Modesto, CA. - Down to their final strike twice, the Modesto Nuts came from behind with three runs in the ninth to beat the Stockton Ports 6-5 at John Thurman Field on Wednesday night.
Sam Sheehan (L, 1-1) entered the ninth inning for the Ports (9-5) with a two-run lead. He recorded the first two outs quickly before allowing an infield single to Jhombeyker Morales. Big League rehabber Mike Zunino followed and worked a 3-2 count. With the Nuts (5-9) down to their final strike, Sheehan walked Zunino. Donnie Walton was the Nuts' next hitter and he walked on a 3-2 pitch as well. Sheehan hit Evan White with his first pitch to the Nuts' DH to load the bases.
This gave Logan Taylor the opportunity to be the hero. The Nuts leftfielder ripped a line drive down the left field line to score two and give the Nuts the 6-5 win.
Wyatt Mills (W, 1-0) worked a perfect top of the ninth out of the Nuts' bullpen.
The Ports had taken the lead in the top of the seventh inning. Danny Garcia started the inning. He retired the first batter he faced before surrendering a single. Garcia induced a potential doubleplay groundball to first off the bat of Luis Barrera. Nick Zammarelli fielded the ball cleanly but fired low to second allowing the runner to reach safely. That knocked Danny Garcia out of the game after 6 1/3 innings. David McKay followed and retired the first hitter he faced before allowing three straight two-out singles to give the Ports the lead.
Garcia was charged with four runs, two earned, with five strikeouts and one walk.
Parker Dunshee worked six innings and struck out seven in his start for the Ports. The Nuts got to Dunshee for three runs on eight hits.
Taylor finished the game 2-for-5 with three RBI. Evan White drove in two runs as part of a 2-for-4 game.
The Nuts head back on the road to start a four-game series against the San Jose Giants on Thursday night at Municipal Stadium. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Coverage on ModestoNuts.com will start at 6:45 p.m. Listen live online on your phone, tablet or PC by clicking HERE.
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