One of the knocks -- no pun intended -- on the Modesto Nuts is that they don't consistently hit the baseball.
Well, they out-hit their opponent 9-6 on Tuesday, showing signs that the offense is coming around.
However, the number that matters is runs, and the host San Jose Giants had just one more, which is enough to earn a victory. The Nuts were defeated 2-1.
There were three Nuts who had two hits -- Mike Paulk, Geoff Strickland and Cole Garner -- but only one of Modesto's nine hits was for extra bases. That was Paulk's first-inning double.
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San Jose scored first when Sharlon Schoop singled in Brett Pill in the second.
Modesto answered in the fourth. Daniel Mayora's sacrifice grounder pushed in Garner.
Schoop scored the game-winner an inning later on Matt Downs' double.
Keith Weiser threw seven solid innings but was dealt the loss.