Rizzo's Clutch Double Delivers Series Split

By Modesto Nuts | April 15, 2018 9:06 PM ET

Modesto, CA. - Joe Rizzo's second walk-off in the last three days gave the Modesto Nuts a 4-3, twelve-inning win over the Visalia Rawhide to split a four-game series at John Thurman Field.

After trading unearned runs in the eleventh, the Nuts (4-7) needed two runs in the twelfth to win the series finale against the Rawhide (6-5).

Against Austin Mason (L, 1-1), the Nuts started the inning with Gareth Morgan on second as a result of the new extra inning rules in Minor League Baseball. Manny Pazos led the inning off by putting runners on the corners with a single. Joe Rizzo, pinch hitting, smashed a two-run double off the left field wall to give the Nuts the victory.

Randy Bell twirled a gem in his start for the Nuts. The righty worked seven innings and allowed just one run on a RBI groundout. Bell gave up just three hits with two strikeouts and one walk.

David McKay (W, 1-0) allowed just the unearned run to score in the top of the twelfth inning by surrendering a leadoff double, but he retired the next three in order to set the Nuts up for victory.

Donnie Walton led the way offensively for the Nuts going 3-for-5 with a RBI double.

The Nuts open a three-game series with the Ports on Monday night at John Thurman Field. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Coverage on ModestoNuts.com will start at 6:50 p.m. Listen live online on your phone, tablet or PC by clicking HERE.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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