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WEEKEND MATCHUPS

All eight Cal League teams are 21 games into the season with the Modesto Nuts (13-8) and the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (13-8) atop the divisions. Modesto has a two-game lead in the North over Stockton (11-10) and Visalia (11-10) and is three games up on San Jose (10-11).

The Quakes are four games clear of Lake Elsinore and Lancaster, both 9-12, while Inland Empire sits five games out at 8-13.

Three game sets are on tap for the weekend as follows:

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

Starting for Rancho Cucamonga tonight is RHP Mitchell White (1-1, 2.35). White is the Dodgers #10 prospect per MLBPipeline and ranks #19 by Baseball America. Opponents are hitting .248 against the 2016 second-round draft pick and White’s WHIP is 0.98.

In San Jose tonight, the Giants will send RHP Mike Connolly to the mound. Connolly is making his fourth start and checks in with a record of 1-2 with a 1.26 ERA. The 2013 draftee out of Maine has walked four against 13 strikeouts on the season.

 

 

BUEHLER DEALS, QUAKES OUTLAST 66ERS

The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes pulled out a 5-4 win over the Inland Empire 66ers in a Friday night matchup that saw early offense before a tense finish at LoanMart Field. IE couldn’t do much with Quakes starter Walker Buehler, the Dodgers’ #11 prospect, and fell behind 4-0 after two innings.

Buehler left after three scoreless frames, throwing 47 pitches and allowing just one hit and one walk. The 66ers then mounted their offense and got a run in the fourth on a Matt Thaiss homerun. The Quakes made it 5-1 with a single run in the fifth before Inland Empire plated two in the sixth to pull to within 5-3.

An eventful ninth inning saw the 66ers score another run while coming up short as Rancho’s Andrew Istler notched his second save despite allowing three hits and IE’s fourth run.

The Quakes got to IE starter Jake Jewell for five runs (3ER) on five hits, including Ibandel Isabel’s  fourth homer, a solo shot in the second. But Garrett Nuss came on for the 66ers and threw three scoreless innings in relief to keep his team in the game.

Dean Kremer (1-0) went four innings for the win, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

Thaiss is the Angels’ #2 overall prospect and the homer may have been a good sign as the 2016 first-round pick hasn’t gotten it going at the plate yet (.170/.302/245).

Rancho Cucamonga C Will Smith (#16 BA prospect) threw out two runners trying to steal while going 1-for-4 at the plate.

The series continues Saturday night at 7:05PM.

 

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.

All Pitchers of the Week at MiLB.com

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.

All Offensive Players of the Week at MiLB.com

 

NEWCOMB SHUTS DOWN STORM

IE 66ersLHP Sean Newcomb threw six shutout innings Tuesday night as the Inland Empire 66ers blanked the Lake Elsinore Storm 5-0.  Newcomb (6-1) is the Los Angeles Angels’ top organizational prospect per MLB.com and was the 15th overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

The 66ers got on the board in the third inning when Andrew Daniel doubled in a pair of runs, and that was all Newcomb and two relievers would need. The lefty allowed three hits and a walk while striking out eight over six innings. Harrison Cooney came on for two scoreless innings before Geoff Broussard closed it out with a perfect ninth inning.

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MODESTO BLANKS VISALIA, MOVES INTO FIRST-PLACE TIE

ModestoA stellar pitching duel in Visalia saw Modesto’s Anthony Senzatela throw eight shutout innings at the Rawhide as the Nuts won a 4-3 decision, forging a tie atop the North Division. Senzatela (7-5), the Rockies’ #11 prospect, struck out seven and allowed five hits without a walk to earn the victory, which gave the Nuts and Rawhide identical 18-7 records in the second-half standings.

Visalia’s Anthony Banda (L, 6-8) was nearly as good, going 6 1/3 and allowing just one run on six hits with a walk and nine strikeouts. But he gave up a seventh-inning run by allowing a pair of one-0ut singles to start a rally that reliever Bud Jeter couldn’t quell.

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BACK AT IT TODAY FOR INLAND EMPIRE, HIGH DESERT

imagesAfter a string of delays, the High Desert Mavericks were able to get back on the field Tuesday for a double-header with the Inland Empire 66ers. Four straight games in Adelanto had been wiped out due to the Cajon Pass fire and then wet weather, until yesterday.

With the first three games of the four-game home series against Inland Empire postponed, the two teams played a double-header yesterday, with IE taking both games, 7-6 and 3-1. That DH included a makeup from May 7 that was postponed due to high winds, and the originally scheduled game.

Today, a scheduled off day for the whole league, High Desert will host a 10:AM game with a host of $1 features for fans.

TUESDAY SCOREBOARD

SAN JOSE 10, LANCASTER 2
INLAND EMPIRE 3, HIGH DESERT 1
INLAND EMPIRE 7, HIGH DESERT 6
MODESTO 2, LAKE ELSINORE 1
RANCHO CUCAMONGA 8, VISALIA 5
STOCKTON 3, BAKERSFIELD 1

GIANTS WIN STREAK AT 6

The San Jose Giants won their sixth-straight game Tuesday, sweeping a four-game set from Lancaster to improve their second-half record to 17-8. San Jose finished 10 games under .500 in the first half at 30-40, 12 games out of first place, but are now just a game behind Visalia in the North Division second-half standings. Reigning Cal League Player of the Week Tyler Horan went 3-for-5 with his 11th homer to lead the offense while Luis Ysla came into the game at the start of the second inning and didn’t allow a hit over five frames.

66ERS BACK IN THE WIN COLUMN, TOP QUAKES 6-4

IE 66ersThe Inland Empire 66ers got a big night from C Michael Strentz and ended a five-game losing streak with a 6-4 win over the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes at LoanMart Field Saturday night. Strentz had a homer and two doubles to pace Inland Empire’s 9-hit attack.

The home Quakes, with a sold-out crowd of 4,731 looking on, got on the board in the bottom of the first inning. LF Johan Mieses led off with a double and eventually came around to score on an RBI groundout by SS Erisbel Arruebarrena.

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DANIEL’S FIRST HOMER HOLDS UP AS 66ERS TOP QUAKES

IE 66ersInland Empire erased an early 1-0 deficit and went on to a 4-3 win over Rancho Cucamonga on the strength of 3B Andrew Daniel‘s 4-RBI night and solid pitching in front of a holiday crowd of 7,282 in San Bernardino. Daniel hit his first homer since joining the 66ers, a two-run shot in the fourth inning that gave IE a 4-1 lead.

RHP Victor Alcantara, the Angels’ #8 prospect in MLB.com’s rankings, gave up a first-inning homer to Cody Bellinger to fall behind 1-0, but went on to pitch six strong innings. IE got two runs in the bottom of the frame and Alcantara never trailed again, giving up 4 hits, 2 ER and striking out 7 with no walks.

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LANCASTER COMES BACK FROM 4-0 DEFICIT, WINS 9-6 OVER 66ERS

lancasterjethawksnewThe Lancaster Jethawks had a pair of three-run innings to climb out of a 4-0 first-inning hole and went on to win 9-6 over Inland Empire at The Hangar Friday night. Marc Wik homered for the second straight night and doubled while driving in three runs in front of a home crowd of 5,722.

Inland Empire rallied big in the first inning off of Lancaster starter Evan Grills. The left-hander gave up the four earned runs when he surrendered four straight hits to the middle of the 66ers lineup, and then left the game in the second due to an apparent injury after facing just 10 batters.

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