VISALIA, CA - Visalia starter Matt Peacock only lasted 3.2 innings and left with the bases loaded for Robby Sexton. Sexton picked took two pitches to induce a groundout from Jake Larsen to get out of the jam.
Sexton (W, 1-3) dished two more shutout innings to bridge the gap to the back end of the bullpen while striking out three and inducing a double play. He retired the final five hitters that he faced in a row.
After Breckin Williams and Carlos Bustamante combined to allow three runs while loading the bases with two outs in the eighth before Joe Mather called upon Matt Brill to get out of the jam. With the Rawhide leading 7-3 and the tying run at the plate, he needed just two pitches to induce a lineout from Louis Boyd to end the inning.
Brill (SV, 2) then worked around a leadoff walk to lock down the ninth to secure the 7-3 win for Visalia (59-61/22-29).
The Rawhide jumped to a lead in the bottom of the first inning when Jazz Chisholm, Renae Martinez, and Pavin Smith all doubled to put the Visalia up 2-0. After the first, Nuts starter Darren McCaughan settled down and retired the final ten, and 12 of the final 13, hitters he faced. But McCaughan (L, 6-9) didn't receive any offensive support and lost to the Rawhide for the fourth time this year.
Visalia added two more runs on in the sixth when Smith hit a bases-loaded, two-run single. Then Chisholm blasted a three-run moonshot to put Visalia up 7-0.
Chisholm finished with three hits, his fourth straight multi-hit game, and three runs batted in on his sixth home run with the Rawhide (his 21st overall this season). It was his second blast in the last three games.
Smith also put up three hits and drove home three as well. Martinez picked up the other RBI with his first-inning double. Ramon Hernandez also added a pair of hits and scored a run on Chisholm's blast.
Modesto (50-70/20-30) rallied for three runs in the eighth on a two-run double by Nick Zamarelli and a bases-loaded walk by Bustamante.
The Rawhide will take a day off tomorrow before hitting the road for a six-game trip, starting with Modesto on Tuesday night. Visalia will send RHP Jeff Bain (2-1, 3.71) against Modesto RHP Austin Hutchison (2-3, 4.27).
professional sports team in Tulare and Kings counties. The team has been an affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks since 2007 and is entering their 72nd year of play in 2018. The Rawhide renovated their home at Recreation Ballpark in 2009 and have since become the largest gathering of individuals in Tulare County, having set an attendance record for the seventh time in the past eight seasons in 2017. In 2018, the Rawhide look to continue their reputation for hosting competitive baseball while providing affordable family entertainment. To be a part of the 2018 Visalia Rawhide season, please contact the Visalia Rawhide Ticket Office at 559.732.4433, visit us online at rawhidebaseball.com, or follow us on Facebook (TheRawhide), Instagram (@VisaliaRawhide), and Twitter (@VisaliaRawhide).
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