Nuts’ three-game win streak snapped (5-22-14)

May 22, 2014 

The Modesto Nuts’ three-game winning streak, which matched their longest of the season, came to an end Thursday night with a 4-2 loss to the Visalia Oaks at John Thurman Field.

The Nuts fall to 20-games under .500 and at 14-34 have the worst record in the California League.

Trailing 1-0 after 3½ innings, the Nuts tied the score when Trevor Story (2-for-3) doubled to open the frame, was bunted over to third by Will Swanner, and driven home on Patrick Valaika’s single to center.

The lead was shortlived, however, as Visalia’s Brandon Jacobs hit his sixth homer of the year to lead off the fifth.

The Rawhide added two in the seventh on a two-run double by Kevin Medrano before the Nuts scored another in the bottom of the seventh on Valaika’s first homer of the season. Valaika was 2-for-4.

Ben Alsup, still searching for his first victory of the season, pitched well enough to win. The 6-foot-3 right-hander yielded two runs and six hits in six innings of work, walking two and fanning two. He’s now 0-5.

The Nuts host Stockton tonight at 7:05, the first of a four-game wrap-around series.

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