By Mike Lindskog
DJ Peters smashed a go-ahead home run in the fifth inning on Saturday night and the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes rallied for a 6-4 win over the Visalia Rawhide to salvage a split of the four-game series at Recreation Park.
Peters finished the game with three hits, a triple shy of the cycle, and three RBIs, as the Quakes pulled to within one game of first-place Lancaster, now with 14 games to go in the first half.
Trailing 4-3 in the fifth, Will Smith led off the frame by getting plunked by Visalia starter Cody Reed. Two batters later, Peters followed with his second hit of the night off of Reed (0-2), a shot to the right of the batter’s eye in center field for his ninth round-tripper of the year, putting the Quakes ahead to stay at 5-4.
Peters struck again in the sixth, as with two outs, he sent a one-hop laser past second baseman Henry Castillo, scoring Victor Roache from second base to add to Rancho’s lead at 6-4.
Alex Hermeling bridged the gap between starter Dean Kremer and reliever Michael Boyle, who was credited with the win. Kremer went four innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, while Boyle (1-0) scattered two hits and a walk over three scoreless frames.
Kremer was spotted in an early 3-0 advantage, thanks in part to a pair of Yusniel Diaz hits, his third home run of the year and an RBI double. The Rawhide answered in the third though, tallying two against Kremer and then taking the lead with two more in the fourth, on Sergio Alcantara’s two-out single to make it a 4-3 lead for Visalia.
Boyle covered three innings, before turning it over to Parker Curry, who worked a scoreless ninth for his second save of the year.
The Quakes (30-28) will enter Sunday’s home stand against North Division-leading Modesto at just a game back of Lancaster (31-27) in the South Division. Sunday’s series-opener will feature Rancho Cucamonga right-hander Adam Bray (1-0) against Modesto lefty Anthony Misiewicz (2-2) with first pitch scheduled for 5:05pm.
Sunday’s game is another Kids-Eat-Free-Sunrun-Sunday, as kids 12 and under will get a free hot dog, a Pepsi product and a bag of chips, thanks to Sunrun. Kids will also Run the Bases after the game, thanks to Smile Generation. Tickets are available by calling (909) 481-5000 or online at rcquakes.com. Go Quakes!
Press Release Provided By the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes