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.
Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe, who is on the disabled list with a left wrist injury, is in Rancho Cucamonga this weekend as part of a rehabilitation assignment.
Uribe is expected to play 5 innings a third base Friday, seven at third base on Saturday and serve as the designated hitter on Sunday.
Although he has been much criticized by Dodger fans, Uribe perhaps got some new fans in Rancho Cucamonga, when he legged out a triple in the first inning on Friday. Although he did not score in that inning, he has also made three plays in the field flawlessly in the first two innings.
Angels catcher Chris Ianetta, who has been out for about a month with a wrist injury, will begin a rehabilitation assignment with the 66ers beginning this weekend.
The 66ers open a six-game homestand at San Manuel Stadium on Friday against Lancaster. Iannetta is expected to play twice in the three-game series with Lancaster, but it is not known which two games.
Iannetta, acquired by the Angels from the Colorado Rockies in the off-season, hasn’t played in the big leagues since he played 74 games for Modesto in 2005.
Mavericks right-hander Chris Sorce (6-5) pitched only the fourth nine-inning complete game in the California League this year and the first of his pro career as the Mavericks (8-9 second half) downed the Sixers (5-12) 6-2 before 3,522 on Dan Haren Bobblehead Night at Arrowhead Credit Union Park.
Sorce retired the first 13 batters he faced before Casey Haerther doubled with one out in the fifth. He struck out five, and did not walk a batter and allowed only one earned run, on Eric Oliver’s leadoff homer in the seventh.
Sixers starter Manuel Flores (8-6) struck out 10 in six innings and was pitching a shutout through five innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth. In the sixth, he walked the first two batters and Shaver Hansen followed with a two-run double that broke up the shutout. Flores allowed three runs.
The Quakes, (10-7 second half) snapped a four-game losing streak, scoring all their runs in the first five innings and routed Lancaster 12-3 at Clear Channel Stadium. Jake Lemmerman was 3 for 5 with a home run and two RBIs, Pedro Guerrero was 3 for 5 and Austin Gallagher was 2 for 5 with a home run and three RBIs. The Quakes had 16 hits, including one by Dodger catcher Rod Barajas, playing his third game with the team as part of a rehab assignment. Barajas was 1 for 4 on Saturday, and is now 5 for 13 in the three games.
Matt Magill (8-2) allowed three runs on nine hits in six innings for the Quakes.
Bonita HS product Jiovanni Mier was 1 for 4 and his average with Lancaster sits at .225.
After going 1-for-2 with a walk in his first game of his latest rehab assignment, Manny Ramirez returned for Game 2 in San Bernardino on Thursday.
Ramirez started and played in left field Thursday. He struck out twice and walked, before leaving the game after five innings. He did not appear to be bothered by the sore calf that put him on the DL, but also did look tentative playing left field.
Ramirez is tenatitively expected to play a third game for the 66ers tonight as they wrap up their four-game series with Lake Elsinore at Arrowhead Credit Union Park.
The Dodgers said on Tuesday that their oft-injured outfielder, Manny Ramirez will begin yet another rehabilitation assignment with the 66ers on Wednesday. The Sixers are currently hosting Lake Elsinore for a four-game series that runs through Friday before hitting the road.
Ramirez has been out for about a month with a strained right calf, his third stint on the disabled list this season.
In early May, Ramirez played two games for the Sixers at Lake Elsinore, going 1-for-4 with a walk, a run and an RBI. From July 10-12, he played three games in San Bernardino for the Sixers against Lancaster, going 0-for-9 and striking out five times.
Although he served as DH four times in his five previous Cal League rehab games this year, he is expected to play more left field this time. Regardless, fans seemed less enthused this year than last year about Ramirez’s appearance, and Ramirez seemed less enthused, too as seen in his performance.
If you want to see a 500-home run hitter in a Cal League ballpark, great. Just don’t expect many fireworks.
Last year, he was much more productive for the Sixers, going 3-for-7 in three games with a home run as he returned from suspension.
Fans of Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez were already expected to be well-represented for Saturday’s 66er home game at Arrowhead Credit Union Park in San Bernardino. After all, the Sixers are giving away Ramirez action figures to the first 1,000 fans 12 and under.
But now, Ramirez himself will be in a Sixers uniform for the game.
Ramirez (hamstring) is scheduled to begin a rehabilitation assignment with the 66ers beginning on Saturday, his third such rehab assignment in the last two years.
Ramirez is scheduled to serve as DH for Saturday’s game against Lancaster, the opening of a three-game series. He might return to play Sunday and Monday with the team. Both of those games are at home as well.
Earlier this year, Ramirez served a two-game rehab assignment with the Sixers May 4 and 6, going 1-for-4 at Lake Elsinore He was recovering from a calf injury.
Last year, on June 27-29, Ramirez played three games for the Sixers, as he was returning from a 50-game suspension for failing a drug test. He went 3-for-7 in the three games, homering in his first game, at Lake Elsinore, then playing two games at home against the Quakes.
Also expected to play for the Sixers is Dodgers catcher Brad Ausmus, recovering from a strained back. It would be Ausmus’ fourth game of a rehab assignment with the Sixers. He served as DH Wednesday and Friday, and caught Thursday. He is expected to catch Saturday.
One day after hearing that Dodgers right-hander Jeff Weaver (back) would be rehabilitating with the 66ers in the opener of a three-game series at Lake Elsinore on Tuesday, the team received a bigger piece of news.
Manny Ramirez (right calf), who played for the Sixers last year, is also expected to be playing for the Sixers on Tuesday on a rehab assignment. It’s been reported in several places, including Dodgers.com. There is no word yet how long Ramirez’s rehab assignment would be, but he’s likely not coming to San Bernardino. After three games in Lake Elsinore, the Sixers play four games at Lancaster. The team returns home May 11.
Last year, Ramirez played for the Sixers at the end of his 50-game suspension for failing a drug test. That first game was also at Lake Elsinore, where he went 2-for-2 with a walk and a home run. He then played the next two days in San Bernardino, going 1-for-5 with a walk.
Not too bad for the Storm. Two years in a row, they get a home game with Ramirez rehabbing for the Sixers. Last year, it was on a Saturday, when there was already going to be a big crowd (over 8,000 ended up turning out). This year, it’s on a Tuesday, so an otherwise light night will be quite a bit busier.