San Jose, CA. - The Modesto Nuts offense took advantage of two San Jose Giants errors to score nine unearned runs in a 13-6 victory at Municipal Stadium on Thursday night.
In the first, Bryson Brigman started the game with a double. He scored for the Nuts (6-9) when Brandon Van Horn made an errant throw to first on a groundball off the bat of Evan White. Logan Taylor followed with a RBI triple. Taylor finished the game 2-for-3 with three RBI, two walks and three runs scored.
Later in the first, Gareth Morgan drilled a three-run homer to complete the five-run first frame. Giants (8-7) starter Raffi Vizcaino (L, 1-1) worked just two innings and allowed eight runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
Early, the Giants chipped away at the Nuts' lead. Gio Brusa smacked a two-run, two-out single in the first against Darren McCaughan who went four innings and allowed four runs on six hits.
The Nuts bullpen allowed just two runs but it was not easy against the Giants offense. Jeffeson Medina (W, 1-0) stranded five runners in his two scoreless innings working around three hits and two walks.
In the seventh, the Giants loaded the bases to bring the tying run to the plate again, this time against Jack Anderson. Just a throwing error allowed one run to score against Anderson and that was it as he danced around trouble.
Overall, the Nuts' staff stranded 14 runners and held the Giants to 3-for-18 with RISP.
In the eighth, the Nuts added on. After walking two, Rodolfo Martinez had a chance to get out of the inning without allowing a run. With two outs, Donnie Walton rolled a groundball to first. Gio Brusa fielded it cleanly but made a bad throw that allowed a run to score and to extend the inning. Martinez walked two more and uncorked three wild pitches before Joe Rizzo drove in two with a single.
The Nuts continue a four-game series against the San Jose Giants on Friday night at Municipal Stadium. First pitch of game two is set for 7:00 p.m. Coverage on ModestoNuts.com will start at 6:45 p.m. Listen live online on your phone, tablet or PC by clicking HERE.
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