The start of the 2016 season for the Sacramento River Cats is off to an interesting start.
Mired in last place of the Pacific Coast League’s Pacific Northern Division for most of the early season and forced to the road for all but eight of the team’s first 28 games (a 11-16 record through Wednesday), the River Cats finally return home to more friendly confines Friday night to host the Last Vegas 51s (New York Mets).
The eight-game homestead opens honoring a local favorite, catcher Andrew Susac, a 2009 graduate of Jesuit High School who made his major league debut with the Giants in late July 2014, staying on the roster throughout that year’s World Series run to earn a championship ring. The first 1,500 fans to enter Raley Field Friday night will receive a unique “Susacramento” t-shirt. Susac is rehabbing a wrist injury suffered last season, and has played in just eight games so far with Sacramento.
The home stand wraps up Friday, May 13 against the Reno Aces (Arizona Diamondbacks), then the San Francisco Giants’ Triple A affiliate returns to Sacramento on May 23 for another 8-game home stand. Tickets are still available for all games. For more information, visit rivercats.com or call (916) 371-HITS (4487).
Photos by Steve Martarano