Rancho Cucamonga, CA - A powerful display from the visiting Stockton Ports deflated the Quakes' return to LoanMart Field following a seven-game road trip, as Rancho fell to its California League rival, 8-4, on Thursday night.
The Ports combined for nine extra-base hits on the night, including a pair of towering home runs early on.
The Quake taking the brunt of that hit was starting pitcher Lindsey Caughel, who lasted 3 2/3 innings before being relieved by Raydel Sanchez. Caughel (L, 1-4) allowed six earned runs on nine hits.
Rancho got off to a hot start, thanks to Scott Wingo, who reached base three times, and Scott Schebler, who posted his first multi-hit game of the month of June in a three-RBI effort. Wingo was hit by a pitch to begin the Quakes' half of the first, and Schebler followed with an RBI double. Jonathan Garcia followed that up two batters later with a run-scoring single to make it 2-0.
But that was the only lead the Quakes would have all night. In the following half-inning, Stockton's B.A. Vollmuth tripled and came home on Rashun Dixon's two-run moon-shot over the left field wall.
Schebler and Garcia each enjoyed two-hit nights, but the Quakes managed just five hits as a team, all in the first three innings, as they struggled to figure out Stockton starter James Simmons (W, 4-1). The right-hander went seven strong, scattering four earned runs while striking out three. Seth Frankoff earned his second save of the season striking out four over two scoreless frames.
The Quakes sit a season-worst seven games under the .500 mark in the standings at 30-37 after the loss. Rancho will try to knot up the series on Friday night behind the arm of Jarret Martin (4-6, 4.43 ERA). Left-hander Shaeffer Hall (1-0, 2.65 ERA) gets the call for Stockton.
Join us at LoanMart Field on Friday night for the second game of the four-game series on Mike Trout Bobblehead Night, presented by All-Star Kia! The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive a Mike Trout bobblehead, thanks to our good friends at All-Star Kia.
Gates open at 6:05 p.m. and game time is 7:05 p.m. Tickets are available at (909) 481-5000 or online at rcquakes.com. We hope to see you very soon at LoanMart Field. Go Quakes!
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