RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. - Brandon Gold tossed seven scoreless innings and the JetHawks pounded out 14 hits to knock off the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, 8-1, in Game 3 of the South Division Finals.
The JetHawks now lead the best-of-five series, 2-1. Gold (1-0) scattered seven hits, walked one, and struck out five. He threw 98 pitches, 64 for strikes. Wes Rogers led the JetHawks offensively with four of their 14 hits and two runs batted in. Sam Hilliard went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Lancaster opened the scoring in the third inning against Brandon McCarthy, who started for Rancho Cucamonga on a major league rehab assignment. Four consecutive two out hits produced three runs. Yonathan Daza started the rally with a single. Roberto Ramos followed with an RBI double. Hilliard and Rogers came through with RBI singles.
The Quakes put together their best early threat against Gold in the bottom of the third, loading the bases with nobody out, but the right-hander induced a 5-4-3 double play grounder off the bat of Quincy Latimore to end the inning.
The JetHawks added a run in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly by Hamlet Marte. With the help of an error by Quakes first baseman Cristian Santana, they pulled away with four runs in the seventh. Rogers and Mylz Jones had back-to-back RBI doubles.
Alexander Guillen took over on the mound for Gold in the eighth and threw a scoreless frame. He gave up a leadoff home run to Zach Reks in the ninth that broke up the shutout, but finished the inning to preserve the win for the JetHawks.
Daza went 2-for-3 with a walk, stolen base, and run scored for the JetHawks. Lancaster stole four bases in five tries in the game.
Game 4 of the best-of-five series is Saturday night at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga, as the JetHawks look to advance to the California League Championship Series against Modesto. Left-hander Ty Culbreth will start for Lancaster against right-hander Dustin May. First pitch is 7:05 p.m.
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