Win in Lake Elsinore keeps Quakes in the Hunt
Lake Elsinore, CA– The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes scored six runs in the first three innings, paving the way for their 7-4 win against the Lake Elsinore Storm at Pete Lehr Field on Saturday night. It was Rancho’s third straight win against the Storm in this series and the team’s fourth straight win overall.
Dodgers right-handed pitcher Brandon McCarthy pitched the first two innings as part of his first rehab start, as he works his way back from an elbow injury.
The Quakes jumped out to an early lead against the Storm and starter Enyel De Los Santos. Erick Mejia led off with a single, and went first-to-third on a Tim Locastro single. With one out, Matt Beaty hit a sacrifice fly to score Mejia and make it 1-0 Rancho.
The Quakes scored another run in the second. Michael Ahmed teed off against De Los Santos for his first of two home runs in the game; this one being a solo shot that made it 2-0 Quakes.
McCarthy worked a 1-2-3 first, but gave up a solo homer to Franmil Reyes to open the second, as the Storm cut the lead to just a run, at 2-1.
Rancho Cucamonga put up a four spot in the third. With one out, Locastro singled and Devan Ahart walked to put two on for Johan Mieses. Mieses lined a single to left field to score Locastro, making it 3-0. Ahmed then clubbed his second home run of the game, tucked just inside the left field foul pole. His three-run shot made it 6-0 Rancho Cucamonga.
The Quakes scored their final run in the eighth inning, when Joey Curletta doubled home Mieses with two out to round out Rancho Cucamonga’s scoring.
Lake Elsinore’s offense was quiet through the first eight innings, tallying just four hits and one run. In the ninth, Grant Holmes walked Trae Santos and allowed a single to Luis Tejada with nobody out. That brought up the Padres #1 prospect as ranked by Baseball America, Javier Guerra, who stroked a three-run home run, his sixth of the season, to cut Rancho’s lead to 7-4. Jose Ruiz singled following Guerra’s home run, but Holmes got a double play off the bat of Edwin Moreno and a fly out from Josh Van Meter to end the game.
McCarthy pitched the first two innings in his first rehab start, as he begins his journey back to the Dodgers after Tommy John surgery last year. He allowed just one hit, Reyes’ solo home run, and walked one. He threw 20 pitches, 11 of which were strikes. Phillip Pfeifer relieved McCarthy and pitched the next two innings. Pfeifer allowed just one hit and walked two and struck two in his scoreless frames. Holmes (5-3), picked up the win after five innings in relief. He allowed three runs on six hits, while walking two and striking out three. Saturday was Holmes’ turn to start in the rotation, but McCarthy’s rehab appearance forced him to come out of the bullpen.
De Los Santos (0-1) took the loss in his Cal League debut. He allowed six runs on five hits in 4.2 innings. He walked three and struck out two. Lake Elsinore’s bullpen of Brandon Alger, Trevor Seidenberger and Martires Arias combined for 4.1 innings of one-run ball.
The Quakes (38-24) remain one game back of the Mavs with just eight games remaining in the first half.
The Quakes will look for a fifth straight win on Sunday afternoon as they’ll get some help from the Los Angeles Dodgers, with Hyun-Jin Ryu slated to make his third fourth rehab appearance of the year. Ryu, who hasn’t pitched since September, 2014 is working his way back from a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Ryu made two rehab appearances earlier with the Quakes and one for Triple-A Oklahoma City, but he was shut down after experiencing some more discomfort tin his shoulder. Sunday marks the re-start of his rehab assignment. Lake Elsinore will counter with Walker Lockett (2-5, 3.03 ERA) Game time on Sunday will be 1:00 p.m.
Dodgers’ Manager Dave Roberts confirmed on Friday, that Dodgers’ outfielder Yasiel Puig is scheduled to start a rehab assignment with the Quakes on Monday, June 13th, as Rancho returns to LoanMart Field for the final three home games of the first half, hosting the Lancaster JetHawks in a three-game set. 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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