Modesto, CA. - After an early strike, the Modesto Nuts' bullpen was dynamite but it was not enough in a 4-1 loss against the San Jose Giants on Wednesday night at John Thurman Field.
Randy Bell (L, 2-3) started the game for the Nuts (20-26) and last just five outs. After getting a double play to work around a jam in the first, the Giants (26-20) tagged Bell for four runs on four hits in the second. Kevin Rivera whacked a two-run double in the second. Johneshwy Fargas rolled a RBI fielder's choice to third to knock Bell out of the game. Jeffeson Medina followed out of the bullpen and allowed a RBI infield single.
Bell was done after 1 2/3 allowing the four runs on four hits with a career-high three walks and just two strikeouts.
The Nuts' bullpen was sharp throughout the night. Overall, four Nuts relievers worked 7 1/3 innings without allowing a run.
Melvin Adon (W, 1-3) started for the Giants and worked 5 1/3 innings. He did not allow a hit until Evan White beat out an infield hit in the fourth inning. He scored on a wild pitch and that was all the Nuts' offense. Adon struck out five and walked two.
Rodolfo Martinez (S, 3/4) worked around a walk and an infield single to earn a four-out save.
The rubber game of this three-game series against the Giants is set for 7:05 p.m. on Thursday night. 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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