WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento River Cats (73-67) finished the regular season on a high note, defeating the El Paso Chihuahuas (80-60) 8-4 in a Labor Day matinee at Raley Field. The River Cats will shift their focus to the first round of the Pacific Coast League playoffs which begin Wednesday in Sacramento. They are set to open a five-game series against the Pacific Southern Division Champion Las Vegas Aviators.
Catcher Ronnie Freeman had a big day to propel the River Cats to an 8-4 win on Monday. He reached base four times, going 3-for-4 with a triple, three RBI and a run scored. Freeman, who was voted co-best teammate this season along with Francisco Pena, had a clutch three-run triple in the seventh inning to bust the game open, giving Sacramento their four-run lead.
Sacramento belted three dingers this afternoon, all from recent arrivals from Double-A Richmond. Newcomers Jacob Heyward and Zach Houchins each belted their first homers with the River Cats, while Ryan Howard launched his fourth homer of the season at Triple-A and first since June 17.
The River Cats will have an off day tomorrow before opening the playoffs at home against the Las Vegas Aviators in a best-of-five series. Sacramento has not yet named their starter for game one, while Las Vegas tapped righty Daniel Mengden (4-3, 4.22) to open the series. First pitch is set for 6:35 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.
- Left-hander Steven Okert, the River Cats all-time appearance leader, got the start today and in doing so appeared in his 200th career game for Sacramento.
- The River Cats belted three homers today and finished the regular season with 228, setting the franchise single-season home run mark. The previous record was accomplished in 2011 when the club crushed 178 bombs.
The Sacramento River Cats are the Triple-A affiliate of the three-time World Champion -San Francisco Giants. The team plays at Raley Field in West Sacramento, consistently voted one of the top ballparks in America. Season Tickets, Mini-Plans, and Flex Plans can be purchased for the River Cats' 20th season by calling the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487). The only place to guarantee official River Cats tickets is at www.rivercats.com. For information on other events at Raley Field, visit www.raleyfield.com.
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