Cal League Baseball: Ahart, Mejia key third straight win as Rancho Beats Modesto in 10-Innings


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Modesto, CA— Held scoreless through the first eight innings on Monday night, the Quakes rallied late to beat the Modesto Nuts, scoring a 4-2 decision at John Thurman Field in the road-trip opener.

Two in the ninth and then a pair of runs with two outs in the tenth gave the Quakes a third straight win and got them back over .500 in the second half, now with just 18 games remaining in the regular season.

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Trailing 2-0 in the ninth, Devan Ahart collected his second of three hits, as he tripled down the right-field line. Erick Mejia followed with an RBI groundout, making it 2-1, but leaving Rancho down to their final out. Will Smith would walk to bring Matt Beaty to the plate, who responded with a single to move Smith to third. Yusniel Diaz then followed with an RBI single to right, tying the game against Modesto reliever Luis s Niebla.

In the tenth, with two outs and Garrett Kennedy aboard on a fielder’s choice, Ahart struck again, doubling to left-center to push Kennedy to third base. Mejia came through with the biggest hit of the night, as he lined a single to left-center against reliever Mark Magliaro (0-2), scoring a pair to give the Quakes the lead at 4-2.

Corey Copping (2-0), who came on in the eighth, worked around a two-out walk to work a scoreless tenth inning to notch the win and finish with three scoreless innings in relief.
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Quakes’ starter Wes Helsbeck was removed after just two scoreless innings, leaving with an undisclosed injury. Reliever Alex Hermeling pitched a scoreless third, but gave up a couple in the fourth, as Modesto took a 2-0 lead.

Modesto starter Ryan Castellani was brilliant on Monday in a no-decision, as he allowed just three hits over seven scoreless innings.

The Quakes (26-25, 68-53) will look for a fourth straight win on Tuesday, sending Tommy Bergjans (2-13) to the hill against Modesto’s Colin Welmon (1-2) in game two of the four-game series. Game time from John Thurman Field in Modesto on Monday night will be 7:05pm.

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After the seven-game road trip concludes, your Quakes will return to LoanMart Field on Tuesday, August 23rd for another Healthy RC Recycle Tuesday, as fans that bring ten CRV-eligible bottles or cans will receive a free Club Seat Ticket to the game. Tickets are available by calling (909) 481-5000 or online at rcquakes.com. We hope to see you at LoanMart Field very soon … Go Quakes!

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