Championship Series Gm 1
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.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA – 2
MODESTO – 9
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
Modesto @ Fresno Gm 2
The Modesto Nuts won their 15th straight game and took over first place in the North division with a 7-5 win over the Grizzlies in Fresno on Wednesday night. Lazaro Montes singled in two runs in the fifth inning as the Nuts took a 4-3 lead, overcoming an early 3-0 deficit.
Tatem Levins hit his ninth home run of the season in the sixth inning to make it 5-3 Modesto. Two more runs in the seventh put the game out of reach. EJ Andrews hit a two-run homer for the Grizzlies in the bottom of the seventh to cut Modesto’s lead to 7-5. Fresno got no closer and Juan Burgos (S, 7) finished it off with a clean ninth inning for Modesto.
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.
Fresno @ Modesto Gm 5
A night after blasing his first Cal League home run, Cole Carigg tripled three times, scored twice and drove in a run as the Fresno Grizzlies beat the Modesto Nuts 10-6 at John Thurman Field Saturday night. Fresno has won three of the first five games of the six-game series and goes for the series win on Sunday.
After Carigg started the game with his first triple, Dyan Jorge drove him in as Fresno took a quick 1-0 lead. Jorge went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
Visalia @ Modesto Gm 2
The Modesto Nuts scored eight times in the fifth inning and pulled away from Visalia in game two of their six-game series at John Thurman Field Wednesday night, winning 15-2. Gabe Moncada belted his 10th home run of the season, a three-run shot, and three different Nuts players had two-hits apiece.
Miguel Perez doubled, tripled and drove in three runs for Modesto. Tatem Levins was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored.