San Bernardino, CA- The Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino were shutout by the San Jose Giants 3-0 at San Manuel Stadium on Wednesday and with starter Shaun Anderson (3-3) doing the heavy lifting. The righty faced the minimum 18 batters in his six innings of work as the Giants (61-74, 31-34) evened series a game apiece and the season-set at 7-7.
San Jose got a run in the first when Christian Paulino singled to open the game, stole second, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Bryan Reynolds sac fly. In the second Ronnie Jebavy singled to open the frame against Sixers' starter Ryan Clark and came home for a 2-0 lead on Matt Winn's RBI double to right. Anderson was mowing down batters as he was perfect through five innings. Inland Empire (63-72, 33-32) finally got a baserunner to lead off the sixth when Keith Grieshaber singled to open the frame. He was promptly thrown out trying to steal on a strike-out/throw-out double play the next batter. Anderson fanned seven in his outing without a walk and has now tossed ten scoreless frames versus Inland Empire over two outings. In the seventh the Sixers got their only other hit of the evening on Jared Walsh's infield hit against reliever Heath Slatton. The 66ers had threatened with runners at second and third and Kyle Survance Jr. ripped a ball to center but Giants CF Ronnie Jebavy made an impressive running catch to rob Survance and maintain the shutout. Blake Smith and Sam Holland combined to give the Sixers five shutout frames out of the pen but the Giants did muster an insurance run in the ninth versus righty Mike Kaelin on Reynolds' RBI single. Dylan Rheault tossed a perfect ninth with a K for his league-best 21st save. The shutout was San Jose's fifth of the year and marked the seventh time Inland Empire has been blanked. The Sixers' two hits matched a season-low.
The series and 66ers regular season home schedule wraps up Thursday at 7:05 pm. The contest can be seen and heard live at 66ers.com.
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