MODESTO’S BALOG, HIGH DESERTS MARTIN EARN WEEKLY HONORS

Alex Balog of the Modesto Nuts was named Cal League Pitcher of the Week after a 7 2/3 inning performance where he held Bakersfield without a hit or a run. The 23-year old right-hander got the win and lowered his WHIP t0 1.06 on the season.

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High Desert’s Tripp Martin was red-hot at the plate last week batting at a .375/.423/1.000 clip with four homers. On August 15th, Martin went 2-for-3 against Inland Empire, blasting two home runs and knocking in three.

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MONDAY SCOREBOARD

INLAND EMPIRE – 0
LANCASTER – 8

MODESTO – 12
VISALIA – 13    (10 innings)

HIGH DESERT – 1
RANCHO CUCAMONGA – 8

SAN JOSE – 2
STOCKTON – 13

LAKE ELSINORE – 3
BAKERSFIELD – 1

 

BELLINGER STAYS HOT AS QUAKES DOWN MAVS 8-2

rancho-cucamonga-quakes-primary-logo-2-primaryA day after dropping both games of a double-header at High Desert, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes rallied from 2-0 down to outpace the Mavericks 8-2 Thursday night. 1B Cody Bellinger was in the middle of a three-run fourth inning and, after the game was all but decided, blasted his 26th homerun in the ninth inning.

Bellinger is tied with Bakersfield’s Tyler O’Neill for the California League homer lead.

With the win Rancho Cucamonga pulled to within two games of High Desert in the South Division 2nd half standings.

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PORTS EDGE NUTS BEHIND MENGDEN’S GEM

StocktonDaniel Mengden allowed a first-inning run but then shut down the Modesto Nuts over the next six innings as the Stockton Ports won a tight contest by a score of 2-1 Tuesday night. The Stockton Ports took advantage of Modesto errors to score both of its runs.

Modesto got on the board first behind a Michael Benjamin single followed by two errant pick-off throws by Mengden that sent Benjamin to third. The run came in when Benjamin scored on a steal attempt by Ryan McMahon as the throw went through to second base.

Stockton broke through in the sixth inning with a pair of walks, a fly ball out that moved Jacob Nottingham to third, and an errant pick-off attempt by Modesto’s Devin Burke.

The deciding run came across in the eighth when a botched double-play attempt put Stockton runners at first and third and Nottingham followed with a sac fly.

Modesto loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth but failed to score when Correlle Prime grounded into a 5-4-3 double play to end the game.

Stockton has won three straight games while Modesto suffered its fifth straight defeat and is now one game behind Visalia in the North division 2nd half standings.

TUESDAY SCOREBOARD

BAKERSFIELD 11
LAKE ELSINORE 1
Brett Ash goes 6  IP for Blaze, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K. Kyle Petty goes 3-for-4 with a 2B, a HR (8) and 4 RBI.

VISALIA 6
SAN JOSE 4 (11 innings)
Rawhide get two in top of 11th on Kevin Cron‘s 23rd HR and a sac fly by Jose Queliz. Visalia takes one-game lead in the North division.

LANCASTER 8
INLAND EMPIRE 2
Chase McDonald belts his 22nd HR, Jethawks score seven runs in last three innings. Francis Martes (W, 2-1) goes 6 IP allowing 6 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB with 3 Ks.

RANCHO CUCAMONGA 13
HIGH DESERT 2
Quakes get homers from Tyler Ogle (16) and Jacob Scavuzzo (8) and pull within one game of first-place Mavericks. Scott Barlow (W, 5-2) goes 6 IP, allows 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB and 5 K’s.

STOCKTON 2
MODESTO 1
Daniel Mengden (W, 4-3) allows three hits, two walks and one earned run over seven innings. Jacob Nottingham’s sac fly in the top of the eighth is the difference as the Ports hand the Nuts their fifth-straight loss.

JEMILOA, DAVIS NAMED PITCHER/PLAYER OF THE WEEK

RHP Zach Jemiola of the Modesto Nuts was named California League Pitcher of the Week. Jemiola went seven innings against San Jose on Wednesday and didn’t allow a run, walking one and striking out six while giving up four hits.

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3B J.D. Davis of Lancaster went 12-for-26 with 6 HR and 15 RBI while earning California League Offensive Player of the Week honors. Davis had a slash line of .462/.481/1.192 while homering in six straight games.

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MONDAY SCOREBOARD

No Games Scheduled

TUESDAY GAMES

BAKERSFIELD at LAKE ELSINORE
VISALIA at SAN JOSE
LANCASTER at INLAND EMPIRE
RANCHO CUCAMONGA at HIGH DESERT
STOCKTON at MODESTO

SECOND-HALF SURGE FOR BAKERSFIELD’S WILSON

Bakersfield Blaze OF Austin Wilson

Bakersfield Blaze OF Austin Wilson

Austin Wilson had a rough first half at hiA Bakersfield this season but the 2013 2nd-round pick entered tonight’s game against Modesto swinging a hot bat. After playing 56 first-half games for the Blaze, the Seattle Mariners’ #16 prospect carried a batting line of .191/.291/.299 with just 5 HR and 19 RBI.

When the second half started on June 25th, the Stanford alum went 2-for-5, raising his batting average to .196, but there were more struggles ahead.

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THURSDAY NIGHT WRAP

THURSDAY SCOREBOARD

HIGH DESERT 4
LANCASTER 9
J.D. Davis goes 3-for-4 with a HR (19) and 2 RBI. Austin Chrismon (W, 5-2) throws four scoreless innings, 2 H, 0 BB, 4 K’s.

INLAND EMPIRE 3
VISALIA 15
Domingo Leyba goes 4-for-5 with his first HR, 2 2B, 3 RBI. Rawhide win fourth straight, tied with Modesto for first place in the North.

SAN JOSE 7
LAKE ELSINORE 8 (15 Innings)
After San Jose takes the lead in the top of the 15th, Marcus Davis triples in a run to tie and Gabriel Quintana singles in the game-winner in the bottom of the inning.

RANCHO CUCAMONGA 9
STOCKTON 10
Ports score last in the back-and-forth contest. Tyler Marincov singles in the game winner in two-run bottom of the eighth.

MODESTO 0
BAKERSFIELD 1

Nelson Ward‘s sixth-inning homer is the only scoring as Blaze win a pitcher’s duel. Konner Wade (L, 7-7) goes the distance for Modesto allowing 4 H, 0 BB and striking out four. Jake Zokan, Will Mathis (W, 4-2) and Kyle Schepel combine for the shutout.

 

STORM RELIEVERS MAKE EARLY OFFENSE HOLD UP

storm_logoThe Lake Elsinore Storm had a five-run second inning, then held on for a 7-6 win with some clutch relief pitching to avoid a sweep at Inland Empire Wednesday night.  The 66ers had the tying run in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth inning, but were turned away.

The Storm jumped on IE starter Harrison Cooney (L, 1-9) for five runs in the second inning and two more in the fourth. Felipe Blanco and Nick Torres each singled in a pair of runs in the second, then Auston Bousfield brought home a run on a sac fly and Marcus Davis chased Cooney with an RBI single in the fourth.

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NEWCOMB, DIXON EARN WEEKLY HONORS

As the Dodgers and Angels played each other to end the week, their affiliates had players recognized as Pitcher/Offensive Player of the Week in the California League.

LHP Sean Newcomb of Inland Empire was named Cal League Pitcher of the Week after throwing six shutout innings at Lake Elsinore, allowing three hits while striking out six and walking just one. It was the last of 13 starts in the Cal League for Newcomb, who was promoted to AA Arkansas.

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Rancho Cucamonga’s Brandon Dixon batted .433/.452/1.100 to earn Cal League Offensive Player of the Week. Dixon belted six home runs and drove in 11 runs.

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HIGH DESERT COMES BACK FOR WALK-OFF WIN

imagesThe High Desert Mavericks entered the bottom of the eighth inning Saturday night trailing Lancaster 6-4, but pulled off a 7-6 win on Ronald Guzman‘s walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. It was the fifth straight win for High Desert, who maintained a one-game lead over Rancho Cucamonga atop the South division.

The Mavericks got on the board first with an RBI single by Joe Jackson in the first inning but Lancaster’s Ronnie Mitchell belted a two-run homer in the fourth inning to give the Jethawks the lead. High Desert answered with two runs in the bottom half, but Mitchell launched a grand slam in the fifth to give Lancaster a 6-3 lead.

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TRADE DEADLINE MOVES

The MLB trade deadline has seen a number of California League players packaged in deals. Here’s a rundown of who has been sent where:

  • San Jose’s Keury Mella went to the Cincinnati Reds in the deal that saw the San Francisco Giants acquire Mike Leake. Mella was SF’s top organizational prospect.
  • The Houston Astros acquired Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers from the Brewers in exchange for a package that included Brett Phillips and Adrian Houser, who were recently promoted from Lancaster to AA. The other two players going to Milwaukee are all Lancaster alums: Domingo Santana (’12) and Josh Hader (’14)
  • The Dodgers were involved in a huge, three-team trade with the Marlins and Braves and Rancho Cucamonga’s Zack Bird, Jeff Brigham and Victor Araujo went to Miami.
  • The Astros kicked off the big moves by acquiring Scott Kazmir from the A’s for Lancaster’s Jacob Nottingham and Daniel Mengden, who both landed with Stockton.