Quakes pitching better, hitting worse

One game after allowing 17 runs for the second straight game, the Quakes had a more reasonable performance, yielding only five runs at hitter-friendly Stater Bros. Stadium on Wednesday night.

But the Quakes themselves could manage only six hits in a 5-1 loss to the Mavericks. Hank Conger was the only Quake with multiple hits. He was 2-for-4 with the team’s lone extra-base hit, a double.

The Quakes had tied the score 1-1 in the top of the seventh when P.J. Phillips’ RBI single scored Mark Trumbo. But in the bottom of the inning, the Mavericks scored four runs against starter Tommy Mendoza (3-7) and reliever Brian Chambers, making his first appearance for the team. Carlos Peguero’s single scored Greg Halman with the go-ahead run with no outs.

The Quakes also committed five errors on the game, but only one of the runs was unearned.