Sacramento Photo Gallery: 'Cats, Meyer Cruise

SACRAMENTO - The Sacramento River Cats increased their division lead to 8.5 games with a 5-2 win over the Las Vegas 51s. Starter Dan Meyer worked seven scoreless innings, while second baseman Eric Patterson and right-fielder Travis Buck had good games at the plate. We have photos from the game inside...

All photos by Chris Lockard/

Gregorio Petit takes batting practice before Sunday's game. Petit returned to the River Cats on Friday after spending two weeks in the big leagues while Bobby Crosby was on the DL. Petit is batting .348 in 23 at-bats in the big leagues this season.

Petit, Casey Rogowski and Cliff Pennington get loose for the game with a dance.

Lefty Dan Meyer got the call for Sacramento on Sunday.

Newly acquired second baseman Eric Patterson throws to first to retire John Lindsey in the first inning.

Jon Meloan got the start for Las Vegas. He would take the loss after allowing one run on four hits and four walks. He struck-out seven.

Eric Patterson burned a path to second base on Sunday. Here he slides in safely after swiping second in the first inning.

Former Oakland A's head trainer and current Coordinator of Medical Services Larry Davis was on-hand.

Right-fielder Travis Buck prepares to catch a fly ball in the second inning.

Centerfielder Chris Denorfia makes a nice sliding catch in the second inning. Denorfia has completed his rehab assignment for an injured back and was optioned to Triple-A by Oakland over the weekend.

The River Cats were busy on the base-paths on Sunday. Here Cliff Pennington slides into second for his sixth steal with the River Cats and 26th on the season overall. Sacramento stole four bases on Sunday.

Las Vegas shortstop Chin-Lung Hu connects for the first hit of the ballgame, which came in the third inning off of Dan Meyer.

Dan Meyer allowed only five hits and two walks in seven scoreless innings.

With one-out in the third inning, Eric Patterson hit a line-drive to left...

...and seeing that it was going to fall, Patterson ran hard out of the box and slid into second just ahead of the tag by Ramon Martinez.

Patterson stole third and came around to score the game's first run when Chris Denorfia grounded this ball up the middle past a drawn-in infield. Denorfia finished the game 2-4 with two RBIs.

It was River Cats' mascot Digger's birthday on Sunday and a number of mascots came to Raley Field to celebrate. Here the mascots were dancing to Michael Jackson's hit "Thriller".

The game was a pitchers' duel through six innings, with Dan Meyer out-pitching Jon Meloan. Meyer earned his ninth win of the season against five losses. His ERA sits at 4.75 on the year. He struck-out eight in the contest and he has 100 strike-outs in 108 innings for the year.

Gregorio Petit follows through on swing. He went 0-3 with a sacrifice bunt in the game and is batting .298 for the River Cats on the year.

Veteran Tanyon Sturtze came on in the seventh inning for the 51s. Sacramento touched up the right-hander for four runs (two earned) in the frame.

Richie Robnett got the inning started with a base-hit to left.

After Gregorio Petit bunted Robnett over to second, Eric Patterson connected for this triple off of the wall in straight-away centerfield...

Patterson digs for third...

...and slides in ahead of the tag. Patterson went 2-4 with two runs scored, two extra-base hits, a walk, two stolen bases and an RBI. Since joining the River Cats, Patterson is batting .417 with five doubles, one triple, three homeruns, nine RBIs and three stolen bases in eight games. He is batting .335 in Triple-A for the season with 14 stolen bases in 14 chances.

With runners on first and second and two-outs in the seventh inning, Travis Buck delivered a two-RBI double to right. Buck had a productive day at the plate, going 1-2 with two walks and two RBIs. Buck has four RBIs in two games since rejoining the River Cats on Saturday after missing a few games with a bruised thumb.

David Shafer, promoted from Double-A Midland this weekend, came on in relief of Dan Meyer in the eighth inning. Shafer allowed two runs in two innings. He had a 1.52 ERA in 29.2 innings for Double-A Midland before the promotion.

Richie Robnett stole the River Cats' fourth base in the eighth inning. Sacramento finished one base shy of tying a team record for a single game.

Cliff Pennington calls off Danny Putnam to make the catch for the final out in the ninth inning.

Sacramento moved to 60-41 on the season with the 5-2 win.

Chris Gissell will be starting the game for Sacramento on Monday in the series finale against Las Vegas. Gissell is taking Lenny DiNardo's spot in the rotation. DiNardo was promoted to Oakland on Friday after the Joe Blanton trade opened a roster spot in Oakland.

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