The 66ers are not only off to a great start in the second half, but they’ve shown they can continue a streak they started in April.
The Sixers routed the Mavericks 9-0 on Saturday before 2,078 at Arrowhead Credit Union Park to improve to 10-6 in the second half. That gives them a two-game lead in the South Division standings over the Mavericks (8-8) and Quakes (8-8).
The Sixers have now held the Mavericks scoreless for 42 straight innings at Arrowhead Credit Union Park. That includes the final 24 innings of the last series between the teams in San Bernardino April 18-20, and the first 18 innings of the current four-game series. It was the ninth shutout in 2008 for the Sixers, who are now 41-45 overall this season.
James Adkins (5-6) won his second straight start after failing to win since May 12. He allowed six hits, no walks and struck out five in seven innings. David Pfeiffer finished off the nine-hitter.
The Sixers scored in each of the first six innings, beginning with Carlos Santana’s two-run homer in the first. That gives Santana 12 home runs and 80 RBI. Santana was tied for the minor league lead in RBI entering the game. Christian Lara was 3-for-3 with a run and an RBI, while Austin Gallagher had two hits.