RANCHO CUCAMONGA -- It took ten innings for the Mavericks (Rangers) to defeat the Quakes 5-4 in front of a sold out crowd at LoanMart Field on Friday night. Karch Kowalczyk took the loss in his second game as a Quake.
Kowalczyk took over in the tenth inning and with one out, Tripp Martin drew a walk. Seth Spivey had his second extra-base hit of the game, a double, that drove in the tie-breaker.
The Quakes tried to mount a final comeback but Paul Hoenecke was thrown out when he ventured too far off second to end the game.
John Richy matched his season high of nine strikeouts in his no-decision start but despite having runners on bases seemingly all the time, Richy never seemed to lose poise.
Richy did give up eight hits and a walk in his 6 IP. But he had a great breaking ball working, against one batter he threw three straight breaking balls and they were all swung on and missed. Richy has a good fastball but his breaking ball is the pitch that could get him to the majors.
Mavericks scored first when they grouped together three singles to produce a run in the third inning. The Mavericks added to that when with a runner on, Alberto Triunfel tripled to drive in the run. Triunfel then scored on a sacrifice fly.
The Quakes began their comeback when Travis Witherspoon singled home Tyler Ogle to make 3-1. In the seventh inning, Hoenecke and Tyler Ogle singled and then Joey Curletta hit his 24th double of the season to drive in Hoenecke.
However, the rally was halted for bit when Ogle ran through a stop sign and was thrown out at home. But then a wild pitch and a single with the infield drawn in was able to tie the game.
The tie did not last long. After a great throw by Johan Mieses kept the game tied, Spivey doubled home a run to make it 4-3.
The Quakes responded by loading the bases with no out in the bottom of the eighth. After Hoenecke struck out, the tying run scored as Ogle grounded out to second. But the Quakes then left the go-ahead run on base as Curletta struck out.