The Quakes really needed a victory. Even one that took 13 innings and four hours and 23 minutes to finish.
Gabe Jacobo’s bases-loaded single over a drawn-in outfield with one out in the 13th lifted the Quakes to a 4-3 victory over Modesto on Tuesday night at the Epicenter.
With the score tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 13th, Ivan Contreras led off with a hard grounder to the right of Modesto first baseman James Cesario, who knocked it down, but could not make a play, resulting in an error.
Alexi Amarista followed with another grounder to Cesario, who fielded it cleanly, but his throw to second was high for shortstop Thomas Field, pulling him off the second base bag. They were the only two errors for either team in the game.
Tyson Auer successfully sacrificed the runners along and Beau Brooks was intentionally walked. That’s when Jacobo lined an offering from Jonnathan Aristil (0-1) to left center that likely would’ve been a hit no matter where the outfielders were playing. His teammates had to chase him down to give him the helmet-pounding celebration. Jacobo drove in three of the Quakes’ four runs, including a solo homer earlier in the game.
The win went to Jeremy Haynes (1-0),who pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and was the only one of seven Quakes pitchers who didn’t walk a batter. Nuts batters walked 11 times; the Quakes drew only two walks. But Quakes relievers pitched out of trouble as Modesto went 2-for-20 with runners in scoring position, while the Quakes weren’t much better at 1-for-8.