Second Straight Sellout for Star Wars Night in Rancho Cucamonga
A night after watching the Modesto Nuts rally from an early deficit, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes turned the tables and won in front of a sold-out Star Wars Night crowd, defeating the Nuts by a final of 9-4.
The second straight sellout of more than 4,700 at LoanMart Field watched Modesto take a 4-0 lead after just a half-inning, before witnessing a fierce Rancho rally that saw the Quakes tally the game’s final nine runs.
Eric Peterson had three extra-base hits in his first start in a Rancho uniform, driving in two on the night, helping the Quakes take a 3 ½ game lead in the South Division over idle Lancaster.
Modesto grabbed an early lead, scoring four first-inning runs against Gerardo Carrillo.
Donovan Casey put Rancho on the board with a solo-shot, his fifth of the year in the first, making it 4-1 against Modesto starter Austin Hutchison.
In the second, Rancho got back-to-back doubles from Stevie Berman and Peterson, making it 4-2. Peterson later stole third and scored on a throwing error, pulling Rancho to within a run.
In the third, the Quakes took the lead for good against reliever Sam Delaplane (3-1). Nick Yarnall opened the inning with a triple, then scored on a Connor Wong RBI single, making it 4-4. Peterson followed with his second RBI double, plating Wong to give the Quakes the lead at 5-4. A Starling Heredia sac fly eventually plated Peterson to make it 6-4.
Jeter Downs broke it open in the eighth, with a three-run double, capping the scoring at 9-4. Three RBIs for Downs gives him 29 on the year, which is tied for the most in the Cal League.
The Quakes (26-17) will look for another series win with a chance to take two of three in Sunday’s series finale at 2:05pm. Leo Crawford (0-2) will take on right-hander Logan Gilbert (1-0) in the rubber-game of the three-game set.
Before the game, kids with a ticket to the game are invited to take part in another U.S. Bank Youth Clinic, with baseball instruction from Quakes’ players and coaches. Tickets are available by calling (909) 481-5000 or online at rcquakes.com.
Nuts 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Quakes 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 3 X 9
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