Modesto, CA. - Missed opportunities cost the Modesto Nuts in a 5-4 loss against the San Jose Giants on Sunday afternoon at John Thurman Field.
Overall, the Nuts (9-15) left 14 runners on base while going just 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position.
They had a chance late in the bottom of the ninth against Giants' (14-10) closer Patrick Ruotolo (S, 2/2). After a groundout, Donnie Walton recorded his third hit of the day before stealing second. Nick Zammarelli was hit by a pitch to put the potential tying and winning runs on. Routolo sctruck out Tyler Baker and induced an easy fly out from Kevin Santa to end the threat.
Danny Garcia (L, 0-4) started for the Nuts and worked through trouble in the first four innings. In the fifth, a pair of errors allowed the first run of the game to score. In the sixth, Heath Quinn started a rally with an infield single. Sandro Fabian added a knock before Jacob Heyward drove them both in with a double. Johneshwy Fargas added a RBI single in the inning to knock Garcia out after 5 1/3 innings. The Giants got to him for four runs, three earned, on nine hits.
Logan Taylor, Evan White and Donnie Walton all recorded three hits in the ballgame. Nick Zammarelli drove in two runs.
The Nuts head south for a four-game series with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes starting on Monday night. First pitch is set for 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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