Modesto, CA. - After a strong start, the Modesto Nuts' bullpen surrendered 12 unanswered runs in a 12-4 loss to the Stockton Ports on Monday night at John Thurman Field to start a four-game series.
Things started well for the Nuts (6-5) in the first. Logan Taylor drove in a run with a groundout against Ports' (7-4) starter Logan Shore. After Jordan Cowan walked with two outs, Donnie Walton whacked a RBI single before Rickey Eusebio stayed hot with a two-out RBI double.
That was the high point for the Nuts offense which was mostly quiet the rest of the night. Angel Duno (W, 2-0) surrendered two hits in the fifth before sending eleven in a row down in order to finish his four-inning relief appearance with four strikeouts and one walk.
Things unraveled for the Nuts' bullpen in the sixth. Nick Neidert exited the game with the bases loaded but a four-run lead. Joey Strain (L, 0-1) surrendered a sac fly before Chris Iriart smacked a game-tying three-run homer with two outs.
In the seventh, the Ports added another six runs. Tyler Ramirez smashed a two-run single while recording three RBI. Iriart added a RBI double. Brett Siddall recorded a two-run single. Sean Murphy put an exclamation mark on the late outburst with a two-run homer in the eighth.
Game two of the four-game series with the Stockton Ports is Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. Coverage on ModestoNuts.com will start at 6:55 p.m. Listen live online on your phone, tablet or PC by CLICKING HERE.
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