Cal League Baseball: Rancho Cucamonga Drops Third Straight to Inland Empire

The Quakes Complete the Regular Season Today

By Toph Buzzard

For the third straight day, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes were convincingly defeated by the Inland Empire 66ers, losing 6-3 on Sunday afternoon at LoanMart Field.

The Quakes (80-57, 39-30) have had trouble with the Sixers (57-81, 31-38) recently, dropping four straight head-to-head games to their South Division counterpart.

Dillon Paulson, who ended up finishing 2-for-4, got the offense going in the bottom of the second, launching a solo homer to right-center, his fourth.

However, Inland would score five out of the game’s last seven runs. The big blow occurred in the top of the seventh when Michael Cruz (3rd) belted a two-out, three-run blast, making it 6-2 at the time.

Tyler Smith (2-2), out of the Sixers’ bullpen, grabbed the victory, tossing three innings with two earned runs, six strikeouts and no walks. Reliever Luke Lind fired two scoreless innings to net his third save.

Wills Montgomerie (9-3), who followed Andre Jackson (3 IP/1 ER/5K), shouldered the loss, surrendering five earned runs on five hits in four frames.

In the regular-season finale, Rancho will send RHP Jose Martinez (2-0) to the mound. Inland Empire will counter with RHP Cristopher Molina (2-5).

Rancho will wrap up the regular season on Monday with a 2:05pm first pitch, as there will be a Postgame Kids Run the Bases, thanks to the Smile Generation. Grab your tickets online at or by calling (909) 481-5000.

The Quakes will open the 2019 Cal League Playoffs on Wednesday in Lake Elsinore, then return home for Game 3 of a Best-of-5 South Division Finals against the Lake Elsinore Storm.

The first 1,500 fans will receive a Clayton Kershaw Bobblehead, presented by US Bank…playoff tickets and packages are available at We hope to see you at LoanMart Field for the upcoming Cal League Playoffs.

Photo by Steve Saenz

Press Release Provided by the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes