Cal League Baseball: Storm Throttles Quakes 11-4 on Sunday


[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.

After the Storm added on in the third on an RBI double from Allen, they exploded with four runs in the fourth to chase McCarthy out of the game.

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

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