RANCHO CUCAMONGA --- On a warm pleasant evening at LoanMart Field, the Quakes started their seven-game home stand with a 12-1 win over the 66ers (Angels). The Quakes were led by a fine five-inning start by Joshua Sborz and an offense sparked by two three-run home runs off Johan Mieses' bat.
Kiké Hernandez made his second stop on his rehab assignment and started in centerfield. Hernandez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left rib cage inflammation at the end June.
Hernandez played the full game and went 1-for-4 with a walk. After the game, Hernandez said that he had one more game in centerfield with the Quakes on Tuesday.
After Rancho Cucamonga, Hernandez said he was going to Tulsa and he might have a game "at second in Tulsa and one in right field," though he wasn't absolutely sure about those positions. Hernandez hopes to be back in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Sborz bounced back from a poor start in his last outing by going five innings for first time since June 18th. Sborz allowed one run, four hits and struck out six. He had good command of his fastball that sat in the low 90s while also showing some good off-speed stuff.
The Quakes broke the game open with a three-run fourth inning that was highlighted by a Garrett Kennedy two-run double.
In the sixth inning, Mieses figured in the scoring again when he led off with a double and scored on a single from Ariel Sandoval giving the Quakes a 7-1 lead. In the next inning, after Mieses hit his second three-run homer, the Quakes added one more run to make it 11-1.
Finally, after Yusniel Diaz tripled to lead off the eighth, he scored the final Quakes run on Brandon Trinkwon's ground out.