In every way possible Saturday night, the Modesto Nuts were in the pink.
Not only did Modesto defeat Lake Elsinore 7-5 for its second consecutive win, but it did so in pink jerseys and pink socks in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Night.
And to top it off, an all-time Modesto minor league record crowd of 4,853 got to watch home town product Anthony Jackson launch a two-run home run in the third to give the Nuts a lead they never would relinquish.
"I guess that was really good timing," Jackson said. "I got a good pitch to hit. I was just trying to hit the ball in the air to get the run home and got enough of it on the barrel of the bat to get it out of here. That was a good feeling."
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Jackson and Jay Cox had three hits apiece as the slumbering Nuts' attack produced 11 hits to show signs of awakening. Esmil Rogers (4-2) allowed one run over six innings to defeat the Storm for the second time this season.
Jackson's first home run of the season, on an 0-2 pitch from Storm starter Ernesto Frieri (1-2) got the Nuts going. Lake Elsinore got a run back in the fifth when Rogers balked home a run, but Modesto answered with two in the sixth on Jason Van Kooten's squeeze bunt, and got a second run when Daniel Mayora scored on a wild pitch.
The Storm scored against reliever Tommy Baumgardner in the seventh, but the Nuts seemed to have the game put away after a three-run eighth highlighted by Jackson's speed.
Van Kooten doubled to open the inning, and Cox followed with a triple to left-center. He would score on Jackson's single, then the Davis High and Modesto Junior College product stole second and third, and scored on a wild pitch for a 7-2 lead.
The insurance was cashed-in during the ninth, when James Burok gave up a walk, a single and a home run to Sam Carter. Closer Anthony Johnston entered to get the final three outs, picking up his league-leading eighth save. Johnston has yet to allow an earned run in 15 innings this season.
It was a shaky end to a glorious night in Modesto minor league history. So glorious, in fact, that Jackson plans on keeping part of the evening's proceedings as a memento.
The jerseys were auctioned off to benefit cancer research, but Jackson had a different idea anyway.
"I might keep these pink socks and wear them under my black ones for the rest of the year," Jackson said.