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Sacrmaneto River Cats’ Comeback Comes Up Short Against Grizzlies

River Cats settle for series split, head to Salt Lake for five games in four nights

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (48-45) forged a comeback attempt in the ninth, driving home two runs to cut the deficit to one, but fell just shy of a series win with a 5-4 loss to the Fresno Grizzlies (48-46). 

Ty Blach pitched excellent for the River Cats, going 7.1 innings and allowing just two earned runs in what was his longest outing since May 5 of last season. Unfortunately the Grizzlies struck for three runs in the top half of the ninth off left-hander Fernando Abad, and though the River Cats would collect three hits in their half of the inning, a strikeout of Aramis Garcia would end the game with the tying run on second base.

Sacramento received impressive performances from center fielder Steven Duggar, who reached base four times, and infielder Cristhian Adames, who doubled twice and drove in his first run as a member of the River Cats.

The River Cats will embark on an 11-game road trip, featuring a doubleheader on Tuesday in Salt Lake. But before the twinbill, it will be right-hander Casey Meisner making his Triple-A debut for Sacramento. He will be squaring off with fellow righty Adrian De Horta (0-2, 8.01). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats’ Blach Provides Seventh Straight Win Over Isotopes

Gerber blasts 18th homer, finishes 2-for-4 with 3 RBI in 7-2 victory

West Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (42-40) continued their dominance over the Albuquerque Isotopes (34-49), winning 7-2 for their seventh straight victory over the Colorado Rockies affiliate.

Ty Blach bounced back in a big way for the River Cats on Sunday afternoon. Coming off a few tough starts in a row, the lefty cruised through six innings before allowing a couple runs in the seventh and giving way to the bullpen. Blach earned his third win of the season, finishing with 6.1 innings and allowing two runs on four hits. He struck out six Isotopes hitters and walked just one. 

Submariner Tyler Rogers and lefty Williams Jerez shined in relief, tossing 2.2 innings of no-hit, shutout baseball to close out the game. Jerez struck out the side in the eighth.

Offensively it was Mike Gerber and Austin Slater providing the thump, combining to go 4-for-8 with four runs batted in and three runs scored. Gerber crushed his 17th homer of the season to pull within one of Zach Green for the team lead in home runs.

The Sacramento River Cats will look to push their streak against the Isotopes to eight on Monday with Conner Menez (0-0, 4.22) taking the mound.  Albuquerque will toss righty Rico Garcia (0-1, 8.10). 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 Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Nine-run Sacramento River Cats Lead Does Not Hold Up In Rough Loss To Aviators

Ramos and Garcia homer, every River Cats starter picks up at least one hit

West Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (36-36) jumped out to a 10-1 lead in the desert, but the Las Vegas Aviators (41-32) come all the way back to get the win 11-10 in walk-off fashion.

Every Sacramento starter picked up at least one hit in this one, with nine of their 12 total hits coming in the first two innings. Henry Ramos led off the second inning with a solo home run, and Aramis Garcia had the biggest hit of the night for the River Cats – a three-run shot to center field in the fifth. However just two River Cats would reach base over the final 4.2 innings, as the Las Vegas bullpen was spectacular in relief of starter Paul Blackburn.

The River Cats built up a 10-1 lead going into the bottom of the fifth, but the Aviators would storm back, scoring ten unanswered runs in the final five frames. The Aviators tied the game against Fernando Abad in the ninth before walking off on a Corban Joseph RBI-single to center.

Starter Ty Blach took a no decision on Thursday, working 5.2 innings and allowing five runs. He sailed through five innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth and gave way to the bullpen.

The River Cats will be back at it tomorrow night, with young left-hander Conner Menez (0-0, 4.09) taking the ball and looking for his first Triple-A win of 2019. The Aviators will counter with righty Parker Dunshee (2-4, 5.20). 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, or on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

New Orleans Baby Cakes Hold Off Sacramento River Cats’ Comeback Attempt

Peña collects three hits in 4-3 loss to New Orleans

Metairie, La. — Looking to tie their longest winning streak of the season, the Sacramento River Cats (31-31) came up just short losing 4-3 to the New Orleans Baby Cakes (35-28). 

The River Cats loaded the bases in the eighth inning and plated two runs to make it a one-run game, but Baby Cakes reliever R.J. Alvarez got a big strikeout on shortstop Abiatal Avelino to end the threat. Catcher Francisco Peña was part of that late-inning rally as he singled home Austin Slater for his third hit of the game. Earlier on, Peña clubbed his third homer of the year and added a double, as well.

Left-hander Ty Blach settled down nicely after allowing a run in the opening inning, but a two-run shot off the bat of New Orleans second baseman Isan Diaz in the seventh inning ended Blach’s scoreless run. Still, Blach’s outing was one of his best of the year as he walked no one and struck out a season-high seven.

Lefty Conner Menez, promoted from Double-A Richmond, will be making his 2019 debut with Sacramento. He’ll be up against New Orleans ace Zac Gallen (1-0, 1.67). First pitch is set for 11:00 a.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, or on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Drop Series Finale Despite Strong Outing From Blach

Freeman and Green go deep, River Cats lose rubber match with Aviators 7-5

West Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (28-29) bullpen was unable to hold an early lead as the Las Vegas Aviators (32-26) came back in the series finale to take the game 7-5 and the series 3-2.

Lefty Ty Blach got the start for Sacramento on Sunday and was solid in his five innings of work. He allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts on the day. Blach would exit the game with a 4-2 lead after five, but would finish with a no-decision.

At the plate, three River Cats picked up multi-hit games on the afternoon, with center fielder Mike Gerber, shortstop Abiatal Avelino, and catcher Ronnie Freeman each collecting two hits. Freeman hit his third home run of the season in the second inning and first baseman Zach Green blasted a mammoth 449-ft. homer in the eighth.

The Aviators did the bulk of their damage against the normally stingy River Cats’ bullpen, tagging submarine-righty Tyler Rogers with three runs on four doubles in the sixth inning and adding a two-run homer against Williams Jerez in the eighth.

The River Cats will get an off day on Monday before embarking on a seven-game road trip to Oklahoma City and New Orleans. River Cats’ right-hander Carlos Navas (0-4, 5.09) will be on the hill Tuesday to open the series with the Dodgers, who will counter with right-hander Tony Gonsolin (1-1, 2.31). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, or on Money 105.5 FM beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Mike Yastrzemski Homers Late To Lift Sacramento River Cats Over Salt Lake Bees

Gerber extends hit streak to six games as Sacramento picks up first road win

Salt Lake City, Utah — The Sacramento River Cats (5-4) picked up their first road win of the year, defeating the Salt Lake Bees (2-6) 4-2 thanks to a late home run from Mike Yastrzemski and a solid start from Ty Blach.

Blach put up five strong innings, striking out six batters, but did not factor into the decision for the second straight time. Mike Gerber stayed hot, leading off the game with a double and later coming around to score as the River Cats jumped out to an early lead. 

Left fielder Yastrzemski came up with the biggest hit of the night, however, blasting his first homer in the seventh to give Sacramento a 3-2 lead that they would never relinquish. The Giants acquired Yastrzemski from the Baltimore Orioles near the end of Spring Training in exchange for former River Cats pitcher Tyler Herb.

The River Cats bullpen was terrific backing up Blach on Friday. They allowed just one earned run over four innings, striking out five Salt Lake batters. Sam Coonrod picked up his first save while also preserving his perfect 0.00 ERA in 4.2 total innings.

The River Cats will go with Righty Enderson Franco (0-0, 18.00) in game two of four facing left-hander Dillon Peters (0-0, 0.00) for the Bees. First pitch is set for 5:35 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 beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

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.

BEEDE, TylerGARCIA, AramisGERBER, Michael
BLACH, TyVOGT, StephenRAMOS, Henry
JEREZ, WilliamsAVELINO, Abiatal
JOHNSON, ChaseGREEN, Zachary
LAW, DerekJONES, Ryder
ROGERS, TylerSOLANO, Donovan
SAMPSON, KeyviusVALERA, Breyvic
SUAREZ, Andrew

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