66ers add another pitcher to DL

 

Eswarlin Jimenez

Eswarlin Jimenez

The 66ers added yet another pitcher to the disabled list, as left-handed reliever Eswarlin Jimenez (2-5, 5.65 ERA) was placed on the seven-day DL. The Sixers currently have seven pitchers on the disabled list.

“He had some shoulder weakness,” Sixers manager Bill Haselman said. “His velocity was off.”

Haselman said they will have no idea how serious the injury is until they get a report on Jimenez back from the doctor.

In Jimenez’s place, the Sixers got left-hander Matt Hernandez, whom the Angels drafted in the 23rd round this year out of the University of Houston.

Hernandez had a 3.12 ERA in 8 2/3 innings in the rookie-level Arizona League, but in his last three outings (7 2/3 innings), he allowed three hits, no runs while striking out six.

Baserunning blunders costly for Quakes in 4-3 loss to 66ers

66ers held on to defeat the Quakes 4-3 on Monday night but not without help from some bad Quakes baserunning you may never see in a game again.

There were six players thrown out on the bases Monday night, but two plays in particular stand out.

  • In the second inning, the Quakes had runners on first and second with one out. Casio Grider strayed off of first and catcher Abel Baker threw down to first to pick him off. Scott Wingo on second decided to take off for third and was thrown out at third to end the inning. A 2-3-5 double play without a pitching being thrown
  • But the doozie came in the seventh inning. With the Quakes trailing 4-2 Webster Rivas on first, Bladimir Franco belted a double to right-center. Rivas was in the process of scoring easily as the relay throw to the plate was wide. But Scott Wingo, the on-deck hitter, was standing on the third-base side of home plate and got in catcher Baker’s way as he tried to go after the ball. Rivas was called out on Wingo’s interference. I believe it is a violation of MLB Rule 7.09 (D) that states: “It is interference by a batter or a runner when — Any member or members of the offensive team stand or gather around any base to which a runner is advancing, to confuse, hinder or add to the difficulty of the fielders. Such runner shall be declared out for the interference of his teammate or teammates.”
  • The other baserunners thrown out were more normal. Darnell Sweeney thrown out trying to steal second in the first inning. Scott Schebler thrown out (1-6) trying to steal second without a pitching being thrown in the sixth inning. The next batter, Sweeney, was easily thrown out at third trying to stretch a double to a triple.

Quakes down Lancaster on walk-off grand slam, 6-3

Thanks to sportscenetv.net for the above video

It was a game that ended with Scott Schebler’s walk-off grand slam a thrilling moment for the Quakes to win their first game this season when trailing after eight innings. Now only Lake Elsinore and San Jose are winless in those situations.

But this was a game with plenty of nuances:

  • If Lancaster manager Rodney Linares doesn’t take Telvin Nash out of the game after he was hit by a pitch (and yapping with Quakes starter Gustavo Gomez) in the sixth innings, then Carlos Perdomo isn’t playing third and might not be making the error that started the bottom of the ninth.
  • Lancaster was 2 for 13 with runner in scoring position. They also had a runner thrown out in each of the last three innings at home or in a rundown between third and home.
  • Each team had a strikeout/wild pitch that either scored a run or kept an inning alive to allow a run to score later.
  • What impact did it have bringing in Lancaster closer Travis Ballew in the eighth inning trying to get a four-out save?
  • If Scott Wingo, who has good speed and bunts well, doesn’t get that bunt down with 2 on and 0 outs in the ninth, do the Quakes win? The bunt was thrown away, allowing a run to score and putting the winning run in scoring position.
  • The Quakes did not get a single runner into scoring position in any of the first six innings, yet won.
  • Scott Schebler’s grand slam was the Quakes’ second this season (the other was by Darnell Sweeney) and first in the league since June 16, the longest gap without one this season.

 

Mark Lowe recalls 2006 66ers season

Mark Lowe, now a reliever for the Angels, was back in San Manuel Stadium (back then Arrowhead Credit Union Park) on Tuesday for the first time since he was with the 66ers for the first two months of the 2006 season. Back then, Lowe was with the 66ers when they were a Seattle Mariners affiliate. On Tuesday, he was with the 66ers as part of a rehabilitation assignment as he recovers from a stiff neck.

That was the last 66er team to win a California League championship. But it was a magical year for Lowe in a different way. By the end of the season he wasn’t winning a Cal League title, he was in the big leagues.

“I felt like that year, I couldn’t do anything wrong,” Lowe said.

Lowe recalled one 66er game from 2006 in particular that I remembered as well. That year he had been converted from being a starter to being a reliever, but he was pressed into duty as a starter in Game 2 of a doubleheader against High Desert in San Bernardino on April 15, 2006.

Lowe pitched five dominating innings in the seven-inning contest, allowing only one baserunner to reach base. With two outs in the fourth, a throwing error by third baseman Ronnie Prettyman allowed Rusty Brown to reach first base. Lowe struck out eight in five innings.

“I remember wanting to go back out for the sixth, since it was only a seven-inning game, but they wouldn’t let me,” Lowe said.

Reliever Aaron Trolia allowed a two-out double to Juan Senreiso in the sixth, breaking up the no-hit bid. Stephen Kahn pitched the seventh for the save in the 3-0 win and the trio of pitchers settled for a combined one-hitter. The game turned out to be Lowe’s only California League victory.

2 season openers at home, 2 wins for Quakes, 66ers

Both the Quakes and 66ers opened the 2013 California League season at home on Thursday night, and both came through with exciting victories.

After blowing a 4-0 lead, the Sixers’ Ryan Jones’ third hit of the game, a single with one out in the 12th inning, scored the game-winning walk-off run in a 5-4 win over Modesto before 3,128 at San Manuel Stadium.

Meanwhile, the Quakes rallied from a 4-0 deficit and Scott Schebler’s three-run homer with two outs in the eighth lifted the Quakes to a 5-4 win over Lake Elsinore before 3,811 at newly renamed LoanMart Field.

Quakes manager Carlos Subero talks about exhibition game experience vs. Dodgers

Quakes manager Carlos Subero said that probably “eight” of the players on the 18-man Quakes roster for Thursday’s exhibition game will be on the Quakes’ opening day roster one week from tonight.

First baseman Angelo Songco, who had two hits, including the walk-off single, who played with the Quakes parts of each of the last two years, said he expects to be back in Rancho Cucamonga. Subero said Songco could start with the Quakes, but any injuries at higher levels would likely push him to Double-A.

It was interesting to see former Dodger third base prospect Pedro Baez, who at one point played in the Futures Game as a third baseman, pitch. Baez has been moved to the mound. He gave up the three tying runs in the top of the seventh. But Subero pointed out that only one ball was really hit hard

Dodgers not first MLB team to play at Epicenter

There is plenty of excitement over Thursday’s exhibition game at the Epicenter and rightfully so. The Dodgers are coming to Rancho Cucamonga.

Of course, Quakes fans have been treated to some high-profile rehabilitation guys last year, including Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier. But this is an entire Dodger team, although several of the regulars will be playing in the Freeway Series the same night against the Angels.

But, this is not the first time that a big-league team has come to Rancho Cucamonga to play the Quakes in an exhibition game.

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5 Years after his California League debut, he could be back in the league

I’m getting excited about the start of Cal League in less than three weeks.

And for those of you who have a hard time keeping track of rapidly changing lineups from year to year, there  could be a familiar face back in the league yet again, with the Quakes.

Here are some clues:

  • He first appeared in the Cal League in 2008
  • He appeared in 281 Cal League games with the Quakes and 66ers over the course of 3 seasons.
  • He missed the entire 2010 season due to a shoulder injury
  • He has a brother in the big leagues. Make your guess, because the answer is next…
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66ers offering no-cost reading program

The 66ers announced on Wednesday that they are offering a no-cost reading program to area elementary schools that is also sponsored by Rotolo Chevrolet.

Participating schools will have an assembly that includes Sixers mascot Bernie and the community relations team. Students will receive a baseball-themed bookmark, and will receive 2 tickets to a selected game if the student reaches his or her reading goal.

“We realize the importance of touching these students lives in a positive aspect. It’s a very special treat for Bernie and 66ers staff members to come to their school just for them. Kids hold on to those memories for a long time and we hope that it’ll further their interest in reading beyond finishing the bookmark,” 66ers Community Groups manager Kelsey Beckenbach said in a press release.

Perhaps even bigger in this era of cash-strapped schools is an opportunity for the schools to earn money.

Students will receive tickets to attend one of the first four Sunday home games in 2013: April 7, April 21, May 12 and May 19.

The 3 schools the the most representation throughout the 4 days will receive donations from the 66ers. The school with the most attendees will get $1,500, while second and third place will each receive $1,000.

 

Quakes still lead in wild-card, 66ers still alive

There are 2 games left in the regular season and three teams still alive for 1 playoff spot in the California League’s South Division.

The Quakes entered Saturday leading Lake Elsinore by 1 game, but lost 10-7 at Bakersfield.
But that loss wasn’t a huge blow as Lake Elsinore lost to the 66ers, 9-1.
Lake Elsinore remains 1 back. And the 66ers are still alive, just 2 games back. If the 66ers win their final 2 and the Quakes lose their final 2, there would be a one-game playoff on Tuesday.
The Quakes and Lake Elsinore could also finish in a tie for a playoff spot. Should that happen, the Quakes would host the game on Tuesday based on the head-to-head regular-season record, won by the Quakes, 17-10.

However, if the Quakes and 66ers finish tied, that game would be in San Bernardino on Tuesday, because the 66ers own an 18-7 head-to-head edge on the Quakes.