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Doin Discounts: FREE Edition!

So you probably know by now that we not only love sports, but we also love passing along discounted tickets and merchandise to our readers. Well here’s one that might top them all. We’re not just offering discounted tickets, this time they’re FREE! That’s right, Doin Work has teamed up with the Sacramento River Cats to offer two free tickets to the Saturday, April 17th game against the Reno Aces. This is a great opportunity to check out some of the future stars of the Oakland Athletics and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Top prospects Chris Carter and Michael Taylor are among the players expected to begin the season in AAA. If you hail from the Sacramento area, don’t miss out on this chance to score two $15-20 seats for free. Hell, even if you live a couple hours away, what better reason to take a road trip to the capital of California for some baseball? There’s plenty of lodging options near the stadium, including dirt cheap motels that won’t hurt the budget. No word on whether prostitutes are included in the room rate, but either way it’s worth checking out. Here’s the official info….

The River Cats management has given me a limited number to tickets to give away to my friends—and complete strangers—to introduce the River Cats to people who didn’t attend a game last year. The tickets are for the 7:05 p.m. game against the Reno Aces on Saturday, April 17. The game will be followed by a terrific fireworks show.

To get your two complimentary tickets, please click here, and enter the password: matchr . This offer is good through April 16th. Like death and taxes, the small fees cannot be avoided. If you know of others who haven’t been to Raley Field lately to see the River Cats, please feel free to forward this offer to them.

Please remember: A limited number of tickets—two per order—are available, first-come-first-serve, to people who are new to the River Cats and Raley Field.

Enjoy the game!

I checked it out, and the total fees come out to $4.

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A’s/Giants Minor League Tidbits

I caught a few innings of the Sacramento River Cats vs. the Fresno Grizzlies last night – I can only take so much since I spend my entire day here as well.  Here’s a few things I noticed….

Chris Carter, who was the main reason for my attending the game, did not disappoint.  I missed his first at-bat, where he flew out to right field.  In his second at-bat, however, he came to the plate with the bases loaded, after a Matt Carson single, and back to back walks to Brett Wallace and Aaron Cunningham.  Perhaps the most important note is Carter’s music.  He walked to the plate to the tune of E-40 and Keak the Sneak.  Gotta love that!  Anyway, with the River Cats holding a 1-0 lead, he pulled a Ryan Sadowski fastball down the left field line for a bases-clearing, 3 run double that rolled all the way to the fence.  In his next AB, he roped a broken bat RBI single to left for his 4th RBI of the night.  I made my departure before his next plate appearance, but he finished the night 3-5 with 4 RBI.  Not bad at all for his AAA debut.  Let’s just hope he finishes out the year here, as opposed to being rushed to the majors for the pointless final month of the season. 

On the Giants’ side, Buster Posey looked TERRIBLE.  In the only AB I remember, he hit a very weak grounder up the middle, but he did manage to beat it out for an infield single. Behind the plate, there were three plays that stood out to me.  First, he caught a Sadowski fastball, with his facemask.  The batter didn’t even swing, so he must’ve been expecting a breaking ball.  Either way, it was NOT pretty.  Next, he tried to gun down Eric Patterson stealing second.  No catcher will have much chance catching him, but Posey bounced one in front of the bag that rolled into center field, allowing Patterson to advance to third, and a run to score.  The next inning, Posey did it again.  With Carson on the move – not exactly Usain Bolt on the basepaths – Posey rushed the throw and sailed it into center field, again allowing the runner to take third as well.

Lastly, Ryan Sadowski, who impressed earlier this year with the Giants, was tagged for 9 runs, but on the bright side, only 6 of them were earned!

With the win, the River Cats can clinch yet another division title tonight, either by getting a victory, or a Reno Aces loss to the Las Vegas 51s.


Chris Carter Has Arrived!

After being named Texas League Player of the Week for three of the last four weeks, IF Chris Carter finally has been bumped up to AAA-Sacramento.  You may remember Carter from the Carlos Quentin deal, where he was swapped straight up by Chicago.  Then, Arizona flipped him to Oakland in the Dan Haren deal.  Carter has been most impressive this year, hitting 24 HR and 101 RBI.  Perhaps most impressive, though, is his .337 batting average. 

No word yet if Carter is in the lineup, but if he is, I’ll have a full report on his AAA debut later tonight.


My First Look at Brett Wallace

The prized prospect in the Matt Holliday deal made his Raley Field debut tonight in his new hometown of Sacramento.  The River Cats wasted no time pencilling him into the cleanup spot.  He also got the start at third base, where many question whether he will stick, or eventually make the move to first base or designated hitter.  While he didn’t do anything extraordinary in the field, he didn’t make any mistakes either.  The Salt Lake Bees wasted little time testing his glove, as leadoff hitter Brad Coon hit a sharp grounder to the left of Wallace.  Wallace made a diving effort to no avail.  It wasn’t a play he should’ve made, but he didn’t exactly make a gold glove attempt.  The other balls hit to him were routine, and he fielded them cleanly and threw perfect strikes to first.  So far, so good.

At the plate, Wallace has that hitter’s presence about him.  He showed good plate discipline, while still remaining aggresive.  His first at bat resulted in a sharply hit groundout to first that would’ve been a double, say, if a runner were on first.  Problem is, the River Cats only had one runner on the entire game.  Angels’ prospect Sean O’Sullivan stole the show, throwing the first no hitter in Raley Field’s ten year history.  In his second at bat, Wallace put up a good fight, but ultimately chopped an excuse-me check swing groundout to short.  In his third and final at bat, he had shortstop Cliff Pennington on first, who drew the only walk from O’Sullivan.  Wallace, though, popped out to short center field.

All in all, it’d be foolish to draw any conclusions from one game.  Wallace was hitless, but so was the rest of the team.  As I said, though, he has a promising presence at the plate.  There’s no doubt that Wallace will hit at the big league level, and his glove was dependable enough to raise no questions at this point.

In other River Cats / A’s news, Justin Duchscherer will make a rehab appearance on Friday in Sacramento.