Rancho Cucamonga, CA -
Austin Gallagher's two-run homer highlighted a five-run eighth inning, as the Quakes came from behind for a much-needed 7-5 win over the Lancaster JetHawks on Tuesday night at The Epicenter.
After Lancaster scored three times in the top of the inning to break a 2-2 tie, the Quakes' struggling offense came to life.
Leon Landry and Charlie Mirabal both reached to open the inning, then scored on Chris O'Brien's two-run double, making it a 5-4 game against reliever Andrew Robinson. The JetHawks then went to the bullpen, bringing in Brian Streilein (0-1) to face Gallagher. Gallagher wasted little time, connecting to straight-away center field, just out of the reach of center fielder George Springer. The two-run shot, Gallagher's first of the year, put the Quakes ahead to stay at 6-5. Rancho added another run, as Casio Grider got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, forcing in Tyler Henson for a 7-5 advantage.
Logan Bawcom came out of the pen to record the save, working around a two-out hit to record his second save in as many chances this year.
Quakes' starter Zach Lee went five innings on Tuesday, in just his second start of the year. Lee gave up a second-inning homer to Telvin Nash, as the JetHawks took an early 1-0 lead.
Casio Grider's two-run blast to left in the bottom of the third temporarily gave the Quakes a 2-1 lead, Grider's first of the year.
Lee was unable to hold that lead though, as Rafael Valenzuela reached with a single to open the fourth, then scored on an Adam Bailey hit to tie the game at 2-2.
The game remained tied until the eighth, when eventual winner P.J. Zocchi (1-0) gave up an RBI double to Springer and a two-run homer to Nash, his second of the night to make it 5-2.
The Quakes (2-4) send Chris Reed (0-1) to the mound on Wednesday night in the rubber game of the three-game set. Lancaster will counter with Ruben Alaniz (0-0). Game time on Wednesday night is 7:05pm.
Wednesday is Garage Sale Night at The Epicenter, as the Quakes will be selling off some old-school memorabilia and rare promotional items. Come find your baseball treasure, which is currently our baseball junk. Gates open at 6:05pm and tickets are available by calling (909) 481-5000 or online at rcquakes.com. We hope to see you at The Epicenter...Go Quakes!
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