Rancho Cucamonga, CA - Plagued by four errors and five wild pitches, the Quakes had their three-game home winning streak snapped by the visiting High Desert Mavericks, 8-3, on Friday night at LoanMart Field.
Quakes starter Jarret Martin was touched up for four runs (three earned) and three hits in his 3 1/3 innings of work on the hill for the Quakes. The southpaw walked five batters and threw three wild pitches, but struck out seven.
Rancho pitchers struggled to get out of innings, allowing five runs with two outs. After retiring the first two batters of the second inning, Martin (0-3) served up an opposite field solo home run to Mavericks third baseman Ramon Morla and then proceeded to allow a single and three consecutive walks, putting the Quakes in an early 2-0 hole.
The Quakes earned one of those runs back in the next half inning when left fielder Scott Schebler smacked a two-out double to right field to cash in Jonathan Garcia from first.
Trailing 8-1, Rancho had a two-out rally of its own in the seventh against High Desert reliever Dominic Leone. Scott Schebler walked and then advanced to second on a Leone balk before racing home on Webster Rivas' double down the left field line.
Elevys Gonzalez and Darnell Sweeney walked and singled, respectively, to put runners on the corners for Noel Cuevas, who is batting .309 for the Quakes. Cuevas scorched Leone's offering, but right into the glove of the third baseman Morla, ending the threat and the Quakes' best chance at a comeback.
First baseman Angelo Songco extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a two-out single to right in the sixth.
Sweeney posted the only multi-hit night for the Quakes, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Mavs' starter Cameron Hobson (2-0) was solid, allowing just one run over six innings. Hobson helped his own cause, picking off multiple Rancho runners, who had a difficult time on the bases all night.
The loss evens the Quakes' record at 8-8, but they will send right-hander Duke von Schamann (0-1, 5.40 ERA) to the mound in hopes of starting another winning streak at home. For High Desert, Trevor Miller (0-2, 11.25 ERA) gets the nod.
Join us at LoanMart Field Saturday night for Fireworks Night, presented by Scholarshare! Gates open at 6:05 p.m. and game time is 7:05 p.m. Tickets are available at (909)481-5000 or online at rcquakes.com. We hope to see you very soon at LoanMart Field. Go Quakes!