By Richard Dawson
The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes suffered a third straight game to the Lancaster Jethawks after falling 6-2 at the Epicenter on Sunday, July 13. One of the California League’s hottest teams in the second half, the Quakes hadn’t lost a series in over a month, compiling an 18-3 record heading into the four-game showdown with Lancaster.
Rancho Cucamonga (18-6, 50-44) starting pitcher Chris Anderson got roughed up early, serving up a three-run home run to Jobduan Morales as Lancaster (11-13, 55-39) jumped out in front 3-0 in the first.
The struggles continued in the fourth. Anderson walked Dan Gulbransen to start the inning and that was followed by a two-run shot to right by Jon Kemmer to push the lead to 5-0.
Jethawks all-star pitcher Josh Hader stifled the Quakes offense over six innings, allowing an unearned run on five hits while mixing in seven strikeouts.
Justin Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers began his rehab with Rancho Cucamonga and finished 1-for-2 and walked twice. Turner reached on an error and later scored on a single by Tyler Ogle in the sixth.
The Quakes added a run in the seventh after singles by Leo Rodriguez and Adam Law started the inning. Jethawks reliever Zach Morton induced a double play by Dillon Moyer that scored Rodriguez from third but ended the Quakes threat.
Gustavo Gomez was solid in relief for Rancho Cucamonga, striking out one over three scoreless innings.
Rancho Cucamonga finishes out the last game of the series looking to avoid the sweep with Lancaster on Monday before traveling to San Jose for three games starting July 16.
Despite the four-game skid, the Quakes are in first place in the Cal League South Division, holding a three game lead on the Lake Elsinore Storm.