Inland Empire bolted out to a seven-run lead after just two innings and never looked back as the 66ers defeated the Modesto Nuts 10-2 Thursday at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino.
The Nuts will try to avert a series sweep when the teams wrap up their three-game set tonight at 7:05. Modesto begins a four-game series on Saturday in Lancaster.
Nuts starter Devin Burke surrendered nine runs – only four of them earned – and nine hits in five innings of work.
He walked three and struck out four. Burke was replaced by Peter Tago, who gave up the 66ers’ final run.
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After Inland Empire starter Tyler DeLoach was replaced by Michael Smith to start the sixth, David Bergin belted a solo shot – his third round-tripper since joining the Nuts on July 13.
Patrick Valaika followed with a triple and scored on a Francisco Sosa groundout.