LANCASTER, Calif. - The Modesto Nuts led up until the bottom of the eighth inning Friday night, but it was not enough in a 6-5 loss to Lancaster at The Hangar. Tyler Nevin's two-run home run off of Anthony McIver was the difference as the Nuts lost a third-straight game.
Trailing by a run, Lancaster (10-6, 43-43) rallied to take the lead in the eighth inning. Vince Fernandez led off with a double against Anthony McIver (0-3). Nevin followed with a towering blast to give the JetHawks their first lead of the night.
Reid Humphreys finished the game off with a scoreless ninth inning, giving him 19 saves on the season. Bryan Baker (2-1) earned the win after a scoreless inning in relief.
Modesto (4-12, 34-52) jumped in front early, but could not hang on. The Nuts scored three in the second inning to take their first lead of the five-game series. Luis Liberato got things started with a home run.
Gareth Morgan added his 14th home run of the year in the fourth inning. Liberato added an RBI double in the fifth to push Modesto's lead back to three at 5-2.
Max George got the JetHawks on the board in the third inning with a solo home run, and Brian Serven singled home a run in the fourth. Down by three in the fifth, Colton Welker smacked a two-run double to cut the Modesto lead to one.
The Nuts remained up one until the eighth inning. Modesto has now dropped nine of eleven games against Lancaster this season.
The five-game series continues Saturday night. David Hill (2-4) starts for the JetHawks opposite Colin Rodgers (3-4). First pitch is set for 6:05 pm at The Hangar. 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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