San Jose, CA- The Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino fell for the second straight game at San Jose despite a late-inning comeback, dropping a 4-3 decision at Excite Ballpark on Tuesday. Inland Empire (18-21) got dominant relief pitching from Brett Hanewich who tossed 2.2 IP of perfect baseball striking out six batters including a stretch of five in a row.
The Giants (16-23) loaded the bases with no outs in the first against IE starter Kyle Bradish (2-2) and the righty almost got out of it on one pitch. David Villar hit a grounder to third baseman Franklin Torres who stepped on his bag, went to second for out number two and then on to first for an apparent inning-ending triple-play. Villar, however, was ruled safe on the close play allowing a run to come home. San Jose added two more in the third and another in the fifth when Bryce Johnson doubled home a run making it 4-0. The two-bagger was Johnson's third hit of the game and knocked in his second run; he also stole a base. Meanwhile Matt Frisbee (2-2) was rolling for the Giants as he allowed three hits and one walk over six innings with eight Ks. The Sixers made it tight when, following singles against reliever Olbis Parra from Kevin Williams Jr. and Gleyvin Pineda, Ryan Scott lifted a fly to left that was dropped for an error allowing one run to score. Franklin Torres followed with a two-run single cutting the lead to 4-3. The 66ers got a runner to third in the eighth and two men on in the ninth but could not push any home as Caleb Simpson picked up his first save of the year for the Giants. The 66ers were 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position in the contest. Kyle Survance Jr. extended his hit streak to six games for Inland Empire.
The series continues Wednesday at 6:30 pm. The contest can be heard live at 66ers.com.
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