The 66ers started off the week with a little bit of a rough start. We lost three out of four against the Modesto Nuts. We haven’t played Modesto a lot this year so we didn’t know much about them. We had won so many games in the past week that it was bound to happen where we would have a rough series and it just happened that it was that one. Our next series was against the Lancaster Jethawks. We are doing great against them thus far. We play the Jethawks a lot, and we know just about every person on their team personally. The field in Lancaster is a great hitters park as well. The wind usually blows out to right center so a lot of balls that might normally get to the warning track have a chance of leaving the park. We put up ten runs a game in the first two games and our pitching has been tremendous.
The team energy is building back up after the Modesto series. Our mood was a little down because we hadn’t been used to losing since coming back from the All Star break. Now that we are winning again we are starting to loosen back up. It feels that the games of cards on the bus this series are more intense than the actual games at night. We are playing with enough confidence we almost know we are going to win before we even step onto the field. It’s that kind of confident edge that can give us an advantage against teams that are evenly matched with us.
With roughly seven weeks left in the regular season we’re pretty excited with what’s to come. We’ve had had good success against the teams that we are scheduled to play in the next couple weeks. With a three-and-a-half game lead in the second half things are looking good for the 66ers. If our pitching stays consistent and our hitters stay hot it should be a very fun second half. Stay tuned!
Tommy Giles plays for the Inland Empire 66ers—the advanced-A affiliate for the Los Angeles Dodgers