Modesto, CA. - A pair of two-out knocks were the difference in a tight 3-2 loss suffered by the Modesto Nuts at the hands of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Saturday night at John Thurman Field.
With one-run lead in the seventh, Jeffeson Medina (L, 5-3) worked in his second frame of relief for the Nuts (44-63; 14-23). Medina allowed a leadoff double to Jared Walker to put the tying run in scoring position for the Quakes (63-44; 28-9).
Medina induced a pair of soft lineouts to keep the tying run at second. Omar Estevez tied the game with a soft groundball single into left. On the throw to the plate, Estevez moved into second representing the go-ahead run. Cody Thomas lined the game-winning RBI single into right to set up a chance for the Quakes to sweep the Nuts on Sunday.
The Quakes took the early lead against Ljay Newsome and the Nuts when Hamlet Marte homered with two outs in the second inning. All three runs scored by the Quakes were two-out tallies. Newsome allowed just the one run in five innings of work with five strikeouts.
Dustin May (W, 7-3) allowed just two runs over seven innings of work for the Quakes. Gareth Morgan doubled to start the second inning. Morgan went to third on a groundout and scored on a RBI groundout off the bat of Manny Pazos.
Kevin Santa doubled to leadoff the fifth extending his hitting streak to eight games. Santa advanced to third on a fly ball and scored on a RBI groundout off the bat of Bryson Brigman.
Andre Scrubb (S, 2/2) worked the final two innings for the Quakes to send the Nuts to their second straight loss.
The Nuts look to avoid the sweep on Sunday night at 6:05 p.m. against the Quakes. Coverage on ModestoNuts.com will start at 5:50 p.m. Listen live online on your phone, tablet or PC by clicking HERE.
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