The 66ers gave away Felix Hernandez bobbleheads on Saturday night against the High Desert Mavericks, but the game was more worthy of an Academy Award than a Cy Young Award.
After some too-bizarre-to-believe plays, the Sixers held off the Mavericks 6-5 before 2,943 at San Manuel Stadium.
Here are some of the plays:
- The first one wasn’t so much bizarre as it was unusual. On a fly ball to left in the top of the second, Sixers left fielder Drew Heid was able to double the Mavericks’ Mickey Wiswall off of first base. It was not a hit-and-run play and Wiswall only went halfway, but he was still doubled off by a great throw.
- Bottom of the third, the Sixers had runners on first and second with one out. Randal Grichuk hit a liner to center that center fielder Julio Morban misplayed and it went off his glove and rolled toward center field. It was initially ruled an error (which I agree with), but is being changed to a double. Travis Witherspoon scored easily from second, but Rolando Gomez got a poor jump off of first and was thrown out at the plate 8-6-2. Inexplicably, Grichuk was right behind Gomez and was also tagged out by Mavericks catcher Jack Marder to end the inning.
- Top of the fourth, the Mavericks had runners on first and second with one out. Sixers starter Max Russell tried to pick Steven Proscia off of second base but the throw was wild and went off of second baseman Taylor Lindsey’s glove into center field. Proscia tried to hustle to third and Lindsey tried to hustle after the ball. The two collided and base umpire Matt Heersma put his hands in the air. Proscia thought Heersma had ruled interference and started walking to third. But apparently he hadn’t ruled interference and the Sixers tagged out a bewildered Proscia, with the putout going 4-8-6-5 if you’re scoring at home. Mavericks manager Pedro Grifol had an extended argument, to no avail.
- Bottom of the seventh, Sixers leading 4-3. Lindsey hits a fairly routine ball to left, but on left fielder Michael McGee’s first movement to catch the ball, he crumples to the ground. The ball goes over his head. He tries to get up and get it, but center fielder Morban has to pick it up and Lindsey hustles to third for a triple that scored a run.
The Sixers went on to rally from a 2-0 and 3-1 deficit, taking the lead for good on Jose Jimenez’s sacrifice fly in the sixth. Tyler Kehrer got the win with two shutout innings and Ryan Chaffee got the save despite allowing a two-run homer to McGee’s replacement, Kevin Rivers.
Meanwhile, Leon Landry had quite the game for the Quakes, going 3-for 4 with three runs, two stolen bases, a home run and two RBIs. It was his RBI double in the ninth that snapped a 3-3 tie and sent the Quakes to a 6-3 victory over host Visalia.