Stockton Forces Rubber Match with Dominant Win
By Toph Buzzard
The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes were handled by the Stockton Ports in game two of the series on Saturday night, falling by a final score of 7-3.
Just one night after dominating and shutting out the Ports (51-54, 18-19), the Quakes' (62-43, 21-16) fell back into their tough-stretch of the past week.
Lazaro Armenteros stood out offensively for Stockton, delivering the nail in the coffin with a two-run homer in the top of the seventh. The Athletics' prospect went 1-for-3 with two RBI, two runs scored and a walk.
Ports' starting pitcher, Hogan Harris, making his Cal League debut, gave up just one run across 4.1 frames with six strikeouts. The Stockton bullpen kept the contest in tact, producing 4.2 innings of two-run baseball, notching eight punchouts during that span.
Dillon Paulson and Jeter Downs provided the runs on the evening, tallying a pair of RBI doubles. Paulson went 2-for-4 on the night, and the RBI served as his first in a Rancho uniform. Downs' drove home two in the bottom of the ninth to give the Quakes some late life, but it was too-little-too-late.
The win went to Michael Danielak (1-0), as he hurled 1.2 scoreless innings with two strikeouts.
Gerardo Carrillo (2-7), Quakes' starter, suffered his second-straight loss to the Ports, surrendering three earned runs on four hits in three-plus innings.
As both squads look for the series victory, Rancho will send LHP John Rooney (1-1) to the mound, while Stockton gives the nod to RHP Brady Feigl (5-6).
On Sunday, the Smile Generation presents yet another Post-Game Kids Run the Bases at LoanMart Field, as the Quakes battle the Ports in a rubber match of their second-to-last series of the year. Purchase tickets online at rcquakes.com or by calling (909) 481-5000
Ports (51-54) 0 0 1 2 0 0 3 1 0 7
Quakes (62-43) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3
W: Danielak, Michael (1-0, 1.38) L: Carrillo, Gerardo (2-7, 6.21) WV HR's: Armenteros (1)
Press Release Provided By the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Photo by Steve Saenz (FRANK BELLINO)