Things were looking dire for the Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino on Sunday as the Sixer trailed Modesto 5-1 with two outs in the eighth. with nobody on base. Inland Empire (45-49, 15-9) however scored seven times as nine consecutive batters reached base and took game-one of a three-game series 8-5. The win was the Sixers third straight and their fourth of the seven-game road trip to the Northern Division.
The Sixers drew first blood in the this one as Brennon Lund doubled off the wall against starter Nathan Bannister and came home on a two-out RBI single from Jordan Zimmerman for a 1-0 lead. Modesto (53-41, 14-10) then took a lead in the second when Nuts' 3B Kevin Santa hit his first professional homer, a two-run job to right for a 2-1 lead. Modesto added another run on Kevin Filia's sac fly to left against Sean Isaac making a spot start for Inland Empire. Filia added another sac fly to left in the fourth and Luis Liberato's solo homer (3) in the fifth made it 5-1. The Sixers had been stymied for the most part until the dam broke with two outs in the eighth. The Sixers did not have walk offensively until Jared Walsh took his to start the nine-batter parade. Keith Grieshaber followed with a singled as did Cody Ramer to load the bases. Lund then rapped a two-run singled against new reliever Lukas Schiraldi making it 5-3. Troy Montgomery walked to load the bags and Taylor Ward walked to make it 5-4. The Sixers then scored their next three runs on wild pitches from Schiraldi (2-1) to take a 7-5 lead. Connor Justus capped the scoring with a RBI single. Samil De Los Santos (3-1) tossed the final three innings for the win for the 66ers. Lund tallied his third straight three-hit game; he's had multi-hit games in five consecutive contests and eight of his last 10. Jordan Zimmerman, Grieshaber and Ramer each had two hits. Troy Montgomery had a singled to continue his hit streak to 19-games. Lund, Grieshaber and Montgomery all had steals. Inland Empire did not have a base-on-balls for the first 6.2 innings of the game and finished with nine.
The series continues Monday at 7:05 pm. The contest can be heard live at 66ers.com.
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