Rancho sent left hand Manuel Flores to mound who was brilliant in his first start in the playoffs against Lake Elsinore on Sept. 10. The Mavericks countered with left hander Donnie Hume who recorded a High Desert record 17 wins during the regular season, five of which came against the Quakes.
After a scoreless first inning, the Quakes offense woke up against Donnie Hume in the 2nd. Jeremy Moore led off the inning with a single and advanced to third on a two-base throwing error on Hume on a pick off to first. With Moore at third, Jay Brossman singled into to left to give Rancho a 1-0 lead. Brossman was then sacrificed to second by Hector Estrella before Clay Fuller doubled down the left field line to give the Quakes a 2-0 edge.
Manuel Flores ran into some trouble in the bottom of the 2nd allowing a one out walk and a single. After getting Kuo Hui Lo to fly out to center, Flores threw a wild pitch allowing runners to advance to second and third before hanging a slider to Travis Scott who hit a three-run homer to give the Mavs a 3-2 lead.
The game stayed 3-2 into the bottom of the 5th, but Manuel Flores allowed a solo home run that Juan Diaz was able to keep fair down the right field line to make the score 4-2 Mavericks. Flores would leave the game after pitching five innings allowing four runs on five hits while striking out four.
Ysmael Carmona came out of the Quakes bullpen for the 6th and immediately gave up a single to Alex Liddi before allowing a two-run home to Joe Dunigan to give High Desert a 6-2 lead.
Down by four, the Quakes managed to keep it close scoring three run in the 7th inning. Jay Brossman led off with a home run, Hector Estrella doubled and Clay Fuller singled to left to score Estrella to make the score 6-4 and knock Hume from the game. Jake Wild came in out of the Mavs' bullpen and gave up a one out double to PJ Phillips to put runners at second and third. Wild then threw a wild pitch allowing Fuller to score making it a 6-5 game.
Trailing by just a run, the Quakes sent left hander Robert Fish to the mound. He allowed a one out single to Jeffrey Dominguez before hanging a 1-2 slider to Carlos Peguero, who blasted a two-run home run, to give High Desert a three run lead, 8-5.
Fish allowed a lead off single in the bottom of the 8th before giving way to Taylor Wilding. Wilding then gave up a one out double to Travis Scott and a two-run double to Juan Diaz to make the score 10-5. With two outs, Jeffrey Dominguez hit a RBI triple to make it an 11-5 game.
With Rancho trailing by six, Clay Fuller led off the 9th with a double and went to third on a single by Alberto Rosario. PJ Phillips then bounced into a double play allowing Fuller to score making it 11-6. With no one on and two out, Andrew Romine flew out to left field to end the game.
The Quakes season ended on that fly out to left, but it was a tremendous run going 4-3 in the playoffs, falling just one game shy of the Cal League Championship series.
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