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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Tagged Andrew Istler, California League, Garrett Nuss, Ibandel Isabel, inland Empire 66ers, Jake Jewell, Matt Thaiss, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, Walker Buehler, Will Smith
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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Tagged Angel Villalona, Chase McDonald, Cody Bellinger, Derek Fisher, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Jacob Scavuzzo, Pablo Fernandez, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, Ronald Guzman, Tyler O'Neill, Tyler Rogers
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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The Lancaster Jethawks and Rancho Cucamonga Quakes are half-way through a four-game series at LoanMart Field, with each team scoring a win so far. Rancho Cucamonga’s 6-5 win tonight moved the Quakes (7-6) to within one game of the Jethawks (8-5) in the early second-half standings of the South division.
Rancho Cucamonga is already in the playoffs as the first-half division winner and Lancaster is the defending California League champion.
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Tagged A.J. Reed, Akeem Bostick, Austin Chrismon, Bryan Radziewski, John Richy, Josmer Cordero, Lancaster Jethawks, Luis De Paula, Raimel Tapia, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Inland 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.
A sold-0ut crowd at LoanMart field in Rancho Cucamonga saw Quakes 2B Brandon Trinkwon earn MVP honors in the California – Carolina League All-Star Game Tuesday night. Trinkwon went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI and 3 runs scored as the Cal League won by a score of 9-2. 10 Cal League pitchers gave up just two runs with Visalia’s John Omahen earning the win with a perfect inning in the third.
The teams traded runs in the first two innings, but the Cal League kicked it into gear with two runs in the 3rd, three in the 4th and three more in the 6th to make it comfortable.
Just about everybody contributed to the Cal League’s 13-hit attack. Trinkwon’s Rancho Cucamonga teammate Cody Bellinger had a double and two RBI. The Modesto Nuts contributed four hits from Raimel Tapia (1-for-2, run scored), Jordan Patterson (1-for-4, run scored) and Ryon McMahon (2-for-4, 2b, 2 runs scored).
Trinkwon, normally a top-of-the-order hitter in the Quakes’ lineup, did his damage out of the #9 hole. Lancaster’s Brett Phillips led off and San Jose’s Hunter Cole batted second before the big bats in the Cal League lineup. Trinkwon was inserted at the end of the batting order and it paid dividends for RC manager Bill Hasleman.
The All-Star break continues today before a full slate of games on Thursday.
CAL LEAGUE PREVAILS OVER CAROLINA LEAGUE – Dave Polaski/Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
IN UNFAMILIAR SPOT, TRINKWON NAMED MVP – Brian Sumers
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Tagged Brandon Trinkwon, Brett Phillips, Cody Bellinger, Hunter Cole, Jordan Patterson Ryan McMahon, Lancaster Jethawks, Modesto Nuts, Raimel Tapia, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, San Jose Giants