Rancho Cucamonga, CA - A four-run seventh inning helped the Quakes snap a three-game skid with a 6-3 win over High Desert on Sunday evening. The victory put Rancho back in a first-place tie with Lake Elsinore in the South Division.
The game was tied 1-1 in the sixth inning when Rancho Cucamonga (21-15, 53-53) managed to squeeze a run across. Blake Hauser (2-2, 6.03) struck out the first two men he faced before giving up a triple to Tyler Ogle. With Aaron Miller up, Ogle scored on a wild pitch by Hauser to give the Quakes a 2-1 lead.
Rancho tacked on four runs in the seventh inning to take a five-run edge. With two outs, Jochi Ogando walked Adam Law and James Baldwin. After a well-executed double steal, Rob Garvey hit a two-run double down the left-field line to make it 4-1 in favor of Rancho.
Next up for the Quakes was Erisbel Arruebarrena. The Cuban infielder joined the Quakes earlier in the day and started the game with strikeouts in each of his first three at-bats. In his fourth time up, Arruebarrena doubled off of the right-field fence to score Garvey. He would then come home on an infield single by Jeremy Rathjen, and Rancho had a 6-1 lead at the end of seven innings.
Julio Urias was impressive in four innings of work. The 17-year-old struck out six and walked two while giving up just an unearned run, lowering his ERA to an impressive 3.03 in 59.1 innings.
Rancho got five solid innings of relief from Fabio Martinez (5-5, 4.56) and Dan Tillman to finish off the contest. Martinez gave up just one hit and one walk in three scoreless innings to earn the win. Dan Tillman gave up two runs (one earned) to High Desert (17-19, 51-55) over the game's final two innings.
The win combined with Lake Elsinore's loss to Bakersfield on Sunday put the Quakes back in a tie for first place in the South Division. Rancho is two games up on High Desert in the Wild Card standings, and the victory put an end to the team's eight-game home losing streak.
Rancho will try to take the momentum from Sunday's win into their next series against Lake Elsinore. Luis Chirinos (0-0, --) makes his first California League start for the Quakes against Lake Elsinore righty Bryan Rodriguez (5-6, 4.24) on Monday night. First pitch from The Diamond is at 6:05 pm and the game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports AM 1350 starting with the LoanMart Pregame Report at 5:50 pm.
The Quakes return home for a four-game series against Bakersfield on Thursday, July 31 with a Thirsty Thursday! Fans can get 24-oz. Pepsi products and 16-oz. domestic drafts for just $2, while 16-oz. premium drafts, wine, champagne and margaritas are only $3! Tickets are still available by calling (909) 481-5000 or online at rcquakes.com. We hope to see you at LoanMart Field this weekend! Go Quakes!