Five straight Rawhide players reached base to begin the game against Modesto starter Cory Riordan, leading to a three-run first inning. First baseman Ryne White singled in Taylor Harbin for one of those runs, then drove in leadoff hitter Ollie Linton with a single in the second inning. White then doubled in both Harbin and Linton with a single clout to right field in the sixth.
Linton reached base in four of his five plate appearances, drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in his other trip to the plate, and scored three times, wreaking his usual havoc on the base paths. He stole a base, scored from first on a double, and beat out an ill-advised throw to second base on an attempted sacrifice bunt.
Patrick McAnaney improved to 2-0 by fanning five and walking just one in five innings. He allowed two runs, though only one was earned as a bobble by right fielder Greg Thomson allowed Michael Mitchell to score in the third. The former Virginia star's ERA remains at 1.80 for the year.
Reliever Thomas Layne exhibited uncharacteristic wildness in the sixth, walking the bases loaded after a one-out single and eventually surrendering two runs. Jeff Dietz continued his strong start to the season by fanning four in the next two innings without allowing a hit and Leyson Septimo finished things off with his first save of the season.
The Nuts have two more cracks at handing the Rawhide their first loss of the season before the Bakersfield Blaze come to town Tuesday and try to slow down the Rawhide stampede.
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