Sacramento Photo Gallery: 'Cats Cruise
Tolleson was an on-base machine.
Tolleson was an on-base machine.
Senior Editor
Posted Jun 28, 2010


SACRAMENTO - It has been a long start to the season for Tony DeFrancesco and the Sacramento River Cats, but the team is finally back to its winning ways. With an 8-3 win over Tacoma on Sunday, the River Cats moved to two games over the .500 mark and are back in the playoff chase. We have photos from the game inside...

Over the past 10 years, the Sacramento River Cats have been such a juggernaut that it was a strange sight indeed to see Sacramento under the .500 mark for much of the 2010 season.

A recent win streak has the River Cats back on track, however. With an 8-3 win over Tacoma on Sunday, the River Cats moved their current win streak to four games and climbed two games over the .500 mark. The River Cats have won 11 out of their last 14 games.

"It has been a long climb, but I think they have finally turned it around," River Cats Manager Tony DeFrancesco said before the game.

"They have been playing well over the last month. They've minimized their errors and it's good to see some of the guys start to swing the bat. Michael Taylor is starting to come around a little bit and Josh Donaldson has been consistent and Chris Carter is still among the league leaders [in homeruns and RBIs], so it's been nice."

On Sunday, the River Cats once again played mostly mistake-free baseball and won easily over Tacoma. After falling behind, 2-1, in the third inning, Sacramento scored seven times in the fourth and fifth innings to put the game away.

Steven Tolleson reached base five times out of the second spot for Sacramento, singling twice and walking three times. Matt Carson had three hits and three runs scored and Taylor drove-in three runs.

Veteran John Halama earned the win with a six-inning, three-run performance. He worked around 10 hits and he struck-out four and picked-off a base-runner.

Ian Snell didn't have an answer for Sacramento, as the former Pittsburgh and Seattle starter allowed four runs in four innings to earn the loss.

We have photos from the game below...

ALL PHOTOS BY CHRIS LOCKARD/SCOUT.COM



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Ten-game winner Clayton Mortensen warms up before the game.
Henry Rodriguez is working back from a hamstring strain.
Hydration was key for Travis Blackley and the River Cats in the 90+ degree heat.
Catcher Jared Price was recently acquired from the Chicago White Sox.
John Halama earned his third win with six innings of three-run ball.
The sun was a challenge for fielders all day. Dallas McPherson never saw this first inning pop-up.
Corey Wimberly pulls back a bunt attempt.
Steven Tolleson gets his hand under the tag for a stolen base, his second of the year.
A rehabbing Josh Bard celebrates his two-run homer.
Chris Carter follows through on a swing.
Greg Halman makes the catch on the warning track.
Tacoma starter Ian Snell allowed four runs in four innings and got the loss.
Levale Speigner relieved Snell and allowed four runs - one earned - in 2.1 innings.
Tacoma manager Daren Brown refers to the replay board which showed that the umpires blew a non-catch call. Brown was ejected.
Michael Taylor reaches for an RBI single. He had three RBIs.
Josh Donaldson is knocked off the bag by Jack Hannahan. Donaldson was ruled out.
It was then Tony DeFrancesco's turn to argue what appeared to be a bad call.
Donaldson stayed down for several minutes and was helped up by Hannahan.
Steven Tolleson connects on a groundball to third...
...that Hannahan makes a terrific back-handed stop on...
...but Hannahan lost the ball in the exchange and Tolleson had his second hit of the game.
Matt Carson made a terrific play of his own out in center.
Michael Taylor fires a ball into the infield.
Edwar Ramirez tossed a scoreless inning in relief of Halama.
Sidearmer Beau Vaughan also tossed a scoreless frame.
Fernando Hernandez finished the game with a perfect ninth.

Ten-game winner Clayton Mortensen warms up before the game.
Henry Rodriguez is working back from a hamstring strain.
Hydration was key for Travis Blackley and the River Cats in the 90+ degree heat.
Catcher Jared Price was recently acquired from the Chicago White Sox.
John Halama earned his third win with six innings of three-run ball.
The sun was a challenge for fielders all day. Dallas McPherson never saw this first inning pop-up.
Corey Wimberly pulls back a bunt attempt.
Steven Tolleson gets his hand under the tag for a stolen base, his second of the year.
A rehabbing Josh Bard celebrates his two-run homer.
Chris Carter follows through on a swing.
Greg Halman makes the catch on the warning track.
Tacoma starter Ian Snell allowed four runs in four innings and got the loss.
Levale Speigner relieved Snell and allowed four runs - one earned - in 2.1 innings.
Tacoma manager Daren Brown refers to the replay board which showed that the umpires blew a non-catch call. Brown was ejected.
Michael Taylor reaches for an RBI single. He had three RBIs.
Josh Donaldson is knocked off the bag by Jack Hannahan. Donaldson was ruled out.
It was then Tony DeFrancesco's turn to argue what appeared to be a bad call.
Donaldson stayed down for several minutes and was helped up by Hannahan.
Steven Tolleson connects on a groundball to third...
...that Hannahan makes a terrific back-handed stop on...
...but Hannahan lost the ball in the exchange and Tolleson had his second hit of the game.
Matt Carson made a terrific play of his own out in center.
Michael Taylor fires a ball into the infield.
Edwar Ramirez tossed a scoreless inning in relief of Halama.
Sidearmer Beau Vaughan also tossed a scoreless frame.
Fernando Hernandez finished the game with a perfect ninth.

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Ten-game winner Clayton Mortensen warms up before the game. Henry Rodriguez is working back from a hamstring strain. Hydration was key for Travis Blackley and the River Cats in the 90+ degree heat. Catcher Jared Price was recently acquired from the Chicago White Sox. John Halama earned his third win with six innings of three-run ball. The sun was a challenge for fielders all day. Dallas McPherson never saw this first inning pop-up. Corey Wimberly pulls back a bunt attempt. Steven Tolleson gets his hand under the tag for a stolen base, his second of the year. A rehabbing Josh Bard celebrates his two-run homer. Chris Carter follows through on a swing. Greg Halman makes the catch on the warning track. Tacoma starter Ian Snell allowed four runs in four innings and got the loss. Levale Speigner relieved Snell and allowed four runs - one earned - in 2.1 innings. Tacoma manager Daren Brown refers to the replay board which showed that the umpires blew a non-catch call. Brown was ejected. Michael Taylor reaches for an RBI single. He had three RBIs. Josh Donaldson is knocked off the bag by Jack Hannahan. Donaldson was ruled out. It was then Tony DeFrancesco's turn to argue what appeared to be a bad call. Donaldson stayed down for several minutes and was helped up by Hannahan. Steven Tolleson connects on a groundball to third... ...that Hannahan makes a terrific back-handed stop on... ...but Hannahan lost the ball in the exchange and Tolleson had his second hit of the game. Matt Carson made a terrific play of his own out in center. Michael Taylor fires a ball into the infield. Edwar Ramirez tossed a scoreless inning in relief of Halama. Sidearmer Beau Vaughan also tossed a scoreless frame. Fernando Hernandez finished the game with a perfect ninth.



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