Jordan Cowan, who hit just two home runs in the regular season, delivered his second big blast of the postseason, a three-run shot to right in the 11th inning that lifted the Modesto Nuts to an 8-5 victory in Game 2 of the California League Championship Series.
The Modesto Nuts will play for the California League title in their first year as a Class A affiliate for the Seattle Mariners. And, in an odd twist, they'll be playing the Colorado Rockies affiliate that left Modesto last season.
Fans attending the Modesto Nuts game against the San Jose Giants on Wednesday will get a nice suprise. Seattle Mariners right-handed starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma is scheduled to make a rehabilitation start for the Nuts.
Kyle Lewis, the Baseball Americal College Player of the Year and the Seattle Mariners’ first-round draft pick in 2016, made his Modesto Nuts debut on Sunday, starting in center field and drawing a walk in his lone plate appearance.
Logan Taylor’s ground ball up the middle plated Braden Bishop as the Modesto Nuts completed a three-game sweep of the Lancaster JetHawks with a 4-3 walk-off victory Saturday night at John Thurman Field.
The Modesto Nuts, who will work under the banner of the Seattle Mariners for the first time this season, open Thursday night at Lake Elsinore. They are managed by Mitch Canham, raised in the Northwest and a life-long Mariners fan.
The Modesto Nuts rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning and had the tying run at the plate, but their comeback fell short as Lake Elsinore hung on for a 7-5 California League victory Saturday night at John Thurman Field.
Collin Ferguson doubled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and Ryan Castellani worked into the eighth to help the Modesto Nuts to a 5-3 win over the Inland Empire 66ers on Thursday night at John Thurman Field.