Visalia, CA. - Riley Smith quieted the hot Modesto Nuts offense in a 6-1 defeat to the Visalia Rawhide on Saturday night at Recreation Park.
Riley Smith (W, 7-5) retired the first eight he faced before the Nuts (50-69; 20-29) got their first baserunner thanks to an error. Their first hit was recorded by Jordan Cowan on a leadoff single in the fourth.
The Rawhide (58-61; 21-28) starter Smith surrendered just a run in the seventh inning. After Evan White walked, he moved to third on Joe Rizzo's single. Anthony Jimenez rolled a groundball to second that drove in White. Adam Walton fielded it cleanly but threw wide to second allowing the tying runs to move into scoring position. Smith struck out Jack Larsen and Nick Thurman to end the threat.
Smith went seven inning with two hits allowed while striking out eight and walking two.
Nick Wells (L, 4-4) threw well for the Nuts working into the seventh inning. The lefty allowed three straight two-out hits scoring a pair of runs in the fourth inning. Jazz Chisholm homered with two outs in the fifth. Wells recorded one out in the seventh and walked a batter before he was removed from the game.
Wells went 6 1/3 allowing four runs on seven hits with six strikeouts.
The Rawhide were able to add three insurance runs against the Nuts bullpen.
The Nuts and Rawhide square off in the three-game series finale on Sunday night at Recreation Park. First pitch is at 6:00 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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