[slide show_deploy id=’15979′]Quakes Commit Four Errors in the Loss
By Zach Bigley
Rancho Cucamonga, CA- Early defensive miscues set a sour tone for the Quakes in an 11-4 loss to Lake Elsinore on Sunday.
Just like the Rancho defense, which committed four errors, Dodger rehabber Brandon McCarthy struggled in his start. McCarthy (0-1) took the loss, allowing seven runs (five earned) on eight hits over three and two-thirds innings. He struck out one and walked one while throwing 66 pitches.
In the top of the first, Omar Estevez committed an error at shortstop on a groundball hit by Rod Boykin to begin the game and a Peter Van Gansen single put runners on second and third. Michael Gettys then knocked home Boykin with a sacrifice fly and Austin Allen plated Van Gansen when Brandon Montgomery booted a groundball at second. Both runs were unearned.
With two outs, Taylor Kohlway hit an RBI single, Van Gansen lined a two-run triple down the left-field line and Gettys picked up an RBI with a single as well. That made it 7-0 after four innings.
The Quakes found the scoreboard in the fifth inning when Montgomery ripped a triple down the right-field line that scored Jose Brizuela. One batter later, Zach McKinstry grounded out to first, scoring Montgomery to make it 7-2.
Right after the Quakes cut the deficit, the Storm bumped their lead right back up to seven as Gettys blasted a two-run home run off of Adam Bray in the top of the sixth inning.
Lake Elsinore added on in the eighth with two more runs off of Bray on a Boykin RBI triple and a Van Gansen RBI groundout, but the Quakes’ power, which had been quiet for most of the series, woke up in the eighth.
DJ Peters and Ibandel Isabel hit back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the eighth for the Quakes to make it 11-4. It was Peters’ 27th home run of the season and his third in as many games while Isabel’s home run was his 28th on the year.
Bray finished after four and a third innings, allowing four runs on five hits while striking out six and not walking a batter.
Jesse Scholtens (6-7) earned the win for the Storm, only allowing two runs on seven hits over five innings while striking out four and not walking a Quake.
Rancho Cucamonga (39-30, 75-63) will take on Lake Elsinore (29-40, 64-75) on Monday, September 4th, at 2:05 pm for the final game of the regular season. Rancho is expected to turn to right-hander Dustin May (0-0), while the Storm will send lefty Jerry Keel (3-3) to the mound. Tickets available for Monday’s game and all Quakes’ home games at 909-481-5000 or rcquakes.com.
Playoff tickets and Playoff Ticket Packages are now available at 909-481-5000 or rcquakes.com as well. The Quakes’ playoff run is sponsored by WaBa Grill. Go Quakes!
Photos Provided by Mike Clary & the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes