Rancho Cucamonga Now Two Games Back…Home again Friday
By Andrew Chapman
After retiring the Storm in order to open the game, the Quakes instantly snagged the game-winning run on their first at-bat of the contest.
Gavin Lux, who was back in the lineup following a day off on Wednesday, hammered a solo home run on the first pitch of the inning to put Rancho up 1-0.
In the third, Rancho sparked a two-out rally on a Jeren Kendall double that scored Lux. Cristian Santana followed with a single to bring Kendall around, jumping Rancho to the 3-0 lead.
Lake Elsinore’s best chance to score came in the seventh when Logan Salow issued a walk to load the bases. Isaac Anderson entered from the bullpen and struck out Kelvin Melean, leaving the bases full and preserving the shutout.
Zach Pop came out of the pen for the Quakes to begin the eighth and retired all six hitters he faced over the final two innings, securing his first save of the year and handing Gonsolin (3-1) the win.
Taking three-of-four from Lake Elsinore in the series, Rancho is now in a tie with the Storm for third place in the South division with identical 25-29 records, two games back of first-plac e Inland Empire.
The Quakes continue the home stand with the start of the three-game series hosting the Lancaster JetHawks with right-hander Dean Kremer (3-2, 3.93 ERA) scheduled to make his 12th start of the year. Lancaster will counter with Rico Garcia (5-5, 3.67 ERA) in game-one of the series.
Friday is Family RV $1 Feast Night at the ballpark! Fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs, Pepsi products and ice cream sandwiches all thanks to Family RV. Tickets are available by calling (909) 481-5000 or online at rcquakes.com.
Press Release Provided By the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes