Deacon Liput hit a three-run homer in the third inning to help vault the Quakes to a 5-2 win over the Ports to close out Stockton’s six-game road trip.
The Ports opened the scoring in the first inning as Jameson Hannah doubled to open the game and scored on a two-out RBI single by Jonah Bride to give Stockton a 1-0 lead.
Rancho Cucamonga would take the lead for good in the third. After Ports starter Brady Feigl (5-7) set down the first eight batters he faced, he issued a two-out walk to Brandon Montgomery in the third followed by an infield single by Donovan Casey. Liput came up next and delivered the biggest blow of the afternoon, a three-run homer to right-center that gave the Quakes a 3-1 lead.
Feigl would suffer the loss, going four innings and allowing three runs on three hits while walking one and striking out two.
Quakes starter John Rooney (2-1) would work through the sixth inning and in the sixth, gave up a two-out RBI single to Trace Loehr that drew the Ports to within a run at 3-2. Rooney would go on to earn the win, going six innings and allowing two runs on nine hits while striking out a career-high eight.
After two scoreless innings worked by Jake Bray, Eric Marinez took over in the seventh and, with one out, gave up a walk to Montgomery followed by an RBI triple to Casey that stretched the Quakes lead to 4-2. Liput came up next and delivered a bunt-single to score a second run in the frame and make it a 5-2 contest.
Marinez allowed two runs on four hits over his two innings of work.
Connor Strain, Guillermo Zuniga and Melvin Jimenez (SV, 1) each worked a scoreless inning to close out the game for Rancho Cucamonga with Jimenez earning his first save of the season.
Following a day off on Monday, the Ports return home to Banner Island Ballpark to welcome the Modesto Nuts for a three-game series that kicks off a six-game homestand. The starting pitchers for the opener of the series have yet to be announced. First pitch on Tuesday is set for 7:10 p.m. PDT.
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I had the honor of meeting him at the Ports Game on the night I got to throw out one of the several first pitches. He was a Stockton Port before Boston called him up from Oakland.
Elijah “Pumpsie” Green, the first black player to play for the Boston Red Sox, died on Wednesday. He was 85.
Webster Garrison will be at the helm for Stockton after serving as the manager for Beloit in 2018. Garrison enters his 21st season with the A’s organization as a minor league coach or manager. Chris Smith will begin his coaching career as he will serve as the pitching coach. The former Major Leaguer appeared in 77 games, going 1–4 with a 5.71 ERA. He finished his playing career in 2017 with the Oakland A’s. Brian McArn returns for his second season as the Ports hitting coach. McArn has been with the organization for 21 years and has spent three different stints with the Ports (2011–2012, 2014–2015). Javier Godard will serve Stockton as a coach after finishing his playing career last season with Vermont. The infielder played in 224 games in the organization before joining the Stockton coaching staff. Shane Zdebiak enters his third season as Stockton’s athletic trainer after serving the last two seasons with Beloit. Before joining the A’s, he worked for the Mariners from 2014–2015. Matt Mosiman will serve as the strength and conditioning coach for his second straight season with Stockton and third overall with the organization.