Modesto @ Fresno Gm 3
The Modesto Nuts shut out the Fresno Grizzlies 8-0 on Thursday night and stretched their lead in the North division to two games with three to play. Logan Evans (W, 1-0) went five innings and gave up three hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Colt Emerson and RJ Schreck each had three hits.
The Grizzlies took the field on Thursday night in second place for the first time in the second half. With their 16th striaght win, the Nuts put them farther back. Fresno needs to win all three of the remaining games over the weekend to make the playoffs. Modesto can clinch with a win on Friday night or either of the games thereafter.
Inland Empire @ Modesto Gm 4
Freuddy Batista broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Modesto Nuts beat Inland Empire 2-1 on Friday night at John Thurman Field. Riley Davis (W, 8-0) pitched five shutout innings out of the bullpen as Modesto won for the 11th straight time.
The teams traded single runs in the first inning and the pitching on both sides held the line until Batista’s line drive to center in the eighth. Logan Evans started for the Nuts and went four innings with just one run allowed on three hits and no walks with six strikeouts.