Quakes rally for win, 66ers come up short

Quakes 9, Lake Elsinore 6

The Quakes finished off a stirring rally from a 5-0 deficit with a five-run eighth inning that gave them a 9-6 victory over Lake Elsinore on Wednesday night at the Epicenter.

Trailing 6-4 in the bottom of the eighth, the Quakes rallied against the Storm bullpen.

With one out, Rolando Valdez (0-2) walked Anthony Norman and Flint Wipke and Cliff Remole delivered an RBI single to right, cutting the lead to 6-5.

Closer R.J. Rodriguez came in and Peter Bourjos hit a routine grounder to shortstop Jesus Lopez that appeared to handcuff him.

Although it looked like a double play ball, Lopez could get only one out, at second, Wipke scored the tying run and the inning remained alive.

Ryan Mount followed with a towering home run to right field, his second of the season and second in the last three days and suddenly the Quakes led for the first time 8-6. It was Rodriguez’s fifth blown save in 17 save opportunities this season.

A Hank Conger triple was followed by a Mark Trumbo double that gave the Quakes a three-run cushion.

The Storm went down meekly in the ninth, against Quakes closer David Herndon, who faced only three batters to record his fourth save all during the homestand. Barret Browning (2-1) picked up his second relief win in as many nights.

Mount and Wipke drove in three runs apiece for the Quakes, while Norman scored three times. The Quakes, who finished off the homestand 4-2, improved to 3-35 this season when trailing after seven innings.

Bakersfield 5, 66ers 3

Mauro Gomez’s two-run home run in the sixth inning snapped a 3-3 tie and the Blaze went on to the victory at Sam Lynn Ballpark, avoiding a sweep.

Tommy Giles drove in two runs and Austin Gallagher drew three walks and scored once to lead the Sixers attack.

The Quakes and 66ers play each other in a three-game series at Arrowhead Credit Union Park beginning Thursday, the final three games before the all-star break.