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)
San_Jose_Giants157
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)

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• 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)
San_Jose_Giants157
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)
San_Jose_Giants157
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)
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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)
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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.

Seven-Game Homestand Begins Tonight Against Modesto

Modesto Nuts (9-22) at San Jose Giants (12-19)

San_Jose_Giants157At Municipal Stadium
• Monday, May 5, 7:00 PM
• Tuesday, May 6, 7:00 PM
• Wednesday, May 7, 7:00 PM
• Thursday, May 8, 7:00 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Monday
Modesto – Devin Burke (0-1, 11.05)
San Jose – Joe Kurrasch (0-0, 7.71)

Tuesday
Modesto – Ryan Gibbard (0-4, 7.04)
San Jose – Martin Agosta (1-1, 7.11)

Wednesday
Modesto – Andrew Brown (1-3, 7.76)
San Jose – Pat Young (2-0, 4.18)

Thursday
Modesto – Matt Flemer (3-2, 6.07)
San Jose – Joe Biagini (0-2, 4.15)

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 Four-Game Series Against Modesto Tonight
The San Jose Giants begin a seven-game homestand this evening with the first of four straight contests against the Modesto Nuts at Municipal Stadium. Joe Kurrasch (0-0, 7.71) is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. After the current series versus the Nuts, San Jose hosts the Inland Empire 66ers in a three-game set beginning on Friday.

Road Trip Review
The Giants posted a 2-5 record during their seven-game road trip that ended yesterday. San Jose dropped three out of four to the Modesto Nuts to begin the trip before picking-up one victory in three games against the Lancaster JetHawks. In yesterday’s finale, the Giants were unable to hold a 5-1 lead as Lancaster rallied for an 8-6 win to take the series. The JetHawks took the lead for good with a six-run bottom of the seventh inning. Mitch Delfino (3-for-4, HR, 3 RBI) homered and drove in three runs to lead San Jose offensively in defeat.

Lost 11 Of 15
The Giants enter tonight’s contest having lost 11 out of their last 15 games. San Jose owns a 7.00 ERA (105 ER/135.0 IP) during the 15-game stretch. The Giants have lost their last four series.’ San Jose last’s series win was April 17-19 when they took two out of three games in Bakersfield.

League Leaderboard
Mitch Delfino (.336) and Jesus Galindo (.319) rank fourth and ninth in the California League respectively in batting average. Delfino’s seven home runs this season are also tied for second in the league – just one behind High Desert’s Patrick Kivlehan for the lead. Out of the bullpen, Steven Okert is tied for third with six saves while Tyler Mizenko has appeared in a league-high 15 games.

Miller’s Hit Streak Ends At 15 Games
Shortstop Blake Miller saw his hitting streak end at 15 games with an 0-for-4 yesterday in Lancaster. During the streak, Miller hit at a .400 clip (24-for-60) with three doubles, three triples, three home runs and 14 RBI’s. Miller tied Rancho Cucamonga’s Adam Law (15 games, April 10-27) for the longest hitting streak in the California League this season.

Trouble Holding Leads
With yesterday’s defeat, the Giants have now lost six games this season when leading after six innings – twice as many defeats as the next-closest team in the league. The San Jose bullpen has a 5.95 ERA this season. Additionally, the Giants have lost three games when leading after eight innings this year – also tops in the California League.

Giants-Nuts Season Series
This series marks Modesto’s first trip to Municipal Stadium this season. The Giants are 1-3 against the Nuts this year after dropping three out of four games in Modesto last week. The Nuts won the first two games of the series by the scores of 11-3 and 12-9 before the Giants secured a 9-5 victory in the third contest. In the finale, Modesto rallied from an 8-0 deficit to earn a 10-8 win and take the series. To date, it is the Nuts’ only series win of the season. Blake Miller (.444, 8-for-18, HR, 8 RBI) was San Jose’s top hitter during the series. The Giants and Nuts will play each other 24 times this season.

Payne Provides Lift To Offense
In five games since joining the club from Augusta, outfielder Shawn Payne is 8-for-19 (.421) with six doubles and four RBI’s. Payne is also 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts. Last year, Payne played in 73 games with the Giants and hit .229 with one home run, 29 RBI’s and 21 stolen bases.

Runners In Scoring Position
Mitch Delfino is batting a team-high .400 (16-for-40) this season with runners in scoring position. Blake Miller (.357), Elliott Blair (.333) and Jesus Galindo (.316) are also batting above .300 with runners in scoring position.

Top Prospects

Six players on San Jose’s roster – all pitchers – are among the top 30 prospects in the organization according to Baseball America: Chris Stratton (#3), Kendry Flores (#14), Joan Gregorio (#17), Martin Agosta (#21), Steven Okert (#24) and Stephen Johnson (#28).

Opponent Notes: Modesto Nuts
The Modesto Nuts, an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, are in last place in the North Division with a 9-22 record. Modesto is seventh in the league in batting average (.251), ninth in runs scored (4.2 per game) and last in ERA (5.79). The Nuts are 2-11 on the road this year. Modesto shortstop Trevor Story, a former first round draft pick, is second in the league in batting average (.343), tied for second in doubles (11) and fifth in slugging (.569).

Giants Continue Road Trip In Lancaster

San Jose Giants (11-17) at Lancaster JetHawks (16-12)

San_Jose_Giants157At The Hangar
• Friday, May 2, 6:30 PM
• Saturday, May 3, 6:00 PM
• Sunday, May 4, 2:00 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Friday
San Jose – Joe Biagini (0-1, 2.57)
Lancaster – Mike Hauschild (1-1, 4.50)

Saturday
San Jose – Chris Stratton (1-3, 5.04)
Lancaster – Kyle Westwood (1-2, 2.90)

Sunday
San Jose – Kendry Flores (2-3, 4.26)
Lancaster – 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 Continue Road Trip In Lancaster
The San Jose Giants continue their road trip this evening with the opener of a three-game series against the Lancaster JetHawks at The Hangar. In their only previous meeting this season, Lancaster swept a three-game series against San Jose from April 7-9 at The Hangar. The JetHawks scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to rally for a 2-1 victory in the opener before earning victories of 4-2 and 9-4 over the next two nights. Mitch Delfino homered twice for the Giants in the series finale. This series marks San Jose’s last trip to Lancaster this season. The JetHawks’ lone visit to Municipal Stadium is for a four-game set from August 7-10.

Last Series
The Giants dropped three out of four to the host Modesto Nuts in a series that concluded last night. The Nuts earned victories of 11-3 on Monday and 12-9 on Tuesday before San Jose secured a 9-5 win on Wednesday. In yesterday’s finale, the Giants jumped out to an 8-0 lead after 3 1/2 innings before Modesto scored 10 unanswered runs to come-from-behind and win by a 10-8 margin. The Nuts plated four runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the contest before taking the lead with a two-run eighth inning. Blake Miller (1-for-5, HR, 4 RBI) hit San Jose’s first grand slam of the season in the loss last night.

Lost 9 Of 12
San Jose has lost nine out of their last 12 games. The Giants dropped a season-high tying four in a row from April 19-23 and following two straight wins, lost four straight again from April 26-29. San Jose has suffered three separate four-game losing streaks this season.

Miller Extends Hit Streak To 13 Games

Shortstop Blake Miller brings a 13-game hitting streak into tonight’s action. During the streak, Miller is batting at a .396 clip (21-for-53) with three doubles, three triples, three home runs and 13 RBI’s. Miller is 7-for-15 (.467) with a home run over his last three games. He’s raised his season batting average from .138 to .305 during the streak. Miller owns the longest active hitting streak in the California League.

Pitching Struggles
The Giants own an 8.10 team ERA (72 ER/80.0 IP) over their last nine games (3-6 record). San Jose has allowed 78 runs over the nine-game stretch. The Giants have surrendered 10+ runs in four out of their last five games. San Jose is currently ninth in the league with a 5.21 team ERA.

Roster Moves
San Jose has made a flurry of roster moves this week. Pitchers Tyler Rogers and Joe Kurrasch have joined the team from Augusta (A) and Extended Spring Training respectively. Rogers previously played for the Giants during the 2013 postseason. Outfielder Shawn Payne was also added to the roster from Augusta. Payne played in 73 games with San Jose last year hitting .229 with one home run, 29 RBI’s and 21 stolen bases. Pitchers Ryan Bradley, Ian Gardeck and Joan Gregorio have been placed on the disabled list.

League Leaderboard
Center fielder Jesus Galindo is tied for sixth in the California League with a .330 batting average. Galindo is also tied for fifth in the league in hits (35) and tied for sixth in stolen bases (8) with teammate Rando Moreno. Third baseman Mitch Delfino has clubbed a team-high six home runs this season to rank tied for third in the league. Additionally, Steven Okert’s five saves are fifth in the California League.

Offensive Surge
Over the last three games, San Jose has scored 26 runs (8.7 per game) and is batting .348 as a team.

Trouble Holding Leads
The Giants have lost four games this season when leading after seven innings – twice as many defeats as the next-closest team in the league. The San Jose bullpen has a 5.79 ERA this season. Additionally, the Giants have lost three games when leading after eight innings this year – also tops in the California League.

Top Prospects
Six players on San Jose’s roster – all pitchers – are among the top 30 prospects in the organization according to Baseball America: Chris Stratton (#3), Kendry Flores (#14), Joan Gregorio (#17), Martin Agosta (#21), Steven Okert (#24) and Stephen Johnson (#28).

Opponent Notes: Lancaster JetHawks
The Lancaster JetHawks, an affiliate of the Houston Astros, are tied for second in the South Division with a 16-12 record – one game behind Lake Elsinore (17-11) for the top spot. Lancaster is fourth in the league in batting average (.263), fourth in runs scored (5.0 per game) and sixth in ERA (4.12). The JetHawks have lost six out of their last nine games.

Giants Begin Seven-Game Road Trip Tonight In Modesto

San Jose Giants (10-14) at Modesto Nuts (6-18)

San_Jose_Giants157At John Thurman Field
• Monday, April 28, 7:05 PM
• Tuesday, April 29, 7:05 PM
• Wednesday, April 30, 3:30 PM
• Thursday, May 1, 7:05 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Monday
San Jose – Kendry Flores (2-2, 4.03)
Modesto – Matt Flemer (2-1, 5.60)

Tuesday
San Jose – Joan Gregorio (2-1, 4.66)
Modesto – Ben Alsup (0-3, 6.23)

Wednesday
San Jose – Martin Agosta (1-1, 4.66)
Modesto – Devin Burke (0-1, 13.50)

Thursday

San Jose – Pat Young (2-0, 3.38)
Modesto – Ryan Gibbard (0-4, 5.85)

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 Modesto Tonight

The San Jose Giants begin a seven-game road trip this evening with the first of four straight contests against the Modesto Nuts at John Thurman Field. Kendry Flores (2-2, 4.03) is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. After the current series against the Nuts, San Jose travels to Lancaster for a three-game set versus the JetHawks beginning on Friday.

Last Series
The Giants dropped two out of three games to the visiting Bakersfield Blaze in a series that ended yesterday afternoon. San Jose rallied from a three-run deficit to defeat the Blaze by a 5-3 score last Friday before Bakersfield responded with a 6-3, 11-inning win on Saturday and a 10-2 blowout of the Giants yesterday. In the finale, Blaze starter Ben Lively won his fifth straight start to begin the year after tossing six scoreless innings with five hits allowed, no walks and seven strikeouts. Bakersfield then blew the game open with a six-run top of the eighth. San Jose’s lone offense came on Mitch Delfino’s two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth. The Giants finished their seven-game homestand with a 2-5 record.

Lost In Six Of Eight
San Jose enters tonight’s contest having lost six out of their last eight games. The Giants (10-14) are a season-high tying four games under .500. The last time a San Jose team was five games under .500 was early in the 2005 season (2-7 record on 4/16/05).

Trouble Holding Leads

After failing to hold a ninth-inning lead on Saturday, the Giants have now suffered a league-high three losses this season when ahead after eight innings. The other nine teams in the California League have combined to lose only five games when taking a lead into the ninth. Additionally, San Jose has now lost four games this year when leading after seven innings – also tops in the league. By comparison, the Giants are one of only three teams (Rancho Cucamonga and Visalia) that has yet to win a game this season when trailing after seven innings.

Williamson Departs

DH Mac Williamson was transferred to Extended Spring Training yesterday. Williamson, who started at designated hitter in San Jose’s first 23 games, has yet to play in the field this season due to a right elbow injury. He was hitting .318 with seven doubles, three home runs, 11 RBI’s and six stolen bases for the Giants this year. Last season, Williamson led San Jose in home runs (25), RBI’s (89), runs scored (94), hits (152) and games played (136) to go with a .292 batting average.

Losing Month

Yesterday’s defeat guaranteed the Giants a losing record for the month of April. It marks San Jose’s first losing month since July 2012 (13-15).

Galindo’s Power Surge
Center fielder Jesus Galindo homered in back-to-back games for the Giants last Wednesday and Thursday against Visalia – his first two home runs of the season. The switch-hitter clubbed a homer batting right-handed on Wednesday before going deep as a left-handed batter the next night. Prior to the game five days ago, Galindo had hit just three career home runs in 1,226 at-bats over 5+ professional seasons. Over his last eight games, Galindo is 15-for-34 (.441) with three doubles, two home runs and four RBI’s. His .355 batting average this season leads the team and is third in the California League.

Score First

The Giants are 8-3 this season when scoring the games first run, but just 2-11 when their opponent scores first.

Miller Extends Hit Streak To Nine Games

Shortstop Blake Miller brings a nine-game hitting streak into tonight’s action. During the streak, Miller is batting .371 (13-for-35) with two doubles, two triples, two home runs and five RBI’s. He’s raised his season batting average from .138 to .266 over the last nine games. The hit streak is the second-longest by a Giants player this season (Galindo, 10 games, April 6-17).

Top Prospects

Six players on San Jose’s roster – all pitchers – are among the top 30 prospects in the organization according to Baseball America: Chris Stratton (#3), Kendry Flores (#14), Joan Gregorio (#17), Martin Agosta (#21), Steven Okert (#24) and Stephen Johnson (#28).

Opponent Notes: Modesto Nuts
The Modesto Nuts, an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, own the worst record in the league at 6-18. This series marks the first meeting of the season between the Giants and the Nuts. Modesto is eighth in the California League in batting average (.233), last in runs scored (3.2 per game) and last in ERA (5.63). The Nuts are 4-7 at home this season (2-11 on the road).

Giants Host Bakersfield In Three-Game Weekend Series

Bakersfield Blaze (15-6) at San Jose Giants (9-12)
San_Jose_Giants157
At Municipal Stadium

• Friday, April 25, 7:00 PM
• Saturday, April 26, 5:00 PM
• Sunday, April 27, 1:00 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups

Friday
Bakersfield – Drew Cisco (1-1, 6.10)
San Jose – Pat Young (2-0, 3.00)

Saturday

Bakersfield – Mike Dennhardt (0-1, 4.50)
San Jose – Joe Biagini (0-1, 2.93)

Sunday
Bakersfield – Ben Lively (4-0, 0.39)
San Jose – Chris Stratton (1-2, 4.95)

Broadcast Information

The games on Friday and Sunday will be televised live on Comcast Hometown Network, Channel 104 with Joe Ritzo and Rocky Koplik handling the play-by-play and color commentary duties respectively. The entire series can also be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM. 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.

Pat Young (2-0, 3.00) is slated to make the start for the Giants in Friday's series opener against the Blaze

Pat Young (2-0, 3.00) is slated to make the start for the Giants in Friday’s series opener against the Blaze

Giants Continue Homestand Against Bakersfield
The San Jose Giants continue their homestand this evening with the opener of a three-game series against the Bakersfield Blaze at Municipal Stadium. Pat Young (2-0, 3.00) is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. Young, a 13th round draft pick in 2013, will be making his third consecutive start versus the Blaze.

Last Series
San Jose lost three out of four games to the visiting Visalia Rawhide in a series that concluded last night. Visalia won the first three games of the series earning victories of 5-4 in 13 innings on Monday, 4-2 on Tuesday and 12-4 on Wednesday. The Giants avoided the sweep with a 10-9 win over the Rawhide last night. In yesterday’s finale, San Jose jumped out to a 10-1 lead after three innings and then held off Visalia late to secure the victory. The Giants’ 10 runs were a season-high.

Streaks Of Four
The Giants (9-12) snapped a season-high tying four-game losing streak with last night’s victory over Visalia. Prior to the losing skid, San Jose won a season-high four straight games from April 15-18 after also losing four in a row from April 11-14.

Galindo’s Power Surge
Center fielder Jesus Galindo has homered in back-to-back games for the Giants – his first two home runs of the season. The switch-hitter clubbed a homer batting right-handed on Wednesday before going deep as a left-handed batter last night. Prior to the game two nights ago, Galindo had hit just three career home runs in 1,226 at-bats over 5+ professional seasons. During his current five-game hitting streak, Galindo is 12-for-24 (.500) with three doubles, two home runs and three RBI’s. His .361 batting average this season leads the team and is fourth in the California League.

Familiar Opponent
San Jose and Bakersfield will play each other 10 times over an 18-day period from April 10-27. The Blaze won three out of four games at Municipal Stadium from April 10-13 before the Giants took two out of three at Sam Lynn Ballpark from April 17-19. San Jose enters tonight’s contest with a 3-4 record against Bakersfield this season. After the current series, the two clubs won’t meet again until July 8-10 at Municipal Stadium.

Williamson Matches Team Record
DH Mac Williamson tied a San Jose Giants single-game record with five hits last night. Williamson finished the contest 5-for-5 with three singles, two doubles and two RBI’s. He became the 31st player in the 27-year history of the club to record five hits in a game. Since beginning the season 1-for-19, Williamson has hit at a .397 clip (23-for-58) with seven doubles, three home runs and nine RBI’s over 15 games. Last year in 136 games with San Jose, Williamson hit .292 with 25 home runs and 89 RBI’s.

Starting Pitching Struggles
Through the first four games of the current homestand, Giants starting pitchers have allowed 19 earned runs in 18 1/3 innings (9.33 ERA).

Score First
The Giants are 8-3 this season when scoring the games first run, but just 1-9 when their opponent scores first.

Miller Extends Hit Streak To Six Games
Shortstop Blake Miller brings a six-game hitting streak into tonight’s action. During the streak, Miller is batting .400 (10-for-25) with two doubles, two triples, one home run and two RBI’s. He’s raised his season batting average from .138 to .259 over the last six games.

Top Prospects

Seven players on San Jose’s roster are among the top 30 prospects in the organization according to Baseball America, including four out of the six pitchers in the Giants starting rotation. San Jose players among the top 30 prospects include: pitcher Chris Stratton (#3), outfielder Mac Williamson (#5), pitcher Kendry Flores (#14), pitcher Joan Gregorio (#17), pitcher Martin Agosta (#21), pitcher Steven Okert (#24) and pitcher Stephen Johnson (#28).

Okert Slams The Door
Left-hander Steven Okert has picked-up the save in four out of San Jose’s last five wins. In 10 relief appearances this year, Okert owns a 1.74 ERA with four saves and 18 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings. The former fourth round pick had a total of just two saves in two career seasons entering 2014.

Opponent Notes: Bakersfield Blaze

The Bakersfield Blaze, an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, are tied for first in the North Division with a 15-6 record. The Blaze won three out of four games from the host Modesto Nuts in their most recent series. Bakersfield currently ranks first in the California League in batting average (.288), first in runs scored (6.6 per game) and third in ERA (3.65). The Blaze are 8-3 on the road this year.

Episode 32 – Inside the San Jose Giants

Inside the San Jose Giants GraphicIn the most recent podcast, Joe and Ben delve into the start of the San Jose Giants season. The two discuss overall team play as well as some early standout performers from the 2014 roster.

Seven-Game Homestand Begins Tonight Against Visalia

Visalia Rawhide (12-5) at San Jose Giants (8-9)
San_Jose_Giants157
At Municipal Stadium

• Monday, April 21, 7:00 PM
• Tuesday, April 22, 7:00 PM
• Wednesday, April 23, 7:00 PM
• Thursday, April 24, 7:00 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Monday
Visalia – Spencer Arroyo (1-1, 3.32)
San Jose – Chris Stratton (1-2, 3.94)

Tuesday
Visalia – Hector Hernandez (1-2, 4.24)
San Jose – Kendry Flores (2-1, 3.00)

Wednesday
Visalia – Jesse Darrah (1-0, 6.08)
San Jose – Joan Gregorio (2-0, 1.88)

Thursday
Visalia – Daniel Watts (0-0, 6.75)
San Jose – Martin Agosta (0-1, 1.93)

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 Homestand Tonight Against Visalia
The San Jose Giants began a seven-game homestand this evening with the first of four straight contests against the Visalia Rawhide at Municipal Stadium. Chris Stratton (1-2, 3.94) is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants. Tonight marks the first of 27 meetings this season between San Jose and Visalia.

Series Win In Bakersfield

The Giants won two out of three games from the host Bakersfield Blaze in their most recent series. San Jose earned victories of 9-2 and 4-3 over the Blaze last Thursday and Friday respectively before Bakersfield rallied for a 7-6 win on Saturday to avoid the sweep. In the finale, the Giants were unable to hold a late 6-1 lead as the Blaze scored once in the bottom of the seventh before a five-run eighth inning to move in front. Jesus Galindo (3-for-5, 2 2B) had three hits, including a pair of doubles while Nick Noonan (2-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) homered in his first game of the season to lead the offense. Starting pitcher Joe Biagini limited Bakersfield to one run on four hits over the first six innings.

Won Four Of Five
The Giants (8-9) enter tonight’s contest having won four out of their last five games. Saturday’s loss to the Blaze snapped San Jose’s season-high four-game winning streak. Prior to the four straight wins, the Giants had dropped a season-high four games in a row.

Starting Strong
Through the first 17 games this season, Giants starting pitchers have combined for a 2.92 ERA (27 ER/83.1 IP). San Jose starters have given up two runs or fewer in six straight games. By comparison, Giants relievers own a 5.34 ERA (38 ER/64.0 IP) this year. San Jose has lost three games when leading after the seventh inning.

Noonan Returns
Infielder Nick Noonan returned to the California League when he was added to San Jose’s roster last Saturday. Noonan joined the club from the Fresno (AAA) disabled list and had yet to play in a game this season before Saturday due to a groin injury sustained during spring training. Noonan debuted in the major leagues last year with San Francisco batting .219 with two doubles, no home runs and five RBI’s in 105 at-bats (62 games). The 24-year old was San Jose’s primary second baseman in 2009 (.259, 7 HR, 64 RBI) and also played briefly in the Cal League late in 2011.

Mac Williamson is batting .366 over his last 11 games

Mac Williamson is batting .366 over his last 11 games

Williamson Recovers From Slow Start
Since beginning the season 1-for-19, DH Mac Williamson has hit at a .366 clip (15-for-41) with five doubles, two home runs and six RBI’s over 11 games. Last year in 136 games with San Jose, Williamson hit .292 with 25 home runs and 89 RBI’s.

San Francisco Affiliation
This year marks San Jose’s 27th season as an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants – the longest partnership of any team in the California League. Since their inception in 1988, the San Jose Giants have won six league championships (1998, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010). The Giants have qualified for the playoffs in 10 consecutive seasons (2004-2013) – a California League record. 163 former San Jose Giants have reached the major leagues, including 117 with San Francisco.

Blair Swings Hot Bat
Left fielder Elliott Blair is off to an excellent start at the plate this season. Through his first 12 games, Blair is batting a team-leading .348 (16-for-46) with two doubles, one triple, three home runs and nine RBI’s. Blair is sixth in the league in batting average and has six multi-hit games already this season. Last Thursday marked Blair’s first multi-homer game of his career. Last year in 69 games with the Giants, Blair hit .229 with three home runs and 26 RBI’s.

Top Prospects
Seven players on San Jose’s roster are among the top 30 prospects in the organization according to Baseball America, including four out of the six pitchers in the Giants starting rotation. San Jose players among the top 30 prospects include: pitcher Chris Stratton (#3), outfielder Mac Williamson (#5), pitcher Kendry Flores (#14), pitcher Joan Gregorio (#17), pitcher Martin Agosta (#21), pitcher Steven Okert (#24) and pitcher Stephen Johnson (#28).

Okert Slams The Door
Left-hander Steven Okert picked-up three saves for the Giants last week. In eight relief appearances this year, Okert owns a 1.08 ERA with three saves and 16 strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings. The former fourth round pick had a total of just two saves in two career seasons entering 2014.

Opponent Notes: Visalia Rawhide
The Visalia Rawhide, an affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, are tied for first place in the North Division with a 12-5 record. Visalia is 4-3 on the road this season. The Rawhide rank third in the California League in batting average (.269), tied for second in runs scored (5.5 per game) and second in ERA (3.23).

Giants Travel To Bakersfield For Three-Game Series

San Jose Giants (6-8) at Bakersfield Blaze (11-3)
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At Sam Lynn Ballpark

• Thursday, April 17, 7:15 PM
• Friday, April 18, 7:15 PM
• Saturday, April 19, 7:15 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Thursday
San Jose – Martin Agosta (0-1, 3.00)
Bakersfield – Wandy Peralta (0-1, 5.19)

Friday
San Jose – Pat Young (1-0, 2.70)
Bakersfield – James Allen (2-0, 5.17)

Saturday
San Jose – Joe Biagini (0-1, 3.86)
Bakersfield – Drew Cisco (1-1, 6.00)

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 through the San Jose Giants Mobile App.

Giants Begin Three-Game Series At Bakersfield Tonight
The San Jose Giants begin a three-game series against the Bakersfield Blaze this evening at Sam Lynn Ballpark. Martin Agosta (0-1, 3.00) is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. After the current series versus the Blaze and an off day on Sunday, San Jose returns to Municipal Stadium for a seven-game homestand against Visalia and Bakersfield starting on Monday night.

Last Game
Four Giants pitchers combined to strikeout 19 Inland Empire batters in a 4-3 victory over the 66ers yesterday afternoon at Municipal Stadium. San Jose jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three innings and then held off Inland Empire late to secure the win and take two out of three games in the series. Joan Gregorio picked-up the win for the Giants after setting a career-high with 11 strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings. Gregorio allowed two runs (both earned) on five hits and issued two walks. Steven Okert surrendered a run in the top of the ninth, but struck out the side in the frame to record the save. Offensively, Brian Ragira (1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI) smacked a two-run home run, Chris Lofton (2-for-3) contributed two singles and Ben Turner (0-for-2, 2 RBI) hit a pair of sacrifice flies to lead the way.

Two In A Row
The Giants (6-8) have won back-to-back games for the first time since the opening two days of the season (April 3-4). Prior to the consecutive wins, San Jose had dropped a season-high four games in a row. A victory tonight would give the Giants their first three-game win streak this year.

Familiar Opponent
San Jose and Bakersfield will play each other 10 times over an 18-day period from April 10-27. The Blaze won three out of four games at Municipal Stadium last Thursday-Sunday. After the Giants took the opener 5-2, Bakersfield earned victories of 5-2, 11-7 (10 innings) and 10-4 to claim the series. This series marks San Jose’s first visit of the year to Sam Lynn Ballpark. The Blaze return to Municipal Stadium for a three-game set beginning next Friday, April 25.

Galindo’s Hitting Streak At Nine Games
Center fielder Jesus Galindo brings a nine-game hitting streak into tonight’s action. During the streak, Galindo is batting .289 (11-for-38) with three RBI’s. Galindo’s hit streak is the third-longest in the California League this season.

San Francisco Affiliation
This year marks San Jose’s 27th season as an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants – the longest partnership of any team in the California League. Since their inception in 1988, the San Jose Giants have won six league championships (1998, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010). The Giants have qualified for the playoffs in 10 consecutive seasons (2004-2013) – a California League record. 163 former San Jose Giants have reached the major leagues, including 117 with San Francisco.

Blair’s Hot Start
Left fielder Elliott Blair is off to an excellent start at the plate this season. Through his first 10 games, Blair is batting a team-leading .351 (13-for-37) with two doubles, one triple, one home run and five RBI’s. Blair is fifth in the league in batting average and has five multi-hit games already this season. Last year in 69 games with the Giants, Blair hit .229 with three home runs and 26 RBI’s.

Top Prospects
Seven players on San Jose’s roster are among the top 30 prospects in the organization according to Baseball America, including four out of the six pitchers in the Giants starting rotation. San Jose players among the top 30 prospects include: pitcher Chris Stratton (#3), outfielder Mac Williamson (#5), pitcher Kendry Flores (#14), pitcher Joan Gregorio (#17), pitcher Martin Agosta (#21), pitcher Steven Okert (#24) and pitcher Stephen Johnson (#28).

Lenn Sakata Back In Orange & Black
Lenn Sakata, the winningest manager in California League history, has returned to the San Jose Giants this season. 2014 marks Sakata’s 10th year in the San Francisco Giants organization (first since 2007) and his seventh season as San Jose’s manager (1999, 2001, 2004-2007, 2014). Entering this year, Sakata has compiled a 466-374 record as the Giants skipper having directed San Jose to the 2001, 2005 and 2007 California League championships. Sakata has won 684 games in 10 seasons as a manager in the California League. After leaving the Giants, Sakata managed two seasons in the Chiba Lotte Marines organization in Japan before spending three years in the Colorado Rockies organization as a minor league manager and hitting coach.

Opponent Notes: Bakersfield Blaze
The Bakersfield Blaze, an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, are in first place in the North Division with an 11-3 record. Bakersfield is 6-1 at home this season. The Blaze rank first in the league in batting average (.305), runs scored (7.6 per game) and stolen bases (26) while they’re fifth in ERA (3.73).

Giants Continue Homestand Against Inland Empire

Inland Empire 66ers (3-8) at San Jose Giants (4-7)

San_Jose_Giants157At Municipal Stadium
• Monday, April 14, 7:00 PM
• Tuesday, April 15, 7:00 PM
• Wednesday, April 16, 12:35 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Monday
Inland Empire – Kyle McGowin (0-0, 1.80)
San Jose – Chris Stratton (1-1, 4.50)

Tuesday

Inland Empire – Ryan Crowley (0-2, 10.00)
San Jose – Kendry Flores (1-1, 4.50)

Wednesday
Inland Empire – Alex Keudell (0-1, 3.52)
San Jose – Joan Gregorio (1-0, 1.00)

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 Inland Empire Tonight

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 (1-1, 4.50) is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. San Jose began the homestand by dropping three out of four games to the Bakersfield Blaze in a series that concluded yesterday.

Last Game
Bakersfield secured a series victory over the Giants with a 10-4 win yesterday afternoon. The Blaze took the lead for good with a three-run top of the third before blowing the game open with four runs in the eighth inning. Bakersfield finished the contest with 15 hits and was led by first baseman Marquez Smith, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and three RBI’s. San Jose starter Joe Biagini suffered the loss after yielding four runs (all earned) on seven hits over 3 1/3 innings. Brian Ragira (2-for-4, RBI) and Elliott Blair (2-for-4) had two hits apiece for the Giants in the loss. All nine San Jose starters had at least one hit.

Lost Six Of Seven
Since a 3-1 start, the Giants have lost six out of seven games. San Jose enters tonight’s contest on a season-high tying three-game losing streak. Giants pitchers have allowed a total of 21 runs over the last two games after just 27 runs surrendered in the first nine games of the season.

Championship Series Rematch

This series marks the first meeting between San Jose and Inland Empire since last September’s California League Championship Series. The 66ers swept the Giants last year earning victories of 4-0 and 9-1 in Games One and Two respectively down in San Bernardino before a 3-1 win over San Jose in Game Three at Municipal Stadium. It was the first time since 1999 that the Giants lost the Championship Series (won titles in 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2010).

Galindo Extends Hitting Streak To Seven Games
Center fielder Jesus Galindo brings a seven-game hitting streak into tonight’s action. During the streak, Galindo is 9-for-30 (.300) with three RBI’s. Galindo’s four stolen bases this season are tied for the team-lead (Rando Moreno) and tied for fifth in the California League.

Three Under .500
The Giants are three games under .500 for the first time since the 2005 season (4-7 on April 18, 2005).

San Francisco Affiliation
This year marks San Jose’s 27th season as an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants – the longest partnership of any team in the California League. Since their inception in 1988, the San Jose Giants have won six league championships (1998, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010). The Giants have qualified for the playoffs in 10 consecutive seasons (2004-2013) – a California League record. 163 former San Jose Giants have reached the major leagues, including 117 with San Francisco.

Top Prospects
Seven players on San Jose’s roster are among the top 30 prospects in the organization according to Baseball America, including four out of the six pitchers in the Giants starting rotation. San Jose players among the top 30 prospects include: pitcher Chris Stratton (#3), outfielder Mac Williamson (#5), pitcher Kendry Flores (#14), pitcher Joan Gregorio (#17), pitcher Martin Agosta (#21), pitcher Steven Okert (#24) and pitcher Stephen Johnson (#28).

Delfino Supplies The Power

Third baseman Mitch Delfino has hit three of San Jose’s five home runs this season. His three homers are tied for third in the California League. Delfino had a two-homer game last Wednesday in Lancaster – the first multi-home run game of his professional career. Last year, Delfino led Augusta (A) with 13 home runs.

Lenn Sakata Back In Orange & Black

Lenn Sakata, the winningest manager in California League history, has returned to the San Jose Giants this season. 2014 marks Sakata’s 10th year in the San Francisco Giants organization (first since 2007) and his seventh season as San Jose’s manager (1999, 2001, 2004-2007, 2014). Entering this year, Sakata has compiled a 466-374 record as the Giants skipper having directed San Jose to the 2001, 2005 and 2007 California League championships. Sakata has won 684 games in 10 seasons as a manager in the California League. After leaving the Giants, Sakata managed two seasons in the Chiba Lotte Marines organization in Japan before spending three years in the Colorado Rockies organization as a minor league manager and hitting coach.

Opponent Notes: Inland Empire 66ers

The Inland Empire 66ers, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, are in last place in the South Division with a 3-8 record. The 66ers are ninth in the California League in batting average (.215), tied for eighth in runs scored (3.5 per game) and fourth in ERA (3.31). Inland Empire is scheduled to play 10 games against San Jose this season, including six at Municipal Stadium.

Giants Host Bakersfield In Home Opener Tonight

Bakersfield Blaze (6-1) at San Jose Giants (3-4)
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At Municipal Stadium

• Thursday, April 10, 7:00 PM
• Friday, April 11, 7:00 PM
• Saturday, April 12, 5:00 PM
• Sunday, April 13, 1:00 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Thursday
Bakersfield – Mike Dennhardt (0-0, 6.75)
San Jose – Joan Gregorio (0-0, 0.00)

Friday
Bakersfield – Ben Lively (1-0, 1.50)
San Jose – Martin Agosta (0-0, —)

Saturday

Bakersfield – Wandy Peralta (0-1, 4.50)
San Jose – Pat Young (1-0, 0.00)

Sunday
Bakersfield – James Allen (1-0, 5.59)
San Jose – Joe Biagini (0-0, 0.00)

Broadcast Information
The games on Thursday and Friday will be televised on Comcast Hometown Network, Channel 104. Both games will be on a tape-delayed basis. Joe Ritzo handles the play-by-play while color commentary duties will be provided by Scott Armstrong on Thursday and Joe Castellano on Friday. The entire series can also be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM. 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 Host Bakersfield In Home Opener Tonight

The San Jose Giants host the Bakersfield Blaze in their home opener this evening at Municipal Stadium. Tonight marks the first of four straight games for the Giants against the Blaze in this series before the homestand continues with a three-game set versus the Inland Empire 66ers beginning on Monday. Joan Gregorio (0-0, 0.00) is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants this evening.

Road Trip Review
The Giants posted a 3-4 record during their season-opening road trip that concluded yesterday. San Jose began the year by taking three out of four from the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes before suffering a three-game sweep to the Lancaster JetHawks. The Giants suffered losses to Lancaster of 2-1 on Monday, 4-2 on Tuesday and 9-4 last night. Mitch Delfino hit two homers and drove home all four of San Jose’s runs in yesterday’s defeat. The JetHawks broke the game open with a six-run bottom of the sixth.

Stellar Pitching
Despite losses the last three nights, San Jose is off to an outstanding start on the mound as the Giants rank second in the California League with a 2.69 ERA.

Under .500
With yesterday’s defeat, the Giants fell to under .500 for the first time since the opening week of the 2010 season.

Offensive Report

Catcher Ben Turner (.368, 7-for-19, 2B, 4 RBI), third baseman Mitch Delfino (.345, 10-for-29, 3 HR, 8 RBI) and outfielder Jesus Galindo (.320, 8-for-25, 2B, 4 SB) have been San Jose’s top hitters through the first seven games this season. Delfino has hit three of the Giants’ five home runs. San Jose is hitting .227 as a team overall and has scored a total of only 10 runs over their last five games (1-4 record).

San Francisco Affiliation
This year marks San Jose’s 27th season as an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants – the longest partnership of any team in the California League. Since their inception in 1988, the San Jose Giants have won six league championships (1998, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010). The Giants have qualified for the playoffs in 10 consecutive seasons (2004-2013) – a California League record. 163 former San Jose Giants have reached the major leagues, including 117 with San Francisco.

Top Prospects
Seven players on San Jose’s roster are among the top 30 prospects in the organization according to Baseball America, including four out of the six pitchers in the Giants starting rotation. San Jose players among the top 30 prospects include: pitcher Chris Stratton (#3), outfielder Mac Williamson (#5), pitcher Kendry Flores (#14), pitcher Joan Gregorio (#17), pitcher Martin Agosta (#21), pitcher Steven Okert (#24) and pitcher Stephen Johnson (#28).

Williamson Highlights Returnees
Mac Williamson highlights 10 returning players on the Giants opening day roster. Williamson, a third round draft pick in 2012 and a non-roster invitee to major league spring training this year, hit .292 with 25 home runs and 89 RBI’s over 136 games for San Jose last season. He led the team in home runs, RBI’s, runs scored (94), hits (152), walks (51), games played, was second in doubles (31) and third in batting average. His 25 home runs ranked tied for third on San Jose’s single-season list. Williamson hit .331 with 16 home runs after the All-Star break last year. Other returning players from last year’s team are pitchers Jorge Bucardo, Jeff Soptic and Pat Young, catcher/infielder Trevor Brown, infielder Mitch Delfino and outfielders Elliott Blair, Jesus Galindo and Chris Lofton. Young, Delfino and Galindo were added to San Jose’s roster last season at the start of the playoffs. Pitcher Ryan Bradley, a member of San Jose’s 2012 team, has also returned.

Lenn Sakata Back In Orange & Black

Lenn Sakata, the winningest manager in California League history, has returned to the San Jose Giants this season. 2014 marks Sakata’s 10th year in the San Francisco Giants organization (first since 2007) and his seventh season as San Jose’s manager (1999, 2001, 2004-2007, 2014). Entering this year, Sakata has compiled a 466-374 record as the Giants skipper having directed San Jose to the 2001, 2005 and 2007 California League championships. Sakata has won 684 games in 10 seasons as a manager in the California League. After leaving the Giants, Sakata managed two seasons in the Chiba Lotte Marines organization in Japan before spending three years in the Colorado Rockies organization as a minor league manager and hitting coach.

Opponent Notes: Bakersfield Blaze
The Bakersfield Blaze, an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, are off to a 6-1 start this season. Bakersfield swept a four-game series from Modesto to open the year before taking two out of three against Stockton. The Blaze currently lead the league in team batting average (.314) and runs scored (8.0 per game). Tonight marks the first of 16 meetings this season between San Jose and Bakersfield.

Giants Continue Road Trip With Three-Game Series In Lancaster

San Jose Giants (3-1) at Lancaster JetHawks (2-2)

San_Jose_Giants157At The Hangar
• Monday, April 7, 6:30 PM
• Tuesday, April 8, 6:30 PM
• Wednesday, April 9, 6:30 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Monday
San Jose – Joe Biagini (0-0, —)
Lancaster – Kyle Westwood (1-0, 2.25)

Tuesday
San Jose – Chris Stratton (1-0, 1.80)
Lancaster – Kyle Smith (0-0, 4.50)

Wednesday

San Jose – Kendry Flores (1-0, 1.29)
Lancaster – Chris Devenski (0-1, 12.00)

Broadcast Information
The entire series can be heard live on sjgiants.com with Joe Ritzo calling all of the action. 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. Every broadcast is also streamed live on your mobile phone through the San Jose Giants App.

Giants Begin Three-Game Series At Lancaster Monday

The San Jose Giants continue their road trip Monday evening with the opener of a three-game series against the Lancaster JetHawks at The Hangar. Joe Biagini (0-0, —) is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants on Monday. San Jose opened the season by taking three out of four games from the host Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in a series that concluded Sunday afternoon.

Last Game
The Giants secured a series win over Rancho Cucamonga with a 3-1 victory Sunday afternoon. Pat Young picked-up the win after limiting the Quakes to one unearned run over the first five innings. Young allowed five hits, walked two and struck out four during his outing. Ryan Bradley (2 IP), Steven Okert (1 IP) and Tyler Mizenko (1 IP) then combined for four hitless innings of relief to seal the victory. Mizenko was credited with his second save of the season. Offensively, Ben Turner (3-for-4) had three hits while Blake Miller (1-for-4, 2 RBI) drove home a pair of runs to lead the way. The Giants took the lead for good with a two-run top of the second inning.

Stellar Pitching
San Jose is off to an outstanding start on the mound as the Giants allowed only five runs during their season-opening four-game series at Rancho Cucamonga. San Jose’s team ERA for the series was 0.76 while the Giants held the Quakes to a .160 batting average. San Jose starting pitchers (Chris Stratton, Kendry Flores, Joan Gregorio and Pat Young) combined to allow just two earned runs over 21 innings during the four-game set.

Offensive Report
Catcher Ben Turner (.500, 6-for-12, 2B, 3 RBI), outfielder Elliott Blair (.444, 4-for-9, 3B, HR, 2 RBI), outfielder Jesus Galindo (.333, 6-for-18, 2B, 2 SB) and third baseman Mitch Delfino (.313, 5-for-16, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) were San Jose’s top hitters during the opening series. The Giants hit .259 as a team over the four-game set. San Jose endured an 18 inning scoreless streak offensively that ended in the top of the second yesterday.

San Francisco Affiliation

This year marks San Jose’s 27th season as an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants – the longest partnership of any team in the California League. Since their inception in 1988, the San Jose Giants have won six league championships (1998, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010). The Giants have qualified for the playoffs in 10 consecutive seasons (2004-2013) – a California League record. 163 former San Jose Giants have reached the major leagues, including 117 with San Francisco.

2013 Review

The Giants posted the top overall record in the California League last season at 83-57 and won their eighth first half North Division crown in the last nine years. After a first round bye in the playoffs, San Jose defeated the Visalia Rawhide three-games-to-two to claim the North Division title – the Giants’ first since 2010. San Jose was then swept by the Inland Empire 66ers in the best-of-five California League Championship Series. Individually, the Giants had a league-high eight players named to the midseason All-Star team (C Jeff Arnold, LHP Ty Blach, INF Ryan Cavan, LHP Edwin Escobar, OF Devin Harris, LHP Josh Osich, RHP Hunter Strickland and INF Angel Villalona). Blach also received postseason All-Star honors after leading the league with a 2.90 ERA and ranking tied second in wins (12). Blach and outfielder Mac Williamson shared the club’s MVP award. Williamson (T3rd, 25) and Harris (5th, 23) both ranked among the top five in the league in home runs. San Jose finished the year first in the California League in ERA (3.66) and seventh in batting average (.259) and runs scored (690).

Top Prospects

Seven players on San Jose’s opening day roster are among the top 30 prospects in the organization according to Baseball America, including four out of the six pitchers in the Giants starting rotation. San Jose players among the top 30 prospects include: pitcher Chris Stratton (#3), outfielder Mac Williamson (#5), pitcher Kendry Flores (#14), pitcher Joan Gregorio (#17), pitcher Martin Agosta (#21), pitcher Steven Okert (#24) and pitcher Stephen Johnson (#28).

Williamson Highlights Returnees

Mac Williamson highlights 10 returning players on the Giants opening day roster. Williamson, a third round draft pick in 2012 and a non-roster invitee to major league spring training this year, hit .292 with 25 home runs and 89 RBI’s over 136 games for San Jose last season. He led the team in home runs, RBI’s, runs scored (94), hits (152), walks (51), games played, was second in doubles (31) and third in batting average. His 25 home runs ranked tied for third on San Jose’s single-season list. Williamson hit .331 with 16 home runs after the All-Star break last year. Other returning players from last year’s team are pitchers Jorge Bucardo, Jeff Soptic and Pat Young, catcher/infielder Trevor Brown, infielder Mitch Delfino and outfielders Elliott Blair, Jesus Galindo and Chris Lofton. Young, Delfino and Galindo were added to San Jose’s roster last season at the start of the playoffs. Pitcher Ryan Bradley, a member of San Jose’s 2012 team, has also returned.

Lenn Sakata Back In Orange & Black

Lenn Sakata, the winningest manager in California League history, has returned to the San Jose Giants this season. 2014 marks Sakata’s 10th year in the San Francisco Giants organization (first since 2007) and his seventh season as San Jose’s manager (1999, 2001, 2004-2007, 2014). Entering this year, Sakata has compiled a 466-374 record as the Giants skipper having directed San Jose to the 2001, 2005 and 2007 California League championships. Sakata has won 684 games in 10 seasons as a manager in the California League. After leaving the Giants, Sakata managed two seasons in the Chiba Lotte Marines organization in Japan before spending three years in the Colorado Rockies organization as a minor league manager and hitting coach.

High Draft Picks
San Francisco’s top four picks from the 2012 draft are all on San Jose’s opening day roster. Chris Stratton (1st round) is slated to make the opening night start on the mound Thursday evening. Martin Agosta (2nd round) will also work in the Giants starting rotation this season. Stratton (9-3, 3.27 ERA) and Agosta (9-3, 2.06 ERA) both had stellar 2013 campaigns with Class-A Augusta. Williamson (3rd round) is expected to DH for San Jose early this season while Steven Okert (4th round) should be a key member of the bullpen. Additionally, first baseman Brian Ragira, a 4th round selection in last year’s draft, is also on the Giants roster.

Opponent Notes: Lancaster JetHawks

The Lancaster JetHawks, an affiliate of the Houston Astros, split a four-game series with the visiting Lake Elsinore Storm to open their season. Last year, Lancaster posted an 82-58 regular season record winning the first and second half titles in the South Division. The JetHawks were then defeated three-games-to-two by Inland Empire in the South Division Series. San Jose and Lancaster play each other 10 times this season, including six games at The Hangar.

Giants Open Regular Season Thursday At Rancho Cucamonga

San Jose Giants (0-0) at Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (0-0)

San_Jose_Giants157At LoanMart Field
• Thursday, April 3, 7:05 PM
• Friday, April 4, 7:05 PM
• Saturday, April 5, 7:05 PM
• Sunday, April 6, 2:05 PM

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups

Thursday
San Jose – Chris Stratton (0-0, —)
Rancho Cucamonga – Chris Anderson (0-0, —)

Friday
San Jose – Kendry Flores (0-0, —)
Rancho Cucamonga – Julio Urias (0-0, —)

Saturday
San Jose – Joan Gregorio (0-0, —)
Rancho Cucamonga – Lindsey Caughel (0-0, —)

Sunday
San Jose – Pat Young (0-0, —)
Rancho Cucamonga – Tom Windle (0-0, —)

Broadcast Information
The entire series can be heard live on sjgiants.com with Joe Ritzo calling all of the action. 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. Every broadcast is also streamed live on your mobile phone through the San Jose Giants App.

Giants Begin Regular Season At Rancho Cucamonga Thursday

The San Jose Giants begin the 2014 regular season Thursday evening with the opener of a four-game series against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes at LoanMart Field. After the four games in Rancho Cucamonga, the Giants travel to Lancaster for a three-game series. San Jose’s home opener is scheduled for Thursday, April 10 against the Bakersfield Blaze.

San Francisco Affiliation
This year marks San Jose’s 27th season as an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants – the longest partnership of any team in the California League. Since their inception in 1988, the San Jose Giants have won six league championships (1998, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010). The Giants have qualified for the playoffs in 10 consecutive seasons (2004-2013) – a California League record. 163 former San Jose Giants have reached the major leagues, including 117 with San Francisco.

2013 Review
The Giants posted the top overall record in the California League last season at 83-57 and won their eighth first half North Division crown in the last nine years. After a first round bye in the playoffs, San Jose defeated the Visalia Rawhide three-games-to-two to claim the North Division title – the Giants’ first since 2010. San Jose was then swept by the Inland Empire 66ers in the best-of-five California League Championship Series. Individually, the Giants had a league-high eight players named to the midseason All-Star team (C Jeff Arnold, LHP Ty Blach, INF Ryan Cavan, LHP Edwin Escobar, OF Devin Harris, LHP Josh Osich, RHP Hunter Strickland and INF Angel Villalona). Blach also received postseason All-Star honors after leading the league with a 2.90 ERA and ranking tied second in wins (12). Blach and outfielder Mac Williamson shared the club’s MVP award. Williamson (T3rd, 25) and Harris (5th, 23) both ranked among the top five in the league in home runs. San Jose finished the year first in the California League in ERA (3.66) and seventh in batting average (.259) and runs scored (690).

Top Prospects

Seven players on San Jose’s opening day roster are among the top 30 prospects in the organization according to Baseball America, including four out of the six pitchers in the Giants starting rotation. San Jose players among the top 30 prospects include: pitcher Chris Stratton (#3), outfielder Mac Williamson (#5), pitcher Kendry Flores (#14), pitcher Joan Gregorio (#17), pitcher Martin Agosta (#21), pitcher Steven Okert (#24) and pitcher Stephen Johnson (#28).

Williamson Highlights Returnees
Mac Williamson highlights 10 returning players on the Giants opening day roster. Williamson, a third round draft pick in 2012 and a non-roster invitee to major league spring training this year, hit .292 with 25 home runs and 89 RBI’s over 136 games for San Jose last season. He led the team in home runs, RBI’s, runs scored (94), hits (152), walks (51), games played, was second in doubles (31) and third in batting average. His 25 home runs ranked tied for third on San Jose’s single-season list. Williamson hit .331 with 16 home runs after the All-Star break last year. Other returning players from last year’s team are pitchers Jorge Bucardo, Jeff Soptic and Pat Young, catcher/infielder Trevor Brown, infielder Mitch Delfino and outfielders Elliott Blair, Jesus Galindo and Chris Lofton. Young, Delfino and Galindo were added to San Jose’s roster last season at the start of the playoffs. Pitcher Ryan Bradley, a member of San Jose’s 2012 team, has also returned.

Lenn Sakata Back In Orange & Black
Lenn Sakata, the winningest manager in California League history, has returned to the San Jose Giants this season. 2014 marks Sakata’s 10th year in the San Francisco Giants organization (first since 2007) and his seventh season as San Jose’s manager (1999, 2001, 2004-2007, 2014). Entering this year, Sakata has compiled a 466-374 record as the Giants skipper having directed San Jose to the 2001, 2005 and 2007 California League championships. Sakata has won 684 games in 10 seasons as a manager in the California League. After leaving the Giants, Sakata managed two seasons in the Chiba Lotte Marines organization in Japan before spending three years in the Colorado Rockies organization as a minor league manager and hitting coach.

High Draft Picks
San Francisco’s top four picks from the 2012 draft are all on San Jose’s opening day roster. Chris Stratton (1st round) is slated to make the opening night start on the mound Thursday evening. Martin Agosta (2nd round) will also work in the Giants starting rotation this season. Stratton (9-3, 3.27 ERA) and Agosta (9-3, 2.06 ERA) both had stellar 2013 campaigns with Class-A Augusta. Williamson (3rd round) is expected to DH for San Jose early this season while Steven Okert (4th round) should be a key member of the bullpen. Additionally, first baseman Brian Ragira, a 4th round selection in last year’s draft, is also on the Giants roster.

Opponent Notes: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, finished the 2013 regular season with a 65-75 record. P.J. Forbes is set to begin his first season as Rancho Cucamonga’s manager. The Giants and Quakes will play 10 games this season, including seven at LoanMart Field.

Episode 31 – Inside the San Jose Giants

Podcast graphicIn this season preview edition of Inside the San Jose Giants, Joe and Ben breakdown the 2014 roster. The two discuss San Jose’s prospect-laden pitching rotation and starting lineup in advance of the season opener.

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