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Hjelle stifles Rainiers, 3 River Cats go yard in series-finale victory

River Cats 6, Rainiers 1
May 22, 2022

West Sacramento, Calif. — Powered by excellent pitching from right-hander Sean Hjelle (3-2) and the bullpen, and three home runs, the Sacramento River Cats (20-22) stopped their three-game skid with a 6-1 series-finale victory over the Tacoma Rainiers (15-27) on Sunday. Hjelle quickly set the tone with a dominant effort

Walton, Villar go back-to-back in late offensive surge defeat

Rainiers 10, River Cats 6
May 22, 2022

West Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (19-22) again fell victim to a strong starting performance, losing 10-6 to the Tacoma Rainiers (15-26) on Saturday. Tacoma right-hander Daniel Ponce de Leon (4-2) was electric, striking out the first nine batters of the game, finishing with 12 punch outs while

2 early runs burn River Cats in shutout defeat

Rainiers 2, River Cats 0
May 21, 2022

West Sacramento, Calif. — Fans in attendance at Sutter Health Park were treated to a quality pitchers’ duel as the Sacramento River Cats (19-21) fell 2-0 to the Tacoma Rainiers (14-26) on Orange Friday. The two teams combined for six total hits and 21 strikeouts. A run in the second

Former River Cats shine in Sacramento’s loss to Tacoma

Rainiers 11, River Cats 0
May 20, 2022

West Sacramento, Calif. — Two former River Cats stole the show at Sutter Health Park as the Sacramento River Cats (19-20) fell 11-0 to the Tacoma Rainiers (13-26) on Thursday. Tacoma left-hander Tommy Milone (1-0) had a near-perfect return to Sacramento. The former River Cats pitcher (2013-14) did not allow

Villar, González homer, River Cats shutout Rainiers

River Cats 5, Rainiers 0
May 18, 2022

West Sacramento, Calif. — A dominant pitching display and home runs by right fielder Luis González and third baseman David Villar lifted the Sacramento River Cats (19-19) to a 5-0 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers (12-26) to even the series on Wednesday. Right-hander Raynel Espinal (3-0) set the tone with

Padlo homers in River Cats’ series-opening defeat

Rainiers 8, River Cats 3
May 18, 2022

West Sacramento, Calif. — A monster day from rehabbing Seattle outfielder Kyle Lewis was too much to overcome, as the Sacramento River Cats (18-19) fell to the Tacoma Rainiers (12-25) in Tuesday’s series-opener at Sutter Health Park. Lewis went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and a two-run double, while

River Cats’ Villar wins PCL Player of the Week

25-year-old infielder posts 1.620 OPS in 6-game series split at El Paso (May 9-15)
May 16, 2022

West Sacramento, Calif. — Sacramento River Cats infielder David Villar was named PCL Player of the Week after his impressive showing at the El Paso Chihuahuas from May 9-15. The Giants’ 11th round pick out of South Florida in 2018 went 8-for-20 (.400) with nine runs, two doubles, four home

Dean homers thrice, Diaz twice in River Cats’ comeback victory

River Cats 11, Chihuahuas 8
May 15, 2022

El Paso, Texas — One day after being burned by the long ball, the Sacramento River Cats (18-18) blasted six homers in their 11-8 comeback victory at the El Paso Chihuahuas (20-16) to earn the series split on Sunday. Down 8-7 in the top of the eighth with two on

Johnson plates 2, Chihuahuas blast 5 homers in River Cats defeat

Chihuahuas 9, River Cats 6
May 15, 2022

El Paso, Texas — The Sacramento River Cats (17-18) were burned by home runs, falling 9-6 to the El Paso Chihuahuas (20-15) on Saturday. Eight of El Paso’s nine runs came via the home run, including the final three on left fielder Brent Rooker’s walk-off big fly. First baseman Aderlin

La Stella’s grand slam highlights River Cats’ slugfest victory

River Cats 16, Chihuahuas 12
May 14, 2022

El Paso, Texas — There was no shortage of offense at Southwest University Park on Friday, with four lead-changes and seven home runs providing plenty of fireworks as the Sacramento River Cats (17-17) out-homered the El Paso Chihuahuas (19-15) for a 16-12 series-tying victory. Sacramento designated hitter David Villar, who

Villar, Padlo homer, River Cats fall below .500

Chihuahuas 11, River Cats 4
May 13, 2022

El Paso, Texas — A strong performance from the heart of the order was not enough to lift the Sacramento River Cats (16-17) past the home El Paso Chihuahuas (19-14), as they fell 11-4 on Thursday evening. Left fielder Jason Vosler, third baseman David Villar, and first baseman Kevin Padlo

Villar’s 2 homers fuel River Cats’ extra innings comeback win

River Cats 10, Chihuahuas 9
May 12, 2022

El Paso, Texas — A shutdown bullpen effort and two clutch home runs from first baseman David Villar powered the Sacramento River Cats (16-16) to a 10-9 comeback, extra innings victory over the El Paso Chihuahuas (18-14) on Wednesday. Having already hit a grand slam to ignite the comeback in

Williams knocks in 2, Padlo doubles twice in series-opening defeat

Chihuahuas 11, River Cats 7
May 10, 2022

El Paso, Texas — Two early unearned runs and a four-run fifth proved to be the undoing for the Sacramento River Cats (15-16) as they fell 11-7 to the El Paso Chihuahuas (18-13) in Tuesday’s series-opener. Five different Chihuahuas left the yard, with center fielder Luis Liberato’s fifth-inning three-run shot

Tom plates Williams, River Cats drop 1st series of season

Aviators 3, River Cats 1
May 8, 2022

West Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (15-15) could not escape their day-game struggles, dropping their first series of the year with a 3-1 loss to the Las Vegas Aviators (17-13) on Sunday. The River Cats put the tying runs on base in both the eighth and ninth innings,

Longoria singles, Williams throws 2.1 scoreless innings in Saturday night defeat

Aviators 13, River Cats 0
May 8, 2022

West Sacramento, Calif. — Two nightmare innings proved to be the difference as the Sacramento River Cats (15-14) fell 13-0 on Saturday to the division rival Las Vegas Aviators (16-13). The game was scoreless through the first three innings, but a five-run fourth put Las Vegas on top, and an

Espinal punches out 9, Ramos plates 2 in Friday night shutout

River Cats 4, Aviators 0
May 7, 2022

West Sacramento, Calif. — Behind stellar pitching performances by right-hander Raynel Espinal (2-0) and the bullpen, the Sacramento River Cats (15-13) regained a share of first place with a 4-0 win over the Las Vegas Aviators (15-13) on Friday night. Sacramento pitchers combined to strike out 14 while allowing four

La Stella homers, Villar plates 3 in 9th inning defeat

Aviators 7, River Cats 5
May 6, 2022

West Sacramento, Calif. — A home run from second baseman Tommy La Stella and three RBIs from third baseman David Villar ultimately were not enough to complete the comeback, as the Sacramento River Cats (14-13) fell 7-5 to the Las Vegas Aviators (15-12) on Thursday night. The Aviators took sole

Dunshee stifles River Cats to even series

Aviators 5, River Cats 0
May 4, 2022

West Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (14-12) could not make it two in a row as right-hander Parker Dunshee (1-1) and the visiting Las Vegas Aviators (14-12) downed the home team 5-0 on Wednesday. Dunshee earned his first win of the season with an impressive effort, allowing one

Johnson’s late hit lifts River Cats to series-opening victory

River Cats 4, Aviators 3
May 4, 2022

West Sacramento, Calif. — Powered by a late-two out RBI single from left fielder Bryce Johnson, the Sacramento River Cats (14-11) took the opening game of their series with the Bay Area-affiliated rival Las Vegas Aviators (13-12), winning 4-3 on Tuesday. Tied at three with two outs in the bottom

Padlo plates 6, homers thrice in Sunday finale defeat

Isotopes 16, River Cats 8
May 1, 2022

Albuquerque, N.M. — Despite four home runs, three from first baseman/left fielder Kevin Padlo, the Sacramento River Cats (13-11) fell 16-8 in Sunday’s finale to split their series at the Albuquerque Isotopes (10-14). Padlo, who was playing in just his fourth game for Sacramento since arriving via trade from Seattle

Blandino’s slam highlights 14-run offensive clinic

River Cats 14, Isotopes 11
May 1, 2022

Albuquerque, N.M. — Starting with a first-inning grand slam by second baseman Alex Blandino, the Sacramento River Cats (13-10) stormed out to an 11-run lead in the second inning, holding on to win 14-11 over the Albuquerque Isotopes (9-14) on Saturday night. For the second straight game, all nine River

Wade, Dean, Padlo all homer in Friday night offensive showcase

River Cats 12, Isotopes 8
April 30, 2022

Albuquerque, N.M. — Highlighted by a four-run second and five-run fifth, the Sacramento River Cats (12-10) evened their series in Albuquerque with a 12-8 win over the Isotopes (9-13). Right fielder Austin Dean, second baseman Kevin Padlo, and rehabbing San Francisco left fielder LaMonte Wade Jr. all launched home runs

Ramos, Gamboa knock in runs, Isotopes blast 6 homers

Isotopes 13, River Cats 2
April 28, 2022

Albuquerque, N.M. — The Sacramento River Cats (11-10) had trouble keeping the ball in the yard, surrendering six home runs in their 13-2 defeat to the Albuquerque Isotopes (9-12) Thursday morning. Similar to the first two games of the series, Sacramento was trailing after the first. For the second straight

Villar, Mathisen homer in Wednesday defeat

Isotopes 6, River Cats 3
April 27, 2022

Albuquerque, N.M. — The Sacramento River Cats (11-9) could not overcome an early deficit, falling 6-3 to the Albuquerque Isotopes (8-12) on Wednesday night. Starting with a leadoff home run from former River Cats outfielder Wynton Bernard, the Isotopes burst out to a 5-0 lead with three runs in the

Tom homers twice, River Cats score 8 straight in series-opening win

River Cats 9, Isotopes 7
April 26, 2022

Albuquerque, N.M. — Powered by seven combined RBIs from right fielder Austin Dean and designated hitter Ka’ai Tom, the Sacramento River Cats (11-8) held on for a 9-7 victory over the Albuquerque Isotopes (7-12) in the series opener on Tuesday. After falling behind 3-0 in the first, Tom ignited the