66ers win epic record-setting game, 24-19

Kudos to 66ers broadcaster Sam Farber for broadcasting all of the 66ers game on Saturday night in Bakersfield, and good luck to him broadcasting Sunday’s afternoon game in San Jose.

Saturday’s Sixers game at Bakersfield featured a combined 43 runs, 49 hits and seven errors. And four hours, 55 minutes after they started, the Sixers outlasted the Bakersfield Blaze 24-19.

The game set a league record for longest 9-inning game (4:55). The old record? A mere 4:10 for the highest-scoring game in league history, a 33-18 game between Lake Elsinore and High Desert in 2009.

Some of the details:

  • The Sixers trailed 16-7 in the sixth inning, when they scored 10 runs, capped by Dillon Baird’s second home run of the game, a two-run shot to go up 17-16. All those runs scored with no outs and the first 11 batters of the inning reached base by hit or walk.
  • Eric Campbell of Bakersfield had six RBIs, including an RBI double in the bottom of the eighth that tied the score, 19-19. Campbell was 4 for 4 to raise his average to a robust .559. He has a pretty good chance to be the league’s first hitter of the week, to be announced on Monday.
  • Baird’s RBI double in the ninth started a five-run rally and snapped the 19-19 tie.
  • Baird finished 5 for 5 with four runs and five RBIs. Dwayne Bailey had two hits and five RBIs for the Sixers, raising his average to .129. Jean Segura also had five hits for the Sixers.
  • Of the 11 pitchers combined in the game, only two (one for each team) didn’t allow a run. Jose Perez (1-0) pitched the final 1 1/3 shutout innings to earn the win.
  • All 10 of the Sixers batters (including substitution Ryan Broussard) had a hit and scored a run.