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Dave Brundage Returns As Sacramento River Cats Manager To Defend Title In 2020

New pitching coach Glenn Dishman will join returning hitting coach Damon Minor and fundamentals coach Jolbert Cabrera

West Sacramento, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats, in conjunction with the San Francisco Giants, are thrilled to welcome Dave Brundage back for his fourth season as manager of the River Cats as they defend their Triple-A National Championship during the 2020 season.

Brundage will be joined by Damon Minor, who will return for his fifth season as the River Cats’ hitting coach, and fundamentals coach Jolbert Cabrera, who will enter his second season in Sacramento. One of two newcomers for 2020 will be pitching coach Glenn Dishman. The training staff will be made up of athletic trainer David Getsoff and strength and conditioning coach Andy King who are each returning for their third seasonas well as athletic trainer Hiro Sato, who returns for his second year. Also joining the staff for 2020 is bullpen coach C.J. Picerni

In 2019, Brundage led the River Cats to the franchise’s 12th division title, fifth Pacific Coast League crown, and a record third Triple-A National Championship. An Oregon native, he joined the River Cats in 2017 and has compiled a 192-229 record in his three seasons at the helm in Sacramento. Before coming to Sacramento, the veteran manager spent the previous four seasons with the International League’s Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies Triple-A). 

Brundage, 54, made his managerial debut in 1995 with the Riverside Pilots (Seattle Mariners Class A-Advanced) but has spent most of his managerial career at the Double- and Triple-A levels. Prior to his four seasons with Lehigh Valley, Brundage helmed the Richmond/Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves Triple-A) for six seasons from 2007 through 2012. He made his Triple-A debut in 2006 with the Pacific Coast League’s Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle Mariners Triple-A). Brundage has a career record of 1,563-1,544 (.503) in 22 seasons as a manager including a 985-1010 (.494) mark at the Triple-A level.

Selected 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, 44, returns to the River Cats for his fifth season as hitting coach. In his fourth year with the team, Minor worked closely with River Cats players Mike Yastrzemski, Jaylin Davis, and Zach Green, who would eventually go on to make their Major League debuts in 2019.

A former Giant, Minor was drafted by San Francisco in 1996 before making 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.

Cabrera, 47, is back with the River Cats’ coaching staff as fundamentals coach following managerial stints with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (San Francisco Giants’ Class-A Short Season) in 2017, and Augusta GreenJackets (San Francisco Giants Class-A) in 2018. 2020 will be his fifth season with the San Francisco Giants as a coach.

As a player, Cabrera signed with the Montreal Expos in 1990, and played in the Major Leagues for the Cleveland Indians (1998-2002), Los Angeles Dodgers (2002-2003), Seattle Mariners (2004), and Cincinnati Reds (2008). Cabrera also played in 1,274 minor league games over the course of his career, and even visited Sutter Health Park in 2007 as a member of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Colorado Rockies Triple-A). 

Glenn Dishman joins the club from Richmond, Va. after serving two seasons as pitching coach for the Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants Double-A). The former left-handed Major Leaguer will replace fellow lefty Steve Kline, who will swap clubs with Dishman and rejoin the Richmond staff where he had previously spent three seasons prior to his two-year stint in Sacramento.

Dishman, 49, grew up in the Bay Area and attended Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward. He would go on to appear in 33 Major League games spread across three teams, most notably his rookie season in 1995 when he made 16 starts for the San Diego Padres totaling 97 innings pitched.

Sacramento’s training staff will return unchanged for the 2020 season. David Getsoff is back with the River Cats as athletic trainer in his 12th season with the Giants organization, while Andy King will be the River Cats’ strength and conditioning coach in what will be his seventh season with the Giants. Finally, Hiro Sato will work alongside Getsoff as athletic trainer for the second consecutive season. He spent 2018 with the Richmond Flying Squirrels and will be entering his sixth season with the Giants.

CJ Picerni, 27, rounds out the River Cats field staff for 2020. Picerni was drafted by the Washington Nationals as a catcher in 2016, and is entering his second season as a minor league bullpen catcher and coach for the San Francisco Giants.

The Sacramento River Cats will kick off 2020 by taking on the San Francisco Giants in an Exhibition Game on Sunday, March 22 at Sutter Health Park in West Sacramento. The club’s PCL and Triple-A title-defense will officially begin on Thursday, April 9 in Reno, with Opening Night at Sutter Health Park coming on Tuesday, April 14 against the Tacoma Rainiers.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Webb’s Sacramento River Cats Debut Spoiled By Late Sounds Comeback

Rocklin native tosses seven one-run innings with seven strikeouts

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (64-56) welcomed another local product on Monday night, as Rocklin-native Logan Webb impressed with seven innings of one-run ball in his Triple-A debut against the Nashville Sounds (52-66). Despite the sensational performance, the club fell 3-2 to the visiting Sounds.

The 22-year-old graduate of Rocklin High School lived up to the hype Monday night, striking out seven batters over his seven innings with zero walks, featuring a mid-90’s fastball and excellent command of all his pitches. Webb is ranked as the number five prospect in the San Francisco Giants organization, according to mlb.com.

The right-hander got some early help from teammate Zach Green at the plate. Green, a fellow Sacramento-area native (Carmichael), crushed his team leading 25th home run in the bottom of the first to give the River Cats an early 2-0 lead. The offense, however, was shut out for the remainder of the game, going 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position on the evening. 

Right-hander Enderson Franco (6-5, 5.98) will get the nod as the River Cats try will try to salvage a series split, while the Sounds will roll with lefty Brock Burke (0-0, 1.80). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM.

Sacramento River Cats Fall To Nashville Sounds 3-13

River Cats fall 13-3 in front of franchise’s 100th sellout 

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (63-55) lost their second consecutive game by double-digits, falling 13-3 to the Nashville Sounds (51-65) with Saturday night’s capacity crowd on hand.

The offense fell flat for the second night in a row, mustering just five hits. But, all three runs came by way of solo homers, including the first at Raley Field for Captial Christian High School graduate Mauricio Dubon

Another Sacramento high school product, third baseman Zach Green, as well as outfielder Mike Gerber both launched their 24th home runs of the season to lead the club. For Green, it was his first back with the River Cats since being optioned by the Giants on August 4.

Veteran right-hander Carlos Torres (1-1, 2.49) will be making his River Cats debut while the Sounds are sending their own veteran righty Tim Dillard (0-0, No ERA) to the mound. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM.

Sacramento River Cats Take Series From Bees Despite Dropping Finale

Rickard caps off fantastic five-game series with three more hits

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The Sacramento River Cats (51-47) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on Thursday but could not contain the Salt Lake Bees (42-56) offense, losing the series finale 9-6. The club will head to Tacoma tomorrow after taking three of five against the Bees.

Sacramento outfielder Joey Rickard gave the visiting River Cats the early lead with an RBI-single in the first inning. Rickard had a brilliant series, going 10-for-17 over the five game span. Steven Duggar added two hits and scored a run in the contest.

Right-hander Brandon Beachy was promoted from Double-A Richmond to make his first career start for the Sacramento River Cats Thursday night. The 32-year old tossed 5.1 innings, allowed seven runs (six earned) on seven hits while striking out four batters. The MLB-veteran has not pitched in the big leagues since 2015, following two Tommy John surgeries on his right elbow. He was 3-6 with a 5.60 ERA in 11 games with the Flying Squirrels before his promotion.

The River Cats took the lead at 5-4 in the sixth inning on a Levi Michael sac bunt, but the Bees scored five runs over the next three frames to put the game out of reach. Third baseman Zach Green did smack his 23rd homer of the season in the ninth, but was too little too late. 

Sacramento will pack up and head to Tacoma for a three game series beginning tomorrow night. Left-hander Conner Menez (2-0, 3.82) is expected to get the nod for the River Cats, while the Rainiers will turn to lefty Sean Nolin (3-0, 2.45) for the series opener. 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 (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Menez Strong Again As Sacrmaneto River Cats Squeak By Grizzlies

Left-hander walks none and strikes out seven in 3-2 win

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (48-44) surrendered a run in the ninth but held on for a 3-2 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies (47-46).

Left-handed starter Conner Menez was chased in the sixth, but not until striking out seven in 5.2 strong innings. The Hollister, Calif. native walked none and allowed just one run, giving him just a single earned run over his last 11.2 innings.

A pair of Zach Green run-scoring singles and a Chris Shaw solo shot provided the offense on Saturday night, with Shaw’s 445-foot bomb serving as his 10th with the River Cats this season.

The River Cats will turn to veteran left-hander Ty Blach (3-4, 6.24) while the Grizzlies are set to debut highly-ranked prospect Wil Crowe for his first Triple-A start. First pitch is set for 1:05 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

Sacramento River Cats’ Zach Green Named PCL Player Of The Week For July 1-7

Jesuit High School product hit .385 with four home runs and 13 RBI for the week

West Sacramento, Calif. – The Pacific Coast League office announced Monday their Player and Pitcher of the Week for the period of July 1-7. Sacramento River Cats infielder Zach Green was named Player of the Week, while left-handed starter Sean Nolin of the Tacoma Rainiers took home Pitcher of the Week honors. 

For the week, Green hit .385 and led the PCL with 13 RBI and tied for the league lead with 4 home runs. Green finished among league leaders in runs (7), hits (10), total bases (24) and had a slash line of .515/.923/1.438. Green hit in six of seven games with two three-hit games, including a two-home run game on July 5 against the Reno Aces. On July 7 against the Aces, the 25-year-old went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, five RBI, three walks and scored two runs.

Green, who was selected in the third round by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2012 draft out of Jesuit High School in Sacramento, CA, is batting .320 (62-for-194) with 22 home runs and 55 RBI. Green has notched 17 multi-hit games, five multi-home run games and 14 multi-RBI games this year for the River Cats. This is the second Player of the Week honor for Green in his career (June 24, 2018 with Double-A Reading Fightin Phills).

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Crush Aces To Finish Out First Half

Green reaches base six times as club shatters franchise record with 27 hits

RENO, Nev. — The Sacramento River Cats (46-43) moved into first place heading into the All-Star break with a record-breaking 21-7 blowout victory over the Reno Aces (39-50) on Sunday afternoon.

After trailing 6-2 through two innings, the Sacramento offense would explode for 19 unanswered runs over the course of the next seven frames. The five-run third inning, which put the River Cats ahead for good, was comprised of two big home runs – a three-run shot from shortstop Abiatal Avelino and a two-run bomb from first baseman Chris Shaw. Both players would finish the game with four runs batted in.

As the game got out of hand, third baseman Zach Green hit his team-leading 22nd home run of the season in what was his fifth time reaching base in the ballgame. He would single in the ninth to finish the afternoon going 3-for-4 with three walks.

Then in the ninth, the River Cats would add three more runs on five hits to smash a franchise record for most hits (27) in a game. Their previous high (24) had been set twice in team history, most recently on April 30, 2016 at Salt Lake.

The River Cats will return from the break primed for a four-game showdown with the Pacific Northern division rival Fresno Grizzlies, who sit just a half game back of Sacramento. Right-hander Enderson Franco will be on the hill for River Cats facing a pitcher yet to be determined by Fresno. 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

Sacramento River Cats’ Duggar Buries Aces With grand slam

Menez works six shutout innings in 5-1 River Cats victory

Reno, Nevada — The Sacramento River Cats (45-43) used a dominant pitching performance from Conner Menez and a grand slam from Steven Duggar to defeat the Reno Aces (39-49) 5-1 on Saturday night in the Biggest Little City

Conner Menez flashed ace-like stuff Saturday night, twirling six shutout innings en route to his first Triple-A win of 2019. The lefty breezed through the first five innings, and was able to escape a jam in the six inning when the Aces loaded the bases with one out. Menez proceeded to strike out Yasmany Tomas for his eighth strikeout of the night then coaxed a lineout to end the threat.

Sacramento only managed six hits on the night but made them count, tagging the Reno pitching staff for five runs. Zach Green doubled home Joey Rickard in the second inning to get the River Cats an early 1-0 lead, but the big hit came off the bat of Steven Duggar, who smacked the second grand slam of his career in the seventh to give the River Cats some late inning insurance.

Lefty Andrew Suarez (4-6, 5.54) will aim to give the River Cats the division lead headed into the All-star break, making his 13th start of the season. Reno will turn to right-hander Braden Shipley (2-3,7.46) to close the series. First pitch is set for 1:05 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

Walk-off Homer Dooms Sacramento River Cats In Slugfest

Green tacks on two more homers, Rickard doubles three times

West Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (44-43) found themselves locked in a back and forth battle with the Reno Aces (39-48), losing in heartbreaking fashion on a walk-off home run from Pacific Coast League journeyman Cody Decker.

Third basemen Zach Green continues to smash the baseball, blasting two more home runs on Friday night, giving him 21 this season. He has now hit 10 homers in his last 14 games, while hitting .309 (17-for-55) with 19 RBI over that span.

Sacramento found themselves trailing by one run headed into the ninth, but rallied to take the lead on back-to-back doubles from outfielders Joey Rickard and Mike Gerber, followed by a Chris Shaw RBI-single, the 500th minor league hit of his career. 

Shaw looked poised to be the hero, but Reno’s left fielder Cody Decker blasted a two-run walk-off homer against Jandel Gustave to hand the River Cats their second straight loss.  

Lefty Conner Menez (0-0, 5.32) will look to get the River Cats back on track Saturday evening against the Aces. Reno will toss right-hander Matt Koch (1-5, 9.64) for game three of the four-game set. 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

Green Blasts Grand Slam But Sacramento River Cats Drop Game

Isotopes launch grand slam of their own, win 9-5

West Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (42-41) had defeated the Albuquerque Isotopes (35-49) in seven consecutive games until Monday night when the visiting club ended the streak with a 9-5 victory.

Sacramento trailed 4-0 after the Isotopes got to pitcher Conner Menez in the fourth inning. But the River Cats immediately countered to take the lead just a half inning later as third baseman Zach Green hit his 19th home run of the season – a towering grand slam that quickly tied the game. The shot made it four homers in four consecutive games for the red-hot Green and eight in his last 10.

Second baseman Levi Michael would add an RBI sacrifice fly to give the River Cats the lead, but Albuquerque would give the River Cats a taste of their own medicine in the sixth as right fielder Sam Hilliard put the game’s second grand slam up on the board. 

Left-hander Andrew Suarez (3-6, 6.29) will look to get the River Cats back on track Tuesday night as he’ll be facing fellow Isotopes lefty Pat Dean (2-8. 7.25). 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