Rancho Cucamonga, CA- With the help of 10 walks issued by the Giants' pitching staff, the Quakes won in come-from-behind fashion over San Jose, 8-5, on Thursday night.
Rancho took advantage of a four-run fifth inning to spring back from a three-run deficit in the early innings, and it was far from pretty for San Jose.
With the Quakes trailing 4-2, Drew Jackson led the inning off with a double and Luke Raley walked to put runners on first and second base. DJ Peters then knocked in Jackson on a first-pitch single up the middle to chase Giants' starter Matt Krook (3-9). Connor Kaden entered and walked Keibert Ruiz to load the bases before walking Omar Estevez to tie the game at 4-4. A wild-pitch scored Peters and Brandon Montgomery scored Ruiz on a sacrifice fly to complete the barrage.
In the beginning of the game, it was nearly all San Jose. In the first, the Giants tagged Adam Bray (4-2) with three runs. Aramis Garcia started the scoring with an RBI double before Ryan Howard lined an RBI single to make it 2-0. Gio Brusa rounded out the scoring with a sacrifice fly to left field that made it 3-0.
After Raley plated Zach McKinstry in the bottom of the first with an RBI ground out for the Quakes, Jonah Arenado slammed a solo home run in the second to make it 4-1.
McKinstry helped out the comeback effort with a solo home run on the first pitch in the bottom of the third to make it 4-2. It was his third home run for the Quakes this season.
Following the Rancho-dominated fifth inning, Jalen Miller pulled the Giants to within one with an RBI double off of Sven Schueller that made it 6-5.
The Quakes responded with an Ibandel Isabel RBI single in the bottom half of the inning to retake the two-run lead and added on in the eighth. Jackson singled to begin the frame and was advanced to third a couple batters later. He then scored on a wild-pitch to make it 8-5.
Bray struggled early in his start, but sat down the last 12 batters he faced in the win. He finished after five innings, giving up four runs on three hits while striking out four and walking two.
Dean Kremer retired all six men he faced in the eighth and ninth innings to secure his second save of the season.
For San Jose, Krook struggled with his command in the loss. He only lasted four innings, giving up five runs on six hits while striking out four and tying a career-high with six walks (August 7th, 2016).
Rancho Cucamonga (12-9, 48-43) will take on San Jose (8-13, 38-53) for the third game of the four-game set on Friday, July 14th, at 7:05 PM. The Quakes are expected to turn to left-hander Devin Smeltzer (2-3), while the Giants will send righty Jake McCasland (4-8) to the mound.
The MVP gates will open at 5:45 and the main gates will open at 6:05. It will be Family RV $1 Family Feast Night at LoanMart Field, featuring $1 hot dogs, $1 Pepsi products and $1 ice cream sandwiches throughout the night! Tickets are available at 909-481-5000 or rcquakes.com. Go Quakes!
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