RANCHO CUCAMONGA --- Runs appeared to be again in short supply as starting pitchers Scott Barlow and Dallas Gallant were making life difficult for the hitters. But then the Mavericks (Rangers) scored three runs in the fifth, and two runs in the sixth and they were on their way to a 9-2 win.
The win evened the best-of-five series at 1 game apiece as the series now shifts to Mavericks Stadium in Adelanto.
The Mavericks scored their first run of the series when outfielder Royce Bollinger hit a solo home run in the second inning.
Paul Hoenecke led off the bottom of the third with a booming triple to right center. With one out, Devan Ahart hit a sacrifice fly to medium center field to tie the game at 1.
The Mavericks retook the lead in the fifth, with two outs, singles by Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Evan Van Hoosier scored two runs. Barlow was then replaced by Jose Molina. Molina would walk the next two hitters, the second walk scored Kiner-Falefa before striking out Seth Spivey to end the inning.
Barlow pitched 4⅔ innings, giving up four runs and five hits.
The Mavericks scored again with two outs in the sixth inning as Chris Garia tripled in the gap to score the Maverick's fifth run. Joe Broussard, who had replaced Molina, gave up a single to Kiner-Falefa to make it 6-1.
The Quakes scored their second run on a Tyler Ogle single in the bottom of the sixth. The memory of that run soon disappeared when the Mavericks score three runs in the seventh inning, the last two coming on Spivey's booming home run.
A Quakes' highlight was reliever Chris Powell, 2015 (39th round) draft pick, making his California League debut and pitching two scoreless innings for the Quakes.
Sunday box score
California League Game 2: High Desert 9, Rancho Cucamonga 2
7:05 p.m. PT: Game 3 of California South Division Finals (Rancho Cucamonga leads best-of-five series, 1-0)
Rancho Cucamonga (Trevor Oaks) at High Desert (Reed Garrett)