VISALIA, CA - The Modesto Nuts clubbed a season-high six doubles while plating nine runs on 13 hits to cruise to a series-opening 9-5 win.
Visalia (33-31) held a 1-0 lead after two innings thanks to a Daulton Varsho leadoff triple and a Luis Silverio run-scoring groundout, but then the Nuts struck.
Modesto (28-36) plated three runs in the third, two in the fourth, three more in the fifth, and their final run in the sixth to build an insurmountable lead. Along the way, Anthony Jimenez hit a career-high three doubles across a four hit night. He drove in one run and scored three. Bryson Brigman added three hits for the Nuts, one of which was a double, and scored a pair.
Kevin McCanna (L, 4-2) was perfect through two innings before Jimenez led off the first with a chopped ground ball double down the third base line. He finished the night after he recorded two outs in the fifth and was on the hook for a career-high eight runs, six earned, on a season-high eight hits. He struck out three and walked three.
Nuts starter Colin Rodgers turned in his second solid start against the Rawhide in a row, retiring two hitters in the sixth before he was lifted for Michael Koval. Rodgers (W, 2-2) gave up four runs, three earned, on just four hits with three walks.
Dominic Mirologlio led the way for the Rawhide offense with two hits, a RBI, and a run scored. Luis Silverio plated a pair of runs and Marcus Wilson doubled off the barn in the third to move his current hitting streak to six games.
Austin Mason, Randall Delgado, and Robby Sexton combined to allow just one unearned run in five and a third innings of relief.
Visalia had just two hits in ten at bats with runners in scoring position.
Tomorrow the Rawhide will turn to RHP Riley Smith (2-3, 3.74) against Modesto RHP Darren McCaughan (3-4, 2.81). First pitch is at 6 PM and tickets are still available on rawhidebaseball.com.
The Visalia Rawhide are a professional baseball team in the Class A Advanced California League and are the only 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
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