Modesto, CA- Adam Bray battled for five innings to earn his first win against the Nuts in four tries as the Quakes won, 5-2, on Tuesday night. The victory was also the first in 2017 for the Quakes at John Thurman Field.
Bray (7-3) scattered eight hits over five innings while allowing two runs on the night. Bray entered the game with a 0-2 record and an 11.48 ERA against the Nuts on the season in three starts, but finally nabbed the win against Modesto that had eluded him.
After the Nuts struck first in the bottom of the first inning with a Luis Liberato RBI single, the Quakes took the lead in the third.
Darien Tubbs started the inning with a double, Luke Raley singled and DJ Peters then walked to load the bases for Keibert Ruiz. The Quakes' catcher bounced out to first to score a run and tie the game at 1-1. One pitch later, Zach Reks singled home Raley to give the Quakes the lead and they extended it with an Omar Estevez sacrifice fly.
In the fourth inning, the Quakes tacked on when Peters knocked home Brandon Montgomery with a base hit to left field.
The Quakes then took advantage of a runner on third and fewer than two outs in the fifth with a Brandon Montgomery sacrifice fly that scored Reks to make it 5-1.
Reks finished the night 3-for-5 to complete his fourth three-hit game in his first seven games in a Rancho uniform.
The Nuts answered back in the bottom of the fifth inning when Kyle Lewis took Bray deep to make it 5-2.
From there, the Quakes' bullpen took over. Parker Curry came on and allowed a couple of base runners while only recording one out, but Sven Schueller emerged out of the bullpen and got out of the jam.
Schueller finished after two and two-thirds innings of hitless baseball, while striking out four and walking one.
Nolan Long took the mound in the ninth and notched his first save of his Quakes' career.
Rancho Cucamonga (28-16, 65-50) will look for a game two win against Modesto (21-24, 60-55) to take the series on Wednesday, August 6th, at 7:05 PM. Rancho is expected to turn to right-hander Jordan Sheffield (0-0), while the Nuts will send righty Spencer Herrmann (3-5) to the mound.
The Quakes will be back home on Monday for the first game of a four-game set with Stockton. Monday's game will be Social Media Monday. Fans will enjoy viral videos on the video board throughout the night and potentially win great prizes if they follow the Quakes on any social media platform! Tickets are available for Saturday's game and all Quakes' home games at 909-481-5000 or rcquakes.com. Go Quakes!
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