Cal League Baseball: Quakes Beat Lake Elsinore 6-1…Win Third Straight

Sopko Strong, Puig 0-for-4 on Rehab

By Andrew Chapman

Lake Elsinore, CA-Quakes’ starting pitcher Andrew Sopko delivered his strongest performance of the season on Tuesday night at The Diamond in Lake Elsinore, leading the way in a 6-1 victory for Rancho.

Over six innings, Sopko held the Storm to a single run on two hits while Rancho’s offense backed their starter en route to his second win of the year.

Despite Dodgers’ outfielder Yasiel Puig going hitless in four at-bats for the Quakes in a major league rehab appearance, the offense was able to rally in a go-ahead two-run fifth inning.

Donovan Casey, Rylan Bannon and Steve Berman strung together consecutive singles to begin the inning and load the bases for Gavin Lux. Storm starting pitcher Reggie Lawson issued a walk to Lux to bring home what would be the game-winning run in Casey, giving the Quakes a 2-1 lead. Cristian Santana capped the fifth with an RBI fielder’s choice, making it 3-1.

The Quakes grew their lead to five runs with an RBI-single from Casey in the eighth and plated the final run in the ninth, when Santana scored on a wild pitch.

Lawson, (2-1) who allowed three runs over five innings, was hit with the loss on Tuesday night.

Puig finished 0-for-4 with a strikeout and was removed after seven innings. Reports have him joining the Dodgers on Wednesday in Los Angeles.

The Quakes have now won three games in a row on the road trip and will look to make it four straight on Wednesday with Dustin May (0-1) on the mound. May will be opposed by southpaw Adrian Morejon for the Storm. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 PM

On Friday, May 11th, the Quakes return to LoanMart Field to face the Visalia Rawhide in a four-game series. On Friday night, fans will enjoy another Family RV $1 Family Feast Night, with hot dogs, Pepsi products and ice cream sandwiches all just one dollar each. Tickets are available by calling (909) 481-5000 or online at We hope to see you very soon at LoanMart Field…Go Quakes!

Press Release Provided By the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes