Nuts pound Stockton for second straight win

The Modesto Nuts are learning to live without California League All-Star Omar Carrizales, pitcher Yency Almonte and infielder Wilson Soriano, all promoted last weekend to Double-A Hartford.

So far, their exit hasn’t hurt them.

The Nuts stroked nine hits and took advantage of five Stockton errors to roll past the Ports 9-1 Tuesday night at Thurman Field. The win was Modesto’s seventh in eight games against the Ports in the second half.

Jack Wynkoop (4-2), comfortable after two runs by the Nuts in the first inning, struck out three and gave up only an unearned run in six innings. Craig Schlitter and Yoely Bello combined for three innings of shutout relief.

11 Hits Tuesday night by the Modesto Nuts

Outfielder Ryan Stephens, who joined Modesto over the weekend, figured prominently in the Nuts’ second straight win. He drove in Modesto’s second run in the first inning with a groundout and had a sacrifice fly in the third.

Shane Hoelscher, Josh Fuentes and Forrest Wall had two hits apiece for Modesto. Fuentes’ two-run single in the sixth was the big blow, as Modesto all but clinched the victory with five runs. The top four in the Nuts’ lineup accounted for seven of Modesto’s 11 hits. Robbie Perkins also starred with two hits and two runs.