In a thrilling pitcher's duel on Wednesday, the Sacramento River Cats dropped a heart-breaker to the Oklahoma Red Hawks, losing by a score of 2-0. James Venes has the details of that game, in photos, inside.
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Sacramento homerun leader Jason Perry signs an autograph for fans before Wednesday's game. Perry has 18 homers for the River Cats and 23 total on the season.
Starter Colby Lewis was brilliant for Sacramento, but he was stuck with the loss despite allowing only one run in eight innings. He struck out 10 and walked none while allowing four hits. Lewis has a 7-2 record and a 2.00 ERA for Sacramento this season.
Lewis was stuck with the loss because Oklahoma starter Edinson Volquez was even better than Lewis. He didn't allow a run in seven innings, striking out nine and allowing two hits and two walks. He is 5-0 with a 2.03 ERA for Oklahoma.
Nick Blasi led off for Sacramento and went 0-3 with a sacrifice. He is batting .300 for the River Cats with a .352 OBP.
Jeremy Brown has his bat shattered by a Volquez pitch. He went 0-2 with a walk in the game.
Gregorio Petit got the start at shortstop for Sacramento. Petit was recently named the top defensive infielder in the Texas League in a poll conducted by Baseball America.
Petit's double-play partner was Kevin Melillo on Wednesday. Melillo had been playing some third base since returning from a sprained right wrist, but he was back at his natural position, second base, on Wednesday.