San Jose, CA. - Donnie Walton's flair drove in the game-winning run for the Modesto Nuts in a 7-4 win against the San Jose Giants on Saturday night at Municipal Stadium.
Down by a run in the ninth, Dylan Rheault (L, 1-3) checked in for the Giants (30-26) to try and nail down the save. After getting the first out quickly, Rheault allowed a double to Tyler Baker. Bryson Brigman came in to pinch run and took third on a passed ball. Gareth Morgan coaxed a walk to put runners at the corners for the Nuts (24-32).
To tie the game, Luis Liberato hit a bouncing ball up the middle. Shortstop C.J. Hinojosa, ranging to his right, reached out and could not snag the shoulder-high bouncing ball. It bounced off the edge of his glove while Brigman scored. Morgan reached second and went to third on the error representing the winning run. With two strikes, Walton blooped a ball down the left-field line for the go-ahead RBI single.
Kyle Lewis and Joe Rizzo added insurance RBI singles in the four-run ninth. Lewis finished with two RBI going 2-for-4.
Wyatt Mills (W, 4-0) recorded a perfect ninth with a pair of strikeouts. Mills worked two scoreless innings working around a walk and a single.
Randy Bell started for the Nuts and worked 5 1/3 innings. The righty allowed just two earned runs, four total, while striking out three and walking one.
Melvin Adon started for the Giants and struck out six over 5 1/3 innings. He walked two and allowed two runs on four hits.
The rubber game of this three-game series is Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. in San Jose. Coverage on ModestoNuts.com will start at 12:50 p.m. Listen live online on your phone, tablet or PC by clicking HERE.
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