Lancaster, CA- The Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino fell behind the Lancaster JetHawks 5-0 in the second innings at The Hangar on Sunday but rallied before falling 5-4 stranding two men in scoring position in the ninth. The 66ers were just 3-for-15 in the contest and fell to 65-74 on the season and 35-34 in the second half as they dropped their second consecutive game to the JetHawks.
Sixers starter Nate Bertness (1-2) gave up a leadoff homer to Avery Romero (6th) to open the second and a Lancaster (78-61, 40-29) lead of 1-0. After two outs an error extended the inning and the JetHawks capitalized as scoring four more runs highlighted by Wilson Soriano's two-run triple and Garrett Hampson's two-run homer, his eighth, for a 5-0 lead. The JetHawks did not score again. Inland Empire chipped away. The Sixes scored twice in the third getting an RBI double from Jordan Serena and a RBI single from Jared Walsh but the Sixers stranded two runners when Soriano made a fine running catch on Kyle Survance Jr.'s deep drive to right. Walsh delivered another RBI single in the fifth making it 5-3 but again the Sixers left two men on base. Inland Empire had runners at first and third in the eighth but got just one run in on a double play ball making it 5-4 but again stranded a runner at second. In the ninth the Sixers had runners at second and third with one out but a fielder's choice at the plate kept the game in Lancaster's favor 5-4. Inland Empire ended the game on a ground out with runners at second and third giving them nine runners left on base in the game, seven in scoring position. Ty Culbreth improved to 7-1 with six innings of work for the JetHawks while Alexander Guillen walked tightrope to earn his 12th save. Guillen's success snapped a stretch of five consecutive home games for the JetHawks in which they have blown ninth inning leads.
The series and season conclude Sunday at 2:05 pm from Lancaster. The contest can be heard live at 66ers.com.
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