Quakes Sweep Doubleheader From Giants, 6-4 And 2-1
The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes swept a doubleheader from the San Jose Giants Sunday afternoon at Municipal Stadium winning games by the scores of 6-4 and 2-1. In front of 3,048 fans, the Quakes scored five runs in the top of the fifth inning in the opener leading to the come-from-behind win. Then in the nightcap, Rancho Cucamonga right-hander Brok Butcher fired a complete-game four-hitter to finish off the sweep. With the two losses, San Jose falls to 8-3 on the season.
In game one, the Giants held a 3-0 lead heading into the top of the fourth inning with starting pitcher Yosandy Ibanez in command. Ibanez did not allow a hit in the first three innings while striking out three. But in the fourth, Quakes third baseman Dallas Morris stepped to the plate with one-out and hammered a 2-1 offering from Ibanez over the fence in left field for a solo home run. Ibanez pitched out of the fourth inning with the Giants still in front by a 3-1 score, but struggled during a stressful top of the fifth.
Ibanez quickly set down the first two batters of the fifth before Josh LeBlanc lined a single into left field. After a walk to Brad Coon, Hainley Statia hammered a double off of the fence in left field scoring both runners to tie the game at 3-3. Then Nate Sutton singled sharply into left field plating Statia with the go-ahead score.
Gregorio Martinez relieved Ibanez after the Sutton hit, but allowed two more Rancho Cucamonga runs to score in the top of the fifth as the Quakes built a 6-3 lead.
San Jose's final run of the opening contest came in the bottom of the fifth inning on Will Thompson's fielder's choice groundout.
The Giants mustered five hits in the game with catcher Pablo Sandoval leading the way with a 2-for-3, 2B performance.
Ibanez suffered the loss after allowing five earned runs on four hits in 4 2/3 innings of work. The 25-year old right-hander walked four and struck out five.
San Jose's first three runs all came in the bottom of the third inning on consecutive bases loaded walks to Antoan Richardson and Ben Copeland followed by a Thompson sacrifice fly.
The nightcap saw Butcher stifle the Giants hitters during his seven-inning stint on the mound. Butcher allowed just four hits and one run with only walk and five strikeouts. San Jose's only run against the right-hander came in the bottom of the third inning when Barry Gunther led off with a single before moving to third on Sandoval's double to left. Gunther eventually scored on Kyle Haines' groundout.
Joe Martinez was a hard-luck losing pitcher for the Giants in the finale by allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits in 5 2/3 innings. Martinez walked just one compared to seven strikeouts as his record fell to 1-1.
The deciding run for Rancho Cucamonga came in the top of the sixth inning as Morris singled with one out and took second base when center fielder Ben Copeland bobbled the ball. After a strikeout of Pat Reilly, Jordan Renz delivered the go-ahead hit with a clean single into left field scoring Morris for a 2-1 advantage.
Butcher allowed just one hit over the final three innings to complete the game.
Notes: Both games were seven innings in length per California League doubleheader rules ... The Giants mustered only nine hits over the two games ... San Jose had only lost once in their first nine games of the season before Sunday's doubleheader ... The Giants and Quakes still split the four-game series.
On Deck: The Giants return to action on Tuesday evening with the first game of a three-game series against the visiting Modesto Nuts. First pitch at Municipal Stadium is scheduled for 7:00 P.M. Right-hander Dave McKae (0-1, 2.70 ERA) is slated to start on the mound for San Jose. Tickets can be purchased by calling (408)297-1435 or visiting www.sjgiants.com.
California League Stories from April 15, 2007
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