Rancho Cucamonga, CA - Rancho got a great start from Tom Windle and clutch offense from Aaron Miller to take down the Bakersfield Blaze 3-1 on Thursday night. The win was Rancho's third in a row, and it gave the Quakes a two-game lead over Lake Elsinore in the South Division.
Rancho Cucamonga (24-16, 56-54) took an early lead with a run on three hits in the first against Bakersfield's Ismael Guillon. Rob Garvey doubled with one out, and then came home on an RBI single from Aaron Miller. The Quakes could have had more, but Chris Jacobs was thrown out at home trying to score on a base hit by Kyle Farmer.
Bakersfield (17-23, 62-48) evened up the game in the fourth inning. With one out and the bases empty Sean Buckley hit his eighth homer of the year to make it 1-1.
That was the only run allowed by Tom Windle (10-6, 4.47) on the night. The Rancho lefty gave up just a run on six hits over seven innings without walking a batter. It was the third-straight game that the Quakes' starting pitcher gave up one run or fewer in seven or more innings of work.
Rancho finally broke the deadlock in the seventh inning with four two-out hits off of Bakersfield reliever Brian Pearl (0-1, 4.50). With the bases loaded, Aaron Miller laced a two-run single to center field that scored Rob Garvey and Jeremy Rathjen to give the Quakes a 3-1 lead.
The bullpen finished off what Tom Windle started. Geoff Brown pitched a perfect eighth inning, and Rob Rogers earned his eighth save of the season with a scoreless ninth.
The game ended in interesting fashion. With two outs, the Blaze put two men aboard on an error and a walk. The first pitch from Rogers to pinch hitter Sebastian Elizalde got past catcher Kyle Farmer, but it hit off home plate umpire Lewis Williams. Farmer picked up the ball and threw out Juan Perez attempting to advance to third to end the affair.
The win was Rancho's third in a row, and the Quakes now have a two-game edge over Lake Elsinore in the South Division. Rancho earned its first three-game winning streak since the team's 18-2 start to the Second Half.
Rancho goes for a fourth-straight victory on Friday night in the second of this four-game series against Bakersfield. First-rounder Chris Anderson (6-6, 4.75) gets the ball for the Quakes. First pitch is at 7:05 pm and the game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports AM 1350 starting with the LoanMart Pregame Report at 6:50 pm.
It's a Family RV $1 Feast Night at LoanMart Field! Hot dogs, Pepsi products and ice cream sandwiches are all just $1 at the ballpark! Tickets are still available by calling (909) 481-5000 or online at rcquakes.com. We hope to see you at LoanMart Field this weekend! Go Quakes!
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