VISALIA, CA - The Inland Empire 66ers plated three runs in the top of the tenth inning and held the Rawhide scoreless to send Visalia to a 3-0 loss in ten innings.
Rawhide reliever Junior Garcia (L, 1-2) surrendered a two-run triple to Jahmai Jones and a run-scoring double to Los Angeles Angels top prospect Jo Adell in the top of the tenth, breaking a scoreless tie that lasted through the first nine innings.
Visalia (25-21) stranded nine runners on base and had runners in scoring position in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings, but never came up with the big hit to drive home a run.
Connor Grey dealt his best start since April, holding the 66ers scoreless over six strong innings. Grey worked a perfect first with a pair of strikeouts, and after that wove his way in and out of traffic on the basepaths, stranding four runners over his first four innings.
He retired the final five hitters that he faced and dished his second shutout outing of the year.
Robby Sexton faced one hitter in the seventh, striking out Jonah Todd, and was followed by 1.2 scoreless innings from Tyler Mark. Garcia pitched a scoreless ninth to force extras.
Inland Empire (23-23) received four no-hit innings from Matt Ball in his first start of the season and Jeremy Beasley followed by tossing four more shutout innings, scattering six hits and striking out four. Jonah Wesley (W, 2-0) pitched the ninth and tenth innings and issued only a walk while striking out one.
Luis Alejandro Basabae led the way for the Rawhide offense with a pair of singles and Stephen Smith reached base twice on a single and a walk.
The Rawhide will look to take their second straight rubber match tomorrow evening, sending RHP Tyler Keele (0-0, -.--) to the bump to make his Rawhide debut against 66ers LHP Nate Bertness (1-4, 5.50). First pitch is slated for 7 PM and tickets are 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 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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