Lancaster, CA -After experience heartbreak the night before, elation was the emotion for the Inland Empire 66ers (63-60, 26-27) who wrapped the season series with the Lancaster JetHawks (72-51, 33-20) with an 8-2 victory.
The early action saw starter Drew Rucinski engaged in his second consecutive pitchers' duel with the independent Frontier league veteran matching zeros with his Lancaster counterpart through four frames. In the 5th the 66ers offense was sparked by outfielder Andy Workman who hit his second home run of the series to give Inland Empire a 1-0 lead. The team would add an RBI bunt from Eric Stamets and a two run single from Michael Snyder to make it 4-0 at the end of the inning.
Back on the mound, Rucinski continued to deal, finishing six frames while permitting just two runs on seven hits for his second straight quality start since being signed by the Angels. Inland Empire added runs in the 6th on a Joel Capote RBI triple, and scored two more on JetHawk errors in the inning. The cherry on top came from Zach Borenstein who blasted his team leading 24th home run of the season in the 8th to give the 66ers their 8-2 winning margin. The home run for Borenstein moves him onto the 66ers all time top 10 list for home runs in a season, matching Lamont Matthews 2000 season and Adam Riggs 1995 campaign where they each had 24 bombs.
With the win and the other results from the California League South, Inland Empire saw its magic number drop to 10 to qualify for the postseason, and the 1st round home field advantage magic number reduced to 13. The 66ers will visit San Jose for a three game series starting on Friday. The game starts at 7:00 and can be heard on AM 1050 KCAA. The 66ers final home stand of the 2013 season begins Tuesday, August 20th, and includes a Fireworks extravaganza on Friday, August 23rd. For more information on 66ers tickets or to schedule your next fun filled group outing, contact the 66ers front office at (909)888-9922.