Quentin Remains Hot In Win Over Sac State

Carlos Quentin once again led the Stanford offense as he rapped out three hits including a home run in the Cardinal's 5-1 victory at Sacramento State on Tuesday afternoon. Danny Putnam also homered for Stanford while four pitchers combined to shut down the Sac State hitters. Read on for a complete recap.

Solid pitching and defense once again carried Stanford as the Cardinal defeated the Sacramento State Hornets 5-1 on a pleasant Tuesday afternoon at Hornet Field.  Four Stanford pitchers combined to give up just seven hits while walking just one.  Defensively, the Cardinal didn't commit an error for the third time in the last five games.  Offensively, it was again the Carlos Quentin show as the junior right fielder finished 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI.  His hitting streak now stands at 26 games while his batting average currently sits at .434.  

Kodiak Quick got the starting call today, his first starting assignment at Stanford.  The freshman righthander dazzled as he fired three scoreless innings.  He gave up just two singles while walking none.  The slider looked great and was a big reason why he struck out four.  

The Stanford hitters couldn't muster much offense early against Sac State starter Chris Kinsey.  Kinsey came into the game with the lowest ERA on the staff (3.15) along with a team-leading 70 K's.  The Cardinal hitters recorded only two hits (a Quentin two-out double in the first and a Fuld two-out single in the third) over the first three frames.  Finally in the fourth, Stanford broke through against Kinsey.  Quentin began the inning with a single into left and then Ryan Garko singled to put runners on the corners.  Hot hitting Danny Putnam then stepped up and singled to right easily scoring Quentin to put Stanford in front 1-0.  That would be all the Cardinal would get in the inning though as after a Donny Lucy sacrifice bunt, Chris Carter popped out and Jonny Ash lined out.

Jonny Dyer relieved Quick to start the fourth and on his first pitch gave up a home run to Chris Kinsey (who doubles as a hitter) to straight away center field.  Dyer quickly retired the next three hitters to keep the score tied.

The Cardinal went ahead for good in the fifth with three runs thanks in large part to some shoddy Sac State defense.  Tobin Swope led the inning off by striking out on a pitch in the dirt.  Swope broke for first place and made it safely when Hornets catcher Matt Wilson fired the ball over the first baseman's head and into right field.  The ball went so far down the line that Swope raced into third base easily.  Fuld followed with a walk and then Brian Hall flied out to center which scored Swope from third.  Then came Carlos Quentin and the slugger smoked a home run to left, his fifth bomb of the year, to put Stanford in front 4-1.

In the bottom of the fifth, Jonny Dyer loaded the bases with two outs and was removed from the game in favor of Ryan McCally.  McCally was appearing out of the bullpen for the first time since opening day on January 25th.  The senior righthander needed just two pitches to induce the #3 hitter Kinsey to fly out to center to end the threat.

McCally went back to work in the sixth and gave up a one out single, but promptly struck out the next two hitters.  He worked a 1-2-3 seventh inning as his slider had all kinds of movement on it.

Stanford added an insurance run in the top of the eighth when Danny Putnam blasted a no-doubt-about-it home run to right center field, his third homer in the last two games.  McCally quickly set down the first two hitters in the bottom of the eighth, but then consecutive singles by Mikela Olsen and Jesse Schmidt ended his afternoon.  Freshman Matt Manship was brought into pitch and he finished the inning with a strike out of John Acha to keep the score at 5-1.  Manship finished off the Hornets with a 1-2-3 ninth on a strike out and two ground outs.

Game Notes:
* Carlos Quentin's hitting streak now stands at 26 games with a 3-for-4 performance today.  He also hit his team-leading 20th double of the year along with his fifth homer.

* Danny Putnam was the only other Stanford hitter with a multi-hit game as the sophomore left fielder finished 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI.  Putnam is now tied with Ryan Garko for the team lead in home runs with nine.

* Solid pitching all the way around today for Stanford as Kodiak Quick and Ryan McCally each threw three scoreless innings while Matt Manship earned his fourth save of the year as he set down all four batters he faced.

* Stanford has now committed just two errors in the last five games.

* The Cardinal have won 18 of their last 22 games and are 24-6 since starting 3-5 this year.  Stanford has also won seven consecutive road games dating back to the Arizona State series in late March.

Stanford          0 0 0  1 3 0  0 1 0   -   5   8   0
Sacramento State  0 0 0  1 0 0  0 0 0   -   1   7   1

WP: Jonny Dyer (1-1)
LP: Chris Kinsey (5-4)
S: Matt Manship (4)

HR: Stanford - Carlos Quentin (5), Danny Putnam (9) ; Sacramento State - Chris Kinsey (6)

Records: #4 Stanford (27-11), Sacramento State (24-17)

* The Cardinal will be back in action this weekend when they host the Arizona Wildcats for three games.  Stanford enters the weekend at 9-3 in Pac-10 play, two games ahead of both Arizona and Arizona State.  Game time on Friday is scheduled for 6:00pm while Saturday's and Sunday's games will start at 1:00pm.

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