Rancho Cucamonga, CA - Logan Landon was the Sunday afternoon hero, smashing a two-run walk-off home run in the ninth inning, vaulting the Quakes to a 3-2 victory over the Rawhide on Mother's Day.
After the Quakes surrendered a one-run lead in the eighth inning, Cristian Santana was able to set the stage for Landon, with the Quakes down to their final three outs.
Santana singled to open the Quakes' ninth and put the tying run on base against Visalia reliever, Austin Mason. Landon then stepped to the plate and on the second pitch of his at-bat, deposited the game winning home run over the right-field wall. Landon's third long-ball of the season was the first walk-off home run for the Quakes this season.
The Quakes clung to a 1-0 lead up until the eighth inning, which was generated by a Gavin Lux RBI-single in the third, that scored Cody Thomas.
On the mound, Andrew Sopko willed his way through seven scoreless innings while striking out five in the longest outing of any Quakes' pitcher this season.
Logan Salow replaced Sopko out of the Quakes bullpen in the eighth inning and surrendered four consecutive hits, including a go-ahead two-run single to Adam Walton. Visalia's brief 2-1 lead was enough to saddle Sopko with a no-decision on Sunday.
Quakes' reliever Parker Curry (4-0) was tasked with recording the final two outs of the Visalia ninth and positioned himself for his team-leading fourth win of the season, following the offensive heroics.
Mason (1-2), who gave up the walk-off home run to Landon, was hit with the loss in game three of the series.
Dodgers Justin Turner and Logan Forsythe joined the Quakes once more on Sunday as part of a major league rehab assignment. Both big-leaguers finished the day 0-for-3 at the plate and are most likely finished with their assignment in Rancho.
The Quakes will look to salvage a four-game split with the Rawhide in game four of the series on Monday morning at 10:35 AM. Dustin May (0-1) is scheduled to take the ball for the Quakes in his third start of the season. He will be opposed by Emilio Vargas (2-0) of Visalia.
Monday is the second Education Day of the season at LoanMart Field. Combine the excitement of a trip to the ballpark with a relevant education experience. Bring your class and get the special rate of only $5 per ticket with a 20 ticket minimum. All kids are welcome to run the bases after the game all thanks to Smile Generation. Tickets are available at rcquakes.com.
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