Rancho Cucamonga, CA. - In the Modesto Nuts' most lopsided victory of the season, Joe Rizzo and Evan White drove in a combined seven runs to lead the 11-4 defeat over the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Wednesday morning at LoanMart Field.
In the third inning, the Nuts (11-16) grabbed their first lead of the game on Evan White's RBI single.
After the Quakes (12-15) tied it in the third on Hamlet Marte's home run, the Nuts came back with a pair of runs to take the lead in the fifth. Joe Rizzo lifted a sac fly to left before Evan White drilled a RBI double into left-center field.
In the sixth, the Nuts racked up another five runs. Rizzo drove in two and Garth Morgan cracked a homer. Rizzo capped his five-RBI day with a two-run double in seventh.
Ljay Newsome (W, 1-2) worked six innings and allowed four runs on nine hits. Three of the four runs scored in the sixth when the Quakes strung together four straight one-out hits. Newsome was able to finish the frame as he struck out five without walking a batter.
Andrew Sopko (L, 1-2) worked five innings in his start for the Quakes. The righty allowed three runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and no walks.
The Nuts go for the series victory in the four-game finale with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Thursday 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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