Modesto Nuts avoid third loss in 24-hour span

May 25, 2013 

— The Modesto Nuts staggered through a difficult 24 hours, during which they nearly lost three games.

Their sanity was preserved with four runs in the eighth inning which broke a 2-2 tie Saturday night and resulted in a 6-2 win over Lake Elsinore.

Early Saturday morning, Modesto lost in 17 frustrating innings 4-3. Travis Whitmore led off with a single and scored the winning run on a bunt by Corey Spangenberg, who collided with first baseman Taylor Featherston. That allowed Whitmore to score.

Geoff Parker (2-3) who had thrown three scoreless innings, absorbed the loss. Modesto loaded the bases with no one out but failed to score in the 11th.

The teams returned to The Diamond on Saturday night to resume a scoreless game that was stopped Thursday night in the seventh inning due to a bomb threat.

The Storm went on to win it 2-0 as Yaison Asencio's solo home run broke the tie.

In the regularly scheduled game, Modesto starter Eddie Butler — making his Nuts debut following his promotion — allowed two first-inning runs but eventually stabilized.

Modesto launched its comeback with Ryan Casteel's sixth homer, a solo shot to left in the fourth. The Nuts drew even in the seventh on Jordan Ribera's RBI single.

Casteel (2-for-3, 2 RBIs, 3 runs) capped his big night with the go-ahead run-scoring single in the eighth. Trevor Story chased home Casteel with a double to center, and Ribera singled in Will Swanner.

The win went to Kraig Sitton (2-1), who relieved Butler in the seventh. Scott Oberg retired Lake Elsinore in the ninth.

Modesto (21-27) pursues a split of the four-game series this afternoon. The Nuts begin a three-game series at Visalia Monday night.

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