Comeback Effort Falls Short for Quakes in Series Finale

Despite Losing on Saturday, Rancho Took the Series 3-1

(STEVE SAENZ)

By Zach Bigley / Rancho Cucamonga Quakes | July 16, 2017 2:32 AM ET

Rancho Cucamonga, CA- A comeback attempt from Rancho was thwarted late by San Jose on Saturday night as the Giants bested the Quakes, 7-5 in the series finale. Even with the loss, the Quakes won the series 3-1.

The Quakes brought the potential tying-run to the plate in the ninth, but could not push it across.

Yadier Alvarez was not sharp on the hill for the Quakes in his start from the beginning. He lasted just four innings and threw 80 pitches while allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits. The right-hander struck out four and walked two.

San Jose attacked Alvarez early in the first inning. After Ryan Howard walked and reached second on an error by Alvarez, Aramis Garcia singled him home. Garcia then crossed home on an RBI single by Dillon Dobson and it was 2-0.

The Quakes countered in the bottom of the first with a run of their own off of Giants' starter Conner Menez. Luke Raley walked with one out and DJ Peters followed up by smashing an RBI double down the left-field line to cut the deficit. Raley finished 2-for-4 with two runs to extend his hitting streak to a Rancho-high 15 games.

In the fourth, the Giants added on with a Matt Winn RBI single, but Ibandel Isabel matched the run with a solo home run in the bottom of the inning. It was Isabel's 19th home run of the season, tying him with Peters for the California League lead.

Johan Mieses gave the Quakes their first lead of the game in the bottom of the fifth with a two-run double that scored Raley and Peters, but the bullpen could not hold the lead.

San Jose scored the game-tying run in the sixth off of Parker Curry. Jalen Miller delivered an RBI double, but Tony Gonsolin (3-5) induced a deep, base-loaded fly out to keep the game tied at 4-4.

After he tossed two and a third scoreless innings, Gonsolin allowed the go-ahead run on an RBI single by pinch-hitter Heath Quinn in the eighth inning.

Garcia bashed a two-run home run off of Michael Boyle in the ninth to make it 7-4, and that proved to be costly for the Quakes.

In the bottom ninth, Rancho put runners on the corners with one out. Mieses flied out to the warning track for a sacrifice fly that brought home Drew Jackson, but the comeback fell short.

David Owen (2-0) earned the win in relief by throwing three and a third scoreless innings for San Jose (9-14, 39-54) and Dylan Rheault nailed down his 11th save of the season in the ninth.

Rancho Cucamonga (13-10, 49-44) welcomes the Stockton Ports into LoanMart Field for the first game of a three-game set on Sunday, July 16th, at 5:05 PM. The Quakes are expected to turn to left-hander Caleb Ferguson (5-4), while the Ports will send righty Kyle Friedrichs (1-0) to the mound.

The MVP gates will open at 3:45 and the main gates will open at 4:05. It will be Team Card Giveaway and Kids-Eat-Free Sunrun Sunday! 1,500 fans through the gates will score a free set of Quakes Baseball Cards. It's also a Kids-Eat-Free Sunrun Sunday, where kids 12 and under will get a voucher for a free hot dog, soda and bag of chips! Tickets are available for Sunday's game and all Quakes' home games at 909-481-5000 or rcquakes.com. Go Quakes!

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