Rafael Valenzuela and Ben Orloff, key figures in a 9th inning rally, teamed up again in the 11th as the Lancaster JetHawks completed a comeback in a 4-3 victory over the 66ers on Friday night in Lancaster.
In the 11th, Valenzuela led off with a double and with two outs, Orloff’s single scored Valenzuela with the game winner against Bryant George (2-2).
The Sixers, who scored all their runs in the 1st inning, keyed by C.J. Cron’s two-run triple, led 3-1 in the 9th. That’s when Ryan Chaffee suffered only his second blown save of the season.
Chaffee gave up a home run to Valenzuela to lead off the inning. With two outs, Orloff walked, went to second on a single, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on another wild pitch to make it 3-3.
Sixers starter Max Russell deserved a win, but got a no decision, despite allowing just one run on six hits while striking out five in seven innings.
The Quakes, meanwhile had no such drama. Lake Elsinore had 13 hits, including three by rehabilitating Padres big leaguer Carlos Quentin to rout the visiting Quakes, 13-2. Quentin, in the first game of his latest rehab assignment in recovering from an injured knee, went 3 for 4 with three runs, a home run and three RBIs.
Jonathan Garcia had 2 of the Quakes’ six hits, doubling and scoring a run. The Quakes committed 3 errors leading to 3 unearned runs. Three pitchers: Greg Wilborn (1-1), Ryan Acosta and Jordan Roberts allowed all 13 runs in six innings. Steve Smith pitched the final two shutout innings.