San Bernardino, CA- The Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino got four scoreless innings out of their bullpen on Tuesday night at San Manuel Stadium and scored three runs in the eighth to down the San Jose Giants 6-5. The Sixers have now won three in a row and improved to 7-6 against the Giants this year.
The Sixers got on the board in the first against Giants starter Garrett Williams when he walked Jack Kruger and then gave up a RBI double to Jared Walsh. The Giants bounced back in the next half inning scoring three times as Ronnie Jebavy had an RBI single to tie the game and Matt Winn's two-run double against Sixers' starter Nate Bertness gave San Jose (60-74, 30-34) a 3-1 lead. The Giants added two more in the third on RBI singles from Dillon Dobson and Gio Brusa. Bertness gutted his way through five frames allowing five runs, four earned on seven hits with one walk and seven Ks. Austin Robichaux gave the Sixers three scoreless innings on three hits and a walk with five Ks. The Sixers (63-71, 33-31) chiseled in on the 5-1 deficit with when Kruger reached on an error and moved to third on Walsh's second double of the game. Kruger came home on Connor Justus' RBI grounder. In the fifth the Sixers made it 5-3 when Kruger took a RBI walk. Inland Empire got their eighth inning rally started with one out when Walsh tagged his third double of the night. The Sixers eventually loaded the bases against Will LaMarche (4-1) and Keith Rehabber rifled a ball to the left side the Jonah Arenado made an incredible diving stop on to save the game for the time. The Sixers next batter Jake Yacinich however topped an infield single to the right side to bring in a run and on the play 2B Jalen Miller's throw got away allowing the go-ahead run to score. Samil De Los Santos tossed a clean ninth with a K for his ninth save. Robichaux was credited with the win and is now 6-8. Bryan Reynolds had three hits including a triple for the Giants who were 3-for-18 with runners in scoring position.
The Sixers series at Rancho Cucamonga continues at 2:05 pm on Sunday. The contest can be heard live at 66ers.com.
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