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Dave Henderson & Tony DeFrancesco before the game.
Only two nights after the Sacramento River Cats extended their dynastic run in the Pacific Coast League with their eighth division title in 10 years, the team honored another dynasty, welcoming three key members of the 1989 World Champion Oakland A's. Fittingly, the River Cats also came away with a win over rival Fresno. We have the photos inside...
Many people consider the Oakland A's the team of the 1980s. There is no doubt the Sacramento River Cats are the Pacific Coast League's team of the 2000s. The River Cats earned their eighth title in the last 10 years on Thursday night, a dominating run that has defined the Pacific Coast League for the past decade. Sacramento is winding down one of the best seasons of its decade-long run, with 83 wins in 135 games.
The River Cats earned that 83rd win in impressive fashion on Saturday night in front of three key members of the '89 World Champion Oakland A's - Dave Stewart, Dave Henderson and Tony Phillips. After a pre-game celebration honoring the '89 champions, the River Cats pounced all over Giants prospect Kevin Pucetas and the Fresno Grizzlies, scoring nine runs in the first two innings to cruise to a 9-5 win.
"[Pucetas] has been one of their best pitchers all season, so it was nice to see our guys get some key hits against him," Sacramento manager Tony DeFrancesco said after the game.
Pucetas would last only 1.2 innings, allowing nine runs on eight hits, two walks and two hit-by-pitches. Clayton Mortensen got the start for Sacramento and worked through some early rough innings to earn his ninth win of the season. He threw seven innings, allowing three earned runs on 11 hits with three strike-outs and a walk.
We have photos from the game below.
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Stew, Hendu and Tony Phillips with the '89 World Series trophy.
Stew and Hendu after tossing their first pitches.
Tony Phillips greets his first pitch catcher, Jeff Baisley.
Former A's ace Dave Stewart cheers with the crowd.
Clayton Mortensen got the start for Sacramento.
Gregorio Petit completes the rundown to end the first inning.
Giants prospect Kevin Pucetas had a rough night.
Brett Wallaces pokes an RBI single into center in the first.
Chris Carter's broken bat single loaded the bases in the first.
Eric Munson hits a first-inning sacrifice fly.
Clay Timpner makes the catch for Fresno.
Chris Carter is tagged out at home plate.
Clayton Mortensen pitched seven innings for the win.
Eric Munson waits to field a throw home for the second out of a double-play.
Eric Munson makes the tag.
Gregorio Petit turns two.
Matt Carson swipes his 14th base of the season.
Brett Wallace connects on one of his three hits.
Adrian Cardenas makes the play. He also had two doubles and two RBIs.
Chris Denorfia stole his 12th base of the year.
Adrian Cardeans lays out for a ball.
Newcomer Scott Patterson threw a scoreless inning.
Veteran Shingo Takatsu pitched an inning.
Brett Wallace slides into second on a wild pitch.
Brad Kilby worked the ninth. He has a 2.17 ERA on the season.
The River Cats celebrate another win.
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