By, Vallejo Times Herald and Admirals Staff
Nick Akins cracked two home runs and the Vallejo Admirals outslugged the San Rafael Pacifics 12-7 on Sunday to win another Pacific Association series at Wilson Park.
Akins launched a two-run shot in the first and then a solo homer in the third, both against losing pitcher James McReynolds. Mike Blanke hit his third homer of the season in the third and Graylin Derke hit his fifth homer in the fifth.
The Admirals are 26-37 overall, 14-10 in the second half, just a game out of first place. The struggling Pacifics are 25-38 overall, 8-16 in the second half.
Marquis Hutchinson (6-5) was the winning pitcher as he went five innings, allowing eight hits and five runs. He walked four batters. Hutchinson finished 2016 with a 6-5 record as a rookie.
Andin Diaz pitched well with two innings of scoreless relief and currently has a 3.68 ERA. Alex Fishberg earned the save with 1 1/3 innings of no-hit relief after coming into the game with the bases loaded in the 8th.
Quintin Rohrbaugh was 4-for-5 with two RBIs for the Admirals coming up just a home run short of the cycle.
David Kiriakos was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Akins was 3-for-5 with three RBIs to lead the offense. Chevy Clarke, Derke and Chris Fornaci all had two hits to pace an 11-hit attack.
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