Rancho Wins Fifth Straight, One Week Remains in Half
Lake Elsinore, CA– The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes completed the four-game sweep against the Lake Elsinore Storm, winning 5-2 on Sunday at the Diamond in Lake Elsinore.
The win gives Rancho five straight overall, as they remain in the hunt, moving to within a half-game of High Desert, now with seven to play in the first half.
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu made his third rehab appearance with the Quakes this season, as he looks to work his way back from left shoulder surgery. It was his first rehab start since May 25th, after he was shut down with continued soreness in his surgically repaired left shoulder. Ryu pitched three innings and threw 46 pitches, 35 for strikes. After the game, Ryu said he felt good, but he is not sure when or where his next rehab appearance will be. He has not pitched in the major leagues since September, 2014.
The Quakes scored first in the very first inning, tagging Storm starter Walker Lockett for a pair of runs. Tim Locastro was hit by a pitch, and then with two out, Matt Beaty doubled him home to make it 1-0 Quakes. The next hitter, Edwin Rios, followed Beaty’s double with a double of his own, making it 2-0 Rancho after the first inning.
In the bottom of the second, Lake Elsinore tied the game at two. With Ryu pitching, Franmil Reyes led off the inning with a double, and went to third base after tagging up on a fly ball. Luis Tejada hit an RBI ground out to cut the Quakes lead in half. Later in the inning with two out, Javier Guerra singled, and Marcus Greene Jr. hit a routine ground ball to third base. Quakes third baseman Edwin Rios committed an error on the grounder, extending the inning for Felipe Blanco, who drilled a sharp single to right field, scoring Guerra from second and tying the game at 2-2, for an unearned run off of Ryu.
Rancho Cucamonga broke the tie in the fifth inning. Erick Mejia led off the inning with a single, and then stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error on the catcher Greene, Jr. Devan Ahart knocked him in with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-2, and that proved to be the winning run.
The Quakes added two insurance runs in the eighth. Ahart led things off with a single, and then Rios knocked him in with his second double and RBI of the game, making it 4-2. Rancho scored their final run after Rios advanced to third on a wild pitch, and Johan Mieses drove in Rios with a sacrifice fly to make it 5-2.
Rancho out-hit Lake Elsinore 10-5. Both Rios and Diaz had multi-hit games for the Quakes, with Rios accounting for two of the five RBI in Sunday’s win.
Ryu pitched three innings, and allowed two runs (one earned), while striking out three in his third rehab start for the Quakes this season. Former Dodgers first round pick, Chris Anderson (1-0) picked up the win after relieving Ryu and pitching a scoreless fourth inning. Scheduled starter Tommy Bergjans, who came out of the bullpen because of Ryu’s rehab appearance, earned his first save of the season after pitching five scoreless innings in relief. Bergjans retired the final ten hitters he faced, and allowed just two hits and struck out four in his five innings of work.
Lockett (1-3) is tagged with the loss for Lake Elsinore. He pitched six innings and allowed three earned runs on seven hits, striking out seven. Brad Wieck allowed the final two runs on two hits in his 1.1 innings of work.
The Quakes will look for a sixth straight win on Monday afternoon as they return home to face the Lancaster JetHawks. Rancho will get some help from the Los Angeles Dodgers, with Yasiel Puig slated to make a rehab appearance at LoanMart Field, as he works his way back from an injured hamstring. All-Star Josh Sborz (5-3, 2.84 ERA) gets the start for the Quakes, while the JetHawks will counter with Dean Deetz (3-1, 3.80 ERA).
The series against the JetHawks at LoanMart Field is the final three home games of the first half. Monday will be a Social Media Monday, as fans that follow the Quakes on all the social media platforms could win great prizes. Game time on Monday is set for 7:00 p.m. and tickets are available at (909) 481-5000 or rcquakes.com.
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