Rancho’s Pitching Staff Shines on the Road
By Andrew Chapman
San Bernardino, CA- The Quakes’ pitching staff silenced Inland Empire in the Friday night series opener, cruising to a 5-0 shut-out victory over the 66ers.
Rancho opened the scoring against major league rehabber Nick Tropeano in the second inning. Connor Wong and Zach McKinstry punched back-to-back doubles to give the Quakes a 1-0 lead.
In the third, Logan Landon knocked a base hit into center that got past 66ers outfielder Brandon Marsh. Rylan Bannon would come around to score from first base and provide an unearned run to make it 2-zip Quakes.
Zach McKinstry homered off of Tropeano (1-1) in the fourth, his first home run as a Quake to extend the advantage up to 3-0.
Reliever Mike Kaelin entered on for Inland Empire in the fifth and walked Bannon to begin the inning. Landon then hammered a two-run home run, his eleventh of the season to cap the scoring at 5-0.
On the mound, Parker Curry (6-1) allowed just three hits over five shut-out frames, striking out five while locking up his team-high sixth victory of the season. Ben Holmes followed with one hit over three shut-out innings and Jason Richman closed the affair with a scoreless ninth.
With the win, the Quakes are now 20-3 over the second half of play and remain seven games atop the south division over Lancaster. Rancho is also a season-best 17 games over .500 overall, at 55-38.
Lefty Leo Crawford (2-0, 3.18 ERA) will start game two of the series on Saturday night and be opposed by fellow south-paw Nate Bertness (2-7, 5.84 ERA) of Inland Empire.
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