Rancho Cucamonga with the Best Second Half Record Following Saturday’s win
By Andrew Chapman
Rancho Cucamonga, CA- Despite surrendering a lead on Saturday night, the Quakes willed their way to a run in each of the final three innings to top Inland Empire 5-3 and win their fifth straight game.
Cody Thomas led off the sixth with a triple against reliever Matt Bower and Cristian Santana followed with an RBI-groundout to even the game at three. The triple extended Thomas’s hitting streak to a season-high ten games as the outfielder continued his strong start to the second-half.
Jared Walker delivered the game-winning hit at the bottom of the order in the seventh, driving home Connor Wong on an RBI-single. Omar Estevez later added a run for the third consecutive frame with a sacrifice fly to score Santana and settle the game at 5-3.
Zach Pop recorded the final five outs out of the bullpen and recorded his team-leading sixth save of the year while Bower (0-1) was hit with the loss.
With starting pitcher Dean Kremer working into the sixth, Inland Empire would plate all three of their runs in the inning. Kremer recorded a pair of outs and was replaced by Jason Richman with two runners of record on base. David MacKinnon proceeded to single home Brandon Marsh and an infield error opened the door for two additional unearned runs to score over the inning.
Kremer settled with a no-decision on Saturday, lasting 5.2 innings while walking and striking out four.
Logan Salow (3-2) went on to pitch a scoreless seventh while the Quakes gathered and positioned the left-hander for his third win on the season.
Following the win, the Quakes have strung together a five-game winning streak for the second time this season and hold the leagues best second-half record at 8-2.
The Quakes will look to clinch the upper hand in the series on Sunday with RHP Isaac Anderson (2-5) scheduled to make the start in game three. The 66ers will turn to Simon Mathews (1-2) with first pitched set for 2:05 PM.
On Sunday the Quakes will turn into Los Temblores de Rancho Cucamonga on the field as part of the California League Copa de la Diversion. There will be Hispanic themed food, music, and fun thanks to Que Buena. Kids are also welcome to run the bases after the game thanks to Smile Generation. Tickets are available online at rcquakes.com or by calling (909) 481-5000.
Press Release Provided By the Riverside County Sheriffs Department