San Bernardino, CA- The Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino downed the Lancaster JetHawks 5-2 on Thursday to split a four-game set. Inland Empire (35-43, 5-3) had its pace on the mound set by Major Leaguer Bud Norris who appeared on a MLB injury rehab assignment from the Angels and allowed one hit with no walks and struck out the side in his one inning of work to start the game. The rest of the bullpen followed suit allowing just two more hits the rest of the way led by Sean Isaac's 3.2 innings of no-hit, one walk ball with five Ks. Isaac (1-0) was credited with his first California League win.
The Sixers were held in check by Lancaster (40-38, 2-6) starter Helmis Rodriguez (1-2) through four frames but got on the board I the fifth when Jose Rojas legged out an infield single. Brendon Sanger then followed with a two-run blast to right, his eight of the season. The Sixers did not score again until the seventh when Sanger doubled against reliver Alexander Guillen. With two on in the frame Matt Thaiss hammered a three-run homer to right on a 3-0 pitch for a 5-0 lead. It was his eighth homer of the year.
The JetHawks got two-unearned run in the ninth to spoil a shutout bid by the Sixers on Mylz Jones' two-run single. Sam Hilliard singled and stole a base for the JetHawks, his 21st of the year.
The Sixers open a series at Lake Elsinore on Friday 7:05 pm. The contest can be heard live on 66ers.com.
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