Three Crooked Numbers Grant Rancho Victory
San Bernardino, CA - Continuing their dominance over the Inland Empire 66ers in 2019, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes won by a final score of 7-4 on Friday night.
In order to win their ninth straight at San Manuel Stadium, the Quakes (75-53, 34-26) utilized three separate crooked numbers against the 66ers (51-78, 25-35).
Rancho came out with a bang via Devin Mann's RBI triple and Miguel Vargas' RBI double, making it a 2-0 lead after the first half-frame.
After Inland Empire pushed across a single run in the next three innings to take a lead of their own, the Quakes responded with a three-spot in the top of the fourth. Brandon Montgomery capped the frame with an RBI single, giving Rancho the 5-3 advantage.
The Sixers inched within a tally in the sixth due to an RBI knock by Gleyvin Pineda, but Jacob Amaya granted the Quakes some breathing room in the seventh with a two-run double.
The Quakes' bullpen bent, but did not break by hurling three innings of one-run baseball the rest of the way. Guillermo Zuniga tallied his first Cal League save in a scoreless 1.2 innings of work, with four strikeouts.
Sven Schueller (5-3) was handed the win in game one, allowing a single run in 1.1 frames from the last out in the fifth to end of the sixth.
Aaron Hernandez (1-4) shouldered the loss in his fifth start of the year, surrendering five runs (three earned) across four innings.
In game two of the four-game set, RHP Gerardo Carrillo (3-9) will take the ball for Rancho, as RHP Cooper Criswell (4-7) draws the start for Inland Empire.
The Quakes will return to LoanMart Field on Tuesday, August 27th, where it will be your final chance to see Rancho play in the regular season with the final home stand of the year... until the PLAYOFFS. Don't miss out on Alex Verdugo Bobblehead Giveaway, thanks to Allstar KIA on Friday, August 30th. Purchase tickets online at rcquakes.com or by calling (909) 481-5000... Go Quakes!
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