San Jose, CA - Zach Borenstein blasted his league leading 27th home run of the season, but the Inland Empire 66ers (68-71, 31-38) dropped a third straight game to the San Jose Giants (83-56-40-29) Sunday, with a 6-2 final.
Entering the 7th it was all bad news for the 66ers. They had been one hit by the Giants starter Adalberto Mejia, two errors in the field had led to two unearned runs for San Jose and the 66ers were trailing 6-0. But in the 7th California League MVP Zach Borenstein woke up his team with his second home run in as many days to get Inland Empire on the board. Brian Hernandez followed with a home run of his own to make it a 6-2 score, but the 66ers were silenced from that point on.
Inland Empire still does not know whom they will face in the opening round of the playoffs, but the likely candidate is Rancho Cucamonga, who holds a 1 ½ game lead for the second wild card position. The 66ers went 16-8 against the Quakes in the regular season, including a 9-3 mark at home.
Inland Empire wraps the 2013 regular season Monday in San Jose. The first pitch is scheduled for 2:00 and the game can be heard on the 66ers flagship radio station, AM 1050 KCAA. For information on tickets to the 66ers playoff game at San Manuel Stadium on Thursday, September 5th, contact the 66ers front office at (909)888-9922.
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