Rancho Cucamonga, CA- The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes held on late to win their sixth straight game and continue their dominance at home with a 3-2 win over the San Jose Giants on Wednesday afternoon.
Walker Buehler was strong in his fourth start of the season to help the Quakes to their ninth straight win at home to begin the year. He pitched into the fourth inning for the first time in his professional career, finishing with three and two-thirds innings pitched, surrendering one earned run on one hit while striking out four and walking two. It was the first time this season that Buehler allowed an earned run.
The Quakes gave Buehler some run-support early in the second inning. Luke Raley doubled to begin the inning and after he was moved to third, Zach McKinstry scored him on an RBI groundout to second off of Giants' starter Jake McCasland.
The Giants tied it up in the top of the third inning on an RBI groundout of their own off of Christoph Bono's bat.
DJ Peters untied the game with his second home run on the season, a solo shot to left field, in the bottom of the third off McCasland (0-2), who threw five innings, surrendering two runs on five hits while striking out five and walking two.
The Quakes added on in the bottom of the sixth inning when a softly hit pop-up dropped into shallow left-center for a double off the bat of Garrett Kennedy. That knocked in Ibandel Isabel from second base to make the score 3-1.
Wes Helsabeck (2-1) came in after Buehler exited with two outs in the fourth inning. He pitched two and a third innings, giving up just two hits while striking out three and just walking one.
Shea Spitzbarth earned his fifth save of the year by pitching the last two innings. He gave up a run on four hits, but buckled down and struck out the side in the ninth.
The Quakes will be in action at LoanMart Field on Thursday against San Jose for game four of the series at 7:05 PM. Righty Yadier Alverez will take the hill for the Quakes (13-7) while the Giants (9-11) will counter with left-hander Connor Menez.
Thursday is Thirsty Thursday. Fans can enjoy drink specials throughout the night, featuring $2 Pepsi products, $3 16-oz domestic drafts, $4 16-oz premium drafts, wine, champagne and margaritas. Tickets are available by calling (909) 481-5000 or online at rcquakes.com. Go Quakes!
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