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MODESTO SWEEPS RANCHO FOR CAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

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.

Michael Arroyo was 3-for-6 with a triple, two RBIs and three runs scored. Luis Suisbel was 2-for-6 with a home run.

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.

MODESTO – 14
RANCHO CUCAMONGA – 8
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MODESTO STREAK CONTINUES ON SUISBEL WALK-OFF GRAND SLAM

Inland Empire @ Modesto Gm 6

The Inland Empire 66ers took the Modesto Nuts to extra innings and scored three runs in the 10th inning. Not only was it not enough to pin a loss on Modesto, but they lost by four runs.

The Nuts scored seven runs in the bottom of the 10th and walked off with their 13th win in a row, an 8-4 victory. Luis Suisbel broke a 4-4 tie with his sixth home run of the season to complete a six-game sweep and keep Modesto (39-21) one game behind Fresno (40-20) in the North division.

Modesto travels to Fresno for a season-ending six-game series starting on Tuesday.

Frueddy Batista put the Nuts up 1-0 with an RBI single in the second inning. Matt Courtney pulled Inland Empire even with an RBI double in the sixth. That was it until the 10th inning when the 66ers struck for three runs to make it 4-1.

Inland Empire only recorded one out in the bottom of the 10th and three runs came across before Lazaro Montes was intentionally walked to load the bases, setting up the double play.

Suisbel avoided an inning-ending dp that would have sent the game to the 11th by blasting his game-winner over the centerfield fence.

The stage is now set for a showdown in Fresno to determine one of two remaining Cal League playoff spots. The North division first-half winner, San Jose, is eliminated so it’s between Fresno and Modesto to clinch a spot by winning the second half.

The South division was won in the first half by Rancho Cucamonga, who is still alive at three games back with six to play, despite being under .500 at 27-33. Inland Empire holds down the top spot at 31-29, one game ahead of Lake Elsinore (30-30).

SUNDAY SCORES

FRESNO – 8
VISALIA – 6
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SAN JOSE – 4
LAKE ELSINORE – 5
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RANCHO CUCAMONGA – 7
STOCKTON – 8
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MODESTO CUTS NORTH LEAD TO 1 WITH SHUTOUT OF INLAND EMPIRE

Inland Empire @ Modesto Gm 5

The Modesto Nuts are on the verge of sweeping two straight six-game series after shutting out Inland Empire 2-0 on Saturday at John Thurman Field. With their 12th straight win, the Nuts have trimmed Fresno’s once-daunting lead in the North division to one game with seven to play. The Grizzlies host Modesto on Tuesday for a season-ending six-game series.

Ryan Hawks shut out the 66ers over the first four innings with no hits or walks allowed while striking out six. Gabriel Sosa (W, 5-2) and two more relievers kept Inland Empire off the board, each allowing just one hit.

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OFFENSE, CLEVELAND’S ARM LEAD NUTS OVER GRIZZLIES

Fresno @ Modesto Gm 3

The Modesto Nuts continued their attempt to reel in the Fresno Grizzlies with a commanding 18-1 win on Thursday night at John Thurman Field. The second-place Nuts scored 18 runs on 17 hits while drawing eight walks and hitting three home runs. Tyler Cleveland went seven shutout innings to earn his league-leading 12th win.

An eight-run second inning put the Nuts up 9-0 and chased Fresno starter Connor Staine. Modesto put up five more in the fifth, one in the sixth and three in the seventh. Fresno didn’t get on the board till posting a single run in the top of the ninth.

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