Sacramento Photo Gallery: 'Cats Fall 4-3

SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento River Cats fell to the Portland Beavers at home on Sunday by a score of 4-3 despite two solo homeruns from second baseman Brooks Conrad. We have photos from the game inside...

All photos by Chris Lockard/

Gio Gonzalez got the start for Sacramento. He was inconsistent on Sunday, often pitching behind in the count. He was able to avoid major damage in most innings, however, allowing two earned runs (four total) in six innings pitched. He struck-out three and walked five and was stuck with the loss. Gonzalez's ERA is now 5.71 on the season.

Josh Geer got the start for Portland. He worked eight solid innings to earn the win, allowing three earned runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck-out six.

Brooks Conrad celebrates the first of his two homeruns. He has 11 on the season.

Matt Antonelli turns the double-play for Portland in the second inning.

Cliff Pennington reaches and makes a bare-handed pick-up to start the third inning...

...His off-balance throw was low and first baseman Casey Rogowski was unable to make the scoop. Pennington was stuck with a tough error that eventually led to two unearned runs in the inning.

Portland shortstop Brett Dowdy makes a nice, over-the-shoulder catch in short left-center.

Catcher Justin Knoedler legs out his triple in the third inning. It was Knoedler's first triple of the season.

A rehabbing Ryan Sweeney brings home Knoedler with an RBI single to right.

Portland's Chip Ambres scores on a Vince Sinisi sacrifice fly in the fourth inning, as the ball bounced away from Knoedler.

In the fifth inning, Portland would add its fourth run of the game. The inning could have been worse for Sacramento, but Gonzalez was able to induce a 5-2 double-play with the bases-loaded. Jeff Baisley starts the double-play here...

...And Knoedler puts the tag on Tom King to complete the twin-killing.

Right-fielder Vince Sinisi drops a pop-fly in the sixth inning. It didn't hurt Portland as Sinisi was able to force a runner at second base on the play.

Sweeney collects his second hit of the day. He is nearing the end of his rehab assignment.

The River Cats had two runners on in the sixth inning, but the rally came to an end when Wes Bankston was caught in a rundown at home-plate.

Ryan Wing pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Gonzalez. He struck-out two. The lefty has a 1.37 ERA on the season.

Jay Marshall pitched a scoreless eighth inning, but he had some defensive help...

...Brooks Conrad, Cliff Pennington and Casey Rogowski combined for a nifty 4-6-3 double-play. It began with Conrad making a diving stop...

...Then Pennington made a 360-turn and a throw to first...

...And Rogowski made a great stretch to complete the double-play.

There was some controversy in the eighth inning. Baisley appeared to be hit by a pitch, but the umpire ruled that he foul-tipped it for strike-three.

Sacramento manager Todd Steverson strenuously objected to the call and was thrown out of the game for his trouble.

Jerry Blevins worked a scoreless ninth inning to keep the River Cats close, but Sacramento went 1-2-3 in the ninth to drop their second straight to Portland. Sacramento is now 39-24 on the year.

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