The Modesto Nuts had the tying run 90 feet from home plate with one out in the top of the ninth inning, but Visalia closer Enrique Burgos struck out Derek Jones and pinch-hitter Kyle Von Tungeln to preserve a 3-2 victory for the Rawhide on Wednesday at Recreation Park.
The loss total is 91 after the Nuts lost again Friday, 4-3 to High Desert. Modesto already has lost more games than any other team in the city’s minor league history. And if there’s a common thread to the losses it’s that the Nuts simply are not talented enough to overcome their own mistakes.
The Modesto Nuts’ discouraging season received a bolt of energy from right-hander Matt Flemer, who tossed a one-hitter over eight innings Thursday night to defeat the San Jose Giants 2-1 at Municipal Stadium.
The Modesto Nuts flipped another page on their 2014 season with another painful loss, this one to Lancaster 3-2 Wednesday night before 2,609 at Thurman Field. An unearned run yielded in the ninth, via a groundout by the JetHawks’ Austin Elkins, turned out to be the difference. That run became decisive when Francisco Sosa launched a solo homer to straight-away center with two out in the ninth to cut the margin to 3-2. Jamaine Cotton then struck out Derek Jones to end it. Modesto starter Mike Piazza (0-1), the nephew of former Dodgers slugger Mike Piazza, gave up two earned runs and seven hits in his Nuts debut after he arrived from Double A Tulsa. Modesto, which snapped a season-high nine-game losing streak Tuesday night, couldn’t solve Lancaster’s Ken Emanuel (7-3), who allowed only one earned run in eight innings. Modesto closed to 2-1 in the sixth when Dean Espy singled with two out, stole second and scored on Sosa’s single to right. The Nuts open a four-game series tonight at the Stockton Ports.
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