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April 6, 2005
Micah McDaniel
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 3
Azusa Pacific 2

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. -- Rancho Cucamonga, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s Single-A affiliate, erased an early 2-0 deficit, tying the game with 2 runs in the second and then getting the winning run in the fourth to sneak past Azusa Pacific, 3-2, in a 7-inning exhibition Wednesday night at The Epicenter.

Four Cougar pitchers combined to scatter just 5 hits. Kelly Strickland went 3 innings, giving up an RBI double in the fourth that proved to be the winning run. He struck out 3. Jason Ray started and retired the side in the first on 12 pitches while recording a strikeout.

Jeff Staniland was 2-for-3 with a walk. In the first, he followed a single by Coba Canales with a double to the right field wall. After Stephen Vogt walked, Joe Morrison delivered a 2-out single to right to give the Cougars a quick 2-0 lead off starter Dustin Mosely. The Cougars sent 8 batters to the plate.

Mosely, who was acquired by the Angels in the Ramon Ortiz trade, is headed to Salt Lake after the game where he will start the season with the Triple-A club. He went 4 innings before being lifted.

The Quakes tied the game in the second off reliever Brandon Sisk. They got a leadoff single, followed by a walk. A comebacker to Sisk put runners at second and third with one out, and the Quakes tied the game with a 2-RBI single before Sisk got out of the inning.

The Cougars nearly tied the game in the seventh. Canales struck out, but after the Quakes’ catcher dropped the ball, he reached first. Staniland walked to put the tying run on second, and Nick Pursell followed with a 2-out single, but Canales was thrown out trying to score to end the game.

The Cougars finished with just 5 hits.

Jake Boyle tossed a scoreless sixth, and although the Cougars still trailed after their at-bat in the seventh, because it was an exhibition, the Quakes still hit in the bottom of the inning. Scott Hodsdon tossed a scoreless seventh, facing just 4 batters.

Morrison finished 1-for-2 with the Cougars’ lone RBIs. The Cougars return to their regular-season schedule Friday when they host California Baptist at 3 p.m.

The Quakes, who defeated Cal Poly Pomona, 4-0, in an exhibition last night, begin their season Thursday night at Lake Elsinore.