All-star Angelo Songco’s 11th home run of the season, leading off the bottom of the 12th, lifted the Quakes to a 4-3 victory over Lancaster on Friday night at the Epicenter. The Quakes (40-32 overall) improved to 2-0 in the second half.
The Quakes entered their game on Friday tied for playing the fewest extra-inning games in the league, and with Friday’s win improved to 3-1 on the season, including 2-0 at home. They have won their last three extra-inning games since dropping one in the second game of the year at the 66ers. Lancaster (28-43 overall, 0-2 second half) was the last team in the league to lose an extra-inning game this season, dropping to 4-1.
Trailing 3-2 in the seventh, the Quakes tied the score without a hit. Anthony Jackson led off with a walk, went to second on a groundout and took third on a passed ball. Songco struck out for the second out. J.T. Wise struck out as well, but the pitch was wild and Jackson scored the tying run. Wise homered in the third inning and Songco had an RBI single in the first for the Quakes’ other runs. Jordan Roberts (4-1) got the win with an inning of relief.
The Sixers played another long game, but unlike Thursday’s 11-inning game, this one only lasted nine innings but went 3 hours, 22 minutes. Starter Manuel Flores (7-4) gave up runs in each of the first five innings (and six runs overall) and the Sixers lost to Lake Elsinore, 8-4. Kole Calhoun, Dwayne Bailey and Steven Irvine had two hits apiece for the Sixers.