44th Win in Second Half is Franchise Best for Rancho Cucamonga
By Andrew Chapman
Rancho Cucamonga, CA- The Quakes piled on early Friday night, scoring in each of the first four innings before fending off a late run by the 66ers in a 9-6 win at San Manuel Stadium.
Michael Santos was bested early on by Carlos Rincon, who clubbed a two-run home run in the first inning to lead. Brandon Montgomery doubled home Steve Berman in the second inning and Omar Estevez added a solo home run in the third. The long ball extended Estevez’s hitting streak to an active league best 15 games.
Donovan Casey went deep as well to lead off the fourth, his second home run since coming off of the disabled list. Leading 5-1 in the inning, Connor Wong reached and scored on a base hit by Berman into right-center that was mishandled by Torii Hunter Jr. Montgomery capped the three-run inning with a sacrifice fly and the Quakes pulled ahead convincingly 7-1. Santos (0-1) completed five plus innings and allowed all nine Rancho runs, eight which were earned.
Leo Crawford worked on the hill for Rancho, surrendering a run in the first and a two-run home run to Zane Gurwitz in the fourth. Crawford (7-0) then locked in, completing six innings while walking one and striking out five in the win.
Franklin Navarro jumped the yard on Jordan Sheffield with a solo home run in the seventh. Connor Strain then walked two and allowed a pair of run-scoring singles in the eighth. Michael Boyle was able to halt the momentum however, setting down the side in order to close out the game with his sixth save of the season.
The second-half champion Quakes will resume the series on Saturday night with RHP Edwin Uceta (0-0) on the mound opposite RHP Adrian De Horta (0-1) of Inland Empire. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 PM.
Press Release Provided By the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes