Making a rehab appearance with the Inland Empire baseball team on June 25 at San Manuel Stadium, Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons went 1-for-3 with a walk as the 66ers held on for a 4-3 win over the Lancaster JetHawks.
Recovering from an ankle injury he suffered very early in the year, Simmons finished seven innings in the field before calling it a night.
"I settled in, and even though that last at-bat I got a walk, I felt good, pretty good in general," he said. "I'm just happy with the way things went today."
And while the Angels haven't announced when Simmons will be rejoining the club, Simmons said he is just taking the opportunity in the IE to get more comfortable on the diamond.
"I'm always comfortable in the field," he said. "Batting, it just takes a little bit to get back in rhythm. But running the bases, that was the challenge."
Sixers manager Ryan Barba said he liked how Simmons looked all around.
"He was moving around good pre-game, he was moving around good during the game," Barba said of Simmons. "Hopefully, he gets out there the next couple of games, gets done what he needs to, and looks good."
Barba also said he loves when big leaguers make rehab stops at IE as the education those players pass on to the minor leaguers is invaluable.
"It's a good experience for our guys to watch (rehabbing Major Leaguers) go about their business," he said. "(The Major Leaguers) give very good information."
----- IN THE GAME, THE SIXERS TRAILED 2-1 after two and a half innings, but tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth when third baseman Ryan Vega brought in center fielder Orlando Martinez with a single to left.
In the bottom of the seventh, IE took a 3-2 lead when designated hitter Alexis Olmeda homered to left field, his third of the season.
The 66ers scored an insurance run -- one they would actually need -- on a scoring fly ball to right off the bat of right fielder Gareth Morgan, knocking in D.C. Arendas.
The JetHawks tried to tie it up in the ninth after getting a run off a groundout, but reliever Travis Herrin was able to work out of the jam.
In fact, Herrin pitched four innings in relief to get the win and evened his record at 2-2. In those four innings, Herrin gave up one run on two hits and struck out four with no walks.
Barba said these types of games are great for his young players to be a part of.
"We executed when we needed to execute," he said. "The pitching staff went out there and pitched a good game. It's good for these guys to play in these kinds of games, especially as they move forward to Double A."
He added that while the 66ers didn't have a stellar record in the first half of the season, if they can start doing the little things right, there's no telling what this team can do.
"You've got to compete every night. I know it sounds like a cliche, but if we go out and run the bases hard, have quality at-bats, make pitches when we need to -- if we do that, the wins will take care of themselves," he said.