After the Quakes led 3-0 after five innings, the 66ers rallied for the final six runs for a 6-3 victory in the Cal League opener at the Epicenter on Thursday.
After cutting 3-0 deficit to 3-2 with single runs in the sixth and seventh, the Sixers took the lead for good in the eighth.
With two outs and nobody on, a single, a hit batter and a wild pitch put runners at second and third. Then Austin Gallagher, who broke up the Quakes’ no-hit bid in the fith with a single, delivered a two-run single to give the Sixers a 4-3 lead. It was the first run-scoring hit for either team in the game.
But the most impressive hit was reserved for Kyle Russell, who has the biggest power resume on the new Sixers. Russell hit 28 homers and 102 RBI last year and crushed a 1-0 pitch halfway up the scoreboard in right field for a two-run shot that gave the Sixers a 6-3 lead. They got standout relief performances from Brandon Mann (1-0) and Cole St. Clair (save), who pitched the final three shutout innings.