Josiah De Los Santos pitched around trouble all night, and the Nuts bullpen shut the door over the last 3 innings to give Modesto(14-5) a win over the struggling Visalia Rawhide(4-15) and continue a hot start to the season.
The Nuts offense was paced by catcher Matt Scheffler and Cesar Izturis Jr, who both went 2-5 with 2 RBI, and Daniel Gomez, who had 3 hits and scored three times for Modesto. De Los Santos allowed 2 runs on wild pitches, but buckled down repeatedly in the middle innings to stop Visalia rallies.
Juan Mercedes allowed only 1 run in his 2 innings of work, while Luis Curvelo, and Travis Kuhn each put up zeroes to close out the game.
Modesto has returned home for a 6-game homestand, and will face Visalia 5 more times this week, before hitting the road again to face San Jose.
Dan Rogers contributed this report.
Stockton Heat Hockey Team Announces Move to Calgary
STOCKTON – The Stockton Heat, AHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames, announced its decision to move to Canada Monday.
The move makes the current season Stockton’s final. The team will begin playing in Calgary for the 2022-2023 season.
“Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation have appreciated the partnership with the City of Stockton since our arrival in 2015,” read a quote from General Manager Brad Pascall. The press release went on to say “We especially would like to say thank you to the Heat fans who loyally supported the team and continue to throughout the 2022 AHL Playoffs.”
Rumors of the teams decision to move are not new to fans. A taste of the move was given in January of 2021 when the team also made a decision to play in Calgary, citing COVID-19 concerns.
No further details regarding the move were provided Monday.
Kings’ Energy Fades Against Clippers
Story and photos by Dan Rogers
STOCKTON – The temperatures during the winter months seems to drop by the minute once the sun goes down, and something similar seemed to happen to the hometown Kings in their 106-91 loss to the G-League Agua Caliente Clippers Friday night at Stockton Arena.
The Kings began the game by running out to 8-0 & 19-8 leads, led by returning center Emanuel Terry, who just completed a 3-game appearance with the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. Emanuel’s high-energy play was punctuated with a powerful dunk, that brought the Kings bench to their feet. However, the Kings seemed to lose that energy and edge and watched as their shots stopped falling, and the Clippers took the lead and extended it throughout the game.
The Agua Caliente Clippers were led by guard Nate Darling with 28 points and Center Moses Wright chipped with 18 for the victorious visitors.
Stockton point guard Jahmi’us Ramsey, returning from a stint with Sacramento, led all Kings scorers with 23 points, while Terry finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Stockton couldn’t regain their shooting touch from the first quarter, and ended the game shooting 37% from the field.
The Kings will travel to Santa Cruz on Monday for a Martin Luther King Day game against the Warriors. The kings will return home on Thursday, January 20th to face the Sioux Falls Sky Force. Game time is 7:00PM.
Stockton Kings Fall to Oklahoma City
Photos and Story by Dan Rogers
STOCKTON – A poor shooting night overall, and costly turnovers were the main villains in a 118-100 loss to the visiting Oklahoma City Blue on Sunday afternoon at the Stockton Arena.
Stockton’s offense featured five players in double figures, led by 22 from Matt Coleman II, but as a team the G-League Kings shot a subpar 40% from the field and 21% from the 3-point range.
OKC was paced by starting center Jaylen Hoard, who scored 25 points off several in-close opportunities. Power forward Scotty Hopson added 22 for the Blue, who used a bruising inside presence to gain an early advantage that they never relinquished. Most games the Kings have the advantage down low, but with center Neemias Queta playing for Sacramento these days, Stockton was left searching for answers in the paint.
The loss left Stockton’s record at 2-1 for the second half. They continue their homestand on Friday January 14th at the Stockton Arena against the Agua Caliente Clippers. Gametime is 7:00pm.
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