San Bernardino, CA - It was a great night for pitching on the final night of the regular season at San Manuel Stadium, but the Inland Empire 66ers (67-66, 30-33) could not scratch out enough runs and with three errors in the field gave up a 3-1 decision to the High Desert Mavericks (61-71, 27-35).
Drew Rucinski made his final start of the regular season on the San Manuel Stadium mound hoping to pick up a fourth straight quality start since being signed by the Angels out of the Frontier League. Rucinski did not disappoint, but his defense disappointed him slightly. An errant throw in the first cost the 66ers a run, and two missed throws in the second led to the Mavs picking up a 3-0 lead.
Rucinski did not give up an earned run in his seven innings of work, but his offense only gave him one run of support, a 5th inning home run by California League All Star Michael Snyder. The blast was Snyder's 24th of the season and put him on the 66ers single season top 10 list. But that would be all the offense the 66ers could muster, and so despite not allowing an earned run, the team lost 3-1.
The 66ers now embark on the final road trip of the regular season. It begins Tuesday in Modesto where the 66ers will take on the Colorado Rockies High-A affiliate the Nuts. For more information on 66ers tickets or to schedule your next fun filled group outing, contact the 66ers front office at (909)888-9922.
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