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Nuts sweep Ports, run win streak to 10
Bulletin sports fall 2021
Stockton's Lawrence Butler avoids getting doubled up at first as Modesto's Robert Perez Jr. chases the ball during the first of two games Sunday at John Thurman Field. - photo by Dave Campbell

MODESTO — The Modesto Nuts ran their winning streak to 10 games Sunday, sweeping a rare double-header with the visiting Stockton Ports and marking a sweep of the six-game series at John Thurman Field.

The series finale was transformed into a double header as a result of postponing Wednesday’s game due to poor air quality.

Sunday’s games were scheduled for seven innings apiece, but it took eight for the Nuts (53-43) to win the nightcap 5-4.

Trailing 4-3 going into the bottom of the eight, Modesto’s Spencer Packard scored from third on a fielder’s choice by Colin Davis to tie the game. Davis got to second when Brett Rodriguez was hit by a pitch and took third on a wild pitch. Andy Thomas ended the game on a sacrifice fly to left, plating Davis for the Nuts’ third walk-off win of the series.

Matt Cross (2 for 3, two RBI, two doubles, run) doubled in T.J. Schofield-Sam in the top of the eighth to give the Ports (38-58) their short-lived 4-3 lead. Kevin Richards tripled for Stockton, going 2 for 4 with two RBI. Joshwan Wright went 2 for 3 with a double and two runs.

Modesto’s Jimmy Kingsbury pitched five shutout innings in the opener, earning his first professional win and leading the Nuts to a 10-0 win.

While Kingsbury was on point, the Ports pitching was not. Stockton walked nine batters and two Nuts runs came via wild pitches.             

Alberto Rodriguez went 2 for 4 for Modesto, belting a two-RBI triple and scoring twice. Corey Rosier reached base three times and scored three runs for the Nuts. Teammate Noelvi Marte doubled and scored two runs.

The Ports managed just four hits with Junior Perez getting a double.