SAN BERNARDINO – The final boxscore indicated only two 66er errors.
But if you watched the game, you several more mistakes.
And against the top hitting and pitching team in the league, that’s not going to produce many wins.
San Jose pounded out 18 hits and routed the Sixers 11-3 before 3,520 at Arrowhead Credit Union Park on Friday night. It was the most hits the Sixers allowed in a nine-inning game this season and tied for the most runs allowed.
San Jose (19-10) has defeated the Sixers (9-20) four times in five games this season, outscoring the Sixers 35-10 in those five games.
The first error was a sure double play ball hit by Brett Pill in the third inning that went through the legs of Sixers second baseman Jaime Pedroza for an error.
Later in the inning with runners on first and third with one out, San Jose stole a run. Pill took off for second base and Sixers catcher Carlos Santana didn’t look Pablo Sandoval back to third and instead threw to second. Sandoval scored easily before Pill was eventually tagged out.
In the sixth inning with a runner on first, Sharlon Schoop hit a pop fly that first baseman Drew Locke misplayed and it dropped in. Locke didn’t get an error because the runner on first was thrown out at second. The umpires never granted time and Schoop took second base before Sixers pitcher Garrett White got back to the mound.
The second error helped San Jose score the game’s final run in the ninth inning. That doesn’t include three wild pitches from Sixers starter Alberto Bastardo (0-2), who allowed five runs (four earned) in five innings.
Eduardo Perez had three hits to lead the Sixers attack.
Lancaster 9, Quakes 3
Jorge Jimenez had three hits and drove in four runs as the JetHawks (12-17) won the opener of a three-game series before 4,295 at the Epicenter. The victory comes a day after the Quakes (10-19) completed a three-game sweep in Lancaster.
Jason Place and Josh Reddick also had three hits apiece for Lancaster.
Brian Walker and Anthony Norman each hit their third home runs of the season for the Quakes. Norman and Mark Trumbo were the only two Quakes with two hits.
The loss went to Tommy Mendoza (1-3), who allowed six earned runs on nine hits in three innings.