Cal League Baseball: Latimore’s Historic Night Leads Quakes in 12-1 Thumping of 66ers

Quincy Latimore Ties a Rancho-Record with Eight RBIs in the Win

By Zach Bigley

Rancho Cucamonga, CA- Quincy Latimore tied a Rancho Cucamonga-record with eight RBIs on Friday night in a 12-1 drubbing of the Inland Empire 66ers.

In front of a sold-out crowd of 4,855 at LoanMart Field, Latimore knocked in his first run with an RBI single in the first, blasted a grand slam in the third inning and capped his night with a three-run home run in the eighth inning. He finished 4-for-4 with two home runs, two runs and the eight RBIs.

Ibandel Isabel set the Rancho-record with eight RBIs last Friday (August 18th) in Lake Elsinore and he stood alone atop the leader-board for just seven days.

After the Quakes took a 1-0 lead into the third after the RBI single from Latimore and he added on with his grand slam in the third, but Rancho was far from done on the night. Jose Brizuela singled home Omar Estevez later in the inning to give the Quakes a 6-0 lead. Rancho sent 11 men to the plate in the inning and left the bases loaded.

Following the 66ers founding the scoreboard in the seventh with an RBI single from Derek Jenkins, the Quakes answered by batting around again in the eighth. After DJ Peters and Luke Raley singled, Latimore crushed his three-run home run to total the eight RBIs.

Brant Whiting, Zach McKinstry and Raley then chipped in with RBI singles to extend the lead to 12-1. Along with Latimore, Raley (4-for-6 with an RBI and two runs) and Brizuela (3-for-5 with a double and an RBI) also turned in big nights offensively for the Quakes.

Devin Smeltzer, who entered in the fifth, tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning to conclude the game and earned the win. Smeltzer (5-4) went five innings, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out six and walking two in just his second relief outing of his career.

Smeltzer worked out of the bullpen because Dodger rehabber Brandon McCarthy started the game for the Quakes. McCarthy tossed three hitless innings while striking out two and walking three in his rehab start and he just threw 39 pitches.

It was not a great night for Inland Empire’s Erik Manoah (0-2) as he took the loss for the 66ers. Manoah allowed six runs on five hits over two and two-thirds innings while striking out five and walking four in his start.

Though the Quakes’ magic number is now three, they can clinch a spot in the playoffs with a win over the 66ers on Saturday as long as Lancaster wins as well over Lake Elsinore on Saturday night.

Rancho Cucamonga (37-24, 73-58) will welcome the Inland Empire 66ers (30-31, 60-71) into LoanMart Field on Saturday, August 26th, for the second game of the three-game series at 7:05 pm. Rancho is expected to turn to right-hander Jordan Sheffield (0-1), while the 66ers will send righty Joe Gatto (1-2) to the mound.

Saturday’s game will be a Fireworks Night brought to you by National Core. Tickets are available for Saturday’s game and all Quakes’ home games at 909-481-5000 or Go Quakes!