RANCHO CUCAMONGA — The Modesto Nuts are coming home for the first time and just in time.
Their California League season-opening road trip ended with a disappointing 9-4 loss Wednesday night to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. The Nuts went 3-4 during their southern California swing, with three of the losses by one run.
That's another reason why their comfort level will improve with tonight's home opener against Lancaster at Thurman Field.
Modesto pitching gave up 16 hits and runs in every inning except the second. Chris Jensen (0-1) logged the only unsavory outing by a Nuts starter during the first seven games. He yielded four runs (three earned) and eight hits in five innings.
A bright spot, especially after Tuesday's 1-0 loss, was a Nuts power surge. Both Jordan Ribera and Trevor Story recorded their first home runs, both solo shots.
But that only offset take-charge homers by the Quakes' Ryan Mount and Noel Cuevas.