San Jose hangs 10 on slumping Nuts

bvanderbeek@modbee.comMay 4, 2013 

    alternate textBrian VanderBeek
    Title: Staff writer
    Coverage areas: Sports, including preps, colleges and the Modesto Nuts
    Bio: Brian VanderBeek joined The Bee in 1996 after previously working at The Home News-Tribune and The Star-Ledger in New Jersey, the (Dover) Delaware State News and the Hanford Sentinel. He is a graduate of Ripon High, Modesto Junior College and holds a degree in journalism from Fresno State.
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— After Friday night's emotional, ejection-filled extra innings loss to San Jose, all eyes were on the Modesto Nuts to see how they would respond on Saturday.

In short, they didn't.

The Nuts were shackled by 19-year-old lefty Adalberto Mejia while the Giants pounded away at will in the early innings of what became a 10-0 San Jose victory in front of another sellout crowd of 4,394 at John Thurman Field.

Friday's four-hour game included ejections of San Jose manager Andy Skeels and two of his pitchers, including one who was shown the showers after taunting the Nuts upon getting out of a bases-loaded jam.

Between that and seeing the Giants for the fifth straight night, you would have expected Modesto to attack the contest with additional fervor.

The starting pitchers took care of that.

While Mejia (2-0) retired the first 15 batters he faced and left after six, allowing only one hit and one walk, San Jose teed off during a rare difficult outing for starter Ben Alsup (1-2.)

Alsup allowed a run in the first, four in the third and was charged with two of the five runs the Giants scored in the fourth. He needed 77 pitches to get only nine outs and was charged with seven runs on eight hits.

Modesto also failed to retire San Jose's miniature Murderers' Row of Ryan Cavan and Devin Harris.

Cavan had three hits and so far in these five games is 10 for 23 with 10 runs scored.

Harris had two hits and a sacrifice fly, and hit balls in his last two at-bats that would have been homers in any other California League park. He's 9-for 23 with five homers and 13 RBI in these five games.

Mejia was working with a limit of around 80 pitches, so there was not a chance he would be able to remain in the game long enough to complete a gem.

He lost his perfect game when Harold Riggins lined a 0-1 pitch into right field for a single to lead off the sixth. Riggins added a double in the eighth to account for half of Modesto's four hits.

"Things aren't going good and there are a number of things that have to be fixed," said Nuts manager Lenn Sakata. "It's an ongoing thing. The kids have to get used to playing at this level, and once they do I think they'll be good."

Brian VanderBeek can be reached at (209) 578-2150 or follow him on Twitter @modestobeek.

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