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.

Angels reliever Bobby Cassevah made his third rehab apppearance for the Sixers, retiring all three batters he faced on eight pitches, striking out one.

Jimmy Gilheeney (2-0) earned the win, allowing two runs (one earned) in 5 1/3 innings. Julio Morban had three hits and two RBIs for the Mavericks, while Travis Witherspoon was the only Sixer with two hits.

Meanwhile, the Quakes began their first road trip of the season and dropped a 6-2 decision at Visalia as Garrett Gould (0-1) struggled with his control, walking five in 3 2/3 innings. He allowed only one unearned run, but relievers P.J. Zocchi and Bret Montgomery allowed five runs in two innings of relief.

Chris O’Brien had two hits and an RBI for the Quakes.