Adelanto, CA — The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes lost a high scoring affair with the High Desert Mavericks on Saturday night, falling 14-13 at Heritage Field in Adelanto.
It was the tenth straight game that Rancho has lost to High Desert, their South Division rival.
The Mavs broke a 13-13 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning, after Michael De Leon doubled home Tripp Martin.
However, Rancho’s lead was short-lived.
After scoring two runs in the first inning to pull to within three runs, High Desert scored nine runs in the second inning; marking the second straight game they recorded a nine-run frame. Jairo Beras hit a three-run home run, De Leon crushed a two-run home run and Jose Trevino belted a solo shot in the second inning. Josh Morgan added an RBI double and Elio Castillo lined two RBI singles in the marathon inning. The Mavs sent 14 hitters to the plate in the second.
Will Smith and Noah Perio hit solo home runs for Rancho Cucamonga, and Matt Beaty had two RBI singles to get the Quakes back into the game. Down three in the eighth inning, Yusniel Diaz unloaded a towering shot to left-center field, a no-doubt, three-run home run to tie the game at 13 runs a piece, until De Leon drove home the winning run in the bottom of the inning.
Nine home runs were hit between the two teams. Mike Ahmed, Beaty, Perio and Mieses each finished with multi-hit games.
Nick Gardewine (4-1) earned the win for High Desert, despite allowing four earned runs on four hits in two innings. Mavs starter Cody Palmquist lasted just two innings in his first start of the season. He allowed six earned runs on three hits, walking two.
Alex Hermeling (0-1) took the loss for Rancho in his team debut. He allowed three earned runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings. Starter Michael Boyle was roughed up for 11 earned runs on 11 hits in 1 1/3 innings. The lone bright spot for the Quakes pitching staff was Alex Burgos, who tossed 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, allowing just one hit.
The Quakes (21-22, 63-49) will conclude their four-game series with the Mavs with game four on Sunday night. Rancho’s starter is up-in-the-air, after Isaac Anderson was scheduled to start before he was promoted to Double-A on Thursday. The Mavs will send right-hander Tyler Davis (4-5, 5.07 ERA) to the mound. First pitch from game four in Adelanto will be at 5:05 p.m.
After this current seven-game road trip concludes, your Quakes will return to LoanMart Field on Tuesday, August 9th for 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!
Press Release & Photo Procided by the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes