There was a big and lively crowd on Saturday night, as the River Cats hosted a special political night at the ballpark. Fans were able to choose a bobblehead of either Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama or Republican presidential candidate John McCain. Whichever candidate's bobblehead ran out first was declared the "winner" of the "election." Obama's bobblehead took 56% and the victory.
The election turned out to be the most exciting part of the game for the River Cats' fans, however. After a 1-2-3 first inning, DiNardo was torched for seven runs in the second, as Fresno batted around. He was then touched for eight runs in the fourth inning without recording an out. Those would be the only two innings in which the Grizzlies would score, but it was more than enough.
"Without those two innings, we'd probably still be playing," Sacramento manager Todd Steverson joked after the game.
The River Cats offense was quiet, managing only four hits - two from Donnie Murphy - and no runs off of Fresno starter Billy Sadowksi and reliever Pat Misch.
The Sacramento bullpen was solid. David Shafer, in particular, was impressive, throwing four innings of scoreless relief to save his bullpen mates after DiNardo's early exit.
"His effort was extremely important," Steverson said. "We've been strapped with some long games lately and everyone can't pitch every day."
The River Cats finish up their regular season this weekend and start their post-season run at home on Wednesday night against the Salt Lake Bees.
Below are photos of the game. All photos by Chris Lockard/Scout.com.