On a perfect day for baseball at Raley Field on Sunday, Sacramento right-hander Travis Banwart dueled with Omaha righty Anthony Lerew. Both pitchers would come out of the game with successful starts, but Lerew would be the winner in a 2-1 battle. Banwart tossed six scoreless frames, striking out four and walking two (one intentionally), but it wasn't enough, as Lerew threw eight scoreless innings, striking out seven. Sacramento would get a solo homerun from Dallas McPherson (15) in the bottom of the ninth, but Omaha held on for a 2-1 win.
The River Cats listen to the National Anthem before the game.
Travis Banwart got the start.
Corey Wimberly makes a catch.
Anthony Lerew started for Omaha.
Travis Buck connects for a first-inning single.
Banwart was in control throughout, scattering four hits over six shutout innings.
Travis Buck hops to make the catch in left.
Stockton hitting coach Tim Garland was filling-in for Brian McArn this weekend.
Lerew was dominant, allowing only six hits in eight shut-out innings.
Jarrod Dyson fights the sun to make the catch in center as Fernando Hernandez looks on.
Jared Lansford was charged with an unearned run and was hung with the loss.
Dallas McPherson fights the sun to make the catch.
Edwar Ramirez allowed three base-runners in .2 innings, but didn't allow a run.
Top prospect Mike Moustakas went 4-5 with an RBI.
Corey Wimberly connects.
Fernando Hernandez allowed a run in two innings of relief.
Victor Marte earned the save for Omaha, but couldn't preserve the shut-out.
McPherson rounds the bases after his homerun (15) brought the 'Cats to within one.
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WEST SACRAMENTO - It was a good day for pitching at Raley Field on Sunday, as Sacramento starter Travis Banwart dueled with Omaha hurler Anthony Lerew. Neither starter allowed a run, but the River Cats' bullpen faltered in a 2-1 loss. The loss dropped Sacramento to two games back in the division race. We have photos from the game inside...
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