Outfielder reaches milestone as River Cats beat Padres 5-1

Sacramento outfielder Brandon Moss reached the 1,000th minor-league hit in Thursdays 5-1 victory over the Padres. The top of the first inning proved eventful as the Padres’ first batter, left fielder Daniel Robertson, was hit by the pitcher in the left shoulder. Second baseman Everth Cabrera was out after lining out to River Cats short stop Adam Rosales. Right fielder Sawyer Carroll hit a fly into a double play, which was caught by right fielder River Cats’ Jermaine Mitchell. He then threw to first baseman Chris Carter taking Padres’ Robertson out on first. The River Cats also started off with a bang in the bottom of the first as their first hitter, right fielder Jermaine Mitchell, hit a triple over second base. Center fielder Collin Cowgill singled up the middle, allowing Mitchell to score the first run of the evening. Carter then singled to left field, Cowgill took third. Driving hitter Brandon Moss singled to right-center field, and Cowgill scored the second run for the evening while Carter took second. Third baseman Josh Donaldson grounded into a force out, by Padres third basemen James Darnell to second basemen Cabrera, allowing Carter to take third, but Moss was out on second. Catcher Derek Norris singled to left field, Carter scored a run, and Donaldson took second. Left fielder Grant Green grounded into a double play, hitting […]

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River Cats lose second game against Rainiers

The River Cats lost to the Tacoma Rainiers 2-1 in final inning of Wednesday’s 10-inning game. This was the second game in the River Cats four-game series against the Rainiers. The River Cats won the previous game Tuesday 5-1. The sun shone off and on through the partially cloudy sky, and the 68-degree temperature made the stadium a comfortable place to sit and watch the game. Fans were smiling and cheering the entire time. The first inning appeared promising for the River Cats after Rainier shortstop Carlos Triunfel’s interference at bat caused the first out of the game. The interference also sent center fielder Trayvon Robinson back to first after his attempt to steal second and third. Robinson was then caught stealing second before designated hitter Mike Carp struck out to end the top of the first inning. Although the River Cats didn’t score in the first inning, right fielder Michael Taylor’s home run in the second inning gave the River Cats an early lead at 1-0. The third inning began a series of fly outs and strikeouts, most notably in the fourth inning when Rainier pitcher Forrest Snow struck out three River Cats players – shortstop Adam Rosales, third baseman Stephen Parker and catcher Petey Paramore – in row. There wasn’t much action until the seventh inning when Rainiers left fielder Johan Limonta singled […]

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East Sacramento Preservation’s Guessing Game

Finders seekers! Here’s our second East Sacramento Preservation’s ‘Where in the Neighborhood Is This?’ If you can find this spot in East Sacramento you’ll win a free yogurt from HeavenLys Yogurt in East Sacramento. You must tell where it’s located and why it’s there. Place your best guess in the comments section of the East Sacramento Preservation web site. First correct entry wins the prize. All Sacramentans are welcome to try. The location is in the traditional boundary of East Sacramento. Pull out your binoculars and hit the road. It’s out there somewhere!

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River Cats defeat Zephyrs 7-2

The Sacramento River Cats played a memorable game Thursday night at Raley Field with two home runs and no runs from the New Orleans Zephyrs until the fifth inning. Despite losing the first game of the series against the Zephyrs on May 23, it was the third win for the River Cats this week. Michael Taylor (LF) scored his first home run of the season during the second inning and Josh Donaldson (C) hit one in the bottom of the seventh. With 6,111 people in attendance, the crowd had high energy and enthusiasm, with children yelling “Dinger! Dinger!” and KISS fans singing “I Wanna Rock and Roll All Night.” There were several mistakes made by the Zephyrs that kept the River Cats in the lead throughout the game. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Eric Sogard (SS) hit the ball and Zephyrs player Joe Thurston (2B) dropped the ball, allowing Jemile Weeks (2B) to run to second base, then third. Zephyrs manager Greg Norton contested that the ball had been caught and argued with the umpire after which Norton got ejected from the game. A hit from Taylor allowed Weeks to score, bringing the River Cats to 6 while Zephyrs remained at 0. In the bottom of the fifth inning, designated hitter Adrian Cardenas hit the ball to Osvaldo Martinez (SS), but Martinez dropped […]

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Dice is Back

God may not play dice, but young adults in Sacramento do. An increasingly common site at parties, concerts and anywhere else lively friends gather is a small group leaning in at the circle they have created, usually accompanied by whoops and laughter, as someone is always winning in dice. all-about-dice.com cites dice as the oldest known gaming instrument on earth, having existed with the Native Americans and also imported to the United States with almost every other ethnicity. Playing or gambling with dice as the only object in the game is growing in popularity, almost always with several crumpled $1 bills piled alongside. As a social 23-year-old college student, I see my fair share of people enjoying their off time, and it seems that recently young adults are rekindling this timeless tradition. One of the most popular dice games is called Cee-Lo, a very simple game of luck, brought over long ago with Chinese immigrants. This easy and exciting game has become the dice game of choice in Sacramento and has many people peering into its circle of chance. The results are young adults in an atmosphere that closely resembles children playing Chutes and Ladders. This rambunctious scene is found anywhere from parties to street sidewalks. It is easy, fun and usually does not cost much. Games are often only $1 a round, so at […]

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East Sacramento Preservation starts guessing game

Finders seekers! We’re calling all sleuths to our first East Sacramento Preservation’s ‘Where in the Neighborhood Is This?’ If you can find this spot in East Sacramento you’ll win a $10.00 gift certificate to HeavenLys Yogurt. You must tell where it’s located and what it stands for. Place your best guess in the comments section of the East Sacramento Preservation web site. First correct entry wins the prize. All Sacramentans are welcome to try. The location is in the traditional boundary of East Sacramento. Pull out your magnifying glasses and hit the road. It’s out there somewhere!

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Role playing: not just a video or board game

Every week, the Bergman family heads to Carmichael Park to do battle. Going by names such as “Link” and “Lord Collin the Red,” the Bergmans assemble with their swords, shields and spells in a real-life role-playing game. “Amtgard is a live-action role-playing game based in Medieval fantasy,” said 42-year-old Marcus Bergman, who goes by the name Lord Collin the Red. Marcus Bergman, wife Teresa and son Charles are all a part of Clan MacAbee and the Barony of Thor’s Refuge – Sacramento’s chapter of the worldwide organization, which was founded in 1983. Members choose their names in many ways, including references to legends, video games and personal preference, and some get their names given to them or modified by the rest of the group, Marcus Bergman said. The Bergmans, who live in Citrus Heights, were out at Carmichael Park one Sunday two years ago when Charles saw a group of brightly clad warriors, assassins, bards, archers and monsters fighting with foam weapons. Marcus and Charles went to investigate and knew they had to be a part of it. “We haven’t stopped since,” Marcus Bergman said. “I don’t think I’ve missed more than a couple of weekends in two years.” Teresa Bergman – who goes by the name Lady Tamara MacAbee – said she enjoys it as much as her husband and 12-yer-old son. “It’s very, very […]

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Offense comes alive late but River Cats fall to 51s

For the first six innings of Tuesday night’s ballgame, the Sacramento River Cats managed just one hit. As it turned out, all they needed to get their offense going was to face a different pitcher. A crowd of nearly 10,600 watched as Las Vegas 51s starting pitcher Scott Richmond had a strong outing, striking out seven River Cats batters. His only blemish was a base hit by Travis Buck in the third inning. Hits were difficult to come by all night, and both teams left 10 runners on base. The River Cats did get on the scoreboard, but their four-game winning streak was halted by a 4-2 loss to the 51s in the second game of the four game series. River Cats starter Bobby Cramer did well in his five and two thirds’ innings of work, giving up just four hits and recording six strikeouts. The 51s did collect six walks and two runs off Cramer. Cramer got into trouble to start the second inning when he issued a walk to 51s right fielder Jason Lane. Left fielder Aaron Mathews followed up with a double, and they were both driven home on a single by third baseman Brad Emaus. Cramer limited the damage and ended the inning with a pair of strikeouts and a fly-out. Corey Brown, who was called back up to Sacramento from […]

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Offense explodes for River Cats

The Sacramento River Cats welcomed the Salt Lake Bees to Raley Field on Friday night by scoring 16 runs and posting a season-high 19 hits against their visitors. Fresh off a four-game sweep of the Reno Aces, the River Cats remained hot and pulled to within one game of .500. The offense for the River Cats followed a strong performance by their starting pitcher Graham Godfrey. Godfrey completed the first four innings without giving up a hit or a walk while the River Cats began their offensive onslaught in the bottom of the fourth inning. They carried their momentum into the fifth against Bees starting pitcher Tim Kiely, who made his triple-A debut at Raley Field but lasted just four and two-thirds innings. Already leading 2-0 to begin the fourth inning, the River Cats collected four consecutive base hits to score three times and build their lead. Two more runs scored when Eric Sogard hit a triple to right-center field. With the triple, Sogard extended his hitting streak to 12 games, tying his season high. In the fifth inning the River Cats batted around before the Bees could retire the side. With one out, River Cats outfielder Matt Carson hit a first-pitch homerun to left field. The next batter, designated hitter Matt Watson, was the first of seven straight River Cats to reach base in […]

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