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Zach Green’s Homers Lead Sacramento River Cats Past Rainiers

Carmichael native Zach Green homers twice to clinch opening series win

West Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (3-1) picked up their third win in the first four games of the 2019 campaign, defeating the Tacoma Rainiers (1-3) 10-3 behind a pair of long balls from Jesuit High School alum and Sacramento third baseman Zach Green.

Fan-favorite lefty Ty Blach got the start on Sunday, kicking off his return to West Sacramento after spending the last two seasons in the big leagues. Blach was tagged for three runs in the opening frame before settling down to blank the Rainiers over the next three. He finished his season debut with a no decision.

The River Cats’ bats showed no signs of cooling off following their 11-run outburst on Saturday night, putting up a 10-spot on the visiting Rainiers. The club’s 31 runs this season ranks second behind only the Las Vegas Aviators. Catcher Stephen Vogt gave the River Cats the lead for good when he smacked a homer to dead center in the 5th inning, while Green added solo home runs in the 4th and 8th innings.

The Sacramento bullpen closed the game strong again this afternoon, as Pat Venditte, Williams Jerez, and Sam Coonrod combined for five shutout innings of relief.

The River Cats and Rainiers will close the book on their five-game set on Monday with RHP Enderson Franco (0-0, No ERA) making his San Francisco Giants’ organizational debut. Tacoma will send RHP Nabil Crismatt (0-0, No ERA) to the mound, who like Franco will also be making his organizational debut for his respective team. First pitch is set for 12:05 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 being at 7:00 p.m. (PT).

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 Salt Lake Bees 5-2

Five run deficit too much for Sacramento, but new River Cats shine

SALT LAKE CITY, UTSacramento River Cats baseball kicked off the 2016 season in Salt Lake against the Bees at Smith’s Ballpark Thursday night. 2015 Pacific Coast League innings-pitched leader Ty Blach got the nod for the season opener, but an early deficit was too much for the offense to come back from as the River Cats fell to the Bees 5-2.

Sacramento fell behind early as Salt Lake jumped out to a 5-0 lead through five innings. Blach (0-1, 7.94) struggled with his command in his first start of 2016, walking three batters and giving up five runs – all earned – on seven hits in five and a third innings of work. In total, he threw 47 of his 82 pitches for strikes. In 2015, Blach averaged 66% strikes over the course of the season and didn’t walk a batter until his fifth start (26 and two thirds innings pitched).

On the other side of the ball, the River Cats offense struggled to get anything going against Bees starter Nate Smith (1-0, 1.59), who struck out five and allowed just two hits in five innings. Sacramento eventually got to Smith in the sixth, scoring two runs on a Conor Gillaspie single and another on a Salt Lake error, but were unable to extend the inning around a double play and a lineout. The Bees committed two errors on the night, but managed to limit the damage to just the two runs (one earned).

Those runs would be the last of the game, as both bullpens allowed just three total hits in five and two thirds combined innings. Vin Mazzaro and Philip McCormick were excellent in their River Cats debuts, posting two and a third scoreless innings. Also shining in their first game with Sacramento were second baseman Ramiro Pena (1-for-3, 2B), Gillaspie (1-for-4, RBI), and Hak-Ju Lee, who recorded five putouts at shortstop and scored a run.

The River Cats will return home to Raley Field on Friday, April 15, when they host the Salt Lake Bees. The two teams will face each other 12 times in their first 24 games this season, including the next three nights. Sacramento will take the field behind 2015 PCL ERA champ Clayton Blackburn (0-0, No ERA). Opposite Blackburn will be the Bees right-hander Yunesky Maya (0-0, No ERA). First pitch is set for 5:35 p.m. and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall To Omaha Storm Chasers 6-0

OMAHA, NE. – The Sacramento River Cats were unable to resume their winning ways Monday night in Omaha, falling 6-0 to the host Storm Chasers. Former first round pick Chris Stratton was roughed up early, and the lack of offensive support from the Sacramento bats pushed the River Cats back to a .500 record.

Tupelo, Mississippi’s own Stratton (3-5, 4.19) did not look his best Monday night, lasting just 5 innings. He allowed 6 runs on 9 hits during that time, walking 4 and striking out 4 in the process. The start ties the most runs Stratton has allowed in an outing this year (allowed 6 on July 22 vs. El Paso).

Omaha got on the board early, plating two runs with two-outs in the second to take an early lead. They would strike again in the next frame, as the first six batters in the inning all reached base, with three scoring on a home run from Cheslor Cuthbert and then another run off a Stratton wild pitch.

Sacramento was unable to manufacture many offensive chances in the game. Their only opportunities came in the first when Everth Cabrera made it to third with two outs. Again in the seventh, the River Cats got Joaquin Arias to third with two outs, but in both cases they would strand the runner in scoring position. The River Cats finished the night 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Right-hander Andy Ferguson (5-3, 3.16) looked very strong in his start for the Storm Chasers, as he worked 6.2 innings. Ferguson allowed just 3 hits in his shutout performance, surrendering no walks and striking out 2. Tuesday was the fifth time, and just the second time on the road, that the River Cats were shutout this year.

The loss pushes the River Cats back to .500 (65-65) on the season. Sacramento is currently on a stretch in which they have finished the last 12 season with a winning record. In order to secure a winning record this year, the River Cats must win seven of their final 13 games. In the history of the Pacific Coast League, no team has ever recorded 13 consecutive winning seasons.

There was one bright spot for the River Cats on Tuesday, as pitcher Ty Blach was named PCL Pitcher of the Week for the week of August 17-13. Blach made two starts in that time, leading the league in innings pitched (17), ERA (0.53), opponents’ batting average (.107), and WHIP (0.53).

Sacramento will look to get back on the winning side tomorrow night in game three of this four game set. It will be the right-hander Tommy Hanson (2-5, 6.43), coming off of back-to-back wins, for the River Cats. Opposing him will be righty Clayton Mortensen (7-9, 5.40) toeing the rubber for the Storm Chasers. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT) and can be heard live on rivercats.com, or after the conclusion of The Rise Guys on ESPN 1320.

Game Recap 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

Rain Delay Doesn’t Slow River Cats Offense; Sacramento Defeats Tacoma Rainiers 6-2

TACOMA, Wash. – The Sacramento River Cats and Rainiers were delayed just over half an hour this morning due to rain, but the wet conditions and late start didn’t faze Sacramento in the least as they picked up their second straight win in Tacoma and third straight overall. Nick Noonan and Darren Ford both homered for the River Cats as Sacramento rolled to a 6-2 victory.

Noonan, making just his second start for the River Cats, shined this afternoon. Starting at shortstop, the right-handed hitter was 3-for-4 with a two-run home run in the top of the second inning. The homer put the River Cats up 2-1 and gave them a lead they would not relinquish. Noonan later singled in the fourth inning, driving in two more to extend Sacramento’s lead to 4-1.

Ford also contributed to the scoring, blasting a solo home run to left field in the top of the seventh. The home run, which was his second in the last two games, was his 11th of the season. He was 1-for-5 in the game overall.

Ford’s home run last night set a new season-high for the outfielder, and he continues to add on. Previously, the most home runs Ford had hit in a season was nine. He reached that mark twice, in both 2007 and 2009.

Mac Williamson also had a strong day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. The right-handed hitting outfielder has struggled lately at the plate, going just 2-for-20 over his last five games, but looked much more comfortable in his at bats today.

Overall, the River Cats offense tallied six runs on 12 hits. The Sacramento bats have really come to life as of late, having racked up 32 hits and scored 24 runs over their last three games.

Ty Blach picked up his 10th win of the season for the River Cats, becoming the first Sacramento starter to reach the double-digit mark this season. The left-hander went five innings and allowed two runs on nine hits and a walk with four strike outs. He benefited from some solid defense behind him as the River Cats turned three double plays to erase a number would-be rallies.

Brett Bochy, Steven Okert, and Mike Broadway combined to pitch four shutout innings. Broadway entered the game with two down in the eighth before pitching a scoreless ninth en route to his 10th save of the season. He is a perfect 10/10 in save opportunities and has now lowered his ERA to 1.04.

The River Cats and Rainiers will resume things tomorrow night at the regular time with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. It’ll be Chris Stratton (2-4, 3.52) on the mound for Sacramento. Stratton has been excellent on the road, posting a 2-2 record with a 2.98 ERA in eight road starts. For Tacoma, it’ll be the lefty Roenis Elias (3-1, 8.03). 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

Middle-Inning Rally For River Cats Not Enough Lose 7-4 To Grizzlies

FRESNO, Calif. – Looking to even up the? series with the Fresno Grizzlies, the Sacramento River Cats battled but came out on the wrong end of a 7-4 summer’s evening contest. Sacramento made things interesting with a rally in the middle innings, but the surge wasn’t enough to give Ty Blach the run support necessary to earn his 10th win of the year.

Left-hander Blach (9-10, 4.51) did not look sharp out of the gates, as Fresno tagged him for three runs in the opening frame. He would settle down afterwards to give his offense a chance, but a 2-run homer from Matt Duffy in the sixth was too much to overcome. Blach finished the night allowing 6 runs on 9 hits, walking 1 and striking out 3 over 5 innings of work.

Trailing 4-1 entering the fourth inning, the River Cats had a chance to rest and regroup following a delay due to home plate umpire Spencer Flynn needing medical attention after taking a foul ball taken off the mask earlier in the game. Once play resumed, back-to-back singles set up an RBI single for Skyler Stromsmoe, cutting the deficit in half. Stromsmoe finished the night 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

In the fifth, Sacramento threatened with a two-out rally. After a walk from Jarrett Parker, Ben Turner singled to right field to drive him in. Two batters later, Darren Ford line a ball into the gap in left-center field driving in Turner and trying the game. Tuner finished the game 3-for-4 with an RBI and 2 runs scored, and is now batting .386 (10-for-26) on the road in Triple-A this season. The game did not stay tied long as Duffy hit a 2-run homer with nobody out in the bottom half.

The top of the order cooled off for Sacramento Thursday night. The first five spots in the order (Everth Cabrera, Ryan Lollis, Kevin Frandsen, Mac Williamson, and Parker) combined to go 0-for-21.

Grizzlies’ starting pitcher Mark Appel (1-2, 4.62) took a no decision after lasting just 4.2 innings. The 2013 first overall pick of the Houston Astros allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits, walking 3 and striking out 4. The win went to RHP Jordan Jankowski (6-3, 3.91) after throwing 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.

The River Cats bullpen put in another strong night, as they combined for 3 solid innings of work. Steven Okert pitched a perfect sixth inning, striking out 2 in the process. Cody Hall put in 2 innings of work, allowing 1 run on 2 hits, walking 1 and striking out 3.

Fresno did not look like their usual selves Thursday, as for one night only they changed their names to the Fresno Tacos. With around 50 Taco Trucks at Chukchansi Stadium, Fresno donned white and green uniforms with a bright orange taco logo on the cap.

Things will get back to normal on Friday as the River Cats once again take on the Grizzlies for game three of this four game set. For Sacramento, it will be right-hander Chris Stratton (2-3, 3.56). Stratton is coming off back-to-back wins in his last two starts. For Fresno, LHP Brett Oberholtzer (4-3, 4.89) will take the mound. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. and can be heard live on rivercats.com and ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Fall to Salt Lake Bees 6-4

Photo by Shawn Jonas

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Sacramento River Cats got their season long 14-day road trip underway with a 6-4 loss in Salt Lake against the Bees. Jarrett Parker continued to swing the hot bat and place himself in scoring position, but an attack in the middle innings from Salt Lake, playing Friday’s game as former PCL team the Salt Lake Gulls, proved to be too much for Sacramento to overcome.

Trailing by two in the fifth, Salt Lake struck for two singles, a double, a home run, a walk, and a sacrifice to blow the game wide open. The big hit came with two outs, after two runs had already crossed home to tie the score, Alfredo Marte hit a 3-run homer to left to give the Bees a 6-3 lead.

Coming off a 2-for-4 night with a homer and 3 RBIs Friday, Parker continued to swing a hot bat as he went 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and a run scored. In his last seven games, Parker has hit safely in six of them. The River Cats combined for 9 hits on the night, but went just 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

Left-hander Ty Blach (9-9, 4.27) started out the night looking strong up until the fifth inning rally. He finished the night allowing 6 runs on 9 hits, walking 2 and striking out 3. The 6 runs are the most Blach has allowed in his last six starts. During that time, Blach held a record of 4-1, with an ERA of 4.00.

Blach had started the night with a lead before ever stepping on the mound. With two out in the top of the first, designated hitter Juan Perez narrowly got over the left field wall for his fourth home run of the year. However, the lead did not last long as the Bees muscled together three singles in the second to even the score. Sacramento led twice in the game, but each time the lead lasted no more than one inning.

Right-hander Alex Sanabia (2-10, 7.32) got the starting nod for Salt Lake, and even with the first inning run, was able to pick up his second win of the year. Sanabia went 6 innings, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits, surrendering 1 walk while striking out 5.

Salt Lake payed homage to former Pacific Coast League team the Salt Lake Gulls on Saturday with a “Turn Back the Clock Night”. The Bees changed their names to the ‘Gulls’ for the night and donned bright orange and green throwback uniforms.
Sacramento will send former first round pick RHP Chris Stratton (1-3, 3.02) to the mound tomorrow night for the second game of this four game series. Stratton is coming off a win his last time out, the first win he has received in his Triple-A career. Salt Lake has yet to announce a starting pitcher for Sunday. Game time is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. (PT) and can be heard live on rivercats.com as well as ESPN 1320.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Series Preview: Las Vegas 51s; River Cats Look to Play Spoiler Against Division-Leading 51s

Photo by Shawn Jonas

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats will face the Las Vegas 51s (New York Mets) for the fourth and final time this season as Las Vegas makes their second appearance at Raley Field tonight, kicking off a four-game series. The division-leading 51s are looking to extend their lead in the Pacific Southern, but the River Cats are playing for the season series and enter the homestand trailing Las Vegas five games to seven.

Scouting the Teams

Protecting a five-game lead in the Pacific Southern division, the 51s have stumbled slightly coming out of the All-Star break. In their first 12 games since the break, they are 5-7 despite averaging more than five runs a game. The 51s are in the middle of a stretch where they play 21 of 29 games on the road with their stop in Sacramento right in the middle. Las Vegas has played well enough on the road so far this season though, hitting .268 away from their home park and posting a 22-28 road record.

Sacramento is coming off of an offensive outburst on Monday in which they swept a doubleheader with the Albuquerque Isotopes, outscoring them 20-1 in the process. Since the All-Star break, the River Cats have had their ups and downs, holding a record of 7-5 in that 12 game span. The River Cats currently sit 12 games back of the first-place Fresno Grizzlies in the Pacific Northern division. After this four game series, Sacramento will embark on a season-long 13-game road trip.

Players to Watch

Las Vegas’ OF Travis Taijeron comes into the series hitting over .300 in his last 10 games. The right-handed outfielder has smashed two homers while driving in five for the 51s in that time. Taijeron entered the season known for his power and ability to get on base, and has not disappointed. His 17 home runs lead the team and his .406 on base percentage is second among active 51s.

The 51s’ RHP Matt Bowman was named the PCL Pitcher of the Week yesterday. He achieved that honor thanks to his start last Tuesday, in which he threw a complete game 2-hit shutout against the Fresno Grizzlies. In 2015, Bowman holds a record of 7-10 with a 5.32 ERA.

River Cats’ INF Adam Duvall has continued to post excellent numbers in the month of July, both at home and on the road. He is hitting .350 in 22 July games while slugging nine home runs and driving in 29, with four of those home runs and 11 RBIs coming at Raley Field.

Sacramento’s OF Ryan Lollis and INF Kevin Frandsen have both had great success against the 51s this season. The duo are hitting .571 and .474, respectively, with a combined seven runs scored, three extra base hits, and four RBIs.

Matchup History

The River Cats will be looking to take the upper hand on the 51s this series, as the two sides split a four game series at Raley Field back in the second week of the season. Overall in 2015, Sacramento is 5-7 in 12 games against the 51s, with eight of those contests occurring at Cashman Field in Las Vegas. Historically, the River Cats have fared well against Las Vegas, with a record of 146-106 (.579).

Probable Pitchers

Tuesday, July 28 (7:05 p.m. PDT): RHP Tommy Hanson (0-3, 6.41) vs. RHP Dillon Gee (4-1, 6.35)

Wednesday, July 29 (7:05 p.m. PDT): RHP Clayton Blackburn (5-3, 3.84) vs. RHP Tyler Pill (2-6, 7.60)

Thursday, July 30 (7:05 p.m. PDT): LHP Nik Turley (4-5, 5.37) vs. RHP Luis Cessa (0-2, 8.84)

Friday, July 31 (7:05 p.m. PDT): LHP Ty Blach (9-8, 4.00) vs. RHP Matthew Bowman (7-10, 5.32)

Series Preview Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Vs Albuquerque Isotopes; River Cats Swing Away in Doubleheader Sweep

Photo by Shawn Jonas

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – After an unexpected rain storm washed away last night’s game, the Sacramento River Cats and Isotopes took part in a doubleheader Monday. Thanks to phenomenal starts from both Ty Blach and Chris Stratton, as well as another big day by Adam Duvall, Sacramento crushed Albuquerque in both games of the doubleheader (10-0 and 10-1) and grabbed the series victory.

Game One

Blach (9-8, 4.00) was masterful in the opening game. The left-hander went the distance, throwing a 7-inning shutout while allowing just 4 hits and no walks. Blach also got the job done offensively, going 2-for-4 at the plate with 2-RBIs.

Every River Cat who played in game one recorded a hit, and all but three recorded multi-hit games. Overall, the River Cats scored 10 runs on 16 hits to provide more than enough offense for Blach.
Sacramento’s offensive outburst was once again led by Duvall. He went 3-for-4 with a home run, double, and 4 RBIs in game one. Carlos Triunfel went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the second inning. The first four spots in the order (Kelby Tomlinson, Ryan Lollis, Juan Perez, and Duvall) combined to go 9-for-15 in game one of the double-dip.

Game Two

Game two seemed to be a continuation of the first game, as Duvall launched a three-run home run in the very first inning. Overall, Duvall finished the doubleheader going 4-for-8 with 2 home runs, a double, and 7 RBIs. The River Cats would add two more in the second, and then put up 4 runs while sending 10 men to the plate in the fifth.

Right-hander Chris Stratton (1-3, 3.02) finally earned his first Triple-A win in the final game Monday. The former first round pick went all 7 innings, allowing just 1 run on 3 hits, walking 2 and striking out 4. Like Blach, Stratton also helped himself from the plate, going 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs and a run scored.

Monday was the second doubleheader the River Cats have had this season. Earlier in the month on July 7, Sacramento and Reno split a doubleheader at Aces Ballpark, which due to rain delays did not conclude until after one o’clock in the morning.

The River Cats will now look forward to a four game series at Raley Field against the visiting Las Vegas 51s. Toeing the rubber in game one of that series will be the veteran right-hander Tommy Hanson (0-3, 6.41). Opposing him will the another veteran of the Major League level, righty Dillon Gee (4-1, 6.35). First pitch Tuesday is set for 7:05 p.m.

Game Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations