Quakes down Lancaster on walk-off grand slam, 6-3

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It was a game that ended with Scott Schebler’s walk-off grand slam a thrilling moment for the Quakes to win their first game this season when trailing after eight innings. Now only Lake Elsinore and San Jose are winless in those situations.

But this was a game with plenty of nuances:

  • If Lancaster manager Rodney Linares doesn’t take Telvin Nash out of the game after he was hit by a pitch (and yapping with Quakes starter Gustavo Gomez) in the sixth innings, then Carlos Perdomo isn’t playing third and might not be making the error that started the bottom of the ninth.
  • Lancaster was 2 for 13 with runner in scoring position. They also had a runner thrown out in each of the last three innings at home or in a rundown between third and home.
  • Each team had a strikeout/wild pitch that either scored a run or kept an inning alive to allow a run to score later.
  • What impact did it have bringing in Lancaster closer Travis Ballew in the eighth inning trying to get a four-out save?
  • If Scott Wingo, who has good speed and bunts well, doesn’t get that bunt down with 2 on and 0 outs in the ninth, do the Quakes win? The bunt was thrown away, allowing a run to score and putting the winning run in scoring position.
  • The Quakes did not get a single runner into scoring position in any of the first six innings, yet won.
  • Scott Schebler’s grand slam was the Quakes’ second this season (the other was by Darnell Sweeney) and first in the league since June 16, the longest gap without one this season.