Rancho now Two Back of Lancaster with Five to go
By Zach Bigley
Rancho Cucamonga could not get the offense started on Tuesday night in a 2-0 loss to the Inland Empire 66ers. After Lancaster beat Lake Elsinore earlier in the night, the Quakes fell two games back of the JetHawks for first place in the South Division with five games left in the first half.
A night after scoring 10 runs on 15 hits, the Quakes’ offense was stymied and held scoreless on just five hits and it did not help that starter Caleb Ferguson was not on his game.
The same day that he was named to the All-Star team, Ferguson struggled with his command early and lasted just four and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on five hits while striking out three and walking five.
The 66ers scored early in the first off of Ferguson as Taylor Ward slammed a solo home run to left to give Inland Empire the lead, 1-0.
In the fifth, they added on with a bases-loaded walk from Connor Justus that scored Matt Thaiss and that chased Ferguson.
Tony Gonsolin came on and retired the last batter to end the inning before throwing three more brilliant innings. He only surrendered one hit while striking out six to tie his career-high.
Andrew Istler pitched a scoreless ninth inning, but the 66ers’ Samil De Los Santos countered with a scoreless inning of his own in the bottom of the ninth to record his second save of the season.
66ers’ starter Jesus Castillo (3-2) earned the win by throwing five shutout innings, just giving up two hits while striking out seven on only walking one.
Yusniel Diaz paced the Quakes’ offense with a 2-for-4 game, including a double. DJ Peters, Brandon Montgomery and Victor Roache each recorded a single in the loss as well.
Rancho Cucamonga (33-32) will be back in action on Wednesday, June 14, against Inland Empire (30-35) for the third game of the three-game series at 7:05 pm. Right-hander Dennis Santana (3-4) is scheduled to start for the Quakes while the 66ers will counter with righty Greyfer Eregua (0-0).
It will be Terra Vista Animal Hospital Bark in the Ballpark Night. Four-legged friends are welcome at LoanMart Field on this great night, thanks to Terra Vista Animal Hospital. Pet Passes cost just $3, with proceeds to benefit the Rancho Cucamonga Animal Shelter. The MVP gates will open at 5:45 and the main gates will open at 6:05. Tickets are available at 909-481-5000 or rcquakes.com. Go Quakes!
Press Release Provided By the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes