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Back-to-back losses for Modesto Nuts at Lancaster

Modesto Nuts right-hander Yency Almonte entered Friday night’s game as the strikeout leader in Minor League Baseball.

The Lancaster JetHawks were not impressed.

Almonte (8-9) allowed four of the five home runs by Lancaster in the Nuts’ 13-8 loss, their second in a row at The Hangar.

Trent Woodward greeted Almonte with a two-run homer in the first, but Modesto responded with seven runs in the fourth and fifth innings for a 7-4 lead. Josh Fuentes, who homered in the ninth, put the Nuts in front with a two-run double in the fifth.

Lancaster took charge from that point, however, with nine unanswered runs. Home runs in the sixth by Drew Ferguson and Brooks Marlow, the latter a two-run shot, put the JetHawks ahead to stay. Ferguson, who drove in six runs, all but clinched the win with a three-run homer in the eighth. Marlow’s late-inning homer won the opening game of the four-game series Thursday night.

5Home runs allowed Friday night by Modesto Nuts pitchers

Almonte, who won his last three starts and notched 132 strikeouts for the season going into the game, fanned only two JetHawks in six innings.

Shane Hoelscher, who’s swinging a hot bat for Modesto, went 4 for 5 with an RBI.

Akeem Bostick (3-1) survived seven runs in six innings for the win.

The four-game series ends Sunday night. Modesto, following a bye Monday, welcomes the Stockton Ports to Thurman Field on Tuesday night.

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