The fans arrived early for their Albert Pujols bobbleheads, but they had to stick around late in order to witness the Sixers’ wild 8-7 victory over Bakersfield in 13 innings.
The Sixers actually trailed 7-6, entering the bottom of the 13th before
Bakersfield had taken a 7-6 lead on a Chris Berset homer in the top of the 13th. In the bottom of the 13th, Taylor Lindsey began the rally with a single against Michael Griffin (1-3), Jett Bandy was hit by a pitch and Jean Almanzar walked to load the bases with no outs. Chris Joyce entered the game and uncorked a wild pitch that scored the tying run. Pinch hitter Brian Hernandez was intentionally walked, and Drew Heid delievered an infield single, giving the Sixers an 8-7 victory. The game lasted 4 hours, 28 minutes.
Travis Witherspoon was 3 for 6 with three RBIs and Lindsey was 3 for 5 to lead the Sixers, who snapped a 1-1 tie with five runs in the bottom of the seventh. Bakersfield answered a half inning later with five of its own to re-tie it, 6-6. Tyler Kehrer (2-2) got the win by getting the final two outs of the top of the 13th.
Bakersfield’s Billy Hamilton had three hits and stole two bases, giving him a minor league-leading 35 steals.