Sacramento Photo Gallery: 'Cats Lose By A Run

SACRAMENTO, CA -- On a warm night in Northern California, the Sacramento River Cats took on the Las Vegas 51's. Gio Gonzalez got the nod for Sacramento, and he pitched well, but the River Cats weren't able to take advantage of some offensive opportunities and lost by a score of 4-3. We have photos from the game inside.

All photos by Chris Lockard/

A's top pitching prospect Gio Gonzalez took the hill for his second start of the season.

Nomar Garciaparra was in town on a rehab assignment with the Las Vegas 51's. He walked in his first at-bat, and went 0-3 with that walk.

Garciaparra didn't last long on the bases, as the River Cats turned a 6-3 double-play on the next batter, Terry Tiffee.

Gregorio Petit singled to start the River Cats' bottom of the first. Las Vegas shortstop Ramon Martinez dove unsuccessfully for the ball and injured his finger. He left the game.

Sacramento loaded the bases in the first with a single and two walks. The first run of the game scored the hard way, when Brooks Conrad was hit by a pitch to drive-in Petit.

Gonzalez allowed a run in the second inning on a pair of singles.

Danny Putnam attempted to cut down the runner at home in the second on a single. His throw was strong and appeared to beat the runner, but Sacramento catcher Justin Knoedler was unable to hold the difficult hop.

Petit gives Gonzalez a few words of encouragement.

The game remained tied until the bottom of the fifth, when Todd Linden launched a two-run homer that scored Carlos Gonzalez and gave the River Cats a 3-1 lead.

Gio Gonzalez shakes hands with Sacramento skipper Todd Steverson.

Gonzalez pitched well on Saturday. He threw only three innings in his first start this season because of a rain delay. On Saturday, he allowed one run in five innings. He struck-out six, walked two and allowed three hits. He mixed his speeds well, ranging from 94 MPH down to 80 MPH.

Brad Kilby took over for Gonzalez in the sixth inning. He would have a tough-luck outing. Kilby allowed a two-run homer to tie the game in the sixth. Both runs were unearned, as the homer followed a throwing error. Kilby then allowed an earned run in the seventh on a ball that should have been a double-play, but the River Cats were only able to get one out. Kilby was hung with the loss.

Greg Jones was the player of the game for Las Vegas. The reliever threw 2.2 scoreless innings in relief of starter Justin Orenduff. He earned the win.

Jeff Baisley slides into second to try to break-up a double-play. He made his season debut on Saturday and went 2-2 with a double and two walks in his first Triple-A game.

Brad Ziegler came on in the seventh inning and worked 1.2 scoreless frames of relief.

Former Dodgers top prospect Greg Miller is healthy again after shoulder trouble. He threw two-thirds of an inning and didn't allow a run, although he left with runners on base.

Carlos Gonzalez makes a nice catch on a fly-ball to center to end the ninth inning.

Left-hander Troy Cate came on with one-out in the ninth inning and finished the inning.

Carlos Gonzalez flew out to left with one-out in the ninth. He went 0-4 with a walk.

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