The fact that the Quakes beat the Mavericks 7-6 in 10 innings on Thursday wasn’t surprising, but how they did it was.
1) The Quakes trailed 6-3 entering the bottom of the ninth, but scored three runs against the Mavericks’ all-star closer, Aaron Cotter to tie the score. P.J. Phillips hit just his third home run in 266 at-bats, a two-run shot, and Abel Nieves added an RBI double.
2) The Quakes scored the tying run in the ninth after Anthony Norman was caught stealing for only the second time in 31 stolen base attempts all season long
3) It was only the Quakes’ second win all season when trailing after eight innings, although the other win came against the Mavericks
4) They won despite making two errors that led to four unearned runs.
5) With the score tied 6-6 in the 10th, Larry Infante led off with a double for the Quakes, and was sacrificed to third. With a runner on third and one out, the Mavericks elected to intentionally walk Flint Wipke and Phillips so left-handed pitcher Steve Uhlmansiek could face left-handed hitting Norman. A double play would be ideal, but the hope for the Mavericks was that they could get an out without a run scoring.
Well, Norman broke his bat, but blooped a single to center that scored Infante with the winning run.
LANCASTER 6, 66ERS 5
After rallying for the go-ahead runs in the top of the ninth, the Sixers let a game slip away as Josh Reddick’s two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth scored the tying and winning runs against Javy Guerra (1-2) as Lancaster came back for the win at Clear Channel Stadium.
Trailing 4-3 in the top of the ninth, the Sixers took the lead on an Austin Gallagher RBI double and a Ryan Rogowski RBI single. Rogowski had two hits and three RBI and Jaime Pedroza had two hits, including a triple and scored twice for the Sixers.
In the bottom of the ninth, left fielder Rogowski temporarily preserved the lead when he threw out Aaron Reza trying to score from second on Lars Anderson’s single to left, but the JetHawks won shortly thereafter anyway.