Modesto, CA. - A fifth-inning error opened the door for the game-deciding rally in the Modesto Nuts' 4-2 loss to the Stockton Ports on Friday night at John Thurman Field.
With the game tied in the fifth, Reggie McClain (L, 3-7) recorded the first two outs against the Ports (57-36; 13-10). Luis Barrera and Nate Mondou singled to spark the rally. Luke Persico followed and shot a ball to third that Louis Boyd misplayed allowing Barrera to score the go-ahead run. Chase Calabuig poured salt in the wound when he doubled home two runs to add to the Ports lead.
McClain worked five innings in his start for the Nuts (38-55; 8-15). He allowed just one earned run on seven hits with three strikeouts and four walks.
Boyd's second-inning RBI single was all the Nuts got against Ports starter Kyle Friedrichs (W, 1-0). Friedrichs worked six innings allowing just one run on five hits with five strikeouts and one walk.
In the ninth and down by two, Nick Zammarelli worked a lead-off walk. Ports closer Sam Sheehan (S, 1/4) struck out Manny Pazos. Pinch hitter Anthony Jimenez dribbled a ball out to the mound that Sheehan misplayed to allow the tying runs to reach base. A passed ball put them in scoring position with one out before Bobby Honeyman struck out. Bryson Brigman grounded out out to end the game and the threat.
The Nuts continue their four-game series with the Ports on Saturday night. First pitch for game two 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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