66ers rally; Quakes nearly no-hit

The 66ers and Quakes were at opposite ends of the offensive spectrum on Saturday.

The Sixers (11-12) scored a season-high 12 runs, rallying from a 7-2 deficit by scoring three in the fifth and five in the sixth, winning 12-8 over first-place High Desert (14-8). It was played in front of the largest home crowd of the season at San Manuel Stadium, 5,076.

The Quakes, meanwhile, nearly had a perfect game, then a no-hitter thrown against them. Lake Elsinore pitcher

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66ers, Quakes lose

The 66ers lost in ugly fashion on Tuesday night, dropping a 16-6 decision to Lake Elsinore at San Manuel Stadium, while the Quakes also lost to Lancaster, 6-3.

The Sixers committed five errors that led to seven unearned runs, Sixers pitchers surrendered 20 hits and while the lineup managed six runs, they were just 3 for 16 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base.

Brian Hernandez went 5 for 5, joining C.J. Cron as the only Sixers this season with five-hit games. Max Russell (1-2) allowed 11 runs (five earned) on 10 hits in four innings.

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Quakes, 66ers lose

A day after snapping their losing streak to open a homestand, the Quakes went back to their losing ways, dropping an 8-4 decision to Visalia.

Scott Wingo, in his second game with the team, was 3 for 5 with two triples and Jonathan Garcia and Nick Akins had two hits apiece. Starter Angel Sanchez (1-2) was shelled, allowing seven runs (five earned) in 4 1/3 innings.

The 66ers bats, meanwhile, were stymied in High Desert, losing 7-2. Travis Witherspoon was the only Sixer to really do anything, as he went 3 for 3 with a two-run double and they had only two other hits.

High Desert starter Roenis Alias (2-0) didn’t strike out a batter in 7 1/3 innings, but allowed only three hits, three walks and no runs.

66ers drop home opener, 6-2; Quakes lose too

A good start to the season didn’t translate to a good start for the home opener.

After the 66ers went 5-2 on the road to open the season, left-hander Nick Maronde (0-1) walked four of the first five batters in the game and allowed three runs in the first inning. He eventually walked five and allowed five runs in four innings, tying for the most walks he’s had in 13 professonal starts.

That took the air out of the crowd of 2,572. The Sixers fell behind 5-0 and scored runs in the fifth and sixth innings (on an error in the fifth and a Jett Bandy RBI double in the sixth) but could get no closer, losing 6-2 to the High Desert Mavericks.

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