relationship with the River Cats organization.”

San Francisco’s General Manager, Bobby Evans, echoed Baer. “The communication between our clubs is very strong and we seemed to fall in step with each other immediately. They has gone above and beyond to provide our players with an excellent place to play.”

Despite entering just their second season as the Giants’ Triple-A affiliate, the River Cats have already seen their fair share of players entering into the Major Leagues. Trevor Brown, Josh Osich, Kelby Tomlinson, and Jarrett Parker headlined a group of nearly fifteen players who put in time with both the River Cats and Giants. Conversely, a number of Giants made their River Cats debut in 2015 on rehab assignments, including Hunter Pence, Matt Cain, Joe Panik, and more.

Sacramento is one of San Francisco’s five domestic minor league affiliates, joining Double-A Richmond (Eastern League), Advanced-A San Jose (California League), Class A Augusta (South Atlantic League) and Short-Season A Salem-Keizer (Northwest League).

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Blach Derails Round Rock, Throws Complete Game Shutout

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA. – The Sacramento River Cats had a number of headliners Monday night at Raley Field, but none of them were more impressive than the performance by Ty Blach. The young left-hander tossed a complete game, three-hit shutout for the River Cats as Sacramento rolled through Round Rock Express to their eighth straight win. On the other side of the ball, Mac Williamson led the offense in an 11-run outburst with a career night at the plate.

Blach (11-10, 4.26) was masterful, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out six en route to his first career nine-inning complete game shutout. He threw 117 pitches in the effort, 78 of them for strikes, and all of those pitches were working. Blach kept the ball consistently on the edges and kept Round Rock off balance all night by mixing his pitches.

“The big thing for me was mostly just mixing, you know. Taking advice from (pitching coach) Dwight and working in my breaking balls more,” he said after the game. “Being able to execute those and keep the hitter off balance more. Trevor did an awesome job calling pitches back there today, too, again just keeping those guys off balance all night.”

Blach has now made 24 starts and thrown a PCL-high 147.2 innings this season. He has gone at least six innings in 17 of those 24 starts and allowed one earned run or less in six.

No complete game shutout is without its fair share of excellent defensive plays, and Blach was quick to point out the guys behind him.

“The defense played awesome behind me. Noonan and Arias and Franny made some nice plays around the infield, Fordy made some really nice catches out there in center. It’s easy to pitch when you’ve got that going behind you.”

On a night where the River Cats pitching and defense were on point, the offense came along, too, exploding for 11 runs on 15 hits and setting a new season-high for runs scored at home this year. All nine River Cats starters recorded a hit, with five recording more than one. Six of the nine starters also scored at least one run.

Leading the way was outfielder Mac Williamson, who reached base five times in the 11-0 rout. The powerful right-hander went 2-for-2 with a career-high six RBI. He roped a two-run double in the third inning and absolutely crushed a grand slam home run in the sixth. He also drew two walks, was hit by a pitch, and scored four runs.

The River Cats will go for the sweep tomorrow night behind right-hander Chris Stratton (3-4, 3.62). Opposite him will be Round Rock’s right-hander Nick Martinez (0-0, 4.50). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento Wins Sixth Straight with 13th-Inning Walk-Off

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA. – The Sacramento River Cats picked up their sixth straight win in dramatic fashion Saturday night, kicking off their homestand with a 3-2 walk-off win in front of a sold-out crowd at Raley Field. Sacramento and the Round Rock Express traded zeros for seven innings before Trevor Brown broke the 2-2 tie with a walk-off single in the bottom of the 13th inning.

With one down in the 13th, Darren Ford poked a single to centerfield. The hit was his third of the night, and the speedy outfielder reached base four times overall going 3-for-5 with a walk and a run scored. Ford stole second – his second stolen base of the night and 27th of the season – before Brown came to the plate.

Brown entered the game in the top of the tenth, replacing the rehabbing Andrew Susac. Brown lined an 0-1 pitch to right field as Ford raced home from second, scoring easily and giving Sacramento their eighth extra-inning win and seventh walk-off win of 2015.

Susac, in Sacramento on a rehab assignment for a sprained right-thumb, was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts just one night after going 2-for-4 with a home run with the San Jose Giants (Advanced-A). Susac caught nine innings for Sacramento before being replaced by Brown in the 10th.

Round Rock scored first, jumping ahead 1-0 in the fourth on a solo home run off the bat of outfielder Jared Hoying. The River Cats quickly countered, scoring twice on a Jarrett Parker RBI-double and a Kevin Frandsen RBI-single in the bottom half of the inning to take a 2-1 lead. Not to be outdone, Round Rock evened the score at two with a run-scoring single by Beamer Weems in the top of the fifth. The score stayed locked at two until Brown’s run-scoring single sent the River Cats home winners.

Parker started his fifth straight game as the cleanup hitter for Sacramento and continued to have success in the role. Entering tonight’s game, the left-handed slugger was hitting .319 with two home runs, 10 RBI, and 15 stolen bases from the cleanup spot. With two more hits and an RBI, Parker is now hitting .327 (17-for-52) as the number four hitter.

While the River Cats bullpen as a whole was superb, the group was headlined by right-hander Cody Hall. Hall threw three shutout innings, scattering three hits and striking out two. Most impressively, Hall needed just 32 pitches, 26 of which were strikes, to record nine outs. Brett Bochy picked up the win, his fourth of the season.

Game two of the series will get underway tomorrow evening right back at Raley Field. Left-hander Nik Turley (5-6, 5.02) will take the mound for Sacramento as they look to push their win streak to seven. The Round Rock Express have yet to announce a starter. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m., the first Sunday home five o’clock start of the season. The game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Defeat Fresno Grizzlies 9-3; Blackburn Wins Fifth Straight

FRESNO, Calif. – It was all Sacramento River Cats in Sunday night’s 9-3 win, as they scored nine unanswered runs in the first seven innings. RBIs from six different players and another masterful performance from Clayton Blackburn highlighted the victory, avoiding a series sweep in the process.

The River Cats came out ready to battle the Grizzlies and avoid a series sweep. Darren Ford led off the game with his ninth home run to immediately put Sacramento on the board. He finished his night 3-for-5 with a single, a double, a home run, and two RBIs.

Ford, Ryan Lollis, and Juan Perez contributed Sacramento’s three home runs in tonight’s win. They were one homer short of tying their season-high of four home runs in a game. The 2015 record came from the River Cats’ 15-6 win over Salt Lake City where they blasted four home runs, two of which were from Perez.

Trevor Brown led off both the second and sixth innings with doubles, one of which was an RBI-double. Tonight’s game saw six doubles from five different players, which was just one shy of the River Cats’ season-high for doubles. Six players contributed to seven doubles in the April 19th game against Salt Lake.

One triple away from recording the second cycle in River Cats history, Lollis’ 3-RBI night was key for Sacramento. He finished his night 3-for-4 with a single, a double, and a home run. Tonight marked Lollis’ second 3-RBI game and his fifth multi-RBI game this season.
Blackburn had a rough first inning, walking two consecutive batters and loading the bases. He managed to pitch himself out of the jam, and proceeded to retire nine batters in a row, including four strikeouts. Blackburn finished his evening allowing just two hits while walking four and striking out five in 5.1 innings of shutout baseball. He was replaced by Steven Okert, who picked up where Blackburn left off, striking out two and retiring all five of the batters he faced during his 1.2 shutout innings.

Curtis Partch struggled during his outing, allowing all three of Fresno’s runs on five hits, but Mike Broadway’s two strikeouts in the ninth solidified the River Cats’ win. Blackburn picked up his eighth win and lowered his ERA to 3.30 in tonight’s victory.

After a scheduled day off Monday, the River Cats will resume their 14-day road trip in Tacoma. Sacramento leads the season series 7-4 and won their last four-game set 3-1, which was also held at Cheney Stadium. LHP Nik Turley (5-6, 4.86) will be on the mound for the River Cats. Turley has been inconsistent, allowing 5+ runs in 5 starts, but also allowing 2 or fewer runs 7 times. His last outing against Tacoma came at Raley Field on June 7th when he allowed 7 runs on 6 hits in just 2.0 innings. The Rainiers’ starting pitcher is to be announced. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall to Fresno Grizzlies; Noonan Makes Return to Giants Organization

August 8, 2015 – 10:50pm

Photos by Shawn Jonas

FRESNO, Calif. – Coming off of their first road shutout loss of the season, the Sacramento River Cat bats again struggled as they fell to the Fresno Grizzlies by the final of 12-2. Nick Noonan made his return to the San Francisco Giants organization in the loss, but a short evening from Tommy Hanson spoiled the homecoming.

The 28-year old Hanson did not have one of his better outings Saturday night, as he lasted just 2.1 innings while allowing 9 runs (7 earned) on 8 hits with 2 walks and just 1 strikeout. The start was the shortest of the season for Hanson, and is the fifth time in his 7 starts with Sacramento that he did not make it past the 4th inning.

Fresno tagged Hanson early, putting up 2 runs on 3 hits in the opening frame. The biggest blow of the evening came in the third, however, as the Grizzlies sent 13 men to the plate while scoring 7 runs on 6 hits and an error. Fresno launched 2 home runs and added a triple in the inning to force Hanson out of the game.

Noonan, an infielder who re-signed with the Giants organization this week, made his Sacramento River Cats debut on Saturday, entering the game in the fifth inning and finishing 0-for-2 at the dish. Noonan was originally drafted by the Giants in the first round of the 2007 amateur draft, and made his Major League debut with San Francisco on April 3, 2013.

The River Cats had very little offensive highlights to speak off, as they collected a total of 6 hits as a team. The first run of the day came in the fifth, as Ryan Lollis (1-for-3, RBI) drove in his 26th run of the season on a single to center. The next inning, catcher Trevor Brown (1-for-4, RBI) drove in the club’s only other run on a soft line drive single to left field.

Right-hander Mike Hauschild (6-3, 3.49) got the starting nod for Fresno, and held Sacramento in check over his 6 innings of work. Hauschild allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, walking 1 and striking out 8. The start was Hauschild’s second against Sacramento in 2015 (July 12), both resulting in wins.

The Sacramento bullpen was taxed in Saturday’s loss. Five different relievers had to be used in the game, combining for a total of 5.2 innings. Curtis Partch looked especially sharp in his appearance, striking out the side in a perfect seventh inning.

Saturday was the 14th time in the 2015 campaign that the River Cats committed 3 errors. In those games, Sacramento holds a record of 2-12 while allowing opponents to score an average of over 8 runs per game.

Sacramento will look to avoid their fifth series sweep of the year tomorrow, when they send young right-hander Clayton Blackburn (7-3, 3.51) to the mound. Blackburn has won his last four starts, posting a 2.16 ERA while holding opposing hitters to a .286 batting average in that time. Opposing him for the Grizzlies will be RHP Brady Rodgers (9-5, 4.59). Rodgers started against the River Cats on June 25, and took the loss after allowing 4 runs over 5 innings. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. and can be heard on ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall to Fresno Grizzlies 2-0

FRESNO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats and the Grizzlies exchanged zeroes for five innings, but a two-run homer from Fresno was enough to hand Sacramento the loss. Despite a season-high eight strikeouts from starting pitcher Chris Stratton, the River Cats couldn’t piece together anything offensively as they were shut out 2-0.

Chris Stratton struggled early on, walking four through the first three innings, but continued to find a way out of the tough spots. His lows came with highs, too, as he struck out a season-high eight. Stratton found his groove in the fifth inning, rattling off four consecutive strikeouts. He tossed six innings in the outing, allowing two runs on four hits while walking five and striking out eight. He threw 104 pitches, 65 for strikes, and falls to 2-4 with a 3.52 ERA for the season.

Juan Perez tried to get things started for Sacramento in the fourth inning, hitting his second double of the series and then stealing third base, but the River Cats could not capitalize on the opportunity after Mac Williamson and Jarrett Parker struck out to end the inning.

Perez finished his night 2-for-4 with a single and a double. He now has 24th multi-hit games this season and has two doubles, two home runs, and 5 RBIs in his last five games.

The Grizzlies finally snapped the scoreless game in the sixth inning. A double from Jon Singleton was followed by a home run off the bat of Tyler White to put Fresno up 2-0. The River Cats immediately responded with a leadoff single in the seventh by Kevin Frandsen, followed by another from Trevor Brown, but a double play off the bat of Ben Turner dashed their hopes of evening the score.

The River Cats grounded into three double plays tonight, one in each of the third, seventh, and eighth innings. They were one away from their season-high of four from their 4/27 game vs. Tacoma.

This is the first time the River Cats have been shut out on the road. Coming into tonight, they were 2-0 in shutouts on the road and 2-3 at home. Their last shutout win came in a 10-0 victory in game one of their double-header against Albuquerque on 7/27. The last time Sacramento was in Fresno, the River Cats came up with a 2-0 shutout win on 6/24.

Brett Bochy pitched two scoreless innings of relief tonight, allowing just two hits while walking one and striking out one. He threw 44 pitches, 24 for strikes, and lowered his ERA to 3.05.

Tomorrow the River Cats will send Tommy Hanson (0-4, 7.33) to the mound. Hanson is coming off what is arguably his best start of the season, in which he went four innings but allowed just one run on four hits and two walks with six strikeouts. He lasted 3.2 innings his last time out against the Grizzlies, allowing three runs on five hits and four walks with six strikeouts. Opposing Hanson will be Mike Hauschild (5-3, 3.54) for the Grizzlies. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT).

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Curtis Partch Dominates Inb First Start For Sacramento; Parker Shines In River Cats 5-1 Victory Over Las Vegas 51s

 Photos by ShawnJonas

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif.Jarrett Parker shined under the lights Friday night in front a sold-out crowd at Raley Field as he powered the Sacramento River Cats past the Las Vegas 51s 5-1 to take the series finale and the series. Right-hander Curtis Partch dominated in his first start for Sacramento, striking out a season-high seven in four innings.

Parker showed off his easy power in the first inning, doubling to the deepest part of the yard in right-center. Mac Williamson and Trevor Brown both came around to score on the knock, putting the River Cats up 3-0. The double was his 12th of the season.

The 26-year-old unleashed again in the fourth, belting a solo home run, his 16th, to left to give the River Cats a 4-1 lead. Overall, Parker was 2-for-4 with a double, home run, and 3 RBI in the win.

Curtis Partch (1-2, 3.54) made a spot start for the River Cats after last weekend’s doubleheader pushed the rotation back a day. The start was his first since May 20, 2014 when he went three innings for the Triple-A Louisville Bats. The right-hander had made 36 relief appearances prior to tonight, maxing out at 2 2/3 innings on July 1 against Salt Lake.

The transition appeared effortless for Partch who recorded a new season-high seven strikeouts over four innings, also a season-high. He threw 52 pitches (35 for strikes), allowing just one run on two hits and a walk.

The River Cats used six different pitchers in the win, and although Partch’s start was certainly impressive, left-hander Josh Osich’s appearance may have edged his out for the best of the night. Osich entered the game in the top of the eighth in a bases-loaded, no-out situation and proceeded to strikeout out the side to get the River Cats out of the jam.

The left-hander mixed a 96-97 mph fastball with a devastating 90 mph slider and a disappearing changeup to keep Las Vegas off balance and flailing at the plate. He pitched a scoreless ninth inning, striking out one more, to close out the game and picked up the win, his first, for his dominating effort.

Sacramento finishes the month having gone 15-13, posting a winning record in a single month for the first time since April (12-9). They will head out on the road tomorrow for a four-game set with the Salt Lake Bees. August also marks the start of a stretch where the River Cats play 21 of their next 30 on the road.

Toeing the rubber tomorrow night will be left-hander Ty Blach (9-8, 4.00). Opposing him will the righty Alex Sanabia (1-10, 7.44). First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. PT and can be heard live on rivercats.com and on ESPN 1320.