Before The Game
The Quakes took on the San Jose Giants in a morning weekday game at the Epicenter in Rancho. Starting for the Dodgers single A affiliate is Walker Buehler, the 1st round draft pick in 2015 from Vanderbilt. Buehler has made three starts so far this season, he has pitched 3 innings in each start. Entering todays game he had not allowed an earned run and had recorded 15 K’s in his 9 innings of work. The San Jose Giants will counter with RHP Jake McCasland who is 0-1 with a 4.85 ERA.
Drew Saylor’s club has a five game winning streak entering today and have been perfect so far at home. The Quakes are 8 – 0 (before game) at the Epicenter in Rancho Cucamonga. They look to continue that streak this afternoon against the Giants. Will Smith looks to extend his hot hitting. Will was the California League Player of the Week last week, as he hit safely in all seven games played.
Buehler and the Pen
Walker Buehler started off the morning looking sharp and throwing hard. Jalen Miller hit a lazy grounder to shortstop. Buehler then struck out the next Giants batter, Ryan Howard. Walker finished the inning easily enough by inducing a weak liner to Drew Jackson at short. The hard throwing right hander used only fastballs in the first frame. Walker Buehler struck out the first two batters in the second inning before getting Jose Vizcaino Jr. to ground out softly to Brandon Montgomery at 3B. The second was a breeze for the Quakes righty, he mixed in a couple of breaking balls in the top of the second. Walker worked quickly today, and for the most part, stayed ahead of Giants hitters. To leadoff the third inning, Giants catcher Matt Winn crushed a triple off the wall in right field. The next batter got sawed off on a sharp inside fastball, still the ball grounded past the mound and Buehler gave up his first run of 2017 as Winn came home. Buehler got a pitch in on leadoff hitter Jalen Miller’s hands and he lined softly to 2B to end the 3rd. Ryan Howard led off the 4th with a pop out to 1B. Then an uncharacteristic sequence from Buehler, as he walked the DH Bryan Reynolds on 4 pitches. Then Walker walked LF Gio Brusa. Then, the next batter, Buehler struck out Jonah Arenado the last batter he would face. That would be the day for Walker Buehler as Manager Drew Saylor went to Wes Helsabeck to get out of the situation. Walker Buehler exits with runners at 1st and 2nd and two out in the top of the 4th. He had thrown 53 pitches and 35 strikes.
Wes Helsabeck comes in with 1st and 2nd, two out to face Jose Vizcaino Jr. and he struck him out of three pitches to escape the jam. Vizcaino Jr. had to have been looking for something other than the 0 – 2 fastball. He watched strike three go by and Helsabeck did his job. The entire bullpen did for that matter. Helsabeck threw two more effective innings to pick up the victory today. Alex Hermeling came in and worked a perfect frame and had a strike out along the way. Hermeling with the hold, and passed the ball to Shea Spitzbarth. Shea worked two innings to earn his 5th save of the young season. The Giants did not go without a fight in the 9th. Spitzbarth was tough as nails, and although one run did score, he shut the door with a strikeout of Jalen Miller for a final score of 3 – 2. Quakes win!
Luke Raley got the Quakes offense started early. He led off the 2nd inning with a stand up double. Ibandel Isabel moved Raley over to 3B with a deep fly to center, that was nearly misplayed by Fargas. Zach McKinstry with ground ball for an RBI, scoring Raley to make it 1 – 0 Quakes. Third inning, Drew Jackson draws a lead off walk. Jackson got caught stealing in what appeared to be a busted hit and run. Will Smith eventually struck out swinging. Then with two out D.J.Peters crushed a HR over the left center 432′ wall. It was a bomb on a 1-2 pitch, a fastball. 2 – 1 Quakes. Bottom 6th, Garrett Kennedy with, what turned out to be the game winning RBI, on a double that scored Ibandel Isabel and made the game 3 – 1 at that time. This was a team victory, offense, defensive and pitching. One more at home, then the Quakes go back on the road and head out to Lancaster to face the Jethawks for a three game set.
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2B: Raley (2, McCasland); Kennedy (2, Kaden).
3B: Smith, W (2, McCasland).
HR: Peters (2, 3rd inning off McCasland, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Smith, W 4; Kennedy 2; Isabel; Peters 4; Raley 3.
RBI: McKinstry (1); Peters (9); Kennedy (2).
2-out RBI: Peters; Kennedy.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Diaz 2; Jackson, D.
Team RISP: 1-for-7.
Team LOB: 9.
CS: Jackson, D (3, 2nd base by McCasland/Winn).
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|Wes Helsabeck (W, 2-1)||2.1||2||0||0||1||3||0||1.59|
|Alex Hermeling (H, 1)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.19|
|Shea Spitzbarth (S, 5)||2.0||4||1||1||0||4||0||0.96|