The Sacramento River Cats won their fourth straight game and their 10th in 11 games with a 4-0 whitewashing of the Las Vegas 51s. Both teams displayed great defense and strong pitching for much of the day before the River Cats broke through for four runs in the decisive 8th inning.
Chad Reineke got the start for Sacramento and he was outstanding in his fifth start of the season. The right-hander allowed only four base-runners in 5.2 innings and he struck-out five. Jerry Blevins took over for Reineke with two-on and two-out in the sixth and got a strike-out to get out of the jam.
Blevins would throw a scoreless seventh inning. He retired all four batters that he faced and he struck-out three of them. Ryan Webb took over for Blevins in the eighth in a scoreless game and he worked out of a two-on, one-out situation in the eighth inning and he pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his sixth win of the season.
Sacramento's defense was spectacular on Sunday. Danny Putnam made an outstanding catch on a long drive to the gap in left-center and Eric Patterson saved a hit with a diving stop. The 51s also flashed some slick leather, as they made numerous diving stops.
Jeff Baisley avoids a collision with Brett Harper.
Danny Putnam makes a spectacular catch...
...and winds up diving on the warning track.
Starter Fabio Castro threw six shutout innings.
RF Aaron Matthews makes a diving catch.
3B Kyle Phillips slides into the River Cats dugout to make the catch.
Chad Reineke allowed only two hits and two walks in 5.2 shut-out innings.
Jerry Blevins took over for Reineke and was brilliant in 1.1 innings.
Ryan Webb earned his sixth win with two scoreless frames.
Former A's prospect Bill Murphy got the loss.
Daric Barton was hit by a pitch in the deciding 8th inning.
Matt Carson smacks the game-winning hit.
Anthony Recker pads the River Cats' lead with a two-run hit.
Home plate ump John Branner signals the final strike.
The River Cats celebrate win number 32.
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SACRAMENTO, CA - The Sacramento River Cats are on a roll thanks to some great pitching and defense. That pitching and defense was on display once again in the River Cats' 4-0 win over the Las Vegas 51s. We have the photos from the game inside...
Sacramento Photo Gallery: 'Cats Toss Shutout
Chad Reineke, Jerry Blevins and Ryan Webb combine for a shut-out of Las Vegas.