Rancho Cucamonga, CA- The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes took the opener of a three-game series over the Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino 12-1 on Friday at LoanMart Field. The Quakes got a record-tying performance from right fielder Quincy Latimore who had a perfect night at the plate tagging a pair of homers and matching teammate Ibandel Isabel's club record eight RBI set only one week ago.
Dodgers righty Brandon McCarthy started the game for the Quakes (73-58, 37-24) and tossed three no-hit shutout innings walking three and fanning two as he comes back from a blister issue. The Quakes took a 1-0 lead when 66ers starter Erik Manoah (0-2) walked Call League MVP DJ Peters with two outs in the first and then balked him to second setting up an RBI single by Latimore. Latimore then hit an opposite field grand slam to right in the third as part of a five-run frame for the Quakes. Inland Empire got on the board in the seventh when Connor Justus singled against Quakes' southpaw Devin Smeltzer (5-4) and then scored on Derek Jenkins RBI double making it 6-1. That was the only run Smeltzer allowed as he earned the win going five frames allowing three hits, two walks and whiffing six. Rancho Cucamonga blew the game open with a six-run eighth inning highlighted by Latimore's 3-run homer to left-center. He finished the game 4-for-4 with two homers, two singles and a walk. Luke Raley also had a four-hit game for the Quakes. Inland Empire (60-71, 30-31) finished the game with just four hits an evening after tallying a season-best 23 at Lancaster. Jahmai Jones drew a walk and was hit-by-a-pitch but failed to get a hit and his hit streak came to an end at a 2017 Cal League-best 25 games, the most for a 66ers player since Chris Snelling had that total in 2001.
The Sixers series at Rancho Cucamonga continues at 7:05 pm on Saturday. The contest can be heard live at 66ers.com.
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