2015 Schedule – An Early Look

san jose giants2015 marks the 28th season of San Jose’s affiliation with the San Francisco Giants. The 140-game regular season is scheduled to begin on Thursday, April 9 in Lancaster with the home opener at Municipal Stadium set for Thursday, April 16 versus Bakersfield. Here’s an early look at some 2015 schedule highlights:

* Holiday home games next year on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 10), Memorial Day (Monday, May 25), Father’s Day (Sunday, June 21) and Independence Day (Saturday, July 4).

* As was the case in 2014, the Giants will open the year and end the season on the road. San Jose begins the 2015 campaign with a four-game series against defending league champion Lancaster before a three-game set versus the ’14 North Division champs Visalia.

* The April 9 start date to the season is the latest in the California League in six years. Additionally, the April 16 home opener for the Giants next season is their latest home opener in 10 years dating back to 2005.

* The Giants’ most frequent opponent in 2015: the Bakersfield Blaze (Mariners affiliate) at 27 games. San Jose opens their home schedule against the Blaze and also finishes the regular season with a four-game set in Bakersfield over Labor Day weekend. The schedule features an unbalanced slate against North Division foes with 27 games versus Bakersfield, 22 games against Modesto (Rockies), 20 games versus Stockton (A’s) and 19 games against Visalia (Diamondbacks).

* San Jose plays 52 games against teams from the South Division (up from 44 games in 2014). Lancaster (Astros) and Inland Empire (Angels) each make two trips to Municipal Stadium next year while High Desert (Rangers), Lake Elsinore (Padres) and Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers) play just one series in San Jose.

* San Jose’s longest homestand is seven games. Their longest road trip is also seven games in length.

* The Giants are at Municipal Stadium during just one weekend in April and two weekends in May before home-heavy months of June and July. San Jose plays 15 home games in June, including three out of the four weekends. The Giants’ 16 home games in July is their highest monthly total of the season. San Jose has two home weekends in July and three more in August. The home schedule concludes on Thursday, September 3.

* San Jose has a busy stretch at home during the middle portion of the campaign as they play 22 out of 29 games at Municipal Stadium from June 18 through July 21.

* Schedule oddity: the Giants travel to Adelanto for a series against South Division opponent High Desert in back-to-back road trips (May 27-29 and June 11-14).

* The 2015 California-Carolina League All-Star Game will be hosted by the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Tuesday, June 23.

* Giants home game times are expected to be announced before the end of the year.

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The San Jose Giants open the 2015 season on Thursday, April 9

The San Jose Giants open the 2015 season on Thursday, April 9

Updating the Record Book

san jose giantsUpdating the San Jose Giants record book (1988-2014) after the 2014 season:

- INDIVIDUAL SINGLE-SEASON RECORDS -

Appearances
1. Phil McCormick (2012) – 61
2. Jimmy Myers (1990) – 60
T3. Tyler Mizenko (2014), Luke Anderson (2001), Mark Dewey (1989) - 59

Mizenko’s 59 appearances out of the bullpen this year ranks tied for third in a single-season in San Jose Giants history. If not for a week spent on the disabled list in late-July, Mizenko likely would have broken Phil McCormick’s team record.

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- INDIVIDUAL CAREER RECORDS -

Triples

T1. Julio Cordido, Nate Schierholtz – 17
T3. Tim Garland, Francisco Peguero – 16
5. Chris Lofton – 15

Lofton hit three triples in 20 games with the Giants this year before he was sent down to Augusta. Lofton hit 12 triples over the 2012 and 2013 seasons, so his career total now stands at 15 – fifth-most in team history and just two behind the spot.

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- TEAM RECORDS -

Saves
T1. 48 (2011, 2013)
3. 47 (2006)
4. 46 (1998)
5. 45 (2014)

San Jose’s 45 saves this season rank as the fifth-most by a Giants club in team history. Steven Okert (19), Tyler Mizenko (14) and Bryce Bandilla (8) combined for 41 of the 45 saves.

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- INDIVIDUAL SINGLE-GAME RECORDS -

Hits

– Mac Williamson (April 24), Jesus Galindo (June 28) and Brian Ragira (August 27) each produced a five-hit game this season to tie the Giants single-game record. 33 different players in the 27-year history of the team have now had five hits in a game.

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- OTHER -

* After posting a 73-67 record this season, Lenn Sakata now owns 539 career victories as manager of the San Jose Giants. Sakata was already the franchise leader in wins at the start of the 2014 season. His overall record in seven seasons as manager of the San Jose Giants is 539-441 (.550). Sakata’s 757 career wins (San Jose 1999, 2001, 2004-07, 2014; Modesto 1989, 2012-13; Bakersfield 2000) are the most by a manager in California League history.

* With 73 victories this year, the Giants have now posted a winning record in 11 straight seasons (2004-2014) – a franchise record. San Jose has had a losing record just four times in their 27-year history (1997, 2000, 2002, 2003). The Giants’ league record streak of reaching the playoffs did end at 10 seasons this year.

* San Jose’s regular season home attendance of 200,124 in 2014 was the sixth-highest yearly total in team history (record: 222,547 in 2011).

14 Former San Jose Giants On World Series Roster

The World Series begins today with 14 former San Jose Giants on San Francisco’s roster:

1924__mlb_world_series-primary-2014PITCHERS
Madison Bumgarner
Tim Lincecum
Sergio Romo
Hunter Strickland
Ryan Vogelsong

CATCHERS
Buster Posey
Andrew Susac

INFIELDERS
Brandon Belt
Brandon Crawford
Matt Duffy
Joe Panik
Pablo Sandoval

OUTFIELDERS
Travis Ishikawa
Juan Perez

The complete 25-man roster is unchanged from the NLCS.

By comparison, there were 10 former San Jose Giants on both the 2010 and 2012 World Series rosters.

Here is the list of 19 former San Jose Giants that have won a World Series:
Clay Bellinger, 2000 New York Yankees
Brandon Belt, 2012 San Francisco
Madison Bumgarner, 2010 and 2012 San Francisco
Matt Cain, 2010 and 2012 San Francisco
Brandon Crawford, 2012 San Francisco
Keith Foulke, 2004 Boston
Travis Ishikawa, 2010 San Francisco
Tim Lincecum, 2010 and 2012 San Francisco
Doug Mirabelli, 2004 and 2007 Boston
Bill Mueller, 2004 Boston
Mike Myers, 2004 Boston
Buster Posey, 2010 and 2012 San Francisco
Sergio Romo, 2010 and 2012 San Francisco
Hector Sanchez, 2012 San Francisco
Jonathan Sanchez, 2010 San Francisco
Pablo Sandoval, 2010 and 2012 San Francisco
Nate Schierholtz, 2010 San Francisco
Ryan Vogelsong, 2012 San Francisco
Brian Wilson, 2010 San Francisco
(Players listed were on respective team’s World Series roster)

Of the 14 on this year’s World Series roster, nine have already won a title (Belt, Bumgarner x2, Crawford, Ishikawa, Lincecum x2, Posey x2, Romo x2, Sandoval x2, Vogelsong). Duffy, Panik, Perez, Strickland and Susac are attempting to win their first championship.

WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE (all games begin at 5:07 PM PDT)
Game 1 – Tuesday 10/21 at Kansas City
Game 2 – Wednesday 10/22 at Kansas City
Game 3 – Friday 10/24 at San Francisco
Game 4 – Saturday 10/25 at San Francisco
Game 5 – Sunday 10/26 at San Francisco *
Game 6 – Tuesday 10/28 at Kansas City *
Game 7 – Wednesday 10/29 at Kansas City *

* if necessary

Arizona Fall League Update 10/20

afl_logoAn update on former San Jose Giants currently playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League:

HITTERS
Daniel Carbonell: .200 AVG (5-25), HR, 4 RBI
Blake Miller: .235 AVG (4-17), 2B, 3 RBI
Kelby Tomlinson: .043 AVG (1-23), RBI, 4 SB

Notes… Top prospect Daniel Carbonell smacked his first home run of the AFL season last Tuesday against Mesa – a three-run shot in the third inning of a 10-7 win. After going 0-for-4 in his first start, Carbonell has hit safely in his last five games (one hit in each of those contests). Overall, he’s 5-for-25 with a home run, seven strikeouts, no stolen base attempts and two errors in the outfield. Carbonell has already made starts at all three outfield positions.

2014 San Jose MVP Blake Miller is attempting to put the finishing touches on a terrific season. Through his first five AFL games, Miller is 4-for-17 with a double and three RBI’s. Miller has made three starts at second base and one start at third base thus far.

2013 San Jose Giants infielder Kelby Tomlinson has struggled in the early-going with just one hit in his first 23 at-bats. Tomlinson’s four stolen bases are second on the team.

PITCHERS
Clayton Blackburn: 2 games, 0-0, 4.50 ERA (1 ER/2.0 IP), 0 BB, 1 SO
Tyler Mizenko: 1 game, 0-0, 13.50 ERA (1 ER/0.2 IP), 2 BB, 0 SO
Steven Okert: 4 games, 0-0, 1.50 ERA (1 ER/6.0 IP), 1 BB, 9 SO, 1 SV
Tyler Rogers: 3 games, 0-0, 0.00 ERA (0 ER/4.0 IP), 0 BB, 3 SO

Notes…
2014 San Jose Relief Pitcher of the Year Steven Okert has been the early AFL standout. Okert has struck out nine batters in just six innings with only one run allowed and one walk. He picked-up his first save of the AFL season last Monday with a scoreless ninth inning. Okert’s 24 saves during the 2014 regular season led the entire Giants minor league system.

Tyler Rogers has also impressed in early AFL action after a standout 2014 campaign in the California League. The right-hander has appeared in three games thus far and has allowed only one baserunner over four scoreless innings. Rogers retired all six batters he faced against Surprise last Wednesday before a 1-2-3 inning in his most recent outing on Saturday versus Peoria.

Fellow 2014 San Jose reliever Tyler Mizenko has pitched in just one game in the AFL yielding one run over 2/3 of an inning. Meanwhile, top 2013 San Jose starting pitcher Clayton Blackburn has been working out of the bullpen in the fall league. Through two relief appearances, Blackburn has tossed two innings with one run allowed and one strikeout. Blackburn fashioned a 3.29 ERA in 18 starts with Double-A Richmond this season.

Scottsdale has been a streaky team through the first two weeks of AFL play. The Scorpions won four games in a row to improve their record to 5-2 before a four-game losing streak that dropped the club to its current mark of 5-6. Scottsdale is in third place in the three-team East Division – 2 1/2 games out of first. The 32-game AFL regular season runs through November 13.

A Look Back: When They Were San Jose Giants

By Joe Ritzo

SF Giants logoThe San Francisco Giants are one win away from claiming their third National League pennant in the last five years. 16 former San Jose Giants have been on the playoff rosters this October with several playing leading roles, from Madison Bumgarner’s dominance on the mound to Buster Posey’s clutch hitting and Brandon Belt’s memorable 18th inning home run. Rookies such as Joe Panik, Matt Duffy and Hunter Strickland along with veterans Travis Ishikawa and Sergio Romo, among others, have also made significant contributions during the postseason run.

Before their successes on baseball’s biggest stage though, these 16 players were making their mark in the California League, whether it be with a big playoff home run, an All-Star nod or a spectacular pitching performance. Take a look back now at when they were prospects and some of their notable individual accomplishments while playing for the San Jose Giants.

The 16 former San Jose Giants that have been on San Francisco’s playoff rosters this year…

Brandon Belt hit .383 with the San Jose Giants during the 2010 championship season

Brandon Belt hit .383 with the San Jose Giants during the 2010 championship season

Brandon Belt: Made his professional debut with the San Jose Giants when he was placed on the 2010 opening day roster. Torched the California League to the tune of a .383 batting average in 77 games while also contributing 28 doubles, 10 home runs and 62 RBI’s (1.120 OPS). Had a memorable two-homer, six-RBI game the night San Jose clinched the first half North Division title (Giants eventually won Cal League championship). Was leading the league in hitting at the time of his promotion to Double-A in early-July.

Gary Brown: The top hitter on San Jose’s 2011 team that finished with the best record in the California League. Hit an impressive .336 with 34 doubles, 13 triples, 14 home runs, 80 RBI’s and 53 stolen bases. Ended the year on a 16-game hitting streak and was named the California League Rookie of the Year (award given to the top player in the league who is in his first professional season).

Madison Bumgarner: Opened the 2009 season in San Jose, but made just five starts in the California League before a promotion to Double-A. Had a spectacular 1.48 ERA with the Giants while registering 23 strikeouts compared to just four walks in 24 1/3 innings. Oh, and he was only 19 years old at the time. With Buster Posey as his catcher, fired six scoreless innings with just two hits allowed in his Cal League debut to pick-up the win (April 10, 2009 at Municipal Stadium).

Brandon Crawford:
Had three separate, and relatively brief, stints in San Jose before making his major league debut. Was the Giants’ 2009 opening day shortstop and hit a sizzling .371 with six home runs in 25 games before a quick promotion to Double-A. Suffered an injury with Richmond midway through the 2010 season and upon his return to good health, was transferred back to San Jose late in the year. Supplied two of the biggest hits in the 2010 Championship Series in Rancho Cucamonga blasting an 11th inning grand slam during Game 3 before a home run early in the decisive fifth game. Then after another injury sustained during spring training the following year, was added to San Jose’s roster in mid-May. Batted .322 in 14 games and in an unprecedented move, was promoted all the way to San Francisco.

Matt Duffy: His stay in the California League was shorter than most on this list. Joined the Giants in late-July of the 2013 season and would finish the year in the California League. As the club’s primary shortstop down the stretch, hit a solid .292 while producing six doubles and five home runs over 26 games. Was at his best during the playoffs as San Jose won the North Division title. Batted .300 in eight postseason games and was second on the club with five RBI’s.

Adam Duvall:
Set the San Jose Giants team record for home runs with 30 as the club’s everyday third baseman in 2012 (previous record was 26 HR). Also produced 24 doubles, 100 RBI’s and hit .258 while in the California League. Had a stretch of five straight games with a home run in August and reached the 30-homer/100-RBI mark with a round-tripper during the final game of the regular season.

Travis Ishikawa was on the 2005 and 2007 San Jose Giants championship teams

Travis Ishikawa was on the 2005 and 2007 San Jose Giants championship teams

Travis Ishikawa: Like Crawford, played on three different San Jose teams, two of which won Cal League titles. Earned a late-season promotion to the Giants in 2004 before returning to the club to start the following season. Was a top performer on the 2005 San Jose team that still holds most of the franchise’s offensive records. Led the squad with 22 home runs while also contributing 79 RBI’s and a .282 batting average as the Giants rolled to a league championship. Struggles in Double-A during the 2006 and first half of the 2007 seasons brought Ishikawa back to San Jose for the second half of ’07, where he helped the Giants to another California League crown. Hit .268 with 13 home runs in 56 games. Homered during the decisive fifth game of the 2007 Championship Series at Municipal Stadium. His 36 career home runs rank fourth on San Jose’s all-time list.

Tim Lincecum: Joined San Jose just two months after his selection in the first round of the 2006 draft. His stay in the Cal League was brief, but memorable as the top prospect logged a 1.95 ERA in his six starts with strikeout numbers off the charts. Fanned 48 batters in just 27 innings while limiting the opposition to a paltry .135 batting average. Had a start in late-August in which he struck out 11 and gave up just one hit and no runs in five innings. Also was the winning pitcher after a dominant effort in Game 1 of the North Division Series.

Joe Panik: Spent his entire first full professional season with San Jose in 2012. Started slow offensively before catching fire during the second half en route to earning co-team MVP honors. Finished the season with a .297 batting average, 27 doubles, seven home runs and 76 RBI’s in 130 games. Walked more than he struck out. Posted a .337 batting average after the All-Star break and had a stretch of eight consecutive at-bats with a hit in August. 2012 San Jose team notched the best overall record in the North Division.

Juan Perez: While Belt and Crawford may have grabbed most of the headlines on the 2010 championship team, Perez was arguably the most consistent offensive performer from start-to-finish that year. Played in a team-high 131 games and batted .298 with 37 doubles, 10 triples, 13 home runs, 63 RBI’s and 17 stolen bases. In the decisive fifth game of the Championship Series in Rancho Cucamonga, tripled with the score tied in the top of the 10th and scored the game-winning run.

Buster Posey was rated the #1 prospect in the California League while in San Jose during the 2009 season

Buster Posey was rated the #1 prospect in the California League while in San Jose during the 2009 season

Buster Posey: A member of San Jose’s stacked 2009 team that set a club record for wins (93-47) on their way to a California League title. An All-Star catcher with the Giants and widely considered the top prospect in the league that year. Hit an impressive .326 in 80 games before a mid-July promotion all the way to Triple-A Fresno. Also contributed 23 doubles, 13 home runs and 58 RBI’s. Most memorable hit with the San Jose Giants was a 13th inning walk-off home run in early-June while the club was in the thick of the first half division race.

Sergio Romo: Perhaps the most dominant reliever in the California League during the 2007 season. Fashioned a 1.36 ERA and nine saves in 41 relief appearances to help the Giants to the championship. Emerged as the club’s closer during the second half and was a perfect 3-for-3 in save opportunities during the playoffs without allowing a run. Was on the mound when San Jose won the title recording a strikeout to finish the game (sound familiar?). Ended the regular season with a whopping 106 strikeouts and just 15 walks in 66 innings.

Pablo Sandoval: A key contributor on both the 2007 San Jose championship team and the 2008 club. Of note, never played an inning of third base while in the California League – was mainly a catcher with San Jose while also seeing some action at first base. Hit .287 with 11 home runs and 52 RBI’s in 102 games during the ’07 campaign. Was the catcher when Sergio Romo registered a strikeout to end the Championship Series. Despite solid numbers, returned to the Giants the next season and took the Cal League by storm. Was batting .359 with 25 doubles, 12 homers and 59 RBI’s in 68 games when he was promoted to Double-A at the All-Star break in June (would finish the season in San Francisco).

Hunter Strickland was a California League All-Star in 2013 after fashioning a 0.86 ERA with nine saves

Hunter Strickland was a California League All-Star in 2013 after fashioning a 0.86 ERA with nine saves

Hunter Strickland: Was picked-up by San Francisco off waivers from Pittsburgh at the beginning of the 2013 season and was immediately assigned to San Jose. Took just a couple of weeks before emerging as San Jose’s closer and was arguably the top reliever in the league throughout the first half of the season. Compiled a microscopic 0.86 ERA and was a perfect 9-for-9 in save opportunities in his 20 relief appearances. Unfortunately, suffered an elbow injury during a late-May appearance (yet still finished the game to record the save) that required season-ending Tommy John surgery. Upon returning to full strength a year later (May of 2014), was sent back to San Jose and pitched in just three games before a call-up to Double-A.

Andrew Susac: Was a 2011 draftee, but didn’t begin his professional career until he was assigned to San Jose at the start of the 2012 season. Struggled offensively throughout the first four months of the year as he adjusted to the professional game, but finished strong posting a .333 batting average in August to help the Giants reach the playoffs. Ended the year at .244 with nine home runs and 52 RBI’s. Strong finish to the campaign propelled Susac to Double-A in 2013, where he enjoyed more success and established himself as one of the top prospects in the system.

Ryan Vogelsong: Originally drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 1998, was a member of two San Jose teams on his way up to the big leagues. Pitched briefly for the Giants late in 1998 before returning to the California League to start the ’99 campaign. Made 17 starts between the two seasons and compiled a 3.55 ERA and 4-4 record. Helped the 1999 San Jose Giants team reach the playoffs, but had already been promoted to Double-A by the time the postseason began.

News and Notes: Giants In The NLCS

By Joe Ritzo

Madison Bumgarner in 2009 with the San Jose Giants

Madison Bumgarner in 2009 with the San Jose Giants

Behind a strong core of former San Jose Giants, San Francisco returns home this week having split the first two games of the National League Championship Series in St. Louis. Another standout pitching performance from Madison Bumgarner led the Giants to a Game 1 victory before the Cardinals connected for four home runs in Game 2 to even the series.

14 former San Jose Giants were placed on the NLCS roster before Game 1 – one fewer than the Division Series (Gary Brown was removed in favor of the now-healthy Michael Morse). Bumgarner continued his standout postseason in the NLCS opener tossing 7 2/3 scoreless innings with four hits allowed, just one walk and seven strikeouts to pick-up the win. The ace lefty, who already owns two World Series rings, boasts a career postseason ERA of 2.58 while he’s now set a MLB playoff record with 26 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings on the road.

Other former San Jose Giants standouts in the 3-0 Game 1 victory included Pablo Sandoval (3-for-4, 2B) and Travis Ishikawa (2-for-3, RBI). Brandon Belt also had a productive night at the plate with a single, a pair of walks and a key sacrifice fly.

In Game 2, the Giants suffered a heartbreaking 5-4 loss when Cardinals second baseman Kolton Wong launched a ninth-inning solo home run off of Sergio Romo. The top of the ninth, however, saw a bevy of former San Jose Giants come together to produce the tying run extending the game. Singles from former SJ players Andrew Susac and Juan Perez started the rally before Joe Panik drew a critical two-out walk. Pinch-runner Matt Duffy then remarkably scored from second base on a wild pitch to tie the game. Duffy’s rise through the system has been nothing short of incredible as the shortstop finished the 2013 season in San Jose and now, just over a year later, dazzled the baseball world on the biggest stage with his savvy baserunning abilities to tie a playoff game in the ninth inning.

MLB Statcast analysis of Duffy’s Game 2 baserunning

12 of the 14 former San Jose Giants on the NLCS roster have already appeared in the series with Ryan Vogelsong (scheduled Game 4 starter) and Tim Lincecum the only exceptions. The best-of-seven series continues with Game 3 on Tuesday afternoon at AT&T Park.

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE UNDERWAY
The excitement over the former San Jose Giants in the MLB playoffs is understandably grabbing most of the headlines, but the Arizona Fall League season opened last week as well. Seven former SJ Giants are on the Scottsdale Scorpions roster with this year’s Relief Pitcher of the Year Steven Okert off to the strongest start. Over two relief appearances, Okert has worked three scoreless innings with just one hit allowed and five strikeouts. During the 2014 regular season, Okert collected 24 saves (San Jose + Richmond) to lead the entire Giants minor league system.

Offensively, 2014 San Jose MVP Blake Miller is 2-for-7 with a pair of singles and an RBI over his first two games. Top outfield prospect Daniel Carbonell is off to a slow start with just two hits (both singles) in 13 at-bats while he’s already struck out six times. 2013 SJ Giant Kelby Tomlinson is hitless in his first eight at-bats.

Reliever Tyler Rogers fired a scoreless inning in his first appearance while Clayton Blackburn and Tyler Mizenko have yet to pitch in a game.

The Scorpions own a record of 3-2.

LATE START
The 2015 San Jose Giants schedule is now available. The Inside the San Jose Giants Blog will have a further analysis of the schedule at a later date. It is notable, however, that the 2015 season will not begin until April 9 – the latest start date for a California League season in six years. Additionally, the April 16 home opener for the Giants next season is their latest home opener in 10 years dating back to 2005 (April 21).

Five SJ Giants Named Organizational All-Stars

2014_Organizational_All_Sta_xeejzbwl_w0w71czdFive 2014 San Jose Giants – Mitch Delfino, Tyler Horan, Matt Lujan, Blake Miller and Steven Okert – were named to the MiLB.com San Francisco Organizational All-Star team announced this week. Of the 12 players represented on the team, 11 are former San Jose Giants.

The San Francisco farm system posted a cumulative record of 400-365 (.523) this year – the eighth-best winning percentage among the 30 organizations. Double-A Richmond, the Giants’ Arizona Rookie League and Dominican Summer League teams each qualified for the playoffs. The Flying Squirrels reached the Championship Series of the Eastern League Playoffs. Triple-A Fresno, San Jose, Class-A Augusta and Short-Season Salem-Keizer did not reach the postseason in 2014.

DSL-Giants: 46-23 (.667) – lost in semifinals
AZL-Giants: 34-22 (.607) – lost in championship game
Richmond: 79-63 (.556) – lost in championship series
San Jose: 73-67 (.521)
Salem-Keizer: 38-38 (.500)
Fresno: 68-76 (.472)
Augusta: 62-76 (.449)

Miller headlines the list of 2014 San Jose position players named to the organizational All-Star team after earning team MVP honors and then finishing the season with Richmond. Miller hit a combined .300 between the Giants and Flying Squirrels – third-highest in the system among qualifying hitters. His 85 RBI’s ranked tied for second in the system while he also contributed 29 doubles, six triples and eight home runs this year.

Delfino anchored the third base position for San Jose during the 2014 season en route to earning an organizational All-Star nod. In 131 games with the Giants, Delfino posted a .289 batting average, clubbed 28 doubles, 12 home runs and collected 77 RBI’s. He ranked eighth in the organization in hitting and was the fourth-toughest player to strikeout in the California League. Delfino also enjoyed a terrific season defensively with his .950 fielding percentage placing first among California League third basemen.

Horan spent the majority of the season in Augusta earning South Atlantic League All-Star honors before joining the Giants in early-August. He finished the campaign ranked second in the San Francisco farm system in home runs (25), fifth in RBI’s (81) and ninth in the batting average (.284). The outfielder smacked an impressive 10 home runs in just 28 games for San Jose to go with a .321 batting average and a 1.046 OPS.

Lujan and Okert represent the San Jose pitchers to earn recognition on the organizational All-Star team. Lujan, like Horan, was a midseason South Atlantic League All-Star in Augusta this year. He was promoted to the Giants in late-June and finished the year in the San Jose starting rotation. Over 22 starts between the two clubs, Lujan fashioned a stellar 12-4 record with a 2.81 ERA. He struck out 135 and walked just 44 in 141 innings. On the organizational leaderboard, Lujan ranked tied for first in wins, first in strikeouts and third (among qualifying pitchers) in ERA.

Finally, Okert emerged as San Jose’s closer during the first half and was the club’s lone representative on the midseason California League All-Star team. After notching 19 saves to go with a 1.53 ERA while pitching for the Giants, Okert was promoted to Richmond in late-June. Between the two clubs, Okert amassed a Giants farm system-high 24 saves and 92 strikeouts in just 68 1/3 innings.

Past San Jose Giants recognized by MiLB.com this week include Adam Duvall (first base), Matt Duffy (shortstop), Gary Brown (outfield), Chris Dominguez (outfield), Mark Minicozzi (utility) and Chris Heston (pitcher). Duvall led the system in home runs (27) and RBI’s (90) despite multiple stints in San Francisco this year. Duffy won the Eastern League batting title in Richmond after hitting at a .332 clip (also led the organization). Brown ranked third in the system in stolen bases (36) to go with a .271 batting average and 10 home runs in Fresno. Dominguez was a 20-20 guy for the Grizzlies this year, connecting for 21 home runs to go with 21 stolen bases. He was tied for second in the Giants minor league system in RBI’s (85) and third in home runs. Minicozzi’s .306 batting average this season, mainly in Fresno, was second only to Duffy in the organization while Heston was 12-9 with a 3.38 ERA in 28 starts for the Grizzlies.

DSL-Giants catcher Miguel Gomez rounds out the organizational All-Star team.

MiLB.com San Francisco Organizational All-Star Team

C – Miguel Gomez, DSL-Giants
1B – Adam Duvall, Fresno
2B – Blake Miller, San Jose/Richmond
3B – Mitch Delfino, San Jose
SS – Matt Duffy, Richmond
OF – Gary Brown, Fresno
OF – Chris Dominguez, Fresno
OF – Tyler Horan, Augusta/San Jose
Utility – Mark Minicozzi, Fresno
SP (right-handed) – Chris Heston, Fresno
SP (left-handed) – Matt Lujan, Augusta/San Jose
RP – Steven Okert, San Jose/Richmond

MiLB.com Article

Episode 40 – Inside the San Jose Giants

Inside the San Jose Giants podcast
The San Francisco Giants are headed to the NLCS! In this podcast episode, Joe and Ben discuss the impact of the recent former San Jose Giants on San Francisco’s playoff run. The two also revisit their preseason predictions for the Giants minor league system.

San Jose Standouts Begin Arizona Fall League Season This Week

By Joe Ritzo

afl_logoTeam MVP Blake Miller and California League All-Star Steven Okert headline a group of five 2014 San Jose Giants set to begin play in the Arizona Fall League this week. Pitchers Tyler Mizenko and Tyler Rogers as well as outfielder Daniel Carbonell have also been chosen to participate in the prestigious fall league. The 32-game AFL season begins on October 7.

Miller enjoyed a breakout 2014 season in the California League that garnered him an early-August promotion to Double-A Richmond. While in San Jose, the middle infielder hit .299 with 24 doubles, four triples, eight home runs and 73 RBI’s in 96 games. Miller hit over .300 in April, May and June while he was among the league leaders in RBI’s at the time of his promotion. A player with a knack for delivering in the clutch, Miller batted .330 with runners in scoring position and clubbed two grand slams while playing for the Giants.

Miller was a 25th round pick in the 2013 draft out of Division II Western Oregon University and opened this season as a relative unknown in the Giants farm system. However, after his stellar output in San Jose followed by an impressive final month in Richmond, where he hit .304 in 26 games, the Salem, Oregon native has elevated himself to become one of the top infield prospects in the organization. Miller opened the year as a shortstop, but was almost exclusively a second baseman over the season’s final three months. At the conclusion of the season, he was honored as San Jose’s Most Valuable Player.

Okert also enjoyed a breakthrough season as the left-hander was arguably the top reliever in the California League during the first half of the campaign. A fourth round pick in 2012 out of Oklahoma, Okert fashioned a 1.53 ERA and was leading the league with 19 saves when he was promoted to Richmond in late-June. In his 35 1/3 innings with the Giants, Okert struck out 54, walked 11 and failed to convert on a save opportunity just once. Okert is armed with a low-to-mid 90’s fastball and a solid slider that made him especially tough on left-handed hitters (.164 batting average against). He worked more in a set-up role while in Richmond compiling a 2.73 ERA and five saves over 24 appearances. As a Flying Squirrel, Okert also continued to maintain his over strikeout per inning pitched average (38 SO in 33 IP).

Top prospect Daniel Carbonell is one of five 2014 San Jose Giants headed to the Arizona Fall League

Top prospect Daniel Carbonell is one of five 2014 San Jose Giants headed to the Arizona Fall League

Carbonell made quite a splash during the final month of the season in San Jose after joining the team from the Arizona Rookie League Giants. A Cuban defector, Carbonell signed a major league contract with San Francisco last June and thus was immediately placed on the 40-man roster. After his two-week stint in rookie ball, Carbonell was promoted to the California League, where he was immediately thrust into the leadoff spot in San Jose’s lineup while playing in center field everyday. And Carbonell certainly did not disappoint posting a .344 batting average in 21 games to go with three doubles, three triples, three home runs and 12 RBI’s. He also showed well above-average speed collecting seven stolen bases, in addition to playing at a high-level defensively in center.

Carbonell earned a promotion to Richmond for the Eastern League playoffs where he hit .250 (7-for-28) with a pair of triples and two steals in seven games. He may not have even been in the organization three months ago, but there’s no question now that Carbonell is among the top prospects in the entire San Francisco organization. The experience of extending his season in the Arizona Fall League should prove invaluable as he gears up for an important 2015 campaign.

Two top relievers from this year’s San Jose team in Mizenko and Rogers also get the opportunity to play in the Arizona Fall League. Mizenko, who bounced back and forth between the closer and set-up roles in the Giants bullpen all season, logged a 3.48 ERA and 14 saves in a team-high 59 appearances this season. A sinker-slider right-hander, Mizenko struck out 48 and walked 17 in 62 innings. Mizenko, a former 28th rounder, led the South Atlantic League in saves (25) during the 2013 with Class-A Augusta.

Rogers put together an outstanding year in the Cal League notching a 2.00 ERA with a pair of saves in 47 games. Rogers, who features a unique submarine-style delivery, struck out 72 in 62 innings while issuing just 22 walks and limiting the opposition to a .234 batting average. He was at his best at the end of the season compiling a microscopic 0.35 ERA (1 ER/25.2 IP) over his last 16 appearances.

Rogers, a 10th round pick in 2013, was promoted to Richmond for their playoff run in September and likely will be joined by Mizenko in the Flying Squirrels bullpen to open 2015.

Former San Jose Giants Clayton Blackburn and Kelby Tomlinson round out the San Francisco prospects that will play in the Arizona Fall League this season. Blackburn, considered one of the top starting pitching prospects in the system, posted a solid 3.29 ERA with a 5-6 record in 18 starts for Richmond this year. The 21-year old right-hander allowed two runs or fewer in eight out of his last ten starts and is a strong candidate to earn a promotion to Triple-A for the start of the next season. Meanwhile, Tomlinson enjoyed a solid under-the-radar season as an everyday player for Richmond up the middle. Over a team-high 126 games, the former 12th round pick batted .268 with six triples, one homer and 32 RBI’s. His 49 stolen bases led the Eastern League. Tomlinson saw significant playing time at both second base and shortstop this season. Both Blackburn and Tomlinson were members of San Jose’s 2013 North Division championship team.

Matt Duffy and Hunter Strickland were originally slated to play in the Arizona Fall League this season, but both are, of course, on San Francisco’s postseason roster as the Giants continue their playoff push. Mizenko, Rogers and Tomlinson were late-additions to the Scottsdale roster.

All seven players will suit up for the Scottsdale Scorpions. The AFL season continues through November 15. Prospects from the Giants, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates organizations will make-up the Scottsdale club. Our Inside the San Jose Giants Blog will provide frequent updates on these players over the coming weeks.

Former SJ Giants Lead San Francisco Into NLDS

SF Giants logoBehind the efforts of several former San Jose Giants players, the San Francisco Giants advanced to the National League Division Series with a dominant 8-0 shutout victory over the host Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Wild Card game at PNC Park last night. Madison Bumgarner was spectacular on the mound firing a complete-game four-hitter while Brandon Crawford led the charge offensively with a fourth-inning grand slam.

15 out of the 25 players on San Francisco’s Wild Card roster yesterday were former San Jose Giants, including seven of the nine in the starting lineup. Bumgarner, who excelled in the California League with San Jose during the first half of the 2009 season, is no stranger to MLB postseason success after his memorable performances in the ’10 and ’12 World Series’. The 25-year old left-hander dazzled last night shutting out the Pirates, the fourth-highest scoring team in the league this season, while issuing just one walk and registering 10 strikeouts.

Offensively, Crawford provided the big hit as his grand slam made the score 4-0 and the Giants never looked back. It marked the first grand slam hit by a shortstop in a major league postseason game EVER. Of course, San Jose fans have already seen Crawford show a flair for the dramatic in the playoffs when he belted an 11th inning grand slam in Game Three of the 2010 Championship Series against Rancho Cucamonga to lead the Giants to a pivotal victory. Two days later, Crawford smacked a two-run homer early in the decisive fifth game of the series as San Jose knocked off a Mike Trout-led Quakes team to take home the championship.

Bumgarner and Crawford garnered most of the headlines last night, but they weren’t the only former San Jose Giants that keyed the victory in Pittsburgh. 2010 SJ Giant Brandon Belt was on base four times, rapping out two singles, drawing two walks and collecting three RBI’s. Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval contributed two hits apiece while Joe Panik, in his first ever big league playoff game, added three hits from the second spot in the order.

Of the seven former San Jose Giants that were in San Francisco’s starting lineup yesterday, six were members of championship teams in the California League:
– Sandoval and Ishikawa in 2007
– Bumgarner, Crawford and Posey in 2009
– Belt and Crawford in 2010

Among the 15 former SJ Giants on the Wild Card roster yesterday, Gary Brown, Matt Duffy, Adam Duvall, Panik, Juan Perez, Hunter Strickland and Andrew Susac were participating in their first big league playoffs.

Now it’s on to the National League Division Series and a match-up with the powerhouse Washington Nationals. The best-of-five series begins on Friday afternoon with Game One in DC. San Francisco is expected to announce their NLDS roster early Friday and it once again is expected to feature a majority of former San Jose players. The series shifts to AT&T Park for Games Three and Four (if necessary) on Monday and Tuesday respectively.

Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey with the San Jose Giants during the 2009 season

Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey with the San Jose Giants during the 2009 season

News and Notes: California League Affiliation Shuffle

By Joe Ritzo

Cal-League1The 2014 Minor League Baseball season officially ended two weeks ago, but the rest of September still saw a constant flow of news as the every-other-year dance of player development contracts expiring and the subsequent shuffling of affiliations took place. The big news in the Giants organization was, of course, the change in Triple-A affiliation from Fresno to Sacramento (all other SF affiliates remain the same). Meanwhile in the California League, there were changes to affiliations for the first time in four years.

The first domino to fall was the move of the Cincinnati Reds out of Bakersfield and to the Florida State League’s Daytona franchise. That left an opening in Bakersfield, which was promptly filled by the Seattle Mariners, who decided to move on from High Desert. Cincinnati had been partnered with the Blaze since the 2011 season. During their four-year run, Bakersfield twice qualified for the playoffs, winning first half North Division titles in 2012 and 2014.

Now, Mariners prospects will make their way to San Jose four times in 2015 as Bakersfield plays 15 games at Municipal Stadium – most of any Giants opponent. San Jose opens their home schedule against the Blaze on April 16.

It was then the Mavericks’ turn to acquire a new major league affiliate eventually resulting in the Texas Rangers returning to the California League as the AL West team signed a Player Development Contract with High Desert. The Mavericks had been affiliated with Seattle since 2007 with their best season coming in ’09 when they lost to the Giants in the California League Championship Series. High Desert, known for it’s extreme hitter-friendly conditions, has now had eight major league affiliations since the franchise’s inception in 1991.

Texas was last in the Cal League as Bakersfield’s High-A affiliate from 2005 to 2010.

To review…
Bakersfield Blaze: now a Seattle Mariners affiliate (formerly Cincinnati)
High Desert Mavericks: now a Texas Rangers affiliate (formerly Seattle)

The other eight teams in the California League saw no changes in their major league affiliation. Prior to this year, the Cal League last saw affiliation switches after the 2010 season when Rancho Cucamonga and Inland Empire flip-flopped with the Quakes signing on with the Dodgers and the 66ers with the Angels. Bakersfield also changed from Texas to Cincinnati immediately after the 2010 campaign.

With the Rangers now in High Desert, all 10 teams from the National and American League Western divisions are now represented in the California League for the 2015 season.

North:
Bakersfield Blaze – Seattle
Modesto Nuts – Colorado
San Jose Giants – San Francisco
Stockton Ports – Oakland
Visalia Rawhide – Arizona

South:
High Desert Mavericks – Texas
Inland Empire 66ers – Los Angeles Angels
Lake Elsinore Storm – San Diego
Lancaster JetHawks – Houston
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes – Los Angeles Dodgers

ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERS

Several San Jose Giants were among the statistical leaders in San Francisco’s minor league system this season, notably pitcher Matt Lujan, first baseman Brian Ragira, outfielder Tyler Horan and infielder Blake Miller. Lujan, who opened the year in Augusta (Class-A) before a late-June promotion to San Jose, ranked tied for first in the Giants minor league system in wins (12) and first in strikeouts (135). Six of those 12 victories came in San Jose. Lujan also ranked third in the Giants system among starting pitchers in ERA at 2.81.

Brian Ragira ranked fourth in the San Francisco farm system in home runs (20) and RBI's (82) this season

Brian Ragira ranked fourth in the San Francisco farm system in home runs (20) and RBI’s (82) this season

Ragira led the San Jose team in home runs (20) and RBI’s (82) this season. Those totals each ranked fourth-best among all players in the Giants minor league system in 2014. Horan, who was added to the San Jose roster from Augusta in early-August, hit 25 home runs this year – second-most in the farm system (Adam Duvall led with 27 HR’s). 10 of Horan’s 25 homers came in the California League. His 81 RBI’s between the GreenJackets and Giants was fifth-best overall.

San Jose team MVP Blake Miller had a breakout year offensively in 2014. Between the Giants and Double-A Richmond, Miller hit a combined .300 – third-best in the system among qualifying hitters (trailing only Matt Duffy and Mark Minicozzi). His 85 RBI’s between the two teams was tied for second with Fresno’s Chris Dominguez (behind only Duvall).

Other 2014 San Jose Giants among San Francisco’s minor league leaders included Elliott Blair (SJ + Richmond) ranking fourth with a .299 overall batting average. Giants catcher Ben Turner had the sixth-highest batting average in the system at .298 while center fielder Jesus Galindo ranked fifth with 31 stolen bases. Cal League All-Star Steven Okert collected 24 saves between San Jose and Richmond this year – most in the Giants farm system. 19 of those saves came in the California League. Finally, Chris Stratton’s 120 strikeouts between SJ and Richmond were fourth-best.

SAN JOSE WELL REPRESENTED ON 40-MAN
September is always an exciting month regardless of San Francisco’s standing in the playoff race (although it’s even better, obviously, when the Giants are among baseball’s best). Rosters expand and several young prospects get the opportunity to see big league action, often for the first time. Yesterday’s blog post detailed the 11 former San Jose Giants who debuted in the major leagues this year.

Among the players on San Francisco’s 40-man roster at the end of the regular season, 22 are former San Jose Giants. Of those 22, only outfielders Daniel Carbonell and Jarrett Parker, pitcher Kendry Flores and first baseman Angel Villalona were not called-up this September and thus have yet to appear in a major league game. Perhaps next year that quartet will get their first taste of “The Show.”

San Francisco has yet to officially set their roster for Wednesday’s Wild Card game in Pittsburgh, but it will certainly have a significant San Jose flavor, most notably with 2009 SJ Giant Madison Bumgarner scheduled to make the start on the mound.

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11 Former SJ Giants Make MLB Debuts In 2014

By Joe Ritzo

Joe Panik led all National League rookies with a .305 batting average

Joe Panik led all National League rookies with a .305 batting average

The 2014 season saw 11 former San Jose Giants make their major league debuts – tied for the second-most in team history in a single year. Highlights included Joe Panik emerging as San Francisco’s everyday second baseman after a midseason call-up, Andrew Susac and Matt Duffy providing quality depth to the Giants position player ranks and Hunter Strickland dazzling as a late-inning reliever during the stretch run. Over the 27-year history of the team, 173 former San Jose Giants have reached the major leagues.

Panik’s debut on June 21 marked the first of three players from San Jose’s 2012 team to earn their first call-up to San Francisco this summer with Adam Duvall and Susac soon following. Panik, a former first round draft pick of the San Francisco Giants who excelled in the California League two years ago, picked-up his first big league hit on June 22 in Arizona. Panik produced multi-hits three times over his first 10 days in the big leagues, but it wasn’t until early-August when he established himself as the Giants’ primary second baseman. A three-hit game in New York on August 4 was followed by a two-hit effort the following night in Milwaukee before another three-hit game the next day. Panik then delivered five straight multi-hit games in the middle of the month to raise his season average over .300.

On August 22 in Washington, Panik knocked out four hits, including his first major league home run, to lead the team to victory as the Giants snapped the Nationals’ 10-game winning streak. Panik came through with another four-hit game a week later before a memorable 5-for-5 night at home against Arizona on September 9. In 73 games overall with San Francisco in his rookie season, Panik hit an impressive .305 with 10 doubles, two triples, one home run and 18 RBI’s. He struck out just 33 times in 269 at-bats while also providing solid defense at second base. His .305 batting average led all National League rookies.

Just five days after Panik debuted, Duvall made his first appearance in the big leagues. Duvall set the San Jose Giants single-season home run record in 2012 when he blasted 30 round-trippers and was leading the Triple-A Pacific Coast League with 23 homers at time of his promotion. And in his first ever major league game and third-ever at-bat, Duvall went deep as he connected for a solo home run against Cincinnati’s Mike Leake at AT&T Park.

Duvall’s first stint with San Francisco lasted just one week, but the slugging corner infielder returned 2 1/2 weeks later and again showed a flair for the dramatic. In his first game back with the club (July 21 at Philadelphia), Duvall belted a two-run home run off of Cliff Lee to lead the Giants to a key victory. Duvall homered again in the regular season finale on September 28, but overall his playing time was sparse down the stretch. He finished with a .192 batting average in 73 at-bats to go with two doubles, three home runs and five RBI’s.

Andrew Susac hit .273 with 3 HR and 19 RBI in San Francisco after his late-July call-up

Andrew Susac hit .273 with 3 HR and 19 RBI in San Francisco after his late-July call-up

Meanwhile, Susac was called-up in late-July to bolster the Giants catching corps after Hector Sanchez’s placement on the disabled list. The former second round draft pick debuted on July 26 coming off the bench against the Dodgers before receiving his first start three days later versus Pittsburgh. Susac began to show he belonged on August 10 in Kansas City with a two-hit, three-RBI game. He then smacked his first career home run 10 days later at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs. Susac homered three times over a two-week period throughout late-August and early-September as his batting average neared .300. With continued success, Susac’s playing time increased as the top prospect saw regular action behind the dish throughout September with Buster Posey often shifting to first base.

In 88 at-bats overall, Susac hit .273 with eight doubles, three home runs and 19 RBI’s. He hit a stellar .367 (11-for-30) with runners in scoring position.

Panik, Duvall and Susac are the first players from San Jose’s 2012 team to reach the major leagues with San Francisco. Going forward, it would certainly appear that Panik has solidified an everyday starting spot on the club while Susac’s strong impression throughout August and September is an encouraging sign for his future. Duvall showed glimpses of his power, but will obviously need a more consistent output and improved defense (whether at first or third base) to warrant a more regular role in 2015.

Duffy then became the first member of the 2013 San Jose team to reach the big leagues when he received a call-up all the way from Double-A Richmond on August 1. Duffy, who finished the ’13 campaign with San Jose, was leading the Eastern League with a .332 batting average at the time of his promotion. He then produced an RBI single in his debut game on the 1st against the Mets before a two-hit night a week later in Kansas City.

Duffy received a handful of starts throughout August, but was mainly relegated to the bench down the stretch due to Panik’s emergence at second base. Duffy though would make the most of his opportunity as the infielder became San Francisco’s most reliable right-handed pinch-hitter throughout September. He rapped out six hits in 16 at-bats with six RBI’s as a pinch-hitter, including a game-winning two-run single in the ninth inning on September 17 at Arizona. Overall, Duffy hit a solid .267 in 60 at-bats with two doubles, no home runs and eight RBI’s. Despite having yet to play a game at the Triple-A level, Duffy clearly has put himself in the mix for a role on the 2015 San Francisco Giants.

Four former San Jose Giants were then September call-ups in San Francisco headlined by Strickland. The hard-throwing right-hander dominated as San Jose’s closer during the first half of 2013 before undergoing season-ending Tommy John Surgery. He returned to action a year later opening his 2014 campaign back in San Jose, but made just three appearances before a quick promotion to Richmond. Like Duffy, Strickland was ultimately promoted to the big leagues straight from Double-A and the aggressive move clearly paid off.

In his nine relief appearances with San Francisco during September, Strickland fashioned a perfect 0.00 ERA tossing seven innings with just five hits allowed, no walks and nine strikeouts. Just as he did in the California League, Strickland showcased an upper 90’s fastball with pinpoint control to go with a hard, tight slider. His role in the big league bullpen gradually increased as September progressed to where Strickland was asked to record outs late in games, including an extra-inning save on September 22 at Dodger Stadium. Strickland was so impressive after his September call-up that it seems almost certain that he’ll be a significant contributor out of the Giants bullpen next season.

Former first round pick Gary Brown was a September call-up this season

Former first round pick Gary Brown was a September call-up this season

Other September call-ups this season included outfielders Gary Brown and Chris Dominguez and pitcher Chris Heston. Brown, the former first round draft pick and 2011 California League Rookie of the Year, struggled throughout most of 2013 at the Triple-A level before showing gradual improvement this year in Fresno. He debuted in the major leagues on September 3 and was used mainly as a late-inning defensive replacement down the stretch. He recorded his first hit in the season’s penultimate game on September 27 finishing 3-for-7 overall at the plate.

Dominguez was San Jose’s primary third baseman during the first half of 2011, but has transitioned to play more outfield in recent seasons. Like Brown, he debuted on September 3 and initially received little action. Dominguez was then given a surprise start on September 21 at San Diego and crushed a home run for his first big league hit. Unfortunately, that was Dominguez’s only hit in 17 at-bats. He started four times in left field over the final eight games of the season.

Finally, after his successful 2014 as the top starting pitcher for Triple-A Fresno, Heston garnered a September call-up. He made his debut on the 13th with a scoreless inning of relief against the Dodgers at AT&T Park. Heston then made the start in the regular season finale on September 28 versus the Padres and tossed four innings with three runs and six hits allowed. Heston led the California League in ERA while with San Jose in 2011.

Three former San Jose Giants debuted with teams other than San Francisco in 2014. Seth Rosin, a pitcher on San Jose’s 2012 club, made Texas’ opening day roster making him the first former SJ Giant to reach the big leagues this year. In three relief appearances with the Rangers, Rosin totaled four innings with three runs allowed and three strikeouts. He was designated for assignment less than two weeks after the first game to clear roster space and promptly signed by the Phillies. He finished the year working out of the bullpen for Philadelphia’s Double-A affiliate in Reading.

Edwin Escobar was traded to Boston in late-July as part of the Jake Peavy deal and became the second member of San Jose’s 2013 squad to debut when the Red Sox called him up in late-August. An All-Star starting pitcher while in the California League, Escobar pitched a scoreless inning of relief on August 27 at Toronto. He made just two appearances overall with Boston working two innings with one run allowed.

Catcher Jackson Williams also debuted on August 27 when he was called-up to the Colorado Rockies. A top prospect on San Jose’s 2008 team, Williams played in Fresno from 2010 to 2013 before signing with Colorado as a minor league free agent last offseason. In seven games with the Rockies late in the season, Williams finished 3-for-14 (.214) with a home run and three RBI’s.

The 11 former San Jose Giants who debuted in the major leagues this season:
1. Seth Rosin, Texas Rangers, March 31 debut
2. Joe Panik, San Francisco Giants, June 23
3. Adam Duvall, San Francisco Giants, June 26
4. Andrew Susac, San Francisco Giants, July 26
5. Matt Duffy, San Francisco Giants, August 1
6. Edwin Escobar, Boston Red Sox, August 27
7. Jackson Williams, Colorado Rockies, August 27
8. Hunter Strickland, San Francisco Giants, September 1
9. Gary Brown, San Francisco Giants, September 3
10. Chris Dominguez, San Francisco Giants, September 3
11. Chris Heston, San Francisco Giants, September 13

The 11 players is topped only in 2008 when 15 former San Jose Giants debuted in “The Show,” highlighted by Pablo Sandoval and Sergio Romo. 11 players tied the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres) for the most by a California League affiliate this year.

Full List of Former SJ Giants To Reach Major Leagues

Episode 39 – Inside the San Jose Giants

Podcast graphicThe San Jose Giants 2014 season is in the books! In this podcast, Joe and Ben review the year, highlighting standout individual performances, discussing the club’s improvement in the second half and why the team came up short in their quest for the playoffs.

2014 San Jose Giants Season In Review

season recap graphic3By Joe Ritzo

The 2014 San Jose Giants season saw the club recover from a slow start to post the franchise’s 11th straight winning campaign, but fall short of extending their league-record streak of consecutive playoff appearances.

The year began with high expectations as the Giants, armed with a prospect-laden starting rotation, embarked on a challenging early-season schedule. San Jose though struggled out of the gate as the team endured three separate four-game losing streaks in April. Third baseman Mitch Delfino started the year hot blasting six home runs during the opening month while infielder Blake Miller quickly emerged as a threat in the middle of the order. 2013 co-team MVP Mac Williamson returned to San Jose as a DH-only while attempting to rehab from an elbow injury. To no surprise, Williamson thrived at the plate hitting .318 with three home runs in 23 games, but the elbow didn’t respond and the slugging outfielder was forced to undergo season-ending surgery at the end of the month.

As the starting rotation was marred by inconsistency and the bullpen struggled to hold leads in the late-innings, the Giants fell to a season-high eight games below .500 at 12-20 after a May 5 home loss to Modesto. The tide though slowly began to turn as San Jose recovered to take the next three games from the Nuts before a solid 4-3 road trip against division rivals Stockton and Visalia. Steven Okert stepped forward as a dominant closer and would remain perfect in save chances through early-June. The relief corps, expected to be a major strength of the team coming into the year, recovered from their difficult start. Tyler Mizenko took the reigns as a reliable set-up man, Tyler Rogers joined the team from Augusta and immediately made a positive impact while Stephen Johnson and Mason McVay settled into their roles in middle relief. Joe Kurrasch was added to the roster from Extended Spring Training and stabilized the starting rotation with a string of impressive outings while Miller continued his first half surge at the plate, highlighted by a walk-off grand slam in the 11th inning to defeat Stockton on May 22.

Closer Steven Okert was San Jose's lone All-Star representative this season after collecting a league-best 19 saves in the first half

Closer Steven Okert was San Jose’s lone All-Star representative this season after collecting a league-best 19 saves in the first half

A five-game winning streak during the first week of June returned the Giants to .500 for the first time since early-April. Power hitters Brian Ragira and Chuckie Jones began to hit their strides after slow starts while center fielder Jesus Galindo put the finishing touches on a successful half from the leadoff spot of the order. San Jose completed the first half in fourth place in the North Division with a 34-36 record. Okert was the club’s lone All-Star representative after fashioning a 1.57 ERA and converting 19 out of 20 save chances. Okert then went on to save the All-Star Game for the California League against the Carolina League with a scoreless ninth inning.

The Giants looked to start fast in the second half, but again struggled early dropping six out of their first eight games. But unlike in the first half, the team quickly recovered and would put together their best extended stretch of the season. Following three straight victories at home over Visalia to close out June, San Jose traveled to Modesto and took three games in a row from the Nuts – their first road series sweep of the year. Unfazed by a home series loss to hard-charging Stockton over the Fourth of July weekend, the Giants swept three games from first half champion Bakersfield. A 13-strikeout performance from starting pitcher Matt Lujan, who had joined the team from Augusta at the start of the second half, then highlighted a series split at first-place Stockton. San Jose kept streaking through mid-July with their best homestand of the year, a 6-1 week against South Division opponents Rancho Cucamonga and Lake Elsinore that included a pair of walk-off extra-inning victories.

Outfielder Elliott Blair paced the club during the run with a .402 batting average throughout July while infielder Brandon Bednar also excelled at the plate after joining the team from Augusta at the start of the month. In addition to Lujan, Kendry Flores (2.22 ERA) and Pat Young (4-0, 3.04 ERA) thrived in the starting rotation during July. Out of the bullpen, Mizenko and Bryce Bandilla shared the closer’s duties capably after the promotion of Okert to Double-A Richmond. From June 27 to July 22, the Giants went 18-6 to catch Stockton for first place in the second half race while moving three games ahead of Visalia in the Wild Card.

Back-to-back difficult weekends followed, however, against rivals Visalia and Stockton as the Giants fell in the standings. San Jose dropped four straight games in Visalia, including two heartbreaking walk-off defeats, to mark their first time swept since early-April. The Giants then opened August by losing three out of four to the Ports at Municipal Stadium as Stockton began to put significant distance between themselves and the rest of the division in the second half. And for the first time all year, San Jose endured significant roster turnover forcing the club to make adjustments heading into the final month. Kurrasch was sidelined for almost a month due to a groin injury. Pitcher and former first round pick Chris Stratton was promoted to Richmond with offensive stars Blair and Miller joining him a few days later. Flores and Galindo then both suffered season-ending injuries during a doubleheader in Bakersfield on August 6.

Top prospect Daniel Carbonell joined the Giants late in the season and hit a sizzling .344 over 21 games

Top prospect Daniel Carbonell joined the Giants late in the season and hit a sizzling .344 over 21 games

The result was a Giants roster peppered with new faces as the club looked to make a strong push to the playoffs throughout August. Slugging outfielder Tyler Horan was added from Augusta to give San Jose a feared left-handed power bat in their lineup for the first time all year. And Horan delivered clubbing 10 home runs with a .321 batting average in his 28 games from the middle of the order. Veteran outfielder Ryan Lollis came down from Richmond while Nick Vander Tuig was promoted from Augusta to help bolster a depleted starting rotation. A few days later, top prospect and Cuban defector Daniel Carbonell was added and took over in center for the injured Galindo. The dynamic Carbonell dazzled at the top of the order with a sizzling .344 batting average, three homers and seven stolen bases in his three weeks with the team.

The Giants briefly reclaimed the Wild Card lead thanks to a five-game winning streak against Bakersfield and Lancaster before an up-and-down road trip during the middle of August. San Jose suffered consecutive extra-inning losses in Rancho Cucamonga, but followed that with two wins in Stockton, including a wild 11-10 victory in the series opener. With two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Giants returned home tied with Visalia for the final playoff spot in the North Division.

San Jose began their final homestand with a pair of wins over Modesto, but managed just one hit in the finale in taking a loss to fall a game back. The Giants and Rawhide then matched-up in a showdown series to conclude San Jose’s home schedule. Unfortunately for the Giants, they were shutout twice by Visalia in dropping two out of three. The costly series loss put San Jose two games back of the red-hot Rawhide heading into the final week of the regular season.

The Giants traveled to Southern California to end the year and won three out of their first four games of their final road trip against Lake Elsinore and High Desert, but did not gain any ground on Visalia in the standings. On the third-to-last-day of the season, the Rawhide officially eliminated San Jose from playoff contention – the first time since 2003 that the Giants did not qualify for the postseason. San Jose ended the year with an overall record of 73-67.

Mitch Delfino's excellent 2014 season included a team-high 28 doubles, 12 home runs, 77 RBI's and the club's Defensive Player of the Year award

Mitch Delfino’s excellent 2014 season included a team-high 28 doubles, 12 home runs, 77 RBI’s and the club’s Defensive Player of the Year award

INDIVIDUAL STANDOUTS

• Joe Biagini, RHP (23 GS, 10-9, 4.01 ERA) – Bay Area native was a steady performer in the starting rotation leading the team in wins and ranking fifth in the league in ERA.
• Elliott Blair, OF (.316, 5 HR, 35 RBI) – Versatile outfielder returned for his second season in San Jose and was leading the team in batting average at time of his promotion to Richmond on August 1. Played all three outfield positions and hit .360 after the All-Star break.
• Daniel Carbonell, OF (.344, 3 HR, 12 RBI) – Top prospect outfielder joined San Jose in early-August after signing a major league contract with San Francisco two months earlier. Batted .344 and had multi-hits in nine out of his 21 games.
• Mitch Delfino, 3B (.289, 12 HR, 77 RBI) – Tied for the team lead in games (131) and won San Jose’s Defensive Player of the Year award for his play at third base. Steady performer offensively who led the club in doubles (28) and hits (154), was second in RBI’s and third in home runs.
• Kendry Flores, RHP (20 GS, 4-6, 4.09 ERA) – 40-man roster member, struck out 112 in 105 2/3 innings. Had a 2.60 ERA in eight second half starts before an early-August season-ending shoulder injury.
• Tyler Horan, OF (.321, 10 HR, 27 RBI) – Had a stellar final month with the Giants after his promotion from Augusta. Hit 10 home runs in 28 games and had an OPS of 1.046.
• Chuckie Jones, OF (.256, 15 HR, 66 RBI) – Primary right fielder hit 12 out of his 15 home runs after June 1 and was second on the team with 17 stolen bases.
• Joe Kurrasch, LHP (15 GS, 8-4, 3.05 ERA) – Inserted into the starting rotation in early-May and went onto win the team’s Pitcher of the Year award. Allowed two runs or fewer in 11 out of his 15 starts.
• Matt Lujan, LHP (12 GS, 6-2, 3.42 ERA) – A workhorse in the starting rotation during the second half after his midseason promotion from Augusta. Pitched at least six innings in 10 out of his last 11 starts and had a 1.64 ERA in his final five outings.
• Blake Miller, 2B/SS (.299, 8 HR, 73 RBI) – San Jose’s team MVP and Offensive Player of the Year after a stellar first full professional season. Hit over .300 in April, May and June. Was among the league leaders in RBI’s at the time of his promotion to Double-A on August 1.
• Tyler Mizenko, RHP (59 G, 3.48 ERA, 14 SV) – Led the league in appearances and was San Jose’s primary closer in the second half. Had a stretch of 17 consecutive scoreless innings throughout June and July.
• Steven Okert, LHP (33 G, 1.53 ERA, 19 SV) – San Jose’s lone All-Star representative was leading the California League in saves at the time of his promotion to Richmond in late-June. Struck out 54 in 35 1/3 innings. Named the club’s Relief Pitcher of the Year.
• Brian Ragira, 1B (.260, 20 HR, 82 RBI) – Everyday first baseman recovered from a slow start to lead the team in home runs and RBI’s. Hit .297 with 15 home runs in the second half.
• Tyler Rogers, RHP (47 G, 2.00 ERA) – Standout set-up man in the Giants bullpen. Allowed just one earned run over his last 25 2/3 innings.
• Ben Turner, C (.298, 2 HR, 40 RBI) – San Jose’s main catcher hit .336 from June 1 through the end of the season.

Joe Kurrasch allowed two runs or fewer in 11 out of his 15 starts on his way to winning the team's Pitcher of the Year award

Joe Kurrasch allowed two runs or fewer in 11 out of his 15 starts on his way to winning the team’s Pitcher of the Year award

TEAM NOTES

Playoff Streak Ends… San Jose (73-67) finished the regular season two games behind the Visalia Rawhide (75-65) in the North Division Wild Card standings. It was the first time since 2003 that the Giants did not reach the postseason. During their league record streak of 10 straight playoff appearances (2004-2013), San Jose won four league championships. Despite not qualifying for the postseason, the Giants still posted their 11th consecutive winning season – the longest active streak in the league. This year’s San Jose club was just the fourth team since the California League expanded to its current playoff format in 1995 to not reach the postseason with a record above .500.

League Rankings… Offensively, the Giants ranked sixth among ten teams in the California League in batting average (.267), ninth in runs scored (4.7 per game) and ninth in home runs (103). On the mound, San Jose’s team ERA of 4.51 was fifth in the league and the highest for a Giants team since 2003.

Winning Months… After struggling in April (11-16) and finishing .500 in May (15-15), the Giants posted winning records in June (13-11), July (18-11) and August (15-14).

Count ‘Em Up… 51 players suited up for the San Jose Giants during the 2014 season (27 position players and 24 pitchers). Of the 25 players on the opening day roster, 12 were still with the club at the end of the regular season. Three San Francisco Giants had rehab assignments with San Jose this season: Jeremy Affeldt, Brandon Belt and Santiago Casilla.

Blake Miller was named the 2014 San Jose Giants MVP after hitting .299 with eight home runs and 73 RBI's

Blake Miller was named the 2014 San Jose Giants MVP after hitting .299 with eight home runs and 73 RBI’s

Odds And Ends… San Jose’s longest win streak of the year was six games (June 27-July 3) while their longest losing streak was four (five times) … The Giants had five walk-off wins this season with one coming on a home run (Blake Miller’s grand slam vs. Stockton on May 22) … Miller had the longest hitting streak this year when he hit safely in 15 straight games during the first half … San Jose was a streaky team in extra-innings dropping their first four games in extras before winning six out of the seven and then losing three out of their last four (7-8 overall) … The Giants’ 21-13 record in one-run games was second-best in the league … Three San Jose players had five hits in a game (Mac Williamson – April 24 vs. Visalia, Jesus Galindo – June 28 vs. Visalia and Brian Ragira – August 27 at Lake Elsinore) … The Giants’ largest margin of victory this season was a 13-0 shutout of Lake Elsinore during the final week (August 27) while their worst lost came on the Fourth of July at home against Stockton (17-6) … San Jose was a combined 22-34 (.393) against Stockton and Visalia and 51-33 (.607) against the rest of the league.

Sixth Straight Year Of 200,000 Attendance…
2014 marked San Jose’s sixth consecutive year with a total home attendance figure of at least 200,000 (after never having reached the milestone prior to 2009). The Giants ranked second in the California League in both total attendance (200,124) and average fans per home game (2,859).

A LOOK TO 2015

The 28th season of San Jose Giants baseball opens on Thursday, April 9 at Lancaster. The Giants begin the year with seven straight road games before their home opener on Thursday, April 16 versus the Bakersfield Blaze. San Jose hosts games at Municipal Stadium on Mother’s Day (May 10), Memorial Day (May 25), Father’s Day (June 21) and Independence Day (July 4) next season.

Full and half season ticket packages for the 2015 San Jose Giants season are on sale now. Tickets are available for purchase online at sjgiants.com, over the phone at (408) 297-1435 and in person at the Municipal Stadium box office Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Be sure to visit sjgiants.com and the Inside the San Jose Giants Blog throughout the offseason for all of the latest team news and 2015 roster projections.

The 2015 San Jose Giants season begins on April 9

The 2015 San Jose Giants season begins on April 9

Giants Conclude Regular Season With Four-Game Series At High Desert

San Jose Giants (71-65) at High Desert Mavericks (64-72)
san jose giants
At Heritage Field

• Friday, August 29, 7:05 PM
• Saturday, August 30, 7:05 PM
• Sunday, August 31, 5:05 PM
• Monday, September 1, 5:05 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Friday
San Jose – Joe Kurrasch (7-4, 3.16)
High Desert – Will Mathis (5-7, 5.08)

Saturday
San Jose – Nick Vander Tuig (3-1, 4.67)
High Desert – TBA

Sunday
San Jose – Jake Smith (0-0, 0.00)
High Desert – Lars Huijer (1-4, 6.85)

Monday
San Jose – Matt Lujan (5-2, 3.38)
High Desert – Dylan Unsworth (6-9, 5.61)

Broadcast Information
The entire series can be heard live on sjgiants.com with Joe Ritzo calling all of the action. Radio broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to first pitch with The Giants Pregame Show. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App.

Giants Conclude Regular Season With Four Games At High Desert
The San Jose Giants continue their road trip this evening with the opener of a four-game series against the High Desert Mavericks at Heritage Field. Joe Kurrasch (7-4, 3.16) is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose tonight. This series versus the Mavericks concludes the regular season for the Giants.

Last Series
The Giants won two out of three games against the host Lake Elsinore Storm in a series that concluded last night. San Jose claimed the opener on Tuesday by a 4-1 score before knocking out a season-high 19 hits in a 13-0 shutout of the Storm on Wednesday. The Giants sweep bid, however, fell short as Lake Elsinore earned an 8-5 victory last night. In yesterday’s contest, San Jose rallied from an early three-run deficit eventually tying the game 5-5 in the top of the sixth on a Brandon Bednar solo home run. The Storm though moved back in front with a three-run bottom of the seventh en route to salvaging a game in the series.

Playoff Race
San Jose’s 71-65 overall record is three games behind the Visalia Rawhide (74-62) for the North Division Wild Card lead. Including tonight, there are four games remaining in the regular season. The Giants have reached the playoffs in a California League record 10 consecutive years (2004-2013). Among the last 10 years, San Jose has qualified for the playoffs as the first half North Division champion eight times and as the Wild Card team twice (2004, 2012). The last time the Giants did not reach the playoffs was during the 2003 season. Lenn Sakata has never missed the postseason as San Jose’s manager (1999, 2001, 2004-07).

11th Straight Winning Season

Wednesday’s victory in Lake Elsinore clinched San Jose’s 11th consecutive winning season – the longest active streak in the California League. The Giants last finished below .500 in 2003 (58-82).

Team Awards

The Giants handed out their team awards during the final homestand last week. Award winners included: Blake Miller (Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year), Joe Kurrasch (Pitcher of the Year), Mitch Delfino (Defensive Player of the Year) and Steven Okert (Relief Pitcher of the Year). Miller and Okert are both currently playing for Double-A Richmond. There were no San Jose players on the postseason California League All-Star team announced last week.

Ragira’s Strong Second Half
After batting just .224 with five home runs and 36 RBI’s in the first half, first baseman Brian Ragira has hit .294 with 14 homers and 42 RBI’s since the All-Star break. Ragira hit six home runs in July and has smacked seven more home runs thus far in August. His 19 home runs and 78 RBI’s lead the team. Over his last 13 games, Ragira is batting .392 (20-for-51) with seven home runs and 18 RBI’s. He became the third Giant to record five hits in game this season (Mac Williamson and Jesus Galindo) when he accomplished the feat on Wednesday in Lake Elsinore.

On The Road

San Jose is 33-33 on the road this season. The Giants are batting .276 as a team on the road and scoring 5.0 runs per game compared to a .254 average and 4.2 runs per contest at home. Conversely, San Jose’s team ERA on the road (4.98) is considerably higher than at home (4.02).

Carbonell File
Outfielder Daniel Carbonell joined San Jose from the AZL-Giants (Rookie) on August 8 and is batting .313 with three home runs, nine RBI’s and five stolen bases in 18 games. Over the first three games of the current road trip, Carbonell is 7-for-14 (.500) with a double, a triple and three stolen bases. A 23-year old native of Cuba, Carbonell signed a major league contract with San Francisco in June and was placed on the 40-man roster. Carbonell is the only player on San Jose’s active roster that was selected to play in the Arizona Fall League as was announced earlier this week.

Versus The South

San Jose has fared well against South Division teams this season posting a 25-15 (.625) record. By comparison, the Giants are 46-50 (.479) against North Division clubs. San Jose swept a three-game set against High Desert during their only previous meeting this year (June 3-5 at Municipal Stadium).

Odds And Ends
The Giants are 21-13 (.618) in one-run games this season – the second-best record in the California League … A win tonight would move San Jose to a season-high tying seven games above .500 overall … The Giants are 14-12 in August with three games remaining this month … San Jose’s only losing month this year has been April (11-16).

Opponent Notes: High Desert Mavericks
The High Desert Mavericks, an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, own an overall record of 64-72. High Desert is currently leading for the second wild card spot in the South Division – one game ahead of Rancho Cucamonga (63-73). The Mavericks are tops in the league in runs scored (816), third in batting average (.280) and last in ERA (5.23). High Desert is 33-33 at home this season (31-39 on the road).

Giants Begin Final Road Trip Of The Regular Season In Lake Elsinore

San Jose Giants (69-64) at Lake Elsinore Storm (72-61)

San_Jose_Giants157At The Diamond
• Tuesday, August 26, 6:05 PM
• Wednesday, August 27, 6:05 PM
• Thursday, August 28, 7:05 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Tuesday
San Jose – Matt Lujan (4-2, 3.72)
Lake Elsinore – Colin Rea (10-8, 4.05)

Wednesday

San Jose – Joe Biagini (9-9, 4.17)
Lake Elsinore – Rafael De Paula (2-3, 6.46)

Thursday

San Jose – Pat Young (9-6, 5.76)
Lake Elsinore – Elliot Morris (3-3, 3.00)

Broadcast Information
The entire series can be heard live on sjgiants.com with Joe Ritzo calling all of the action. Radio broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to first pitch with The Giants Pregame Show. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App.

Giants Open Three-Game Series In Lake Elsinore Tonight
The San Jose Giants begin a seven-game road trip this evening with the first of three straight contests against the Lake Elsinore Storm at The Diamond. Matt Lujan (4-2, 3.72) is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose tonight. After the current series versus Lake Elsinore, the Giants conclude the regular season with a four-game set at High Desert from Friday-Monday.

Homestand Review

The Giants posted a 3-3 record during their final homestand of the regular season that ended on Sunday. San Jose won two out of three games from the visiting Modesto Nuts to begin the homestand before dropping two out of three to the Visalia Rawhide. The Giants finished the regular season with a 38-32 record at Municipal Stadium.

Offensive Woes
The Giants have scored a total of just five runs over their last four games (1-3 record). During the four-game stretch, San Jose has been shutout twice – last Friday and Sunday against Visalia. The Giants were also held to just one run and one hit in last Thursday’s loss to Modesto. Over the last four games, San Jose is batting .160 as a team (20-for-125). The Giants have now been shutout eight times this season – tied for second-most in the California League.

Playoff Race

San Jose’s 69-64 overall record is two games behind the Visalia Rawhide (71-62) for the North Division Wild Card lead. Including tonight, there are seven games remaining in the regular season. The Giants have reached the playoffs in a California League record 10 consecutive years (2004-2013). Among the last 10 years, San Jose has qualified for the playoffs as the first half North Division champion eight times and as the Wild Card team twice (2004, 2012). The last time the Giants did not qualify for the playoffs was during the 2003 season. Lenn Sakata has never missed the playoffs as San Jose’s manager (1999, 2001, 2004-07).

Team Awards
The Giants handed out their team awards during the final homestand last week. Award winners included: Blake Miller (Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year), Joe Kurrasch (Pitcher of the Year), Mitch Delfino (Defensive Player of the Year) and Steven Okert (Relief Pitcher of the Year). Miller and Okert are both currently playing for Double-A Richmond. There were no San Jose players on the postseason California League All-Star team announced last week.

Power Surge
The Giants have enjoyed a recent power surge at the plate clubbing 16 home runs in their last 10 games. Individually, Brian Ragira has hit six home runs in his last 10 games while Tyler Horan has smacked four homers in his past 10 games. San Jose has hit 25 home runs already in August after hitting a combined 24 homers in June (9) and July (15).

On The Road
San Jose is 31-32 on the road this season. The Giants are batting .272 as a team on the road and scoring 4.9 runs per game compared to a .254 average and 4.2 runs per contest at home. Conversely, San Jose’s team ERA on the road (5.09) is considerably higher than at home (4.02).

Carbonell Cools Off
Outfielder Daniel Carbonell has cooled off at the plate after a hot start with the Giants. Since his four-hit, two-homer performance in Tuesday’s homestand opener, Carbonell has gone 2-for-21 in his past five games. In 15 games overall with San Jose, Carbonell is batting .273 with three home runs, nine RBI’s and two stolen bases. A 23-year old native of Cuba, Carbonell signed a major league contract with San Francisco in June and was placed on the 40-man roster. He joined San Jose on August 8 from the AZL-Giants (Rookie).

Versus The South

San Jose has fared well against South Division teams this season posting a 23-14 (.622) record. The Giants won three out of four games against Lake Elsinore during their only previous meeting (July 19-22 at Municipal Stadium).

Ragira’s Strong Second Half
After batting just .224 with five home runs and 36 RBI’s in the first half, first baseman Brian Ragira has hit .288 with 13 homers and 37 RBI’s since the All-Star break. Ragira hit six home runs in July and has smacked six more home runs thus far in August. His 18 home runs and 73 RBI’s overall this season lead the team.

Opponent Notes: Lake Elsinore Storm

The Lake Elsinore Storm, an affiliate of the San Diego Padres, own an overall record of 72-61 and have already clinched a playoff berth. Lake Elsinore’s 32-31 second half record is tied with Lancaster for first place in the South Division. The Storm are sixth in the league in batting average (.267), sixth in runs scored (675) and second in ERA (4.25). Lake Elsinore is 32-31 at home (40-30 on the road).

Giants Close Out Home Schedule With Pivotal Three-Game Series Against Visalia

Visalia Rawhide (69-61) at San Jose Giants (68-62)

San_Jose_Giants157At Municipal Stadium
• Friday, August 22, 7:00 PM
• Saturday, August 23, 5:00 PM
• Sunday, August 24, 1:00 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Friday
Visalia – Brandon Sinnery (12-7, 4.35)
San Jose – Pat Young (9-5, 6.06)

Saturday
Visalia – Spencer Arroyo (6-6, 4.58)
San Jose – Joe Kurrasch (7-4, 3.29)

Sunday
Visalia – Andrew Barbosa (5-2, 3.91)
San Jose – Nick Vander Tuig (3-0, 3.18)

Broadcast Information
The entire series can be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM with Joe Ritzo calling all of the action. Radio broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to first pitch with The Giants Pregame Show. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App. Additionally, every home game is streamed live and available on demand through MiLB.TV.

Giants Continue Final Homestand Against Visalia Tonight

The San Jose Giants continue their final homestand of the regular season this evening with the opener of a three-game series against the Visalia Rawhide at Municipal Stadium. Pat Young (9-5, 6.06) is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose tonight.

Last Series
The Giants won two out of three games from the visiting Modesto Nuts in a series that concluded last night. San Jose hit four home runs in the series opener on Tuesday en route to a 10-6 victory. On Wednesday, Tyler Horan delivered a bases loaded RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Giants to a 3-2 win. It was San Jose’s fifth walk-off win of the season. Modesto then avoided the sweep with a 2-1 victory over the Giants last night.

Offense Sputters
The Giants were held to one hit in yesterday’s loss to the Nuts – a Ryan Lollis solo home run in the bottom of the fourth. San Jose’s one hit was a season-low. Their previous low mark was two hits in a 3-1 defeat to Stockton on June 13. The Giants have scored a total of just four runs in their last two games. In their previous five games, San Jose scored 40 runs (8.0 per game).

Playoff Race

San Jose’s 68-62 overall record is one game behind with the Visalia Rawhide (69-61) for the North Division Wild Card lead. Including tonight, there are 10 games remaining in the regular season. The Giants have reached the playoffs in a California League record 10 consecutive years (2004-2013). San Jose (34-26) is also six games behind the Stockton Ports (40-20) in the second half North Division race. Among the last 10 years, the Giants have qualified for the playoffs as the first half North Division champion eight times and as the Wild Card team twice (2004, 2012).

Versus The Rawhide
The Giants are 10-14 against Visalia this season. The clubs last met from July 24-27 at Recreation Park with the Rawhide sweeping the four-game series. It was the first time that San Jose had been swept in a series since the opening week of the season (the Giants have not been swept since). The Giants took three out of four from Visalia when the teams last played at Municipal Stadium (June 26-29). San Jose is 7-5 against the Rawhide at Muni (3-9 in Visalia).

Power Surge
The Giants have hit 15 home runs in their last seven games. After clubbing nine homers during their four-game series in Stockton that ended last Monday, San Jose connected for six more home runs during their three-game set versus Modesto to open the current homestand. Individually, Brian Ragira has hit five home runs in his last seven games while Tyler Horan has smacked four homers in his past eight games. Ragira leads the Giants with 17 home runs overall this season. Horan has hit seven homers in his first 19 games with San Jose since joining the team from Augusta (A) on August 1. With two home runs on Tuesday, Daniel Carbonell became the fifth Giant to record a multi-homer game this season. San Jose has hit 24 home runs already in August after hitting a combined 24 homers in June (9) and July (15).

Carbonell’s Immediate Impact
Outfielder Daniel Carbonell was added to the San Jose roster on August 8 from the AZL-Giants (Rookie) and has made an immediate impact in the California League hitting .296 (16-for-54) with three home runs, eight RBI’s and two stolen bases in 12 games. A 23-year old native of Cuba, Carbonell signed a major league contract with San Francisco in June and was placed on the 40-man roster. In 10 games with the AZL-Giants, he was hitting .314 with three doubles, one home run, four RBI’s and four stolen bases. Carbonell spent four seasons playing for Camaguey in the Cuban National Series. During the 2012-13 season, he hit .298 with five home runs, 28 RBI’s and nine stolen bases in 62 games.

At Muni
The Giants are 15-6 in their last 21 home games dating back to July 8.

Team Awards
The Giants are in the midst of handing out their team awards during the current homestand. Third baseman Mitch Delfino was honored as the club’s Defensive Player of the Year yesterday while Steven Okert (promoted to Double-A Richmond on June 24) took home the Relief Pitcher of the Year award on Wednesday.

On Deck
After the current homestand, San Jose concludes the regular season with a seven-game road trip against Lake Elsinore (August 26-28) and High Desert (August 29-September 1). It will mark the Giants’ only two visits this year to both venues. San Jose is 23-14 (.622) against South Division teams this season (45-48 versus the North).

Opponent Notes: Visalia Rawhide
The Visalia Rawhide, an affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, enter this series riding a five-game winning streak. Visalia is fourth in the league in batting average (.278), fifth in runs scored (675) and sixth in ERA (4.60). Since suffering a 12-game losing streak from June 27-July 9, the Rawhide have gone 28-12. Right-hander Brandon Sinnery is expected to get the ball tonight. Sinnery is tied for the league lead with 12 wins this season.

Episode 38 – Inside the San Jose Giants

Inside the San Jose Giants podcast

In the final regular season episode of Inside the San Jose Giants, Joe and Ben hand out their team awards. The two make their picks for Pitcher of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Relief Pitcher of the Year and MVP. The podcast also includes discussion of San Jose’s new-look lineup and the club’s push for a playoff spot.

Final Homestand Of The Regular Season Begins Tonight

Modesto Nuts (39-88) at San Jose Giants (66-61)

San_Jose_Giants157At Municipal Stadium
• Tuesday, August 19, 7:00 PM
• Wednesday, August 20, 7:00 PM
• Thursday, August 21, 7:00 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Tuesday
Modesto – Jayson Aquino (5-9, 4.94)
San Jose – Nick Vander Tuig (2-0, 2.12)

Wednesday
Modesto – Ben Alsup (3-13, 5.61)
San Jose – Matt Lujan (4-2, 4.24)

Thursday
Modesto – Matt Flemer (11-9, 5.04)
San Jose – Joe Biagini (9-8, 4.23)

Broadcast Information
The entire series can be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM with Joe Ritzo calling all of the action. Radio broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to first pitch with The Giants Pregame Show. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App. Additionally, every home game is streamed live and available on demand through MiLB.TV.

Giants Begin Three-Game Series Against Modesto Tonight
The San Jose Giants begin a six-game homestand tonight with the first of three straight contests against the Modesto Nuts at Municipal Stadium. Nick Vander Tuig (2-0, 2.12) is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose this evening. Tonight marks the beginning of the Giants’ final homestand of the regular season. After the current series versus the Nuts, San Jose hosts the Visalia Rawhide in a pivotal three-game set beginning on Friday.

Road Trip Review
The Giants posted a 3-4 record during their road trip that concluded last night. San Jose began the trip by dropping two out of three games to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Both losses came in extra-innings (2-1 in 11 innings and 3-2 in 13 innings). The Giants then split a four-game set with the first-place Stockton Ports. San Jose claimed the series opener on Friday by an 11-10 score before the Ports outlasted the Giants 14-10 on Saturday. The Giants posted a 6-2 victory in the third game with Stockton then earning the split after a 7-3 win last night.

Offensive Outburst
San Jose scored 30 runs during the four-game series against Stockton (7.5 runs per game). The Giants hit nine homers over the four games, including a season-high five in the series opener last Friday. Individually, Brian Ragira (8-for-17, .471, 3 HR, 6 RBI) and Tyler Horan (8-for-18, .444, 2 HR, 8 RBI) were San Jose’s top hitters during the series.

Playoff Race
San Jose’s 66-61 overall record is tied with the Visalia Rawhide (66-61) for the North Division Wild Card lead. Including tonight, there are 13 games remaining in the regular season. The Giants have reached the playoffs in a California League record 10 consecutive years (2004-2013). San Jose (32-25) is six games behind the Stockton Ports (38-19) in the second half North Division race.

Carbonell’s Immediate Impact
Outfielder Daniel Carbonell was added to the San Jose roster on August 8 from the AZL-Giants (Rookie) and has made an immediate impact in the California League going 12-for-40 (.300) with a home run, five RBI’s and two stolen bases in his first nine games. Carbonell hit safely in his first eight games with the Giants before going 0-for-5 last night. A 23-year old native of Cuba, Carbonell signed a major league contract with San Francisco in June and was placed on the 40-man roster. In 10 games with the AZL-Giants, he was hitting .314 with three doubles, one home run, four RBI’s and four stolen bases. Carbonell spent four seasons playing for Camaguey in the Cuban National Series. During the 2012-13 season, he hit .298 with five home runs, 28 RBI’s and nine stolen bases in 62 games.

Versus The Nuts

The Giants are 13-8 against Modesto this season. San Jose has won their last six games versus the Nuts after back-to-back series sweeps at John Thurman Field from July 1-3 and July 28-30. The clubs last met at Municipal Stadium from June 23-25 with Modesto taking two out of three games. Ben Turner (.429, 5 RBI) and Chuckie Jones (.321, 3 HR, 11 RBI) have been the Giants’ top hitters versus Nuts pitching this season.

Power Surge
The Giants have hit 18 home runs in August already after just 15 homers in July and nine home runs during the entire month of June. Tyler Horan has hit six homers in his first 16 games with San Jose since joining the team from Augusta (A) on August 1. Brian Ragira’s two round-trippers last Friday marked his first multi-home run game this season (fourth by a Giant in 2014). Ragira homered again on Saturday increasing his team-high total to 15. Chuckie Jones has hit four home runs in his last 12 games. San Jose is still last in the league with 85 home runs this season.

At Muni
The Giants are 13-5 in their last 18 home games dating back to July 8.

Horan’s Hit Streak At Eight Games
Outfielder Tyler Horan brings an eight-game hitting streak into tonight’s action. During the hit streak, Horan is batting at a .324 clip (12-for-37) with three doubles, four home runs and 12 RBI’s.

On Deck

After the current homestand, San Jose concludes the regular season with a seven-game road trip against Lake Elsinore (August 26-28) and High Desert (August 29-September 1). It will mark the Giants’ only two visits this year to both venues. San Jose is 23-14 (.622) against South Division teams this season (43-47 versus the North).

Opponent Notes: Modesto Nuts
The Modesto Nuts, an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, own the worst overall record in the league at 39-88. With one more defeat, the Nuts will set a franchise record for losses in a season (Modesto Reds – 1947). Modesto is last in the league in batting average (.246) and runs scored (4.2 per game) and ninth in ERA (5.08).

Giants Continue Road Trip In Stockton

San Jose Giants (64-59) at Stockton Ports (73-50)

San_Jose_Giants157At Banner Island Ballpark
• Friday, August 15, 7:05 PM
• Saturday, August 16, 7:05 PM
• Sunday, August 17, 6:05 PM
• Monday, August 18, 7:05 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups

Friday
San Jose – Joe Biagini (8-8, 4.32)
Stockton – Jake Sanchez (8-1, 3.05)

Saturday
San Jose – Pat Young (9-5, 5.76)
Stockton – Tim Alderson (3-0, 2.76)

Sunday
San Jose – Joe Kurrasch (7-4, 3.20)
Stockton – Dylan Covey (1-3, 8.00)

Monday
San Jose – Martin Agosta (3-2, 8.58)
Stockton – Josh Bowman (6-7, 5.11)

Broadcast Information

The entire series can be heard live on sjgiants.com with Joe Ritzo calling all of the action. Radio broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to first pitch with The Giants Pregame Show. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App.

Giants Continue Road Trip In Stockton
The San Jose Giants continue their road trip this evening with the opener of a four-game series against the Stockton Ports at Banner Island Ballpark. Joe Biagini (8-8, 4.32) is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose tonight.

Last Series
The Giants dropped two out of three games to the host Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in a series that concluded last night. San Jose earned a 6-4 victory in the series opener on Tuesday before the Quakes posted back-to-back extra-inning wins to take the series. Rancho Cucamonga’s Jeremy Rathjen hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 11th to lift the Quakes to a 2-1 walk-off victory on Wednesday. In last night’s finale, a bases loaded passed ball with one out in the bottom of the 13th gave Rancho Cucamonga a 3-2 win. The Quakes did not record a hit during the 13th inning rally taking advantage of two walks, a hit batsman and a wild pitch before the passed ball.

Extras
With losses the last two nights, the Giants fell to 6-8 in extra-inning games this season. Yesterday’s 13-inning contest matched San Jose’s longest game of the year (April 21 vs. Visalia, 5-4 loss). The Giants have lost their last three extra-inning games overall.

Struggling Offense

The Giants scored a total of just three runs in 24 innings over the last two games of their series in Rancho Cucamonga. San Jose was held hitless over the final 4 1/3 innings in Wednesday’s loss. Last night, the Giants managed just three singles after the third inning (no runs).

Playoff Race

San Jose’s 64-59 overall record is tied with the Visalia Rawhide (64-59) for the North Division Wild Card lead. Including tonight, there are 17 games remaining in the regular season. The Giants have reached the playoffs in a California League record 10 consecutive years (2004-2013). San Jose (30-23) is also six games behind the Stockton Ports (36-17) in the second half North Division race.

Carbonell’s Immediate Impact

Outfielder Daniel Carbonell was added to the San Jose roster last Friday from the AZL-Giants (Rookie) and has made an immediate impact in the California League going 10-for-25 (.400) with a triple, an RBI and two stolen bases in his first six games. He’s hit safely in all six games. A 23-year old native of Cuba, Carbonell signed a major league contract with San Francisco in June and was placed on the 40-man roster. In 10 games with the AZL-Giants, he was hitting .314 with three doubles, one home run, four RBI’s and four stolen bases. Carbonell spent four seasons playing for Camaguey in the Cuban National Series. During the 2012-13 season, he hit .298 with five home runs, 28 RBI’s and nine stolen bases in 62 games.

Versus The Ports
The Giants are only 9-16 versus Stockton this season. San Jose lost all four of their series’ versus the Ports at Municipal Stadium this year (4-11 record). The Giants have posted a 5-5 mark at Banner Island Ballpark this season. The clubs last met in Stockton from July 11-14 with each team recording two wins. San Jose is 5-13 in their last 18 games versus the Ports. The Giants are hitting only .245 as a team against Stockton pitching this season.

Power Surge

Outfielder Chuckie Jones has hit three home runs in his last eight games. His 13 home runs this season lead the team and are a personal career-high. Meanwhile, outfielder Tyler Horan has hit four home runs in his first 12 games since joining the club from Augusta (A) on August 1. San Jose is still last in the league in home runs (76).

Starting Strong

Giants starting pitchers have combined for a 2.19 ERA (10 ER/41.0 IP) over the last seven games (4-3 team record). San Jose is now third in the California League with a team ERA of 4.43.

Delfino Delivers

Third baseman Mitch Delfino finished 8-for-14 with a triple and three RBI’s during the three-game series against Rancho Cucamonga. He matched a season-high with four hits in Tuesday’s series opener versus the Quakes. It marked the second time this season that Delfino rapped out four hits in a game (April 24 vs. Visalia). Delfino is batting .388 (38-for-98) in his last 24 games.

On Deck
After the current series versus Stockton, the Giants return to Municipal Stadium for their final homestand of the regular season with three games against Modesto (August 19-21) and three games versus Visalia (August 22-24).

Opponent Notes: Stockton Ports
The Stockton Ports, an affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, own the best overall record in the league at 73-50. Stockton is 45-21 since the beginning of June. The Ports rank fifth in the California League in batting average (.274), first in home runs (162) and first in ERA (4.11).

Seven-Game Road Trip Begins Tonight In Rancho Cucamonga

San Jose Giants (63-57) at Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (58-62)

San_Jose_Giants157At LoanMart Field
• Tuesday, August 12, 7:05 PM
• Wednesday, August 13, 7:05 PM
• Thursday, August 14, 7:05 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Tuesday
San Jose – Martin Agosta (2-2, 9.68)
Rancho Cucamonga – Chris Anderson (7-6, 4.93)

Wednesday
San Jose – Nick Vander Tuig (2-0, 2.70)
Rancho Cucamonga – Julio Urias (1-2, 2.94)

Thursday
San Jose – Matt Lujan (4-2, 4.40)
Rancho Cucamonga – Jharel Cotton (5-9, 4.58)

Broadcast Information

The entire series can be heard live on sjgiants.com with Joe Ritzo calling all of the action. Radio broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to first pitch with The Giants Pregame Show. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App.

Giants Begin Begin Seven-Game Road Trip Tonight In Rancho Cucamonga
The San Jose Giants begin a seven-game road trip this evening with the first of three straight contests against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes at LoanMart Field. Martin Agosta (2-2, 9.68) is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose tonight. The Giants are 6-1 against the Quakes this year. San Jose won three out of four in Rancho Cucamonga to open the season (April 3-6) before sweeping a three-game set between the teams at Municipal Stadium earlier in the second half (July 16-18).

Last Series
The host Giants won three out of four games against South Division-leading Lancaster in their most recent series. San Jose took the first three games of the series earning back-to-back 2-1 victories last Thursday and Friday before a 4-0 shutout win on Saturday. The Giants though were unable to complete the sweep as the JetHawks posted a 6-2 win in the finale on Sunday. San Jose was attempting to sweep their first four-game series of the season. Friday’s victory marked the Giants’ first win this season when trailing after eight innings (scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth). Saturday was San Jose’s fourth shutout of the year. The loss on Sunday snapped the Giants’ five-game winning streak.

Winning Ways

The Giants enter tonight’s contest having won five out of their last six games. San Jose is also 5-1 in their last six road games. A victory tonight would move the Giants to a season-high tying seven games above .500 overall.

One-Run Success
With the back-to-back 2-1 wins over Lancaster last Thursday and Friday, the Giants improved to a league-best 19-10 in one-run games this season. San Jose is 8-1 in their last nine one-run games.

Playoff Race
San Jose’s 63-57 overall record is tied with the Visalia Rawhide (63-57) for the North Division wild card lead. Including tonight, there are 20 games remaining in the regular season. The Giants have reached the playoffs in a California League record 10 consecutive years (2004-2013). San Jose (29-21) is also five games behind the Stockton Ports (34-16) in the second half North Division race. The Giants have four games remaining against Stockton this season (August 15-18) and three games left versus the Rawhide (August 22-24).

Trouble With The Ports, Rawhide

The Giants have struggled of late against Stockton and Visalia. Since the beginning of July, San Jose is a combined 4-12 versus the Ports and Rawhide (4-8 vs. Stockton, 0-4 vs. Visalia) and a sizzling 20-3 against the rest of the league.

Carbonell Joins Giants
Outfielder Daniel Carbonell was added to the San Jose roster last Friday from the AZL-Giants (Rookie). In his first three games with the Giants, Carbonell is 5-for-12 (.417) with five singles. A 23-year old native of Cuba, Carbonell signed a major league contract with San Francisco in June and was placed on the 40-man roster. In 10 games with the AZL-Giants, he was hitting .314 with three doubles, one home run, four RBI’s and four stolen bases. Carbonell spent four seasons playing for Camaguey in the Cuban National Series. During the 2012-13 season, he hit .298 with five home runs, 28 RBI’s and nine stolen bases in 62 games.

Versus The South

San Jose is 22-12 (.647) against South Division teams this season. The Giants will play 10 out of their last 20 games versus South Division clubs.

Power Surge

Outfielder Chuckie Jones has hit three home runs in his last five games. His 13 home runs this season lead the team and are a personal career-high. Meanwhile, outfielder Tyler Horan has hit three home runs in his first nine games with the Giants since joining the team from Augusta (A) on August 1. San Jose is still last in the league in home runs (75).

Lollis Returns
Outfielder Ryan Lollis has returned to San Jose as he was added to the Giants roster on August 5 from Double-A Richmond. Through his first seven games with San Jose, Lollis is 6-for-26 (.231) with two RBI’s and two stolen bases. In 69 games for the Flying Squirrels this season, Lollis hit .218 with four doubles, three triples, one home run and 17 RBI’s. Lollis spent the first three months of the 2012 season in San Jose and batted .296 with five home runs and 39 RBI’s over 75 games. He also played in 14 games with the Giants early in 2011 (.255, 0 HR, 5 RBI). Lollis was a 37th round pick in the 2009 draft.

Opponent Notes: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, are 26-24 in the second half – one game behind Lancaster (27-23) for the top spot in the South Division. The Quakes have lost four in a row and eight out of their last nine games. Rancho Cucamonga is eighth in the league in batting average (.263), third in home runs (128) and fifth in ERA (4.60). 2013 first round draft pick Chris Anderson (7-6, 4.93) is expected to make the start in tonight’s series opener.

Giants Host Lancaster In Four-Game Series

Lancaster JetHawks (70-46) at San Jose Giants (60-56)

San_Jose_Giants157At Municipal Stadium
• Thursday, August 7, 7:00 PM
• Friday, August 8, 7:00 PM
• Saturday, August 9, 5:00 PM
• Sunday, August 10, 5:00 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Thursday
Lancaster – Matt Heidenreich (3-3, 4.25)
San Jose – Nick Vander Tuig (1-0, 3.60)

Friday
Lancaster – Zach Morton (1-1, 5.57)
San Jose – Matt Lujan (4-2, 4.97)

Saturday
Lancaster – Evan Grills (1-1, 3.27)
San Jose – Joe Biagini (7-8, 4.62)

Sunday
Lancaster – Brian Holmes (4-1, 5.10)
San Jose – Pat Young (9-4, 5.63)

Broadcast Information
The games on Friday and Saturday will be televised live on Comcast Hometown Network, Channel 104 with Joe Ritzo handing the play-by-play and Joe Castellano providing color commentary. The entire series can also be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App. Additionally, every home game is streamed live and available on demand through MiLB.TV.

Giants Begin Four-Game Series Against Lancaster Tonight
The San Jose Giants return home this evening to begin a four-game series against the Lancaster JetHawks at Municipal Stadium. Nick Vander Tuig (1-0, 3.60) is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose tonight. The Giants are 1-5 against Lancaster this season with this series marking the first and only meeting between the teams in San Jose.

Doubleheader Sweep
San Jose swept a doubleheader from the host Bakersfield Blaze yesterday afternoon earning wins of 5-4 and 8-6. With the two victories, the Giants won two out of three games in the series. In the opener yesterday, Ydwin Villegas hit a three-run home run to key a decisive fourth-inning rally for San Jose. Villegas returned to the Giants yesterday after a second stint this season with Triple-A Fresno. Martin Agosta picked-up the win after tossing five innings with four runs (all earned) and seven hits allowed. Bryce Bandilla struck out the side in a scoreless bottom of the seventh to earn the save. San Jose then used a five-run top of the fifth inning in the second game before holding off the Blaze late to complete the doubleheader sweep. Chuckie Jones (3-for-4, HR, RBI) homered as part of a three-hit game while Jesus Galindo (1-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI) delivered a go-ahead three-run double during the fifth inning rally. Jeff Soptic notched the win in relief with Tyler Mizenko recording the final out of the contest to collect the save.

Playoff Race
San Jose’s 60-56 overall record is one game behind the Visalia Rawhide (61-55) for the North Division wild card lead. Including tonight, there are 24 games remaining in the regular season. The Giants have reached the playoffs in a California League record 10 consecutive years (2004-2013). San Jose (26-20) is also five games behind the Stockton Ports (31-15) in the second half North Division race. The Giants have four games remaining against Stockton this season (August 15-18) and three games left versus the Rawhide (August 22-24).

Trouble With The Ports, Rawhide
The Giants have struggled of late against Stockton and Visalia. Since the beginning of July, San Jose is a combined 4-12 versus the Ports and Rawhide (4-8 vs. Stockton, 0-4 vs. Visalia) and a sizzling 17-2 against the rest of the league.

Horan’s Immediate Impact
Outfielder Tyler Horan has made an immediate impact since joining the Giants from Augusta (A) last Friday. In his first six games with San Jose, Horan is 6-for-17 (.353) with two home runs, three RBI’s and two stolen bases. Horan has also drawn seven walks and owns a .560 on-base percentage. He homered last Saturday against Stockton before going deep again on Tuesday in Bakersfield. An eighth round pick in the 2013 draft, Horan was leading Augusta in batting average (.273), doubles (22), triples (5), home runs (15), RBI’s (54) and slugging percentage (.481) in his 102 games.

Starting Slow
Over the last five games (2-3 record), Giants starting pitchers have combined to allow 24 runs (23 earned) in 17 innings (12.18 ERA).

One-Run Success
The Giants are 17-10 in one-run games this season – tied for the best record in the California League (Bakersfield). San Jose is 6-1 in their last seven one-run games.

Lollis Returns
Outfielder Ryan Lollis was added to the Giants roster on Tuesday from Double-A Richmond. In 69 games for the Flying Squirrels, Lollis hit .218 with four doubles, three triples, one home run and 17 RBI’s. Lollis spent the first three months of the 2012 season in San Jose and batted .296 with five home runs and 39 RBI’s over 75 games. He also played in 14 games with the Giants early in 2011 (.255, 0 HR, 5 RBI).

Delfino Delivers
Third baseman Mitch Delfino has multi-hits in 12 out of his last 17 games. During the 17-game stretch, Delfino is batting at a .394 clip (28-for-71) with a home run and 11 RBI’s. Delfino leads all current Giants players in hits (128), doubles (25) and RBI’s (64) while he’s third in home runs (10).

Versus The South
San Jose is 19-11 against South Division teams this season, including 12-4 at Municipal Stadium.

Opponent Notes: Lancaster JetHawks
The Lancaster JetHawks, an affiliate of the Houston Astros, have already clinched a playoff berth after winning the first half South Division title. Lancaster’s overall record stands at a league-best 70-46. The JetHawks are second in the league in batting average (.288), first in runs scored (721) and seventh in ERA (4.68).

Giants Travel To Bakersfield For Three-Game Series

San Jose Giants (58-55) at Bakersfield Blaze (64-49)
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At Sam Lynn Ballpark

• Monday, August 4, 7:30 PM
• Tuesday, August 5, 7:30 PM
• Wednesday, August 6, 7:30 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Monday
San Jose – Pat Young (9-3, 5.18)
Bakersfield – Daniel Wright (6-4, 4.80)

Tuesday
San Jose – Martin Agosta (1-2, 10.17)
Bakersfield – Ismael Guillon (0-4, 6.59)

Wednesday
San Jose – Kendry Flores (4-6, 4.12)
Bakersfield – Drew Cisco (5-5, 5.84)

Broadcast Information
The entire series can be heard live on sjgiants.com with Joe Ritzo calling all of the action. Radio broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to first pitch with The Giants Pregame Show. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App.

Giants Travel To Bakersfield For Three-Game Set
The San Jose Giants begin a three-game series against the Bakersfield Blaze this evening at Sam Lynn Ballpark. Pat Young (9-3, 5.18) is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose tonight. The Giants are 7-6 against Bakersfield this season, including a 2-1 mark at Sam Lynn Ballpark. The teams last met from July 8-10 at Municipal Stadium with San Jose sweeping a three-game series.

Last Series

The Giants dropped three out of four games to the visiting Stockton Ports in their most recent series. Stockton plated three runs in the top of the eighth inning to rally for a 5-3 victory over San Jose in the series opener last Thursday before the Giants bounced back with their own 5-3 win on Friday. The Ports scored seven runs in the top of the first inning en route to a 13-7 triumph on Saturday and then claimed the series with a 7-2 victory over San Jose last night. The Giants lost all four series’ to Stockton this season at Municipal Stadium (4-11 overall record).

Recent Struggles

San Jose has lost seven out of their last 11 games after an 18-6 stretch (June 27-July 22).

Playoff Race

San Jose’s 24-19 second half record is four games behind the Stockton Ports (28-15) for the top spot in the North Division standings. Including tonight, there are 27 games remaining in the regular season. The Giants have reached the playoffs in a California League record 10 consecutive years (2004-2013). San Jose’s 58-55 overall record is three games behind Visalia (61-52) for the North Division wild card lead. The Giants have four games remaining against Stockton this season and three games left versus the Rawhide.

Trouble With The Ports, Rawhide

The Giants have struggled of late against Stockton and Visalia. Since the beginning of July, San Jose is a combined 4-12 versus the Ports and Rawhide (4-8 vs. Stockton, 0-4 vs. Visalia) and a sizzling 15-1 against the rest of the league.

Horan’s Immediate Impact
Outfielder Tyler Horan has made an immediate impact since joining the Giants from Augusta (A) last Friday. In his first three games with San Jose, Horan is 4-for-9 (.444) with a home run, an RBI and two stolen bases. He reached base in all four of his plate appearances on Friday (2-for-2, two singles, two walks) before hitting a home run in Saturday’s game. An eighth round pick in the 2013 draft, Horan was leading Augusta in batting average (.273), doubles (22), triples (5), home runs (15), RBI’s (54) and slugging percentage (.481) in his 102 games.

On The Road

The Giants are 26-27 on the road this season. San Jose’s last two road series’ have ended in sweeps. The Giants dropped four straight games in Visalia from July 24-27 – the first time San Jose had been swept in a series since the opening week of the season (April 7-9 at Lancaster). The Giants then bounced back to sweep a three-game series against Modesto from July 28-30. It marked San Jose’s second road series sweep this year (both versus the Nuts). The Giants are hitting .272 as a team on the road this season compared to .259 at home.

Bednar Extends Hitting Streak To 13 Games

Infielder Brandon Bednar brings a 13-game hitting streak into tonight’s action. Bednar is batting .304 (17-for-56) with one double, two home runs and six RBI’s during the streak. The 13-game streak is the second-longest by a Giants player this season. Blake Miller had a 15-game hitting streak from April 16-May 3. Bednar has collected one hit in each of his last nine games.

One-Run Success

The Giants are 16-10 in one-run games this season. Their .615 winning percentage in one-run games is second-best in the California League (Bakersfield 17-9, .654). San Jose is 5-1 in their last six one-run games.

Delfino Delivers

Third baseman Mitch Delfino has multi-hits in 10 out of his last 14 games. During the 14-game stretch, Delfino is batting at a .390 clip (23-for-59) with a home run and nine RBI’s. Delfino leads all current Giants players in hits (123), doubles (22) and RBI’s (62) while he’s tied for second in home runs (10).

Power Outage
The Giants have hit a league-low 69 home runs this season. After hitting 43 homers during April and May, San Jose has connected for just 26 home runs since the beginning of June (56 games). Conversely, the Giants pitching staff has allowed a league-low 85 home runs this season.

Opponent Notes: Bakersfield Blaze
The Bakersfield Blaze, an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, have already clinched a playoff berth after winning the first half North Division title. Bakersfield’s overall record stands at 64-49. The Blaze are second in the league in batting average (.287) and seventh in ERA (4.70). Bakersfield is 34-22 at home this season (30-27 on the road).

Giants Host Stockton In Pivotal Four-Game Series

Stockton Ports (62-47) at San Jose Giants (57-52)
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At Municipal Stadium

• Thursday, July 31, 7:00 PM
• Friday, August 1, 7:00 PM
• Saturday, August 2, 6:00 PM
• Sunday, August 3, 5:00 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Thursday
Stockton – Tim Alderson (1-0, 2.70)
San Jose – Kendry Flores (4-6, 4.19)

Friday
Stockton – Dylan Covey (0-1, 9.82)
San Jose – Nick Vander Tuig (0-0, —)

Saturday
Stockton – Josh Bowman (3-7, 5.55)
San Jose – Matt Lujan (4-1, 3.55)

Sunday

Stockton – Chris Lamb (3-2, 3.41)
San Jose – Joe Biagini (7-7, 4.39)

Broadcast Information
The games on Friday and Saturday will be televised on Comcast Hometown Network, Channel 104 with Joe Ritzo handing the play-by-play and Joe Castellano providing color commentary. The entire series can also be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App. Additionally, every home game is streamed live and available on demand through MiLB.TV.

Giants Begin Four-Game Series Against Stockton Tonight

The San Jose Giants return home this evening to begin a four-game series against the Stockton Ports at Municipal Stadium. Kendry Flores (4-6, 4.19) is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose tonight. The Giants are 8-13 against the Ports this season, including a 3-8 mark at Municipal Stadium. San Jose is 9-1 in their last 10 home games overall.

Road Trip Review
San Jose posted a 3-4 record during their seven-game road trip that concluded last night. The Giants were swept in a four-game series by the Visalia Rawhide (10-9, 4-2 in 12 innings, 13-5 and 6-4) to begin the trip. It marked the first time that San Jose had been swept in a series since the opening week of the season (April 7-9 at Lancaster). The Giants then bounced back with a three-game sweep of the host Modesto Nuts. San Jose earned victories over the Nuts of 2-1 on Monday, 3-2 on Tuesday and 8-4 last night. It was the Giants’ second road series sweep of the year (July 1-3 at Modesto).

Strong Pitching
The Giants allowed a total of just seven runs during their three-game series in Modesto (all wins). By contrast, San Jose gave up 33 runs during their four-game set in Visalia (all Giants losses) to open the road trip.

Playoff Race

San Jose’s 23-16 second half record is two games behind the Stockton Ports (25-14) for the top spot in the North Division standings. Including tonight, there are 31 games remaining in the regular season. The Giants have not held sole possession of first place in the North Division in either half this season. San Jose has reached the playoffs in a California League record 10 consecutive years (2004-2013). The Giants’ 57-52 overall record is tied with Visalia (57-52) for the North Division wild card lead. San Jose has eight games remaining against Stockton this season and three games left versus the Rawhide.

In July
San Jose’s 18-10 mark in July is the best record in the California League this month (Stockton next at 17-11). The Giants are batting .284 and averaging 5.1 runs per game in July – both team-high totals for a month this season. San Jose went 11-16 in April, 15-15 in May and then 13-11 during June.

Roster Moves
The Giants have made a flurry of roster moves this week. Starting pitcher Joe Kurrasch (7-4, 3.20 ERA) and reliever Tyler Mizenko (3-3, 3.68 ERA, 9 SV) were placed on the disabled list on Monday. The next day, starting pitcher Chris Stratton (7-8, 5.07 ERA) was transferred to Double-A Richmond while catcher Trevor Brown (.215, 2 HR, 22 RBI) was sent to Triple-A Fresno. Stratton, a 2012 first round draft pick, ranks tied for sixth in the California League with 102 strikeouts. In other moves on Tuesday, relief pitcher Jorge Bucardo rejoined the Giants from Fresno while catcher Jared Deacon was added to the San Jose roster from Salem-Keizer (Short-Season). Deacon, a 33rd round draft pick last month, was batting .219 with no home runs and five RBI’s in 21 games for the Volcanoes this season. Finally, pitcher Martin Agosta was activated from the disabled list yesterday and started last night’s game in Modesto. San Jose has 24 players currently on their active roster.

Blair’s Offensive Surge

Over his last 26 games, outfielder Elliott Blair is batting .408 (40-for-98) with nine doubles, one home run and 14 RBI’s. He’s raised his season batting average from .272 to a team-high .311 during the stretch. Blair has had multi-hits in 11 out of his last 26 games.

Delfino Delivers
Third baseman Mitch Delfino has multi-hits in seven out of his last ten games. During the 10-game stretch, Delfino is batting at a .405 clip (17-for-42) with a home run and nine RBI’s. Delfino’s home run last Saturday in Visalia was his first since June 4 – snapping a string of 39 consecutive games without a homer. His 10 home runs overall this season rank tied for second on the team. Last season, Delfino led Augusta (A) with 13 home runs.

Bednar’s Hitting Streak At Nine Games

Infielder Brandon Bednar brings a nine-game hitting streak into tonight’s action. Bednar is batting .325 (13-for-40) with one double, one home run and five RBI’s during the streak.

Opponent Notes: Stockton Ports
The Stockton Ports, an affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, enter this series with an overall record of 62-47. Stockton is fifth in the league in batting average (.271), tied for first in home runs (139) and second in ERA (4.22). Former San Jose Giant Tim Alderson is expected to get the ball for the Ports tonight. Alderson was a combined 14-5 with a 2.99 ERA in 31 starts for San Jose during the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

Giants Look To Get Back On Track In Modesto

San Jose Giants (54-52) at Modesto Nuts (33-73)
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At John Thurman Field

• Monday, July 28, 7:05 PM
• Tuesday, July 29, 7:05 PM
• Wednesday, July 30, 7:05 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups

Monday
San Jose – Joe Biagini (6-7, 4.65)
Modesto – Devin Burke (5-8, 6.53)

Tuesday
San Jose – Pat Young (8-3, 5.51)
Modesto – Jayson Aquino (3-8, 5.31)

Wednesday
San Jose – Chris Stratton (7-8, 5.07)
Modesto – Ben Alsup (2-10, 5.25)

Broadcast Information

The entire series can be heard live on sjgiants.com with Joe Ritzo calling all of the action. Radio broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to first pitch with The Giants Pregame Show. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App.

Giants Continue Road Trip In Modesto
The San Jose Giants continue their road trip this evening with the opener of a three-game series against the Modesto Nuts at John Thurman Field. Joe Biagini (6-7, 4.65) is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose tonight. The Giants are 10-8 against the Nuts this season, including a 6-5 mark at John Thurman Field. The teams last met from July 1-3 with San Jose sweeping a three-game series in Modesto.

Last Series

The Giants were swept in a four-game series for the first time this season when they dropped four straight games to the host Visalia Rawhide. Visalia rallied for a 10-9 win in the series opener on Thursday scoring four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. On Friday after the Giants scored once in the top of the 12th, Rawhide outfielder Alex Glenn hit a walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the inning to lift Visalia to a 4-2 victory. The Rawhide then completed the sweep with 13-5 and 6-4 wins on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Visalia scored 33 runs during the four-game set.

Swept
Last series marked the first time that San Jose had been swept since the opening week of the season. The Giants were swept in a three-game set by the host Lancaster JetHawks from April 7-9.

Four Straight Losses

The Giants enter tonight’s contest having lost a season-high tying four consecutive games. It’s the fifth time this season that San Jose has dropped four in a row. Prior to the current four-game slide, the Giants had won 11 out of 14.

Playoff Race
San Jose’s 20-16 second half record is two games behind the Stockton Ports (22-14) for the top spot in the North Division standings. The Giants have not held sole possession of first place in the North Division in either half this season. San Jose has reached the playoffs in a California League record 10 consecutive years (2004-2013). The Giants’ 54-52 overall record is one game behind Visalia (55-51) for the North Division wild card lead. San Jose has eight games remaining against Stockton this season and three games left versus the Rawhide.

Delfino’s Hit Streak Snapped
Third baseman Mitch Delfino saw his season-high 11-game hitting streak come to an end last night (0-for-4). During the hit streak, Delfino batted at a .417 clip (20-for-48) with six doubles, one home run and 10 RBI’s. Delfino also had produced multi-hits in six straight games before yesterday (.520, 13-for-25, 5 2B, HR, 7 RBI). Delfino’s home run on Saturday was his first since June 4 – a stretch of 39 consecutive games without a homer. His 10 home runs overall rank tied for second on the team. Last season, Delfino led Augusta (A) with 13 home runs.

In July
Despite losses the last four nights, San Jose’s 15-10 mark in July is tied for the best record in the California League this month (Inland Empire and Lake Elsinore). The Giants are batting .285 and averaging 5.2 runs per game in July – both team-high totals for a month this season.

Road Struggles
San Jose has lost a season-high five consecutive games on the road. The Giants lost in Stockton on July 14 before suffering four straight defeats to Visalia to begin the current road trip. Prior to the losing streak, San Jose had won five out of six road games.

Blair’s Offensive Surge
Over his last 24 games, outfielder Elliott Blair is batting .418 (38-for-91) with nine doubles, one home run and 14 RBI’s. He’s raised his season batting average from .272 to a team-high .311 during the stretch. Blair has had multi-hits in 11 out of his last 24 games.

Lacking The Long Ball

San Jose is last in the California League with 66 home runs this season. The Giants have hit 14 homers in July after just nine home runs the entire month of June (24 HR in April, 19 HR in May). First baseman Brian Ragira leads San Jose with 12 homers this season. Six out of Ragira’s 12 home runs this year have come in July. Conversely, the Giants pitching staff has allowed a league-low tying 80 home runs this year.

Opponent Notes: Modesto Nuts
The Modesto Nuts, an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, own the worst overall record in the California League at 33-73. Modesto has lost nine out of their last 11 games. The Nuts are ninth in the league in batting average (.249), last in runs scored (450) and ninth in ERA (5.13). Modesto is 21-29 at home this season (12-44 on the road). Right-hander Devin Burke (5-8, 6.53) is expected to get the ball in tonight’s series opener.

Giants Begin Seven-Game Road Trip Tonight In Visalia

San Jose Giants (54-48) at Visalia Rawhide (51-51)

San_Jose_Giants157At Recreation Park
• Thursday, July 24, 7:00 PM
• Friday, July 25, 7:00 PM
• Saturday, July 26, 7:00 PM
• Sunday, July 27, 6:00 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Thursday
San Jose – Chris Stratton (7-8, 5.01)
Visalia – Andrew Barbosa (3-1, 3.18)

Friday
San Jose – Kendry Flores (4-6, 4.34)
Visalia – Braden Shipley (1-4, 4.86)

Saturday
San Jose – Joe Kurrasch (7-3, 2.87)
Visalia – Blayne Weller (0-0, 9.00)

Sunday
San Jose – Matt Lujan (4-1, 3.09)
Visalia – Brandon Sinnery (9-6, 4.50)

Broadcast Information
The entire series can be heard live on sjgiants.com with Joe Ritzo calling all of the action. Radio broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to first pitch with The Giants Pregame Show. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App.

Giants Begin Seven-Game Road Trip Tonight In Visalia
The San Jose Giants begin a seven-game road trip this evening with the first of four straight contests against the Visalia Rawhide at Recreation Park. Chris Stratton (7-8, 5.01) is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose tonight. After the current series versus the Rawhide, San Jose travels to Modesto for a three-game set beginning on Monday.

Homestand Review
The Giants completed a 6-1 homestand against South Division opponents Rancho Cucamonga and Lake Elsinore last Tuesday. San Jose swept a three-game set from the Quakes before taking three out of four against the Storm. The Giants had a pair of walk-off extra-inning victories during the homestand (9-8 win in 10 innings vs. Rancho Cucamonga on July 16 and a 4-3 win in 11 innings vs. Lake Elsinore on July 19). San Jose’s season-high eight-game home winning streak was snapped with an 8-1 loss to the Storm on Monday night. The Giants though rebounded on Tuesday in the homestand finale to earn an 8-3 victory and take the series.

Winning Ways
The Giants are 18-6 in their last 24 games dating back to June 27. Five out of the six losses have come against Stockton (3-5 vs. the Ports, 15-1 vs. the rest of the league). During the stretch, San Jose has rattled off winning streaks of six games (June 27-July 3), five games (July 16-20) and four games (July 8-11). The Giants haven’t lost more than two games in a row since dropping four straight from June 20-23.

Tied For First
The Giants are 20-12 in the second half and currently tied for first place with the Stockton Ports (20-12) in the North Division standings. Including tonight, there are 38 games remaining in the regular season. San Jose has not held sole possession of first place in the North Division in either half yet this season. The Giants have reached the playoffs in a California League record 10 consecutive years (2004-2013). San Jose’s 54-48 overall record is three games ahead of Visalia (51-51) in the North Division wild card race.

In July

San Jose’s 15-6 mark this month is the best July record in the California League. The Giants are batting .285 and averaging 5.3 runs per game in July – both team-high totals for a month this season.

Blair’s Offensive Surge
Over his last 20 games, outfielder Elliott Blair is batting .461 (35-for-76) with nine doubles, one home run and 14 RBI’s. He’s raised his season batting average from .272 to a team-leading .317 during the stretch. Blair has had multi-hits in 11 out of his last 20 games. He enjoyed a season-high 10-game hitting streak from July 2-11 and has hit safely in his last five games entering tonight’s contest (.529, 9-for-17, 3 2B, 5 RBI).

Versus The Rawhide

The Giants are 10-10 against the Visalia Rawhide this season, including a 3-5 mark at Recreation Park. After starting the year 2-5 versus the Rawhide, San Jose has won eight out of the last 13 games. Outfielder Jesus Galindo (.389, 2 HR, 8 RBI) has been the Giants’ top hitter against Visalia pitching this season.

Delfino’s Hitting Streak At Eight Games
Third baseman Mitch Delfino brings an eight-game hitting streak into tonight’s action. During the hit streak, Delfino is batting at a .400 clip (14-for-35) with three doubles and eight RBI’s. His longest hitting streak this season is nine games (April 21-29). Delfino is second on the Giants with nine home runs, but hasn’t gone deep since June 4 (37 games).

On The Road
Tonight marks the beginning of a stretch for the Giants playing 10 out of their next 14 games on the road. San Jose’s 23-23 road record this season is second-best in the North Division (Bakersfield 26-23).

Lacking The Long Ball
San Jose is last in the California League with 63 home runs this season. The Giants have hit 11 homers in July after just nine home runs the entire month of June (24 HR in April, 19 HR in May). First baseman Brian Ragira (11) is the only San Jose player with a double-digit home run total this season. Conversely, the Giants pitching staff has allowed a league-low 75 home runs this year.

Opponent Notes: Visalia Rawhide
The Visalia Rawhide, an affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, are 15-17 in the second half and enter this series riding a seven-game winning streak. Visalia is fourth in the league in batting average (.272) and sixth in ERA (4.59). The Rawhide are 27-22 at home this season (24-29 on the road).

Episode 37 – Inside the San Jose Giants

podcastgraphicThe San Jose Giants are 100 games into the season and making a push for the playoffs. In the latest podcast episode, Joe and Ben discuss what’s behind the club’s recent hot streak, notably standout starting pitching, Elliott Blair’s emergence as a top hitter and Brian Ragira’s power surge. The two also examine what the Giants need to do in their last 40 games to reach the playoffs for a league-record 11th consecutive season.

Giants Continue Homestand Against Lake Elsinore

Lake Elsinore Storm (58-40) at San Jose Giants (51-47)

San_Jose_Giants157At Municipal Stadium
• Saturday, July 19, 5:00 PM
• Sunday, July 20, 5:00 PM
• Monday, July 21, 7:00 PM
• Tuesday, July 22, 12:35 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Saturday
Lake Elsinore – Coby Cowgill (3-1, 4.56)
San Jose – Joe Kurrasch (7-3, 2.94)

Sunday
Lake Elsinore – Matt Shepherd (5-1, 5.18)
San Jose – Matt Lujan (3-1, 3.60)

Monday
Lake Elsinore – Bryan Rodriguez (5-5, 3.93)
San Jose – Joe Biagini (6-6, 4.57)

Tuesday
Lake Elsinore – Zach Eflin (9-5, 3.50)
San Jose – Pat Young (7-3, 5.70)

Broadcast Information
Saturday’s series opener will be televised on Comcast Hometown Network, Channel 104 with Joe Ritzo handing the play-by-play and Joe Castellano providing color commentary. The entire series can also be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App. Additionally, every home game is streamed live and available on demand through MiLB.TV.

Giants Continue Homestand Against Lake Elsinore
The San Jose Giants continue their homestand this evening with the opener of a four-game series against the Lake Elsinore Storm at Municipal Stadium. Joe Kurrasch (7-3, 2.94) is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose tonight. This series marks the first meeting of the season between the Giants and Storm.

Series Sweep
The Giants swept the visiting Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in a three-game series that concluded last night. San Jose posted a 9-8, 10-inning victory on Wednesday before a 7-5 win on Thursday. The Giants then completed the sweep with a 3-0 shutout of the Quakes last night. It was San Jose’s fourth series sweep of the season (June 3-5 vs. High Desert, July 1-3 at Modesto, July 8-10 vs. Bakersfield). In yesterday’s finale, Kendry Flores fired six scoreless innings with just two hits allowed, two walks and five strikeouts to pick-up the win. Tyler Rogers, Mason McVay and Bryce Bandilla then each worked an inning of relief to complete the shutout. Bandilla earned his second save in as many nights. Brian Ragira (2-for-4, RBI, SB) was the only Giants player to finish with a multi-hit game.

Winning Ways

The Giants are 15-5 in their last 20 games dating back to June 27. All five losses during the stretch have come against Stockton (3-5 vs. the Ports, 12-0 vs. the rest of the league). San Jose’s last loss to a team other than Stockton was on June 26 (vs. Visalia). During the stretch, the Giants have rattled off winning streaks of six games (June 27-July 3), four games (July 8-11) and three games (July 16-18). San Jose hasn’t lost more than two games in a row since dropping four straight from June 20-23.

Season-High Four Above .500
With last night’s victory, the Giants (51-47) are now a season-high four games over .500. San Jose moved above .500 for the first time since the opening week of the season nine days ago.

In July
The Giants are batting .288 as a team in July – tops among North Division clubs. San Jose is averaging 5.3 runs per game this month. The Giants’ 12-5 record in July is tied for the best mark in the league (Lake Elsinore).

Blair’s Offensive Surge

Over his last 16 games, outfielder Elliott Blair is batting .443 (27-for-61) with six doubles, one home run and 10 RBI’s. He’s raised his season batting average from .272 to a team-leading .306 during the stretch. Blair enjoyed a season-high 10-game hitting streak from July 2-11.

Six In A Row At Muni
The Giants have won a season-high six straight games at home. San Jose swept a three-game set from Bakersfield during their last homestand (July 8-10) before taking three straight against Rancho Cucamonga during the current homestand. The Giants are 10-3 in their last 13 home games overall. This series concludes a stretch for San Jose playing 21 out of 28 games at home (June 23-July 22).

Jones’ Hit Streak At Six Games
Right fielder Chuckie Jones brings a six-game hitting streak into tonight’s action. During his hit streak, Jones is batting at a .423 clip (11-for-26) with two doubles, a home run and five RBI’s.

Bullpen Standouts
Bullpen standouts for the Giants include: Mason McVay (1.05 ERA – 5 ER/42.2 IP – in 27 appearances since the beginning of May), Tyler Mizenko (0.96 ERA – 2 ER/18.2 IP – in his last 17 outings), Stephen Johnson (0.95 ERA – 3 ER/28.1 IP – in his last 20 games) and Bryce Bandilla (13 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings spanning his last 14 appearances).

Opponent Notes: Lake Elsinore Storm
The Lake Elsinore Storm, an affiliate of the San Diego Padres, own the best overall record in the league at 58-40. Lake Elsinore’s 18-10 second half mark is tied with Rancho Cucamonga for the top spot in the South Division. The Storm lead the league in ERA (3.91) and are sixth in the batting average (.265). In their most recent series, Lake Elsinore swept three games from the host Bakersfield Blaze. The Storm are a league-best 33-19 on the road this season (25-21 at home).

Giants, Dodgers Affiliates Meet At Muni

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (50-45) at San Jose Giants (48-47)
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At Municipal Stadium

• Wednesday, July 16, 7:00 PM
• Thursday, July 17, 7:00 PM
• Friday, July 18, 7:00 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups

Wednesday
Rancho Cucamonga – Fabio Martinez (4-5, 4.88)
San Jose – Pat Young (7-3, 5.47)

Thursday
Rancho Cucamonga – Jharel Cotton (3-6, 5.75)
San Jose – Chris Stratton (6-8, 4.95)

Friday
Rancho Cucamonga – Julio Urias (1-1, 3.44)
San Jose – Kendry Flores (3-6, 4.64)

Broadcast Information
Friday’s series finale will be televised live on Comcast Hometown Network, Channel 104 with Joe Ritzo handing the play-by-play and Joe Castellano providing color commentary. The entire series can also be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App. Additionally, every home game is streamed live and available on demand through MiLB.TV.

Giants Begin Homestand Tonight Against Rancho Cucamonga
The San Jose Giants begin a seven-game homestand this evening with the first of three straight contests against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes at Municipal Stadium. Pat Young (7-3, 5.47) is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose tonight. After the current series versus the Quakes, San Jose hosts the Lake Elsinore Storm in a four-game set beginning on Saturday.

Last Series
The Giants split a four-game set against the host Stockton Ports in their most recent series. San Jose earned a 2-1, 12-inning victory in the series opener on Friday before the Ports bounced back with a 10-6 win on Saturday. The Giants then posted a 4-1 victory on Sunday behind a 13-strikeout performance from starting pitcher Matt Lujan. Stockton earned the split with an 11-1 rout of San Jose on Monday evening. The Giants allowed a total of 21 runs on 35 hits in their two losses compared to a combined two runs and eight hits surrendered in their two wins.

Winning Ways
San Jose has posted a 12-5 record in their last 17 games dating back to June 27. All five losses during the stretch have come against Stockton (3-5 vs. the Ports, 9-0 vs. the rest of the league). The Giants rattled off a season-high six consecutive victories from June 27-July 3 while also claiming four straight games from July 8-11. San Jose hasn’t lost more than two games in a row since dropping four straight from June 20-23. The Giants are 14-11 in the second half and in second place in the North Division – four games behind Stockton (18-7) for the top spot.

Versus The South
The series marks San Jose’s first games against a South Division opponent since sweeping a three-game set against the High Desert Mavericks from June 3-5. The Giants have played their last 33 games against North Division clubs. San Jose is 13-10 overall versus the South Division this year. The Giants’ only previous meeting against Rancho Cucamonga came during the opening series of the year when San Jose won three out of four games at LoanMart Field (April 3-6).

Above .500
A victory in tonight’s contest would improve the Giants (48-47) to a season-high tying two games over .500. San Jose moved over .500 for the first time since the opening week of the season six days ago.

July Surge
The Giants are batting .294 as a team in July – third in the California League and tops among North Division clubs. San Jose is averaging 5.1 runs per game this month. The Giants’ 9-5 record in July is tied for the second best mark in the league (Stockton 10-4).

Blair’s Hot Streak
Over his last 13 games, outfielder Elliott Blair is batting .451 (23-for-51) with five doubles, one home run and nine RBI’s. He’s raised his season batting average from .272 to .303 during the stretch. Blair enjoyed a season-high 10-game hitting streak from July 2-11. He went 8-for-16 (.500) with three doubles and a home run during the last series against Stockton.

At Muni
The Giants have won their last three home games to move above .500 at Municipal Stadium for the season (25-24). San Jose is batting .259 as a team at home (4.2 runs per game) compared to .271 on the road (4.8 runs per game).

Bednar Bolsters Offense
In 12 games since joining the club from Augusta (A), infielder Brandon Bednar is batting .340 (17-for-50) with three doubles, a home run and five RBI’s. Bednar has made starts at third base (four games), shortstop (three games) and first base (three games) with San Jose. Bednar was added to the Giants roster on July 1. The former seventh round draft pick was leading Augusta with a .275 batting average at the time of his promotion.

Bullpen Standouts
Recent bullpen standouts for the Giants include: Mason McVay (0.91 ERA – 4 ER/39.2 IP – in 25 appearances since the beginning of May), Tyler Mizenko (16 straight scoreless outings – 17 IP), Stephen Johnson (1.03 ERA – 3 ER/26.1 IP – in his last 19 games) and Bryce Bandilla (1.02 ERA – 2 ER/17.2 IP – in 19 games since joining team).

Opponent Notes: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, are in first place in the second half South Division at 18-7. The Quakes began the half winning 18 out of 20 before dropping their last five games. Rancho Cucamonga is eighth in the league in batting average (.261) and third in ERA (4.44). The Quakes finished the first half with a 32-38 record.

Giants Open Four-Game Series In Stockton Tonight

San Jose Giants (46-45) at Stockton Ports (53-38)
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At Banner Island Ballpark

• Friday, July 11, 7:05 PM
• Saturday, July 12, 7:05 PM
• Sunday, July 13, 6:05 PM
• Monday, July 14, 7:05 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Friday
San Jose – Kendry Flores (3-6, 4.94)
Stockton – Chris Lamb (3-1, 3.96)

Saturday
San Jose – Joe Kurrasch (7-2, 2.12)
Stockton – Yeiper Castillo (1-1, 8.78)

Sunday
San Jose – Matt Lujan (2-1, 4.58)
Stockton – Seth Streich (9-4, 2.98)

Monday
San Jose – Joe Biagini (6-5, 3.90)
Stockton – Jake Sanchez (3-0, 3.12)

Broadcast Information

The entire series can be heard live on sjgiants.com with Joe Ritzo calling all of the action. Radio broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to first pitch with The Giants Pregame Show. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App.

Giants Begin Four-Game Series At Stockton Tonight
The San Jose Giants begin a four-game series against the Stockton Ports this evening at Banner Island Ballpark. Kendry Flores (3-6, 4.94) is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose tonight. The Giants are 6-11 against Stockton this season. The clubs last met from July 4-7 at Municipal Stadium with the Ports taking three out of four games in the series. Stockton has won eight out of the last ten games overall played between the teams.

Sweep

San Jose swept the visiting Bakersfield Blaze in a three-game series that ended yesterday afternoon at Municipal Stadium. The Giants earned victories of 5-2 on Tuesday, 5-1 on Wednesday and 6-2 yesterday. It marked San Jose’s second sweep in their last three series’. The Giants limited the Blaze to just five runs total during the three-game set. In yesterday’s finale, Chris Stratton allowed only two unearned runs and struck out nine over the first six innings to pick-up the win. San Jose finished the game with 15 hits led by Jesus Galindo (3-for-5, 3B, RBI), Brian Ragira (2-for-4, HR, RBI) and Shawn Payne (2-for-4, 3B, RBI).

Won 10 Of 13

The Giants enter tonight’s matchup having won 10 out of their last 13 games. San Jose rattled off a season-high six consecutive victories from June 27-July 3 before dropping three out of four to Stockton to begin the last homestand. The Giants have now won their last three games. San Jose is 12-9 in the second half overall.

Above .500

With yesterday’s victory, San Jose (46-45) moved over .500 for the first time since the opening week of the season. The Giants were last above the .500 mark on April 7 when the club owned a 3-2 record. A win tonight would move San Jose to a season-high tying two games over .500.

Bednar Bolsters Offense
In nine games since joining the club from Augusta (A), infielder Brandon Bednar is 13-for-36 (.361) with a double, a home run and five RBI’s. He’s hit safely in eight out of the nine games. Bednar has made starts at first base (three games), shortstop (three games) and third base (two games) with San Jose. Bednar, a former seventh round draft pick, was leading the GreenJackets with a .275 batting average at the time of his promotion on July 1.

July Surge
The Giants are batting .315 as a team in July – second-best in the California League and tops among North Division clubs. San Jose is averaging 5.8 runs per game this month (7-3 record).

Miller Among League’s Best

Second baseman Blake Miller is up to 68 RBI’s for the season to rank tied for third in the California League. Miller is batting .310 overall and is tops on the Giants in hits (101), doubles (22) and RBI’s while he’s tied for third on the team in home runs (8). After batting .312 in April, Miller hit .304 in May and .330 in June. Through 10 games in July, Miller is batting .275.

Starting Strong
Over the last five games, Giants starting pitchers own a 2.51 ERA (9 ER/32.1 IP). San Jose starters have worked at least six innings in each of the last five games. The Giants have won four out of their last five.

Hitting Streaks
First baseman Brian Ragira brings a season-high 10-game hitting streak into tonight’s action. Ragira is batting at a .375 clip (15-for-40) with three home runs and six RBI’s during the streak. His nine home runs overall this season are tied for the team lead (Mitch Delfino). Additionally, outfielder Elliott Blair has hit safely in his last nine games. Blair is batting .429 (15-for-35) with seven RBI’s during his streak.

Bullpen Standouts

Recent bullpen standouts for the Giants include: Mason McVay (0.96 ERA – 4 ER/37.1 IP – in 24 appearances since the beginning of May), Tyler Mizenko (14 straight scoreless outings – 15 IP), Stephen Johnson (0.77 ERA – 2 ER/23.1 IP – in his last 17 games) and Bryce Bandilla (1.13 ERA – 2 ER/16.0 IP – in 17 games since joining team).

On The Road
The Giants have won a season-high three consecutive road games. Most recently on the road, San Jose swept a three-game series in Modesto from July 1-3 – the club’s first series sweep away from Municipal Stadium this year. The Giants are batting .273 on the road this season compared to .259 at home. This series against Stockton serves as San Jose’s only four road games in an 18-game span from July 4-22.

Opponent Notes: Stockton Ports
The Stockton Ports, an affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, are in first place in the second half North Division at 16-5 – three games ahead of San Jose for the top spot. Since June 1, Stockton has posted a blistering 25-9 record. The Ports are currently fourth in the league in batting average (.271), first in home runs (115) and second in ERA (4.21). Stockton is 29-16 at home this season (24-22 on the road).

Episode 36 – Inside the San Jose Giants

Podcast graphicIn this podcast episode, Joe and Ben breakdown the San Jose Giants starting rotation. The discussion includes Joe Kurrasch’s emergence as the staff ace, while examining the performance of the club’s top pitching prospects. The two also spotlight the team’s improving hitters and look ahead to a key stretch of games over the next week.

Giants Continue Homestand Against Bakersfield

Bakersfield Blaze (56-32) at San Jose Giants (43-45)

San_Jose_Giants157At Municipal Stadium
• Tuesday, July 8, 7:00 PM
• Wednesday, July 9, 7:00 PM
• Thursday, July 10, 12:35 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups

Tuesday
Bakersfield – Daniel Wright (5-1, 3.89)
San Jose – Joe Biagini (5-5, 4.14)

Wednesday
Bakersfield – Ismael Guillon (0-1, 12.41)
San Jose – Pat Young (6-3, 5.80)

Thursday

Bakersfield – Drew Cisco (4-2, 5.51)
San Jose – Chris Stratton (5-8, 5.31)

Broadcast Information
The entire series can be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM with Joe Ritzo calling all of the action. Radio broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to first pitch with The Giants Pregame Show. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App. Additionally, every home game is streamed live and available on demand through MiLB.TV.

Giants Continue Homestand Against Bakersfield
The San Jose Giants continue their homestand with the opener of a three-game series against the Bakersfield Blaze this evening at Municipal Stadium. Joe Biagini (5-5, 4.14) is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose tonight.

Last Series

San Jose dropped three out of four games to the visiting Stockton Ports in a series that concluded last night. Stockton won the first two games by the scores of 17-6 and 4-3 on Friday and Saturday respectively before the Giants earned an 8-4 win on Sunday. The Ports then took the series with a 7-0 shutout of San Jose last night. The 17 runs and 18 hits allowed by the Giants in Friday’s opener were both season-high totals while last night’s whitewash marked the sixth time San Jose had been shutout this year – tied for the league-lead. The Giants have now dropped eight out of their last ten games to Stockton.

Streaky Second Half
The Giants have been a streaky team throughout the first three weeks of the second half. After enduring a stretch of six losses in seven games, San Jose rattled off a season-high six consecutive victories from June 27-July 3. The Giants have now followed the win streak by dropping three out of their last four games. San Jose is 9-9 in the second half overall.

Recent Offensive Surge

Despite getting shutout last night, the Giants are batting .311 as a team and scoring 5.9 runs per game over their last 10 contests (7-3 record). San Jose has had four games of 14 or more hits during the stretch.

Miller Among League’s Best
Second baseman Blake Miller is up to 65 RBI’s for the season to rank sixth in the California League. Miller is tops on the Giants in batting average (.309), doubles (22), RBI’s and slugging percentage (.465) while he’s tied for third on the team in home runs (7). After batting .312 in April, Miller hit .304 in May and .330 in June. Through seven games in July, Miller is batting at a .250 clip (7-for-28).

Versus The Blaze
The Giants are 4-6 against Bakersfield this season, including a 2-5 mark at Municipal Stadium. This series marks the first meeting between the two clubs since the Blaze took two out of three from April 25-27 in San Jose. The Giants will play only six games against Bakersfield in the second half.

Home Run Drought

After hitting a league-low nine home runs during the month of June, the Giants have hit just two homers through their first seven games in July. San Jose’s 54 home runs overall this season are eighth in the California League.

Bednar’s Fast Start

In six games since joining the club from Augusta (A), infielder Brandon Bednar is 10-for-25 (.400) with a double and an RBI. He’s hit safely in all six games. Bednar has made starts at first base (three games), third base (two games) and shortstop (one game) with San Jose. Bednar, a former seventh round draft pick, was leading the GreenJackets with a .275 batting average at the time of his promotion on July 1.

At Muni
The Giants (22-24) are one of only three teams in the league (Inland Empire 20-26, Modesto 16-26) with a sub-.500 record at home this season. Since sweeping a three-game series against visiting High Desert from June 3-5, San Jose is just 6-9 at Municipal Stadium. The Giants are batting .254 as a team at home compared to .273 on the road.

Blair Heats Up
Over his last six games, outfielder Elliott Blair is 12-for-23 (.522) with two doubles and seven RBI’s. Previously, Blair had collected just four hits in 31 at-bats (.129) spanning 10 games.

Bullpen Standouts

Recent bullpen standouts for the Giants include: Mason McVay (1.02 ERA – 4 ER/35.1 IP – in 22 appearances since the beginning of May), Tyler Mizenko (13 straight scoreless outings – 14 IP), Stephen Johnson (0.81 ERA – 2 ER/22.1 IP – in his last 16 games) and Bryce Bandilla (1.29 ERA – 2 ER/14.0 IP – in 15 games since joining team).

Home Cooking

The start of this homestand marked the beginning of a stretch for the Giants playing 14 out of 18 games at Municipal Stadium. After this series, San Jose travels to Stockton for a four-game set beginning on Friday. The Giants then return to the South Bay for a seven-game homestand against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and Lake Elsinore Storm.

Opponent Notes: Bakersfield Blaze
The Bakersfield Blaze, an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, own the best overall record in the league at 56-32. Bakersfield has already qualified for the playoffs after winning the first half North Division title. The Blaze lead the league in batting average (.297) and runs scored (6.4 per game) while they’re sixth in ERA (4.57).

Giants Begin Seven-Game Homestand On The Fourth Of July

Stockton Ports (47-37) at San Jose Giants (42-42)
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At Municipal Stadium

• Friday, July 4, 6:30 PM
• Saturday, July 5, 6:30 PM
• Sunday, July 6, 5:00 PM
• Monday, July 7, 7:00 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Friday
Stockton – Jake Sanchez (1-0, 1.38)
San Jose – Chris Stratton (5-7, 4.79)

Saturday
Stockton – Tim Atherton (6-2, 5.04)
San Jose – Kendry Flores (3-5, 4.84)

Sunday
Stockton – Chris Lamb (3-0, 3.83)
San Jose – Joe Kurrasch (6-2, 1.76)

Monday

Stockton – Yeiper Castillo (0-1, 15.26)
San Jose – Matt Lujan (2-0, 4.63)

Broadcast Information

The games on Friday, Saturday and Monday will be televised live on Comcast Hometown Network, Channel 104 with Joe Ritzo handing the play-by-play and Joe Castellano providing color commentary. The entire series can also be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App. Additionally, every home game is streamed live and available on demand through MiLB.TV.

Giants Begin Four-Game Series Against Stockton Tonight
The San Jose Giants open a seven-game homestand this evening with the first of four straight contests against the Stockton Ports at Municipal Stadium. Chris Stratton (5-7, 4.79) is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose tonight. After the current series versus the Ports, San Jose hosts the Bakersfield Blaze in a three-game set beginning on Tuesday. Starting tonight, the Giants will play 14 out of their next 18 games at home.

First Road Sweep

The Giants earned their first road series sweep of the season when they took three straight games from the host Modesto Nuts over the last three nights. San Jose outscored Modesto by a combined margin of 25-7 during the three-game set. The Giants earned victories of 7-3 on Tuesday, 8-2 on Wednesday and 10-2 last night. San Jose never trailed at any point over the course of the series. In yesterday’s finale, the Giants matched a season-high with 16 hits led by Elliott Blair (4-for-5, 2B, 4 RBI), Shawn Payne (3-for-4, 2 RBI) and Ben Turner (3-for-4, 2B, RBI). Starting pitcher Pat Young picked-up the win after tossing six innings with two runs (both earned) and three hits allowed. Young struck out six.

Season-High Six-Game Winning Streak

San Jose enters tonight’s contest having won a season-high six games in a row. Previously, the Giants’ longest win streak this year was five games (June 1-5). Prior to the current win streak, San Jose had lost six out of seven. The Giants are batting .338 as a team, averaging 7.0 runs per game and boast a 2.67 ERA over the last six games.

Back At .500
With last night’s victory, the Giants (42-42) returned to .500 overall for the first time since June 12 (34-34). San Jose owns identical 21-21 records at home and on the road this season. The Giants were last over the .500 mark on April 7 when the club was 3-2.

Jones Heats Up

Over his last nine games, right fielder Chuckie Jones is 15-for-37 (.405) with four doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI’s. Jones has multi-hits in five out of his past eight games. After hitting .214 in April (1 HR, 8 RBI) and .229 in May (2 HR, 6 RBI), Jones finished June with a .323 batting average (4 HR, 23 RBI, .556 SLG). Since June 1, Jones is batting .342.

Starting Strong

During the club’s current six-game winning streak, Giants starting pitchers possess a 3.29 ERA. In 38 1/3 innings during the stretch, San Jose starters have 40 strikeouts and just six walks.

Miller Among League’s Best
Second baseman Blake Miller is up to 63 RBI’s for the season to rank tied for fourth in the California League. His .311 batting average is also eleventh in the league. Miller is tops on the Giants in batting average, doubles (19), RBI’s and slugging percentage (.465) while he’s tied for second on the team in home runs (7). Over his last 11 games, Miller is batting .378 (17-for-45) with 10 RBI’s.

Versus The Ports

The Giants are 5-8 against Stockton this season, including a 2-5 mark at Municipal Stadium. San Jose has lost five out of their last six games versus the Ports. The Giants have scored a total of just eight runs over those last six contests. Tonight is the first of 16 second half meetings between the two clubs.

Bednar Joins San Jose From Augusta
The Giants added infielder Brandon Bednar to their roster on Tuesday from Augusta (A). In 74 games with the GreenJackets this season, Bednar was batting a team-high .275 with nine doubles, one home run, 24 RBI’s and eight stolen bases. The versatile infielder saw action at third base (33 games), first base (25 games) and second base (9 games) while in Augusta. Bednar also played shortstop last season at Salem-Keizer (Short-Season). Bednar was a seventh round selection of the San Francisco Giants in the 2013 draft out of Florida Gulf Coast University. Through two games with San Jose, Bednar is 3-for-9 with one stolen base.

Bullpen Standouts

Recent bullpen standouts for the Giants include: Mason McVay (1.10 ERA – 4 ER/32.2 IP – in 20 appearances since the beginning of May), Tyler Mizenko (11 straight scoreless outings – 12 IP), Stephen Johnson (0.86 ERA – 2 ER/21.0 IP – in his last 15 games) and Bryce Bandilla (1.38 ERA – 2 ER/13.0 IP – in 14 games since joining team). Since June 1, the San Jose bullpen owns a cumulative 2.92 ERA.

Opponent Notes: Stockton Ports

The Stockton Ports, an affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, own an overall record of 47-37 this season. Stockton is in first place in the second half North Division standings with a 10-4 record – two games ahead of San Jose (8-6) and Bakersfield (8-6) for the top spot. The Ports rank fourth in the league in batting average (.269), first in home runs (105) and third in ERA (4.32). Stockton is 21-21 on the road this season (26-16 at home).

Giants Travel To Modesto For Three-Game Series

San Jose Giants (39-42) at Modesto Nuts (27-54)

San_Jose_Giants157At John Thurman Field
• Tuesday, July 1, 7:05 PM
• Wednesday, July 2, 7:05 PM
• Thursday, July 3, 7:05 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Tuesday
San Jose – Matt Lujan (1-0, 5.40)
Modesto – Jayson Aquino (2-4, 6.68)

Wednesday

San Jose – Joe Biagini (4-5, 4.30)
Modesto – Ben Alsup (0-8, 5.61)

Thursday

San Jose – Pat Young (5-3, 6.06)
Modesto – Matt Flemer (7-5, 4.67)

Broadcast Information

The entire series can be heard live on sjgiants.com with Joe Ritzo calling all of the action. Radio broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to first pitch with The Giants Pregame Show. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App.

Giants Travel To Modesto For Three-Game Set

The San Jose Giants begin a three-game series against the Modesto Nuts this evening at John Thurman Field. Matt Lujan (1-0, 5.40) is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose tonight. The Giants are 7-8 versus the Nuts this season. The clubs last met from June 23-25 at Municipal Stadium with Modesto taking two out of three games in the series.

Last Series
The Giants earned their first series victory of the second half when they won three out of four games against the visiting Visalia Rawhide to conclude the last homestand. Visalia claimed the series opener last Thursday by a 6-2 score before San Jose picked-up victories of 8-3 on Friday, 7-5 on Saturday and 2-1 on Sunday. In the series finale, Joe Kurrasch allowed just one run over the first seven innings to record the win. The Giants finished their homestand with a 4-3 record.

Three Consecutive Wins
San Jose enters tonight’s contest having won three games in a row – their longest win streak since posting five consecutive victories from June 1-5. A win this evening would get the Giants (5-6) back to .500 in the second half.

June Review
San Jose concluded June with a 13-11 record – their first winning month of the season (April 11-16, May 15-15). The Giants led the California League with a 3.68 team ERA in June. Top individual pitchers last month included starters Joe Kurrasch (4 G, 3 GS, 3-1, 1.29 ERA) and Kendry Flores (4 GS, 0-1, 2.59 ERA, 36 strikeouts in 24 1/3 innings) along with relievers Bryce Bandilla (0.90 ERA in 11 appearances) and Tyler Mizenko (1.29 ERA, three saves in 13 games). Offensively, San Jose hit .274 as a team in June – their highest monthly batting average this season (April .261, May .246). Top hitters individually in June were Ben Turner (.405, 9 2B, 8 RBI), Blake Miller (.330, HR, 17 RBI) and Chuckie Jones (.323, 4 HR, 23 RBI).

Galindo Matches Team Record

Center fielder Jesus Galindo tied a San Jose Giants single-game record with five hits in Saturday’s win over Visalia. He became the 32nd player in the 27-year history of the club to record five hits in a game. Galindo is the second player to accomplish the feat this season joining Mac Williamson, who had five hits against Visalia on April 24.

Strikeout Surge

Giants pitchers have collected a whopping 94 strikeouts over the last eight games (11.8 per game). San Jose is now second in the California League in strikeouts (697) this season. Last year, the Giants led all of Minor League Baseball with 1,282 strikeouts as a pitching staff.

Bednar Joins San Jose From Augusta

The Giants added infielder Brandon Bednar to their roster today from Augusta (A). In 74 games with the GreenJackets this season, Bednar was batting a team-high .275 with nine doubles, one home run, 24 RBI’s and eight stolen bases. The versatile infielder has seen action this year at third base (33 games), first base (25 games) and second base (9 games). Bednar also played shortstop last season at Salem-Keizer (Short-Season). Bednar was a seventh round selection of the San Francisco Giants in the 2013 draft out of Florida Gulf Coast University.

Home Cooking Ahead
After this series in Modesto, the Giants will play 14 out of their next 18 games at home. San Jose returns to Municipal Stadium on Friday for a seven-game homestand against the Stockton Ports and Bakersfield Blaze.

Jones Heats Up

Right fielder Chuckie Jones has 11 RBI’s in his last six games (.360, 9-for-25, 2 HR). Jones also has multi-hits in three out of his past five games. After hitting .214 in April (1 HR, 8 RBI) and .229 in May (2 HR, 6 RBI), Jones finished June with a .323 batting average (4 HR, 23 RBI, .556 SLG).

Bullpen Standouts

Recent bullpen standouts for the Giants include: Mason McVay (1.14 ERA – 4 ER/31.2 IP – in 19 appearances since the beginning of May), Tyler Mizenko (11 straight scoreless outings – 12 IP), Stephen Johnson (0.92 ERA – 2 ER/19.2 IP – in his last 14 games) and Bryce Bandilla (1.50 ERA – 2 ER/12.0 IP – in 13 games since joining team).

Miller Among League’s Best

Infielder Blake Miller has 58 RBI’s this season to currently rank fifth in the California League. His .315 batting average is 10th in the league. Miller is tops on the Giants in batting average, doubles (19), RBI’s and slugging percentage (.476) while he’s tied for second on the team in home runs (7).

Opponent Notes: Modesto Nuts

The Modesto Nuts, an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, own an overall record of 27-54 – last in the North Division. The Nuts are 4-7 in the second half. Modesto is ninth in the league in batting average (.253) and last in ERA (5.26). The Nuts are 16-23 at home this season (11-31 on the road).

Giants Continue Homestand Against Visalia

Visalia Rawhide (40-37) at San Jose Giants (36-41)
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At Municipal Stadium

• Thursday, June 26, 7:00 PM
• Friday, June 27, 7:00 PM
• Saturday, June 28, 6:00 PM
• Sunday, June 29, 1:00 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Thursday
Visalia – Aaron Blair (2-2, 3.86)
San Jose – Pat Young (5-2, 5.57)

Friday
Visalia – Braden Shipley (1-1, 2.81)
San Jose – Chris Stratton (4-7, 4.75)

Saturday
Visalia – Jesse Darrah (3-4, 5.72)
San Jose – Kendry Flores (3-5, 4.92)

Sunday
Visalia – Brandon Sinnery (7-5, 5.03)
San Jose – Joe Kurrasch (5-2, 1.82)

Broadcast Information

The games on Friday and Saturday will be televised live on Comcast Hometown Network, Channel 104 with Joe Ritzo handing the play-by-play and Joe Castellano providing color commentary. The entire series can also be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App. Additionally, every home game is streamed live and available on demand through MiLB.TV.

Giants Continue Homestand Against Visalia
The San Jose Giants continue their homestand this evening with the opener of a four-game series against the Visalia Rawhide at Municipal Stadium. Pat Young (5-2, 5.57) is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose tonight. The Giants are 7-9 versus the Rawhide this season. The clubs last met from June 19-22 in Visalia to open the second half with the Rawhide taking three out of four games in the series.

Last Series

The Giants began their homestand by dropping two out of three games to the Modesto Nuts in a series that concluded last night. Modesto earned a 2-0 shutout victory over the Giants in the series opener on Monday. It marked the fifth time this season that San Jose had been shutout this season. The Giants bounced back on Tuesday afternoon with a 15-3 thrashing of the Nuts. The 15 runs scored was a season-high for San Jose. The Nuts then claimed the series with a 9-4 victory over the Giants last night. Modesto knocked out 14 hits in the contest and took the lead for good with a four-run top of the fourth.

Lost Seven Of Nine

San Jose enters tonight’s contest having lost seven out of their last nine games. Previously, the Giants had won eight out of 11. Tuesday’s victory over Modesto snapped San Jose’s season-high tying four-game losing streak. The four-game skid marked the first time that San Jose lost more than two in a row since dropping four straight from April 26-29.

Brandon Belt To Begin Rehab Assignment
San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is scheduled to begin a rehabilitation assignment with San Jose tonight. Belt is recovering from a broken left thumb sustained when he was hit by a pitch on May 9. Belt is batting .264 with nine home runs and 18 RBI’s in 35 games with San Francisco this season. The 26-year old was leading the Giants in home runs at the time of his injury. Belt batted .289 with a career-high 17 home runs and 67 RBI’s in 150 games with San Francisco last year. Belt debuted as a professional with San Jose during the 2010 season and hit .383 in the California League with 28 doubles, 10 home runs and 62 RBI’s in 77 games.

Home Cooking
Last Monday began a stretch for San Jose playing 21 out of 28 games at home through July 22.

Okert Promoted

Giants All-Star closer Steven Okert was promoted to Double-A Richmond on Tuesday. Okert leads the California League with 19 saves to go with a 1.53 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings. Okert was San Jose’s only All-Star representative this season.

Improved Pitching
San Jose’s 3.72 team ERA in June leads the California League. The Giants posted a 5.01 ERA in April before a 4.70 ERA in May. San Jose is now sixth in the league in ERA (4.56) and third in strikeouts (650).

Hot Hitters

Catcher Ben Turner owns a sizzling .413 batting average (26-for-63) with seven doubles and eight RBI’s in June (18 games). Turner has a pair of three-hit games and two four-hit games during this month. First baseman Brian Ragira is hitting .365 (23-for-63) with 12 RBI’s in his last 17 games. Blake Miller (.329, HR, 15 RBI) and Chuckie Jones (.317, 3 HR, 14 RBI) are also batting over .300 in June.

Home Run Drought
The Giants have hit just three home runs in the last 16 games and have only seven home runs for the entire month of June.

Bullpen Standouts
Recent bullpen standouts for the Giants include: Mason McVay (1.26 ERA – 4 ER/28.2 IP – in 18 appearances since the beginning of May), Tyler Mizenko (eight straight scoreless outings – 9 IP) and Stephen Johnson (1.06 ERA – 2 ER/17.0 IP – in his last 12 games). The San Jose bullpen has a 3.69 ERA in June.

Miller Among League’s Best
Infielder Blake Miller has 56 RBI’s this season to currently rank sixth in the California League. Miller is tops on the Giants in batting average (.314), doubles (19), RBI’s and slugging percentage (.483) while he’s second on the team in home runs (7).

Opponent Notes: Visalia Rawhide

The Visalia Rawhide, an affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, own an overall record of 40-37. The Rawhide are 4-3 in the second half. Visalia is fifth in the league in batting average (.266) and second in ERA (4.12). The Rawhide are 16-22 on the road this season (24-15 at home).

Seven-Game Homestand Begins Tonight Against Modesto

Modesto Nuts (24-50) at San Jose Giants (35-39)

San_Jose_Giants157At Municipal Stadium
• Monday, June 23, 7:00 PM
• Tuesday, June 24, 1:35 PM
• Wednesday, June 25, 7:00 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups

Monday
Modesto – Ryan Carpenter (1-3, 4.05)
San Jose – Joe Kurrasch (5-1, 1.74)

Tuesday
Modesto – Devin Burke (5-3, 5.07)
San Jose – Matt Lujan (0-0, —)

Wednesday

Modesto – Jayson Aquino (1-4, 7.27)
San Jose – Joe Biagini (4-4, 3.93)

Broadcast Information

Wednesday’s series finale will be televised live on Comcast Hometown Network, Channel 104 with Joe Ritzo handing the play-by-play and Joe Castellano providing color commentary. The entire series can also be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App. Additionally, every home game is streamed live and available on demand through MiLB.TV.

Giants Begin Homestand Tonight Against Modesto

The San Jose Giants open a seven-game homestand this evening with the first of three straight contests against the Modesto Nuts at Municipal Stadium. Joe Kurrasch (5-1, 1.74) is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose tonight. After the current series versus the Nuts, San Jose hosts the Visalia Rawhide in a four-game set beginning on Thursday.

Last Series

The Giants began the second half in Visalia and dropped three out of four games in a series that concluded last night. San Jose claimed the series opener last Thursday by a 7-2 score before the Rawhide took the next three games, 5-3, 10-2 and 2-1. The Giants were held to a total of just six runs over the final three games in the series. In last night’s finale, Visalia’s Rudy Flores and Raul Navarro connected for solo home runs in the fifth and seventh innings respectively to propel the Rawhide to the victory. Visalia starting pitcher Braden Shipley, a 2013 first round draft pick, earned the win after recording 10 strikeouts over seven scoreless innings. San Jose starter Kendry Flores struck out 13 batters in seven innings, but suffered the loss after surrendering both solo homers. The 13 strikeouts are the most by a Giants pitcher in a game this season. San Jose’s only run last night came on a Brian Ragira solo homer in the top of the ninth.

Three Straight Losses

The Giants enter tonight’s contest having lost their last three games. It marks the first time that San Jose has lost more than two in a row since a four-game slide from April 26-29. The Giants need a victory tonight to avoid matching their longest losing streak of the season (four games: April 11-14, April 19-23, April 26-29). San Jose has also dropped five out of their last six games overall going back to the final week of the first half.

Offensive Struggles
San Jose has scored only 18 runs over the last eight games (2.3 per game). The Giants have been held to three runs or fewer in seven out of their last eight contests.

Versus The Nuts
The Giants are 6-6 against the Nuts this season, including a 3-1 mark at Municipal Stadium. San Jose won three out of four games versus Modesto from May 5-8 at Municipal Stadium. The clubs last met June 6-9 with the Giants and Nuts splitting a four-game set at John Thurman Field. Blake Miller (.442, 23-for-52, HR, 15 RBI) has been San Jose’s top hitter against Modesto this season. The Giants are under .500 against every North Division team this season with the exception of the Nuts. San Jose’s first 25 games of the second half will be played against North Division opponents (Visalia – 8, Stockton – 8, Modesto – 6, Bakersfield – 3).

Improved Pitching

San Jose’s 3.55 team ERA in June leads the California League. The Giants posted a 5.01 ERA in April before a 4.70 ERA in May.

Hot Hitters
Over his last 16 games, catcher Ben Turner owns a sizzling .411 batting average (23-for-56) with six doubles and seven RBI’s. Turner has a pair of three-hit games and two four-hit games during the stretch. First baseman Brian Ragira is hitting .358 (19-for-53) with 11 RBI’s in his last 14 games.

Home Run Drought

Brian Ragira’s ninth-inning homer last night broke a season-high streak of nine straight games for the Giants without a home run. Prior to Ragira’s blast, San Jose’s last home run was on June 7 in Modesto (Chuckie Jones). The Giants have hit just two home runs in the last 13 games overall.

Bullpen Standouts

Recent bullpen standouts for the Giants include: Mason McVay (1.33 ERA – 4 ER/27.0 IP – in 17 appearances since the beginning of May), Steven Okert (1.23 ERA – 2 ER/14.2 IP – and nine saves over his last 14 appearances), Tyler Mizenko (seven straight scoreless outings – 8 IP) and Stephen Johnson (1.13 ERA – 2 ER/16.0 IP – in his last 11 games). Okert’s 19 saves overall this season lead the California League. He also picked-up the save in the California-Carolina League All-Star Game last Tuesday in Wilmington, Delaware.

Miller Among League’s Best

Infielder Blake Miller has 53 RBI’s this season to currently rank fifth in the California League. Miller is tops on the Giants in batting average (.306), doubles (18), RBI’s and slugging percentage (.481) while he’s second on the team in home runs (7).

Opponent Notes: Modesto Nuts
The Modesto Nuts, an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, own the worst overall record in the league at 24-50. Modesto opened the second half by dropping three out of four games to the visiting High Desert Mavericks in a series that ended last night. The Nuts are ninth in the California League in batting average (.253), tied for ninth in home runs (41) and last in ERA (5.22). Modesto is 8-27 on the road this season. Left-hander Ryan Carpenter (1-3, 4.05) is expected to make the start for the Nuts in tonight’s series opener.

Giants Open Second Half In Visalia

San Jose Giants (34-36) at Visalia Rawhide (36-34)
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At Recreation Park

• Thursday, June 19, 7:00 PM
• Friday, June 20, 7:00 PM
• Saturday, June 21, 7:00 PM
• Sunday, June 22, 6:00 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Thursday
San Jose – Joe Biagini (3-4, 3.96)
Visalia – Brandon Sinnery (7-4, 5.51)

Friday
San Jose – Pat Young (5-2, 5.59)
Visalia – Spencer Arroyo (4-3, 3.16)

Saturday
San Jose – Chris Stratton (4-6, 4.43)
Visalia – Aaron Blair (1-2, 4.26)

Sunday
San Jose – Kendry Flores (3-4, 5.19)
Visalia – Braden Shipley (0-1, 3.86)

Broadcast Information
The entire series can be heard live on sjgiants.com with Joe Ritzo calling all of the action. Radio broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to first pitch with The Giants Pregame Show. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App.

Giants Begin Four-Game Series At Visalia Tonight
The San Jose Giants begin the second half this evening with the opener of a four-game series against the Visalia Rawhide at Recreation Park. Joe Biagini (3-4, 3.96) is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose tonight. The Giants have posted a 6-6 record versus Visalia this season and will play eight out of their first 11 games of the second half against the Rawhide.

First Half Review
The Giants finished in fourth place in the first half North Division standings with an overall record of 34-36. It marked the first time in 11 years that a San Jose team was below .500 in a first half (28-42 in 2003 – the last year the Giants missed the playoffs). After an 11-16 record in April, San Jose was an even 15-15 in May before going 8-5 in June first half games. The Giants ended the first half seventh in the league in batting average (.257) and sixth in ERA (4.52).

Recent Success
San Jose is 14-9 in their last 23 games dating back to May 22. The Giants’ consecutive losses to Stockton to end the first half marked the club’s first back-to-back defeats in June (last: May 28-29). San Jose hasn’t lost more than two in a row since a four-game slide from April 26-29.

Offensive Struggles
The Giants scored only five runs during their four-game series against Stockton to close out the first half (1-3 record). Last Saturday’s 3-0 loss to the Ports in the first half finale was the fourth time this season that San Jose was shutout. Only the Modesto Nuts (5) have been shutout more this year.

Okert Shines In All-Star Game

Giants closer Steven Okert picked-up the save in last Tuesday’s California-Carolina League All-Star Game in Wilmington, Delaware. Okert entered the game in the bottom of the ninth with the California League ahead by a 3-2 score. The left-hander retired all three batters he faced, including two via the strikeout, to strand a pair of inherited runners. Okert was San Jose’s only representative in the All-Star game. The former fourth round draft pick is 19-for-20 in save opportunities this season to go with a 1.57 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings. His 19 saves lead the league.

Improved Pitching
San Jose’s 3.09 team ERA in June leads the California League. The Giants posted a 5.01 ERA in April before a 4.70 ERA in May. San Jose has allowed four runs or fewer in eight out of their last nine games.

On The Road

The Giants are 10-7 in their last 17 road games going back to May 14. A victory tonight would move San Jose’s overall road record this season (17-18) to .500.

Turner Heats Up
Over his last 12 games, catcher Ben Turner owns a sizzling .476 batting average (20-for-42) with five doubles and six RBI’s. Turner has a pair of three-hit games and two four-hit games during the stretch.

Bullpen Standouts
Recent bullpen standouts for the Giants include: Mason McVay (0.69 ERA – 2 ER/26.0 IP – in 16 appearances since the beginning of May), Steven Okert (1.32 ERA – 2 ER/13.2 IP – and nine saves over his last 13 appearances), Tyler Mizenko (six straight scoreless outings – 6 IP) and Stephen Johnson (1.20 ERA – 2 ER/15.0 IP – in his last 10 games).

Miller Among League’s Best
Infielder Blake Miller’s 52 RBI’s this season currently rank tied for fifth in the California League. Miller is tops on the Giants in batting average (.311), doubles (18), RBI’s and slugging percentage (.496) while he’s second on the team in home runs (7). Miller, a 25th round draft pick last year out of Western Oregon University, entered 2014 with only 41 games of professional experience.

Versus The North
San Jose’s first 25 games of the second half will be played against North Division opponents (Visalia – 8, Stockton – 8, Modesto – 6, Bakersfield – 3). The Giants will not play a South Division team until July 16 (Rancho Cucamonga).

Opponent Notes: Visalia Rawhide

The Visalia Rawhide, an affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, finished the first half in third place in the North Division with a 36-34 record. Visalia has lost eight out of their last 11 games and are just 8-18 since May 19. The Rawhide rank fourth in the league in batting average (.267), fifth in home runs (70), and second in ERA (4.18). Visalia is 21-14 at home this season (15-20 on the road).

Episode 35 – Inside the San Jose Giants

Inside the San Jose Giants podcast
In the newest episode of Inside the San Jose Giants, Joe and Ben review the first half. The two analyze the club’s recent success, take stock of the team’s top pitching prospects and look ahead to the second half of the season.

Giants Host Ports In Four-Game Series To Conclude First Half

Stockton Ports (34-32) at San Jose Giants (33-33)

San_Jose_Giants157At Municipal Stadium
• Wednesday, June 11, 7:00 PM
• Thursday, June 12, 7:00 PM
• Friday, June 13, 7:00 PM
• Saturday, June 14, 5:00 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Wednesday
Stockton – Tim Atherton (5-2, 5.18)
San Jose – Kendry Flores (3-4, 5.87)

Thursday
Stockton – Sean Murphy (0-0, 2.16)
San Jose – Joe Kurrasch (4-1, 2.04)

Friday
Stockton – Seth Streich (7-4, 3.21)
San Jose – Ryan Bradley (0-3, 7.50)

Saturday

Stockton – Chris Lamb (2-0, 4.32)
San Jose – Pat Young (5-1, 5.50)

Broadcast Information
The entire series can be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM with Joe Ritzo calling all of the action. Radio broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to first pitch with The Giants Pregame Show. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App. Additionally, every home game is streamed live and available on demand through MiLB.TV.

Giants Close Out First Half With Four Games Against Stockton

The San Jose Giants return home this evening to begin a four-game series against the Stockton Ports at Municipal Stadium. Kendry Flores (3-4, 4.87) is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. This four-game set versus Stockton concludes the first half of the season for San Jose.

Last Series
In their most recent series, the Giants split four games with the host Modesto Nuts. The Nuts snapped San Jose’s season-high five-game winning streak with a 4-3, 10-inning triumph over the Giants in the opener last Friday. Modesto catcher Will Swanner hit a game-winning two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the 10th. San Jose bounced back the following night to post a 9-3 victory before the Nuts claimed an 11-5 decision on Sunday afternoon. In the finale on Monday, the Giants scored five runs in the top of the eighth inning to rally past Modesto for a 7-3 win and earn a series split. Mitch Delfino delivered a go-ahead two-RBI triple in the eighth for San Jose. Chris Stratton picked-up the win after limiting the Nuts to two runs (one earned) over the first seven innings. Stratton struck out a season-high nine.

Won Seven Of Nine
San Jose enters tonight’s contest having won seven out of their last nine games. The Giants are also 13-6 in their last 19 games dating back to May 22.

June Offensive Surge
Through the first nine games of June (7-2 record), the Giants are batting .302 as a team and averaging 6.4 runs per game. San Jose hit .261 in April before batting at a .246 clip during May. Ben Turner (.519, 14-for-27, 5 RBI), Blake Miller (.405, 15-for-37, HR, 10 RBI) and Brian Ragira (.400, 12-for-30, 9 RBI) have been the Giants’ top hitters this month.

Avoiding A Sub-.500 First Half

San Jose’s overall record stands at 33-33 with four games remaining in the first half. The Giants last finished below .500 in a first half 11 years ago when the 2003 club went 28-42. San Jose needs to go at least 2-2 in their next four games to avoid a sub-.500 record in the half. This year marks only the second time (2012) in the last ten seasons that the Giants will not win the first half North Division title. This year’s club was last over the .500 mark overall on April 7 (3-2 record).

Okert Named To California League All-Star Team
Giants closer Steven Okert was named to the California League All-Star team last week. Okert is 18-for-19 in save opportunities this season to go with a 1.67 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings. His 18 saves rank first in the league and are the most by a San Jose pitcher in a first half since Heath Hembree had 21 during the 2011 season. Okert owned just two career saves in two professional seasons prior to this year. The former fourth round draft pick is San Jose’s only All-Star representative this season. The California League All-Stars play the Carolina League All-Stars on Tuesday, June 17 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Giants-Ports Season Series
San Jose is 4-5 against Stockton this season. The Ports have won the last two series’ played between the teams. Stockton took two out of three from May 27-29 at Banner Island Ballpark after picking-up two victories in three games during a series from May 20-22 at Municipal Stadium. The Giants won two out of three from May 13-15 in Stockton. The teams play each other 29 times this year.

Bullpen Turnaround

The Giants bullpen has enjoyed a nice turnaround over the course of the first half. San Jose relievers struggled throughout April recording a cumulative 5.48 ERA, but rebounded to post a 3.49 ERA in May. Thus far in June, the Giants bullpen owns a combined 3.58 ERA. In addition to Okert, recent individual standouts include Mason McVay (19-inning scoreless streak snapped on Sunday), Stephen Johnson (nine straight scoreless outings totaling 13 innings) and Tyler Mizenko (2.08 ERA in his last 16 appearances). 2013 San Jose Relief Pitcher of the Year Bryce Bandilla joined the club from Richmond (AA) on May 27 and owns a 3.00 ERA (2 ER/6.0 IP) through his first seven appearances.

Miller Reaches 50 RBI’s For The Half
Infielder Blake Miller reached the 50-RBI mark for the season during last Sunday’s game in Modesto. Miller’s current total of 51 RBI’s rank fifth in the California League while his .323 batting average is eighth-best. He leads the team in batting average, doubles (18), RBI’s and slugging (.520) while ranking second in home runs (7). Miller brings a seven-game hitting streak into tonight’s action.

Opponent Notes: Stockton Ports

The Stockton Ports, an affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, are tied for second in the North Division with a 34-32 record. Stockton has won nine out of their last 13 games. The Ports rank fifth in the league in batting average (.262), second in home runs (75) and fifth in ERA (4.37). Stockton is 14-17 on the road this season. First baseman Matt Olson is tied for first in the league with 15 home runs.

Streaking Giants Travel To Modesto For Four-Game Series

San Jose Giants (31-31) at Modesto Nuts (20-42)

San_Jose_Giants157At John Thurman Field
• Friday, June 6, 7:05 PM
• Saturday, June 7, 7:05 PM
• Sunday, June 8, 1:05 PM
• Monday, June 9, 7:05 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Friday
San Jose – Ryan Bradley (0-3, 8.70)
Modesto – Ben Alsup (0-7, 6.14)

Saturday
San Jose – Pat Young (4-1, 5.70)
Modesto – Devin Burke (4-2, 3.86)

Sunday
San Jose – Joe Biagini (3-3, 3.30)
Modesto – Matt Flemer (5-5, 4.61)

Monday
San Jose – Chris Stratton (3-6, 4.80)
Modesto – Ryan Carpenter (1-1, 2.01)

Broadcast Information
The entire series can be heard live on sjgiants.com with Joe Ritzo calling all of the action. Radio broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to first pitch with The Giants Pregame Show. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App.

Giants Begin Four-Game Series At Modesto Tonight

The San Jose Giants begin a four-game series against the Modesto Nuts this evening at John Thurman Field. Ryan Bradley (0-3, 8.70) is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. After the current series versus the Nuts and an off day, San Jose returns to Municipal Stadium on Wednesday for a four-game set against the Stockton Ports to close out the first half.

First Sweep

The Giants swept the visiting High Desert Mavericks in their most recent series earning victories of 5-2 on Tuesday, 11-8 on Wednesday and 4-1 last night. It marked San Jose’s first series sweep of the season. The big inning propelled the Giants throughout the series. All five runs on Tuesday were scored during a fourth-inning rally before an eight-run bottom of the second on Wednesday. Then in yesterday’s finale, San Jose scored all four of their runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Joe Kurrasch picked-up the win last night after limiting the Mavericks to one run on five hits over the first seven innings. Steven Okert notched his 18th save with a scoreless top of the ninth.

Five Wins In A Row
The Giants enter tonight’s contest riding a season-high five-game winning streak. The streak began with back-to-back wins at Inland Empire last Sunday-Monday before the three-game sweep of High Desert at Municipal Stadium. The Giants are also 11-4 in their last 15 games overall.

Offensive Surge
San Jose has scored 34 runs during their current five-game winning streak (6.8 per game) after scoring a total of just seven runs during their previous five games (2-3 record). The Giants had scored three runs or fewer in eight straight games before last Sunday’s 8-3 win at Inland Empire. San Jose is batting .297 as a team during the win streak.

Back At .500
Last night’s victory moved the Giants (31-31) back to .500 for the first time since April 18 when the club was 8-8. San Jose was last over the .500 mark during the opening week of the season (3-2 on April 7).

Okert Named To California League All-Star Team
Giants closer Steven Okert was named to the California League All-Star team earlier this week. Okert is a perfect 18-for-18 in save opportunities this season to go with a 1.14 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings. His 18 saves rank first in the league and are the most by a San Jose pitcher in a first half since Heath Hembree had 21 during the 2011 season. Okert owned just two career saves in two professional seasons prior to this year. The former fourth round draft pick has worked 11 consecutive scoreless innings spanning his last 10 appearances dating back to May 17. Okert is San Jose’s only All-Star representative this season. The California League All-Stars play the Carolina League All-Stars on Tuesday, June 17 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Giants-Nuts Season Series

San Jose is 4-4 against Modesto this season. The Nuts claimed three out of four games in a series from April 28-May 1 at John Thurman Field. Modesto scored a total of 38 runs during the four-game set. The following week at Municipal Stadium (May 5-8), the Giants took three out of four from the Nuts. The clubs will play each other 24 times this season.

Miller Among League’s Best

Infielder Blake Miller is currently tied for fifth in the California League with 47 RBI’s. He leads the Giants in batting average (.308), doubles (15) and RBI’s while ranking second on the team in home runs (7). Over his last 19 games, Miller has 20 RBI’s while batting at a .342 clip (25-for-73, 4 HR).

Bullpen Turnaround

Over the last 28 games, the Giants bullpen has compiled a stellar 2.34 ERA (29 ER/111.1 IP). San Jose relievers struggled throughout April recording a cumulative 5.48 ERA, but rebounded to post a 3.49 ERA in May (1.72 thus far in June). In addition to Okert, recent individual standouts include Mason McVay (no earned runs allowed in his last 21 innings), Tyler Mizenko (2.51 ERA in his last 13 appearances) and Stephen Johnson (eight straight scoreless outings totaling 11 2/3 innings). San Jose’s seven losses when leading after six innings and four losses when leading after seven innings are still league-high totals.

Series Openers
The Giants have won their last four series openers. Prior to the current streak, San Jose had dropped seven straight series-opening contests.

Opponent Notes: Modesto Nuts
The Modesto Nuts, an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, have the worst record in the California League at 20-42. Modesto has lost five out of their last six games. The Nuts are ninth in the league in batting average (.253) and ninth in ERA (4.98). Modesto is 13-18 at home this season (7-24 on the road).

Giants Return Home For Three Games Against High Desert

High Desert Mavericks (31-28) at San Jose Giants (28-31)

San_Jose_Giants157At Municipal Stadium
• Tuesday, June 3, 7:00 PM
• Wednesday, June 4, 7:00 PM
• Thursday, June 5, 7:00 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups

Tuesday
High Desert – Min-Sih Chen (2-3, 6.51)
San Jose – Chris Stratton (2-6, 5.09)

Wednesday
High Desert – Scott DeCecco (2-4, 5.68)
San Jose – Kendry Flores (3-4, 5.94)

Thursday

High Desert – Dylan Unsworth (4-4, 6.28)
San Jose – Joe Kurrasch (3-1, 2.22)

Broadcast Information
The entire series can be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM with Joe Ritzo calling all of the action. Radio broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to first pitch with The Giants Pregame Show. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App. Additionally, every home game is streamed live and available on demand through MiLB.TV.

Giants Begin Three-Game Series Against High Desert Tonight
The San Jose Giants return home this evening to begin a three-game series against the High Desert Mavericks at Municipal Stadium. Chris Stratton (2-6, 5.09) is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight.

Road Trip Review
The Giants posted a 4-3 record on their road trip that concluded last night. San Jose picked-up one victory in three games against the Stockton Ports to begin the trip before taking three out of four from the Inland Empire 66ers. Against the 66ers, the Giants won the first game of the series on Friday by a 2-1 score before Inland Empire earned a 4-0 shutout victory over San Jose on Saturday. The Giants then took the series with wins of 8-3 on Sunday and 6-4 last night. In yesterday’s finale, Joe Biagini struck out a season-high eight and allowed just two runs over six innings to pick-up the win. Ydwin Villegas (1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI) hit a two-run home run while Shawn Payne (2-for-5, 2 SB) collected a pair of singles and stole two bases to lead San Jose offensively.

Offensive Surge
After scoring a total of just seven runs during the first five games of the road trip (2-3 record), San Jose plated 14 runs over the last two games to pick-up a pair of victories. The Giants had scored three runs or fewer in eight straight games before Sunday’s win at Inland Empire.

Winning Ways
San Jose is 8-4 in their last 12 games and owns a 16-11 record dating back to May 6. A victory tonight would move the Giants to within two games of the .500 mark for the first time since April 25 when the club was 10-12.

Versus The Mavericks
This series marks the first meeting of the season between San Jose and High Desert. The Mavericks make just one visit to Municipal Stadium this year. The Giants’ only trip to Adelanto is for a four-game series to end the regular season (August 29-September 1). San Jose is 10-10 against South Division opponents this season. After the current series, the Giants won’t play another South Division team until July 16-18 versus Rancho Cucamonga.

Miller Among League’s Best
Infielder Blake Miller is currently seventh in the California League with 42 RBI’s. He leads the Giants in batting average (.307), doubles (14) and RBI’s while ranking second on the team in home runs (6). Over his last 16 games, Miller is batting at a .344 clip (21-for-61) with three home runs and 15 RBI’s. He’s also batting .350 this season with runners in scoring position.

Close Calls Favor San Jose
The Giants are 18-11 (.621) in games decided by one or two runs this season, but just 10-20 (.333) in games decided by three runs or more. Five out of San Jose’s last six wins have been by one or two runs. The Giants have been outscored 32-5 in their last four losses.

Okert Perfect In Save Chances

Steven Okert has excelled in closing games this season as the left-hander is a perfect 16-for-16 in save opportunities to go with a 1.21 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings. Okert is limiting the opposition to a .216 batting average. Prior to this year, Okert had collected just two career saves in two professional seasons. Okert’s 16 saves this year rank first in the league.

Bullpen Turnaround

Over the last 25 games, the Giants bullpen has compiled a stellar 2.47 ERA (28 ER/102.0 IP). San Jose relievers struggled throughout April recording a cumulative 5.48 ERA, but rebounded to post a 3.49 ERA in May. Recent individual standouts include Mason McVay (no earned runs allowed in his last 20 innings), Tyler Mizenko (2.70 ERA in his last 12 appearances), Stephen Johnson (seven straight scoreless outings totaling 9 1/3 innings) and Tyler Rogers (2.55 ERA in his last 11 games). San Jose’s seven losses when leading after six innings and four losses when leading after seven innings are still league-high totals.

Payne Power

Outfielder Shawn Payne has 16 extra-base hits in his first 28 games with the Giants this season. Overall, Payne is batting .295 with 11 doubles, one triple, four home runs and 14 RBI’s. His .518 slugging percentage leads the team. Payne had just 17 extra-base hits in 73 games last year with San Jose (.229 AVG, 14 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR). Payne brings a five-game hitting streak into tonight’s action (.389, 7-for-18).

Opponent Notes: High Desert Mavericks
The High Desert Mavericks, an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, are in third place in the South Division with a 31-28 record – five games behind Lancaster for the top spot. The Mavericks are second in the league in batting average (.279), first in home runs (69) and last in ERA (5.05). Gabriel Guerrero (.322) and Jordy Lara (.321) rank seventh and eighth in the league respectively in batting average. Lara’s 11 home runs this season are tied for fifth in the California League. Mih-Sih Chen (2-3, 6.51) is expected to make the start tonight.

Giants Continue Road Trip At Inland Empire

San Jose Giants (25-30) at Inland Empire 66ers (20-35)
San_Jose_Giants157
At San Manuel Stadium

• Friday, May 30, 7:05 PM
• Saturday, May 31, 7:05 PM
• Sunday, June 1, 2:05 PM
• Monday, June 2, 7:05 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups

Friday
San Jose – Joe Kurrasch (2-1, 2.82)
Inland Empire – Mark Sappington (0-1, 10.80)

Saturday
San Jose – Ryan Bradley (0-2, 9.59)
Inland Empire – Elliot Morris (0-0, 5.40)

Sunday
San Jose – Pat Young (3-1, 5.83)
Inland Empire – Dan Tobik (1-0, 2.84)

Monday

San Jose – Joe Biagini (2-3, 3.33)
Inland Empire – Mike Clevinger (1-1, 4.88)

Broadcast Information

The entire series can be heard live on sjgiants.com with Joe Ritzo calling all of the action. Radio broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to first pitch with The Giants Pregame Show. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App.

Giants Continue Road Trip At Inland Empire
The San Jose Giants continue their road trip this evening with the opener of a four-game series against the Inland Empire 66ers at San Manuel Stadium. Joe Kurrasch (2-1, 2.82) is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight.

Last Series

The Giants began their road trip by dropping two out of three games to the host Stockton Ports. San Jose earned a 2-1, 10-inning victory in the opener on Tuesday before Stockton posted back-to-back convincing wins of 10-2 on Wednesday and 8-1 yesterday to take the series. The Giants scored a total of just five runs during the three-game set and were outscored by a combined 18-3 over the last two nights. In yesterday’s finale, San Jose starter Kendry Flores suffered the loss after allowing a season-high seven runs (all earned) on seven hits in four innings. The Ports scored two runs in the third inning before a five-run bottom of the fourth against Flores to take control of the game. The Giants’ lone run of the night came on a Mitch Delfino RBI groundout in the top of the third. San Jose was held to five hits.

Lost Three Of Four

Since a season-high tying four-game winning streak from May 22-25, the Giants have lost three out of their last four.

Offensive Struggles
The Giants have scored three runs or fewer in each of their last six games (3-3 record). During the six-game span, San Jose has scored a total of just 13 runs while batting .218 as a team.

Versus The 66ers
Tonight marks San Jose’s first visit to San Manuel Stadium since last September’s Championship Series. The Giants are 3-3 against the 66ers this season with all games taking place at Municipal Stadium. San Jose won two out of three in a series from April 14-16 before Inland Empire claimed two out of three games from May 9-11. This series marks the final meeting of the year between the Giants and 66ers. San Jose is 7-9 against South Division opponents this season.

Miller Among League’s Best
Infielder Blake Miller is currently tied for fourth in the California League with 41 RBI’s. He leads the Giants in batting average (.310), doubles (13) and RBI’s while ranking second on the team in home runs (6). Over his last 12 games, Miller is batting at a .370 clip (17-for-46) with three home runs and 14 RBI’s. He’s also batting .368 this season with runners in scoring position.

Close Calls Favor San Jose

The Giants are 16-11 (.593) in games decided by one or two runs this season, but just 9-19 (.321) in games decided by three runs or more. San Jose has been outscored 28-5 in their last three losses.

Okert Perfect In Save Chances
Steven Okert has excelled in closing games this season as the left-hander is a perfect 14-for-14 in save opportunities to go with a 1.30 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings. Okert is limiting the opposition to a .198 batting average. Prior to this year, Okert had collected just two career saves in two professional seasons. Okert’s 14 saves this year rank tied for first in the league.

Bullpen Turnaround
Over the last 21 games, the Giants bullpen has compiled a stellar 2.32 ERA (23 ER/89.1 IP). San Jose relievers struggled throughout April posting a cumulative 5.48 ERA, but thus far in May, the Giants bullpen possesses a 3.45 ERA. Recent individual standouts include Tyler Mizenko (1.59 ERA in his last 10 appearances), Mason McVay (no earned runs allowed in his last 17 2/3 innings), Stephen Johnson (2.70 ERA in May) and Tyler Rogers (1.65 ERA in his last 10 games). San Jose’s seven losses when leading after six innings and four losses when leading after seven innings are still league-high totals.

Payne Power
Outfielder Shawn Payne has 15 extra-base hits in his first 24 games with the Giants this season. Overall, Payne is batting .286 with 10 doubles, one triple, four home runs and 14 RBI’s. His .531 slugging percentage leads the team. Payne had just 17 extra-base hits in 73 games last year with San Jose (.229 AVG, 14 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR).

In Search Of A Winning May
San Jose is 14-14 in May with two games remaining this month. Blake Miller (.308, 4 HR, 26 RBI) and Mitch Delfino (.298, 2 HR, 16 RBI) have been the Giants’ top hitters in May. San Jose went 11-16 in April.

Opponent Notes: Inland Empire 66ers
The Inland Empire 66ers, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, are in last place in the South Division with a 20-35 record. The 66ers are last in the league in batting average (.248) and runs scored (3.8 per game) and fourth in ERA (4.22). Since taking the first two games of their series with San Jose on May 9-10, Inland Empire has posted a 5-13 record. The 66ers are 12-15 at home this season (8-20 on the road).

Episode 34 – Inside the San Jose Giants

podcastgraphicIn the latest episode of Inside the San Jose Giants, Joe and Ben review the most recent homestand that saw the club win four games in a row, discuss Hunter Strickland’s return and make some goals for the remainder of the first half. The two also project which San Jose players could be named to the California League All-Star team.

Seven-Game Road Trip Begins Tonight In Stockton

San Jose Giants (24-28) at Stockton Ports (25-27)

San_Jose_Giants157At Banner Island Ballpark
• Tuesday, May 27, 7:05 PM
• Wednesday, May 28, 7:05 PM
• Thursday, May 29, 7:05 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Tuesday
San Jose – Joe Biagini (2-3, 3.74)
Stockton – Zach Neal (0-0, 0.00)

Wednesday
San Jose – Chris Stratton (2-5, 4.44)
Stockton – Seth Streich (4-4, 3.61)

Thursday

San Jose – Kendry Flores (3-3, 5.09)
Stockton – Chris Lamb (0-0, 9.00)

Broadcast Information

The entire series can be heard live on sjgiants.com with Joe Ritzo calling all of the action. Radio broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to first pitch with The Giants Pregame Show. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App.

Giants Begin Three-Game Series At Stockton Tonight

The San Jose Giants begin a seven-game road trip this evening with the first of three straight contests against the Stockton Ports at Banner Island Ballpark. Joe Biagini (2-3, 3.74) is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. After the series versus the Ports, San Jose travels to San Bernardino for a four-game set against the Inland Empire 66ers. Beginning tonight, the Giants will play 11 out of their next 14 games on the road.

Homestand Review

The Giants posted a 4-3 record on their homestand that concluded yesterday afternoon. After back-to-back losses to Stockton to begin the homestand, San Jose avoided the sweep versus the Ports with an 11-inning victory in the series finale. The Giants then claimed three out of four against the Visalia Rawhide. San Jose won the first three games of their series versus the Rawhide by the scores of 6-2, 3-1 and 3-2 before Visalia salvaged the finale with a 10-2 victory over the Giants yesterday. San Jose was attempting to sweep their first series of the season before falling short yesterday.

Win Streak Snapped

Yesterday’s defeat to Visalia snapped the Giants’ season-high tying four-game winning streak. During the win streak, San Jose allowed a total of just six runs. The Giants previously won four in a row from April 15-18. San Jose is 12-8 in their last 20 games dating back to May 6.

Versus The Ports
The Giants are in the midst of playing Stockton nine times over a 17-day period from May 13-29. San Jose is 3-3 versus the Ports this season. The Giants took two out of three in a series at Banner Island Ballpark from May 13-15 before Stockton won two out of three at Municipal Stadium last Tuesday-Thursday. San Jose’s 29 games against the Ports this season are their most against any opponent.

Miller Among League’s Best
Infielder Blake Miller is currently eighth in the California League in batting average (.320) and third in RBI’s (41). He leads the Giants in hitting, doubles (13) and RBI’s. Miller’s six home runs are also second on the team. Over his last 10 games, Miller is batting at a .432 clip (16-for-37) with three home runs and 14 RBI’s. He’s also batting .392 this season with runners in scoring position.

Bullpen Turnaround

San Jose relievers have allowed only one earned run over the last six games in a stretch that spans 22 1/3 innings (0.40 ERA). In the last 18 games, the Giants bullpen has compiled a stellar 2.03 ERA (18 ER/79.2 IP). San Jose relievers struggled throughout April posting a cumulative 5.48 ERA, but thus far in May, the Giants bullpen possesses a 3.33 ERA. San Jose’s seven losses when leading after six innings and four losses when leading after seven innings are still league-high totals.

Payne’s Power Surge

Outfielder Shawn Payne has hit four home runs in 21 games this season with the Giants (.302 AVG) after hitting just one homer in 73 games for San Jose last year (.229 AVG). Over his last nine games, Payne is batting .333 (13-for-39) with three homers and eight RBI’s.

Close Calls
The Giants are 15-11 (.579) in games decided by one or two runs this season compared to 9-17 (.346) in games decided by three runs or more.

Blair’s Hitting Streak At Eight Games
Outfielder Elliott Blair brings an eight-game hitting streak into tonight’s action. During the streak, Blair is batting .333 (11-for-33) with one home run. Blair is hitting .308 overall this season with four home runs, a team-high four triples and 13 RBI’s in 38 games. Last year with the Giants, he hit just .229 with three homers and 26 RBI’s in 69 games.

Okert Perfect In Save Chances
Steven Okert has excelled in closing games this season as the left-hander is a perfect 13-for-13 in save opportunities to go with a 1.35 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings. Okert is limiting the opposition to a .194 batting average. Prior to this year, Okert had collected just two career saves in two professional seasons. Okert’s 13 saves this year rank second in the league.

Opponent Notes: Stockton Ports

The Stockton Ports, an affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, are in third place in the North Division with a 25-27 record. Stockton has lost four out of their last five games. The Ports are fifth in the league in batting average (.260), first in home runs (57) and seventh in ERA (4.57). Stockton is 12-12 at home this season.

Giants Continue Homestand With Four-Game Series Against Visalia

Visalia Rawhide (29-19) at San Jose Giants (21-27)

San_Jose_Giants157At Municipal Stadium
• Friday, May 23, 7:00 PM
• Saturday, May 24, 5:00 PM
• Sunday, May 25, 1:00 PM
• Monday, May 26, 2:00 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Friday
Visalia – Spencer Arroyo (4-1, 2.45)
San Jose – Kendry Flores (2-3, 5.45)

Saturday
Visalia – Aaron Blair (0-0, 4.61)
San Jose – Joe Kurrasch (1-1, 3.31)

Sunday
Visalia – Jesse Darrah (3-1, 4.84)
San Jose – Joan Gregorio (2-2, 6.75)

Monday
Visalia – Brandon Sinnery (5-3, 4.19)
San Jose – Pat Young (3-0, 4.26)

Broadcast Information
Friday’s series opener will be televised live on Comcast Hometown Network, Channel 104 with Joe Ritzo handing the play-by-play and Rocky Koplik providing color commentary. The entire series can also be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App. Additionally, every home game is streamed live and available on demand through MiLB.TV.

Giants Continue Homestand Against Visalia Tonight

The San Jose Giants continue their homestand this evening with the opener of a four-game series against the Visalia Rawhide at Municipal Stadium. Kendry Flores (2-3, 5.45) is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight.

Last Series

The Giants dropped two out of three games to the visiting Stockton Ports to begin the current homestand. Stockton won the first two games of the series by the scores of 5-3 and 2-1 on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively before the Giants avoided the sweep with a 5-1, 11-inning victory yesterday afternoon. In the series finale, Blake Miller hit a grand slam with one out in the bottom of the 11th to lift San Jose to the win. Chris Stratton started on the mound for the Giants yesterday and worked a season-high seven innings with just one run and five hits allowed. Tyler Mizenko (2 IP) and Steven Okert (2 IP) then combined for four scoreless innings of relief before Miller’s game-winning blast.

First Walk-Off Win
Yesterday marked San Jose’s first walk-off victory of the season. The Giants had lost their previous four extra-inning games at home this year.

Home Struggles
Despite yesterday’s win, San Jose is only 10-14 at Municipal Stadium this season. Only the Modesto Nuts (9-15) have a worse home record in the California League. The Giants have hit considerably better on the road this year (.270 AVG, 5.1 runs per game) compared to at home (.246 AVG, 4.0 runs per game).

Frequent Opponents
The Giants are in the midst of a 17-game stretch (May 13-29) playing only Stockton and Visalia. The Giants are 3-5 against the Rawhide this season. Visalia won three out of four at Municipal Stadium from April 21-24 before the clubs split a four-game set at Recreation Park in a series that concluded last Monday.

Miller Extends Hitting Streak To Seven Games
Infielder Blake Miller brings a seven-game hitting streak into tonight’s action. During the streak, Miller is batting at a .419 clip (13-for-31) with three doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI’s. Miller is currently tied for seventh in the league in batting average (.321) and tied for third in RBI’s (39). Yesterday was Miller’s second grand slam this season – tops in the league. Earlier this season, he hit safely in 15 straight games (April 16-May 3).

Bullpen Turnaround
Over the last 14 games, the Giants bullpen has compiled a stellar 2.40 ERA (17 ER/63.2 IP). San Jose relievers struggled throughout April posting a cumulative 5.48 ERA, but thus far in May, the Giants bullpen possesses a 3.84 ERA. San Jose’s seven losses when leading after six innings and four losses when leading after seven innings are still league-high totals.

Minicozzi Returns
Infielder Mark Minicozzi was added to San Jose’s roster from the Fresno (AAA) disabled list on May 16. Minicozzi is recovering from a separated left shoulder sustained on April 5 while playing for the Grizzlies. In seven games with San Jose, Minicozzi is 9-for-25 (.360) with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI’s. Minicozzi, 31, was originally drafted by San Francisco in 2005 and played in 144 games with San Jose during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Minicozzi was released by the Giants in 2008, spent three years (2009-11) playing independent league ball and then resigned with San Francisco as a minor league free agent in 2012. He led the Double-A Eastern League with a .309 batting average last season while playing for Richmond (30 2B, 10 HR, 66 RBI).

Payne’s Power Surge
Outfielder Shawn Payne has hit three home runs in his last six games. Payne has four home runs in 18 games overall this season with the Giants (.316 AVG) after hitting just one homer in 73 games for San Jose last year.

Series Opener Difficulties
The Giants have lost their last seven series openers. San Jose last won the first game of a series on April 25 versus the Bakersfield Blaze at Municipal Stadium.

Okert Perfect In Save Chances
Steven Okert has excelled in closing games this season as the left-hander is a perfect 11-for-11 in save opportunities to go with a 1.46 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings. Okert is limiting the opposition to a .198 batting average. Prior to this year, Okert had collected just two career saves in two professional seasons. Okert’s 11 saves this season rank second in the league.

Opponent Notes: Visalia Rawhide

The Visalia Rawhide, an affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, are in second place in the North Division with a 29-19 record – two games behind Bakersfield for the top spot. Visalia is 9-4 in their last 13 games. The Rawhide are fourth in the league in batting average (.270), second in home runs (54) and second in ERA (3.58). Visalia is 12-12 on the road this season (17-7 at home).

Seven-Game Homestand Begins Tonight Against Stockton

Stockton Ports (22-23) at San Jose Giants (20-25)

San_Jose_Giants157At Municipal Stadium
• Tuesday, May 20, 7:00 PM
• Wednesday, May 21, 7:00 PM
• Thursday, May 22, 11:35 AM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups

Tuesday
Stockton – Hunter Adkins (0-2, 4.78)
San Jose – Pat Young (3-0, 4.36)

Wednesday
Stockton – Tim Atherton (3-0, 3.89)
San Jose – Joe Biagini (2-2, 3.89)

Thursday
Stockton – TBA
San Jose – Chris Stratton (2-5, 4.97)

Broadcast Information

Wednesday’s game will be televised live on Comcast Hometown Network, Channel 104 with Joe Ritzo handing the play-by-play and Joe Castellano providing color commentary. The entire series can also be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App. Additionally, every home game is streamed live and available on demand through MiLB.TV.

Giants Begin Three-Game Series Against Stockton Tonight

The San Jose Giants open a seven-game homestand this evening with the first of three straight contests against the Stockton Ports at Municipal Stadium. Pat Young (3-0, 4.36) is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. After the current series versus the Ports, San Jose hosts the Visalia Rawhide for a four-game set beginning on Friday. The Giants are in the midst of a 17-game stretch (May 13-29) playing only Stockton and Visalia.

Road Trip Review
The Giants posted a 4-3 record on their road trip that concluded yesterday. San Jose began the trip by taking two out of three in Stockton before splitting a four-game series with Visalia. The series victory against the Ports was the Giants’ first on the road since winning two out of three in Bakersfield from April 17-19.

Offense Erupts

San Jose achieved a new season-high in runs scored yesterday afternoon in their 12-8 win over Visalia at Recreation Park. It marked the second time this year that the Giants have scored at least 10 runs. San Jose’s 16 hits and three home runs also matched season-high totals. 10 of the Giants’ 16 hits yesterday went for extra bases (five doubles, two triples and three home runs). Additionally, the five runs scored by San Jose in the top of the sixth tied for their highest scoring inning of the year.

Recent Success
Since falling to a season-high eight games under .500 on May 5 (12-20), the Giants have posted an 8-5 record.

Odds And Ends
Last Saturday’s 7-6, 11-inning victory over Visalia was the Giants’ first extra-inning win this season (1-4) … Saturday was also the largest deficit overcome (five runs) by San Jose to win a game this year … The Giants are 13-9 (.591) in games decided by one or two runs this season compared to 7-16 (.304) in games decided by three runs or more.

Minicozzi Returns
Infielder Mark Minicozzi was added to San Jose’s roster from the Fresno (AAA) disabled list on Friday. Minicozzi is recovering from a separated left shoulder sustained on April 5 while playing for the Grizzlies. Minicozzi, 31, was originally drafted by San Francisco in 2005 and played in 144 games with San Jose during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Minicozzi was released by the Giants in 2008, spent three years (2009-11) playing independent league ball and then resigned with San Francisco as a minor league free agent in 2012. He led the Double-A Eastern League with a .309 batting average last season while playing for Richmond (30 2B, 10 HR, 66 RBI).

Bullpen Turnaround
Over the last 11 games, the Giants bullpen has compiled a stellar 2.38 ERA (14 ER/53.0 IP). San Jose relievers struggled throughout April posting a cumulative 5.48 ERA, but thus far in May, the Giants bullpen possesses a 4.03 ERA. San Jose’s six losses when leading after six innings and four losses when leading after seven innings are still league-high totals.

Starters Scuffling
San Jose starting pitchers have not worked past the second inning in each of the last three games. Over the last three contests, Giants starters have allowed a total of 17 runs (15 ER) in 5 1/3 innings. During the road trip, San Jose starting pitchers had an 11.57 ERA.

Delfino Delivers

Third baseman Mitch Delfino is tied for seventh in the California League in home runs (8) and tied for tenth in RBI’s (29) to go with a .313 batting average. Delfino also ranks as the second-toughest player in the league to strikeout (one strikeout every 10.4 at-bats). Delfino has hit safely in 24 out of his last 28 games.

Okert Perfect In Save Chances
Steven Okert has excelled in closing games this season as the left-hander is a perfect 11-for-11 in save opportunities to go with a 1.59 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings. Okert is limiting the opposition to a .202 batting average. Prior to this year, Okert had collected just two career saves in two professional seasons. Okert’s 11 saves this season rank tied for first in the league.

Opponent Notes: Stockton Ports

The Stockton Ports, an affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, are in third place in the North Division with a 22-23 record. Stockton is sixth in the league in batting average (.255), first in home runs (54) and seventh in ERA (4.55). First baseman Matt Olson leads the league with 11 home runs.

Giants Continue Road Trip In Visalia

San Jose Giants (18-23) at Visalia Rawhide (26-15)

San_Jose_Giants157At Recreation Park
• Friday, May 16, 7:00 PM
• Saturday, May 17, 7:00 PM
• Sunday, May 18, 1:00 PM
• Monday, May 19, 1:00 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Friday
San Jose – Chris Stratton (2-4, 5.30)
Visalia – Brandon Sinnery (4-2, 3.26)

Saturday
San Jose – Kendry Flores (2-3, 4.26)
Visalia – Andrew Barbosa (2-1, 2.52)

Sunday
San Jose – Joe Kurrasch (1-0, 1.26)
Visalia – Spencer Arroyo (3-1, 2.31)

Monday

San Jose – Martin Agosta (1-2, 9.15)
Visalia – Aaron Blair (0-0, 2.08)

Broadcast Information
The entire series can be heard live on sjgiants.com with Joe Ritzo calling all of the action. Radio broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to first pitch with The Giants Pregame Show. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and through the San Jose Giants Mobile App.

Giants Continue Road Trip In Visalia

The San Jose Giants continue their road trip this evening with the opener of a four-game series against the Visalia Rawhide at Recreation Park. Chris Stratton (2-4, 5.30) is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. San Jose returns to Municipal Stadium on Tuesday to begin a seven-game homestand.

Last Series

San Jose began the road trip by winning two out of three games against the host Stockton Ports in a series that concluded yesterday afternoon. After the Ports posted a 10-5 win in the opener on Tuesday, the Giants earned victories of 7-5 on Wednesday and 6-4 yesterday to take the series. It marked San Jose’s first road series win since they claimed two out of three games in Bakersfield from April 17-19. In yesterday’s finale, Brett Krill (3-for-3, 2B, three runs scored) had a perfect afternoon at the plate while Mitch Delfino slugged his team-leading eighth home run of the season to lead the way. Starting pitcher Joe Biagini picked-up the win after tossing five innings with three runs (all earned) and six hits allowed. Biagini walked one and struck out four. Steven Okert surrendered one run in the bottom of the ninth, but managed to record the save.

Improved Pitching
Since falling to a season-high eight games under .500 on May 5 (12-20), the Giants have posted a 6-3 record. During the nine-game span, San Jose owns a 4.06 ERA. In their previous 16 games, the Giants had a team ERA of 6.75 (4-12 record).

Versus The Rawhide
This series marks San Jose’s first visit of the season to Recreation Park in Visalia. The clubs previously met at Municipal Stadium from April 21-24 with the Rawhide taking three out of four games. Visalia won the first three contests by the scores of 5-4 (13 innings), 4-2 and 12-4 before the Giants avoided the sweep with a 10-9 triumph in the finale. Jesus Galindo (.474, 9-for-19, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SB) was San Jose’s top hitter during the series.

Payne’s Power Surge
Outfielder Shawn Payne became the third San Jose Giant (Mitch Delfino, Elliott Blair) to hit two home runs in a single game when he accomplished the feat in Wednesday’s victory over Stockton. Payne hit the first pitch of the game for a home run before clubbing a two-run homer in the top of the sixth. Payne has three home runs in 14 games with San Jose this season (.293 AVG) after hitting just one homer in 73 games with the Giants last year (.229 AVG).

Close Calls Favor San Jose

The Giants are 12-9 (.571) in games decided by one or two runs this season compared to 6-14 (.300) in games decided by three runs or more.

Delfino Delivers
Third baseman Mitch Delfino is fifth in the California League in batting average (.331), tied for fifth in home runs (8) and seventh in RBI’s (29) while ranking as the fourth-toughest player to strikeout (one strikeout every 9.9 at-bats). Delfino has hit safely in 21 out of his last 24 games. In 14 games this month, he’s batting at a .362 clip with two home runs and 10 RBI’s.

Trouble Holding Leads

The Giants have lost a league-high six games this year when leading after six innings (Inland Empire next-closest with four). San Jose’s four losses when leading after seven innings and three losses when ahead after eight are also tops in the league. The Giants have lost four games this season when having a lead of at least four runs while the club’s nine blown saves overall are the most in the California League. Despite the overall struggles, the San Jose bullpen has fared better in May (4.56 ERA) compared to April (5.48 ERA).

Okert Perfect In Save Chances
Steven Okert has excelled in closing games this season as the left-hander is a perfect 10-for-10 in save opportunities to go with a 1.74 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings. Okert is limiting the opposition to a .208 batting average. Prior to this year, Okert had collected just two career saves in two professional seasons. Okert’s 10 saves this season rank tied for first in the league.

Opponent Notes: Visalia Rawhide

The Visalia Rawhide, an affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, are in second place in the North Division with a 26-15 record – one game behind Bakersfield (27-14) for the top spot. Visalia has swept their last two series’ and has won six consecutive games overall. The Rawhide rank fourth in the league in batting average (.269), third in runs scored (5.2 per game) and first in ERA (3.29). Visalia has allowed a total of just nine runs during their current six-game win streak. Brandon Sinnery (4-2, 3.26) is expected to make the start in tonight’s series opener.

Giants Begin Seven-Game Road Trip With Series In Stockton

San Jose Giants (16-22) at Stockton Ports (19-19)
San_Jose_Giants157
At Banner Island Ballpark

• Tuesday, May 13, 7:05 PM
• Wednesday, May 14, 7:05 PM
• Thursday, May 15, 11:05 AM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups

Tuesday
San Jose – Martin Agosta (1-1, 7.13)
Stockton – Seth Streich (3-2, 3.00)

Wednesday
San Jose – Pat Young (2-0, 3.86)
Stockton – Josh Bowman (0-4, 7.30)

Thursday

San Jose – Joe Biagini (1-2, 3.66)
Stockton – TBA

Broadcast Information
The entire series can be heard live on sjgiants.com with Joe Ritzo calling all of the action. Radio broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to first pitch with The Giants Pregame Show. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and through the San Jose Giants Mobile App.

Giants Begin Road Trip In Stockton Tonight
The San Jose Giants begin a seven-game road trip this evening with the first of three straight contests against the Stockton Ports at Banner Island Ballpark. Martin Agosta (1-1, 7.13) is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. After the current series against the Ports, San Jose travels to Visalia for a four-game set versus the Rawhide beginning on Friday.

Homestand Review

The Giants went 4-3 during their seven-game homestand that concluded on Sunday afternoon. It was the first time this season San Jose posted a winning record on a homestand. The Giants first won three out of four games against the Modesto Nuts before picking-up one victory in three contests versus the Inland Empire 66ers over the weekend. The series win to begin the homestand was San Jose’s first since taking two out of three games in Bakersfield from April 17-19.

First Shutout
In their most recent game last Sunday, the Giants crushed the Inland Empire 66ers by a 9-0 score – San Jose’s first shutout of the season. Prior to Sunday, the Giants had been one of two teams in the California League this year without a shutout (Modesto). The nine-run difference was also San Jose’s largest margin of victory in a game this year. The Giants’ 16 hits in the contest matched a season-high.

Who Are You?
This evening marks the first meeting of the season between North Division rivals San Jose and Stockton. Starting tonight, the Giants will play nine out of their next 17 games against the Ports. San Jose’s 29 games versus Stockton this season is their most against any opponent.

Improving Pitching
Over their last six games, San Jose owns a 3.38 ERA (4-2 record). In their previous 16 games, the Giants had a team ERA of 6.75 (4-12 record).

Roster Moves
Prior to tonight’s game, the Giants added outfielder Brett Krill to their roster from Double-A Richmond. In 21 games for the Flying Squirrels this season, Krill hit .213 with four doubles, no home runs and nine RBI’s. Krill, who spent all of last season in Richmond (.258, 2 HR, 28 RBI), was originally a 25th round draft pick in 2010 out of UCLA. Outfielder Chris Lofton (.189, 0 HR, 4 RBI) has been transferred to Class-A Augusta.

Extra-Inning Issues

With last Saturday’s 11-inning defeat to Inland Empire, San Jose is now 0-4 this season in extra-inning games. All four losses for the Giants have been at Municipal Stadium.

Hitting Leaders
Third baseman Mitch Delfino is ninth in the California League in batting average (.322), tied for fifth in home runs (7) and tied for sixth in RBI’s (27) while ranking as the fourth-toughest player to strikeout (one strikeout every 9.1 at-bats). Center fielder Jesus Galindo is tied for seventh in stolen bases (10) to go with a .315 batting average.

Trouble Holding Leads

The Giants have lost a league-high six games this year when leading after six innings (Inland Empire next-closest with four). San Jose’s four losses when leading after seven innings and three losses when ahead after eight are also tops in the league. The Giants have lost four games this season when having a lead of at least four runs.

Okert Closes It Out

While the Giants bullpen has struggled overall this season, Steven Okert has excelled in closing games. The left-hander is a perfect 8-for-8 in save opportunities this year to go with a 1.45 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 18 2/3 innings. Okert is limiting the opposition to a .188 batting average. Prior to this year, Okert had collected just two career saves in two professional seasons. Okert’s eight saves this year rank tied for second in the league.

Miller’s Offensive Surge
Shortstop Blake Miller is batting .363 with three home runs and 18 RBI’s in his last 23 games. Miller hit safely in 15 straight games from April 16-May 3 – tied for the longest hitting streak in the California League this season.

Opponent Notes: Stockton Ports
The Stockton Ports, an affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, are in third place in the North Division with a 19-19 record. Stockton has won five games in a row after losing six straight. The Ports are seventh in the league in batting average (.248), first in home runs (45) and seventh in ERA (4.40).

Giants Host Inland Empire In Three-Game Weekend Series

Inland Empire 66ers (13-22) at San Jose Giants (15-20)
San_Jose_Giants157
At Municipal Stadium

• Friday, May 9, 7:00 PM
• Saturday, May 10, 5:00 PM
• Sunday, May 11, 1:00 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Friday
Inland Empire – Nate Smith (4-3, 3.28)
San Jose – Chris Stratton (2-3, 4.83)

Saturday
Inland Empire – Kyle McGowin (1-3, 2.29)
San Jose – Kendry Flores (2-3, 4.02)

Sunday
Inland Empire – Alex Keudell (1-5, 10.08)
San Jose – Joe Kurrasch (0-0, 2.45)

Broadcast Information
The games on Friday and Saturday will be televised live on Comcast Hometown Network, Channel 104. Joe Ritzo handles the play-by-play while color commentary duties will be provided by Joe Castellano on Friday and Rocky Koplik on Saturday. The entire series can also be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club’s official website and the San Jose Giants Mobile App. Additionally, every home game is streamed live and available on demand through MiLB.TV.

Giants Continue Homestand Against Inland Empire

The San Jose Giants continue their homestand this evening with the opener of a three-game series against the Inland Empire 66ers at Municipal Stadium. Chris Stratton (2-3, 4.83) is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. Stratton picked-up the win in his most recent start on May 3 at Lancaster after working a season-high 6 2/3 innings with three runs allowed and three strikeouts.

Last Series
The Giants won three out of four games against the visiting Modesto Nuts to begin the homestand. After the Nuts earned a 6-1 victory in the opener on Monday, San Jose posted three straight wins by the scores of 6-4 on Tuesday, 6-5 on Wednesday and 4-1 last night to take the series. Tuesday’s triumph was the Giants’ first win this year when trailing after seven innings. In yesterday’s finale, San Jose starter Joe Biagini struck out a season-high seven and allowed just one run on five hits over six innings to pick-up the win. Mason McVay followed with two scoreless innings of relief before Tyler Rogers pitched the ninth for his first save of the year. Offensively, Brian Ragira delivered a two-RBI double in the bottom of the fourth and Blake Miller connected for a two-RBI double in the eighth inning to account for all of the Giants’ runs.

Three Straight Wins
San Jose enters tonight’s contest riding a three-game winning streak. Prior to the three straight wins, the Giants had gone 4-12 in their last 16. San Jose had also lost their last four series’ before taking three out of four from Modesto to begin the current homestand. It marked the Giants’ first series win since they took two out of three games in Bakersfield from April 17-19. A victory tonight would match San Jose’s longest win streak of the season (four games, April 15-18).

Close Calls

Six out of San Jose last eight wins, including two victories in their most recent series, have been by one or two runs. The Giants are 6-4 in one-run games this season.

Hitting Leaders
Center fielder Jesus Galindo (.326) and third baseman Mitch Delfino (.321) rank sixth and eleventh respectively in the California League in batting average. Delfino is also tied for third in home runs (7) and sixth in RBI’s (26) while ranking as the fourth-toughest player in the league to strikeout (one strikeout every 9.4 at-bats). Galindo’s 10 stolen bases this year are tied for fifth in the league and his 44 hits are tied for third.

Bullpen Struggles
Despite three scoreless innings from relievers last night, over the last 16 games, the San Jose bullpen has posted a 6.99 ERA (52 ER/67.0 IP). The Giants lead the league with nine blown saves this season. San Jose has lost six games this year when leading after six innings – twice as many defeats as the next-closest team in the league.

Okert Closes It Out

While the Giants bullpen has struggled overall this season, Steven Okert has excelled in closing games. The left-hander is a perfect 8-for-8 in save opportunities this year to go with a 1.08 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings. Okert is limiting the opposition to a .153 batting average. Prior to this year, Okert had collected just two career saves in two professional seasons. Okert’s eight saves this year rank tied for second in the league.

First Half Midpoint
After last night’s game, the Giants (15-20) reached the midpoint of the first half. San Jose had a 24-11 record after 35 games last season en route to winning the first half North Division title.

Miller’s Offensive Surge
Shortstop Blake Miller is batting .375 (30-for-80) with three home runs and 17 RBI’s in his last 20 games. Miller hit safely in 15 straight games from April 16-May 3 – tied for the longest hitting streak in the California League this season.

Excelling With Runners In Scoring Position
Blake Miller (.364), Jesus Galindo (.364), Mitch Delfino (.354), Shawn Payne (.333) and Elliott Blair (.308) all boast batting averages over .300 this season with runners in scoring position.

Opponent Notes: Inland Empire 66ers

The Inland Empire 66ers, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, are in last place in the South Division with a 13-22 record. Inland Empire is ninth in the league in batting average (.239), last in runs scored (3.7 per game) and fourth in ERA (3.86). The 66ers snapped a five-game losing streak with a win in Bakersfield last night. San Jose won two out of three from Inland Empire in their only previous meeting (April 14-16 at Municipal Stadium).

Episode 33 – Inside the San Jose Giants

podcastgraphicIn the latest episode of Inside the San Jose Giants, Joe and Ben evaluate the state of the team one month into the season. The two discuss the recent struggles of the pitching staff, Mac Williamson’s future, the club’s top hitting standouts and look ahead to the remainder of the first half.

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