Both the Sixers and Quakes won dramatically on Tuesday. One was a dramatic individual performance and the other was a dramatic rally.
After the Sixers won the first two games this season, the Quakes rebounded in Game 3, rallying for a 5-4 victory.
The Sixers got on the board first, courtesy of a three-run homer by Jett Bandy off Garrett Gould in the second inning. The Quakes had gone 16 innings without scoring a run before Chris O’Brien’s RBI single in the fourth cut the deficit to 3-1.
A night after the Dodgers’ prospect outdueled the Angels’ big league pitcher, this time the Angels prospect outdueled the Dodgers prospect. The 66ers improved to 2-0 with a 3-0 win over the Quakes at the Epicenter on Friday.
Angels No. 23 prospect Donn Roach, a right-hander for the Sixers, pitched seven shutout innings, allowing only four hits, one walk while striking out three.
Dodgers No. 5 prospect Chris Reed, a left-hander for the Quakes, struggled a little early, allowing three runs in the first two innings. He finished with six strikeouts and the three runs allowed in five innings, retiring the final 10 batters he faced.
Angels reliever Bobby Cassevah, out with right shoulder inflammation and on a rehabilitation assignment, walked one and struck out one in the ninth to earn the save. Cassevah is an ex-Quake, pitching for them in 2008.
Travis Witherspoon, C.J. Cron and Randal Grichuk had two hits apiece for the Sixers, who had eight hits. The Quakes managed only five hits. Austin Gallagher, 1 for 3 with a walk, was the only Quake to reach base twice.
It was far from a pretty game, but it was a pretty typical California League game.
The 66ers rallied from 2-0 and 5-2 deficits to down the Quakes 6-5 in 11 innings, a sloppy but exciting California League opener before 3,567 at the Epicenter on Thursday.
The Sixers won despite going 0 for 13 with runners in scoring position. They are 3-1 in the last four opening night games, all against the Quakes.
California League rosters are out in advance of Thursday’s opening day.
My previews will run in Thursday’s paper, but here are some thoughts on the teams.
QUAKES: First baseman Austin Gallagher and third baseman Tony Delmonico are back. Gallagher was with the 66ers in 2008 and 2010 and Quakes in 2011, so even if he hasn’t been in one place long enough to be mayor, he could run for county board of supervisors. Delmonico was in the Cal League each of the last two seasons. The rotation will be stout: with four-fifths of the rotation rannked among the Dodgers’ top 12 prospects: No. 1 Zach Lee, No. 5 Chris Reed, No. 6 Garrett Gould and No. 12 Angel Sanchez. The top of the order will include speed: Casio Grider and Leon Landry combined for 59 steals for low Single-A Great Lakes last year. Logan Bawcom, who saves 13 games in 21 appearances for the Quakes last year, is back as the team’s closer
66ERS: The Sixers have a mix of prospects: including 1B C.J. Cron (No. 5), 2B Taylor Lindsey (No. 7), and also has pitchers in lefty Nick Lamonde (No. 10) and righty Fabio Martinez (No. 13). Two of the big bats in the middle of the lineup: outfielders Travis Witherspoon (No. 15) and Randal Grichuk (No. 17) shone for the SIxers in the final month of 2011 after promotions from low Single-A Cedar Rapids and are back.
MAVERICKS: The player local high school fans were looking for is Yucaipa HS product Taijuan Walker, Seattle’s No. 1 prospect as a right-handed starter. But by all accounts, it appears Walker is headed to Double-A Jackson instead.