Inland Empire Pitchers Smother Rancho, Whiff 17

By Inland Empire 66ers | April 13, 2018 12:44 PM ET

San Bernardino, CA- The Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino were 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position, made three errors, scratched out only five hits…it proved to be part of a perfect recipe as the Sixers spoiled Rancho Cucamonga's home opener with a 5-4 win. Inland Empire (5-3) received another dominating pitching performance from its staff striking out 17 Quakes and walking just one batter.

The Sixers scored first in the third when Jared Walsh launched a solo homer, his first, off Quakes starter Jordan Sheffield (0-1). Later that inning, Jonah Todd delivered a RBI double making it 2-0. Todd finished 2-for-3 with two walks, one RBI and a stolen base. The Sixers added to a 2-1 lead in fourth when Jahmai Jones took a bases loaded walk and Walsh came through with a sac fly for his second RBI of the game. Inland Empire tacked on a run in the eight making it 5-2 when Jordan Zimmerman came home on a wild pitch by Rancho Cucamonga (2-6) reliever Andrew Istler. The Quakes did score two in the ninth making it 5-4, but Kyle Halbohn (SV, 1) fittingly struck a man out to end the game for K number 17. Hard to believe as it is, it was only the second highest K total this year for Inland Empire as they fanned San Jose Giants on April 7th. Jose Suarez went four innings fanning eight and issuing the lone walk with two hit batsmen on Thursday. The 20-year-old has now fanned 18 in nine frames this season. Tyler Stevens earned the win w/ two shutout innings with one hit allowed and five K's; Stevens gave up a leadoff triple to Jeren Kendall in the fifth but stranded him by striking out the next three batters. Adrian Alameida whiffed two in a perfect sixth.

Inland Empire continues the series at Rancho Cucamonga on Friday at 7:05 pm. The contest can be heard live at 66ers.com

San Bernardino, CA- The Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino were 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position, made three errors, scratched out only five hits…it proved to be part of a perfect recipe as the Sixers spoiled Rancho Cucamonga's home opener with a 5-4 win. Inland Empire (5-3) received another dominating pitching performance from its staff striking out 17 Quakes and walking just one batter.

The Sixers scored first in the third when Jared Walsh launched a solo homer, his first, off Quakes starter Jordan Sheffield (0-1). Later that inning, Jonah Todd delivered a RBI double making it 2-0. Todd finished 2-for-3 with two walks, one RBI and a stolen base. The Sixers added to a 2-1 lead in fourth when Jahmai Jones took a bases loaded walk and Walsh came through with a sac fly for his second RBI of the game. Inland Empire tacked on a run in the eight making it 5-2 when Jordan Zimmerman came home on a wild pitch by Rancho Cucamonga (2-6) reliever Andrew Istler. The Quakes did score two in the ninth making it 5-4, but Kyle Halbohn (SV, 1) fittingly struck a man out to end the game for K number 17. Hard to believe as it is, it was only the second highest K total this year for Inland Empire as they fanned San Jose Giants on April 7th. Jose Suarez went four innings fanning eight and issuing the lone walk with two hit batsmen on Thursday. The 20-year-old has now fanned 18 in nine frames this season. Tyler Stevens earned the win w/ two shutout innings with one hit allowed and five K's; Stevens gave up a leadoff triple to Jeren Kendall in the fifth but stranded him by striking out the next three batters. Adrian Alameida whiffed two in a perfect sixth.

Inland Empire continues the series at Rancho Cucamonga on Friday at 7:05 pm. The contest can be heard live at 66ers.com

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