Cal League Baseball: Lancaster Walks-Off on Rancho, Keeps Magic Number at One

Quakes Tie the Game in the Ninth, Fall in the 10th

By Zach Bigley

Lancaster, CA- After the Quakes tied the game in the ninth inning for the fourth consecutive day, the Lancaster JetHawks walked-off against the Quakes with a bases-loaded walk into the bottom of the 10th inning on Thursday night.

Jason Richman (2-2) allowed two hits to Scott Burcham and Wilson Soriano in the 10th inning and recorded an out before intentionally walking Yonathan Daza to face Sam Hilliard. After striking him out, Tony Gonsolin entered the game and walked Avery Romero to end the game.

In a no-decision, Chris Mathewson battled in his first start as a Quake. He threw five innings, allowing four runs on nine hits while striking out one and walking one and his offense gave him and an early lead.

In the top of the second inning, Rancho found the scoreboard first. Keibert Ruiz and Omar Estevez slammed back-to-back doubles off of starter Jesus Tinoco and it was 1-0.

The JetHawks fought back, though, in the bottom of the fourth inning off of Mathewson. Wes Rogers doubled home Daza and Hilliard to give Lancaster the lead and Mylz Jones then plated Rogers with an RBI single to make it 3-1.

After the JetHawks added another run in the fifth inning with a Daza RBI single, the Quakes showed off the power in the sixth.

Zach McKinstry began the inning with a ground-rule double before Quincy Latimore crushed his seventh home run of the season to bring the Quakes within one run. Latimore now has seven home runs and 18 RBIs in 14 games with Rancho.

DJ Peters then blasted a solo home run of his own to go back-to-back with Latimore and the game was tied at 4-4. It was Peters’ 25th home run of the season and his first since August 17th.

The JetHawks broke the tie in the bottom of the eighth inning. Wilson Soriano cranked a run-scoring double to right field and Daza laced another RBI single to make it 6-4.

In the top of the ninth inning, the Quakes battled back again off of Alexander Guillen. Guillen blew the save in game one of the series and he did the same on Thursday.

Ibandel Isabel reached on a dropped third strike and Jose Brizuela singled to put runners on the corners to begin the inning. Brandon Montgomery then grounded to third, but a throwing error by Romero allowed Isabel to score while Brizuela moved third and Montgomery scooted to second.

McKinstry then tied the game with an RBI single, but the Quakes could not take the lead.

Despite tying each of the last four games in the ninth inning, the Quakes are just 1-3 over that stretch.

Jason Richman (2-2) was handed the loss allowing a run on two hits over two and a third innings while striking out one and walking one.

Carlos Polanco (5-5) took home the win by throwing a scoreless top of the 10th inning for the JetHawks.

The magic number is still one for Rancho Cucamonga because of an Inland Empire win over San Jose on Thursday.

Lancaster (38-28, 76-60) completed the season series with Rancho Cucamonga (38-28, 74-62) with a 15-14 advantage due to the win on Thursday.

Next, the Quakes will welcome the Lake Elsinore Storm into LoanMart Field for the first game of a four-game series that will finish off the regular season. Game one will be on Friday, September 1st, at 6:35 pm and will present the Quakes with another chance to clinch a playoff spot. Rancho is expected to turn to left-hander Caleb Ferguson 8-4(), while the Storm will send lefty Logan Allen (2-4) to the mound.

Friday’s game will be Family RV $1 Family Feast Night at LoanMart Field, featuring $1 hot dogs, $1 Pepsi products and $1 ice cream sandwiches throughout the night! In addition, it’s Back to School Night, as local students and teachers will be in attendance celebrating the start of the school year! Tickets are available for Friday’s game and all Quakes’ home games at 909-481-5000 or Go Quakes!

Press Release Provided By the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes