Late Heroics Secure Third Straight Win

By Modesto Nuts | April 29, 2018 2:03 AM

Modesto, CA. - Two comebacks helped the Modesto Nuts secure a 9-4 victory over the San Jose Giants on Saturday night at John Thurman Field.

The win gives the Nuts (9-14) their first three-game winning streak of the year and their first series victory of the season.

Down by a pair in the seventh, Bryson Brigman finally put the Nuts on the board for the first time with a two-run triple. Joe Rizzo followed and doubled Brigman home to give the Nuts their first lead of the game.

In the top of the eighth, the Giants (13-10) took the lead back. Michael Koval walked the first two hitters of the inning. Jacob Heyward laid down a bunt to try to move them both into scoring position. Koval fielded the bunt and overthrew the third baseman allowing both runners to score to give the Giants the lead back.

In the bottom of the eighth, Rodolfo Martinez (L, 2-1) walked two of the first three hitters he faced. After a wild pitch moved them into scoring position, Jorge Solano drove in both runners with a two-run single up the middle. They were the first professional RBI for Solano.

The Nuts added on in the inning when Joe Rizzo laid down a suicide squeeze to score Solano. Logan Taylor smashed a two-run double off the left-field wall. Nick Zammarelli added a sac fly.

Seth Elledge (W, 2-0) got the final out of the eighth inning and retired the side in order in the ninth. The righty retired all five batters he faced.

Reggie McClain started the game for the Nuts. The righty worked six innings and allowed just two runs on four hits while striking out five in his 2018 debut.

The Nuts go for their first sweep of the season in the finale of a three-game set with the San Jose Giants on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is set for 2:05 p.m. Coverage on ModestoNuts.com will start at 1:50 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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