Quakes’ unlikely streak ends

I came back from a two-week vacation to find out that the Quakes have the appearance of an actual piching staff.

They stretched a scoreless inning streak to 29 inning before Stockton scored two runs in the ninth in a 7-2 Quakes victory on Tuesday. That was only seven innings short of tying the league record for consecutive shutout innings set by the Redwood Pioneers in June 1984.

The talent has been there, but not the execution until lately. In fact in June, the Quakes’ team ERA was an ugly 6.29. This was a team that lost back-to-back 17-7 games June 9 and 10, and allowed 50 runs in a four-game series at Stockton in April.

Yet, the Quakes have now allowed two runs or less in six of the last seven games. Impressive.