Modesto, CA. - Timely knocks backed a strong pitching performance in the Modesto Nuts 5-1 win over the San Jose Giants on Saturday night at John Thurman Field.
With the win, the Nuts (57-74; 27-34) remain two games back of first place with nine games to play.
In the third inning, the Nuts broke the early tie by scoring three runs on just one hit against Giants (56-75; 22-39) starter Mac Marshall (L, 0-5). Louis Boyd walked and Beau Branton was hit by a pitch to start the inning. They both moved into scoring positon on a groundout by Kevin Santa. Jordan Cowan put the Nuts on the board first with a sacrifice fly. After Evan White walked, Luis Liberato doubled home two runs.
Marshall worked six frames and allowed just two hits but walked four while striking out six and surrendering two runs.
Ljay Newsome (W, 6-10) started the strong pitching performance with 5 2/3 innings. The righty allowed just a solo home run to Heath Quinn in the sixth inning. Newsome left the game after a two-out double in the sixth. Jeffeson Medina entered out of the bullpen and stranded the inherited runner in scoring position. Medina went 2 1/3 innings allowing just one bunt single with three strikeouts.
Collin Kober worked the ninth for the Nuts striking out two to give the Nuts the win in the first two games of the four-game set with the Giants.
The Nuts go for the series victory against the Giants on Sunday night. First pitch in Modesto is at 6:05 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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