The 66ers haven’t played a lot of extra-inning games this season, but when they have, they’ve gotten their money’s worth.
For the third time in six extra-inning games this season, the Sixers had a game go at least 16 innings.
Kris Negron’s homer leading off the 16th inning lifted Lancaster to a 2-1 victory over the Sixers at Arrowhead Credit Union Park on Wednesday night. The win put Lancaster (21-17 second half) a half game ahead of the Quakes and 66ers in the race for the second half South Division title.
The hard-luck loss went to left-hander David Pfeiffer, who was outstanding. Pfeiffer allowed only three hits and the one run in six innings of relief, while striking out five.Four Sixers pitchers combined to strike out a season-high 18 batters, while walking only one.
The Sixers lost an 18-inning game 6-3 to Lancaster at Arrowhead Credit Union Park in the team’s first meeting of the season on April 7, a game that was suspended after 15 innings. The Sixers then won a 4-3 game in 16 innings against Lake Elsinore June 12, also at home. The Sixers are 1-5 in extra inning games this season, and have lost 11 of their last 12 extra inning games over the last two seasons.
The Sixers had taken a 1-0 lead in the second inning on an error by left fielder Matt Sheely on a ball hit by Tommy Giles, a stolen base, a wild pitch and a Jaime Pedroza RBI single.
Jon Still homered leading off the seventh against starter Victor Garate, who struck out 10 in seven-plus innings.
The Sixers were just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position in the game, Lancaster just 0-for-7.