SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - One night after an 11-run, 14-hit outburst, the Stockton Ports' offensive woes versus the Inland Empire 66ers returned on Tuesday night at San Manuel Stadium. Stockton mustered only four hits as they were shut out 3-0 by the 66ers, the sixth time they've been shut out on the season.
Inland Empire scored their first two runs in the second inning. With two on and two out, Riley Good lined a triple to the gap in right-center to give the 66ers a 2-0 lead. The 66ers added a run in the third. With runners at the corners and one out, Dennis Raben reached on a fielder's choice to bring in a run and make it a 3-0 game.
Ports starter Chris Lamb (3-2) went on to retire nine of the final 10 batters he faced but suffered the loss, going five innings and allowing three runs on three hits while striking out five.
Stockton's lone quality scoring chance came in the third. With runners at the corners and one out, 66ers starter Tyler DeLoach (10-4) recorded back-to-back strikeouts of Zeke DeVoss and Chad Pinder to escape the jam.
DeLoach went on to retire 11 of the final 12 batters he faced to pick up the victory, going six innings and allowing three hits while striking out seven.
Mark Sappington and Kurt Spomer (SV, 7) went on to retire nine of the final 10 Stockton hitters to close out the ballgame. Spomer set the side down in order in the ninth to pick up his seventh save of the season and his second save of the series. The 66ers pitching staff combined to retire 17 of the final 18 Ports batters in the contest.
Stockton pitching combined to retire 10 straight batters to close out the game. Omar Duran, Jonathan Joseph and Austin House each pitched a scoreless inning in relief for the Ports.
Following a day off on Wednesday, the Ports return home to begin a seven-game homestand starting with a four-game set with the Lancaster JetHawks on Thursday. Yeiper Castillo (1-1, 9.00 ERA) is scheduled to make the start for Stockton, opposed by Lancaster right-hander Mark Appel (1-5, 10.80 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PDT.