Modesto, CA. - Six doubles by the Modesto Nuts offense led them to a 9-5 victory over the Visalia Rawhide on Monday night at Recreation Park.
After the Rawhide (33-31) scored first in the second inning, Anthony Jimenez started a three-run rally with a double to open the third frame against Kevin McCanna (L, 4-2). After reaching third, Ryan Garcia bounced a ball to second against a drawn-in infield. Jimenez was able to score the early tying run with a headfirst dive at the plate. Later in the inning, after Bryson Brigman doubled, the first of his three hits, Luis Liberato extended his hitting streak to nine games when he doubled home two runs to cap the three-run rally.
After batting around in third inning, Jimenez started the fourth with another double. He later scored when Brigman beat out a RBI infield single on a slow ground ball to shortstop. The next batter was Donnie Walton who doubled home Brigman.
In the fifth, Jimenez recorded his third double which scored Kyle Lewis on the way to building a seven-run lead in support of Colin Rodgers (W, 2-2).
Rodgers worked 5 2/3 innings in his start for the Nuts and had allowed just two runs in the first five innings. Rodgers exited in the sixth with two runners aboard that scored after he left. Rodgers was charged with four runs, three earned, with five strikeouts and three walks.
The Rawhide starter McCanna lasted just 4 2/3 innings while allowing a career-high eight hits with eight runs, six earned, while walking three and striking out three.
Jimenez finished 4-for-5 with three doubles and three runs scored. Lewis went 2-for-5 with a run. Brigman reached four times with three hits and a walk.
Game two of the four-game series with the Rawhide is set for Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. Coverage on ModestoNuts.com will start at 5:50 p.m. Listen live online on your phone, tablet or PC by clicking HERE.
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