Posted onOctober 28, 2023byCLH|Comments Off on RANCHO CUCAMONGA ALUM SEAGER IS CLUTCH AGAIN IN WORLD SERIES GAME 1
Corey Seager evened up game one of the 2023 World Series with a ninth-inning home run as the Texas Rangers staved off defeat on Friday night. The Rangers went on to win in extra innings and take a 1-0 lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks with game two on Saturday night.
Seager, a 2013 and 2014 member of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, has been a post-season hero before, winning the World Series MVP trophy in 2020 with the Dodgers.
In 18 post-season games that year, Seager batted .328/.425/.746 with eight home runs. His MVP-winning line for the World Series was .400/.556/.700.
As a 19-year old, Seager played in 27 games with the then-high A Quakes at the end of 2013 and then started 2014 in Rancho Cucamonga. Over 80 games, Seager slashed .352/.411/.633 and got promoted to AA.
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Posted onOctober 21, 2023byCLH|Comments Off on RAWHIDE ALUMS THOMAS AND PFAADT HELP BRING DIAMONDBACKS EVEN IN NLCS
The Arizona Diamondbacks fell behind the Philadelphia Phillies two games to none in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series but have evened it up at 2-2 with some big performances by former Visalia Rawhide players.
Last night, trailing two games to one in the series, the Diamondbacks gave up an early lead and fell behind 5-2 going to the bottom of the seventh inning. They put a run on the board in the seventh and trailed 5-3 in the eighth when 2019 California League championship game hero Alek Thomas came to the plate and belted a two-run home run to tie the game. The Diamondbacks tacked on the go-ahead run and closed out the game to pull even with the Phillies in the series.
On Thursday, 2021 Rawhide alum Brandon Pfaadt faced the Phillies with the Diamondbacks trailing the series 2-0. The rookie shut out the Phillies over 5 2/3 innings, allowing just two hits and no walks while striking out nine. The Diamondbacks won the game on a walk-off single from Ketel Marte.
It was a clutch performance for the rookie who went 3-9 in an up-and-down season that saw tremendous struggles and a couple of trips back to the minor leagues. Pfaadt also shut out the Dodgers over 4 1/3 innings in the divisional series.
Game five is tonight in Phoenix.
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Colt Emerson had four hits and four RBIs as to lead the Modesto Nuts to a 14-8 win over Rancho Cucamonga for the California League championship. The Nuts swept the first two games of the best-of-three series to claim their first league title since 2017.
Modesto erased a 1-0 deficit with a four-run second inning and stretched it out to a 6-1 lead before Rancho Cucamonga came back with two runs in the fourth to make it 6-3. A run in the fifth made it 7-3, Modesto, but the Quakes answered with five runs in the bottom of the fifth to take an 8-7 lead.
But that was it for Rancho Cucamonga while Modesto kept adding on.
The Nuts got the lead right back with three in the sixth en route to seven unanswered runs.
Modesto finished the season in dominant fashion, chasing down the Fresno Grizzlies to claim the second-half crown in the North division, then kept rolling through the playoffs. Overall, it is Modesto’s 10th league championship and its second since it became an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.
The Modesto Nuts fell behind 1-0 in the third inning, then came roaring back with nine runs in the fifth and went on to win game one of the California League championship series by a score of 9-2 over the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Sunday night. Tatem Levins hit a grand slam and Jonny Farmelo hit a three-run shot as Modesto’s high-powered lineup continued to roll.
Jake Gelof hit a pair of solo home runs to account for both of Rancho Cucamonga’s runs.
Three Modesto pitchers scattered seven hits and allowed just one walk with 12 strikeouts.
3,573 fans showed up at John Thurman Field for Modesto’s last home game of the year. Game two of the championship series will be in Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday at 6:30pm.
Posted onSeptember 17, 2023byCLH|Comments Off on QUAKES COME BACK ON 66ERS, FACE MODESTO FOR CHAMPIONSHIP
The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes fell behind 4-0, then came back to win the deciding game of the South division series by a score of 11-6 on Friday night at LoanMart Field. The Quakes will face the Modesto Nuts in Game 1 of the championship series on Sunday night at John Thurman Field.
Joe Vetrano hit two home runs and drove in five runs to lead the Rancho Cucamonga attack. Five different Quakes had multi-hit games as the club belted out 14 hits, including four home runs.
Down 4-0 in the bottom of the second inning, Rancho Cucamonga put up eight runs, then added a ninth run in the third inning. Up 9-4, they never looked back. Garrett McDaniels finished the game with three scoreless innings to earn the win.
The best-of-three championship series starts Sunday night at 6:05 in Modesto, then shifts to Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday, Game three will be on Wednesday in Rancho if necessary.
The Modesto Nuts punched their ticket to the California League championship series with a 13-4 romp over San Jose to sweep their North division playoff series. It was typical of Modesto’s late-season dominance as they scored their 13 runs on 17 hits and drew six walks while scoring multiple runs in four straight innings. The Giants got out to a 4-0 lead and ultimately used seven pitchers with no answers to the Nuts’ high-powered offense.
Michael Arroyo was 5-for-5 with a home run, four RBIs and three runs scored. Tatem Levins had three hits and a walk with two RBIs and two runs scored. Colt Emerson had three hits and drove in three runs.
Riley Davis pitched six shutout innings out of the bullpen for Modesto, allowing two hits and a walk with three strikeouts.
Game one of the championship series will be on Sunday at 5:05 pm in Modesto.
The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes built a 4-0 lead and then held off the Inland Empire 66ers for a 4-3 win to even the South division playoff series at 1-1. The two teams combined for just nine hits and Rancho appeared to have the game will in hand with strong pitching and a pair of two-run innings to build their lead.
But Inland Empire almost spoiled the party with three eighth-inning runs and a ninth-inning rally that loaded the bases on walks and wild pitches. The Quakes got out of it unscathed and now there will be a third game on Friday at 6:30 pm at LoanMart Field.
The Inland Empire 66ers held serve in game one of the South division playoffs, shutting out the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 3-0 to take a 1-0 lead in the three-game series. Jeremy Arocha was 1-for-2 with a walk and scored two runs for the 66ers and Joel Hurtado allowed just one hit and one walk over seven innings with four strikeouts. The series moves to Rancho Cucamonga for game two on Thursday night at 6:30 pm.
The Modesto Nuts came back in the late innings and took game one of the North division playoff series with a 6-5 win over the San Jose Giants in 10 innings. Trailing 5-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Jonny Farmelo tripled in a run to cut the deficit to one, and the comeback was on. Lazaro Montes homered in the bottom of the ninth to tie it up and Colt Emerson walked it off in the 10th with a bases-loaded single. Game two will be in San Jose on Thursday night at 7 pm.
The 2023 California League regular season ended yesterday with the Modesto Nuts and Inland Empire 66ers finishing the second half as division winners. The playoff matchups are set with the divisional series starting on Tuesday:
RANCHO CUCAMONGA at INLAND EMPIRE Gm 1, 6:35 pm.
SAN JOSE at MODESTO Gm 1, 7:05 pm.
Wednesday will be an off day with Game 2’s going on Thursday at Rancho Cucamonga and San Jose. Pending the outcomes, Game 3’s will be played on Friday as necessary. The championship series starts on Sunday, September 17th.
Posted onSeptember 9, 2023byCLH|Comments Off on MODESTO CLINCHES NORTH DIVISION WITH 17-2 WIN OVER FRESNO
Modesto @ Fresno Gm 5
After losing for the first time in 17 games the night before, the Modesto Nuts got right to it with a seven-run first inning and rolled to a 17-2 win over the Grizzlies in Fresno on Saturday night. The victory clinched the North division second half title and a spot in the California League playoffs starting Tuesday night.
The seven-run inning wasn’t the biggest inning of the game for Modesto, either. They batted around for nine runs in the seventh inning, which started with an already-commanding 8-1 lead.
The Fresno Grizzlies need a clean sweep over the weekend to qualify for the California League playoffs and step one of the three-part plan went well on Friday night. Aidan Longwell doubled in a run in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie and the Grizzlies finished it off for a 3-2 win over Modesto. The Nuts saw their 16-game winning streak end and their North division lead cut to two games with two to play.
Facing elimination, the Grizzlies struck first on an RBI single by Jake Snider in the second inning. Snider drew a bases-loaded walk in the third to put Fresno up 2-0.