Rancho remains One Game Out with 12 to go in the First Half
By Mike Lindskog
Lancaster, CA – After a season-best five-game winning streak came to an end on Sunday, the Quakes scored eight times over the final two innings on Tuesday night, to rally from behind and win for the sixth time in seven games, defeating the Lancaster JetHawks, 8-4.
Cristian Santana belted two of Rancho’s five home runs over the final two innings in Tuesday’s win at the Hangar.
Trailing 4-0 in the eighth, Rylan Bannon, Santana and Jeren Kendall hit three consecutive home runs off reliever Alexander Guillen, making it a one-run game at 4-3.
After a scoreless eighth by Stetson Allie, the offense needed little time to get going again in the ninth. Gavin Lux untied the game with another a homer to open the inning, his eighth of the year to give the Quakes the lead against Bryan Baker (1-1) at 5-4.
Bannon followed by reaching on an error and Santana followed with his second long-ball in as many innings, his eighth of the year to make it 7-4. Cody Thomas capped the inning with a run-scoring hit, plating Logan Landon for an 8-4 advantage.
The JetHawks went in order in the ninth against Jason Richman.
Rancho starter Dustin May pitched into the sixth inning, but got no run-support while he was in, as the Quakes did all their scoring after his departure.
Lancaster broke a scoreless tie in the third, as Carlos Herrera took May out to left field, making it 1-0 on his third round-tripper of the year.
The home team added an unearned run in the fifth and two more in the sixth, chasing May two outs into the inning with the Quakes down 4-0.
JetHawks’ starter Matt Dennis enjoyed one of his best outings of the year, as he allowed just four hits over seven scoreless innings, but took a no-decision.
On Wednesday, the Quakes will go with Tony Gonsolin (3-1) against Brandon Gold (4-3) in the middle game of the series, with first pitch scheduled for 6:35pm.
The Quakes open a brief three-game home stand against Inland Empire on Friday night at 7:05pm. Friday night is Justin Turner Bobblehead Giveaway, thanks to Smile Generation, as 1,500 fans will take home a bobblehead. Gates open at 6:05pm and game time is 7:05pm. Tickets are available by calling (909) 481-5000 or online at rcquakes.com.
Press Release Provided By the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes