Defensive Miscues Cost Nuts in 6-4 Loss

By Modesto Nuts | June 9, 2018 1:38 AM

Modesto, CA. - Four errors led to four unearned runs in a 6-4 loss for the Modesto Nuts against the San Jose Giants on Friday night at John Thurman Field.

Kyle Lewis gave the Nuts (26-35) an early lead. After a double by Luis Liberato to start the first, he moved to third on a grounder and scored on the Lewis groundball. Lewis drove in two runs on Friday night.  

In the second inning, the Giants (31-30) took the lead when Gio Brusa drilled a two-run homer to center off Nuts' starter Randy Bell (2-4).

In the third, Bell retired the leadoff hitter. The second batter of the inning was Jalen Miller who bounced a ball to third that was misplayed by Joe Rizzo. Miller took second when Gareth Morgan bobbled the ball in left. Miller immediately scored on Wander Franco's RBI single. After Jacob Heyward flew out, Bell issued a pair of walks. Kelvin Beltre capped the inning with a two-out, two-run single.

From there, Bell shut down the Giants by retiring the final ten he faced. The righty worked six innings and allowed five runs, just two earned, with four strikeouts.

The Nuts would get to the Giants' starter Melvin Adon (W, 2-3) for two more runs on sacrifice flies in the fourth and fifth innings. Adon worked five frames, walked three and struck out three.

Donnie Walton singled to start the ninth against Connor Overton (S, 1/1) bringing the tying run to the plate. Overton induced two fly outs and a strikeout to end the threat and give the Giants the series-opening victory.

The Nuts continue their three-game series with the Giants in the middle affair on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. Coverage on ModestoNuts.com will start at 6:50 p.m. Listen live online on your phone, tablet or PC by clicking HERE.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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