STOCKTON, CA. - A pair of bombs supported Ljay Newsome's gem as the Modesto Nuts defeated the Stockton Ports 4-1 on Friday night at Banner Island Ballpark.
It was Newsome (W, 3-1) who broke first against the Ports (6-10) in the third inning. Trace Loehr started the third with a double. He moved to third on a fly out to right. Mickey McDonald brought him home on a deep sacrifice fly to center field. That was all the Ports got against Newsome.
Newsome would work eight total innings striking out eight batters without allowing a walk.
Luis Liberato tied the game in the fifth when he launched a solo home run off Jared Poche (L, 0-3). Cal Raleigh gave the Nuts (7-9) the lead for good when he lined a two-run shot over the center-field wall.
Poche worked four innings allowing four runs on five hits.
Joey Gerber (S, 2/3) was called upon to close the door in the ninth and he performed perfectly by retiring the side in order.
The Nuts will try to complete a three-game series sweep on Saturday night. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. Coverage on ModestoNuts.com will start at 7:00 p.m. Listen live online on your phone, tablet or PC by clicking HERE.
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