Although the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes are off to a rough 10-15 start thus far in the 2012 season (4.5 GB), they have had their moments and Sunday was one of those moments as Quakes right hander Andres Santiago tossed 6.2 scoreless innings to lead the Quakes to a 6-0 shutout of the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres). Santiago allowed only two hits while striking out a career high 11 and walking none to earn his second win of the season (against one loss) improving his ERA to an excellent 2.22.
Santiago was relieved in the seventh inning by right hander Scott McGough who also pitched well in his 1.1 inning of work allowing no runs and only one hit with a strikeout and no walks. And though not a save situation, Quakes right-handed closer Logan Bawcom continued his dominance of the Cal League by striking out the side in the bottom of the 9th to secure the shutout.
The Quakes finally broke out of their offensive slump on Sunday as well, gathering a season high14 hits including six doubles. Designated Hitter Austin Gallagher led the hit parade going 3 for 5 with a double, 3 RBIs and a run scored. First Baseman Chris Jacobs also went 3 for 5 while third baseman C.J. Retherford continued his hot hitting going 2 for 4, as did right fielder Nick Akins.
After 26 straight days that included one rainout and a subsequent doubleheader and coming off of a grueling 2-5 road trip, the Quakes finally get their first day off of the season on Monday before beginning a six-game home stand at the Epicenter.