Quakes are on the Brink of Elimination
By Mike Lindskog
The Lake Elsinore moved to within one win of moving on to the Cal League Championship Series, coming from behind on Thursday night to defeat Rancho Cucamonga, 7-6 in ten innings at The Diamond in Lake Elsinore.
The Quakes let a 6-1 lead slip away, needing just nine outs to send the series back to LoanMart Field with the series even at a win apiece.
Tre Todd’s three-run homer capped a four-run sixth, as Rancho exploded to a five-run advantage.
In the last of the seventh, the Storm began to rally, getting three against Darien Nunez to make it 6-4.
Two more in the eighth tied the game, as Luis Campusano and Gabriel Arias had back-to-back run-scoring hits against Brett de Geus, making it a 6-6 tie.
In the bottom of the tenth, Jalen Washington led off with a bloop-single to right field against Max Gamboa (0-1). Washington moved to second on a wild pitch, then stole third base with only one out.
After a walk to Eguy Rosario put runners at first and third, Tirso Ornelas drove a pitch to the wall in right-center. Jeren Kendall caught it for the second out, but Washington scored from third on the sac fly to end the game and send the Storm to a 2-0 lead in the series.
Rancho starter John Rooney pitched well in the no-decision, giving up just one run on seven hits over five innings.
Rancho got three hits by Jacob Amaya, but got outhit by the Storm, 16-8.
The Quakes, now needing three straight wins to advance to the Championship Series, will host the next three games at LoanMart Field. Andre Jackson will face Storm right-hander Caleb Boushley on Friday night at 7:05pm.
The first 1,500 fans through the gates this Friday night will take home a Clayton Kershaw Bobblehead, thanks to U.S. Bank. Purchase your tickets at rcquakes.com or by calling (909) 481-5000.
Quakes 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 0 6
Storm 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 2 0 1 7
W: Schlichtholz, Fred (1-0, 0.00)L: Gamboa, Max (0-1, 13.50)WV HR’s: Todd
Photos by Steve Saenz & Ryan Aguirre
Press Release Provided by the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes