Lake Elsinore, CA- The Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino bounced back from a late inning collapse on Wednesday with a comeback 4-2 win on Thursday at Lake Elsinore. The Sixers combined strong pitching with a clutch three-run double in the sixth from Jared Walsh to take the series three-games-to-one and finished the 2017 season series 18-10.
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The 66ers (59-65, 29-25) took a lead in the third when Jahmai Jones reached first on an infield hit. The single pushed his hit streak to 20 games. Jones then swiped second for is eighth steal of the year. The 20-year-old then scored from second on a wild pitch by Storm starter Jesse Scholtens (5-6).
The Storm tied the game in the third on Michael Getty’s RBI single and took a 2-1 lead against Sixers starter Nate Bertness in the fourth on a RBI bases loaded walk to Taylor Kohlwey. Bertness limited the damage to just one run however despite allowing three hits and the walk in the frame. He was rewarded in the top of the sixth when Jared Walsh drilled a bases loaded double to the gap in left-center giving the Sixers a 4-2 advantage.
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Bertness allowed two runs on seven hits with two walks and seven K’s and earned his first Cal League win due in large part to the bullpen. Mike Kaelin delivered two perfect innings in relief with two Ks and Samil De Los Santos allowed just a walk but erased it on a double play ball to earn his seventh save in two innings of work with one K. The duo faced the minimum through four innings.
The Sixers open a home series Friday at 7:05 pm versus Lancaster. The contest can be seen and heard live at 66ers.com.