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A low-scoring affair in Visalia was decided on two runs driven in on sacrifice flies, both by Rancho Cucamonga’s RF Yusniel Diaz, as the Quakes topped the Rawhide 2-1 Saturday night. A packed house of 3,025 at Recreation Park saw just eight hits combined as five Rancho Cucamonga pitchers throttled the Rawhide offense to make the two runs stand up.
Diaz, the Dodgers’ #6 prospect per Baseball America, went 0-for-2 at the plate, but was able to drive in CF DJ Peters who doubled ahead of him in the fourth inning. It was the first hit of the night for the Quakes against Bo Takahashi, who went six strong inning but got no run support. Diaz’ second sac fly came in the sixth.
RHP Dean Kremer started for the Quakes and battled through 2 2/3 innings allowing a hit and three walks, but no runs. RHP Andrew Istler (W, 2-2) came on to get the last out of the third inning and was solid over 3 1/3 innings, allowing one hit, no runs, no walks and striking out five to get the win.
2B Daniel Lockhart went 2-for-4 for the Rawhide and SS Sergio Alcantara blasted his second homerun of the season for Visalia’s only run.
The four-game series continues Sunday with Rancho Cucamonga’s Mitchell White facing Visalia’s Ryan Atkinson.
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Rancho Cucamonga’s DJ Peters has been named Cal League Player of the Week while Lake Elsinore’s Joey Lucchesi took home Pitcher of the Week honors.
Peters slashed .400/.545/.960 and had two doubles, four homers and 11 RBI in 25 ABs. Saturday night against the Storm, Peters went 2-for-5 with a HR, 3 RBI and 2 R.
Lucchesi threw six shutout innings at Visalia last Tuesday, allowing four hits and no walks while striking out eight.
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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.
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Tagged inland Empire 66ers, Lake Elsinore Storm, Lancaster Jethawks, Mike Connolly, Mitchell White, Modesto Nuts, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, San Jose Giants, Stocton Ports, Visalia Rawhide
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.
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The Lancaster Jethawks roughed up Rancho Cucamonga’s Mitchell White for six early runs (3 ER) and totaled 12 hits in an 11-9 win at The Hangar Tuesday night. The Jethawks have taken the first two games of the four-game series to tighten up the Cal League South race.
White, last week’s Cal League pitcher of the week, went 1 2/3 innings and allowed four runs and a walk. The first inning was marred only by a fielding error by 1B Ibandel Isabel. But White didn’t make it to the end of a six-run second inning that featured two HBPs, a wild pitch and an error.
Lancaster scored 10 runs over the second, third and fourth innings to put the game out of reach of Rancho’s late comeback attempt. LF Sam Hilliard went 3-for-4 with two RBI for the Jethawks. SS Drew Jackson went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI.
VISALIA – 2
SAN JOSE – 3
LAKE ELSINORE – 2
INLAND EMPIRE – 3
STOCKTON – 7
MODESTO – 8
A 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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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
A brilliant pitcher’s duel in Rancho Cucamonga saw the Visalia Rawhide eke out a 1-0 win over the Quakes on Sunday. Two singles and a throwing error on a sacrifice attempt loaded the bases before Stryker Trahan brought in the only run with a sacrifice fly. Rancho Cucamonga got the tying and winning runs to second and third in the bottom of the ninth, but Joey Krehbiel got a strikeout to finish the game and earn his ninth save.
Ryan Doran went seven scoreless innings for the visiting Rawhide, striking out four. John Richy also threw zeroes for seven innings for the Quakes, leaving the games in the hands of the bullpens.
Johnny Shuttlesworth and Steve Hathaway (W, 4-0), combined for a scoreless inning before Krehbiel’s high-wire act resulted in another scoreless innings.
Visalia continues to lead the way in the second half with a 17-6 record, good for a two-game lead in the North Division, and 59-34 overall. Rancho Cucamonga is 10-12 in the second half, 1 1/2 games behind first-place Lancaster in the South Division (51-41 overall).
SAN JOSE 3, LANCASTER 2
Chase Johnson (W, 6-3) strikes out eight over seven innings.
MODESTO 5, LAKE ELSINORE 4
Nuts push across two runs in the eighth for the win.
STOCKTON 8, BAKERSFIELD 2
Franklin Barreto homers twice in Ports win.
INLAND EMPIRE at HIGH DESERT – PPD, DOUBLEHEADER RAINED OUT
Paul Hoenecke is playing a solid third base for Rancho Cucamonga this year, both with the bat and at the hot corner. A Wisconsin native, Hoenecke was drafted out of high school, but opted to go to college at UWM. When he was drafted after his senior year, by the Dodgers in the 24th round, Hoenecke signed and started on his professional career.
Not long into this year’s Cal League season, Hoenecke got called up to AA Tulsa for what turned out to be a 6-game stint at 1B. But the bulk of the season has been with the Quakes, where he’s slashing .315/.351/.498 with seven homers and 42 RBIs over 67 games.
I had a chance to speak to Paul before a game this past weekend and we talked about his career path, the brief promotion to Tulsa, and getting some time in the big-league camp in Spring Training, among other things. Paul’s a positive-energy guy and it is easy to see why it is all working out for him on the field.
WHEN YOU WERE DRAFTED IN 2008 IN THE 42ND ROUND BY DETROIT, WAS IT A HARD DECISION TO TURN THAT DOWN AND GO TO COLLEGE?
There wasn’t enough money on the table at the time to not go to college. It wasn’t life-changing money by any means. I just thought that I would go and get my degree and then I would continue my career that way. Right now I am three classes away and I plan on getting it whenever that time comes.
The 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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