Lancaster, CA- The Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino matched a season-high in runs scored for a second consecutive day and set a new season-best for hit with 18 in a 13-10 victory over the Lancaster JetHawks on Sunday. The win was the Sixers second straight (both 13-10 games) for the Sixers and earned them a split of the four games series after dropping their first two of the series and first six of the year at Lancaster.
Ten of Inland Empire's 18 hits were for extra bases as they had a season-best seven doubles and clubbed three homers. The 66ers (29-34) got a career day from Cody Ramer at the plate who was 4-for-5 with a double and a mammoth two-run ninth inning homer. It was the University of Arizona product's first round-tripper of the season. Taylor Ward, batting leadoff had three hits as did Kyle Survance Jr. For the second consecutive game Troy Montgomery drilled a homer (4) and notched a double while Matt Thaiss had a pair of doubles and two RBI. In his return from the disabled list Brendon Sanger drilled a two-run homer (4) as well as a single and took a walk after not playing in a game since May 21st.
Sixers starter Jose Rodriguez weathered a six-run outburst from Lancaster (33-30) in the fourth inning gutted his way through five innings allowing seven runs on ten hits with two walks and two Ks. He was the beneficiary of the Sixers unloading five runs in the top of the sixth against JetHawks starter Peter Lambert (4-6). Rodriguez improved to 6-5 on the year. Jeremy Rhoades and Garrett Nuss (SV, 1) kept the JetHawks in check the rest of the way. Rhoades ran his stretch of consecutive batters retired to 22 before a seventh inning base hit.
Lancaster got a homer from Sam Hilliard, his third consecutive day with a dinger, giving him 11 on the season. Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Ramos each had three hit games for the JetHawks. Rodgers now has hit safely in a league-best 19 straight and is atop the circuit with a .402 batting average.
The Sixers open a series at Rancho Cucamonga on Monday beginning at 7:05 pm. The contest can be heard live on 66ers.com.
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