RANCHO CUCAMONGA - It may not be as glaring an issue as it was in Stockton, but the Quakes' pitching still is in a slump.
For the fifth straight game, the Quakes allowed at least a dozen hits and Bakersfield pushed across the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth for a 6-5 victory over the Quakes before 2,114 at the Epicenter on Wednesday night.
In their first 15 games, the Quakes had allowed more than nine hits in a game only twice, and both of those were extra-inning games. The loss was the eighth in the last nine games for the Quakes (7-13).
With the score tied 5-5 in the ninth, Jose Vallejo singled with two outs against Barret Browning (0-1). Vallejo stole second, and went to third on a wild pitch. After Grant Gerrard walked, Claremont High product Chad Tracy hit a 1-2 pitch in the hole between shortstop and third a single to put the Blaze ahead.
The ninth inning ruined a Quakes rally from a 5-2 deficit. Drew Toussaint's RBI single in the fifth inning tied the score 5-5.
The Quakes stole seven bases in the game, one short of the team record. Peter Bourjos, Wil Ortiz and Anthony Norman had two apiece and pinch runner Rian Kiniry had the seventh. But the Quakes were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position in the final four innings.
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Tommy Giles and Jaime Pedroza each homered, but the Sixers allowed 10 runs in the first two innings in dropping their second straight game on the seven-game road trip.