Jones ices the Baby Cakes, River Cats win 4-3

Giants' #14 prospect homers twice, lifts Sacramento in series opener

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By Evan Arnold-Gordon & Robert Barsanti / Sacramento River Cats | July 30, 2017 1:23 AM

West Sacramento, CA - Ryder Jones powered the Sacramento River Cats (44-62) to a 4-3 victory Saturday night over the New Orleans Baby Cakes (40-66) in front of a packed Raley Field crowd.

Jones went yard twice for Sacramento tonight, launching his 12th and 13th home runs of the season. His go-ahead, solo home run in the seventh inning proved to be the decisive run, putting the River Cats up for good. The left-handed hitting Jones has been on a tear of late, driving in eight of the club's last 20 runs.

Right-hander Casey Kelly made his season debut for Sacramento, going five innings while allowing two runs on five hits. The 27-year-old yielded two walks and fanned four New Orleans batters before giving way to the bullpen. Right-hander Tyler Rogers picked up the win, his third, and Derek Law earned his fifth save this season. 

San Francisco's Mark Melancon will make a rehab appearance with the River Cats tomorrow, pitching the first inning before scheduled starter Roberto Gomez (2-6, 5.10) takes over. Left-hander Mike Kickham (0-0, 4.91) will get the call for New Orleans. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live on the air on ESPN 1320 and online at rivercats.com.

Postgame Notes

Jones: Ryder Jones registered his first two-homer game of the season tonight…finished 3-for-4 with three runs…leads the team with a .313 batting average…leads the club in runs scored (43).

Panda Watch: Third baseman Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-3 with a walk…is now hitting .235 in five games with the River Cats…they are 4-1 since he joined the club.

New Kelly On The Block: Right-hander Casey Kelly made his first start since being signed by San Francisco on July 25…threw 68 pitches (42 strikes) and first pitch strikes to 11 of the 22 batters he faced.  

Rogers: Submariner Tyler Rogers made his league leading 43rd appearance tonight…ended his eight game scoreless streak (11 innings)…allowed his first run at home since May 26 against Memphis.

Lollis: First baseman Ryan Lollis collected the other two RBI for Sacramento tonight…his third two-RBI game in 22 starts with the team.

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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. River Cats Season Tickets, Mini-Plans, and Flex Plans can be purchased for the 2017 season by calling the River Cats Ticket Hotline at (916) 371-HITS (4487). For more information about the River Cats, visit www.rivercats.com. For information on other events at Raley Field, visit www.raleyfield.com.

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