MODESTO, CA. - Ljay Newsome racked up ten K's in the Modesto Nuts 5-1 win over the Stockton Ports on Sunday afternoon at John Thurman Field in front of 4,093 fans.
Newsome (W, 2-1) continues his domination of the California League with 6.2 shutout innings for the Nuts (5-6). He was perfect through five innings of work. In the sixth he ran into his only jam against the Ports (4-7). Jonah Bride broke up the perfect game bid with a sharp groundball into left. Jordan Devencenzi singled into right. Then Mickey McDonald laid down a bunt base hit to load the bases up.
Newsome then struck out Nick Allen. He induced a groundball that the Nuts were able to turn into a force at the plate. Newsome wiggled out of the jam cleanly when he struck out Austin Beck.
Overall, Newsome struck out ten with no walks to end the Nuts' six-game losing streak.
The Nuts had taken the lead on a pair of RBI from Eugene Helder. After two walks and a sac bunt against Ports starter Jared Poche (L, 1-1), Helder drove in his first run with a RBI ground out. In the fourth, Helder doubled home Luis Liberato.
After Nick Allen doubled in a run for the Ports in the eighth, Collin Kober stranded the bases loaded to preserve the one-run advantage.
Cal Raleigh gave the Nuts some breathing room with a moon shot of a three-run homer in the eighth.
Jake Haberer slammed the door shut with three strikeouts in a perfect ninth.
The Nuts open a three-game set with the first-place Rawhide in town on Monday night. First pitch is 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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