Nine-run Second Inning leads Rancho to Win
By Mike Lindskog
Rancho Cucamonga, CA – The Rancho Cucamonga offense ripped off nine runs in the second inning on Friday night, treating a sell-out crowd of over 4,800 to a 13-6 win over the Inland Empire 66ers at LoanMart Field.
The first home win of the year also snapped a four-game losing streak for the Quakes.
Trailing 1-0 in the second, Connor Wong got the scoring started for Rancho, as he led off with an opposite-field homer, his third of the year, tying the game at 1-1 against Connor Riley (0-1). A sac fly by Logan Landon made it 2-1 and gave the Quakes the lead for good on Friday night. By the time the inning was over, Rancho had scored a season-high nine runs, as they took a 9-1 lead.
Rancho starter Tony Gonsolin pitched well but ran into pitch count in the fourth, as he was removed after two batters in favor of eventual winner Leo Crawford (1-0).
The Quakes put the game out of reach in the seventh though, plating three more runs to take a commanding 12-4 lead.
The 66ers got two in the eighth, while Rancho rounded out the scoring with a run in the ninth, as first baseman Jared Walsh came into pitch the final frame. Wong doubled to open the inning, then scored on a Cristian Santana single, rounding out the scoring at 13-6.
Rancho got out-hit, 13-10, but got multi-hit efforts from both Wong and Rylan Bannon. Wong, Santana, Gavin Lux and Saige Jenco all chipped in with two RBIs each.
The Quakes (3-6) will send Imani Abdullah (0-1) to the mound on Saturday night, while the 66ers will go with Joe Gatto (0-0). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.
On Saturday night, fans will be treated to a post-game Fireworks display, thanks to LoanMart. In addition, the first 1,5000 fans in attendance will take home a Cody Bellinger replica jersey, also thanks to LoanMart. Single tickets are still available at (909) 481-5000 or online at rcquakes.com.
Press Release Provided By the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes