Lancaster, CA- The Lancaster JetHawks earned a rare shutout at The Hangar on Thursday, blanking the Quakes by a score of 4-0, winning three of four in the series over Rancho Cucamonga.
JetHawks' starter Carlos Polanco (1-1) tossed five innings of one-hit baseball, then combined with two relievers to hold the Quakes scoreless the rest of the way. It's the third time this year that the Quakes have been held off the scoreboard.
Consistent wind of 25 miles-per-hour become a factor in the game's first two runs. Lancaster's lead-off man, Garrett Hampson, popped a wind-aided home run to right-center field off Quakes' starter Dennis Santana (0-2) in the third, giving the JetHawks a 1-0 lead.
In the fourth, the wind again played a factor, as center fielder Yusniel Diaz badly misplayed a fly-ball by Mylz Jones. Jones would land at third as Diaz saw the wind carry the ball away from him. A Roberto Ramos ground out followed, giving Lancaster a 2-0 lead.
New Rancho reliever Chris Mathewson debuted and pitched well in relief, but did allow the JetHawks a run in the sixth and another in the eighth, as they carried a 4-0 lead to the ninth.
The Quakes got hits from Ibandel Isabel and Garrett Kennedy in the ninth, but Brandon Montgomery, rolled into a game-ending double-play with the tying run on deck, one of three double-plays turned by Lancaster on Thursday. Alexander Guillen went the final two innings for Lancaster to earn his first save.
The Quakes (7-7) finish the road trip at just 1-3, but return to LoanMart Field on Friday night to open a seven-game home stand.
Friday's series-opener against the Inland Empire 66ers will feature Rancho right-hander Walker Buehler (0-0) against Inland Empire's Jake Jewell (0-0). Friday will be Family RV $1 Family Feast Night as fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs, $1 Pepsi products and $1 ice cream sandwiches, thanks to Family RV. Tickets are available by calling (909) 481-5000 or online at rcquakes.com. Go Quakes!
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