Sacramento Photo Gallery: 'Cats Come Up Aces
Chad Reineke earned the win.
Chad Reineke earned the win.
Senior Editor
Posted Jul 18, 2009


SACRAMENTO - The first-place Sacramento River Cats used a combination of solid pitching, good defense and timely hitting to cruise to a 5-2 victory over the second-place Reno Aces on Saturday night. We have photos from the game inside...

On a night that honored Swing for the Cure, benefiting breast cancer awareness and research, the Sacramento River Cats put together a complete game of good pitching, defense and timely hitting to defeat their division rivals, the Reno Aces, 5-2. Chad Reineke tossed seven strong innings and Travis Buck had two doubles and two nice running catches in right in the win.

Donning pink pin-striped jerseys, the River Cats got off to a fast start on Saturday against former A's and River Cats right-hander Seth Etherton. Eric Patterson started off the game by tripling on a flyball to right-field that was lost in the sun by right-fielder Brandon Watson. Patterson would come home one out later on a Tom Everidge sacrifice fly.

In the second inning, Travis Buck started the inning with a slicing double down the left-field line. After Eric Munson moved him over to third with a groundball to second, Buck scored on a Chris Denorfia sacrifice fly to center.

Reineke held the Aces scoreless through three innings, in part thanks to two double-plays - a strike 'em out-throw 'em out double play to end the second and a more conventional six-four-three double-play in the third. He lost the shut-out in the fourth when Rusty Ryal smashed a line-drive homer to left. It was Ryal's third homerun of the series.

Sacramento got back that run in the bottom of the fifth when Everidge hit a two-out single to center to score Patterson, who had doubled earlier in the inning. Everidge finished with two RBIs and Patterson had a double, a triple and two runs scored.

Reno kept the game close by answering with a run in the sixth to make the game 3-2. The run scored on a Brandon Allen homerun to right. The two solo homeruns would be the only runs allowed by Reineke in seven strong innings of work. He would give up six hits and one walk and he struck-out two to earn his fourth win of the season.

The Sacramento bullpen ensured that Reno would get no closer than 3-2. Chris Schroder took over for Reineke in the eighth and he pitched a one-two-three inning to keep the game at 3-2 going into the bottom of the eighth. That was when the River Cats got some insurance for closer Jeff Gray.

Reno turned to veteran Tom Gordon, rehabbing for the Arizona Diamondbacks, to pitch the eighth. The 41-year-old Gordon got his inning off to a shaky start, walking the first two batters (Daric Barton and Everidge) on eight pitches. After an Aaron Cunningham bunt moved the runners to second and third, Gordon uncorked a wild pitch to score Barton. Buck put the game on ice for Sacramento with his second double of the game, driving in pinch-runner Matt Carson with the River Cats' fifth run.

Gray threw a scoreless ninth, pitching around two hits, to earn his team-leading 12th save. He has a 1.87 ERA on the season. Sacramento is now 57-36 and they have a 9.5 game lead over Reno.

Below are photos from the game.

ALL PHOTOS BY CHRIS LOCKARD/SCOUT.COM



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Daric Barton models his mohawk. The last time he sported one - in 2007 - he was the River Cats' MVP.
Former Giant Brett Butler meets with Tony DeFrancesco before the game.
Eric Patterson looks back after a first-inning triple.
Tom Everidge watches his first inning sac fly.
Chris Roberson is tagged out on a strike 'em out-throw 'em out double-play.
Travis Buck follows through on the first of his two doubles.
Starter Chad Reineke allowed only two solo homers in seven innings.
Brandon Watson robs Daric Barton at the wall.
Aaron Cunningham makes a nice catch in left.
Daric Barton on a pick-off play.
Reno starter and former A's and River Cats RHP Seth Etherson allowed three runs in seven innings.
Travis Buck makes a nice running catch.
Chris Schroder threw a scoreless eighth inning.
Tom
Gregorio Petit plays cameraman.
Jeff Gray earned his 12th save with a scoreless ninth.

Daric Barton models his mohawk. The last time he sported one - in 2007 - he was the River Cats' MVP.
Former Giant Brett Butler meets with Tony DeFrancesco before the game.
Eric Patterson looks back after a first-inning triple.
Tom Everidge watches his first inning sac fly.
Chris Roberson is tagged out on a strike 'em out-throw 'em out double-play.
Travis Buck follows through on the first of his two doubles.
Starter Chad Reineke allowed only two solo homers in seven innings.
Brandon Watson robs Daric Barton at the wall.
Aaron Cunningham makes a nice catch in left.
Daric Barton on a pick-off play.
Reno starter and former A's and River Cats RHP Seth Etherson allowed three runs in seven innings.
Travis Buck makes a nice running catch.
Chris Schroder threw a scoreless eighth inning.
Tom "Flash" Gordon allowed two runs.
Gregorio Petit plays cameraman.
Jeff Gray earned his 12th save with a scoreless ninth.

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Daric Barton models his mohawk. The last time he sported one - in 2007 - he was the River Cats' MVP. Former Giant Brett Butler meets with Tony DeFrancesco before the game. Eric Patterson looks back after a first-inning triple. Tom Everidge watches his first inning sac fly. Chris Roberson is tagged out on a strike 'em out-throw 'em out double-play. Travis Buck follows through on the first of his two doubles. Starter Chad Reineke allowed only two solo homers in seven innings. Brandon Watson robs Daric Barton at the wall. Aaron Cunningham makes a nice catch in left. Daric Barton on a pick-off play. Reno starter and former A's and River Cats RHP Seth Etherson allowed three runs in seven innings. Travis Buck makes a nice running catch. Chris Schroder threw a scoreless eighth inning. Tom Gregorio Petit plays cameraman. Jeff Gray earned his 12th save with a scoreless ninth.



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