Rancho Now Tied for First Place with Lake Elsinore with Five to Play in the First Half
By Andrew Chapman
The Quakes plated the final run without the aid of a hit on Tuesday night, entering a tie for first place in the South Division with Lake Elsinore.
Tied at three in the final inning, Rylan Bannon was plunked with a pitch by Storm reliever Dauris Valdez. Bannon advanced to third on a fielding error by shortstop Allen Cordoba and then scored when Logan Landon rolled a short groundout down the third-base line.
Marshall Kasowski looked sharp out of the bullpen, getting Buddy Reed to ground out, then retiring Marcus Greene Jr. and Edward Olivares via strikeout to earn his second save on the year.
The Quakes did not lead until the seventh inning when Zach McKinstry doubled to right field and Cristian Santana hammered a two-run homer to give Rancho the 3-2 lead. Santana finished the contest 2-for-4 at the plate.
Lake Elsinore tied the game in the eighth against reliever Ryan Moseley when Hudson Potts doubled home Luis Torrens from first to make it 3-3. Moseley (2-1) was charged with a blown save in the inning but was positioned for the win following the Quakes comeback in the final frame.
Starting on the bump for the Quakes was right-hander Tony Gonsolin, who allowed his only runs of the night on RBI singles in the first and second inning. Gonsolin tossed five total innings, allowing the two runs on seven hits and striking out six in a no-decision.
Lake Elsinore used three bullpen arms behind starting pitcher Chris Paddack, who also received a no-decision over five innings of work, striking out nine Rancho bats. Valdez (0-2) was the final man on the bump, surrendering the game-winning run and was saddled with the loss.
Looking for sole possession of first place in the South Division on Wednesday, the Quakes will send RHP Dean Kremer (5-2, 3.43 ERA) to the mound in his 14th scheduled start of the season. Kremer will be opposed by Pedro Avila (3-4, 4.15 ERA) of Lake Elsinore. First pitch from The Diamond is scheduled for 6:00 P.M.
The Quakes conclude their first-half schedule on the road and return to LoanMart Field on Thursday, June 21st for Thirsty Thursday presented by Tropical Smoothie Café. Tickets are available online at rcquakes.com or by calling (909) 481-5000.
Press Release Provided By the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes