The High Desert Mavericks rode the arm of Luis Ortiz and a 14-hit attack to pound out a 9-1 victory over the Visalia Rawhide on Saturday night. The home Rawhide hurt their own cause with a season-high six errors as well.
The visiting Mavericks broke open a 1-1 contest with a string of deuces in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, then put up two more runs in the ninth.
Ortiz, the Rangers’ #4 prospect in Baseball America’s rankings, allowed just one hit over six innings, a solo homer to Colin Bray in the third inning. The right-hander threw 59 pitches with 41 of them strikes while striking out five against 0 walks.
The Mavericks (24-12) have taken the first two games of the four-game set in Visalia and remained a game back of first-place Rancho Cucamonga (25-11) in the South division. The Rawhide (23-12) saw their lead in the North trimmed to two games as the San Jose Giants knocked off Modesto.
MODESTO – 7
SAN JOSE – 11
LAKE ELSINORE – 1
HIGH DESERT – 9
VISALIA – 1
RANCHO CUCAMONGA – 5
INLAND EMPIRE – 3
STOCKTON – 6
BAKERSFIELD – 9
A 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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Tagged Anthony Banda, Anthony Senzatela, Bud Jeter, High Desert Mavericks, inland Empire 66ers, Johnny Shuttlesworth, Kody Eaves, Lewis Brinson, Modesto Nuts, Raimel Tapia, Visalia Rawhide, Wilson Soriano
The MLB non-waiver trade deadline is fast approaching and the first of what should be many deals happened yesterday with the Houston Astros and Oakland A’s swapping players. Houston acquired LHP Scott Kazmir for “a pair of minor-leaguers” who were both playing with the Lancaster Jethawks,
The A’s received C Jacob Nottingham and P Daniel Mengden, both of whom were assigned to the Stockton Ports. Nottingham had recently been promoted to Lancaster from Quad Cities where he batted .326/.387/.543 with 10 homers in 59 games. In 17 games at Lancaster, it was more of the same: .324/.368/.606 with 4 homers.
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
The Lake Elsinore Storm scored two deciding runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to post a 3-1 victory over Visalia, avoiding a sweep in the three-game series. A crowd of 6,096 at The Diamond in Lake Elsinore saw the home team break up a tense pitching duel and knock off the juggernaut Rawhide.
Visalia starter R.J.Hively went six strong innings, striking out 10, but was matched by Lake Elsinore’s Ronald Herrera, who gave up just one earned run over 5 1/3 innings. Gabriel Quintana doubled in a run for the Storm in the bottom of the fourth to break the scoreless tie. In the top of the sixth, Visalia’s Jamie Westbrook singled in a run to tie it up.
The Visalia Rawhide have been a powerhouse this season, winning the first-half title in the North Division and getting out of the gate strong in the second half, despite numerous roster changes. But on Monday they were playing to avoid a sweep at home against the Bakersfield Blaze.
It all looked good for Visalia through seven innings as they held a 4-0 lead and starter Ryan Doran and reliever Bud Jeter had put up a string of zeroes. But Bakersfield got up off the mat in the eighth with four runs to tie the game.
The High Desert Mavericks and Visalia Rawhide went toe-t0-toe to open the second half of the season in an Adelanto classic last night. The Mavericks scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth and held on for a 14-13 win.
The ball left the yard 11 times. Visalia got two homers from 2B Jamie Westbrook and one each from C Stryker Trahan and LF Alex Glenn. High Desert totaled seven home runs, two from SS Alberto Triunfel, and one apiece from LF Royce Bolinger, DH Joe Jackson, C Kellen Deglan, RF Zach Cone and 1B Ronald Guzman.
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The Visalia Rawhide clinched the North Division first-half crown Saturday night, bypassing the first round of the playoffs and earning an automatic berth in the Division Finals. The Rawhide built a huge lead in the division and were never threatened.
A seven-game win streak in April lifted the club’s record to 14-3 and it finished the month at 17-4. Strong pitching has been a huge part of the dominant season, currently leading the league in ERA, WHIP and shutouts.
On offense, the trio of Daniel Palka, Stewart Ijames and Kevin Cron have consistently provided power in the middle of the lineup.
Visalia is in the playoffs for the third straight year, with the first-half title being its first since 1990.
LHP Patrick Corbin saw game action for the first time since Tommy John surgery and drew a tough assignment in the heavy-hitting Lancaster Jethawks. Corbin started for the Rawhide in Visalia last night and gave up four first-inning runs on four hits and two walks while recording two outs. Corbin, a 14-game winner for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013, was taken out due to pitch count restrictions.
The Jethawks, Cal League leaders in many team offensive categories, rode the four-run first inning to an 8-3 win over the Rawhide. Lancaster (31-26) stayed three games back of Rancho Cucamonga in the South division while Visalia (37-20), despite the loss, remained 10 games up on Modesto (27-30) and Stockton (27-30) in the North.
Photo: Steve Cummings/CalLeagueHeat.com
My first chance to see the sizzling Visalia Rawhide this year made clear how strong the team is and why they have a double-digit lead in the standings. A 13-hit attack including six doubles and a triple produced eight runs, which were more than enough for starter John Omahen as the Rawhide rolled to an 8-1 victory over the Modesto Nuts. A Rawhide Ballpark crowd of 2,534 made plenty of noise as the home team scored in four of eight turns at bat.
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Tagged Chuck Taylor, Daniel Palka, Jamie Westbrook, John Omahen, Kevin Cron, Kevin Medrano, Modesto Nuts, Raimel Tapia, Stewart Ijames, Visalia Rawhide