Modesto, CA. - A first-inning strike was not enough for the Modesto Nuts in a 3-2 loss to the Lancaster JetHawks on Monday night at John Thurman Field.
With two outs in the first inning, Kyle Lewis ripped an opposite-field double to score Nick Zammarelli. Joe Rizzo followed with a two-out RBI single. That was all the Nuts (30-45; 0-5) would get against JetHawks (36-39; 3-2) starter Rico Garcia (W, 7-7).
Garcia would not allow another runner to reach second as he tossed six innings allowing six hits with six strikeouts and no walks.
Darren McCaughan worked around baserunners in the first three innings. In the fourth, he recorded two quick outs before he hit Jacob Bosiokovic. Carlos Herrera followed with a single. McCaughan beaned Max George to load the bases. Steven Linkous bounced a sharp groundball up the middle. Shortstop Bryson Brigman ranged to his left but had the ball tip off the edge of his glove allowing two runs to score to tie the game.
Those were the only two runs that McCaughan would allow over five innings of work. The righty allowed six hits with four strikeouts and one walk.
Anthony McIver (L, 0-2) worked three innings out of the Nuts' bullpen. In the seventh, Tyler Nevin doubled before Alan Trejo lined the go-ahead RBI single.
Reid Humphreys (S, 15) walked three in the ninth inning but a double play helped him out of trouble to send the Nuts to their sixth straight loss.
Game two of this four-game series with the JetHawks is set for Tuesday 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.
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