Both the Sixers and the Quakes were tied 3-3 with their opponent at one point Thursday, and it didn’t turn out well for either one of them as the Sixers lost to Modesto 4-3 and the Quakes lost to Lancaster 11-3.
The Sixers (20-27) tied their game with Modesto (28-19) at Arrowhead Credit Union Park 3-3 on Preston Mattingly’s home run to lead off the third inning.
Modesto took the lead for good in the sixth against starter Tim Sexton (1-5). Jay Cox Jr. and Maikol Gonzalez singled and Brian Rike sacrificed them along. Kendy Batista came in to face Wilin Rosario and Rosario’s groundout scored Cox with the go-ahead run.
The Sixers got little going over the final few innings, including only two hits in the final five innings. Joey Williamson (6-0) got the win with 2 2/3 innings of shutout relief and Craig Baker improved to 15-for-15 in save situations by striking out the side in the ninth. The Sixers were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, including hitless in their final nine at-bats.
Charlie Blackmon was 2-for-4 with two runs for Modesto, while Pedro Baez was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Scott Van Slyke was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
The Quakes (19-28) were tied at the Epicenter with Lancaster (14-33) 3-3, before Lancaster scored four runs in the top of the seventh to win going away.
Lancaster’s four runs in the seventh were all unearned, thanks to a throwing error on a bunt by starting pitcher Jayson Miller (1-2).
Eric Suttle, Jonathan Gaston and Jason Castro all had two hits and two RBIs for Lancaster and Nicholas Moresi was 3-for-4 with three runs.
For the Quakes, Hector Estrella was 3-for-4 with a triple, Jeremy Moore drove in two runs and Brian Walker hit a solo homer.