All three of the Salida homers came in the first four innings, when the Mariners went ahead to stay against Patterson starter A.J. Marroquin. The right-hander took the loss for the Jays, giving up six runs, four earned and three hits in four innings on the mound.
Patterson (3-2), which had won three of its previous four games, let an early 5-1 lead slip away.
“We held a lead early in the game, and it was mostly close throughout,” Patterson player-coach Bubba Marroquin said. “But we needed to hit the ball more and come through in key situations.”
After the second inning, the Jays went scoreless.
“Right now, we aren’t clicking at the plate,” Bubba Marroquin said. “We know that we have to get our hitting together.”
The Mariners (4-1), took a 6-5 lead in the fourth inning, before erupting for a five-run ninth.
“Coming in, we knew that this (Salida) team was above average,” Bubba Marroquin said. “We wanted to treat it as a must-win game, but we’ll see them again later this season.”
Dix went 2-for-4 with five RBIs to lead Salida’s offensive attack, as the Mariners pounded out 15 hits en route to a win.
Derek Durham was 2-for-4 with two RBIs to pace the Jays, while teammate Eric Marroquin also added two hits.
The Jays hope to avoid a similar outcome this weekend with a contest against the last-place Hughson Tigres (0-4).
“Our bats need to start coming alive,” Bubba Marroquin said. “Against this (Hughson) team, that has to happen.”
The Jays will continue their season at 10 a.m. Sunday, May. 27, when they host the Hughson Tigres.