Rylan Bannon Hits his League Leading 15th Home Run
By Mike Lindskog
Lancaster, CA – The Lancaster JetHawks received some good starting pitching and unlike Tuesday’s series-opener, got some solid work out of the bullpen, holding off the Quakes on Wednesday night at The Hangar, winning 6-4.
One night after the Quakes torched the Lancaster bullpen for five homers and eight runs over the final two innings, JetHawks’ closer Justin Lawrence retired all four hitters he faced, securing his fifth save of the year.
Lancaster jumped on Rancho starter Tony Gonsolin for three first-inning runs, with Willie Abreau connecting for an opposite-field homer to highlight the inning, giving the JetHawks a 3-0 lead.
Rancho answered the next inning, as Omar Estevez doubled off of JetHawks’ starter Brandon Gold, then scored on a Cody Thomas RBI single, making it 3-1.That was the only run that Gold (5-3) allowed over six innings, as he scattered six hits, striking out seven in the win.
Gonsolin gave up another homer in the fifth, as Colton Welker went yard to make it 4-1.
The JetHawks capitalized on a Rancho error in the sixth, as Ryan Moseley was touched for two uneared runs, as Manny Melendez had a two-run single to build Lancaster’s lead to 6-1.
The JetHawks’ bullpen didn’t start out so strong on Wednesday, as Heath Holder gave up a two-run homer to Hamlet Marte and a solo-shot to Rylan Bannon, his league-best 15th of the year, as Rancho made it a two-run game in the seventh, at 6-4.
That’s as close as the Quakes would get though, as Lawrence came on in the eighth after a Logan Landon double, getting Thomas to ground out to end the inning before working a 1-2-3 ninth.
Rancho (28-31) is now 1 1/2 games back of Lake Elsinore, depending on the Storm/66ers result from Wednesday with just 11 games to play in the first half.
On Thursday, the Quakes will go with Dean Kremer (4-2) in the series-finale, as Lancaster will counter with Rico Garcia (5-6) at 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