Rancho Cucamonga, CA - The Quakes evened up their record at 3-3 behind a five-run first inning at LoanMart Field on Tuesday night in a 5-2 win over Inland Empire. It was the most the runs the Quake had in an inning and in a game in 2014.
Inland Empire (1-4) scored the first run of the game in the top of the first inning. Jose Rondon singled with one out and made his way to third thanks to a walk and a sacrifice fly. With two outs and runners on the corners, Cal Towey broke for second base. Jose Capellan's throw went into center field, allowing Rondon to score the first run.
The Quakes answered right back in the home half of the frame. With one out, Rancho Cucamonga (3-3) had runners on second and third base against Inland Empire starter Nate Smith (1-1, 8.44 ERA). Steven Proscia hit what looked like a pop out on the infield, but second baseman Alex Allbritton lost the ball and it dropped in the outfield for a base hit to tie the game at one. After a Tyler Ogle walk to load the bases, Chris Jacobs lined a single down the right field line to score a pair and give the Quakes a 3-1 lead.
Rancho Cucamonga tacked on two more runs in the inning. Brandon Dixon beat out what would have been an inning-ending double play, allowing Ogle to score from third on a fielder's choice. Dixon then attempted to steal second with Jacobs at third. Inland Empire caught Dixon in a rundown, but not before Jacobs scored the fifth run of the inning.
Those five runs were all the Quakes would need Tuesday night. In his first start since Opening Night, righty Chris Anderson gave up just an unearned run in 4.2 innings while striking out six. Anderson was pulled with two outs in the fifth, making him ineligible for the victory.
Dan Coulombe (1-0, 6.23 ERA) earned the win for Rancho with 2.1 innings of work out of the bullpen. He gave up just two hits and struck out one without giving up a run. Luis Meza gave up a run in the eighth inning, but that was all for Inland Empire. Rancho Cucamonga's team ERA now stands at 2.37.
The Quakes go for the series sweep Wednesday night at LoanMart Field. It's the final game of the season-opening seven-game homestand. It's our first Terra Vista Animal Hospital Bark in the Ballpark, as fans can bring their dogs to the game for just $3 with all proceeds going to the Rancho Cucamonga Animal Shelter. Tickets are still available by calling (909) 481-5000 or online at rcquakes.com. We hope to see you at LoanMart Field very soon. Go Quakes!