California League Recap – Visalia’s Win Streak Ends, Rancho Cucamonga Ties for First

California League Recap – Visalia’s Win Streak Ends, Rancho Cucamonga Ties for First

Rancho Cucamonga 4, Lake Elsinore 0

The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes came to Lake Elsinore trailing the storm by one game, but after a 4-0 win, the two teams find themselves tied in the South Division of the California League. Jharel Cotton (5-7) pitched a complete game two-hitter, walking two and striking out 11. Six Quakes players had two hits in the game, including SS Erisbel Arruebarrena who also scored two runs and had an RBI. Both teams are 4-6 in their last ten, and can feel the red-hot Lancaster JayHawks breathing down their necks.

Stockton 7, Inland Empire 6

The Stockton Ports continued to maintain their two-game lead in the North Division with a 7-6 win over the last place Inland Empire 66ers. After giving up three in the first to the 66ers, the Ports scored seven over the next three innings, and then held on for the 7-6 win. Andres Avila (1-1) recorded his first win of the season and Rodolfo Fernandez his first save. 3B Renato Nunez hit his 26th home run, ranked second in the league, and added RBI No. 75, ranked sixth. 3B Cal Towey had two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored in the loss.

Bakersfield 6, Visalia 4

The Visalia Rawhide saw their 12-game win streak come to an end as Bakersfield Blaze 3B Marquez Smith had a home run and four RBI to lead Bakersfield to the 6-4 win. Smith leads the California League with 95 RBI. Mike Dennhardt evened his record at 6-6, and Jake Johnson recorded his third save of the season for the Blaze. A four-run third and one-run innings in the second and fifth propelled the Blaze to a 6-1 lead. The game looked all but over until Visalia mounted a rally in the ninth to pull within two. Johnson gave up a hit and a walk before finally stopping the bleeding. The loss moved the Rawhide four games behind the Stockton Ports in the North Division.

San Jose 3, Modesto 2

The San Jose Giants kept pace with the Stockton Ports by beating the Modesto Nuts 3-2. The win kept them just two games back in the North Division. Pat Young (9-3) went seven strong innings, giving up just four hits and one run for the win. Young is tied for third in the California League in wins despite a 5.18 ERA. C Ben Turner went 2-3 for San Jose with a run and a double.

Lancaster 13, High Desert 4

The Lancaster JetHawks scored eight runs in the first two innings on their way to 13-4 victory over the High Desert Mavericks. The JetHawks banged out 18 hits and had six doubles and a triple. The 6-8 hitters of Tyler White, Tanner Mathis and Jack Mayfield each had three hits, and went a combined 9 for 14 with two runs and seven RBI. C Tyler Marlette went 3-4 for High Desert with a run and a double. Lancaster moved just two games out of first place in the South Division with the win.

Robert Pannier
Senior Baseball Editor
Member of the IBWAA