MODESTO, Calif. - The Stockton Ports used heavy offense to win their first game in a four-game series with the Modesto Nuts on Sunday at John Thurman Field. The Ports got 10 runs on 15 hits, including a 4-for-5 effort from Dusty Robinson, en route to a 10-3 win over Modesto.
Michael Ynoa made the start for Stockton and pitched two scoreless innings while not allowing a hit, walking one and striking out four in 29 pitches.
Bobby Crocker got the Ports offense off on the right foot with a leadoff triple in the first and scored on an ensuing sac-fly from Antonio Lamas to give the Ports the early lead. Stockton stretched the lead to 2-0 with a home run hit by Crocker in the third off Nut starter Tyler Gagnon (12-10).
Josh Bowman (7-6) came on to start the third inning and gave up a leadoff triple to Niko Gallego, who scored on an ensuing sac-fly by David Kandilas.
Stockton countered with a three-run fourth. With one out, B.A. Vollmuth and Rashun Dixon hit back-to-back doubles and Robinson followed with a two-run homer to left to increase the Ports lead to 5-1.
Modesto pushed another run across in the fourth. With one out, Jared Simon singled and Will Swanner hit an RBI double to right-center to cut the Ports lead to 5-2.
Stockton's offense, however, kept churning in the fifth. With the bases loaded and two outs, Robinson hit a two-run single to center to make it 7-2. Wade Kirkland followed with an RBI single to left to increase the advantage to 8-2 and knock Gagnon from the game.
Gagnon suffered the loss, going 4.2 innings and allowing eight runs on a season-high 12 hits while striking out two.
The Ports added a pair of runs in the sixth off Nuts reliever Geoff Parker. With two on and one out, Bruce Maxwell singled off the wall in center field to drive in Lamas. The relay throw was booted by Gallego, the second baseman, allowing Tony Thompson to score an additional run and put the Ports lead at 10-2.
The Nuts scored their final run in the eighth on a leadoff home run hit by Gallego to make it 10-3, but it was the last run allowed by Bowman who earned the win and finished the game with seven strong innings, allowing seven hits while striking out five.
Ryan Buch and Patrick Johnson combined to pitch the final three innings scoreless for Modesto. At one point, Buch and Johnson combined for seven straight strikeouts. The last eight outs recorded by Nuts pitching were strikeouts.
The Ports and Nuts wrap up the regular season on Monday with a matinee at John Thurman Field. Tanner Peters (12-7, 4.06 ERA) will make the start for Stockton, opposed by Modesto right-hander Ben Alsup (12-8, 4.63 ERA). First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. PDT.