Lancaster Takes Control, Sixers Face Elimination

Game three of the second round series between Lancaster and the Inland Empire.

The 66ers fell to the JetHawks for the second straight game, losing 9-5 at home on Monday night.

Inland starter Jon Huber couldn't get out of the fifth, allowing five earned runs in 4.2 innings. Huber yielded seven hits and struck out just two.

The 66ers tried to battle back with the bats but three runs in the fifth only cut into a 5-0 lead for a half of an inning when the bullpen surrendered four runs of their own after taking over for Huber.

Wladimir Balentien went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run batted in and Jon Nelson homered to lead the Sixers offensively, but it wasn't so much too late but too little; much too little.

The top three in the Inland Empire batting order went a combined 1-13 and failed to set up the rest of the lineup to do damage.

Lancaster leads the series 2-1 and can finish off the defending California League Champions with a win Tuesday night in game four of the five game set.

Up Next:
Lancaster will send Clifford McMachen to the hill against Inland Empire ace Bobby Livingston. Livingston's last outing resulted in seven shutout innings before giving up two in the eighth versus Rancho Cucamonga in round 1 of the playoffs.

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