The Modesto Nuts sure wanted to beat Lancaster on Monday night.
The Nuts won 12-7, thanks to scoring six runs in the ninth inning. Modesto had closed the gap with three runs in the eighth. Will Swanner hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to pull Modesto within a run.
In the ninth, Trevor Story hit a two-run double to put Modesto up 9-7. But the Nuts added a few runs for insurance. Taylor Featherston followed with a two-run single and Swanner hit a two-run double for the final tally.
Featherston and Jared Simon each had three hits in the game. David Kandilas stole his 16th base of the season and scored twice.
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Ben Alsup started for Modesto, giving up seven runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings. Bruce Kern picked up the win, tossing one inning - the eighth - after facing just three batters. He forced a fly out and two groundouts.