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8 strikeouts for Jose De Leon; Quakes win 4-3

Jose De Leon struck out eight and gave up just one run
Jose De Leon struck out eight and gave up just one run
Craig Minami - True Blue LA

RANCHO CUCAMONGA -- Jose De Leon did make a lot of pitches in his 5⅔ IP but he was effective enough to help the Quakes win their seventh straight as they beat the Storm (Padres) 4-3.

De Leon had baserunners on in every inning as he retired the side in order just once. De Leon threw his fastball in 91-93 MPH range and was able to get swings and misses on his offspeed pitches that were around 81-82 MPH. All of his strikeouts were swinging but he did get his offspeed over for called strikes too.

De Leon did make 105 pitches and he was replaced with two outs and a runner on first in the sixth inning. Besides the one run and eight strikeouts, De Leon also gave up five hits and two walks.

The Storm did score first. With two out in the first inning, Marcus Davis doubled in Auston Bousfield to give the Storm an early lead. Nick Schultz would strike out to leave the runner in scoring position. De Leon would make a habit of that as the Storm went 0-for-8 with RISP against De Leon.

The Quakes broke through in the fifth inning, Brandon Trinkwon and Webster Rivas had back-to-back singles and Paul Hoenecke walked to load the bases. Another walk to Tyler Ogle tied the game. Joey Curletta grounded out to score the second run. A bunt single by Rob Garvey plated the third run of the inning.

Michael Johnson retired six in a row until Marcus Davis's second double of the day. Rob Rogers came in to get the final out in the eighth.

The Quakes would get their fourth run when Trinkwon's grounder was bobbled, allowing Cody Bellinger to score without a play.

Daniel Tillman gave up two runs but still recorded his third save.