Rancho Cucamonga, CA- Rancho exploded offensively in the third game of the four-game series against San Jose on Friday night on their way to a 7-2 win.
In front of 3,702 at LoanMart Field, the Quakes won their third straight game over the Giants in the series to improve to 10-3 against San Jose on the season.
That crowd was silenced in the first inning when the Giants struck first against Rancho starter Devin Smeltzer. The first batter of the game, Ronnie Jebavy, doubled, reached third on a passed ball and scored on a Ryan Howard RBI single to make it 1-0.
The Quakes then fought back and took the lead, 2-1, in the second on a two-run single from Zach McKinstry that scored Johan Mieses and Omar Estevez.
In the fourth, Rancho tacked on with a Luke Raley RBI single. The base hit extended Raley's hitting streak to 14 games, which ties a Quakes' high this season (DJ Peters from June 25th to July 9th).
Rancho then exploded for four runs in the sixth. After Mieses started the inning with a single, Keibert Ruiz blasted his first home run in a Quakes' uniform, a two-run shot, to make it 5-1. Ibandel Isabel then singled and moved to third on a base hit from Victor Roache to put runners on the corners with two outs. Drew Jackson followed by cleaning the bases with a two-run triple down the third-base line and it was 7-1.
The Giants added one run in the eighth on an RBI double by Matt Winn, but it was not nearly enough.
Smeltzer (3-3) tossed his third ultra-quality start of the season (at least seven innings while giving up two or fewer runs) in the win. He threw seven full innings, only allowing one run on nine hits while striking out eight and walking one.
McCasland (4-9) picked up the loss (his third in four starts against the Quakes this season) by giving up seven runs (six earned) on 11 hits in five and two-thirds innings. The right-hander struck out five and walked one.
Rancho Cucamonga (13-9, 49-43) will take on San Jose (8-14, 38-54) for the final game of the four-game set on Saturday, July 15th, at 7:05 PM. The Quakes are expected to turn to right-hander Yadier Alvarez (2-4), while the Giants will send lefty Conner Menez (6-4) to the mound.
The MVP gates will open at 5:45 and the main gates will open at 6:05. It will be Metro Nissan Fireworks and 25 Seasons Celebration Night! Everyone will enjoy a post-game Fireworks Show, thanks to Metro Nissan! In addition, Quakes players will also be wearing special teal pinstriped 25th Season jerseys on the field, which will be auctioned off at the end of the year, with the proceeds benefiting the Loma Linda University Children's Hospital's Vision 2020 Campaign. 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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