Rancho Cucamonga, CA— The Quakes’ offense put up some huge numbers on Sunday as they routed the Visalia Rawhide for their second straight win, 17-8 at LoanMart Field.
Yusniel Diaz finished with a career-high four hits and six RBIs, as the Quakes tied their season-high for runs scored and banged out 21 hits overall, helping them win two of three in the series against the ‘Hide.
Visalia struck for three first-inning runs, giving them an early 3-0 advantage. Colin Bray led off the game with his sixth homer of the year. Two batters later, rehabbing Diamondbacks’ outfielder A.J. Pollock slugged a solo homer, his second of his rehab assignment, putting the Rawhide up 2-0. An RBI triple off the fence in right field by Cody Regis chased home Marty Herum, giving the Rawhide the big lead.
Rawhide starter Justin Donatella worked a scoreless first, but got knocked around for four runs in the second, as the Quakes took the lead for good. An RBI hit by Erick Mejia tied the game and Will Smith’s sac fly scored Brandon Trinkwon, putting the Quakes in front by a run, at 4-3.
Rancho poured it on in the fourth, as they enjoyed their second four-run inning. Diaz connected for a three-run double, then scored on an RBI hit by Devan Ahart, closing the day for Donatella (4-2) and making it 8-3.
Matt Beaty crushed a three-run homer, his ninth of the year in the fifth, adding to the Rancho advantage and making it 11-3 against reliever Jency Solis.
Shibuya (1-0) really settled down after the first inning, as the RBI triple by Regis was the last blemish against him. The right-hander would set down the final 16 hitters after that, finishing with three runs on four hits allowed, while picking up four strikeouts.
Dodgers’ rehabbing lefty Adam Liberatore came on in the seventh and allowed two runs on three hits over one inning of work, in his first of what could be multiple rehab appearances in a Quakes’ uniform. RBI hits from Tyler Baker and Galli Cribbs cut the Rancho lead to 11-5.
A Dian Toscano RBI double in the seventh inning against Bud Jeter gave Rancho their 12th run. Diaz followed and finished out his three-hit day with a mammoth homer to left field, his sixth of the year to make it 14-5.
Diaz capped a huge day with his fourth hit in the bottom of the eighth, driving in another run, the third of the inning for Rancho, making it 17-5.
Visalia capped a long-day with three runs in the ninth against reliever Kevin Brown.
The only bad news for Rancho on Sunday was an apparent injury to red-hot outfielder Johan Mieses. Mieses, who had homered in four straight games, never made it to the plate in the first inning, as he injured himself on a leaping attempt against the right-field wall in the top of the first.
The Quakes (25-25, 67-53) finish the home stand at 3-3 and head to Modesto on Monday, as they open up a seven-game road trip. Rancho will send Wes Helsabeck (2-2) to the mound in Monday’s series-opener against the Nuts, while Modesto will counter with Ryan Castellani (5-8). Game time from John Thurman Field in Modesto on Monday night will be 7:05pm.
After the seven-game road trip concludes, your Quakes will return to LoanMart Field on Tuesday, August 23rdfor another Healthy RC Recycle Tuesday, as fans that bring ten CRV-eligible bottles or cans will receive a free Club Seat Ticket to the game. Tickets are available by calling (909) 481-5000 or online at rcquakes.com. We hope to see you at LoanMart Field very soon … Go Quakes!
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