Photo Gallery: River Cats Blanked By I-Cubs

SACRAMENTO -- The Iowa Cubs made it two in a row over the Sacramento River Cats on Saturday, blanking Sacramento by a score of 6-0. We have photos from the game inside...

All photos by Chris Lockard/

Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez took batting practice and ran full speed around the bases before the game. His injured ankle is feeling better and he expects to return from the DL when he is eligible to next week.

Right-hander Kirk Saarloos got the start for the River Cats. He worked a quick 1-2-3 first inning, but ran into trouble in the second and third innings, when he allowed two runs in each frame. Only two of the four runs were earned.

Right-hander Randy Wells got the start for Iowa. He was brilliant, allowing only two hits and one walk in five innings. He struck-out four.

Saarloos beats Sam Fuld to first base on a 3-1 putout in the fourth.

Travis Buck made his first rehab start with the River Cats on Saturday. Buck, who is on the DL for Oakland with shin splints, played five innings in center-field. He grounded out twice and made this diving catch.

Shortstop Luis Figueroa follows through on a swing. He had a sacrifice fly, a hit and a walk in the game.

Second baseman Kevin Melillo makes a play.

Third baseman Casey McGehee fouls off a Saarloos offering.

Corey Coles and Figueroa converge on a Danny Putnam pop-up. Coles made the catch.

Putnam makes a catch of his own.

In the fifth, Melillo and Gregorio Petit combined to make the defensive play of the year thus far. Melillo ranged far to his right to snare a Josh Kroeger ground-ball. With his back to first base and his momentum taking him away from first, Melillo flipped the ball with his glove... Petit, who bare-handed the ball, spun and threw in time to nip Kroeger at first.

Jeff Baisley makes a throw from his knees after diving to stop a grounder in the fifth.

Second baseman Bobby Scales makes the play.

Neal Cotts took over for Wells in the sixth inning. He threw two scoreless frames.

Saarloos went seven innings in the loss. He allowed six hits and two earned runs with four strike-outs and one walk. He threw 105 pitches.

Jeff Gray took over for Saarloos in the eighth. He allowed two runs in two-thirds of an inning.

Iowa's sixth run was scored on this play at the plate.

Andy Cavazos threw a scoreless inning for Iowa.

Troy Cate pitched the final 1.1 innings for Sacramento and did not allow a run.

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