Hoffman's Double Gives Sixers Playoff Lead

Jamie Hoffman's RBI double drove in the winning run and Javy Guerra added four scoreless innings to earn the win after Inland Empire and Lake Elsinore, who had battling each other 17 times in August and September, had struggled for 14 innings.

The Sixers, out-hit 13-9, used doubles by Shane Justis and Hoffman in the final inning to gain a 1-0 California League South Division playoff lead in a game that lasted four hours.

Offensively, Inland Empire made the most of nine hits and Sixer pitching -- Starter Alberto Bastardo, Jesus Rodriguez, Kyle Wilson, Jacobo Meque and Guerra, who went four shutout innings and earned the win, stranded 14 Storm runners.

Adam Godwin and Hoffman each had two of the nine hits the Sixers managed.

Starter Alberto Bastardo, who went 3-0 over seven starts against the Storm this season, was tagged with two runs in the fourth inning, allowing solo and a triple to give the Storm a 2-0 lead.

Adam Godwin tripled in the third, scoring the first Inland Empire run on an RBI grounder by Shane Justis. Josh Bell drove a shot over the scoreboard in the fourth to tie the game 2-2.

Bastardo pitched six innings, allowing six hit, two runs and recording six strikeouts but he left the game tied.

Entering the game in the eighth inning, Kyle Wilson attempted the two inning save, but allowed the first to batters of the ninth to reach scoring position, eventually accounting for a blown save. Javy Guerra (1-0) picked up the victory in relief, pitching four scoreless innings while fanning six.

The 66ers were held to only three hits before Lucas May's two-out double in the seventh drove in Russell Mitchell, who had singled to give the Sixers their first lead of the game.

Lake Elsinore tied things up with a rally in the top of the ninth off of Kyle Wilson. A single and a double set up a sacrifice fly.

Justis opened Inland Empire's winning rally in the bottom of the fourteenth inning with a double to left center with only one out. Mitchell was walked to set up a double play, but Hoffmann smacked the game winning double over the head of the center fielder to give Inland Empire the 1-0 series advantage.

Today Inland Empire travels to Lake Elsinore for the second game of the three game playoff mini-series. If the 66ers win, then they will face the Lancaster JetHawks, the team that upset Inland Empire in a July 4th showdown to decide the regular season's first half championship. A third game, if necessary, will be held on Friday.

Score by Innings Lake Elsinore 000 200 001 000 00-3 Inland Empire 000 110 100 000 01-4 Inland Empire ab r h bi ave Godwin c 6 1 2 0 .333 Justis 1b 6 1 1 1 .167 Mitchell 3b 4 1 1 0 .250 Hoffmann rf 6 0 2 1 .333 Bell dh 5 1 1 1 .200 May c 5 0 1 1 .200 Hunt ss 5 0 1 0 .200 Gonzalez 2b 3 0 0 0 .000 Pedroza ph-2b 1 0 0 0 .000 Rogowski lf 4 0 0 0 .000 Locke ph lf 1 0 0 0 .000 Totals 46 4 9 4 Lake Elsinore 43 3 13 3 Error- Pedroza (1), Hunt (1). 2B- May (1), Justis (1), Hoffmann (1). 3B- Godwin (1). HR- Bell (1). RBI- Justis (1), Bell (1), May (1), Hoffmann (1). LOB- Inland Empire 5, Lake Elsinore 14. CS- Hunt (1), Godwin (1), Hoffmann (1). DP- Mitchell and Justis. Inland Empire in h r-er bb so era Bastardo 6.0 6 2-2 0 6 3.00 Rodriguez 1.0 1 0-0 0 0 0.00 Wilson 1.0 3 1-1 0 1 9.00 Meque (sv 1) 2.0 1 0-0 1 1 0.00 Guerra (1-0) 4.0 2 0-0 2 6 0.00 HBP- Pedroza. PB- May (1). T- 4:00. Att- 834.

Ogden Finally Enjoying Season-- Ogden is having so much fun these days, they're going to be very sorry that the regular season has to end. The Raptors got all the hitting they needed from Jovanny Rosario and Travis Vetters plus good pitching from Michael Gardner to roll past Orem 10-3 Wednesday.

It was the fifth win a row for the Raptors who are 16-20 with just two games left to play so they won't be above .500 for the second half or the season. Still, they have meshed as never before during this streak.

Rosario had five hits including a double and triple. Vetters pounded three including his 14th homer which came in the first with one on to get them going. Parker Dalton added his second out of the park in the second, also with one aboard.

Gardner (6-5) went six innings in which he gave up five hits and a sole run. The Owlz were able to get two runs off Matt Sartor in his two innings before Chales Dasni, back from a short stint with Las Vegas, threw a perfect ninth. --Bill Shelley.

Score by Innings Orem 001 000 200- 3 Ogden 240 010 12x-10 Ogden ab r h bi ave Rosario cf 6 3 5 1 .336 Herrera lf 3 1 1 1 .271 Garabedian c 4 1 1 2 .257 Vetters rf 5 1 3 3 .319 Ortiz 1b 3 0 1 0 .283 Jansen dh 3 0 0 1 .240 Fuller 3b 4 1 1 0 .235 Becker ss 4 2 1 0 .250 Dalton 2b 5 1 1 2 .196 Totals 41 10 14 10 Orem 31 3 7 3 Error- Rosario (7), 2B- Garabedian (10), Rosario (11). 3B- Rosario (4). HR- Vetters (14), Dalton (2). RBI- Vetters 3 (41), Dalton 2 (7), Herrera (27), Jansen (20), Garabedian 2 (21), Rosario (34). LOB- Ogden 15, Orem 5. SB- Becker (1), Herrera (2), Rosario (22). DP- (2) Dalton, Becker and Ortiz; Becker, Dalton and Ortiz. Ogden in h r-er bb so era Gardener (6-5) 6.0 5 1-1 0 1 3.93 Sartor 2.0 2 2-2 1 3 3.44 Dasni 1.0 0 0-0 2 3 1.35 WP- Sartor. HBP- Garabedian, Ortiz, Herrera; by Gardner. T- 2:57. Att- 2,388.