Is it possible for one team to commit 7 errors more than the other team and win. And if so, how?
The answers are yes, and the Sixers are still trying to figure it out.
The Sixers committed a league-high 7 errors, leading to six unearned runs, but rallied for a 7-6 victory over the Quakes before 1,017 at the Epicenter on Tuesday night. The Quakes did not make any errors.
The errors were the most in the league since 2009. Records are most readily available since 2005, and the Sixers franchise has not had as many as 7 errors in any game since 2005 until Tuesday. And the Quakes committed no errors in the game.
- Left fielder Drew Heid drops Austin Gallagher’s foul ball in the first inning, extending the at-bat. Gallagher goes on to hit a two-run homer.
- Shortstop Jimmy Swift can’t handle Charlie Mirabal’s grounder in the third inning for an error.
- Catcher Jett Bandy tries to pick Mirabal off of second base but throws wildly to center, sending Mirabal to third. But Mirabal would be stranded there.
- With runners on first and third in the fifth inning, Pitcher Lay Batista tries to pick off Scott Wingo from first base, but the ball gets past first baseman C.J. Cron for an error, alllowing Mirabal to score, giving the Quakes a 3-1 lead.
- Runners on first and second, one out in the seventh, Mirabal hits a grounder to second baseman Taylor Lindsey in what should be a double play. Lindsey’s throw is pretty good, but shortstop Swift can’t handle it for an error (on Swift), leaving the bases loaded.
- Next batter, Wingo hits a grounder to Cron at first base who tries to come home for the force at the plate, but throws wildly, allowing two runs to score to give the Quakes a 5-4 lead.
- In the eighth inning, new shortstop Jean Almanzar, a late-inning replacement bobbles a grounder from Nick Akins. It was a hard-hit ball, but nonetheless an error. The totals: 3 fielding errors, 2 pickoff errors, 1 throwing and 1 missed catch.
- As observed in the press box, perhaps the worst defensive play on the night did not result in an error. In the first inning, Chris O’Brien hit a foul ball towards the tarp near third base. Third baseman Brian Hernandez, apparently thinking it was going in the stands ran onto the tarp, but the ball landed on the warning track, about 10 feet behind him. A VERY catchable ball and O’Brien went on to single.
The difference was the Quakes went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position, while the Sixers were 4 for 9 with RISP. Taylor Lindsey’s two-run single tied the score and C.J. Cron’s RBI single gave the Sixers the lead in a 7-6 victory.
The Quakes did make a roster move after the game. Outfielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez, who was struggling in Double-A with a sub-.200 batting average despite four home runs, was joining the team. At least one other move was made, as the Dodgers released infielder Tony Delmonico. Delmonico, who played for the 66ers in 2010 and the Quakes last year, was batting just .188 with no home runs in 21 games. Manager Juan Bustabad said there could be other moves coming Wednesday.