Visalia, CA - The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes needed only two hits on Monday afternoon, as they edged the Visalia Rawhide by a final score of 2-1 in the final game of the four-game series at Recreation Park in Visalia.
Mitch White gave the Quakes a season-best seven innings and Omar Estevez scored a tie-breaking run in the eighth inning on a passed ball, helping the Quakes take three of four in Visalia and five of seven on the north-division road-trip.
Tied at 1-1 in the eighth, Estevez ripped a one-out double to left field off Visalia starter Justin Donatella (0-6). After reliever Mason McCullough was brought in, Ibandel Isabel struck out for the second out. A passed ball by catcher Matt Jones moved Estevez to third base, before McCullough walked Ariel Sandoval. Another passed ball moved Sandoval to second, before yet another passed ball, the third of the inning, allowed Estevez to score the winning run.
Alex Hermeling worked around a leadoff single in the eighth and pitched around a two-out single in the ninth to earn his first save of the year.
White flourished in his best start of the year, allowing just one hit and facing the minimum over the first six innings, but had no run-support, as the teams battled to a scoreless tie into the seventh.
After an Ibandel Isabel homer, his league-leading tenth of the year, put the Quakes up 1-0 in the top of the seventh, White allowed a two-out RBI triple by Marty Herum in the bottom of the inning.
White (2-1) earned his second win of the year, allowing one run on three hits, while matching a season-best with eight strikeouts.
The Quakes (21-17) return home on Tuesday, facing the Lake Elsinore Storm to open a seven-game home stand. Yadier Alvarez (0-1) will take on Storm lefty Joey Lucchesi (3-0) in the series-opener at 7:05pm. Tuesday is a Healthy RC Recycle Tuesday. Fans that bring ten CRV-eligible bottles and cans to the ballpark get a free Club Seat Ticket to Tuesday's game. Tickets are available by calling (909) 481-5000 or online at rcquakes.com. Go Quakes!
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