San Bernardino, CA- The Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino saw its four-game win-streak halted on Wednesday as the Lake Elsinore Storm downed the Sixers 4-3 in ten innings. Chris Baker delivered a RBI double with two-outs for the Storm in the top of the extra frame to snap Lake Elsinore's six-game losing streak.
Lake Elsinore (4-9) got three runs in the fourth inning against IE starter Jose Rodriguez when Baker opened with a single. He moved to second on a ground out and came home on Michael Gettys' RBI single to right. Josh Naylor then drilled an offering out to right for his second homer on the season and in consecutive days to give the Storm a 3-0 lead. Rodriguez went 6.2 innings for Inland Empire (6-7). Other than the fourth frame where eight men came to the plate, he faced only one batter over the minimum in his other 5.2 innings of work.
The 66ers were handcuffed by Storm starter Joey Lucchesi. The southpaw no-hit the Sixers through five innings and finished allowing just one hit and three walks with eight Ks in six innings pitched. He would get a no-decision however as Inland Empire scored three times in the seventh to tie the game 3-3. After two quick outs, Storm reliever Jose Castillo got wild and walked three consecutive batters before Brendon Sanger banged a two-run single up the box to make it 3-2. Reliever TJ Weir (1-0) came in and wild pitched home the tying run.
Weir settled down and went 2.1 scoreless innings. In the tenth with two outs, Baker tomahawked a 0-2 pitch from IE reliever Tyler Warmoth (1-1) for what proved to be the game-winning RBI double. Jose Ruiz tossed a clean bottom of the tenth for his first save of the year. Sanger had two hits, a walk and two RBI for Inland Empire; the Boca Raton, FL product had not had a hit since April 7th.
The series concludes Thursday at 7:05 pm. The contest can be heard live at 66ers.com.
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