Rzepczynski Holds Beavers Offense in Check in 5-3 Win
Marc Rzepczynski took a shutout into the seventh inning and struck out six batters in 6 2/3 innings as the Las Vegas 51s beat the Portland Beavers 5-3 at Cashman Field Monday night to earn a split in the four-game series.
Rzepczynski (5-3) shut down Portland's offense, which erupted for 21 runs on Sunday night, to the tune of one run on three hits and two walks.
Danny Perales and Brett Wallace each had two hits and Perales scored twice for the 51s (49-54), who were outscored 38-25 in the series.
Wily Mo Pena bashed his second homer and Josh Barfield went deep in the ninth for the Beavers (39-63), who were kept off the scoreboard until the seventh inning after setting franchise records with 21 runs and 32 hits a night before.
In 6 2/3 innings, Josh Geer (7-9) yielded five runs (4 earned) on eight hits and two walks and uncorked a career-high four wild pitches for the Beavers.
J.P. Arencibia's leadoff double and Brad Emaus's single in the second set up an RBI groundout by Jason Lane before Emaus scored on Geer's second wild pitch of the inning.
Perales struck out and reached on Geer's third wild pitch, then scored on a fourth wild pitch to push the 51s' lead to 3-0 in the fifth inning.
After Pena's solo shot in the top of the seventh, Wallace and Adam Calderone plated two runs with RBI singles in the bottom of the inning.
Barfield's solo homer and Pena's double to start the ninth brought on closer Jeremy Accardo, who allowed Pena to score on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Phillips before retiring the potential tying run in pinch-hitter Mike Baxter with a groundout for his 18th save.
The Beavers head to Salt Lake City to start a four-game series with the Bees on Tuesday night at 6:05 p.m. (Pacific).
NOTES: After winning six of seven starts, Geer has lost two straight outings ... Phillips extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a seventh-inning single.
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