Inland Empire @ Modest Gm 2
Darren Bowen shutout the Inland Empire 66ers over six innings and Brock Rodden scored one run and drove in another as the Modesto Nuts posted a 3-2 win on Wednesday night at John Thurman Field. Their win streak at nine, Modesto (35-21) remained two games back of Fresno in the North division.
Bowen (W, 3-2) allowed one run on one hit and one walk with eight strikeouts. The 22-year old right-hander threw 89 pitches, 62 for strikes.
Inland Empire @ Modesto Gm 1
After splitting their recent series with first-place Fresno and failing to gain any ground in the North division, the Modesto Nuts have cut into the lead the hard way. A six-game sweep on the road at San Jose got them to within three games of the Grizzlies and on Tuesday night they won their eighth straight game, a 5-3 win over Inland Empire at John Thurman Field. That puts the Nuts two games back with 11 games left to play.
Five of those games are with the South division-leading 66ers and the final six games are in Fresno.
18-year old OF Tai Peete of the Modesto Nuts went 8-for-21 with two doubles and two home runs in four games against San Jose to be named Cal League Player of the Week. The 30th overall pick in the 2023 draft, Peete had two three-hit games last week. On Thursday the Georgia native was 3-for-6 with two doubles and two RBIs. On Sunday he was again 3-for-6, this time with two home runs and eight RBIs.
Inland Empire right-hander Walbert Urena threw seven scoreless innings against Visalia on Saturday to earn Cal League Pitcher of the Week honors. Urena allowed two hits and three walks with six strikeouts over the seven innings as the 66ers trounced the Rawhide 11-0. It was the second time in his last three starts that the 19-year old from the Dominican Republic has thrown seven shutout innings.
Lake Elsinore @ Rancho Cucamonga Gm 6
The Lake Elsinore Storm stranded the tying run on base and earned a series split with a 6-5 win over the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Sunday at LoanMart Field. At 26-28, the Storm remained five games out of first place in the South division, two games ahead of first-half winner Rancho Cucamonga (24-30).
The Quakes took a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but didn’t score again until the bottom of the ninth, coming up just short. The Storm chipped away with six unanswered runs in the meantime.
Lake Elsinore @ Rancho Cucamonga Gm 5
Emmanuel Pinales threw six innings and combined with three relievers to hold the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes to five hits and two runs in a 5-2 Lake Elsinore win on Saturday night at LoanMart Field. The Storm won for the second time in five games, salvaging the possibility of a series split.
Pinales (W, 3-0) gave up two runs on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts over his six innings. The 22-year old right-hander threw 76 pitches, 48 for strikes.
Romeo Sanabria doubled in a run to start the scoring in the third inning, putting Lake Elsinore up 1-0. After Rancho Cucamonga struck for two runs in the bottom of the inning, Lake Elsinore rallied for three in the top of the fourth, taking the lead for good. Brandon Karpathios tripled in a pair of runs to put the Storm up 3-2 and another run came in on a Nick Vogt RBI single.
Vogt had three hits on Saturday and is 10-for-19 in the series. Sanabria had two doubles and has gone 6-for-19 in the five games against Rancho Cucamonga.
Josue De Paula doubled and walked twice, scoring one run and driving in another. The 18-year old outfielder is 7-for-19 with two doubles and a home run in the five games against Lake Elsinore.
The Storm pulled back to one game ahead of the Quakes with game six on Sunday at 4:00 pm.
MODESTO – 7
SAN JOSE – 6
VISALIA – 0
INLAND EMPIRE – 11
STOCKTON – 2
Lake Elsinore @ Rancho Cucamonga Gm 4
The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes had a pair of six-run innings to top Lake Elsinore’s one five-run inning in a 12-5 win at LoanMart Field on Friday night. Josue De Paula hit a grand slam and Luis Rodriguez had three hits to lead Rancho Cucamonga’s 12-hit attack.
Lake Elsinore threw a pair of MLBers start the game with wildly different results. Drew Pomeranz started the game and struck out the side on 14 pitches. Tim Hill came out for the second inning and didn’t do quite as well. The 33-year old lefty got two outs, but allowed six runs on seven hits, five of the runs earned.
Lake Elsinore @ Rancho Cucamonga Gm 3
Oswaldo Linares belted a three-run home run to put Lake Elsinore on the board in the fourth inning and erase a 1-0 deficit and the Storm went on to win 6-3 over the Quakes on Thursday night at LoanMart Field. After being held scoreless over the first five innings, Linares’ second home run of the season sparked the offense, which scored six time over the last four innings.
Sam Mongelli put the Quakes on the board in the bottom of the fifth with his first home run of the season, breaking a scoreless tie. Lake Elsinore went up for good on Linares’ blast and the Storm added on with single runs in the eighth and ninth.
Lake Elsinore @ Rancho Cucamonga Gm 2
Jared Karros threw six scoreless innings and Luis Rodriguez had two hits and two RBIs as the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes withstood a late-inning surge to defeat the Lake Elsinore Storm 6-4 on Wednesday night at LoanMart Field. The Quakes have won the first two games of the series and have caught the Storm at 23-27 for second place in the South division.
Karros (W, 3-4) allowed three hits and no walks while striking out four in his six innings. The 22-year old right-hander thew 54 pitches, 42 for strikes. Rodriguez was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk and drove in the first run of the game with a second-inning RBI double.
Lake Elsinore @ Rancho Cucamonga Gm 1
Christian Romero threw five shutout innings and the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes rapped out 14 hits in a 10-1 win over Lake Elsinore Tuesday night at LoanMart Field. The Quakes won for the sixth time in their last 10 games.
Romero (W, 6-2) allowed two hits and a walk with seven strikeouts, throwing 76 pitches, 49 for strikes. In four August starts, Romero has thrown 19 2/3 innings with four walks and 22 strikeouts.
Fresno @ Modesto Gm 6
Gabe Moncada capped a four-run first inning with his 12th home run of the year, a three-run shot, as the Modesto Nuts got out to an early lead and beat the Fresno Grizzlies 7-2 on Sunday night at John Thurman Field. The Nuts and Grizzlies split their six-game series, with Fresno finishing with a five-game lead in the North division.
Moncada went 7-for-19 with two home runs in the series with Fresno, playing in five of the six games.