Live From Sacramento: River Cats v. Bees

SACRAMENTO - Pitching was all the rage on Sunday in Sacramento, as the River Cats and the Salt Lake Bees battled in the 96 degree heat. Sacramento starter Colby Lewis was perfect in five innings of work, as the River Cats bested Ervin Santana and the Bees 1-0 in a nail-biter. We have photos and details from the game inside...

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Colby Lewis got the start for Sacramento on Sunday. Lewis had been in the Oakland A's bullpen since May, but he was designated for assignment last Monday. Lewis cleared waivers this weekend and chose to return to Sacramento rather than try to join another organization as a free agent.

Sacramento third baseman Lou Merloni fires to first after making a nice diving stop of a hard groundball by Nick Gorneault in the first inning. The Gorneault grounder turned out to be the hardest hit ball against Lewis all night.

Ervin Santana got the start for Salt Lake. It was Santana's first start since being optioned to Triple-A earlier in the week.

Santana walked the second batter of the game, Jason Perry. He fires home as Perry takes a lead off of first in the first inning. Santana would walk three in the game and would hit a batter in seven innings.

Sacramento shortstop Gregorio Petit fires to first on a 6-3 putout in the second inning.

Danny Putnam grimaces and attempts to regain his balance after being hit by a Santana pitch in the second inning.

Salt Lake first baseman Mike Eylward readies himself to make a play.

River Cats' centerfielder Jason Perry takes a lead off of first in the third inning. Perry walked in each of his first two at-bats in the game, but would advance no further than first in each instance.

Sacramento first baseman Daric Barton makes a swipe tag of Gorneault in the fourth inning.

River Cats' left-fielder Jorge Piedra connects on a fourth inning single. The bloop hit was the first hit for either side in the game and was one of only two hits that Ervin Santana would allow in his seven innings of work.

Salt Lake third baseman Matt Brown takes a strike from Colby Lewis. Brown struck out twice against Lewis. His fifth inning strikeout was the last of four straight K's for Lewis in the game.

Colby Lewis left the game after the fifth inning, having retired all 15 batters he faced. Lewis struck out eight and needed only 57 pitches to complete five innings. He was on a 60-pitch limit in the game, as Lewis will need to rebuild his arm strength for starting pitching after he threw out of the bullpen for the last two-and-a-half months. After the game, Lewis said that he could remember only one other start in his career where he went at least five perfect innings.

Sacramento reliever Connor Robertson took over for Lewis in the sixth inning. He retired the first five batters he saw before allowing a high bouncer into centerfield for a base-hit.

It was Salt Lake's Terry Evans who broke-up the perfect game with the base-hit with two-outs in the seventh inning. He would get as far as third base before being stranded.

Sacramento lefty Ryan Meaux relieved Robertson with Evans on first and two-outs in the seventh. He would face one batter and would allow a single.

Salt Lake DH Greg Porter singled off of Ryan Meaux in the seventh.

Sacramento righty Jermaine Van Buren entered the game in the seventh in a tight spot, with runners on the corners and two-outs. He retired Mike Eylward on a strikeout to end the threat and then worked a scoreless eighth. Van Buren was the winning pitcher in the game. It was his first win for the River Cats.

Salt Lake second baseman Adam Pavkovich completes a warm-up throw before the bottom of the seventh inning.

Sacramento catcher Jeremy Brown touches home-plate after a booming solo homerun to straight-away centerfield off of Ervin Santana in the seventh inning. The run would be the only run to score in the game. It was Brown's seventh homer of the season.

Despite being hung with the loss, Ervin Santana pitched well in his first game since his demotion to Triple-A. Santana struck-out six in seven strong innings, allowing one run on two hits.

Sacramento right-fielder Danny Putnam connects on a groundball to second base. Putnam went 0-2 with a HBP in the game.

Daric Barton examines the baseball before warm-ups in the eighth inning.

Salt Lake lead-off hitter Tommy Murphy had a tough game, going 0-4 with two strikeouts. Murphy flew out to right to end the eighth inning, stranding two runners.

Bobby Wilson was the catcher for Salt Lake on Sunday.

Brad Ziegler came on in the ninth inning for the River Cats with Sacramento clinging to a 1-0 lead. He retired the side quickly, striking out two batters and getting the third on a grounder to short.

Nick Gorneault struck out for the second out in the top of the ninth inning. He went 0-4 on the night.

Brad Ziegler and Jeremy Brown celebrate the River Cats' 1-0 win. Four Sacramento pitchers combined on the four-hit shutout. It was Ziegler's first save of the season. The win moved the River Cats to 59-43 on the season.

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