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
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.
MODESTO – 13
SAN JOSE – 4
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.
INLAND EMPIRE – 3
RANCHO CUCAMONGA – 4
Fresno @ Modesto Gm 1
The Modesto Nuts surrendered the lead in the top of the eighth inning, then got four runs in the bottom half to secure a 9-6 win over Fresno on Tuesday night at John Thurman Field. With their 13th win in their last 16 games, Modesto moved to within four games of first-place Fresno in the North division.
Brock Rodden went 2-for-5 and tripled in a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Nuts the lead back. Two more runs followed on a wild pitch and a bases-loaded HBP.
Visalia @ Modesto Gm 6
Walking Cabrera had four hits and Tyler Cleveland went six innings to earn his 10th win of the season as Modesto beat Visalia 7-5 on Sunday. The Nuts took five of the six games in the series.
Michael Arroyo tripled in a run in the third inning to start the scoring. Visalia took the lead in the top of the fourth on a two-run single by Gavin Logan.
Modesto took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth as they put up five runs, capped off by Miguel Perez‘ inside-the-park three run homer. Visalia struck for three runs in the seventh to make it a one-run game at 6-5 but would get no closer.
Modesto SS Michael Arroyo was named Cal League Player of the Week for the week of June 19 – 25. The 18-year old from Columbia went 10-for-24 in hitting in all six games against Fresno. Arroyo has hit in 13 of 14 games with the Nuts and is slashing .348/.444/.652 since his promotion from the ACL on June 13th.
Rancho Cucamonga’s Payton Martin threw six scoreless innings over two appearances against Lake Elsinore to earn Cal League Pitcher of the Week honors. On Tuesday, the 19-year old started and went three innings with just one hit and one walk allowed against six strikeouts. On Sunday, Martin came out of the bullpen for three more shutout innings with no hits or walks and five strikeouts.