Consider what happened on Tuesday and Wednesday at Arrowhead Credit Union Park, then decide for yourself how the Cal League baseball gods feel about USC.
Tuesday’s one-game playoff between the 66ers and Quakes was eventually won by the 66ers 7-6 in 13 innings, but not before Sixers closer and USC product Paul Koss blew a 6-3 lead in the ninth inning, just his third blown save in 17 chances this season.
Sixers general manager Loren Foxx is a USC graduate, and enjoyed playing the USC fight song for certain opposing hitters, most notably Quakes outfielder and UCLA product Anthony Norman. Norman scored the first run in that ninth-inning Quakes rally on Tuesday, but the greater impact came on Wednesday.
The Sixers played the USC song when Lake Elsinore second baseman and Arizona State product Eric Sogard batted in the ninth inning on Wednesday. If you were in attendance, you know what happened next — the stadium and scoreboard lights went out before Sogard saw a pitch. Play resumed, Sogard saw three more pitches, and the lights went out again, like someone above didn’t like what the Sixers did.
That Game 1 against Lake Elsinore on Wednesday was suspended at that point after the lights went out a second time. The game was resumed before Game 2 at The Diamond in Lake Elsinore Thursday.
Coincidence? Maybe. But USC took a beating for those two games in San Bernardino.