RANCHO CUCAMONGA • The High Desert Mavericks couldn't hold onto a one-run lead in the seventh inning, allowing three unanswered runs to drop a half game back of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
The Quakes beat the Mavs 7-5 to open a crucial three-game set Tuesday at LoanMart Field. The Quakes currently lead the Mavs for the final California League South Division wild card playoff spot.
Rancho Cucamonga (62-72, 31-33 second half) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third inning, but the Mavericks (61-72, 27-36 second half) responded in the fifth with four runs of their own. They tied the game at 4 with Kevin Rivers' two-run blast to right field. Then Rivers gave the Mavericks a one-run lead in the seventh with a solo shot.
The lead didn't last as Rancho Cucamonga tied it in the bottom of the inning and then added two runs in the eighth. Former Victor Valley High player Casio Grider came home for the Quakes final score to make it 7-5.
Rivers was 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Anthony Phillips was also 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Matt Anderson started the game and pitched 5 2-3 innings for the Mavericks, allowing six hits, four runs and two walks while striking out five.
The Quakes' Lindsey Caughel pitched seven innings, allowing eight hits, five runs and one walk.
Story courtesy of the Daily Press