While they lead the league in average attendance per game – and have shown well in front of the home crowd – the Quakes have been sorely lacking when traveling. An 18-10 mark at the Epicenter is lost on a league-worst 7-16 record on the road. After going 14-11 during April, they have slumped to 11-15 during May.
Rancho is 19-4 when they lead after five innings of play but their 2-16 record when trailing after five frames is the worst in the league.
They have played more one-run games than any team in the league, going 10-10 but when the gap widens to three or more runs they are at the bottom of the California League with a 5-11 record. Part of the problem is they are the only team not to have secured a double-digit run total all season.
The Quakes .224 cumulative average ranks tenth in a 10-team league, 19 points behind ninth-place San Jose. They are the only team not to score 250 runs yet this year, falling shy of that mark but 66 runs at 184. The Quakes are also the only team not to secure 400 hits on the year with 375 and their 23 homers rank dead last. They have also drawn the fewest walks with 148 and have struck out more than all but one team, giving them a meager .290 on base percentage.
The only category where they lead the league is in the stolen base department with 25. Brad Coon ranks second in the league with his 22 thefts and Hainley Statia has swiped 12. Coon leads the team in hitting with a .302 average, the only regular who is hitting above .272.
Nate Sutton leads the home barrage with a 16-game hitting streak at the Epicenter – the top mark in the league. He is hitting .4199 over the current stretch with a .486 on base percentage. Jordan Renz and Coon had 12 and 10-game hitting streaks at home, respectively. Renz has a beat on the team homer (8) and RBI (32) lead but has also struck out 67 times in 178 at bats.
The Quakes are second in the league with a 3.69 ERA and saves at 15. They have tossed three shutouts on the year and have allowed just 32 homers – third best in California.
Brok Butcher sits at the head of the class with a 1.77 ERA but despite allowing two runs or less in eight of his outings and never more than three runs in any he is just 3-3 on the season. The opposition, meanwhile is hitting just .191 off him with runners in scoring position and he has racked up 66 innings pitched, trailing only Brandon Hynick of Modesto. He is also one of only four pitchers to notch a complete game.
Darren O’Day and his nine saves sit second to Andrew Johnston of Modesto (11). O’Day began the year with a scoreless streak that spanned 14 relief appearances and 13.1 innings, allowing six hits and three walks while whiffing 16 over that span. The side-armer has held right-handers to four hits in 35 at bats and has allowed just one hit in 14 at bats with runners in scoring position.
The Quakes are fourth in the league with a .973 fielding percentage and pace the circuit in double plays turned (58). Sutton is the top fielding second baseman among those who qualify with a .978 mark, committing five errors in 232 total chances. Dallas Morris also leads his position; his three miscues in 121 chances have given him a .975 fielding percentage.
The Quakes have also thrown out 33.8 percent of the runners attempting to steal, 22-for-65. Ben Johnson caught 11-of-26 would be thieves and it would be unwise to steal against Francisco Rodriguez – teams have been thrown out 80 percent of the time when he is on the mound. Robert Mosebach isn’t that far behind – he has held the runners close as his catchers have nailed 5-of-7 baserunners.