Lake Elsinore in First Place by 2 Games Over the Rancho Cucamonga & Lancaster
By Inland Empire 66ers
San Bernardino, CA- The Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino fell 4-3 in 11 innings to the Lake Elsinore Storm on Wednesday in a game that featured 38 total strikeouts and saw the 66ers (28-32) go 3-for-19 with runners in scoring position.
While neither starting pitcher figured in the decision, both were brilliant. Sean Isaac went five shutout frames for the Sixers and allowed two hits and three walks with a career-high 11 Ks. Chris Paddack went 5.2 IP for the Storm and gave up three hits, no walks and fanned ten men.
The game remained scoreless into the seventh Chris Baker drilled a two-run homer to left for the visitors. Inland Empire countered in the eighth with a pair of runs to tie the game on RBI singles from Brandon Marsh and Roberto Baldoquin.
The game moved to the 11th and Storm shortstop Kelvin Melean’s sac bunt moved automatic runner Baker to third. Max Cordy (2-2) then tossed a wild pitch to bring home Baker and a 4-3 lead.
In the bottom of the 11th the 66ers had runners at first and second and no outs but two-time Cal League All-Star Colby Blueberg (2-0) struck out the side for the Storm to end the game.
The series concludes Thursday at 7:05pm. The contest can be heard live at 66ers.com.
Press Release Provided By the Inland Empire 66ers