Giants Continue Road Trip In Visalia

san jose giantsAt Recreation Park (Visalia, CA)
* Friday, August 26, 7:00 PM
* Saturday, August 27, 7:00 PM
* Sunday, August 28, 6:00 PM

Records
San Jose: 66-64 (27-33 Second Half)
Visalia: 75-55 (29-31 Second Half)

Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday
San Jose – Conner Menez (1-0, 5.40)
Visalia – Alex Young (2-6, 3.79)

Saturday
San Jose – Mark Reyes (8-8, 5.03)
Visalia – Joel Payamps (7-3, 4.46)

Sunday
San Jose – Cory Taylor (1-0, 1.80)
Visalia – Markus Solbach (3-2, 4.01)

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.

Ronnie Jebavy and the Giants travel to Visalia for their final road series of the regular season

Ronnie Jebavy and the Giants travel to Visalia for their final road series of the regular season

Giants Begin Three-Game Series In Visalia Tonight
The San Jose Giants open a three-game series against the Visalia Rawhide this evening at Recreation Park. Conner Menez is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. Menez joined San Jose from Salem-Keizer (Short-Season) on August 2 and has posted a 5.40 ERA in four appearances (three starts) with the Giants. The left-hander is the player from the 2016 San Francisco Giants draft class to reach San Jose. The Giants are 6-10 against the Rawhide this season. San Jose is just 5-22 in their last 27 regular season games at Recreation Park dating back to June 2014. The Giants’ last regular season series win in Visalia came during the opening weekend of the 2013 season.

Lost 2 Of 3 To Blaze
San Jose opened their current road trip by dropping two out of three games to the Bakersfield Blaze. The Giants earned an 8-4 victory in the opener on Tuesday before the Blaze posted back-to-back wins of 14-8 on Wednesday and 13-6 last night. The series marked San Jose’s third trip to Bakersfield this month (6-4 record).

Final Road Trip
The current three-game set versus the Rawhide serves as San Jose’s final road series of the regular season. The Giants are 32-35 on the road this year (12-20 second half). San Jose returns to Municipal Stadium on Tuesday for their final seven games of the season – a homestand against Bakersfield (three games) and Visalia (four games).

Playoff Chase
If the season ended today, the Giants would garner the #3 seed in the North Division as the Wild Card team (12 games ahead of Stockton and 13 games ahead of Modesto with 10 to play). San Jose though cannot clinch a playoff spot until both the Ports and Nuts are eliminated from second half title contention (Stockton 6 GB, Modesto 6 GB). The Giants (27-33) are also six games behind first-place Bakersfield (33-27) in the second half race. San Jose has made the playoffs in 11 out of the last 12 years (2004-2013, 2015).

Home Run Barrage
After going deep three more times last night, the Giants have hit 28 home runs over their last 13 games. San Jose has hit a league-high 35 home runs in August – their highest monthly home run total since August of 2011 (40 HR). The Giants’ 123 home runs this season rank fourth in the California League and is tops among all North Division teams. San Jose has tied the 2009 team for the fourth-most home runs in Giants history. The top three single-season home runs totals in SJ Giants history (1988-2016): 1. 143 HR (2005), 2. 139 HR (2011), 3. 126 HR (1999).

Davis Dingers
Dylan Davis homered in all three games of the Bakersfield series to open the road trip. He’s now hit nine home runs over his last 14 games overall (.351 AVG, 17 RBI’s during 14-game stretch). Davis has hit a team-leading 18 home runs in just 54 games with the Giants this season (.304 AVG). He’s averaging one home run every 11.9 at-bats with San Jose. Davis’ 26 home runs and 86 RBI’s this year (Augusta + San Jose) lead the San Francisco minor league system.

In Search Of Winning Season
The Giants (66-64) are looking to extend their California League record streak of consecutive winning seasons to 13. San Jose last had a losing season in 2003. The Giants need to post at least a 5-5 record over their final 10 games to finish above .500.

Pitching Struggles
San Jose allowed 27 runs and 30 hits over their last two games – both losses. The Giants own a league-worst 6.34 team ERA in August. San Jose’s 5.65 ERA since the beginning of July is also last in the California League (3.84 ERA from April-June). The Giants have surrendered 61 home runs in 53 games since the start of July. San Jose’s 121 home runs given up this year is only two away from setting a team single-season record (122 HR allowed in ’05).

Bennett Bash
Over his last 10 games, T.J. Bennett is 16-for-33 (.484 AVG) with three home runs and eight RBI’s. Bennett has hit eight out of his nine home runs this season in August and boasts a .405 batting average this month (22 games).

VisaliaOpponent Notes: Visalia Rawhide
The Visalia Rawhide, an affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, have already clinched a playoff berth after winning the first half North Division title. Visalia possesses the top overall record in the North at 75-55. The Rawhide rank fourth in the league in batting average (.272), fifth in runs scored (4.9 per game) and fourth in ERA (3.97). Visalia is a league-best 26-15 (.634) in one-run games this season. The Rawhide (29-31) are four games behind Bakersfield in the second half standings. Visalia outfielder Victor Reyes is fifth in the league in hitting (.311) and tied for second in triples (11).

Final Road Trip Begins With Series In Bakersfield

san jose giantsAt Sam Lynn Ballpark (Bakersfield, CA)
* Tuesday, August 23, 7:15 PM
* Wednesday, August 24, 7:15 PM
* Thursday, August 25, 7:15 PM

Records
San Jose: 65-62 (26-31 Second Half)
Bakersfield: 68-59 (31-26 Second Half)

Probable Starting Pitchers
Tuesday
San Jose – Jose Reyes (4-4, 4.11)
Bakersfield – Zack Littell (7-1, 1.77)

Wednesday
San Jose – Dan Slania (2-1, 3.15)
Bakersfield – Anthony Misiewicz (6-10, 4.67)

Thursday
San Jose – Conner Menez (1-0, 5.40)
Bakersfield – Tyler Pike (6-5, 4.17)

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.

Jose Reyes is scheduled to make the start for the Giants in tonight's road trip opener

Jose Reyes is scheduled to make the start for the Giants in tonight’s road trip opener

Giants Begin Three-Game Series In Bakersfield Tonight
The San Jose Giants begin a three-game series against the Bakersfield Blaze this evening at Sam Lynn Ballpark. San Jose dropped two out of three games to the visiting Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in their most recent series last weekend. Jose Reyes is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. Reyes has posted a 3.34 ERA as a starter this season (11 GS). The right-hander has surrendered three earned runs or fewer in 10 out of his 11 starts.

Final Road Trip
This evening marks the beginning of San Jose’s final road trip of the regular season. Following the current three-game set in Bakersfield, the Giants travel to Visalia for a three-game series beginning on Friday. San Jose is 31-33 on the road this year. A mark of 5-1 or better on the trip would give the Giants a winning road record this season. San Jose returns to Municipal Stadium next Tuesday, August 30 for their final seven games of the season – a homestand against Bakersfield (three games) and Visalia (four games).

Second Half Standings
The Giants (26-31) are currently in third place in the second half North Division race – five games behind Bakersfield (31-26) for the top spot. 13 games remain in the regular season, six of which for San Jose will be played against Bakersfield. The Giants haven’t been closer than four games out of first place since the opening week of the second half (3 GB on June 29). San Jose was nine games out on July 18.

Playoff Chase
If the season ended today, the Giants would garner the #3 seed in the North Division as the Wild Card team (14 games ahead of Modesto and 14 games ahead of Stockton with 13 to play). San Jose though cannot clinch a playoff spot until both the Nuts and Ports are eliminated from second half title contention (Modesto 6 GB, Stockton 7 GB). The Giants have made the playoffs in 11 out of the last 12 years (2004-2013, 2015).

Goodbye, Sam Lynn
This series will serve as San Jose’s final visit ever in the regular season to Bakersfield’s Sam Lynn Ballpark. Minor League Baseball announced on Monday that the Bakersfield and High Desert franchises will cease operations at the completion of this season. The Giants are 8-2 at Sam Lynn Ballpark this year, including a 5-2 mark in August. If the season ended today, San Jose would match-up with Bakersfield in the North Mini Series.

Jonah Arenado leads the Giants with 16 home runs this season

Jonah Arenado leads the Giants with 16 home runs this season

Home Run Barrage
San Jose has hit 20 home runs over their last 10 games. The Giants’ 115 home runs this season rank fourth in the California League. The top five single-season home run totals in Giants team history (1988-2016): 1. 143 HR (2005), 2. 139 HR (2011), 3. 126 HR (1999), 4. 123 HR (2009), 5. 118 HR (2012). San Jose has hit 59 home runs since the beginning of July (50 games).

Davis Dingers
Dylan Davis has hit six home runs over his last 11 games (.326 AVG, 11 RBI during 11-game stretch). Davis has 15 home runs in 51 games with the Giants this season (.295 AVG). He’s averaging one home run every 13.3 at-bats with San Jose. Davis’ 23 home runs and 80 RBI’s this year (Augusta + San Jose) lead the San Francisco minor league system.

League Record Streak
The Giants (65-62) are looking to extend their California League record streak of consecutive winning seasons to 13. San Jose last had a losing season in 2003. The Giants need to post at least a 6-7 record over their final 13 games to finish above .500.

Pitching Struggles
The Giants’ team ERA since the beginning of July is 5.30 – ninth in the California League (Inland Empire 5.35). San Jose has given up 54 home runs in 50 games since the start of July. The Giants have allowed 114 home runs for the year (team single-season record is 122 HR set in 2005). San Jose had a 3.84 ERA over the first three months of the season.

Bakersfield - newOpponent Notes: Bakersfield Blaze
The Bakersfield Blaze, an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, are currently three games ahead of Visalia for first place in the second half North Division standings. The Blaze lead the league in ERA (3.77) and are fourth in runs scored (5.2 per game). Bakersfield is 29-35 at home this year (league-best 39-24 on the road). Tonight’s starting pitcher Zack Littell has fashioned a 7-1 record with a 1.77 ERA in nine appearances (eight starts) with the Blaze. Littell has allowed no runs in five out of his last eight starts, including six days ago against the Giants (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 7 SO). San Jose is 11-9 against Bakersfield this season.

Episode 67 – Inside The San Jose Giants

2016-Inside-the-Podcast-480 x 270Only two weeks remain in the San Jose Giants regular season! In this podcast episode, Joe Ritzo and Justin Allegri discuss the club’s recent power surge, go in-depth on the state of the pitching staff and examine the Giants’ playoff chances. The two also make their end-of-season team award picks, including MVP, Pitcher of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. Giants outfielder Dylan Davis is a special guest on this episode.

Giants Return Home For Three Games Against Quakes

san jose giantsAt Municipal Stadium (San Jose, CA)
* Friday, August 19, 7:00 PM
* Saturday, August 20, 5:00 PM
* Sunday, August 21, 5:00 PM

Records
Rancho Cucamonga: 70-54 (28-26 Second Half)
San Jose: 64-60 (25-29 Second Half)

Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday
Rancho Cucamonga – Tim Shibuya (1-0, 3.86)
San Jose – Mark Reyes (8-7, 4.84)

Saturday
Rancho Cucamonga – TBA
San Jose – Cory Taylor (0-0, —)

Sunday
Rancho Cucamonga – Tommy Bergjans (2-13, 5.25)
San Jose – Jordan Johnson (8-8, 5.58)

NBCUT_Logo_chnBroadcast Information
All three games will be televised live on Comcast Hometown Network (Channel 104 SD/819 HD). Joe Ritzo handles the play-by-play while color commentary duties will be provided by Joe Castellano. The entire series can also be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM with Justin Allegri and Jeff Black calling 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.

Mark Reyes starts the series opener against the Quakes on Friday night

Mark Reyes starts the series opener against the Quakes on Friday night

Giants Begin Three-Game Series Against Rancho Cucamonga Tonight
The San Jose Giants begin a three-game series against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes this evening at Municipal Stadium. Mark Reyes is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. Reyes is looking to bounce back after losses in his last three starts. Newcomer Cory Taylor will get the ball on Saturday in what will be his California League debut. Taylor was 9-5 with a 2.58 ERA in 18 starts for Augusta (A) this season. The former eighth round draft pick has also made two starts with Richmond (AA) this year (one earned run allowed in 12 innings).

Winning Road Trip
Facing first-place teams Lancaster and Bakersfield, the Giants went 4-3 on their road trip that concluded last night. San Jose picked-up one victory in three games against the JetHawks last weekend before taking three out of four from the Blaze. It marked San Jose’s first winning road trip of the second half. The Giants had last posted a better than .500 record on a road trip when they went 8-6 during their season-high 14-game trip from May 15-28.

Second Half Race
The Giants (25-29) are currently in third place in the second half North Division race – four games behind Bakersfield (29-25) for the top spot. 16 games remain in the regular season, six of which for San Jose will be played against Bakersfield. If the season ended today, the Giants would garner the #3 seed in the North Division as the Wild Card team (14 games ahead of Stockton). San Jose has made the playoffs in 11 out of the last 12 years (2004-2013, 2015).

Arenado Hitting Streak At 15 Games
Jonah Arenado brings a 15-game hitting streak into tonight’s contest. Arenado is batting .344 (22-for-64) during the hit streak with seven doubles, four home runs and 14 RBI’s. He’s hit four home runs over his last six games. Arenado’s current hit streak is the longest by a SJ Giant this year. He’s second in the California League with 34 doubles this season.

The Long Ball
San Jose hit 17 home runs during their seven-game road trip, including a single-game season-high five homers in last night’s win over Bakersfield. The Giants’ 112 home runs this season rank fourth in the California League. The top five single-season home run totals in Giants team history (1988-2016): 1. 143 HR (2005), 2. 139 HR (2011), 3. 126 HR (1999), 4. 123 HR (2009), 5. 118 HR (2012). San Jose has hit 56 home runs (half of their season total) since the beginning of July (47 games).

T.J. Bennett is batting .418 with six home runs in August

T.J. Bennett is batting .418 with six home runs in August

Bennett Bash
With two home runs last night, T.J. Bennett became the fifth San Jose player to homer twice in a game this year joining Steven Duggar (April 17 at Inland Empire), Chris Shaw (May 22 at Rancho Cucamonga), C.J Hinojosa (May 24 at Visalia) and Ehire Adrianza (July 15 at Lancaster). Bennett has hit six out of his seven home runs in August. He’s batting .418 (23-for-55) with eight doubles, six homers, 14 RBI’s and a 1.375 OPS this month.

Davis Dingers
Dylan Davis has hit five home runs over his last eight games. Davis is 12-for-32 (.375) with 10 RBI’s during the eight-game stretch. Davis has 14 home runs in 48 games with the Giants this season (.302 AVG). He’s averaging one home run every 13.5 at-bats with San Jose. Davis’ 22 home runs and 79 RBI’s this season (Augusta + San Jose) lead the San Francisco Giants minor league system.

League Record Streak
The Giants (64-60) are looking to extend their California League record streak of consecutive winning seasons to 13. San Jose last had a losing season in 2003. The Giants need to post at least a 7-9 record over their final 16 games to finish above .500.

Pitching Struggles
The Giants posted a winning record on their most recent road trip despite a 7.50 ERA (50 ER/60.0 IP) during the trip. San Jose owns a 5.35 team ERA since the beginning of July – last in the California League. The Giants have given up 50 home runs in 47 games since the start of July. San Jose has allowed 110 home runs for the year (team single-season record is 122 HR set in 2005). The Giants had a 3.84 ERA over the first three months of the season.

Rancho Cucamonga - newOpponent Notes: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (70-54), an affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, are currently leading the South Division Wild Card race – eight games ahead of Lake Elsinore (62-62). The Quakes are third in the league in runs scored (5.5 per game), second in home runs (138) and second in ERA (3.93). San Jose is 5-3 against Rancho Cucamonga this season. The Giants won three out of four games in a series at LoanMart Field in May before the teams split a four-game set at Municipal Stadium in June to close out the first half. The Quakes are the defending California League champions.

Giants Continue Road Trip In Bakersfield

san jose giantsAt Sam Lynn Ballpark (Bakersfield, CA)
* Monday, August 15, 7:15 PM
* Tuesday, August 16, 7:15 PM
* Wednesday, August 17, 7:15 PM
* Thursday, August 18, 7:15 PM

Records
San Jose: 61-59 (22-28 Second Half)
Bakersfield: 65-55 (28-22 Second Half)

Probable Starting Pitchers
Monday
San Jose – Jordan Johnson (8-8, 5.42)
Bakersfield – Tyler Pike (6-5, 3.81)

Tuesday
San Jose – Jose Reyes (3-4, 4.25)
Bakersfield – Osmer Morales (3-4, 3.94)

Wednesday
San Jose – Dan Slania (2-0, 1.29)
Bakersfield – Zack Littell (6-1, 2.02)

Thursday
San Jose – Conner Menez (1-0, 5.56)
Bakersfield – Eddie Campbell (11-8, 5.08)

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 the San Jose Giants Mobile App.

Jordan Johnson will look to win his third straight start when he gets the ball on Monday in Bakersfield

Jordan Johnson will look to win his third straight start when he gets the ball on Monday in Bakersfield

Giants Begin Four-Game Series In Bakersfield Tonight
The San Jose Giants open a four-game series against the Bakersfield Blaze this evening at Sam Lynn Ballpark. Jordan Johnson is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. Johnson has won his last two starts combining for 13 innings pitched with four earned runs allowed and 12 strikeouts. The right-hander leads the San Jose staff with 90 strikeouts this season. The Giants are 8-8 against Bakersfield this year.

Lost 2 Of 3 To JetHawks
The Giants opened their road trip by dropping two out of three games to the host Lancaster JetHawks in a series that concluded yesterday. San Jose began the series with a 10-6 win on Friday before suffering back-to-back losses of 16-2 on Saturday and 9-4 last night. The Giants allowed a total of 31 runs during the three games. San Jose has not won a series at The Hangar since sweeping a four-game set from August 11-14, 2011.

League Record Streak
The Giants (61-59) are looking to extend their California League record streak of consecutive winning seasons to 13. San Jose last had a losing season in 2003. The Giants need to post at least a 10-10 record over their final 20 games to finish above .500. All 20 of San Jose’s remaining games will be played against teams with a winning record, 10 of which will come versus Bakersfield.

Back At Sam Lynn
The current matchup against Bakersfield serves as San Jose’s second of three visits to Sam Lynn Ballpark this month. The Giants won two out of three games versus the Blaze from August 1-3. San Jose will return to Bakersfield for another three-game set starting on August 23. Beginning tonight, seven out of the Giants’ next 10 games will be played in Bakersfield. San Jose is 5-1 at Sam Lynn Ballpark this season.

Road Woes
The Giants are only 8-17 (.320) on the road in the second half – the second-worst road record in the league since the All-Star break (Inland Empire 5-16, .238). San Jose’s only road series win this half came during their most recent trip to Bakersfield (August 1-3). The Giants have a 5.10 team ERA on the road this year compared to 3.71 at home.

Davis Dingers
Dylan Davis has hit three home runs in his last four games. He became the first San Jose player to homer in three straight contests when he accomplished the feat last Thursday through Saturday. Davis has 12 home runs in 44 games with the Giants this season (.291 AVG). He’s averaging one home run every 14.7 at-bats with San Jose. Davis’ 20 home runs this season (Augusta + San Jose) leads the San Francisco Giants minor league system.

Standings Update
The Giants (22-28) are currently tied for third in the second half North Division race – six games behind Bakersfield (28-22) for the top spot. If the season ended today, San Jose would garner the #3 seed in the North Division as the Wild Card team (12 games ahead of Stockton). The Giants have made the playoffs in 11 out of the last 12 years (2004-2013, 2015).

Arenado Hitting Streak At 11 Games
Jonah Arenado brings an 11-game hitting streak into tonight’s contest. Arenado is batting .340 (16-for-47) during the hit streak with five doubles, two home runs and nine RBI’s. He’s homered in each of his last two games. The current hit streak matches the longest by a Giants player this season. Ronnie Jebavy hit safely in 11 straight games from June 5-17 while Arenado also had an 11-game hit streak earlier this year (June 9-19).

Pitching Struggles
San Jose has a 5.40 team ERA since the beginning of July – ninth in the California League. Only Inland Empire has a higher ERA at 5.45. The Giants have given up 46 home runs in 43 games since the start of July. San Jose had a 3.84 ERA over the first three months of the season (April-June). The Giants’ 6.05 ERA in August is last in the league (6-7 record).

Bakersfield - newOpponent Notes: Bakersfield Blaze
The Bakersfield Blaze, an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, are leading the second half North Division race with a 28-22 record – four games ahead of Visalia. Bakersfield swept three games from visiting Lake Elsinore in their most recent series. The Blaze lead the league in ERA (3.71) and are fourth in runs scored (5.1 per game). Bakersfield is 28-32 at home this season compared to a league-best 37-23 on the road.

Giants Travel To Lancaster For Three-Game Weekend Series

san jose giantsAt The Hangar (Lancaster, CA)
* Friday, August 12, 6:35 PM
* Saturday, August 13, 6:05 PM
* Sunday, August 14, 5:05 PM

Records
San Jose: 60-57 (21-26 Second Half)
Lancaster: 65-51 (30-16 Second Half)

Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday
San Jose – Conner Menez (0-0, 7.11)
Lancaster – Jose Hernandez (1-2, 5.00)

Saturday
San Jose – Mark Reyes (8-6, 4.50)
Lancaster – Brock Dykxhoorn (7-4, 5.73)

Sunday
San Jose – TBA
Lancaster – Elieser Hernandez (1-4, 8.80)

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 In Lancaster Tonight
The San Jose Giants begin a seven-game road trip this evening with the first of three straight contests against the Lancaster JetHawks at The Hangar. Conner Menez is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose tonight. Menez, who joined the Giants from Salem-Keizer (Short-Season) on August 2, will be making his second start and third overall appearance with San Jose. The left-hander was selected in the 14th round of this year’s draft by the San Francisco Giants. Menez is the first player from San Francisco’s 2016 draft class to reach the Class-A Advanced level. Following the series versus Lancaster, the Giants continue their road trip with a four-game set in Bakersfield.

Dylan Davis hit hit 10th home run with the Giants in yesterday's win

Dylan Davis hit hit 10th home run with the Giants in yesterday’s win

Homestand Review
The Giants posted a 3-4 record during their seven-game homestand that concluded yesterday. San Jose began the homestand by dropping three out of four games to the Stockton Ports. It marked the Giants’ first home series loss since June 27-29 (vs. Bakersfield). San Jose then won two out of three against the High Desert Mavericks. The Giants took the series from the Mavericks with a 4-3 victory in the finale yesterday afternoon. Dylan Davis hit his 10th home run with San Jose this season in yesterday’s triumph.

Stellar Pitching
The Giants fashioned a 1.67 team ERA (5 ER/27.0 IP) during the just-completed three-game series versus High Desert. The San Jose bullpen allowed just one run in nine total innings throughout the series.

League Record Streak
The Giants (60-57) are looking to extend their California League record streak of consecutive winning seasons to 13. San Jose last had a losing season in 2003. The Giants need to post at least an 11-12 record over their final 23 games to finish above .500.

Tough Schedule
All 23 of San Jose’s remaining regular season games will be played against teams currently with a winning record. The Giants have posted a 27-33 (.450) record this season against opponents with a winning percentage above .500, compared to a 33-24 (.579) record versus opponents below .500.

Offensive Player Of The Week
T.J. Bennett was named California League Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. In seven games last week (August 1-7), Bennett was 12-for-27 (.444 AVG) with five doubles, three home runs and seven RBI’s. He raised his season batting average from .261 to .296 over the course of last week (.286 currently). Bennett is the third San Jose hitter to win the league award this season joining Jonah Arenado (May 9-15) and Steven Duggar (May 16-22).

In The Standings
The Giants (21-26) are currently tied for third in the second half North Division race – four games behind Bakersfield (25-22) for the top spot. San Jose was nine games out of first on July 18. If the season ended today, the Giants would garner the #3 seed in the North Division as the Wild Card team (12 games ahead of Stockton). San Jose has made the playoffs in 11 out of the last 12 years.

Jonah Arenado has hit safely in his last eight games

Jonah Arenado has hit safely in his last eight games

Arenado’s Hitting Streak At Eight Games
Jonah Arenado brings an eight-game hitting streak into tonight’s contest. Arenado is batting .371 (13-for-35) during the hit streak with five doubles and six RBI’s. His season-high hit streak is 11 games (June 9-19). Arenado ranks second in the California League with 32 doubles and is also tops on the Giants in home runs (12) and RBI’s (55).

On The Road
Tonight begins a stretch for San Jose playing 13 out of 16 games on the road. The Giants are only 7-15 away from Municipal Stadium in the second half (27-30 overall road record).

Aramis Garcia Returns
Catcher Aramis Garcia returned to the Giants on Tuesday after a six-game rehabilitation assignment in the Arizona Rookie League (5-for-22, .227 AVG, 1 2B, 4 RBI). Garcia missed 71 games with San Jose after suffering a facial fracture while sliding into second base on May 22 in Rancho Cucamonga. The former second round draft pick entered the year ranked as the #7 prospect in the San Francisco Giants organization according to Baseball America. Garcia is 2-for-8 with two singles since returning. He’s batting .293 in 27 games with San Jose this season.

LancasterOpponent Notes: Lancaster JetHawks
The Lancaster JetHawks, an affiliate of the Houston Astros, are leading the second half South Division race with a 30-16 record – 2 1/2 games ahead of Lake Elsinore. Lancaster is 5-2 against the Giants this season, including a 4-0 mark at The Hangar. The JetHawks lead the California League in runs scored (6.1 per game) and stolen bases (189). Lancaster is also third in team batting average (.272) and third in home runs (105). The JetHawks’ 4.96 ERA is last in the league. Lancaster is 34-22 at home this season.

Giants Continue Homestand Against High Desert

san jose giantsAt Municipal Stadium (San Jose, CA)
* Tuesday, August 9, 7:00 PM
* Wednesday, August 10, 7:00 PM
* Thursday, August 11, 12:30 PM

Records
High Desert: 68-45 (25-18 Second Half)
San Jose: 58-56 (19-25 Second Half)

Probable Starting Pitchers
Tuesday
High Desert – Collin Wiles (2-7, 4.80)
San Jose – Jordan Johnson (7-8, 5.71)

Wednesday
High Desert – Adam Quintana (5-4, 4.76)
San Jose – Jose Reyes (3-3, 4.17)

Thursday
High Desert – David Ledbetter (6-7, 5.52)
San Jose – Dan Slania (1-0, 2.57)

NBCUT_Logo_chnBroadcast Information
All four games will be televised live on Comcast Hometown Network (Channel 104 SD/819 HD). Joe Ritzo handles the play-by-play while color commentary duties will be provided by Joe Castellano. The entire series can also be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM with Justin Allegri calling 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.

Jordan Johnson is scheduled to make the start for the Giants in Tuesday's series opener versus High Desert

Jordan Johnson is scheduled to make the start for the Giants in Tuesday’s series opener versus High Desert

Giants Host High Desert For Three Games
The San Jose Giants continue their homestand this evening with the opener of a three-game series against the High Desert Mavericks at Municipal Stadium. Jordan Johnson is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose tonight. Johnson picked-up the win in his most recent start on August 3 at Bakersfield after pitching six innings with three runs allowed. It was just Johnson’s second win in his last 11 starts. The right-hander is second on the Giants staff with 83 strikeouts this season.

Home Series Loss
San Jose opened their homestand by dropping three out of four games to the Stockton Ports in a series that concluded on Sunday. It marked the Giants’ first home series loss since June 27-29 (vs. Bakersfield). The Ports won the final two games earning victories of 9-4 on Saturday and 5-2 on Sunday to take the series. San Jose hasn’t lost more than two games in a row at home since they were swept in a four-game series by the Blaze from June 4-7.

League Record Streak
The Giants (58-56) are looking to extend their California League record streak of consecutive winning seasons to 13. San Jose last had a losing season in 2003. The Giants have reached the playoffs in 11 out of the last 12 years.

Nearing .500
After losses in their last two contests, San Jose enters tonight’s action with an overall record just two games above .500. The Giants were last at .500 on May 3 (12-12). San Jose has climbed as high as 12 games above .500 this season (33-21 on June 3).

Tough Schedule
All 26 of San Jose’s remaining regular season games will be played against teams currently with a winning record. The Giants have posted a 25-32 (.439) record this season against opponents with a winning percentage above .500, compared to a 33-24 (.579) record versus opponents below .500.

Catcher Aramis Garcia returns to the Giants today after missing the last 2 1/2 months due to injury

Catcher Aramis Garcia returns to the Giants today after missing the last 2 1/2 months due to injury

Aramis Garcia Returns
Catcher Aramis Garcia returns to the Giants today after a six-game rehabilitation assignment in the Arizona Rookie League (5-for-22, .227 AVG, 1 2B, 4 RBI). Garcia hasn’t played with San Jose since suffering a facial fracture while sliding into second base on May 22 in Rancho Cucamonga. In 25 games with the Giants this season, Garcia is batting .298 with one home run and 14 RBI’s. The former second round draft pick entered the year ranked as the #7 prospect in the San Francisco Giants organization according to Baseball America.

Welcome To Muni
This series marks High Desert’s only visit to Municipal Stadium this season. The Giants lost three out of four games to the Mavericks from July 16-19 during their lone trip to Adelanto. High Desert overcame one-run deficits in the ninth inning to win two of those games.

Doubles Machine
Jonah Arenado has hit five doubles over his last five games. His 32 doubles this season rank second in the California League (Visalia’s Henry Castillo leads with 36). Arenado is the first SJ Giant player to hit 30 or more doubles in a season since Devin Harris (40 2B) and Mac Williamson (31 2B) both accomplished the feat in 2013. Arenado also leads all current Giants in home runs (12) and RBI’s (55).

On The Mound
San Jose has a 5.26 team ERA since the beginning of July – ninth in the California League. Only Inland Empire has a higher ERA at 5.79. The Giants have given up 39 home runs in 37 games since the start of July.

Jebavy’s Second Half
Ronnie Jebavy is batting .286 with six home runs, 23 RBI’s, 14 stolen bases and an .820 OPS in the second half (41 games) after hitting just .245 in the first half (4 HR, 19 RBI, 10 SB, .666 OPS). Jebavy’s month-by-month batting averages this season: April .177, May .266, June .260, July .305, August .308.

High DesertOpponent Notes: High Desert Mavericks
The High Desert Mavericks, an affiliate of the Texas Rangers, have already clinched a playoff berth after winning the first half South Division title. High Desert boasts the top overall record in the California League at 68-45. The Mavericks lead the league with 148 home runs and are also second in runs scored (5.8 per game) and second in batting average (.273). High Desert has won eight out of their last 11 games.

Giants Host Stockton To Begin Homestand

san jose giantsAt Municipal Stadium (San Jose, CA)
* Thursday, August 4, 7:00 PM
* Friday, August 5, 7:00 PM
* Saturday, August 6, 5:00 PM
* Sunday, August 7, 5:00 PM

Records
Stockton: 44-66 (17-23 Second Half)
San Jose: 57-53 (18-22 Second Half)

Probable Starting Pitchers
Thursday
Stockton – Casey Meisner (0-12, 4.34)
San Jose – Jose Reyes (3-3, 4.14)

Friday
Stockton – Grant Holmes (8-4, 4.02)
San Jose – Jose Morel (2-5, 5.09)

Saturday
Stockton – Brett Graves (6-8, 5.00)
San Jose – Mark Reyes (8-5, 4.36)

Sunday
Stockton – James Naile (1-0, 4.86)
San Jose – Austin Fleet (0-0, 6.00)

Broadcast Information
The entire series can be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM with Joe Ritzo and Justin Allegri 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.

Jose Reyes is slated to make the start for the Giants in tonight's homestand opener

Jose Reyes is slated to make the start for the Giants in tonight’s homestand opener

Giants Begin Four-Game Series Against Stockton Tonight
The San Jose Giants begin a seven-game homestand this evening with the first of four straight contests against the Stockton Ports at Municipal Stadium. Jose Reyes is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. Reyes began the year in the San Jose bullpen before moving into the rotation at the start of the second. The right-hander owns a 3.12 ERA in eight starts this season (1-2 record). Following the series versus Stockton and an off day on Monday, the Giants continue their homestand with a three-game set against the High Desert Mavericks.

Road Trip Review
The Giants posted a 3-4 record during their seven-game road trip that concluded last night. San Jose began the trip with a victory in Modesto last Thursday before dropping the next three games to the Nuts. The Giants then fell to Bakersfield on Monday for a fourth consecutive loss before collecting back-to-back wins over the Blaze the last two nights.

Elusive Road Series Win
Yesterday’s victory over Bakersfield gave the Giants a road series win for the first time in the second half. Prior to taking two out of three from the Blaze, San Jose hadn’t won a road series since May 20-23 in Rancho Cucamonga (won three of four games). The Giants are still just 7-15 on the road in the second half (11-7 at home).

Hit Parade
The Giants knocked out 30 hits over their last two games. San Jose’s 17 hits in Tuesday’s 9-6 win over Bakersfield was just one off of their season-high total. The Giants then collected 13 more hits in yesterday’s 6-4 victory. San Jose hit .325 as a team during the series versus the Blaze.

Delfino, Moreno Return
Infielders Mitch Delfino and Rando Moreno were added to the Giants roster on Tuesday from Triple-A Sacramento. Both were previously members of the San Jose Giants during the 2014 season (Delfino .289 AVG, 12 HR, 77 RBI in 131 games; Moreno .218 AVG, 0 HR, 3 RBI in 27 games). Delfino played in 53 games with Sacramento this season and hit .231 with three home runs and 18 RBI’s. Moreno was batting .299 with one homer and 12 RBI’s in 44 games for the River Cats.

Power Surge
The Giants hit 32 home runs in July (third in the California League) and have opened August with two homers in their first three games. Dylan Davis led San Jose with eight home runs last month. The Giants’ 90 home runs this year rank fourth in the California League.

Jonah Arenado is third in the California League with 30 doubles

Jonah Arenado is third in the California League with 30 doubles

Arenado At 30 Doubles
After hitting three two-baggers over the last two games, Jonah Arenado now has a team-leading 30 doubles this season – third in the California League. Arenado is the first San Jose Giants player to hit 30 or more doubles in a season since Devin Harris in 2013 (40 2B). Arenado also leads all current Giants in home runs (12) and RBI’s (52).

Final Giants-Ports Matchup
This series marks the final matchup of the regular season between San Jose and Stockton. The Giants are 13-5 versus the Ports this year, including a 5-2 mark at Municipal Stadium (8-3 at Banner Island Ballpark). San Jose is hitting .281 as a team and averaging 5.9 runs per game against Stockton this season.

At Muni
The Giants are 10-5 in their last 15 home games dating back to July 4. San Jose owns a 3.67 team ERA at home this season compared to 4.79 on the road.

Bennett Hit Streak At Eight Games
T.J. Bennett brings a season-high eight-game hitting streak into tonight’s action. Bennett is batting .407 (11-for-27) during the hit streak (3 2B, 3B, HR, 5 RBI). He’s raised his season batting average from .255 to its current mark of .280 over the course of the hit streak.

Stockton - newOpponent Notes: Stockton Ports
The Stockton Ports, an affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, are 17-23 in the second half – six games out of first place in the North Division. Stockton is fifth in the league in batting average (.263) and eighth in ERA (4.70). Three Ports hitters rank among the top 9 in the league in batting average: Joe Bennie (5th, .309), James Harris (6th, .307) and B.J. Boyd (9th, .300). Stockton is 22-31 on the road this season (22-35 at home).

Giants Begin August With Three-Game Series In Bakersfield

san jose giantsAt Sam Lynn Ballpark (Bakersfield, CA)
* Monday, August 1, 7:30 PM
* Tuesday, August 2, 7:30 PM
* Wednesday, August 3, 7:30 PM

Records
San Jose: 55-52 (16-21 Second Half)
Bakersfield: 59-48 (22-15 Second Half)

Probable Starting Pitchers
Monday
San Jose – Jason Forjet (10-7, 4.57)
Bakersfield – Evan Scribner (ML Rehab)

Tuesday
San Jose – TBA
Bakersfield – Eddie Campbell (10-8, 4.62)

Wednesday
San Jose – Jordan Johnson (6-8, 5.79)
Bakersfield – Anthony Misiewicz (6-9, 4.48)

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.

Jason Forjet is five strikeouts away from setting the San Jose Giants career record

Jason Forjet is five strikeouts away from setting the San Jose Giants career record

Begin Three-Game Series In Bakersfield Tonight
The San Jose Giants continue their road trip this evening with the opener of a three-game series against the Bakersfield Blaze at Sam Lynn Ballpark. Jason Forjet is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose tonight. Forjet has won his last two starts combining for 13 innings pitched with two runs allowed, no walks and 12 strikeouts (1.38 ERA). He’s currently tied for third in the California League with 10 wins and is third among qualifying pitchers in WHIP (1.07).

Forjet Nears Records
Forjet is approaching San Jose Giants career records for strikeouts and wins. Forjet is five strikeouts away from establishing a new career team mark. Rick Huisman (1991, 1993) holds the team record with 231 career strikeouts. Forjet enters tonight’s start with 227 strikeouts in a San Jose Giants uniform. Forjet’s 21 career wins is one shy of matching the team record held by Garrett Broshuis (2004, 2005, 2009) and Clayton Tanner (2008-09).

Lost 4 Of 5
The Giants enter this evening’s contest having lost three games in a row and four out of their last five. San Jose’s loss to Bakersfield last Wednesday to close out the most recent homestand snapped a four-game winning streak. The Giants then managed just one victory during the four-game series in Modesto to open the current road trip. San Jose claimed a 5-3 decision over the Nuts to open the series before suffering three straight losses of 7-6, 4-1 and 4-1. Giants pitchers issued 23 walks and threw 10 wild pitches (five of which scored runs) during the Modesto series.

Road Woes
The Giants have lost 10 out of their last 12 road games and are just 5-14 away from Municipal Stadium in the second half. San Jose hasn’t won a road series since taking three out of four in Rancho Cucamonga from May 20-23. The Giants have a team ERA of 4.71 on the road this season compared to 3.67 at home.

July Review
San Jose posted a 14-16 record in July (10-11 in April, league-best 21-9 in May, 10-16 in June). Highlights of the month included winning five out of their first six contests (July 1-6) and a four-game winning streak from July 23-26 (longest win streak since May). The Giants also dropped a season-high eight straight games from July 11-18. San Jose hit .273 in July – their highest team batting average for a month this season (previous high: .261 in May). Conversely, the Giants’ 5.10 ERA in July is their worst monthly earned run average of the year.

Dylan Davis hit eight home during the month of July

Dylan Davis hit eight home during the month of July

Power Surge
The Giants hit 32 home runs in July – third in the California League (High Desert 47, Rancho Cucamonga 44). It was the most home runs hit in a month by a San Jose team since August of 2011 (40 HR). The Giants’ top home run hitters last month: Dylan Davis (8), Ronnie Jebavy (5), Ehire Adrianza (5) and Jonah Arenado (4). San Jose’s 88 home runs this season are fourth in the California League.

Settling In At Sam Lynn
Beginning tonight, 10 out of San Jose’s next 13 road games will be played at Sam Lynn Ballpark in Bakersfield. The Giants have three series’ in Bakersfield this month: August 1-3, August 15-18 and August 23-25. San Jose swept a three-game series against the host Blaze from May 10-12 in their only previous visit this season.

Top Prospects
Four players on San Jose’s active roster were included on the midseason re-rank of MLB.com Top 30 San Francisco Giants prospects last week: #1 Phil Bickford, #12 Jordan Johnson, #20 Dylan Davis and #28 Reyes Moronta. Top 30 prospects Chris Shaw (#4), Sam Coonrod (#8), Aramis Garcia (#9), Andrew Suarez (#11), Steven Duggar (#13), Rodolfo Martinez (#15) and C.J Hinojosa (#16) all played for the Giants earlier this season.

Tough Schedule
29 out of San Jose’s final 33 regular season games will be played against opponents with a winning percentage currently above .500. The Giants have posted a 20-28 (.417) record against opponents with a winning percentage above .500, compared to a 35-24 (.593) record versus opponents below .500.

Bakersfield - newOpponent Notes: Bakersfield Blaze
The Bakersfield Blaze, an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, are in first place in the second half North Division race with a 22-15 record – six games ahead of the Giants for the top spot. Bakersfield leads the California League in team ERA (3.64). The Blaze are just 24-30 at home this year compared to a league-best 35-18 road record. Mariners pitcher Evan Scribner is slated to make the start in tonight’s series opener as part of a rehabilitation assignment. Originally scheduled starter Zack Littell (4-0, 0.84) is expected to follow Scribner on the mound. The Giants are 6-7 against Bakersfield this season.

Seven-Game Road Trip Begins With Series In Modesto

san jose giantsAt John Thurman Field (Modesto, CA)
* Thursday, July 28, 7:05 PM
* Friday, July 29, 7:05 PM
* Saturday, July 30, 7:05 PM
* Sunday, July 31, 6:05 PM

Records
San Jose: 54-49 (15-18 Second Half)
Modesto: 39-64 (13-20 Second Half)

Probable Starting Pitchers
Thursday
San Jose – Jordan Johnson (6-8, 5.88)
Modesto – Helmis Rodriguez (2-6, 4.14)

Friday
San Jose – Jose Reyes (3-3, 4.25)
Modesto – Jack Wynkoop (3-2, 3.03)

Saturday
San Jose – Jose Morel (2-4, 4.80)
Modesto – Ryan Castellani (4-8, 4.45)

Sunday
San Jose – Mark Reyes (8-4, 4.26)
Modesto – Yency Almonte (7-8, 3.59)

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.

Jordan Johnson is scheduled to make the start for the Giants in Thursday's series opener in Modesto

Jordan Johnson is scheduled to make the start for the Giants in Thursday’s series opener in Modesto

Giants Begin Four-Game Series 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. Jordan Johnson is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose tonight. Johnson is 2-0 with a 4.09 ERA in two starts against the Nuts this season. Following the series versus Modesto, the Giants continue their road trip with a three-game set in Bakersfield beginning on Monday.

Homestand Review
The Giants posted a 5-2 record during their seven-game homestand that concluded yesterday. San Jose won three out of four games against the Inland Empire 66ers to begin the homestand before taking two of three versus the Bakersfield Blaze. The Giants had a 3.29 team ERA during the homestand.

Winning Ways
The Giants have won six out of their last eight games overall, which has followed a stretch of eight consecutive losses. San Jose had a four-game winning streak snapped with yesterday’s loss to Bakersfield. It was tied for the Giants’ second-longest winning streak of the year.

Pitching Shines
During the three-game series against Bakersfield, Giants pitching allowed a total of just four runs and 11 hits. San Jose starting pitchers in the series (Mark Reyes, Jason Forjet and Phil Bickford) each threw seven innings. Prior to Reyes’ outing in the series opener, the Giants had gone 16 consecutive games (July 8-24) without a starter completing the seventh. San Jose boasts a team ERA of 2.20 (11 ER/45.0 IP) over the last five games. The Giants had an 8.67 ERA (78 ER/81.0 IP) in their previous 10 games (2-8 record).

Dylan Davis has hit six home runs in his last 13 games

Dylan Davis has hit six home runs in his last 13 games

Davis’ Home Run Barrage
Dylan Davis homered on Monday and Tuesday for the Giants and has now gone deep six times in his last 13 games. Davis has nine home runs and 23 RBI’s in 27 games overall with San Jose this season (.303 AVG). Davis joined the Giants from Augusta (A) on June 30 after earning midseason South Atlantic League All-Star honors with the GreenJackets. His 17 home runs this season between San Jose and Augusta is tied for the San Francisco Giants Minor League lead (Chris Shaw).

July Power Surge
The Giants have hit 30 home runs in July – third in the California League (Rancho Cucamonga 38, High Desert 37). San Jose’s top home run hitters this month: Dylan Davis (8), Ronnie Jebavy (5), Ehire Adrianza (5), Jose Vizcaino Jr. (3) and Jonah Arenado (3). The Giants’ 86 home runs this season are tied for third in the California League.

Road Woes
The Giants have lost seven out of their last eight road games and are just 4-11 away from Municipal Stadium in the second half. San Jose hasn’t won a road series since taking three out of four games in Rancho Cucamonga from May 20-23. The Giants have a team ERA of 4.70 on the road this season compared to 3.67 at home.

Inside The Season Series
This series marks the final regular season meeting between San Jose and Modesto. The Giants are 11-9 versus the Nuts this year, including a 3-5 mark in Modesto. San Jose is averaging just 2.8 runs per contest in games played at John Thurman Field.

Top Prospects
Four players on San Jose’s active roster were included on the midseason re-rank of MLB.com Top 30 San Francisco Giants prospects this week: #1 Phil Bickford, #12 Jordan Johnson, #20 Dylan Davis and #28 Reyes Moronta.

Ronnie Jebavy
Over 24 games played this month, Ronnie Jebavy is batting .330 with eight doubles, two triples, five home runs, 18 RBI’s and a .968 OPS. Jebavy hit .177 in April before batting a .266 clip in May and .260 in June. During the just-completed homestand (six games), Jebavy went 10-for-25 (.400 AVG) with three doubles and a triple and four RBI’s.

Modesto - newOpponent Notes: Modesto Nuts
The Modesto Nuts, an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, have the worst overall record in the North Division at 39-64. Modesto is 13-20 in the second half – eight games out of first place. The Nuts are ninth in the league in batting average (.242) and fourth in ERA (3.92). Modesto is 24-26 at home this season (15-38 on the road). Nuts outfielders Wes Rogers (34) and Max White (28) are first and fourth in the league respectively in stolen bases. Modesto is 9-16 in July.

Giants Continue Homestand Against Bakersfield

san jose giantsAt Municipal Stadium (San Jose, CA)
* Monday, July 25, 7:00 PM
* Tuesday, July 26, 7:00 PM
* Wednesday, July 27, 12:30 PM

Records
Bakersfield: 57-43 (20-10 Second Half)
San Jose: 52-48 (13-17 Second Half)

Probable Starting Pitchers
Monday
Bakersfield – Art Warren (0-0, 4.85)
San Jose – Mark Reyes (7-4, 4.48)

Tuesday
Bakersfield – Osmer Morales (2-3, 5.04)
San Jose – Jason Forjet (9-7, 4.82)

Wednesday
Bakersfield – Zack Littell (3-0, 1.13)
San Jose – Phil Bickford (2-1, 2.77)

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 Bakersfield Tonight
The San Jose Giants continue their homestand with the opener of a three-game series against the Bakersfield Blaze this evening at Municipal Stadium. Mark Reyes is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose tonight. Reyes, a former 22nd round draft pick, is 1-3 with a 6.48 ERA in five second half starts after going 6-1 with a 3.74 ERA in the first half (11 starts). Reyes had allowed fewer than four runs in just two out of his last six starts. The left-hander had a stretch of eight consecutive starts from April 26 to June 9 with three earned runs or fewer surrendered.

Won 4 Of 5
The Giants have won four out of their last five games following a stretch of eight consecutive losses. San Jose snapped their season-high losing streak with a win at High Desert last Tuesday before taking three out of four games from the Inland Empire 66ers to open the current homestand. During the series versus Inland Empire, the Giants matched season-high totals in runs scored (13 runs on Thursday) and hits (18 hits on Saturday). San Jose is averaging 7.2 runs per game over the last five contests (.339 team AVG).

Late Comeback
The Giants scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning last night to earn an 8-6 win over the Sixers. It was San Jose’s second victory this season when trailing after seven innings (2-43). Only Modesto (1) and Inland Empire (0) have fewer wins when trailing after seven. The Giants’ only other win came on July 10 versus Stockton.

Power Surge
The Giants have hit 28 home runs in July – tied for second in the California League (Rancho Cucamonga leads with 35). San Jose’s top home run hitters this month: Dylan Davis (6), Ronnie Jebavy (5), Ehire Adrianza (5), Jose Vizcaino, Jr. (3) and Jonah Arenado (3). The Giants’ 84 home runs this season are third in the California League. San Jose is on pace to hit 118 home runs this season, which would rank tied for fifth in the 29-year history of the team (record: 143 home runs in 2005).

Ronnie Jebavy is batting .340 with five home runs and 18 RBI's in July

Ronnie Jebavy is batting .340 with five home runs and 18 RBI’s in July

Jebavy In July
Over 21 games played this month, Ronnie Jebavy is batting .340 with seven doubles, two triples, five home runs, 18 RBI’s and a .978 OPS. Jebavy hit .177 in April before batting a .266 clip in May and .260 in June. During the four-game series against Inland Empire, Jebavy went 9-for-19 (.474 AVG) with two doubles and a triple and four RBI’s.

Pitching Struggles
Over the last 13 games (4-9 record), the Giants own a team ERA of 7.67 (92 ER/108.0 IP) with 21 home runs allowed. The Giants have surrendered seven or more runs in eight out of the 13 games (six games of 9+ runs). San Jose’s season ERA has jumped from 3.81 (fourth in the league) to 4.25 (sixth in the league) over the 13-game stretch.

In Search Of Three Straight Wins
The Giants last won three games in a row when they took three straight from Modesto July 4-6. That is San Jose’s only three-game winning streak since the beginning of June.

Road Team Dominates Season Series
The road team has won nine out of the ten games in the Giants-Blaze season series. Bakersfield is 6-1 at Municipal Stadium this year. Meanwhile, San Jose swept a three-game series at Sam Lynn Ballpark back in May. Of the Giants’ 40 remaining regular season games, 16 will be played against the Blaze.

Gomez’s Immediate Impact
Miguel Gomez has hit a three-run home run in each of the last two games for the Giants. Gomez is batting .276 (8-for-29) with two homers and nine RBI’s in seven games with San Jose since joining the club from Augusta (A) on July 16. In 66 games with the GreenJackets, Gomez hit .371 with eight homers and 43 RBI’s. His .361 combined batting average between the two teams leads all of Minor League Baseball (full-season leagues only).

After 100
Following last night’s win, the Giants are 52-48 at the 100-game mark this season. San Jose’s record after 100 games the last five years: 50-50 (2015), 53-47 (2014), 60-40 (2013), 51-49 (2012) and 67-33 (2011).

Bakersfield - newOpponent Notes: Bakersfield Blaze
The Bakersfield Blaze, an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, are 20-10 in the second half and in first place in the North Division – seven games ahead of the Giants for the top spot. Bakersfield boasts a league-best 34-16 road record this season (23-27 at home). The Blaze lead the California League with a 3.71 team ERA. Bakersfield opened their current road trip by splitting a four-game series in Modesto. The Blaze haven’t lost a road series since dropping three out of four games at Rancho Cucamonga from May 2-5. Since starting the season 12-21 overall, Bakersfield has posted a 45-22 record.

Episode 66 – Inside The San Jose Giants

2016-Inside-the-Podcast-480 x 270In this episode of Inside The San Jose Giants, Joe and Justin breakdown all the roster moves from early in the second half discussing the impact of the recently-promoted standouts and analyzing the new-look lineup. The two also examine the struggles of the pitching staff on the Southern California road trip and how the team can make a push towards a playoff spot.

Giants Host Inland Empire To Begin Homestand

san jose giantsAt Municipal Stadium (San Jose, CA)
* Thursday, July 21, 7:00 PM
* Friday, July 22, 7:00 PM
* Saturday, July 23, 6:00 PM
* Sunday, July 24, 5:00 PM

Records
Inland Empire: 32-64 (9-17 Second Half)
San Jose: 49-47 (10-16 Second Half)

Probable Starting Pitchers
Thursday
Inland Empire – Jake Jewell (1-8, 5.58)
San Jose – Phil Bickford (2-1, 2.35)

Friday
Inland Empire – Alex Klonowski (5-10, 5.68)
San Jose – Jordan Johnson (6-7, 5.65)

Saturday
Inland Empire – Justin Anderson (4-9, 6.17)
San Jose – Jose Reyes (2-3, 4.58)

Sunday
Inland Empire – Jeremy Rhoades (3-9, 5.85)
San Jose – Jose Morel (2-4, 4.38)

Broadcast Information
All four games will be televised live on Comcast Hometown Network (Channel 104 SD/819 HD). Joe Ritzo handles the play-by-play while color commentary duties will be provided by Joe Castellano. The entire series can also be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM with Justin Allegri calling 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.

Former first round draft pick Phil Bickford is slated to make the start on the mound in tonight's homestand opener

Former first round draft pick Phil Bickford is slated to make the start on the mound in tonight’s homestand opener

Giants Begin Four-Game Series Against Inland Empire Tonight
The San Jose Giants begin a seven-game homestand this evening with the first of four straight contests against the Inland Empire 66ers at Municipal Stadium. Phil Bickford is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose tonight. Bickford owns a 2.35 ERA in four starts with the Giants and has struck out 28 batters over 23 innings. The former first round draft pick has 97 strikeouts between Augusta and San Jose this season to lead the entire SF Giants farm system. Following the series versus Inland Empire, the Giants will host the Bakersfield Blaze in a three-game set.

Losing Streak Snapped
The Giants saw their season-high eight-game losing streak snapped with a victory on Tuesday afternoon at High Desert. The streak began with a loss to Stockton on July 11 to conclude the last homestand before getting swept in a four-game series by Lancaster and then dropping three straight to High Desert. The eight-game slide tied the fifth-longest losing streak in the 29-year history of the San Jose Giants (record: 12 straight losses). It was the longest losing streak for the Giants since dropping 10 straight games from May 27-June 5, 2012.

Pitching Struggles
During the eight-game road trip at Lancaster and High Desert, the Giants had 9.43 team ERA (66 ER/63.0 IP) and gave up 17 home runs. San Jose allowed seven or more runs in six out of the eight games (three games of 10+ runs). The Giants’ season ERA jumped from 3.81 (fourth in the league) at the start of the trip to 4.23 (seventh in the league) at the end of the trip.

Power Surge
The Giants have hit 23 home runs in July – tied for second in the California League (Rancho Cucamonga 31). San Jose’s top home run hitters this month: Ronnie Jebavy (5), Dylan Davis (5), Ehire Adrianza (4), Jose Vizcaino, Jr. (3) and Jonah Arenado (2). The Giants’ 79 home runs this season are tied for third in the California League.

Seeking Series Wins
The Giants have won just one series in the second half (won three of four games versus Modesto from July 4-7). San Jose hasn’t won a series on the road since May 20-23 in Rancho Cucamonga.

Miguel Gomez Joins Giants
Infielder Miguel Gomez was added to the Giants roster last Saturday from Augusta (A). He’s 2-for-13 (.154 AVG) in three games with San Jose. With the GreenJackets, Gomez was batting a South Atlantic League-leading .371. He had 99 hits in 66 games to go with 17 doubles, one triple, eight home runs and 43 RBI’s. Gomez is in his fifth professional season after signing with San Francisco as an international free agent in 2011 out of the Dominican Republic. His .361 combined batting average between Augusta and San Jose this season leads all of Minor League Baseball (full-season leagues only).

Inside The Record
San Jose has gone 16-26 (.381) since they moved to a season-high 12 games above .500 on June 3 (33-21). The Giants are now just two games above .500 overall this year (49-47). San Jose was last at the .500 mark on May 3 (12-12).

Arenado Steps Up
Since the promotions of Chris Shaw, C.J Hinojosa and Steven Duggar to Double-A on June 30, Jonah Arenado is batting .306 (22-for-72) with eight doubles, three home runs and 11 RBI’s (17 games played). Arenado has multi-hits in nine out of those 17 games. Arenado is tied for third in the California League with 25 doubles. He leads all current Giants in hits (93), doubles, home runs (10) and RBI’s (44).

Adrianza Rehab
San Francisco Giants infielder Ehire Adrianza played in all eight games of San Jose’s road trip and was 10-for-28 (.357 AVG) with three doubles, four home runs and eight RBI’s. Adrianza is coming back from a broken left foot sustained on April 14. He played 180 games for San Jose during the 2010 and 2011 seasons (.271 AVG).

1220_inland_empire_66ers-wordmark-2014Opponent Notes: Inland Empire 66ers
The Inland Empire 66ers, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, are 9-16 in the second half and have the worst overall record in the league at 32-64. Inland Empire has lost six games in a row. The 66ers are last in the league in batting average (.238) and runs scored (3.9 per game) and ninth in ERA (4.72). The Giants are 4-3 against Inland Empire this season (2-1 at Municipal Stadium).

Giants Continue Road Trip At High Desert

san jose giantsAt Heritage Field (Adelanto, CA)
* Saturday, July 16, 7:05 PM
* Sunday, July 17, 5:05 PM
* Monday, July 18, 7:05 PM
* Tuesday, July 19, 10:35 AM

Records
San Jose: 48-44 (9-13 Second Half)
High Desert: 54-38 (11-11 Second Half)

Probable Starting Pitchers
Saturday
San Jose – Jose Reyes (2-3, 4.39)
High Desert – Jeffrey Springs (2-0, 3.65)

Sunday
San Jose – Jose Morel (2-3, 3.20)
High Desert – Ariel Jurado (7-2, 3.35)

Monday
San Jose – Mark Reyes (7-4, 4.24)
High Desert – Tyler Davis (3-4, 4.47)

Tuesday
San Jose – Jason Forjet (8-7, 5.05)
High Desert – Collin Wiles (2-4, 4.72)

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.

Jose Reyes gets the ball for the Giants in tonight's series opener at High Desert

Jose Reyes gets the ball for the Giants in tonight’s series opener at High Desert

Giants Begin Four-Game Series At High Desert Tonight
The San Jose Giants continue their Southern California road trip this evening with the opener of a four-game series against the High Desert Mavericks at Heritage Field. Jose Reyes is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose tonight. Reyes began the year pitching out of the Giants bullpen before moving into the starting rotation at the beginning of the second. In five starts this season, Reyes is 0-2 with a 2.88 ERA.

Swept In Lancaster
The Giants were swept in a four-game series by the Lancaster JetHawks to open their road trip. San Jose suffered losses of 10-9 on Wednesday, 3-0 and 9-4 in Thursday’s doubleheader and 13-8 last night. The Giants allowed a total of 35 runs in the four games. It marked the third time San Jose has been swept in a series this season (April 29-May 1 at Visalia, June 4-7 vs. Bakersfield).

Five-Game Losing Streak
The Giants enter this evening’s contest having lost a season-high five consecutive games. Prior to the current losing streak, San Jose had won seven out of their previous ten games. It’s the Giants’ first five-game losing streak since dropping five straight from April 28-May 2, 2015. San Jose last lost six in a row during the 2012 season.

Ehire Adrianza Rehab Update
San Francisco Giants infielder Ehire Adrianza is 5-for-12 (.417) with two doubles, two home runs and four RBI’s in the first four games of his rehabilitation assignment with San Jose. Adrianza is coming back from a broken left foot sustained on April 14. In eight games with San Francisco this season, he’s 3-for-10 (.300) with a home run and two RBI’s. Adrianza played 180 games for San Jose during the 2010 and 2011 seasons (.271 AVG).

Pitching Struggles
San Jose owns a team ERA of 9.47 (40 ER/38.0 IP) during their current five-game losing streak. The Giants have had two starting pitchers allow a career-high in runs during the road trip (Jason Forjet – 8 runs last Wednesday and Jordan Johnson – 8 runs on Thursday).

Jonah Arenado is batting .355 over his last 15 games

Jonah Arenado is batting .355 over his last 15 games

Arenado Steps Up
Since the promotions of Chris Shaw, C.J Hinojosa and Steven Duggar to Double-A on June 30 (15 games), Jonah Arenado is batting .355 (22-for-62) with eight doubles, three home runs and 11 RBI’s. Arenado has multi-hits in nine out of those 15 contests. Arenado is tied for third in the California League with 25 doubles. He leads all current Giants in hits (92), doubles, home runs (10) and RBI’s (44).

Who Are You?
This series marks the first meeting of the season between San Jose and High Desert. The Mavericks are the only team in the California League that the Giants have yet to play this year. San Jose is 14-14 against South Division teams this season.

Miguel Gomez Joins Giants
Infielder Miguel Gomez was added to the Giants roster today from Augusta (A). With the GreenJackets, Gomez was batting a South Atlantic League-leading .371. He had 99 hits in 66 games to go with 17 doubles, one triple, eight home runs and 43 RBI’s. The switch-hitter hit .394 in June (25 games) and was batting .408 in July (12 games) for Augusta. Gomez is in his fifth professional season after signing with San Francisco as an international free agent in 2011 out of the Dominican Republic.

Power Surge
The Giants have hit 16 home runs in July – second in the California League (Rancho Cucamonga 23). San Jose’s top home run hitters this month: Ronnie Jebavy (4), Dylan Davis (3), Jonah Arenado (2) and Jose Vizcaino, Jr. (2).

High DesertOpponent Notes: High Desert Mavericks
The High Desert Mavericks, an affiliate of the Texas Rangers, have already clinched a playoff berth after winning the first half South Division title. High Desert leads the California Leads with 100 home runs. The Mavericks’ 54-38 overall record is tied for the best mark in the league. Second baseman Travis Demeritte leads the league in home runs (20) and is second in slugging percentage (.551). High Desert has lost their last two games after winning four straight. The Mavericks are 26-20 at home this season.

Eight-Game Southern California Road Trip Begins In Lancaster

san jose giantsAt The Hangar (Lancaster, CA)
* Wednesday, July 13, 6:35 PM
* Thursday, July 14, 5:05 PM (Doubleheader)
* Friday, July 15, 6:35 PM

Records
San Jose: 48-40 (9-10 Second Half)
Lancaster: 46-42 (12-7 Second Half)

Probable Starting Pitchers
Wednesday
San Jose – Jason Forjet (8-6, 4.45)
Lancaster – Josh James (7-2, 3.25)

Thursday (Game 1)
San Jose – Phil Bickford (2-0, 1.59)
Lancaster – Rogelio Armenteros (5-2, 2.67)

Thursday (Game 2)
San Jose – Jordan Johnson (6-6, 4.93)
Lancaster – Trent Thornton (5-4, 4.46)

Friday
San Jose – Matt Cain (ML Rehab)
Lancaster – Dean Deetz (4-5, 4.02)

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.

Jason Forjet is slated to make the start on the mound in tonight's road trip opener

Jason Forjet is slated to make the start on the mound in tonight’s road trip opener

Giants Begin Four-Game Series In Lancaster Tonight
The San Jose Giants begin an eight-game Southern California road trip this evening with the first of four straight contests against the Lancaster JetHawks at The Hangar. Jason Forjet is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. Forjet is third in the California League in wins (8), third among qualifying pitchers in WHIP (1.09) and fourth in opponents batting average (.233). His 19 career wins in San Jose is three away from matching the team record (Garrett Broshuis and Clayton Tanner). Following the series versus the JetHawks, San Jose continues their road trip with a four-game set at High Desert.

Doubleheader Thursday
The Giants and JetHawks will play a doubleheader tomorrow to make-up for the April 10 rainout at Municipal Stadium. Both games will be seven innings in length. San Jose will be the home team in the second game of the twinbill and the contest will count towards the first half standings. The Giants own a 39-30 first half record (second place in North Division – 6 1/2 games behind first-half champion Visalia).

Homestand Review
The Giants posted a 5-3 record on their eight-game homestand that concluded on Monday. San Jose won three out of four games against Modesto to begin the homestand before splitting a four-game series with Stockton. The homestand was the Giants’ longest of the second half.

Early July Success
The Giants are 7-4 in July after posting just a 10-16 record in June (April 10-11, May 21-9). San Jose has yet to lose consecutive games this month. The Giants’ three straight victories to open the last homestand (July 4-6) was San Jose’s first three-game winning streak since May 29-31. The Giants have hit 12 home runs in July – tied for second in the California League this month (Rancho Cucamonga leads with 17).

San Francisco Giants infielder Ehire Adrianza is expected to begin a rehab assignment with San Jose tonight in Lancaster

San Francisco Giants infielder Ehire Adrianza is expected to begin a rehab assignment with San Jose tonight in Lancaster

Ehire Adrianza Rehab Assignment
San Francisco Giants infielder Ehire Adrianza is scheduled to begin a rehabilitation assignment with San Jose tonight. Adrianza is expected to play six or seven days with the Giants before continuing his rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento. Adrianza fouled a ball off of his left foot on April 14 suffering a broken bone. In eight games with San Francisco this season, Adrianza is 3-for-10 with a double, a home run and two RBI’s. He owns a career major league batting average of .214 in 238 at-bats. Adrianza played 180 games for the San Jose Giants during the 2010 and 2011 seasons (.271 AVG) before debuting in San Francisco in 2013.

Versus The South
This series marks San Jose’s first games against a South Division opponent in the second half. The Giants opened the half with 19 consecutive games against North Division clubs (9-10 record). Beginning tonight, San Jose will play 12 straight games versus the South. The Giants own a 14-10 record (.583) against South Division teams this year.

Jebavy’s Power Surge
Ronnie Jebavy has hit four home runs over his last eight games after doing deep just four times in his first 72 games this season. Jebavy is batting .310 in July (10 games) with four home runs and nine RBI’s.

Bullpen Excels
Through the first 19 games of the second half, the Giants bullpen possesses a sparkling 2.44 ERA (18 ER/66.1 IP). San Jose has suffered only one defeat this season when leading after seven innings (44-1) – tied for the fewest losses in the league (Rancho Cucamonga). Individually, All-Star Reyes Moronta boasts a 0.69 ERA (2 ER/26.0 IP) over his last 26 appearances. Tyler Cyr has not allowed a run since joining the Giants (10 1/3 innings) while limiting the opposition to a .125 batting average.

Jonah Arenado
Over his last 11 games, Jonah Arenado has produced 10 extra-base hits – seven doubles and three home runs. Arenado is batting .313 (15-for-48) during the 11-game stretch with a .646 slugging percentage. Arenado leads all current San Jose Giants in doubles (24), home runs (10), RBI’s (40) and hits (85).

Roster Turnover
Six San Jose Giants have been promoted to Double-A Richmond since June 17: Sam Coonrod (6/17), Brandon Bednar (6/24), Rodolfo Martinez (6/28), Steven Duggar (6/30), C.J Hinojosa (6/30) and Chris Shaw (6/30).

LancasterOpponent Notes: Lancaster JetHawks
The Lancaster JetHawks, an affiliate of the Houston Astros, are in first place in the second half South Division race with a 12-7 record. The JetHawks have won five out of their last six games. Lancaster is second in the California League in batting average (.269), first in runs scored (5.8 per game), first in stolen bases (155) and last in ERA (4.92). The JetHawks are 1-2 against the Giants this season.

Homestand Continues With Four-Game Series Against Stockton

san jose giantsAt Municipal Stadium (San Jose, CA)
* Friday, July 8, 7:00 PM
* Saturday, July 9, 5:00 PM
* Sunday, July 10, 5:00 PM
* Monday, July 11, 12:30 PM

Records
Stockton: 33-52 (6-9 Second Half)
San Jose: 46-38 (7-8 Second Half)

Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday
Stockton – Kyle Friedrichs (3-1, 4.08)
San Jose – Jordan Johnson (6-6, 4.63)

Saturday
Stockton – Heath Fillmyer (4-6, 3.71)
San Jose – Jose Reyes (2-2, 4.28)

Sunday
Stockton – Matt Sergey (0-0, 3.60)
San Jose – TBA

Monday
Stockton – Brett Graves (3-7, 5.44)
San Jose – Jose Morel (2-3, 3.10)

Broadcast Information
The games on Friday and Saturday will be televised live on Comcast Hometown Network (Channel 104 SD/819 HD). Joe Ritzo handles the play-by-play while color commentary duties will be provided by Joe Castellano. The entire series can also be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM with Joe Ritzo and Mike Hohler calling 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.

Jordan Johnson is scheduled to make the start for the Giants in Friday's series opener against Stockton

Jordan Johnson is scheduled to make the start for the Giants in Friday’s series opener against Stockton

Giants Begin Four-Game Series Against Stockton Tonight
The San Jose Giants continue their homestand this evening with the opener of a four-game series against the Stockton Ports at Municipal Stadium. Jordan Johnson is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. Johnson picked-up the win in his most recent start on July 2 after pitching six innings with four earned runs allowed and six strikeouts. It was Johnson’s first win in six starts (May 20 at Rancho Cucamonga). The right-hander was a 23rd round selection of the San Francisco Giants in the 2014 draft out of Cal State Northridge. Johnson entered this season rated as the #15 prospect in the Giants organization according to Baseball America.

Longest Homestand Of Second Half
The Giants are currently in the midst of their longest homestand of the second half (eight games). San Jose began the homestand by winning three out of four games from the Modesto Nuts in a series that concluded last night. The Giants won the first three games of the series by the scores of 2-1, 5-1 and 2-0 before the Nuts avoided the sweep with a 6-0 shutout yesterday. San Jose last swept a series when they took three straight games in Stockton from May 17-19.

Early July Success
San Jose has won five out of their first seven games in July after posting just a 10-16 record in June.

Pitching Shines
During the four-game series against Modesto, the Giants allowed a total of just eight runs and fashioned a team ERA of 1.25 (5 ER/36.0 IP). Wednesday’s victory over the Nuts was San Jose’s fourth shutout of the season. The Giants have lowered their team ERA to 3.70 – second in the California League (Rancho Cucamonga 3.66).

Center fielder Ronnie Jebavy has hit safely in his last nine games

Center fielder Ronnie Jebavy has hit safely in his last nine games

Jebavy’s Hitting Streak At Nine Games
Ronnie Jebavy brings a nine-game hitting streak into tonight’s contest. Jebavy is batting at a .351 clip (13-for-37) during the hit streak with two home runs and seven RBI’s. Earlier this season, Jebavy hit safely in 11 straight games (June 5-17) – tied for the longest hit streak by a Giants player this year (Jonah Arenado).

Versus The Ports
The Giants own an 11-3 record against the Ports this season. San Jose swept three games from Stockton during the Ports’ only previous visit to Municipal Stadium this year (April 26-28). The Giants went a perfect 10-0 versus Stockton in the first half before the Ports won three out of four games against San Jose to open the second half in the club’s most recent meeting. The Giants boast a +37 run differential versus Stockton this season (86-49).

Bullpen Excels
Through the first 15 games of the second half, the Giants bullpen possesses a sparkling 1.25 ERA (7 ER/50.1 IP). In the last 11 games, San Jose relievers have combined to throw 36 2/3 innings with just 16 hits and three earned runs allowed (0.74 ERA). The Giants have suffered only one defeat this season when leading after seven innings (43-1) – tied for the fewest losses in the league (Rancho Cucamonga).

Arenado’s Power Surge
Over his last eight games, Jonah Arenado has produced nine extra-base hits – six doubles and three home runs. Arenado is batting .343 (12-for-35) during the eight-game stretch with a .771 slugging percentage. Arenado leads all current San Jose Giants in doubles (23), home runs (10), RBI’s (38) and hits (82).

Roster Turnover
Six San Jose Giants have been promoted to Double-A Richmond since June 17: Sam Coonrod (6/17), Brandon Bednar (6/24), Rodolfo Martinez (6/28), Steven Duggar (6/30), C.J Hinojosa (6/30) and Chris Shaw (6/30).

Bickford In Futures Game
Giants starting pitcher Phil Bickford has been selected to participate in the All-Star Futures Game, which will be played this Sunday in San Diego (4 PM PT on MLB Network). Bickford, a former first round draft pick, is 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in three starts for San Jose since joining the team from Augusta (A) on June 19. The right-hander has struck out 25 batters over 17 innings in the California League with just seven hits and three runs allowed.

Stockton - newOpponent Notes: Stockton Ports
The Stockton Ports, an affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, won three out of four games from the visiting Lake Elsinore Storm in their most recent series. Stockton is 6-9 in the second half (6-2 at home, 0-7 on the road). The Ports are fourth in the league in batting average (.262) and ninth in ERA (4.59). Three Stockton hitters rank among the top 8 in the league in batting average: B.J. Boyd (5th, .306), Joe Bennie (6th, .302) and James Harris (8th, .301).

Eight-Game Homestand Begins On The Fourth Of July

san jose giantsAt Municipal Stadium (San Jose, CA)
* Monday, July 4, 6:30 PM
* Tuesday, July 5, 6:30 PM
* Wednesday, July 6, 7:00 PM
* Thursday, July 7, 7:00 PM

Records
Modesto: 30-51 (4-7 Second Half)
San Jose: 43-37 (4-7 Second Half)

Probable Starting Pitchers
Monday
Modesto – Yency Almonte (5-5, 3.90)
San Jose – Phil Bickford (1-0, 1.64)

Tuesday
Modesto – Parker French (4-5, 2.77)
San Jose – Jose Morel (1-3, 3.63)

Wednesday
Modesto – Carlos Polanco (2-7, 4.48)
San Jose – Mark Reyes (6-3, 4.56)

Thursday
Modesto – Jack Wynkoop (0-1, 5.91)
San Jose – Jason Forjet (8-5, 4.38)

Broadcast Information
Monday’s series opener will be televised live on Comcast Hometown Network (Channel 104 SD/819 HD). Joe Ritzo handles the play-by-play while color commentary duties will be provided by Joe Castellano. The entire series can also be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM with Joe Ritzo and Justin Allegri calling 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.

Former first round draft pick Phil Bickford is slated to make the start on the mound on the Fourth of July

Former first round draft pick Phil Bickford is slated to make the start on the mound on the Fourth of July

Giants Begin Four-Game Series Against Modesto Tonight
The San Jose Giants return home this evening to begin a four-game series against the Modesto Nuts at Municipal Stadium. Phil Bickford is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. Bickford, who joined San Jose from Augusta (A) on June 19, has struck out 20 batters over 11 innings in his first two starts with the Giants (two runs allowed). A former first round draft pick, Bickford has been selected to participate in the MLB All-Star Futures Game this Sunday at Petco Park in San Diego.

Longest Homestand Of Second Half
Tonight is the beginning of San Jose’s longest homestand of the second half (eight games). Following a four-game series against Modesto, the Giants will host the Stockton Ports in a four-game set. San Jose is just 5-9 in their last 14 home games overall (12-3 in their previous 15 home games).

Split In Visalia
The Giants split four games against the host Visalia Rawhide in a series that concluded last night. Visalia won the opening game on Thursday by a 12-6 score before San Jose posted back-to-back victories of 10-5 and 7-5 on Friday and Saturday respectively. It marked the Giants’ first consecutive wins since June 12-13. The Rawhide though bounced back with a 4-3 win last night to earn the split. San Jose has still not won a regular season series at Recreation Park since April of 2013. The Giants are 11-31 in Visalia since that series win.

Offensive Surge
In four games since the promotions of Chris Shaw, C.J Hinojosa and Steven Duggar to Double-A, the Giants offense has scored 26 runs (6.5 per game) while batting .313 as a team. San Jose hit six home runs during the four-game series in Visalia, including two each from Jonah Arenado and Dylan Davis. The Giants hit only .244 as a team during the month of June after batting .260 in April and .261 in May.

On The Mound
Through the first 11 games of the second half, Giants starting pitchers own a 6.42 ERA (39 ER/54.2 IP). San Jose starters have pitched past the fifth inning just four times in the 11 contests. Conversely, the Giants bullpen possesses a sparkling 1.60 ERA in the second half (7 ER/39.1 IP). Over the last seven games, San Jose relievers have combined to throw 25 2/3 innings with just 11 hits and three earned runs allowed (1.05 ERA).

Dylan Davis has two home runs and eight RBI's in his first four games with the Giants this season

Dylan Davis has two home runs and eight RBI’s in his first four games with the Giants this season

Dylan Davis Returns
Outfielder Dylan Davis was added to the Giants roster last Thursday from Class-A Augusta. A midseason South Atlantic League All-Star this year, Davis was batting .288 with 17 doubles, four triples, eight home runs and 43 RBI’s in 63 games for the GreenJackets. The former third round draft pick was leading Augusta in doubles, triples (tied), homers (tied) and RBI’s. Davis played in 29 games with San Jose last season and hit .206 with three home runs. In his first four games with the Giants this year, Davis is 7-for-17 (.412 AVG) with a double, two home runs and eight RBI’s.

Inside The Season Series
The Giants are 8-8 against Modesto this season, including a 5-3 mark at Municipal Stadium. This series serves as the Nuts’ only visit to San Jose in the second half.

Fourth Of July Woes
The Giants have lost their last three games on the Fourth of July – all at home (2013 and 2015 to Visalia, 2014 to Stockton). San Jose last won on the Fourth in 2012 (8-2 home win over Modesto).

Arenado Against The Nuts
In 14 games against Modesto this season, infielder Jonah Arenado is batting .379 with five doubles, four home runs and 11 RBI’s. Four out of his nine homers this season have come against Nuts pitching. Arenado has hit safely in 20 out of his last 22 games overall batting at a .304 clip during the stretch.

Roster Turnover
Six San Jose Giants have been promoted to Double-A Richmond since June 17: Sam Coonrod (promoted 6/17), Brandon Bednar (6/24), Rodolfo Martinez (6/28), Steven Duggar (6/30), C.J Hinojosa (6/30) and Chris Shaw (6/30).

Modesto - newOpponent Notes: Modesto Nuts
The Modesto Nuts, an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, have lost four games in a row and are off to a 4-7 start in the second half. Modesto is a league-worst 9-30 on the road this season (21-21 at home). The Nuts are ninth in the league in batting average (.246) and sixth in ERA (3.96). Modesto outfielder Omar Carrizales ranks fifth in the California League with a .308 batting average. The Nuts have stolen 131 bases as a team this season – second-best in the league. Individually, Wes Rogers (1st, 31) and Max White (4th, 26) rank among the top four in the league in steals. Modesto has posted just a 14-30 record since May 16.

Giants, Rawhide To Play Four-Game Series In Visalia

san jose giantsAt Recreation Park (Visalia, CA)
* Thursday, June 30, 7:00 PM
* Friday, July 1, 7:00 PM
* Saturday, July 2, 7:00 PM
* Sunday, July 3, 6:00 PM

Records
San Jose: 41-35 (2-5 Second Half)
Visalia: 49-28 (3-4 Second Half)

Probable Starting Pitchers
Thursday
San Jose – Mark Reyes (6-2, 3.84)
Visalia – Ethan Elias (5-4, 5.48)

Friday
San Jose – Jason Forjet (7-5, 4.56)
Visalia – Cody Reed (0-3, 4.01)

Saturday
San Jose – Jordan Johnson (5-6, 4.50)
Visalia – Brad Keller (6-4, 4.19)

Sunday
San Jose – Jose Reyes (2-2, 4.46)
Visalia – Joel Payamps (2-1, 2.79)

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.

All-Star first baseman Chris Shaw is one of three San Jose Giants promoted to Double-A Richmond today

All-Star first baseman Chris Shaw is one of three San Jose Giants promoted to Double-A Richmond today

Giants Begin Four-Game Series In Visalia Tonight
The San Jose Giants open a four-game series against the Visalia Rawhide this evening at Recreation Park. Mark Reyes is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. Reyes is 4-1 with a 2.86 ERA over his last five starts. San Jose is 4-8 versus the Rawhide this season.

Slow Start To Second Half
The Giants have suffered back-to-back series losses to open the second half. San Jose began the half by dropping three out of four in Stockton before picking-up just one victory in the three-game home series against Bakersfield. Yesterday’s 9-4 loss to the Blaze saw the Giants allow eight runs in the top of the fifth matching their most runs given up in an inning this season.

Giant Woes
Since climbing to a season-high 12 games above .500 on June 3 (33-21), the Giants have posted just an 8-14 record. San Jose has won back-to-back games just once during the stretch (June 12-13).

Bullpen Excels
During the three-game series against Bakersfield, the Giants bullpen pitched a combined 13 innings and allowed just one hit and one unearned run. San Jose’s bullpen owns a stellar 2.99 ERA during the month of June.

Three Giants Promoted
Three Giants hitters – outfielder Steven Duggar, shortstop C.J Hinojosa and first baseman Chris Shaw – were promoted to Double-A Richmond today. Hinojosa and Shaw were honored as California League All-Stars earlier this month. Hinojosa hit .296 with six home runs and 34 RBI’s in 69 games with San Jose. Shaw ranks second in the league in home runs (16) and RBI’s (55) while he’s third in doubles (22) to go with a .285 batting average over 72 games. Duggar batted .284 in 70 games for the Giants this season to go with nine home runs, 30 RBI’s and six stolen bases. All three players were drafted last year by the San Francisco Giants (Shaw supplemental first round, Duggar sixth round, Hinojosa 11th round). The trio joins former Giants closer Rodolfo Martinez in Richmond. Martinez, who leads the California League with 21 saves, was promoted to Double-A on Tuesday.

Outfielder Dylan Davis has joined the Giants after earning South Atlantic League All-Star honors earlier this season in Augusta

Outfielder Dylan Davis has joined the Giants after earning South Atlantic League All-Star honors earlier this season in Augusta

Dylan Davis Returns
Outfielder Dylan Davis was added to the Giants roster today from Class-A Augusta. A midseason South Atlantic League All-Star this year, Davis was batting .288 with 17 doubles, four triples, eight home runs and 43 RBI’s in 63 games for the GreenJackets. The former third round draft pick was leading Augusta in doubles, triples (tied), homers (tied) and RBI’s. Davis played in 29 games with San Jose last season and hit .206 with three home runs. Infielder T.J. Bennett and outfielder Robbie Garvey also returned to the Giants today after brief stints with Triple-A Sacramento.

June Swoon
The Giants are 10-15 in June after a league-best 21-9 record during May. San Jose has not won more than two games in a row this month. The Giants are only batting .241 as a team and averaging 3.6 runs per game in June (.260 April, .261 May). San Jose has scored over five runs just three times in 25 games this month. The Giants have been held to three runs or fewer in 13 out of 25 games in June.

At Rec Park
The Giants are 3-20 in their last 23 regular season games at Visalia’s Recreation Park dating back to June of 2014. San Jose has dropped five out of six games in Visalia this year. The Giants’ last regular season series win at Rec Park came during the opening weekend of the 2013 season.

Bickford In Futures Game
Giants starting pitcher Phil Bickford has been selected to participate in the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 10 in San Diego (4 PM PT on MLB Network). Bickford, a former first round draft pick, is 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA in two starts for San Jose since joining the team from Augusta (A) on June 19. The right-hander has struck out 20 batters over 11 innings in the California League with just three hits and two runs allowed.

VisaliaOpponent Notes: Visalia Rawhide
The Visalia Rawhide, an affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, have already clinched a playoff berth after winning the first half North Division title (46-24). Visalia currently leads the league in batting average (.272) and is sixth in ERA (3.97). The Rawhide boast the top overall record in the league at 49-28. Visalia is off to a 3-4 start in the second half.

Episode 65 – Inside The San Jose Giants

2016-Inside-the-Podcast-480 x 270The second half of the San Jose Giants season is underway! On this podcast episode, Joe Ritzo and Justin Allegri take a stock of the team just past the midpoint of the year. The two go in-depth on San Jose’s All-Star selections, analyze recent roster movement and discuss expectations for the second half of the season. Top prospect and new San Jose Giants starting pitcher Phil Bickford drops by the podcast to talk about his promotion to the California League and his recent success on the mound. Hall of Famer and San Jose Bees legend George Brett is also a special guest on this episode.

Giants Return Home For Three-Game Series Against Bakersfield

san jose giantsAt Municipal Stadium (San Jose, CA)
* Monday, June 27, 7:00 PM
* Tuesday, June 28, 7:00 PM
* Wednesday, June 29, 12:30 PM

Records
Bakersfield: 40-34 (3-1 Second Half)
San Jose: 40-33 (1-3 Second Half)

Probable Starting Pitchers
Monday
Bakersfield – Tyler Herb (7-2, 3.10)
San Jose – Phil Bickford (1-0, 3.00)

Tuesday
Bakersfield – Anthony Misiewicz (3-6, 5.13)
San Jose – Jose Reyes (2-1, 4.34)

Wednesday
Bakersfield – Osmer Morales (0-1, 6.12)
San Jose – D.J. Snelten (3-6, 4.95)

Broadcast Information
The entire series can be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM with Joe Ritzo and Justin Allegri 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 Bakersfield Tonight
The San Jose Giants return home this evening to begin a three-game series against the Bakersfield Blaze at Municipal Stadium. Phil Bickford is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. This evening marks Bickford’s second start with San Jose after receiving a promotion from Class-A Augusta on June 19. In his California League debut eight days ago, Bickford struck out a career-high 13 batters over six innings against Rancho Cucamonga to pick-up the win (two runs allowed). The 20-year old right-hander was a first round draft pick of the San Francisco Giants in 2015 out of the College of Southern Nevada. Bickford entered the year ranked as the #3 prospect in the Giants organization according to MLB.com.

Lost 3 Of 4 To Open Second Half
The Giants opened the second half by dropping three out of four games in Stockton in a series that concluded yesterday. The Ports earned back-to-back wins of 5-0 and 6-4 to open the series before San Jose posted a 7-4 victory last Saturday. Stockton then secured the series win with a 7-4 triumph yesterday afternoon. The Giants open the second half with 19 consecutive games against North Division clubs.

Versus The Blaze
The road team has won all seven games of the Giants-Blaze season series this year. San Jose swept a three-game set in Bakersfield from May 10-12. The Blaze then won all four games of the series at Municipal Stadium from June 4-7. It marked only the second time in the last five seasons that the Giants were swept in a four-game series at home. Tonight is the first of 19 meetings in the second half between San Jose and Bakersfield. The Blaze are the Giants’ most frequent opponent this half.

June Swoon
The Giants are 9-13 in June after a league-best 21-9 record during May. San Jose has yet to win more than two games in a row this month. The Giants are only batting .239 as a team and averaging 3.5 runs per game in June (.260 April, .261 May). San Jose has scored over five runs just three times in 22 games this month. The Giants have been held to three runs or fewer in 12 out of 22 games in June.

All-Star first baseman Chris Shaw is second in the California League with 15 home runs

All-Star first baseman Chris Shaw is second in the California League with 15 home runs

Shaw Among League Leaders
All-Star first baseman Chris Shaw currently ranks among the league leaders in several offensive categories. Shaw is second in the league in home runs (15), tied for second in doubles (22), third in RBI’s (52) and third in slugging (.545). Over his last six games, Shaw is 8-for-18 (.444) with three doubles, two home runs and five RBI’s.

Scoring Early
After scoring another run in the top of the first yesterday, San Jose has now plated 50 runs in the first inning this season – their highest scoring inning of the year. The Giants are 30-14 (.682) when scoring first in a game this season compared to 10-19 (.345) when their opponent scores first.

Late Innings
The Giants have suffered only one defeat this season when leading after seven innings (37-1) – tied for the fewest losses in the league (Rancho Cucamonga). Closer Rodolfo Martinez leads the California League with 21 saves to go with a sparkling 0.88 ERA. Conversely, San Jose is one of only two teams in the league (Inland Empire) that has not won a game this year when trailing after seven innings (0-29).

Brief Homestand
This series against Bakersfield serves as a brief three-game homestand for the Giants. San Jose next travels to Visalia for a four-game set beginning on Thursday. The Giants then return to Muni on July 4 for an eight-game homestand against Modesto (four games) and Stockton (four games). San Jose is 19-15 at home this season.

First Half Review
The Giants posted a 39-30 record during the first half and finished in second place in the North Division – 6 1/2 games behind Visalia (46-24) for the top spot. San Jose moved into a tie for first with the Rawhide after defeating Visalia on June 3. The Giants then went 6-9 to close the half while the Rawhide posted a sizzling 13-3 record. Officially, San Jose still has one first half game remaining this season on July 14 in Lancaster (second game of the doubleheader – make-up of April 10 rainout at Municipal Stadium).

Bakersfield - newOpponent Notes: Bakersfield Blaze
The Bakersfield Blaze, an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, went 37-33 in the first half. The Blaze opened the second half by taking three out of four games from visiting Modesto in a series that ended last night. Since May 16, Bakersfield has posted a 26-11 record. The Blaze are currently riding an 11-game road winning streak. All-Star Tyler Herb is expected to get the ball for Bakersfield in tonight’s series opener. Herb leads the league in strikeouts (86), is tied for second in wins (7) and eighth in ERA (3.10). Blaze outfielder Chantz Mack is tops in the league with 58 RBI’s.

Giants Open Second Half In Stockton

san jose giantsAt Banner Island Ballpark (Stockton, CA)
* Thursday, June 23, 7:10 PM
* Friday, June 24, 7:10 PM
* Saturday, June 25, 7:10 PM
* Sunday, June 26, 2:09 PM

Records
San Jose: 39-30 (0-0 Second Half)
Stockton: 27-43 (0-0 Second Half)

Probable Starting Pitchers
Thursday
San Jose – D.J. Snelten (3-5, 4.55)
Stockton – Kyle Friedrichs (2-1, 6.97)

Friday
San Jose – Mark Reyes (6-1, 3.74)
Stockton – Brett Graves (2-6, 5.72)

Saturday
San Jose – Jason Forjet (6-5, 4.36)
Stockton – TBA

Sunday
San Jose – Jordan Johnson (5-5, 4.13)
Stockton – Zack Erwin (3-7, 5.31)

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 In Stockton Tonight
The San Jose Giants begin the second half this evening with the opener of a four-game series against the Stockton Ports at Banner Island Ballpark. D.J. Snelten is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. Following the series against the Ports, San Jose returns to Municipal Stadium for a three-game set versus the Bakersfield Blaze starting on Monday.

First Half Review
The Giants posted a 39-30 record during the first half and finished in second place in the North Division – 6 1/2 games behind Visalia (46-24) for the top spot. San Jose moved into a tie for first with the Rawhide after defeating Visalia on June 3. The Giants then went 6-9 to close the half while the Rawhide posted a sizzling 13-3 record. The 39 victories were the most first half games won by a San Jose team since 2013 (43-27). The Giants’ longest win streak of the first half was six games while their longest losing skid was four. San Jose had a high-water mark of 12 games above .500 in the first half (33-21 on June 3) and low-water mark of three games under .500 (6-9 on April 23). Officially, the Giants still have one first half game remaining this season on July 14 in Lancaster (second game of the doubleheader – make-up of April 10 rainout at Municipal Stadium).

Rodolfo Martinez was named California League MVP of the All-Star Game last Tuesday

Rodolfo Martinez was named California League MVP of the All-Star Game last Tuesday

Giant All-Stars
Four San Jose Giants – shortstop C.J Hinojosa, first baseman Chris Shaw and relief pitchers Rodolfo Martinez and Reyes Moronta – participated in the California-Carolina League All-Star Game last Tuesday in Lake Elsinore. Hinojosa and Shaw started at shortstop and first base respectively for the California League. The duo each played the entire game with Hinojosa finishing 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI’s while Shaw went 1-for-4 with a double and one RBI. Moronta pitched the top of the fifth inning and allowed two runs (both earned) and three hits. Martinez pitched the top of the ninth and worked a 1-2-3 frame with two strikeouts. Martinez was named the California League MVP of the All-Star Game. The Carolina League won the exhibition contest by a 6-4 final score. Giants pitcher Sam Coonrod was also selected to the All-Star Game, but didn’t participate after he was promoted to Double-A Richmond on June 17.

Perfect Versus The Ports
The Giants are a perfect 10-0 against the Stockton Ports this season, including a 7-0 mark at Banner Island Ballpark. San Jose is batting .299 as a team versus the Ports and averaging 7.1 runs per game. The Giants own a +44 run differential against Stockton this season (71-27).

June Swoon
The Giants are only 8-10 in June after posting a league-best 21-9 record during May. San Jose has yet to win more than two games in a row this month. The Giants are only batting .236 as a team in June after hitting at a .260 clip in April and .261 in May. San Jose has been held to three runs or fewer in 11 out of their 18 games this month.

Road Warriors
The Giants are 17-8 in their last 25 road games dating back to May 2. San Jose had a 20-15 road record during the first half.

Jonah Arenado brings an 11-game hitting streak into the start of the second half

Jonah Arenado brings an 11-game hitting streak into the start of the second half

Arenado’s Hitting Streak At 11 Games
Infielder Jonah Arenado brings an 11-game hitting streak into tonight’s contest. Arenado is batting at a .341 clip (15-for-44) with four doubles, a home run and four RBI’s during the hit streak. He extended his hitting streak with an eighth-inning home run in San Jose’s last game (Sunday versus Rancho Cucamonga). Arenado has matched the longest hit streak by a Giants player this season (Ronnie Jebavy – 11 games, June 5-17).

Late Innings
The Giants have suffered only one defeat this season when leading after seven innings (36-1) – tied for the fewest losses in the league (Rancho Cucamonga). Closer Rodolfo Martinez leads the California League with 20 saves to go with a sparkling 0.91 ERA. Conversely, San Jose is one of only two teams in the league (Inland Empire) that has not won a game this year when trailing after seven innings (0-26).

Versus The North
San Jose’s first 19 games of the second half will be played against North Division opponents. The Giants’ most frequent opponents this half will be Bakersfield (19 games) and Stockton (12 games).

Stockton - newOpponent Notes: Stockton Ports
The Stockton Ports, an affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, went 27-43 in the first half and finished in fourth place in the North Division. Stockton is tied for second in the league in batting average (.266) and eighth in ERA (4.50). The Ports have a league-worst 10-25 home record (17-18 on the road). Stockton outfielders B.J. Boyd (4th, .315) and James Harris (9th, .302) both rank among the league leaders in batting average.

Giants Host Quakes To Close Out First Half

san jose giantsAt Municipal Stadium (San Jose, CA)
* Thursday, June 16, 7:00 PM
* Friday, June 17, 7:00 PM
* Saturday, June 18, 5:00 PM
* Sunday, June 19, 1:00 PM

Records
Rancho Cucamonga: 40-26
San Jose: 37-28

Probable Starting Pitchers
Thursday
Rancho Cucamonga – Grant Holmes (5-3, 3.46)
San Jose – Jason Forjet (6-4, 4.27)

Friday
Rancho Cucamonga – Tommy Bergjans (2-6, 5.29)
San Jose – Jose Reyes (2-1, 5.01)

Saturday
Rancho Cucamonga – Josh Sborz (6-3, 2.76)
San Jose – Sam Coonrod (5-3, 1.98)

Sunday
Rancho Cucamonga – Andrew Sopko (7-0, 3.09)
San Jose – Jordan Johnson (5-4, 3.76)

NBCUT_Logo_chnBroadcast Information
All four games will be televised live on Comcast Hometown Network (Channel 104 SD/819 HD). Joe Ritzo handles the play-by-play while color commentary duties will be provided by Jose Castellano. The entire series can also be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM with Mike Hohler (Thursday-Friday) and Justin Allegri (Saturday-Sunday) calling 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 Rancho Cucamonga Tonight
The San Jose Giants continue their homestand with the opener of a four-game series against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes this evening at Municipal Stadium. Jason Forjet is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. Forjet is tied for fifth in the California League with six wins. San Jose opened their homestand by taking two out of three games from the Inland Empire 66ers in a series that concluded yesterday.

All-Star closer Rodolfo Martinez leads the California League with 19 saves

All-Star closer Rodolfo Martinez leads the California League with 19 saves

Final First Half Series
This matchup against the Quakes marks the final series of the first half for the Giants. Following this series, San Jose will enjoy a three-day All-Star break before opening the second half next Thursday, June 23 in Stockton. Technically, the Giants won’t end the first half until July 14 when they play a make-up game in Lancaster as part of a doubleheader. The second game of the twinbill on 7/14 is a make-up for the April 10 rainout at Municipal Stadium and will count towards the first half standings.

Standings Update
The Giants (37-28) are currently in second place in the North Division – 7 1/2 games behind first half champion Visalia (45-21). San Jose was officially eliminated from first half title contention two days ago. The Giants moved into a tie for first with the Rawhide after defeating Visalia on June 3. Since, San Jose has lost seven out of 11 games while the Rawhide have won 12 straight. The Giants last won a first half title in 2013. San Jose claimed a league-record seven consecutive first half championships from 2005-11.

June Swoon
The Giants are only 6-8 in June after posting a league-best 21-9 record during May. San Jose has yet to win more than two games in a row this month. The Giants are only batting .237 as a team in June after hitting at a .260 clip in April and .261 in May.

Four Giants Named To California League All-Star Team
Four San Jose Giants – starting pitcher Sam Coonrod, shortstop C.J Hinojosa, relief pitcher Rodolfo Martinez and first baseman Chris Shaw – were named to the California League All-Star team last week. The quartet will participate in the California-Carolina League All-Star Game on Tuesday, June 21 in Lake Elsinore. Coonrod is second in the league with a 1.98 ERA over 11 starts this season (5-3 record). Hinojosa ranks third in the Cal League in batting average (.313) and fourth in on-base percentage (.396). Martinez boasts a league-best 19 saves to go with a sparkling 0.65 ERA. Shaw is third in home runs (13), fifth in slugging (.526), fourth in RBI’s (47) and fourth in doubles (19). Hinojosa (SS) and Shaw (1B) have been named All-Star Game starters.

Center fielder Ronnie Jebavy has hit safely in his last nine games

Center fielder Ronnie Jebavy has hit safely in his last nine games

Hitting Streaks
Outfielder Ronnie Jebavy (nine games) and infielder Jonah Arenado (seven games) bring hitting streaks into tonight’s action. Jebavy is batting .333 (12-for-36) during his streak with one home run and four RBI’s. Jebavy hit just .177 in April this season before improving to a .266 clip in May while he’s currently batting .321 in June. Arenado owns a .357 average (10-for-28) during his current hit streak. San Jose’s longest hit streak this season is 10 games (Chris Shaw).

Late Innings
The Giants have suffered only one defeat this season when leading after seven innings (34-1) – tied for the fewest losses in the league (Rancho Cucamonga). Conversely, San Jose is one of only two teams in the league (Inland Empire) that has not won a game this year when trailing after seven innings (0-24).

Close Calls
San Jose’s last four games have all been decided by one run (3-1). The Giants are 10-8 in one-run games this season – the third-best record in the California League (Visalia 18-6, Lancaster 10-7).

Rancho Cucamonga - newOpponent Notes: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, are two games behind High Desert for the top spot in the South Division with four to play in the first half. The Quakes have lost their last two games after winning six straight. Rancho Cucamonga is third in the league in batting average (.268) and tied for first in ERA (3.64). This series marks the Quakes’ first visit to Municipal Stadium since defeating the Giants in the Championship Series last September.

Seven-Game Homestand Begins With Series Against Inland Empire

san jose giantsAt Municipal Stadium (San Jose, CA)
* Monday, June 13, 6:30 PM
* Tuesday, June 14, 6:30 PM
* Wednesday, June 15, 12:30 PM

Records
Inland Empire: 20-43
San Jose: 35-27

Probable Starting Pitchers
Monday
Inland Empire – Jeremy Rhoades (1-7, 6.82)
San Jose – Jordan Johnson (5-4, 4.13)

Tuesday
Inland Empire – Jake Jewell (0-7, 7.16)
San Jose – D.J. Snelten (3-5, 4.42)

Wednesday
Inland Empire – Alex Klonowski (4-7, 5.37)
San Jose – Mark Reyes (5-1, 3.58)

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.

Jordan Johnson is slated to make the start on the mound in Monday's homestand opener

Jordan Johnson is slated to make the start on the mound in Monday’s homestand opener

Giants Begin Three-Game Series Against Inland Empire Tonight
The San Jose Giants open a seven-game homestand tonight with the first of three straight contests against the Inland Empire 66ers at Municipal Stadium. Jordan Johnson is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants this evening. Following the series against the Sixers, San Jose welcomes Rancho Cucamonga for a four-game set beginning on Thursday. At the conclusion of the homestand, the Giants will enjoy their three-day All-Star break.

Split In Modesto
The Giants split four games in Modesto in a series that concluded yesterday. San Jose earned victories of 7-2 in the series opener last Thursday and 2-1 in 11 innings yesterday afternoon. The Nuts posted back-to-back wins on Friday and Saturday of 4-2 and 10-5 respectively. The series marked the conclusion of the Giants’ first half road schedule. San Jose ends the half with a 20-15 road record.

Extra, Extra
Yesterday marked only the third extra-inning game for the Giants this season (2-1 record). Last year, San Jose played in a league-high 22 extra-inning contests (11-11).

June Swoon
The Giants are only 4-7 in June after posting a league-best 21-9 record during May. San Jose enters tonight’s action having dropped six out of their last eight games. The Giants are looking to snap a season-high four-game home losing streak. San Jose was swept in a four-game set by the Bakersfield Blaze in their most recent home series (June 4-7). It was only the second time in the last five seasons that the Giants were swept in a four-game series at home.

2016_All_Stars_58uc7217_sy8awak6Four Giants Named To California League All-Star Team
Four San Jose Giants – starting pitcher Sam Coonrod, shortstop C.J Hinojosa, relief pitcher Rodolfo Martinez and first baseman Chris Shaw – were named to the California League All-Star team last week. The quartet will participate in the California-Carolina League All-Star Game on Tuesday, June 21 in Lake Elsinore. Coonrod is second in the league with a 1.98 ERA over 11 starts this season (5-3 record). Hinojosa ranks third in the Cal League in batting average (.322) and third in on-base percentage (.409). Martinez boasts a league-best 17 saves to go with a sparkling 0.70 ERA. Shaw is third in home runs (13), third in slugging (.545), tied for first in RBI’s (47) and tied for fourth in doubles (18). Hinojosa (SS) and Shaw (1B) have been named All-Star Game starters.

Second baseman Brandon Bednar has hit safely in his last eight games

Second baseman Brandon Bednar has hit safely in his last eight games

Versus The South
The Giants are 10-7 against the South Division this season. In their only previous meeting versus Inland Empire this year, San Jose split a four-game series in San Bernardino (April 14-17).

Bednar’s Hitting Streak At Eight Games
Infielder Brandon Bednar brings an eight-game hitting streak into tonight’s contest. Bednar is batting at a .333 clip (11-for-33) during the streak with one home run and four RBI’s. Bednar hit a game-winning solo home run in the top of the 11th inning yesterday afternoon in Modesto.

Late Innings
The Giants are one of only two teams in the California League (Inland Empire) that has not won a game this season when trailing after seven innings (0-24). Conversely, San Jose has only one loss this year when leading after seven innings (33-1).

First Half Race
The Giants (35-27) are six games behind Visalia (41-21) for the top spot in the first half North Division race. Including tonight, eight games remain in the half. San Jose moved into a tie with the Rawhide after defeating Visalia on June 3. Since, the Giants have lost six out of eight games while the Rawhide have won eight straight. San Jose last won a first half title in 2013. The Giants won a league-record seven consecutive first half championships from 2005-2011.

1220_inland_empire_66ers-wordmark-2014Opponent Notes: Inland Empire 66ers
The Inland Empire 66ers, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, own the worst record in the California League at 20-43. The Sixers have lost five games in a row and 10 out of their last 12. Inland Empire is last in the league in batting average (.231) and runs scored (3.6 per game) while their ninth in ERA (4.76). The 66ers are 10-18 on the road this season (10-25 at home).

Giants, Nuts To Play Four-Game Series In Modesto

san jose giantsAt John Thurman Field (Modesto, CA)
* Thursday, June 9, 7:05 PM
* Friday, June 10, 7:05 PM
* Saturday, June 11, 7:05 PM
* Sunday, June 12, 1:05 PM

Records
San Jose: 33-25
Modesto: 21-37

Probable Starting Pitchers
Thursday
San Jose – Mark Reyes (4-1, 3.83)
Modesto – Carlos Polanco (1-4, 5.48)

Friday
San Jose – Jason Forjet (6-3, 4.30)
Modesto – TBA

Saturday
San Jose – Martin Agosta (3-1, 2.29)
Modesto – Ryan Castellani (1-6, 3.80)

Sunday
San Jose – Sam Coonrod (5-3, 2.26)
Modesto – Yency Almonte (4-4, 4.07)

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.

First baseman Chris Shaw was one of four Giants named to the California League All-Star team this week

First baseman Chris Shaw was one of four Giants named to the California League All-Star team this week

Giants Begin Four-Game Series In Modesto Tonight
The San Jose Giants travel to Modesto to begin a four-game series against the Nuts this evening at John Thurman Field. Mark Reyes is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. Reyes has won his last two starts combining for 13 2/3 innings with just two runs and six hits allowed. He last faced Modesto on May 27 at John Thurman Field and notched the win after tossing 6 2/3 innings with one run surrendered.

Four Straight Losses
The Giants enter this evening’s contest having lost a season-high four consecutive games. Prior to dropping the last four, San Jose had won five out of six and 13 out of their previous 18 games. Before the current skid, the Giants hadn’t lost more than two in a row since a three-game slide from April 29-May 1.

Homestand Review
The Giants posted a 5-6 record during their season-high 11-game homestand that concluded on Tuesday. San Jose began the homestand with back-to-back wins over Modesto before splitting a doubleheader with Lancaster. The Giants then won two out of three games against first-place Visalia before getting swept in a four-game series by Bakersfield. The sweep at the hands of the Blaze was only the second time in the last five seasons that San Jose had been swept in a four-game series at home (May 4-7, 2015 vs. Lake Elsinore).

Back To John Thurman Field
The Giants return to John Thurman Field tonight after concluding their most recent road trip in Modesto. San Jose has posted a 1-3 record at JTF this season scoring a total of just six runs in the four games. The Giants are 5-3 versus the Nuts at Municipal Stadium this year.

All-Star closer Rodolfo Martinez leads the California League with 16 saves

All-Star closer Rodolfo Martinez leads the California League with 16 saves

Four Giants Named To California League All-Star Team
Four San Jose Giants – starting pitcher Sam Coonrod, shortstop C.J Hinojosa, relief pitcher Rodolfo Martinez and first baseman Chris Shaw – were named to the California League All-Star team yesterday. The quartet will participate in the California-Carolina League All-Star Game on Tuesday, June 21 in Lake Elsinore. Coonrod is third in the league with a 2.26 ERA over 10 starts this season (5-3 record). Hinojosa ranks second in the Cal League in batting average (.330) and fourth in on-base percentage (.413). Martinez boasts a league-best 16 saves to go with a sparkling 0.74 ERA. Shaw is tied for second in home runs (12), second in slugging (.553), third in RBI’s (41) and third in doubles (18). Hinojosa (SS) and Shaw (1B) have been named All-Star Game starters.

Offensive Woes
Over their last 14 games, the Giants are batting just .224 as a team and averaging 2.9 runs per contest (6-8 record). San Jose has been held to two runs or fewer six times during the 14-game stretch. The Giants now rank sixth in the league in team batting average (.257) and seventh in runs scored (4.7 per game).

Roster Moves
Third baseman Jose Vizcaino, Jr. (hamstring) was placed on the 7-day disabled list on Wednesday. Vizcaino, Jr. is batting .231 with three home runs and 27 RBI’s in 55 games this season. In a corresponding roster move, infielder Richard Rodriguez returned to the Giants from Triple-A Sacramento. Rodriguez has played in eight games with San Jose this season is 8-for-29 (.276 AVG) with one RBI. He saw action in one game with Sacramento (1-for-1).

First Half Race
The Giants (33-25) are four games behind Visalia (37-21) for the top spot in the first half North Division race. Including tonight, 12 games remain in the half. San Jose moved into a tie with the Rawhide after defeating Visalia on June 3. Since, the Giants have lost four games in a row while the Rawhide have won four straight.

Duggar Heats Up
Outfielder Steven Duggar is 12-for-25 (.480 AVG) with two home runs over his last eight games. Duggar has also walked six times over his last three games and now leads the league with 40 walks. Duggar is batting .292 overall with nine home runs in 53 games while his .930 OPS is third-best in the California League.

Modesto - newOpponent Notes: Modesto Nuts
The Modesto Nuts, an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, have lost four games in a row and eight out of their last nine. Modesto is also 5-16 in their last 21 games. The Nuts rank eighth in the league in batting average (.242) and sixth in ERA (4.09). Modesto is 14-13 at home (7-24 on the road). Pitchers Ryan Castellani (3.80 ERA) and Jerry Vasto (1.59 ERA, 8 SV) along with outfielder Omar Carrizales (.311 AVG) were named to the All-Star team.

Giants Continue Homestand Against Bakersfield

san jose giantsAt Municipal Stadium (San Jose, CA)
* Saturday, June 4, 6:00 PM
* Sunday, June 5, 1:00 PM
* Monday, June 6, 6:30 PM
* Tuesday, June 7, 6:30 PM

Records
Bakersfield: 26-28
San Jose: 33-21

Probable Starting Pitchers
Saturday
Bakersfield – Lukas Schiraldi (0-2, 15.88)
San Jose – Martin Agosta (3-0, 2.22)

Sunday
Bakersfield – Anthony Misiewicz (2-4, 4.48)
San Jose – Sam Coonrod (5-2, 1.45)

Monday
Bakersfield – Tyler Herb (5-2, 2.98)
San Jose – D.J. Snelten (3-4, 3.76)

Tuesday
Bakersfield – Tyler Pike (2-4, 4.63)
San Jose – Jordan Johnson (5-3, 4.07)

Broadcast Information
The first three games of the series will be televised live on Comcast Hometown Network (Channel 104 SD/819 HD). Joe Ritzo handles the play-by-play while color commentary duties will be provided by Dan Dibley. The 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.

Martin Agosta is slated to make the start for the Giants in tonight's series opener

Martin Agosta is slated to make the start for the Giants in tonight’s series opener

Giants Begin Four-Game Series Against Bakersfield Tonight
The San Jose Giants continue their homestand with the opener of a four-game series against the Bakersfield Blaze this evening at Municipal Stadium. Martin Agosta is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. Agosta, a former second round draft pick, has allowed just seven runs in 28 1/3 innings this season (2.22 ERA). He worked a season-high seven innings in his most recent start on May 29 versus Modesto yielding just two runs with four strikeouts. Agosta retired 14 consecutive Nuts hitters at one point during the start.

Winning Ways
The Giants have won 13 out of their last 18 games. San Jose hasn’t lost more than two in a row since dropping a season-high three straight from April 29-May 1.

Homestand Update
The Giants are 5-2 thus far on their season-high 11-game homestand. San Jose posted back-to-back victories over Modesto last Sunday and Monday to open the homestand. The Giants then split a doubleheader with Lancaster on Tuesday before taking two out of three from Visalia in a series that concluded last night. San Jose’s 11-game homestand has followed a season-high 14-game road trip (8-6 record).

Visalia Series Win
By taking two out of three from Visalia, the Giants secured their first regular season series win against the Rawhide since June of 2014 (won three of four at Municipal Stadium, June 26-29, 2014). San Jose had gone 7-28 versus Visalia since that series victory until winning two out of three in the matchup that ended last night.

First Half Race
The Giants (33-21) enter tonight’s contest tied with Visalia (33-21) for the top spot in the first half North Division standings. Including this evening’s contest, there are 16 games remaining in the first half. San Jose has not held sole possession of first place in the division at any point this half. The Giants were a season-high six games out of first on May 1. San Jose last won a first half title in 2013.

Outfielder Steven Duggar hit his eighth home run of the season in yesterday's win over Visalia

Outfielder Steven Duggar hit his eighth home run of the season in yesterday’s win over Visalia

Duggar At The Plate
Outfielder Steven Duggar homered as part of a three-hit night yesterday and is now 9-for-17 (.529) over his last five games. Duggar is batting .289 overall this season to go with nine doubles, a team-leading four triples, eight home runs and 27 RBI’s. He hit only one homer in 58 games for Salem-Keizer (Short-Season) last year.

Versus The Blaze
In their only previous meeting this season, San Jose swept a three-game series in Bakersfield from May 10-12. The Giants outscored the Blaze by a 17-7 margin during the three games. San Jose will play 26 games against Bakersfield this season, 19 of which will come in the second half.

Muni Magic
The Giants own a 15-8 record at Municipal Stadium – the top home winning percentage (.652) in the league. San Jose has won 12 out of their last 15 home games. The Giants’ 23 home games to date this season are the fewest in the league. San Jose has lost only one home series this year (April 11-13 vs. Visalia). The Giants will play 11 out of their 15 games leading into the All-Star break at home.

Hinojosa, Shaw Among League Leaders
The Giants boast two of the top hitters in the California League in shortstop C.J Hinojosa and first baseman Chris Shaw. Hinojosa ranks second in the league in batting average (.339), is first in on-base percentage (.424) and third in hits (63). Shaw ranks first in RBI’s (41), first in slugging (.574), second in home runs (12) and tied for second in doubles (18).

Pitching Success
The Giants boast a sparkling 1.38 team ERA (8 ER/52.0 IP) over their last six games (5-1 record). San Jose starting pitchers have worked at least seven innings in four out of those six contests. The Giants now rank third in the league with a 3.57 ERA. San Jose has also issued the fewest walks of any pitching staff in the league (3.0 per game).

Bakersfield - newOpponent Notes: Bakersfield Blaze
The Bakersfield Blaze, an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, are in third place in the North Division with a 26-28 record – seven games out of first. Bakersfield has won four games in a row and 12 out of their last 17. The Blaze are seventh in the league in batting average (.256), tied for fourth in runs scored (5.0 per game) and sixth in ERA (3.99). Bakersfield is 15-12 on the road this season (11-16 at home).

Episode 64 – Inside The San Jose Giants

2016-Inside-the-Podcast-480 x 270The calendar has turned to June and the San Jose Giants are right in the thick of the first half race. In this episode of Inside the San Jose Giants, Joe and Justin reflect on the club’s outstanding May and look ahead to the stretch run of the first half. The two also make predictions for which San Jose players could earn spots on the California League All-Star team. Special guests on this episode include San Francisco Giants Coordinator of Minor League Hitting Andy Skeels and San Jose Giants President/CEO Dan Orum.

Giants Host Visalia In Pivotal Three-Game Series

san jose giantsAt Municipal Stadium (San Jose, CA)
* Wednesday, June 1, 6:30 PM
* Thursday, June 2, 7:00 PM
* Friday, June 3, 7:00 PM

Records
Visalia: 32-19
San Jose: 31-20

Probable Starting Pitchers
Wednesday
Visalia – Emilio Vargas (0-0, —)
San Jose – Jose Reyes (1-1, 4.67)

Thursday
Visalia – Cody Reed (0-0, —)
San Jose – Mark Reyes (3-1, 4.23)

Friday
Visalia – Josh Taylor (1-4, 5.47)
San Jose – Jason Forjet (5-3, 4.67)

Broadcast Information
The entire series can be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM with Joe Ritzo and Justin Allegri 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 Visalia Tonight
The San Jose Giants continue their homestand this evening with the opener of a pivotal three-game series against the Visalia Rawhide at Municipal Stadium. The series continues with games on Thursday and Friday before the Bakersfield Blaze come into town for a four-game set beginning on Saturday night.

First Place At Stake
The Giants (31-20) enter tonight’s contest one game behind Visalia (32-19) for the top spot in the first half North Division standings. This series marks the final meeting of the first half between the two clubs. Including tonight’s contest, there are 19 games remaining in the first half. San Jose last won a first half title in 2013.

Jose Reyes will make his first start of the season in tonight's series opener against Visalia

Jose Reyes will make his first start of the season in tonight’s series opener against Visalia

Jose Reyes To Make Spot Start
Jose Reyes is slated to make the spot start on the mound for the Giants in this evening’s series opener. Reyes has appeared in 13 games out of the bullpen this year and is 1-1 with a 4.67 ERA. The right-hander posted a 2.77 ERA in May (7 G) after a 6.43 ERA in April (6 G). Reyes made 14 starts for San Jose last season and was 5-6 with a 5.86 ERA. He’s temporarily replacing Jordan Johnson in the starting rotation. Johnson (rest) is having his turn skipped in the rotation this week.

Homestand Update
The Giants are 3-1 thus far on their season-high 11-game homestand. San Jose posted back-to-back victories over Modesto last Sunday (5-2) and Monday (3-0) to open the homestand. The Giants then split a doubleheader with Lancaster last night. The first game yesterday was the completion of the April 8 suspended contest and was won by the JetHawks, 9-4. San Jose then claimed the nightcap by a 4-1 score. The Giants officially enter tonight’s action riding a three-game winning streak as yesterday’s loss counts as a game played on April 8.

Muni Magic
The Giants own a 13-7 record at Municipal Stadium – the top home winning percentage (.650) in the California League. San Jose has won 10 out of their last 12 home games. The Giants’ 20 home games to date this season are the fewest in the league.

Giant May
San Jose posted a league-best 21-9 record in May (after a 10-11 April). The Giants notched the best record in the league last month despite only eight out of 30 games at home. San Jose’s 21 victories in May was one shy of matching the team record for most wins in a month (22). The Giants were third in the league with a 3.17 team ERA in May. Individually, San Jose’s top performers of the month were C.J Hinojosa (.320 AVG, 2 HR, 13 RBI), Steven Duggar (.300 AVG, 3 HR, 14 RBI), Brandon Bednar (.296 AVG, 3 HR, 20 RBI), Chris Shaw (.286 AVG, 8 HR, 26 RBI), Sam Coonrod (5 starts, 5-0 record, 0.57 ERA) and Rodolfo Martinez (0.64 ERA, 10-for-10 in save opportunities).

Trouble With The Rawhide
The Giants are only 2-7 against Visalia this season (29-13 versus the rest of the league). San Jose has lost all three series’ versus the Rawhide thus far in 2016. The Giants are 1-2 at Municipal Stadium and 1-5 at Recreation Park. San Jose has a team ERA of 5.45 against Visalia. Dating back to the start of 2015, the Giants are just 6-22 versus the Rawhide during the regular season.

Hinojosa, Shaw Among League Leaders
The Giants boast two out of the top eight hitters in the California League in shortstop C.J Hinojosa (2nd, .341) and first baseman Chris Shaw (8th, .314). Hinojosa also leads the league in on-base percentage (.424), is tied for third in hits (60) and sixth in runs scored (36). Shaw ranks first in RBI’s (40), tied for first in doubles (18), first in slugging (.605) and second in home runs (12).

VisaliaOpponent Notes: Visalia Rawhide
The Visalia Rawhide, an affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, own the best record in the league at 32-19. Visalia is also tops in the league with a 17-7 road record. The Rawhide are second in the league in batting average (.271), sixth in runs scored (4.9 per game) and seventh in ERA (4.12). Visalia first baseman Rudy Flores is fifth in the league in home runs (10) and second in RBI’s (37). The Rawhide’s starting pitchers in the first two games of the series – Emilio Vargas (tonight) and Cody Reed (Thursday) – will both be making their California League debuts. Visalia is 7-3 in their last 10 games.

Giants Begin 11-Game Homestand Sunday Afternoon

san jose giantsAt Municipal Stadium (San Jose, CA)
* Sunday, May 29, 1:00 PM
* Monday, May 30, 2:00 PM

Records
Modesto: 20-29
San Jose: 28-19

Probable Starting Pitchers
Sunday
Modesto – Carlos Polanco (1-2, 4.46)
San Jose – Martin Agosta (2-0, 2.11)

Monday
Modesto – Ryan Castellani (1-4, 3.02)
San Jose – Sam Coonrod (4-1, 1.38)

Broadcast Information
Both games 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.

Jose Vizcaino, Jr. and the Giants begin an 11-game homestand Sunday afternoon with Modesto in town

Jose Vizcaino, Jr. and the Giants begin an 11-game homestand Sunday afternoon with Modesto in town

Giants Continue Home-And-Home Series With Modesto
The San Jose Giants play the third game of a four-game home-and-home series with the Modesto Nuts this afternoon at Municipal Stadium. The teams split the first two games of the series in Modesto with the Giants earning a 2-1 victory on Friday before the Nuts bounced back with an 8-0 shutout yesterday.

Home Cooking
Today marks the beginning of a season-high 11-game homestand for the Giants. Following the two games versus the Nuts, San Jose hosts a make-up doubleheader against Lancaster on Tuesday before a three-game set versus Visalia and a four-game series against Bakersfield. Today begins a stretch for the Giants playing 18 out of 22 games at home leading into the All-Star break. San Jose’s 16 home games to date this season are the fewest in the California League (10-6 record).

Road Trip Review
The Giants concluded their season-high 14-game road trip last night. San Jose posted an 8-6 record on the trip. San Jose began the road swing with two losses in Modesto before sweeping a three-game series in Stockton and then taking three out of four against South Division leading Rancho Cucamonga. The Giants then picked-up one victory in three games against North Division leading Visalia before splitting two games back in Modesto. The 14-game trip is the longest road trip for any team in the California League this season. San Jose is 15-6 in their last 21 road games overall. Last night also concluded a stretch for the Giants playing 24 out of 29 games on the road dating back to April 29 (18-11 record).

Giant May
San Jose’s 18-9 mark in May is the best record in the California League this month. The Giants have posted the best record in the league this month so far despite playing only five out of 27 games at home.

Hinojosa, Shaw Among League Leaders
The Giants boast two out of the top six hitters in the California League in shortstop C.J Hinojosa (2nd, .348) and first baseman Chris Shaw (6th, .316). Hinojosa also leads the league in on-base percentage (.434), is fourth in hits (56) and tied for fifth in runs scored (35). Shaw ranks first in RBI’s (38), tied for first in doubles (17), first in slugging (.600) and tied for fourth in home runs (10).

Bullpen Standouts
Closer Rodolfo Martinez picked-up his league-leading 13th save of the year in Friday’s win at Modesto while lowering his season ERA to 0.89. Reyes Moronta also threw a scoreless inning on Friday and has not allowed a run in his last 11 appearances (11 innings) – the longest scoreless stretch by a Giants reliever this season. The San Jose bullpen has posted a sparkling 3.24 ERA in May after a 5.23 ERA in April. The Giants are 27-1 when leading after seven innings.

First Half Race
The Giants (28-19) enter today’s contest two games behind Visalia (31-18) for first place in the first half North Division race. San Jose has 23 games remaining in the first half. 19 of the Giants’ final 23 games of the half are at home. San Jose has three games remaining against Visalia this half (June 1-3 at Municipal Stadium). The Giants last won a first half title during the 2013 season.

With The Bats
The Giants have scored a total of just four runs over their last four games (1-3 record). San Jose is averaging 4.9 runs per game this season – sixth in the California League. The Giants are also fifth in team batting average (.262), fourth in home runs (35) and third in stolen bases (42).

Modesto - newOpponent Notes: Modesto Nuts
The Modesto Nuts, an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, are fourth in the North Division with a 20-29 record. Modesto has lost eight out of their last 12 games. The Nuts rank eighth in the league in batting average (.241), eighth in runs scored (4.1 per game) and fourth in ERA (3.79). Modesto is a league-worst 6-16 on the road this season. The Nuts have posted a 6-4 record against San Jose this year (3-3 at Municipal Stadium).

Giant Road Trip Concludes With Two Games In Modesto

san jose giantsAt John Thurman Field (Modesto, CA)
* Friday, May 27, 7:05 PM
* Saturday, May 28, 7:05 PM

Records
San Jose: 27-18
Modesto: 19-28

Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday
San Jose – Mark Reyes (2-1, 4.74)
Modesto – Parker French (2-2, 2.43)

Saturday
San Jose – Jason Forjet (5-2, 3.96)
Modesto – Sam Howard (2-3, 3.08)

C.J Hinojosa and the Giants wrap-up their 14-game road trip in Modesto

C.J Hinojosa and the Giants wrap-up their 14-game road trip in Modesto

Broadcast Information
The two games in Modesto 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 Home-And-Home Series With Modesto Tonight
The San Jose Giants open a four-game home-and-home series with the Modesto Nuts this evening at John Thurman Field. Modesto hosts the first two games tonight and tomorrow before the series shifts to San Jose for games on Sunday and Monday. Mark Reyes is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants this evening. Reyes, a former 22nd round draft pick, has posted a 3.21 ERA over his last five starts.

Back-To-Back Losses
The Giants have lost their last two games after winning seven out of eight. San Jose needs a victory tonight to avoid matching their longest losing streak of the season (three straight losses from April 29-May 1).

14-Game Road Trip
Tonight is the 13th game of San Jose’s season-high 14-game road trip. The Giants are 7-5 thus far on the road trip. San Jose began the trip with two losses in Modesto before sweeping a three-game series in Stockton. The Giants then won three out of four games against South Division leading Rancho Cucamonga before dropping two out of three to the North Division leaders Visalia. The trip concludes tomorrow night in Modesto. The 14-game trip is the longest road trip for any team in the California League this season. San Jose is 14-5 in their last 19 road games overall. The Giants begin a season-high 11-game homestand on Sunday.

Blowout Defeat
Last night’s 16-0 loss in Visalia tied a San Jose Giants team record for largest margin of defeat. It marked the third time in the 29-year history of the team that San Jose had lost a game by 16 runs (last: 18-2 loss at Stockton on August 24, 2006). The Giants had allowed a total of just 14 runs in their previous six games before Visalia’s 16-run outburst.

Hinojosa, Shaw Among League Leaders
The Giants boast two out of the top five hitters in the California League in shortstop C.J Hinojosa (2nd .351) and first baseman Chris Shaw (5th, .323). Hinojosa also leads the league in on-base percentage (.436), is tied for third in runs scored (35) and tied for fourth in hits (54). Shaw ranks first in RBI’s (38), tied for first in doubles (16), second in slugging (.599) and tied for third in home runs (10). Shaw has three home runs and nine RBI’s over his last seven games.

Winning In May
San Jose’s 17-8 mark in May is the best record in the California League this month. The Giants have posted the best record in the league this month so far despite playing only five out of 25 games at home.

Outfielder Daniel Carbonell joined the Giants this week

Outfielder Daniel Carbonell joined the Giants this week

Carbonell Returns
Outfielder Daniel Carbonell joined the Giants from Extended Spring Training on Tuesday. Carbonell played in 66 games with San Jose last season and hit .279 with six home runs, 27 RBI’s and nine stolen bases. He also played briefly with the Giants in 2014 (.344 AVG, 3 HR, 12 RBI’s in 21 games). Carbonell, who defected from Cuba in 2013, signed a four-year major league contract with San Francisco in June of 2014. Carbonell replaced outfielder Johneshwy Fargas on the active roster. Fargas was transferred to Class-A Augusta earlier this week.

First Half Race
The Giants (27-18) are two games behind Visalia (30-17) in the first half North Division race. Including tonight, 25 games remain in the first half for San Jose. The Giants have one series remaining this half against the Rawhide – a three-game set at Municipal Stadium beginning next Wednesday.

Duggar Heats Up
In 11 games played during the current road trip, outfielder Steven Duggar is batting at a .348 clip (16-for-46) with three home runs and eight RBI’s. Duggar has hit safely in his last six games while his .401 on-base percentage this season ranks fourth in the league. Duggar earned California League Offensive Player of the Week honors on Monday (.370 AVG with two home runs and five RBI’s last week).

Scoring Early
The Giants’ two highest scoring innings this season are the first (37 runs) and second (35 runs). San Jose has scored first in 31 out of their 45 games this year (69%). The Giants are 23-8 (.742) when scoring first this season compared to 4-10 (.286) when their opponent scores first.

Modesto - newOpponent Notes: Modesto Nuts
The Modesto Nuts, an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, are tied for fourth in the North Division with a 19-28 record – 11 games out of first. Modesto has lost seven out of their last ten games. The Nuts rank eighth in the league in batting average (.242), eighth in runs scored (4.1 per game) and fifth in ERA (3.91). Modesto is 13-12 at home this season (6-16 on the road). The Nuts have posted a 5-3 record against San Jose this year. Outfielder Omar Carrizales ranks third in the California League with a .336 batting average. Modesto boasts three out of the top five base stealers in the league: Wes Rogers (3rd, 18 SB), Max White (4th, 15 SB) and Emerson Jimenez (5th, 14 SB).

Giants, Rawhide Meet In Visalia With First Place At Stake

san jose giantsAt Recreation Park (Visalia, CA)
* Tuesday, May 24, 6:00 PM
* Wednesday, May 25, 6:00 PM
* Thursday, May 26, 7:00 PM

Records
San Jose: 26-16
Visalia: 28-16

Probable Starting Pitchers
Tuesday
San Jose – Sam Coonrod (3-1, 1.35)
Visalia – Brad Keller (3-2, 3.55)

Wednesday
San Jose – D.J. Snelten (2-3, 4.08)
Visalia – Ethan Elias (2-3, 5.83)

Thursday
San Jose – Jordan Johnson (5-2, 2.85)
Visalia – Taylor Clarke (0-1, 3.50)

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.

Steven Duggar was named California League Offensive Player of the Week yesterday

Steven Duggar was named California League Offensive Player of the Week yesterday

Giants Begin Three-Game Series In Visalia Tonight
The San Jose Giants continue their road trip with the opener of a three-game series against the Visalia Rawhide this evening at Recreation Park. Sam Coonrod is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. Coonrod has allowed a total of just five earned runs in his first six starts this season (1.35 ERA). The former fifth round draft pick has won his last three starts combining for 19 innings pitched with just one run surrendered.

Winning Ways
The Giants enter this evening’s contest having won six out of their last seven games. San Jose’s 16-6 mark in May is the best record in the California League this month.

14-Game Road Trip
Tonight is the tenth game of San Jose’s season-high 14-game road trip. The Giants are 6-3 thus far on the road trip. San Jose began the trip with two losses in Modesto before sweeping a three-game series in Stockton. The Giants then won three out of four games against South Division leading Rancho Cucamonga in a series that concluded last night. Following the current series versus the Rawhide, San Jose concludes their road trip with two games back in Modesto. The 14-game trip is the longest road trip for any team in the California League this season. San Jose is 13-3 in their last 16 road games overall. Immediately following the road trip, the Giants will play a season-high 11-game homestand beginning Sunday.

Shaw Slugs Homers
First baseman Chris Shaw hit three home runs during the four-game series versus Rancho Cucamonga. Shaw hit two home runs in Sunday’s win – his first multi-homer game of the season. He leads the Giants and is tied for third in the California League with 10 home runs this season. Last year, Shaw led the Short-Season Northwest League with 12 home runs while playing for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. The 2015 supplemental first round pick has hit 22 home runs in 86 career games as a professional.

High Water Mark
Yesterday’s victory moved the Giants (26-16) to a season-high ten games above .500. San Jose is currently one game behind Visalia (28-16) for the top spot in the first half North Division race. The Giants have six games remaining this half against the Rawhide. San Jose will host Visalia in a three-game series next week. The Giants last won a first half title in 2013.

Rodolfo Martinez leads the California League with 12 saves

Rodolfo Martinez leads the California League with 12 saves

Rec Park Woes
The Giants are just 2-18 in their last 20 regular season games at Recreation Park dating back to June of 2014. San Jose was swept in a three-game series in Visalia from April 29-May 1 in their only previous visit this season.

Bullpen Standouts
Closer Rodolfo Martinez picked-up his league-leading 12th save of the year in last night’s win while lowering his season ERA to 0.98. Reyes Moronta also threw a scoreless inning yesterday and has not allowed a run in his last 10 appearances (10 innings) – the longest scoreless stretch by a Giants reliever this season. The San Jose bullpen has posted a sparkling 2.48 ERA in May after a 5.23 ERA in April.

Steven Duggar Wins Weekly Award
Outfielder Steven Duggar was named California League Offensive Player of the Week yesterday. In seven games last week, Duggar hit .370 (10-for-27) with two doubles, two home runs and five RBI’s. It marks the second straight week a San Jose Giant won the Offensive Player of the Week award (Jonah Arenado). Duggar is batting at a .389 clip (14-for-36) during the current road trip (nine games). His .409 on-base percentage this season ranks third in the California League.

Scoring First
The Giants have scored first in eight out of their nine games during the current road trip. San Jose is 22-8 (.733) when scoring first this season compared to 4-8 (.333) when their opponent scores first.

VisaliaOpponent Notes: Visalia Rawhide
The Visalia Rawhide, an affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, have had at least a share of first place in the North Division every day so far this season. Visalia is second in the league in batting average (.267), sixth in runs scored (4.8 per game) and seventh in ERA (4.10). First baseman Rudy Flores is third in the league in home runs (10) and third in RBI’s (34). The Rawhide are 11-9 at home this season (17-7 on the road).

Surging Giants Continue Road Trip In Rancho Cucamonga

san jose giantsAt LoanMart Field (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
* Friday, May 20, 7:05 PM
* Saturday, May 21, 7:05 PM
* Sunday, May 22, 2:05 PM
* Monday, May 23, 7:05 PM

Records
San Jose: 23-15
Rancho Cucamonga: 28-13

Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday
San Jose – Jordan Johnson (4-2, 3.09)
Rancho Cucamonga – Hyun-Jin Ryu (ML Rehab)

Saturday
San Jose – Mark Reyes (2-1, 4.78)
Rancho Cucamonga – Yaisel Sierra (2-1, 5.14)

Sunday
San Jose – Jason Forjet (4-2, 4.41)
Rancho Cucamonga – Tommy Bergjans (2-3, 5.13)

Monday
San Jose – Martin Agosta (2-0, 1.65)
Rancho Cucamonga – Andrew Sopko (5-0, 3.22)

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.

Jordan Johnson (4-2, 3.09) is slated to make the start on the mound in Friday's series opener against the Quakes

Jordan Johnson (4-2, 3.09) is slated to make the start on the mound in Friday’s series opener against the Quakes

Giants Begin Series In Rancho Cucamonga Tonight
The San Jose Giants continue their road trip this evening with the opener of a four-game series against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes at LoanMart Field. Jordan Johnson is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. Johnson is ninth in the California League among qualifying pitchers in ERA (3.09), fifth in opponents batting average (.198) and third in WHIP (0.91). He’s also tied for fourth in the league with four wins. Johnson, a former 23rd round draft pick, has allowed one or no runs in three out of his six starts this season.

14-Game Road Trip
Tonight is the sixth game of San Jose’s season-high 14-game road trip. The Giants are 3-2 thus far on the trip. San Jose suffered back-to-back losses in Modesto last Sunday and Monday to open the trip before sweeping three games from the Stockton Ports in a series that concluded yesterday afternoon. Following the current series against the Quakes, the Giants continue their road trip with three games in Visalia before returning to Modesto for two more games. The 14-game trip is the longest road trip for any team in the California League this season. The Giants are 10-2 in their last 12 road games overall.

Stockton Sweep
The Giants scored 29 runs on 45 hits over the last three days en route to sweeping the host Stockton Ports. San Jose is now 10-0 against Stockton this season, including a 7-0 mark at Banner Island Ballpark. The Giants have outscored the Ports by a 71-27 margin in the 10 games.

Winning Ways
The Giants enter tonight’s contest having won 13 out of their last 17 games. San Jose’s 13-5 mark in May is the best record in the California League this month. With yesterday’s win, the Giants moved a season-high eight games above .500 (23-15).

Hinojosa, Shaw Among League Leaders
After picking-up six hits during the three-game series in Stockton, shortstop C.J Hinojosa is currently second in the California League with a .351 batting average this season. Hinojosa’s .435 on-base percentage is also second in the league. First baseman Chris Shaw ranks ninth in the league in batting average (.312), sixth in home runs (7), tied for fourth in RBI’s (29), tied for first in doubles (13) and third in slugging (.553).

Second baseman Brandon Bednar brings a season-high nine-game hitting streak into tonight's action

Second baseman Brandon Bednar brings a season-high nine-game hitting streak into tonight’s action

Championship Series Rematch
Tonight marks the first game between San Jose and Rancho Cucamonga since last September’s California League Championship Series. The South Division champion Quakes swept the North Division champion Giants three-games-to-none last year to win the title. Rancho Cucamonga posted victories of 12-3 and 4-3 in the first two games at home before a 5-0 shutout of San Jose at Municipal Stadium in Game 3 to win the championship. It was the first time since 1999 that the Championship Series featured a match-up between Giants and Dodgers affiliates.

Bednar’s Hitting Streak At Nine Games
Second baseman Brandon Bednar brings a nine-game hitting streak into tonight’s contest. Bednar is batting at a .405 clip (15-for-37) with two home runs during the hit streak. Chris Shaw has the longest hit streak by a Giants player this season when he hit safely in 10 straight games from April 23-May 3.

First Half Race
The Giants (23-15) are one game behind Visalia (25-15) in the first half North Division race. San Jose last had a share of first place after the first game of the season (April 7). The Giants were a season-high six games out on May 1.

Scoring Early
San Jose’s two highest scoring innings this season are the second (34 runs) and first (30 runs). The Giants have scored first in 27 out of their 38 games (71 percent). San Jose is 20-7 (.741) when scoring first compared to 3-8 (.273) when their opponent scores first.

Duggar’s Power Surge
Outfielder Steven Duggar homered in back-to-back games against Stockton on Tuesday and Wednesday. His six homers this season are tied for second on the team (one behind Chris Shaw). Prior to homering on Tuesday, Duggar hadn’t gone deep since April 17. He hit four home runs in his first eight games this season. Duggar is batting .279 this season and ranks fifth in the league with a .405 on-base percentage.

San Francisco Affiliation
This year is San Jose’s 29th season as an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants – the longest current 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), 11 North Division titles and qualified for the playoffs 21 times (in 28 seasons). The Giants enter this year having posted a league-record 12 consecutive winning seasons (2004-2015).

Rancho Cucamonga - newOpponent Notes: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, have the best record in the league at 28-13. The Quakes lead the league in batting average (.281), runs scored (5.9 per game) and ERA (3.42). Rancho Cucamonga is 13-8 at home this season (15-5 road). Tonight is the first 11 meetings this season between the Giants and the Quakes. This series is San Jose’s only visit to LoanMart Field this year. Rancho Cucamonga outfielder Kyle Garlick leads the league with 35 RBI’s and is also second in home runs (10) and fourth in batting average (.327). Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu is expected to make the start on the mound in this evening’s series opener as part of a rehabilitation assignment.

Giants Road Trip Continues In Stockton

san jose giantsAt Banner Island Ballpark (Stockton, CA)
* Tuesday, May 17, 7:10 PM
* Wednesday, May 18, 7:10 PM
* Thursday, May 19, 11:10 AM

Records
San Jose: 20-15
Stockton: 17-20

Probable Starting Pitchers
Tuesday
San Jose – Martin Agosta (1-0, 0.00)
Stockton – Heath Fillmyer (3-1, 3.79)

Wednesday
San Jose – Sam Coonrod (2-1, 1.32)
Stockton – Casey Meisner (0-5, 4.41)

Thursday
San Jose – D.J. Snelten (1-3, 3.63)
Stockton – Zack Erwin (1-3, 4.09)

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.

Martin Agosta is slated to make the start for the Giants in tonight's series opener

Martin Agosta is slated to make the start for the Giants in tonight’s series opener

Giants Begin Three-Game Series At Stockton Tonight
The San Jose Giants continue their road trip this evening with the opener of a three-game series against the Stockton Ports at Banner Island Ballpark. Martin Agosta is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. Agosta has not allowed a run in 11 1/3 innings pitched this season with San Jose.

14-Game Road Trip
Tonight marks the third game of San Jose’s season-high 14-game road trip. The Giants suffered losses the last two days in Modesto (4-3 in 14 innings on Sunday and 3-1 last night) to open the trip. Following the current series against the Ports, San Jose continues their road trip with four games in Rancho Cucamonga, a three-game series in Visalia before returning to Modesto for two more games. The 14-game trip is the longest road trip for any team in the California League this season. The Giants are 7-2 in their last nine road games overall.

Back-To-Back Losses
The Giants enter this evening’s contest having lost their last two games. It’s the first time San Jose has dropped back-to-back games since losing three straight from April 29-May 1. Prior to the last two losses, the Giants had won 10 out of 12 games. San Jose needs a victory tonight to avoid matching their longest losing streak of the season (three games).

Perfect Versus The Ports
San Jose is a perfect 7-0 against the Stockton Ports this season. The Giants swept a three-game series from April 26-28 at Municipal Stadium before a four-game sweep at Banner Island Ballpark from May 2-5 (San Jose’s first four-game series sweep in Stockton since April of 2007). San Jose has outscored the Ports by a 42-17 margin.

First Half Midpoint
The Giants (20-15) reached the midpoint of the first half after last night’s game. San Jose is currently two games behind the Visalia Rawhide (23-14) for the top spot in the first half North Division race. The Giants were last within one game of first place on April 12. San Jose’s record the last two seasons at the midpoint of the first half: 11-24 in 2015 and 15-20 in 2014.

Jonah Arenado was named California League Offensive Player of the Week yesterday

Jonah Arenado was named California League Offensive Player of the Week yesterday

Arenado Wins Weekly Award
Infielder Jonah Arenado was named California League Offensive Player of the Week yesterday. In six games last week, Arenado batted .346 (9-for-26) with four doubles, three home runs and six RBI’s. He’s now second on the team with six home runs overall. Arenado is the first San Jose Giant to win a weekly league award this season.

In May
After posting a 10-10 record in April, the Giants have gone 10-5 thus far in May – tied for the best record in the California League this month. San Jose boasts a league-leading 3.01 team ERA in May.

Hinojosa, Shaw Among League Leaders
Despite going hitless in his last three games, shortstop C.J Hinojosa is currently second in the California League with a .339 batting average this season. Hinojosa’s .428 on-base percentage is also second in the league. First baseman Chris Shaw ranks sixth in the league in batting average (.321), tied for sixth in home runs (7), fourth in RBI’s (29), first in doubles (13) and third in slugging (.575).

Garcia Activated
Catcher Aramis Garcia (hamstring) was activated off the disabled list today. Garcia, who last played on May 8, is batting .264 with one home run and nine RBI’s in 21 games this season. He entered the year ranked as the #7 prospect in the San Francisco Giants organization according to Baseball America. To make room for Garcia on the roster, catcher Ben Turner was transferred to Double-A Richmond.

San Francisco Affiliation
This year is San Jose’s 29th season as an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants – the longest current 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), 11 North Division titles and qualified for the playoffs 21 times (in 28 seasons). The Giants enter this year having posted a league-record 12 consecutive winning seasons (2004-2015).

Stockton - newOpponent Notes: Stockton Ports
The Stockton Ports, an affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, are 17-20 this season and in third place in the North Division – six games out of first. Stockton is fourth in the league in batting average (.262), third in runs scored (5.2 per game) and sixth in ERA (4.15). The Ports are 6-11 at home this season (11-9 on the road). Stockton outfielder B.J. Boyd is tied for fourth in the California League with a .328 batting average. This series marks the final meeting of the first half between the Giants and the Ports.

Episode 63 – Inside The San Jose Giants

2016-Inside-the-Podcast-480 x 270The San Jose Giants are 20-15 at the midpoint of the first half and among the contenders in the North Division race. In this podcast episode, Joe and Justin take stock of the team a quarter of the way through the season highlighting standout hitters, an exciting starting rotation and areas in which the team could improve. The two also preview San Jose’s challenging 14-game road trip.

14-Game Road Trip Begins In Modesto Sunday Afternoon

san jose giantsAt John Thurman Field (Modesto, CA)
* Sunday, May 15, 1:05 PM
* Monday, May 16, 7:05 PM

Records
San Jose: 20-13
Modesto: 14-21

Probable Starting Pitchers
Sunday
San Jose – Mark Reyes (2-1, 4.73)
Modesto – Ryan Castellani (1-2, 3.53)

Monday
San Jose – Jason Forjet (4-1, 4.91)
Modesto – Yency Almonte (2-3, 4.88)

Broadcast Information
Both games in Modesto 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.

Jonah Arenado and the Giants begin a 14-game road trip in Modesto on Sunday afternoon

Jonah Arenado and the Giants begin a 14-game road trip in Modesto on Sunday afternoon

Giants Continue Home-And-Home Series In Modesto
The San Jose Giants play the third game of a four-game home-and-home series against the Modesto Nuts this afternoon at John Thurman Field. The teams split the first two games of the series at Municipal Stadium with Modesto winning by a 5-2 score on Friday before the Giants bounced back to claim an 11-7 decision last night.

Winning Ways
The Giants enter this afternoon’s contest having won 10 out of their last 12 games. San Jose has also won a season-high seven consecutive road games having swept their last two series’ away from home (four games at Stockton from May 2-5 and three games at Bakersfield from May 10-12).

14-Game Road Trip Begins Today
Today marks the beginning of San Jose’s season-high 14-game road trip. Following the two games in Modesto the next two days, the Giants travel to Stockton for three games and then Rancho Cucamonga for four games. The road trip continues with a three-game series in Visalia before San Jose returns to Modesto for two more games. The Giants are 10-7 on the road this season. Immediately following the road trip, San Jose has a season-high 11-game homestand from May 29-June 7.

Starting Strong
Giants starting pitchers own a sparkling 2.70 ERA (22 ER/73.1 IP) over the last 12 games. San Jose starters have pitched at least six innings in nine out of the 12 games. Two Giants starters rank among the top seven in the league in ERA: Sam Coonrod (3rd, 1.32) and Jordan Johnson (7th, 3.09).

Arenado Against The Nuts
After doubling twice and homering last night, infielder Jonah Arenado is now batting .571 (12-for-21) with four home runs and eight RBI’s in five games against Modesto this season. Arenado has hit three home runs in his last four games overall. His six homers this season rank second on the team (one behind Chris Shaw).

In May
After posting a 10-10 record in April, the Giants have gone 10-3 thus far in May – the best record in the California League this month. San Jose boasts a 3.10 team ERA in May – second-lowest in the league (Lake Elsinore 2.45).

Hinojosa, Shaw Among League Leaders
Despite going hitless the last two nights, shortstop C.J Hinojosa is currently tied for second in the California League with a .348 batting average this season. Hinojosa’s .437 on-base percentage this season is also second in the league. First baseman Chris Shaw ranks tied for eighth in the league in batting average (.325), tied for sixth in home runs (7), tied for third in RBI’s (28), tied for first in doubles (12) and fourth in slugging (.593).

Limiting Walks
The Giants pitching staff has issued the fewest number of walks in the California League this season (96 – 2.9 per game). Conversely, San Jose’s staff is last in the league in strikeouts (240 – 7.3 per game).

San Francisco Affiliation
This year is San Jose’s 29th season as an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants – the longest current 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), 11 North Division titles and qualified for the playoffs 21 times (in 28 seasons). The Giants enter this year having posted a league-record 12 consecutive winning seasons (2004-2015).

Modesto - newOpponent Notes: Modesto Nuts
The Modesto Nuts, an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, are 14-21 this season and have lost 13 out of their last 19 games. The Nuts are seventh in the league in batting average (.247), sixth in runs scored (4.7 per game) and seventh in ERA (4.38). Modesto is 8-9 at home this year and 3-3 against the Giants.

Giants Return Home For Two Games Against Modesto

san jose giantsAt Municipal Stadium (San Jose, CA)
* Friday, May 13, 7:00 PM
* Saturday, May 14, 5:00 PM

Records
Modesto: 13-20
San Jose: 19-12

Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday
Modesto – Sam Howard (1-1, 3.64)
San Jose – D.J. Snelten (1-2, 3.58)

Saturday
Modesto – Carlos Polanco (1-1, 4.18)
San Jose – Jordan Johnson (3-2, 2.10)

NBCUT_Logo_chnBroadcast Information
Both games will be televised live on Comcast Hometown Network (Channel 104 SD/819 HD). Joe Ritzo handles the play-by-play while color commentary duties will be provided by Joe Castellano. The series can also be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM with Justin Allegri calling 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 To Play Home-And-Home Series With Modesto
The San Jose Giants begin a four-game home-and-home series with the Modesto Nuts this evening at Municipal Stadium. San Jose hosts the first two games tonight and tomorrow before the series shifts to Modesto for games on Sunday and Monday. D.J. Snelten is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. Snelten achieved season-high totals in innings pitched (6 2/3) and strikeouts (9) in his most recent start last weekend against Lake Elsinore. The left-hander possesses a 26-to-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 27 2/3 innings this year.

Ronnie Jebavy and the red-hot Giants have won nine out of their last ten games

Ronnie Jebavy and the red-hot Giants have won nine out of their last ten games

Winning Ways
The Giants enter this evening’s contest having won three games in a row and nine out of their last ten. San Jose is also 13-4 in their last 17 games.

Bakersfield Sweep
The Giants are returning home tonight after sweeping a three-game series in Bakersfield. San Jose earned victories over the Blaze of 4-3 on Tuesday, 7-4 on Wednesday and 6-0 last night. Yesterday’s triumph was the Giants’ first shutout of the season. San Jose has now won a season-high seven consecutive road games.

Starting Strong
Giants starting pitchers own a sparkling 2.05 ERA (14 ER/61.1 IP) over the last 10 games. San Jose starters have pitched at least six innings in eight out of the ten games. Two Giants starters rank among the top five in the league in ERA: Sam Coonrod (3rd, 1.32) and Jordan Johnson (5th, 2.10).

14-Game Road Trip Looms
Following this brief two-game homestand versus the Nuts, San Jose embarks on a season-high 14-game road trip beginning on Sunday. The road trip includes two games in Modesto, three games at Stockton, four games in Rancho Cucamonga, three games at Visalia and then two games back in Modesto. San Jose has only eight home games in May. After tomorrow, the Giants don’t have another home game until May 29.

Hinojosa Hits
Shortstop C.J Hinojosa had two more hits in yesterday’s game to raise his season batting average to .374 – tops in the California League. Over his last 16 games, Hinojosa is batting at a .424 clip (25-for-59). He also leads the league with a .468 on-base percentage this season.

In May
The Giants’ 9-2 record in May is the top mark in the California League this month. San Jose boasts a 2.57 team ERA in May – second-lowest in the league (Lake Elsinore 2.39).

Chris Shaw has 17 RBI's in his last 13 games

Chris Shaw has 17 RBI’s in his last 13 games

Shaw Surging
Over his last 13 games, first baseman Chris Shaw has collected 17 RBI’s and slugged four home runs. Shaw has hit safely in 24 out of his last 28 games. The former first round draft pick is ninth in the league in batting average (.328), tied for sixth in home runs (6), tied for third in RBI’s (26), tied for first in doubles (11) and fifth in slugging (.578).

Roster Moves
The Giants made several roster moves earlier this week. Pitcher Andrew Suarez was promoted to Double-A Richmond. Suarez, San Jose’s opening day starter this year, was 3-1 with a 2.43 ERA in five starts for the Giants. He ranks sixth in the league in ERA. Catcher Aramis Garcia (.264 AVG, 1 HR, 9 RBI) was also placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. Pitcher Martin Agosta returns to the club from Triple-A Sacramento while catcher Ben Turner, a San Jose Giant in 2014 and 2015, also joined the team from the River Cats.

San Francisco Affiliation
This year is San Jose’s 29th season as an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants – the longest current 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), 11 North Division titles and qualified for the playoffs 21 times (in 28 seasons). The Giants enter this year having posted a league-record 12 consecutive winning seasons (2004-2015).

Modesto - newOpponent Notes: Modesto Nuts
The Modesto Nuts, an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, are 13-20 this season and have lost 12 out of their last 17 games. The Nuts are seventh in the league in batting average (.242), fifth in runs scored (4.6 per game) and seventh in ERA (4.27). San Jose and Modesto split a four-game series at Municipal Stadium from April 21-24 in their only previous meeting. The Nuts are 5-11 on the road this season.

Giants, Blaze To Play Three-Game Series In Bakersfield

san jose giantsAt Sam Lynn Ballpark (Bakersfield, CA)
* Tuesday, May 10, 7:15 PM
* Wednesday, May 11, 11:00 AM
* Thursday, May 12, 7:15 PM

Records
San Jose: 16-12
Bakersfield: 12-18

Probable Starting Pitchers
Tuesday
San Jose – Jason Forjet (3-1, 6.41)
Bakersfield – Anthony Misiewicz (1-2, 3.75)

Wednesday
San Jose – Andrew Suarez (2-1, 2.43)
Bakersfield – Tyler Herb (3-0, 2.61)

Thursday
San Jose – Sam Coonrod (1-1, 1.77)
Bakersfield – Tyler Pike (1-3, 3.55)

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.

Jason Forjet is slated to make the start on the mound in Tuesday's series opener against the Blaze

Jason Forjet is slated to make the start on the mound in Tuesday’s series opener against the Blaze

Giants Begin Three-Game Series In Bakersfield Tonight
The San Jose Giants open a three-game series against the Bakersfield Blaze this evening at Sam Lynn Ballpark. Tonight marks the first of 26 meetings this year between San Jose and Bakersfield. Jason Forjet is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants in tonight’s series opener. Forjet is tied for fourth in the California League with three wins this season.

Winning Ways
The Giants enter this evening’s contest having won six out of their last seven games. San Jose is also 10-4 in their last 14 games.

On The Road
Tonight begins a stretch for the Giants playing 17 out of 19 games on the road. Following the current series in Bakersfield, San Jose returns home for two games against the Modesto Nuts. The Giants then embark on a season-high 14-game road trip from May 15-28. The road trip includes two games in Modesto, three games at Stockton, four games in Rancho Cucamonga, three games at Visalia and then two games back in Modesto. San Jose is 7-7 on the road this year. The Giants have only eight home games in May.

Offensive Woes
Over the last four games, San Jose has collected a total of just 17 hits and is batting .149 as a team. The Giants have scored only 10 runs during the four-game stretch (3-1 record). Sunday’s 7-0 loss to Lake Elsinore marked the first time this season that San Jose had been shutout at home.

On Base Streak
Shortstop C.J Hinojosa has reached base safely in all 26 of his games played this season. Hinojosa is currently leading the California League with a .383 batting average. Over his last 13 games, Hinojosa is batting at a .457 clip (21-for-46) with two home runs and eight RBI’s. He’s also tops in the league with a .482 on-base percentage.

Starting Strong
Giants starting pitchers own a 2.84 ERA (14 ER/44.1 IP) over the last seven games. San Jose starters have pitched at least six innings in six out of the seven contests. Two Giants starting pitchers – Jordan Johnson (4th, 2.10) and Andrew Suarez (5th, 2.43) – rank among the top five in the California League in ERA.

Jose Vizcaino, Jr. is batting .429 with runners in scoring position this season

Jose Vizcaino, Jr. is batting .429 with runners in scoring position this season

With RISP
The Giants are batting .298 as a team with runners in scoring position this season – third-best in the California League. San Jose’s top hitters w/RISP this year include: Jose Vizcaino, Jr. (.429 AVG, 15-for-35), C.J Hinojosa (.400 AVG, 8-for-20) and Aramis Garcia (.381 AVG, 8-for-21).

Shaw Surging
Over his last 10 games, first baseman Chris Shaw is batting .361 (13-for-36) with four home runs and 16 RBI’s. Shaw has hit safely in 22 out of his last 25 games. The former supplemental first round draft pick is currently eighth in the California League in batting average (.337), tied for sixth in home runs (6), tied for third in RBI’s (25), tied for first in doubles (11) and fifth in slugging (.615).

Scoring First
The Giants have scored first in nine out of their last ten games. San Jose is 15-5 (.750) this season when scoring first compared to 1-7 (.125) when their opponent scores first. The first inning is the Giants’ highest scoring inning this year. San Jose did not trail at any point during their season-high six-game winning streak (May 2-7).

San Francisco Affiliation
This year is San Jose’s 29th season as an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants – the longest current 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), 11 North Division titles and qualified for the playoffs 21 times (in 28 seasons). The Giants enter this year having posted a league-record 12 consecutive winning seasons (2004-2015).

Bakersfield - newOpponent Notes: Bakersfield Blaze
The Bakersfield Blaze, an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, are 12-18 this season and are currently in a tie for fourth place in the North Division. Bakersfield has lost three in a row and six out of their last seven games. The Blaze rank tied for seventh in the league in batting average (.240), eighth in runs scored (4.4 per game) and third in ERA (3.57). Bakersfield is 5-8 at home this season.

Giants Return Home For Three Games Against Lake Elsinore

san jose giantsAt Municipal Stadium (San Jose, CA)
* Friday, May 6, 7:00 PM
* Saturday, May 7, 5:00 PM
* Sunday, May 8, 1:00 PM

Records
Lake Elsinore: 12-16
San Jose: 14-11

Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday
Lake Elsinore – Chris Huffman (3-1, 2.86)
San Jose – D.J. Snelten (1-2, 3.43)

Saturday
Lake Elsinore – Martires Arias (0-3, 6.16)
San Jose – Jordan Johnson (2-2, 2.63)

Sunday
Lake Elsinore – Michael Kelly (0-3, 7.66)
San Jose – Mark Reyes (2-0, 4.87)

Broadcast Information
The games on Friday and Saturday will be televised live on Comcast Hometown Network (Channel 104 SD/819 HD). Joe Ritzo handles the play-by-play while color commentary duties will be provided by Joe Castellano. The entire series can also be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM with Justin Allegri calling 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.

D.J. Snelten is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants in tonight's series opener

D.J. Snelten is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants in tonight’s series opener

Giants Begin Three-Game Series Against Lake Elsinore Tonight
The San Jose Giants return home this evening for the opener of a three-game series against the Lake Elsinore Storm at Municipal Stadium. D.J. Snelten is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. Snelten has allowed two earned runs or fewer in three out of his four starts this season. The left-hander was a ninth round pick of the San Francisco Giants in the 2013 draft out of the University of Minnesota.

Road Trip Review
The Giants finished with a 4-3 record on their road trip that concluded last night. San Jose was swept in a three-game set by Visalia last weekend to open the trip. It was the first time the Giants had been swept in a series this season. San Jose then swept a four-game series in Stockton to finish with a winning record on the trip. It marked the Giants’ first road series sweep of the season.

Sweep In Stockton
With last night’s victory, the Giants achieved their first four-game sweep in Stockton since the opening weekend of the 2007 season (April 5-8). San Jose improved to 7-0 against the Ports this year (7-11 against the rest of the league).

Four Straight Wins
The Giants enter this evening’s contest riding a season-high tying four-game winning streak. San Jose also won four straight from April 24-28. The Giants have won eight out of their last 11 games overall. Yesterday’s win moved San Jose (14-11) to a season-high three games above .500 for the season.

Rare May Home Series
The Giants are currently in the midst of stretch (April 29-May 28) playing 24 out of 29 games on the road. Tonight is the first of only eight home games for San Jose during the entire month of May. The Giants have won a season-high four straight home games. Offensively, San Jose has fared considerably better at home this season. The Giants are batting .295 and averaging 6.0 runs per game at Municipal Stadium compared to a .241 team average and 4.2 runs per contest on the road.

Chris Shaw hit .423 with four home runs and 14 RBI's during the just-completed seven-game road trip

Chris Shaw hit .423 with four home runs and 14 RBI’s during the just-completed seven-game road trip

Shaw Surging
During the just-completed road trip (seven games), first baseman Chris Shaw went 11-for-26 (.423 AVG) with three doubles, four home runs and 14 RBI’s. Shaw has hit safely in 20 out of his last 22 games. The former first round draft pick is currently fifth in the California League in batting average (.351), tied for fifth in home runs (6), third in RBI’s (23), second in slugging (.649) and fifth in on-base percentage (.415).

With RISP
The Giants are batting a league-best .303 with runners in scoring position this season. Individually, San Jose’s top hitters with runners in scoring position are: Jose Vizcaino, Jr. (.455 AVG, 15-for-33), Aramis Garcia (.444 AVG, 8-for-18) and C.J Hinojosa (.389 AVG, 7-for-18).

League Leader
Shortstop C.J Hinojosa is leading the California League with a .382 batting average. Over his last 11 games, Hinojosa is batting at a .463 clip (19-for-41) with two home runs and six RBI’s. Hinojosa is also leading the league with a .481 on-base percentage. He’s reached base safely in all 24 of his games played this season.

Scoring First
The Giants have scored first in their last seven games and never trailed at any point during their four-game sweep of Stockton earlier this week. San Jose is 13-5 (.722) this season when scoring first compared to 1-6 (.143) when their opponent scores first.

San Francisco Affiliation
This year is San Jose’s 29th season as an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants – the longest current 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), 11 North Division titles and qualified for the playoffs 21 times (in 28 seasons). The Giants enter this year having posted a league-record 12 consecutive winning seasons (2004-2015).

Lake ElsinoreOpponent Notes: Lake Elsinore Storm
The Lake Elsinore Storm, an affiliate of the San Diego Padres, are 12-16 this season and have lost 10 out of their last 14 games. The Storm are last in the league in batting average (.219) and runs scored (3.2 per game) while they’re third in ERA (3.61). Lake Elsinore won two out of three games against the Giants in a series at The Diamond from April 18-20. This series marks the Storm’s only visit to San Jose this season.

Giants Road Trip Continues With Four-Game Series In Stockton

san jose giantsAt Banner Island Ballpark (Stockton, CA)
* Monday, May 2, 7:10 PM
* Tuesday, May 3, 11:10 AM
* Wednesday, May 4, 7:10 PM
* Thursday, May 5, 7:10 PM

Records
San Jose: 10-11
Stockton: 11-12

Probable Starting Pitchers
Monday
San Jose – Mark Reyes (1-0, 6.75)
Stockton – Casey Meisner (0-2, 3.48)

Tuesday
San Jose – Jason Forjet (2-1, 5.02)
Stockton – Zack Erwin (0-1, 1.27)

Wednesday
San Jose – Andrew Suarez (1-1, 2.78)
Stockton – Daniel Gossett (1-0, 3.32)

Thursday
San Jose – Sam Coonrod (0-1, 2.51)
Stockton – Brett Graves (2-3, 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 the San Jose Giants Mobile App.

Giants Continue Road Trip In Stockton
The San Jose Giants continue their road trip Monday evening with the opener of a four-game series against the Stockton Ports at Banner Island Ballpark. Mark Reyes is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants in the series opener. Reyes faced the Ports in his most recent start on April 26 at Municipal Stadium and picked-up the win after tossing a career-high tying seven innings with two runs allowed.

Swept In Visalia
The Giants were swept in a three-game series by the Visalia Rawhide to open their road trip. San Jose suffered losses of 7-5 on Friday, 3-1 on Saturday and 5-4 on Sunday afternoon. The Giants were unable to hold leads in all three games. San Jose is 2-18 in their last 20 regular season games at Recreation Park dating back to June of 2014.

Road Warriors
Last Friday began a stretch for the Giants playing 24 out of 29 games on the road. San Jose has lost their last four road games overall and are 3-7 away from Municipal Stadium this season. Later this month, the Giants will embark on a 14-game road trip (May 15-28). San Jose has only eight home games in May.

Three Straight Losses
The Giants enter Monday’s contest on a season-high three-game losing streak. The three-game slide immediately followed a season-high four-game winning streak.

First baseman Chris Shaw is batting .484 during his current eight-game hit streak

First baseman Chris Shaw is batting .484 during his current eight-game hit streak

Shaw’s Hitting Streak At Eight Games
First baseman Chris Shaw brings an eight-game hitting streak into Monday’s series opener. During the streak, Shaw is batting at a .484 clip (15-for-31) with five doubles, three home runs and eight RBI’s. Shaw is currently fifth in the California League with a .359 batting average. Earlier this season, Shaw hit safely in nine straight games (April 12-21) – the longest hit streak by a Giants player this year. Shaw’s nine doubles this season are tied for the league lead.

Home Vs. Road
The Giants are batting just .232 as a team and averaging 3.5 runs per game on the road this season. By contrast, San Jose is hitting at a .295 clip at home while averaging 6.0 runs per contest. On the mound, the Giants have fared considerably better at home (3.65 ERA) compared to on the road (5.10 ERA).

League Leader
Shortstop C.J Hinojosa is currently leading the California League with a .373 batting average. Hinojosa is also tops in the league with a .460 on-base percentage. Over his last seven games, Hinojosa is 13-for-27 (.481). He’s also homered twice in his last four games. Hinojosa has hit safely in 18 out of his 20 games played this season.

April Review
The Giants finished April with a 10-10 record. San Jose hasn’t finished with an above .500 record in April since the 2013 season. Last year, the Giants were a league-worst 7-14 in April after posting an 11-16 record during the opening month in 2014.

San Francisco Affiliation
This year is San Jose’s 29th season as an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants – the longest current 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), 11 North Division titles and qualified for the playoffs 21 times (in 28 seasons). The Giants enter this year having posted a league-record 12 consecutive winning seasons (2004-2015).

Top Prospects
Seven players on San Jose’s roster are among the top 30 prospects in the San Francisco organization according to Baseball America: infielder Chris Shaw (#5), pitcher Sam Coonrod (#6), catcher Aramis Garcia (#7), pitcher Andrew Suarez (#12), pitcher Jordan Johnson (#15), outfielder Ronnie Jebavy (#21) and outfielder Steven Duggar (#25).

Stockton - newOpponent Notes: Stockton Ports
The Stockton Ports, an affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, enter Monday’s contest riding a three-game winning streak. Stockton is third in the league in batting average (.268), third in runs scored (5.2) and sixth in ERA (4.25). The Ports are 5-6 at home this season. In their only previous meeting this year, San Jose swept a three-game series from Stockton at Municipal Stadium (April 26-28). Stockton’s James Harris is fourth in the league in batting average (.362) while Tyler Marincov is third in home runs (7) and first in RBI’s (24).

Giants Travel To Visalia For Three-Game Weekend Series

san jose giantsAt Recreation Park (Visalia, CA)
* Friday, April 29, 7:00 PM
* Saturday, April 30, 7:00 PM
* Sunday, May 1, 1:00 PM

Records
San Jose: 10-8
Visalia: 14-6

Probable Starting Pitchers
Friday
San Jose – Sam Coonrod (0-1, 0.00)
Visalia – Wei-Chieh Huang (0-0, 7.36)

Saturday
San Jose – D.J. Snelten (1-1, 3.60)
Visalia – Lucas Irvine (0-0, 6.00)

Sunday
San Jose – Jordan Johnson (2-1, 2.00)
Visalia – 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 the San Jose Giants Mobile App.

Giants Begin Three-Game Series At Visalia Tonight
The San Jose Giants begin a seven-game road trip this evening with the first of three straight contests against the Visalia Rawhide at Recreation Park. Sam Coonrod is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. Coonrod has not allowed an earned run in his first two starts this season (nine innings). The right-hander entered the year ranked as the #6 prospect in the organization according to MLB.com. Coonrod started Game 5 of the North Division Series in Visalia last September and worked 5 2/3 innings with three runs allowed and seven strikeouts.

Jose Vizcaino, Jr. is tied for third in the California League with 17 RBI's

Jose Vizcaino, Jr. is tied for third in the California League with 17 RBI’s

Four Straight Wins
The Giants enter tonight’s contest riding a season-high four-game winning streak. San Jose defeated Modesto last Sunday in the final game of their series versus the Nuts before sweeping a three-game set against the visiting Stockton Ports. Prior to the current win streak, the Giants (10-8) had yet to claim consecutive victories this season.

Extra, Extra
Yesterday’s 3-2, 11-inning victory over Stockton marked the Giants’ first extra-inning game of the season. San Jose played a league-high 22 extra-inning games during the 2015 regular season (11-11 record). It was the second-most extra-inning contests of any team in Minor League Baseball last year. The Giants also played three extra-inning games in the playoffs last season – all wins and all in elimination games.

Offensive Surge
During the just-completed homestand (5-2 record), the Giants hit .300 as a team and averaged 6.4 runs per game. San Jose achieved season-highs in runs (12 – last Sunday vs. Modesto), hits (18 – Sunday vs. Modesto) and home runs (4 – last Saturday vs. Modesto) during the homestand.

RBI Machine
Third baseman Jose Vizcaino, Jr. has collected 11 RBI’s in his last five games. During the five-game stretch, Vizcaino, Jr. is batting at a .429 clip (9-for-21) with a double and a home run. Vizcaino’s 17 RBI’s this season rank tied for third in the California League.

Starting Strong
Giants starting pitchers have posted a 2.09 ERA (10 ER/43.0 IP) over the last seven games. San Jose starters have pitched at least six innings in five out of the last seven games.

Back At Rec Park
This series marks San Jose’s first visit to Recreation Park in Visalia since last September’s thrilling North Division Series triumph over the Rawhide. The Giants edged Visalia by a 6-5 score on Angel Villalona’s 11th inning solo home run in the decisive fifth game of the playoff series at Rec Park. San Jose went just 4-15 against the Rawhide during the regular season last year (2-8 in Visalia) before their playoff series win.

Shortstop C.J Hinojosa has hit safely in 15 out of his 17 games played this season

Shortstop C.J Hinojosa has hit safely in 15 out of his 17 games played this season

On The Road
Tonight begins a stretch for the Giants playing 24 out of 29 games on the road. Following the series versus the Rawhide, San Jose will continue their road trip with a four-game set in Stockton. The Giants have a season-long 14-game road trip from May 15-28.

C.J Hinojosa
After picking-up three more hits yesterday, shortstop C.J Hinojosa raised his season batting average to .354 – fourth in the California League. Hinojosa, who also connected for his first home run of the year yesterday, has hit safely in 15 out of his 17 games played. Hinojosa is 8-for-17 (.471) over his last four games.

San Francisco Affiliation
This year is San Jose’s 29th season as an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants – the longest current 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), 11 North Division titles and qualified for the playoffs 21 times (in 28 seasons). The Giants enter this year having posted a league-record 12 consecutive winning seasons (2004-2015).

Top Prospects
Seven players on San Jose’s roster are among the top 30 prospects in the San Francisco organization according to Baseball America: infielder Chris Shaw (#5), pitcher Sam Coonrod (#6), catcher Aramis Garcia (#7), pitcher Andrew Suarez (#12), pitcher Jordan Johnson (#15), outfielder Ronnie Jebavy (#21) and outfielder Steven Duggar (#25).

VisaliaOpponent Notes: Visalia Rawhide
The Visalia Rawhide, an affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, are in first place in the North Division with a 14-6 record. Visalia enters tonight’s series opener on a four-game winning streak. The Rawhide lead the California League in batting average (.283) and are fifth in ERA (4.28). Visalia won two out of three games in San Jose from April 11-13 during the only previous meeting between the teams this season. Individually, shortstop Domingo Leyba (6th, .342), first baseman Rudy Flores (7th, .338) and second baseman Henry Castillo (8th, .333) all rank among the top eight in the league in batting average.

Episode 62 – Inside The San Jose Giants

2016-Inside-the-Podcast-480 x 270In this podcast, Joe and Justin discuss the San Jose Giants three weeks into the season highlighting the club’s top performers. San Francisco Giants farm director Shane Turner also drops by and covers a variety of topics, including the latest with Christian Arroyo’s development, his expectations for this year’s San Jose team, Chris Shaw’s early success at the plate and the homegrown talent in San Francisco.

Giants Continue Homestand Against Stockton

san jose giantsAt Municipal Stadium (San Jose, CA)
* Tuesday, April 26, 6:30 PM
* Wednesday, April 27, 6:30 PM
* Thursday, April 28, 11:30 AM

Records
Stockton: 8-9
San Jose: 7-8

Probable Starting Pitchers
Tuesday
Stockton – Heath Fillmyer (2-0, 2.12)
San Jose – Mark Reyes (0-0, 11.37)

Wednesday
Stockton – Casey Meisner (0-1, 4.80)
San Jose – Jason Forjet (1-1, 6.75)

Thursday
Stockton – Zack Erwin (0-1, 1.23)
San Jose – Andrew Suarez (1-1, 3.38)

NBCUT_Logo_chnBroadcast Information
All three games will be televised live on Comcast Hometown Network (Channel 104 SD/819 HD). Joe Ritzo handles the play-by-play while color commentary duties will be provided by Rocky Koplik. The entire series can also be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM with Justin Allegri calling 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 Stockton Tonight
The San Jose Giants continue their homestand this evening with the opener of a three-game series against the Stockton Ports at Municipal Stadium. Mark Reyes is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. Reyes was a 22nd round pick of the San Francisco Giants in the 2014 draft out of Crowder College. Last season, he went 9-6 with a 2.13 ERA for the Class-A Augusta GreenJackets to earn South Atlantic League All-Star honors. Reyes has allowed eight runs and 11 hits over 6 1/3 innings in two starts this year.

Split With The Nuts
The Giants split four games with the Modesto Nuts to open the homestand in a series that concluded last Sunday. San Jose claimed victories in the series opener on Thursday (5-2) and finale on Sunday (12-4) while Modesto posted back-to-back wins on Friday (4-1) and Saturday (12-9). The Giants are still looking for their first series win of the year.

In Search Of Back-To-Back Wins
A victory tonight would give the Giants (7-8 record) their first back-to-back wins of the season. All six of San Jose’s previous wins have been followed by a loss. The Giants’ longest losing streak of the year has been a two-game slide (twice).

Power Surge
After hitting just five home runs in their first 13 games of the year, the Giants have gone deep six times in the last two games. San Jose’s 11 home runs overall this season rank tied for fourth in the California League.

Starting Strong
Giants starting pitchers posted a 1.96 ERA (5 ER/23.0 IP) during the four-game series against Modesto.

Jose Vizcaino, Jr. has seven RBI's in his last two games

Jose Vizcaino, Jr. has seven RBI’s in his last two games

Offensive Outburst
Over the last two games, the Giants have scored a total of 21 runs and collected 30 hits. San Jose’s 12 runs and 18 hits in Sunday’s victory over Modesto were both season-high totals. Top individual performers over the last two games include: Jonah Arenado (6-for-9, 2 HR, 5 RBI), Chris Shaw (5-for-8, 2 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI), Jose Vizcaino, Jr. (4-for-9, 2B, HR, 7 RBI) and C.J Hinojosa (5-for-10, 2B, RBI). The Giants have raised their team batting average from .244 to .265 over the last two games.

Giant Bullpen Struggles
Over the last five games, Giants relievers have allowed 26 runs (21 ER) spanning 18 innings (10.50 ERA). The San Jose bullpen owns an ERA of 5.98 this season. Friday’s loss to the Nuts was the first time since 2014 that the Giants lost a game when leading after eight innings (Modesto scored four runs in the top of the ninth to win 4-1). San Jose was a perfect 60-0 last season when taking a lead into the ninth inning.

Make-Up Doubleheader
The Giants have announced an addition to their home schedule with a make-up doubleheader against the Lancaster JetHawks on Tuesday, May 31. The twin bill at Municipal Stadium begins at 5:30 PM with the resumption of the April 8 suspended game (Lancaster ahead 4-1 in the top of the fifth). The clubs will then play a 7-inning contest as a make-up for the April 9 rainout. The make-up of the April 10 rainout will be played as part of a doubleheader in Lancaster on Thursday, July 14. The Giants will be the designated home team in the second game and the contest will count towards the first half standings.

San Francisco Affiliation
This year is San Jose’s 29th season as an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants – the longest current 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), 11 North Division titles and qualified for the playoffs 21 times (in 28 seasons). The Giants enter this year having posted a league-record 12 consecutive winning seasons (2004-2015).

Top Prospects
Seven players on San Jose’s roster are among the top 30 prospects in the San Francisco organization according to Baseball America: infielder Chris Shaw (#5), pitcher Sam Coonrod (#6), catcher Aramis Garcia (#7), pitcher Andrew Suarez (#12), pitcher Jordan Johnson (#15), outfielder Ronnie Jebavy (#21) and outfielder Steven Duggar (#25).

Stockton - newOpponent Notes: Stockton Ports
The Stockton Ports, an affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, are off to an 8-9 start this season. Stockton is fourth in the league in batting average (.267), second in runs scored (5.8 per game) and fifth in ERA (4.32). Tonight marks the first of 22 meetings this season between San Jose and Stockton. Ports outfielders James Harris (.375) and Tyler Marincov (4) rank third in the league in batting average and home runs respectively. Stockton lost three out of four games to visiting Inland Empire in their most recent series. The Ports will host the Giants in a four-game series next week at Banner Island Ballpark.

Giants Host Modesto To Begin Homestand

san jose giantsAt Municipal Stadium (San Jose, CA)
* Thursday, April 21, 7:00 PM
* Friday, April 22, 7:00 PM
* Saturday, April 23, 5:00 PM
* Sunday, April 24, 1:00 PM

Records
Modesto: 6-7
San Jose: 5-6

Probable Starting Pitchers
Thursday
Modesto – Carlos Polanco (0-0, 2.08)
San Jose – Andrew Suarez (0-1, 5.00)

Friday
Modesto – Ryan Castellani (0-0, 4.35)
San Jose – Sam Coonrod (0-1, 0.00)

Saturday
Modesto – Yency Almonte (1-0, 0.87)
San Jose – D.J. Snelten (1-0, 1.80)

Sunday
Modesto – Jesus Tinoco (0-2, 11.91)
San Jose – Jordan Johnson (1-1, 3.00)

Broadcast Information
The entire series can be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM with Joe Ritzo and Justin Allegri 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.

Andrew Suarez is slated to make the start for the Giants in Thursday's homestand opener

Andrew Suarez is slated to make the start for the Giants in Thursday’s homestand opener

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. Andrew Suarez is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. Suarez, a former second round draft pick out of the University of Miami, was San Jose’s opening night starter this year. He entered the season ranked as the #10 prospect in the San Francisco organization according to MLB.com. Following the series versus the Nuts and an off day on Monday, the Giants continue their homestand with a three-game set against Stockton beginning on Tuesday.

Road Trip Report
The Giants went 3-4 on their Southern California road trip that concluded last night. San Jose split a four-game series at Inland Empire to begin the trip highlighted by a season-high 11-run outburst in the finale last Sunday. The Giants then dropped two out of three games to Lake Elsinore. San Jose batted just .215 as a team and was shutout twice during the trip. The road trip served as the Giants’ only visits to Inland Empire and Lake Elsinore this season.

Blowout Loss
Last night’s 17-3 defeat in Lake Elsinore marked the most runs allowed by San Jose since a 17-6 loss to Stockton on July 4, 2014. The seven home runs given up were the most allowed by Giants pitching in a game since the 2009 season (7 HR at High Desert – April 26, 2009). San Jose had surrendered just five home runs in their first 10 games this year before Lake Elsinore’s seven-homer barrage last night.

Shaw’s Extends Hitting Streak To Eight Games
First baseman Chris Shaw brings an eight-game hitting streak into tonight’s action. Shaw is batting at a .375 clip (12-for-32) with three doubles and five RBI’s during the streak. The hitting streak is the longest by a Giants player this season.

Versus The North
Tonight begins a stretch for the Giants playing 24 out of their next 27 games against North Division opponents. Only three of San Jose’s first 11 games this season came against the North.

Steven Duggar ranks tied for second in the league in home runs (4) and sixth in batting average (.341)

Steven Duggar ranks tied for second in the league in home runs (4) and sixth in batting average (.341)

Hitting Leaders
Outfielder Steven Duggar (6th, .341) and shortstop C.J Hinojosa (10th, .333) both rank among the top 10 in the California League in batting average. Duggar is also tied for second in the league in home runs (4), second in slugging (.732) and fifth in on-base percentage (.438). Duggar hit only one home run in 229 at-bats last season for Salem-Keizer. He has four homers in 41 at-bats this year. Hinojosa, who has hit safely in nine out of ten games played this season, ranks tied for sixth in the league with five doubles.

Fargas File
Outfielder Johneshwy Fargas has five outfield assists in 11 games played this season after throwing out a runner at the plate to end Tuesday’s 5-4 Giants win. The five outfield assists lead the California League. Offensively, Fargas is also tied for first in the league with three triples and tied for fifth with five stolen bases.

San Francisco Affiliation
This year is San Jose’s 29th season as an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants – the longest current 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), 11 North Division titles and qualified for the playoffs 21 times (in 28 seasons). The Giants enter this year having posted a league-record 12 consecutive winning seasons (2004-2015).

Top Prospects
Seven players on San Jose’s roster are among the top 30 prospects in the San Francisco organization according to Baseball America: first baseman Chris Shaw (#5), pitcher Sam Coonrod (#6), catcher Aramis Garcia (#7), pitcher Andrew Suarez (#12), pitcher Jordan Johnson (#15), outfielder Ronnie Jebavy (#21) and outfielder Steven Duggar (#25).

Modesto - newOpponent Notes: Modesto Nuts
The Modesto Nuts, an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, are off to a 6-7 start this season. Modesto is sixth in the California League in batting average (.251), third in runs scored (5.2 per game) and eighth in ERA (4.25). Second baseman Forrest Wall leads the league in RBI’s (14) while outfielder Max White is tops with eight stolen bases. This evening marks the first of 24 meetings this season between the Giants and the Nuts.

Giants Continue Road Trip In Lake Elsinore

san jose giantsAt The Diamond (Lake Elsinore, CA)
* Monday, April 18, 6:00 PM
* Tuesday, April 19, 6:00 PM
* Wednesday, April 20, 6:00 PM

Records
San Jose: 4-4
Lake Elsinore: 6-5

Probable Starting Pitchers
Monday
San Jose – Jordan Johnson (1-0, 5.40)
Lake Elsinore – Dinelson Lamet (1-0, 4.00)

Tuesday
San Jose – Mark Reyes (0-0, 18.00)
Lake Elsinore – Thomas Dorminy (0-2, 8.10)

Wednesday
San Jose – Jason Forjet (1-0, 0.00)
Lake Elsinore – Martires Arias (0-1, 4.35)

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.

Jordan Johnson is scheduled to make the start for the Giants in Monday's series opener at Lake Elsinore

Jordan Johnson is scheduled to make the start for the Giants in Monday’s series opener at Lake Elsinore

Giants Begin Three-Game Series At Lake Elsinore Tonight
The San Jose Giants continue their Southern California road trip this evening with the opener of a three-game series against the Lake Elsinore Storm at The Diamond. Jordan Johnson (1-0, 5.40) is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. Johnson picked-up the win in his first start of the year on April 12 at Visalia. The right-hander worked five innings and allowed three runs (all earned) on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts. In six starts with San Jose last season, Johnson was 2-3 with a 4.31 ERA (33 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings). The Giants will be attempting to win consecutive games for the first time this season tonight.

Split Versus The Sixers
The Giants split a four-game series against the Inland Empire 66ers to begin their road trip. San Jose earned victories of 4-2 in the series opener on Thursday and 11-7 in the finale yesterday afternoon. Inland Empire claimed a 4-2 decision on Friday and then shutout the Giants by a 4-0 score the next night. The series was San Jose’s only visit to San Bernardino this season.

Offensive Outburst
The Giants exploded for season-high totals of 11 runs and 16 hits in yesterday’s win against Inland Empire. San Jose’s five stolen bases in yesterday’s game was also a season-high. The Giants had scored a total of only four runs on 12 hits over the first three games of the 66ers series coming into Sunday (.129 team batting average). Saturday’s loss was the first time San Jose had been shutout this year.

Duggar’s Power Surge
Outfielder Steven Duggar increased his season home run total to four after going deep twice in yesterday’s game at Inland Empire. Duggar’s four home runs this season rank second in the California League. He’s also second in the league with an .813 slugging percentage and sixth with a .375 batting average. Duggar has hit four out of the five Giants home runs this season. Duggar’s four homers have come in just 32 at-bats after he homered just once in 229 at-bats (58 games) with Salem-Keizer (Short-Season level) in 2015.

Cal League Experience
Of the 25 players on San Jose’s active roster, 14 had experience with the Giants in the California League prior to the 2016 season.

Hitting Streaks
Infielder Jonah Arenado (six games) and first baseman Chris Shaw (five games) bring hitting streak into tonight’s contest. Arenado has matched the longest hit streak by a Giants pitcher this season (C.J Hinojosa). He’s batting .318 (7-for-22) with one home run during the streak. Shaw is hitting at a .381 clip (8-for-21) with three doubles and four RBI’s during his five-game hit streak.

San Francisco Affiliation
This year is San Jose’s 29th season as an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants – the longest current 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), 11 North Division titles and qualified for the playoffs 21 times (in 28 seasons). The Giants enter this year having posted a league-record 12 consecutive winning seasons (2004-2015).

Top Prospects
Seven players on San Jose’s roster are among the top 30 prospects in the San Francisco organization according to Baseball America: first baseman Chris Shaw (#5), pitcher Sam Coonrod (#6), catcher Aramis Garcia (#7), pitcher Andrew Suarez (#12), pitcher Jordan Johnson (#15), outfielder Ronnie Jebavy (#21) and outfielder Steven Duggar (#25).

Lake ElsinoreOpponent Notes: Lake Elsinore Storm
The Lake Elsinore Storm, an affiliate of the San Diego Padres, are off to a 6-5 start this season. Lake Elsinore is fifth in the league in team ERA (3.34) and last in batting average (.219) and runs scored (3.5 per game). Tonight marks the first of six games this season between the Giants and the Storm (all in the first half). Lake Elsinore has lost four out of their last five games overall after starting the season 5-1.

Seven-Game Road Trip Begins With Series At Inland Empire

san jose giantsAt San Manuel Stadium (San Bernardino, CA)
* Thursday, April 14, 7:05 PM
* Friday, April 15, 7:05 PM
* Saturday, April 16, 7:05 PM
* Sunday, April 17, 2:05 PM

Records
San Jose: 2-2
Inland Empire: 0-7

Probable Starting Pitchers
Thursday
San Jose – Jason Forjet (0-0, —)
Inland Empire – Alex Klonowski (0-1, 10.80)

Friday
San Jose – Andrew Suarez (0-0, 3.60)
Inland Empire – Jeremy Rhoades (0-1, 5.40)

Saturday
San Jose – Sam Coonrod (0-0, —)
Inland Empire – Tyler Carpenter (0-0, 0.00)

Sunday
San Jose – D.J. Snelten (0-0, 0.00)
Inland Empire – Jake Jewell (0-1, 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.

Jason Forjet makes his 2016 season debut in tonight's series opener at Inland Empire

Jason Forjet makes his 2016 season debut in tonight’s series opener at Inland Empire

Giants Begin Four-Game Series At Inland Empire Tonight
The San Jose Giants begin a seven-game Southern California road trip this evening with the first of four straight contests against the Inland Empire 66ers at San Manuel Stadium. Jason Forjet (0-0, —) is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants tonight. Forjet, who will be making his season debut, logged a 7-4 record with a 2.67 ERA in 23 games (14 starts) for San Jose last year. He finished the 2015 regular season on a streak of 22 consecutive scoreless innings.

Opening Homestand
The Giants posted a 2-2 record during their season-opening homestand that concluded yesterday. San Jose completed just one game of their opening four-game series against Lancaster due to rain/unplayable field conditions. The Giants posted a 4-3 victory over Lancaster in the season opener last Thursday before Friday’s game was suspended in the top of the fifth inning. The games on Saturday and Sunday were postponed (make-up dates TBD). San Jose then picked-up one victory in their three-game series against the Visalia Rawhide to conclude the homestand.

Rare Home Rainouts
Prior to last weekend’s rainouts, the last San Jose Giants home game to be postponed due to rain was on April 25, 2012 (vs. High Desert). The Giants did not have a single postponement – home or road – during the 2015 season.

First Road Trip
Tonight marks the start of San Jose’s first road trip of the season. Following the current four-game series at Inland Empire, the Giants will travel to Lake Elsinore for a three-game set. San Jose makes just one trip to both Inland Empire and Lake Elsinore this season.

Fantastic Fargas
Outfielder Johneshwy Fargas has hit three triples over San Jose’s first four games of the season. Fargas hit only two triples over 181 career games entering this year. His three triples this season lead the California League. Fargas was a South Atlantic League All-Star last year with the Augusta GreenJackets (A).

Hitting Leaders
Catcher Aramis Garcia (.400 AVG, 4-for-10, 2B, 2 RBI) and second baseman Brandon Bednar (.375 AVG, 6-for-16) have been San Jose’s top hitters during the early season. Bednar, C.J Hinojosa and Jose Vizcaino, Jr. are the only Giants to have hit safely in each of the first four games. San Jose’s .286 team batting average leads the California League.

San Francisco Affiliation
This year is San Jose’s 29th season as an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants – the longest current 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), 11 North Division titles and qualified for the playoffs 21 times (in 28 seasons). The Giants enter this year having posted a league-record 12 consecutive winning seasons (2004-2015).

Top Prospects
Seven players on San Jose’s opening day roster are among the top 30 prospects in the San Francisco organization according to Baseball America: first baseman Chris Shaw (#5), pitcher Sam Coonrod (#6), catcher Aramis Garcia (#7), pitcher Andrew Suarez (#12), pitcher Jordan Johnson (#15), outfielder Ronnie Jebavy (#21) and outfielder Steven Duggar (#25).

1220_inland_empire_66ers-wordmark-2014Opponent Notes: Inland Empire 66ers
The Inland Empire 66ers, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, are off to an 0-7 start this season. Tonight is the 66ers’ home opener. Inland Empire’s 6.59 team ERA is last in the California League. This evening marks the first of 11 meetings this season between the Giants and 66ers. Alex Klonowski (0-1, 10.80) is expected to make the start on the mound for Inland Empire in tonight’s series opener.

Giants Continue Homestand Against Visalia

san jose giantsAt Municipal Stadium (San Jose, CA)
* Monday, April 11, 6:30 PM
* Tuesday, April 12, 6:30 PM
* Wednesday, April 13, 12:30 PM

Records
Visalia: 3-0
San Jose: 1-0

Probable Starting Pitchers
Monday
Visalia – Lucas Irvine (0-0, —)
San Jose – D.J. Snelten (0-0, —)

Tuesday
Visalia – Ethan Elias (0-0, —)
San Jose – Jordan Johnson (0-0, —)

Wednesday
Visalia – Josh Taylor (0-0, 1.59)
San Jose – Mark Reyes (0-0, —)

Broadcast Information
The entire series can be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM with Joe Ritzo and Justin Allegri 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.

D.J. Snelten ranked second in the San Francisco Giants farm system with 126 strikeouts last season

D.J. Snelten ranked second in the San Francisco Giants farm system with 126 strikeouts last season

Giants Begin Three-Game Series Against Visalia Tonight
The San Jose Giants continue their homestand this evening with the opener of a three-game series against the Visalia Rawhide at Municipal Stadium. D.J. Snelten (0-0, —) is slated to make the start on the mound for the Giants in tonight’s series opener. Snelten made eight starts with San Jose last season and was 0-4 with a 4.84 ERA. The former ninth round draft pick is making his 2016 season debut this evening.

Wet Weekend
The Giants completed only one game of their season-opening four-game series against the Lancaster JetHawks last weekend due to wet weather. San Jose posted a 4-3 victory over Lancaster in the season opener last Thursday before Friday’s game was suspended in the top of the fifth inning with the JetHawks leading by a 4-1 score. Scheduled games on Saturday and Sunday were postponed due to rain/unplayable field conditions. Make-up dates for the suspended game and postponed contests have yet to be determined. Lancaster is not scheduled to return to Municipal Stadium this season.

Rare Home Rainouts
Prior to last weekend’s rainouts, the last San Jose Giants home game to be postponed due to rain was on April 25, 2012 (vs. High Desert). The Giants did not have a single postponement – home or road – during the 2015 season.

Season-Opening Win
Last Thursday’s triumph over Lancaster was San Jose’s first win on opening night since 2014 (7-1 victory at Rancho Cucamonga). Last year, the Giants dropped a 3-2 decision at Lancaster to begin the season. San Jose is 5-1 in their last six season-openers dating back to 2011.

Giants-Rawhide Matchup
This series marks the first Giants-Rawhide match-up of the year. The two clubs will play each other 23 times this season (10 games at Municipal Stadium & 13 games at Recreation Park). Last year, San Jose went just 4-15 against Visalia during the regular season before knocking off the Rawhide in a thrilling North Division Series. The Giants rallied from an 0-2 series deficit last September earning walk-off victories over the visiting Rawhide in Games 3 and 4. San Jose then claimed the winner-take-all Game 5 in Visalia by a 6-5 score in 11 innings. All five games of the series were decided by one run while two of the contests went to extra innings.

San Francisco Affiliation
This year is San Jose’s 29th season as an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants – the longest current 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), 11 North Division titles and qualified for the playoffs 21 times (in 28 seasons). The Giants enter this year having posted a league-record 12 consecutive winning seasons (2004-2015).

Top Prospects
Seven players on San Jose’s opening day roster are among the top 30 prospects in the San Francisco organization according to Baseball America: first baseman Chris Shaw (#5), pitcher Sam Coonrod (#6), catcher Aramis Garcia (#7), pitcher Andrew Suarez (#12), pitcher Jordan Johnson (#15), outfielder Ronnie Jebavy (#21) and outfielder Steven Duggar (#25).

VisaliaOpponent Notes: Visalia Rawhide
The Visalia Rawhide, an affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, swept a three-game series at Bakersfield to open the season. Visalia allowed a total of only four runs during the three-game set to the Blaze. Last year, the Rawhide finished with a league-best 84-56 record. J.R. House is in his second season as Visalia’s manager. House was named California League Manager of the Year in 2015 after leading the Rawhide to first and second half North Division titles.

Giants Open Regular Season Thursday Against Lancaster

san jose giantsAt Municipal Stadium (San Jose, CA)
* Thursday, April 7, 7:00 PM
* Friday, April 8, 7:00 PM
* Saturday, April 9, 5:00 PM
* Sunday, April 10, 1:00 PM

Records
Lancaster: 0-0
San Jose: 0-0

Probable Starting Pitchers
Thursday
Lancaster – Akeem Bostick (0-0, —)
San Jose – Andrew Suarez (0-0, —)

Friday
Lancaster – Andrew Walter (0-0, —)
San Jose – Sam Coonrod (0-0, —)

Saturday
Lancaster – Trent Thornton (0-0, —)
San Jose – D.J. Snelten (0-0, —)

Sunday
Lancaster – Brock Dykxhoorn (0-0, —)
San Jose – Jordan Johnson (0-0, —)

2016 San Jose Giants Roster

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NBCUT_Logo_chnBroadcast Information
All four games will be televised live on Comcast Hometown Network (Channel 104 SD/819 HD). Joe Ritzo handles the play-by-play while color commentary duties will be provided by Joe Castellano. The entire series can also be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM with Justin Allegri calling 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.

Top prospect Aramis Garcia and the San Jose Giants open the regular season on Thursday night

Top prospect Aramis Garcia and the San Jose Giants open the regular season on Thursday night

Giants Begin Regular Season Thursday
The San Jose Giants begin the 2016 regular season Thursday evening with the opener of a four-game series against the Lancaster JetHawks at Municipal Stadium. Following the series versus the JetHawks, San Jose’s homestand continues with a three-game set against the Visalia Rawhide. The Giants will play 14 out of their first 21 games at home this season.

San Francisco Affiliation
This year marks San Jose’s 29th season as an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants – the longest current 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), 11 North Division titles and qualified for the playoffs 21 times (in 28 seasons). The Giants enter this year having posted a league-record 12 consecutive winning seasons (2004-2015).

Home Opener
This year is the first time since 2009 that the San Jose Giants open the regular season at home.

Familiar Opening Foe
This is the second straight year the Giants begin the regular season against Lancaster. San Jose suffered a 3-2 loss to the JetHawks at The Hangar on opening night last year.

Top Prospects
Seven players on San Jose’s opening day roster are among the top 30 prospects in the San Francisco organization according to Baseball America: first baseman Chris Shaw (#5), pitcher Sam Coonrod (#6), catcher Aramis Garcia (#7), pitcher Andrew Suarez (#12), pitcher Jordan Johnson (#15), outfielder Ronnie Jebavy (#21) and outfielder Steven Duggar (#25).

Andrew Suarez is slated to make the opening night start on the mound for the Giants

Andrew Suarez is slated to make the opening night start on the mound for the Giants

Suarez Starts Opening Night
Andrew Suarez is slated to make the opening night start on the mound for the Giants. Suarez was a second round pick of the San Francisco Giants in the 2015 draft out of the University of Miami. He played for the AZL-Giants (Rookie-level), Salem-Keizer (Short-Season) and San Jose last season and combined to go 2-0 with a 1.60 ERA in 11 games (eight starts). Suarez also made two starts for the Giants in the California League playoffs last September.

Returning Players
15 of the 25 players on the Giants opening day roster have prior experience in San Jose. Of the 15 returnees, 13 were on the Giants’ playoff roster last September.

Manager Lipso Nava
Lipso Nava begins his first season as manager of the San Jose Giants in 2016. Previously, Nava was San Jose’s hitting coach the past three years (2013-15), in addition to a stint as the club’s acting manager during the final month of last season. Nava enters his ninth year in the San Francisco organization and third season as a manager. He had a prior two-year stint as manager of the Class-A Augusta GreenJackets in 2011-12. Nava played 16 seasons of professional baseball from 1990-2006, including stints in the Mariners, Red Sox and Cubs organizations.

2015 Review
The Giants finished last season with a 72-68 record (30-40 first half, 42-28 second half) and qualified for the playoffs as a Wild Card team. San Jose led the California League in ERA (3.46) and shutouts (15) last year while the Giants pitching staff was tops among all teams in Minor League Baseball with 1,345 strikeouts. San Jose reached the playoffs despite setting a team record for fewest runs scored in a single-season (594). The Giants’ 40-25 record after June 30 last year was the best mark in the league. During the postseason, San Jose knocked off Stockton in the Mini Series and Visalia in the Division Series before getting swept by Rancho Cucamonga in the Championship Series. The Giants won four playoff elimination games, including three in extra innings, before falling to the Quakes.

Homegrown Giants
14 players on San Francisco’s 25-man opening day roster are former San Jose Giants: Ehire Adrianza, Brandon Belt, Trevor Brown, Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Brandon Crawford, Matt Duffy, Chris Heston, Josh Osich, Joe Panik, Buster Posey, Sergio Romo, Hunter Strickland and Kelby Tomlinson. 181 former San Jose Giants have reached the major leagues during the 28-year history of the club.

LancasterOpponent Notes: Lancaster JetHawks
The Lancaster JetHawks, an affiliate of the Houston Astros, went 75-65 last season and reached the playoffs as a Wild Card team out of the South Division. Lancaster was defeated by the High Desert Mavericks, two-games-to-one, in the South Mini Series last September. This year’s JetHawks opening day roster includes eight returning players. Ramon Vazquez begins his first season as Lancaster’s manager in 2016. This series marks the JetHawks’ only trip to Municipal Stadium this year. The JetHawks have won two California League championships (2012, 2014) in the last four seasons.

Inside The San Jose Giants Season Preview Podcast

Episode 61 – Inside The San Jose Giants

2016-Inside-the-Podcast-480 x 270The San Jose Giants season has arrived! In this season preview edition of Inside the San Jose Giants, Joe Ritzo and Justin Allegri breakdown the 2016 roster, including the key returnees and exciting newcomers. The two discuss San Jose’s prospect-laden pitching rotation and powerful starting lineup in advance of opening night. First baseman Chris Shaw and pitching coach Mike Couchee also drop by to give their insights on the start of the season.

San Jose Giants Announce 2016 Roster

Starting Pitchers
Sam Coonrod
Jason Forjet
Jordan Johnson
Mark Reyes
D.J. Snelten
Andrew Suarez

Relief Pitchers
Martin Agosta
Carlos Diaz
Dusten Knight
Rodolfo Martinez
Reyes Moronta
Jose Reyes
Jeff Soptic
Pat Young

Catchers
Jared Deacon
Aramis Garcia
Ty Ross

Infielders
Jonah Arenado
Brandon Bednar
C.J. Hinojosa
Richard Rodriguez
Chris Shaw
Jose Vizcaino, Jr.

Outfielders
Junior Arias
Steven Duggar
Johneshwy Fargas
Ronnie Jebavy
Cristian Paulino

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NOTES

* These are the 28 players who will break camp with San Jose. The roster will be reduced to 25 active players ahead of the season opener on Thursday.

* 16 of the 28 players have previous experience in San Jose:
10 pitchers – Agosta (2014-15 in SJ), Coonrod (2015 postseason), Diaz (2015 postseason), Forjet (2013, 2015), Johnson (2015), J. Reyes (2015), Snelten (2015), Soptic (2013-15), Suarez (2015) and Young (2014).
3 catchers – Deacon (2014), Garcia (2015), Ross (2015).
2 infielders – Arenado (2015 postseason), Bednar (2014-15)
1 outfielder – Duggar (2015 postseason)

* Four players on the roster were drafted in the top two rounds by the San Francisco Giants: 1B Chris Shaw (2015 supplemental first round – 31st overall pick), LHP Andrew Suarez (2015 second round), C Aramis Garcia (2014 second round) and RHP Martin Agosta (2012 second round).

* Seven players on San Jose’s roster, including three starting pitchers, are ranked among the top 30 prospects in the San Francisco Giants organization according to Baseball America:
5. Chris Shaw (1B)
6. Sam Coonrod (SP)
7. Aramis Garcia (C)
12. Andrew Suarez (SP)
15. Jordan Johnson (SP)
21. Ronnie Jebavy (OF)
25. Steven Duggar (OF)

* Shaw (#5), Coonrod (#6), Garcia (#9) and Suarez (#10) are all ranked among the top 10 San Francisco Giants prospects by MLB.com entering this season.

* Five position players on the roster were drafted last June and will begin their first full professional seasons this year in San Jose. All five were standout performers for the Short-Season Salem-Keizer Volcanoes last summer. Shaw led the Northwest League with 12 home runs last year (in just 46 games) while batting at a .287 clip. Vizcaino, who played collegiately nearby at Santa Clara, was an All-Star third baseman for Salem-Keizer after hitting .288 with six home runs. Jebavy was among the league leaders in home runs (8) and stolen bases (23) as the Volcanoes’ everyday center fielder. Duggar batted .293 and posted an excellent .390 on-base percentage as the club’s right fielder before receiving a promotion to San Jose at the start of the Championship Series last September. Finally, Hinojosa hit .296 with five home runs and a team-leading 18 doubles while serving as Salem-Keizer’s primary shortstop.

* Other standout 2015 statistical performers include:
– Pitcher Sam Coonrod – Had a 3.14 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 111 innings with the Class-A Augusta GreenJackets last season. Was named the “top pitching prospect” in the league by Baseball America.
– Outfielder Johneshwy Fargas – Led the organization with 59 stolen bases last year as an All-Star outfielder with Augusta.
– Pitcher Martin Agosta – Was tops on last year’s San Jose pitching staff with 125 strikeouts.
– Catcher Aramis Garcia – Hit a team-leading 15 home runs for Augusta last season before earning a promotion to San Jose late in the campaign. Garcia then hit two more home runs for the Giants during the Cal League playoffs last September.
– Pitcher Jason Forjet – Fashioned a 2.67 ERA in 94 innings last season in San Jose, primarily as a starting pitcher. Finished the regular season on a 22-inning scoreless streak.
– Infielder Jonah Arenado – Led Augusta with 64 RBI’s last year before earning a playoff promotion to San Jose.
– Pitcher Andrew Suarez – Posted a combined 1.57 ERA in eight starts between Salem-Keizer and San Jose.
– Pitcher Mark Reyes – Ranked second in the South Atlantic League with a 2.13 ERA in 23 starts en route to earning midseason and postseason All-Star honors.
– Pitcher Rodolfo Martinez – Had a 2.54 ERA out of the Augusta bullpen last year. Was named the “top relief pitcher prospect” in the South Atlantic League by Baseball America.
– Pitcher Jordan Johnson – Boasted a 71-to-11 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 59 innings between the AZL-Giants (Rookie-level), Salem-Keizer and San Jose last season (3.19 ERA in 14 starts).

* Three players on the roster are from Northern California: Agosta (Sacramento), Deacon (Elk Grove) and Johnson (Elk Grove).

* Fans can meet the 2016 players and coaches at the 8th annual San Jose Giants FanFest this Monday, April 4 at Municipal Stadium from 5:00-9:00 PM. All players and coaches will be available to sign autographs and pose for pictures as part of a “Meet-and-Greet” that begins at 5:15 PM. Fans will then have the opportunity to watch the team practice starting at 7:00 PM.

* Opening night is Thursday, April 7 versus the Lancaster JetHawks. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM at Municipal Stadium.

2016 San Jose Giants Schedule

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News and Notes: Homegrown Giants In San Francisco, San Jose Roster Takes Shape

By Joe Ritzo

SF Giants logoThe San Francisco Giants have made their final roster cuts this week in anticipation of the start of the regular season. 25 players remain in big league camp and unless there’s a surprise trade, an injury or something else unforeseen, it’ll be those 25 who will open the year in San Francisco.

14 former San Jose Giants are expected to be on San Francisco’s opening day roster:

Ehire Adrianza, INF
Brandon Belt, 1B
Trevor Brown, C
Madison Bumgarner, LHP
Matt Cain, RHP
Brandon Crawford, SS
Matt Duffy, 3B
Chris Heston, RHP
Josh Osich, LHP
Joe Panik, 2B
Buster Posey, C
Sergio Romo, RHP
Hunter Strickland, RHP
Kelby Tomlinson, INF

2013 California League All-Star Hunter Strickland is one of 14 former San Jose Giants expected to be on San Francisco's opening day roster

2013 California League All-Star Hunter Strickland is one of 14 former San Jose Giants expected to be on San Francisco’s opening day roster

For Brown, Heston, Osich, Strickland and Tomlinson, it will be the first time that they will make a major league opening day roster. Brown has hit .324 in 37 at-bats this spring to win the back-up catching competition with Andrew Susac. Susac hasn’t played in a big league spring game since March 14 due to a wrist injury, but has seen action down in minor league camp in recent days. Susac will start the year with Triple-A Sacramento.

Heston made 31 starts in San Francisco last year, but wasn’t on the opening day roster (he was called up days later). Assuming Matt Cain is ready to go next week, Heston will open the season as the long reliever in San Francisco’s bullpen. It’s no surprise that Osich and Strickland made the opening day roster as both hurlers emerged as key relievers during the second half of last year and will continue to play important roles in the San Francisco bullpen. Meanwhile, Tomlinson showed his versatility this spring as he saw substantial playing time at second base, third and shortstop with good results. The former San Jose infielder is expected to fill a utility role to start the campaign.

Additionally, Ehire Adrianza had a strong camp and earned a spot on San Francisco’s opening day roster. Adrianza owns a .333 batting average in 57 spring at-bats and has shown he could even fill-in at first base and outfield, in addition to his usual infield spots.

In all likelihood, there will be six former San Jose Giants in San Francisco’s opening day lineup: C Posey, 1B Belt, 2B Panik, 3B Duffy, SS Crawford, P Bumgarner.

Outfielders Jarrett Parker and Mac Williamson were among the final roster cuts this week. Williamson especially made a strong impression this spring as he connected for five home runs in 57 at-bats to go with a .298 batting average and 14 RBI’s. Parker slugged three home runs in 69 spring at-bats, but hit just .234 with 23 strikeouts. Both players will get an opportunity to play everyday in the Sacramento outfield and should be among the first considered for a call-up later in the year.

The San Francisco Giants open the regular season on Monday in Milwaukee.

BIAGINI POISED TO DEBUT IN TORONTO
The 14 homegrown players listed above that are expected to land on San Francisco’s opening day roster all have previous experience in the major leagues. It looks as if the first former San Jose Giant to debut in the big leagues this season will be Joe Biagini of the Toronto Blue Jays. Biagini, a South Bay native from Santa Clara, spent the entire 2014 season in the San Jose starting rotation before earning All-Star honors with Double-A Richmond last year. Biagini though was left unprotected by the organization after the season (not placed on the 40-man roster) and was gobbled up by the Blue Jays in last December’s Rule 5 draft. The right-hander has now put together a strong spring and has won a spot in the Toronto bullpen. The Toronto Star details Biagini’s inclusion on the opening day roster here.

Andrew Suarez had an excellent start for the Giants "High-A" team in minor league camp on Tuesday

Andrew Suarez had an excellent start for the Giants “High-A” team in minor league camp on Tuesday

SUAREZ IMPRESSES IN FINAL SPRING START
Down in minor league camp, top prospect Andrew Suarez had an outstanding start for the Giants “High-A” team on Tuesday against the Dbacks “High-A” club at the Salt River Fields complex. Suarez cruised through five innings on the mound yielding just one run with six strikeouts. The only run against Suarez came in the fifth inning on a perfectly executed squeeze bunt play. Suarez, a former second round draft pick, fashioned a 1.57 ERA in eight starts between Salem-Keizer and San Jose last season. He’s currently rated the #10 prospect in the San Francisco organization by MLB.com and is expected to open the year in the San Jose starting rotation.

Third baseman Jose Vizcaino, Jr. and first baseman Jonah Areando delivered RBI hits in Tuesday’s “High-A” game as well.

The minor league spring exhibition schedule concludes on Friday afternoon before camp breaks on Sunday. An official announcement of the 2016 San Jose Giants roster is expected in the coming days.

FORMER SAN JOSE GIANTS RELEASED
While players down in minor league camp are currently positioning themselves to make a team and hit the ground running in 2016, others were not as fortunate. With minor league rosters becoming finalized, the organization has reportedly released several players in camp.

According to MLB.com transaction pages, former San Jose Giants Brian Ragira, Jack Snodgrass and Nick Vander Tuig were among the players released by the organization this spring. Ragira, a former fourth round draft pick out of Stanford, spent two full seasons with San Jose in 2014 and 2015. The first baseman combined for 30 home runs, 47 doubles, 140 RBI’s and a .256 batting average over 230 games during his two years in the California League. Ragira also delivered one of the most memorable home runs in team history last September when he hit a game-tying two-run blast in the eighth inning of the decisive third game of the Mini Series at Stockton. The Giants eventually went onto win the contest in 15 innings to advance to the next round – the first of four elimination game victories for last year’s club during the postseason.

Snodgrass was a California League All-Star in 2012 when he posted a 10-8 record with a 4.62 ERA over 26 starts for the Giants. He spent the bulk of the last three seasons pitching for Double-A Richmond. Vander Tuig made six starts for San Jose late in 2014 before beginning last season with the Giants. He emerged early last year as a capable starting pitcher and posted a 3-0 record with a 2.73 ERA in eight games (five starts) before going down with an elbow injury in mid-May. The injury, unfortunately, required Tommy John surgery, which was the second time Vander Tuig underwent the procedure in his baseball career. He was likely going to miss a portion of the 2016 season as well.

These players are no longer with the Giants, but could potentially continue their baseball careers with another organization or attempt to play in an independent league.

Report from Arizona: Final Week Of Minor League Camp Underway

By Joe Ritzo

IMG_1343It’s crunch-time here at minor league camp as today marked the beginning of the final week of spring exhibition games. By the weekend, the San Jose Giants roster should be set before the 2016 club breaks camp on Sunday. Then of course, Monday, April 4 is your first opportunity to meet the new team with FanFest at Municipal Stadium (5:00-9:00 PM).

This afternoon, the Giants “High-A” and “Low-A” teams hosted the Chicago Cubs “High-A” and “Low-A” teams at the Giants Minor League Complex in Scottsdale. The day certainly had a major league flare to it as San Francisco right-hander Matt Cain made the start on the mound for the “High-A” team with Andrew Susac behind the plate. Cain is coming back from cyst-removal surgery while Susac has been bothered by a wrist injury this spring. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle just filed this report on Cain’s day at minor league camp.

Here are my observations and notes from the “High-A” game, which saw the Cubs post a 5-4 victory:

* The Giants lineup –
1. Johneshwy Fargas, LF
2. Ronnie Jebavy, CF
3. Andrew Susac, C
4. Jonah Arenado, DH/1B
5. Chris Shaw, 1B
6. Gustavo Cabrera, DH
7. Dillon Dobson, 3B
8. Steven Duggar, RF
9. Manuel Geraldo, SS
10. Tyler Brown, 2B

* The notable change to the “High-A” lineup today compared to Saturday (outside of Susac) was the inclusion of Ronnie Jebavy. Jebavy has reportedly performed well this spring and has put himself in contention to make the San Jose opening day roster. He was a fifth round draft pick last June out of Middle Tennessee State before serving as Salem-Keizer’s everyday center fielder last summer. With the Volcanoes, Jebavy ranked among the Northwest League leaders in home runs (8) and stolen bases (23) while batting at a .263 clip in 63 games. Jebavy is a highly-regarded defensive player and if the organization feels his bat is ready for the California League, he could certainly make an impact in San Jose this season, perhaps as soon as next week. On Monday, Jebavy went 1-for-4 with a line drive single to center and a stolen base.

* Jebavy primarily hit leadoff for Salem-Keizer last year, but today’s lineup had him in the second spot with Johneshwy Fargas, last season leadoff man in Augusta, in the first position. As he did in Saturday’s exhibition game against the Diamondbacks, Fargas created havoc on the bases swiping two more bags (and he did so with ease). Over the last two “High-A” games, Fargas is an eye-opening 5-for-5 in stolen base attempts. He had two at-bats today, grounding out to third and lining a single into right. Fargas was exclusively a center fielder last season in Augusta, but shifted to left in today’s “High-A” game with Jebavy’s presence. The two players would undoubtedly cover a lot of ground in the Municipal Stadium outfield this season if they both end up in San Jose. And for that matter, Steven Duggar, who again started in right for the “High-A” team, is another speedster with past experience as a center fielder. We’re still a few days away from final roster decisions, but there looks to be great potential for a fast and ultra-athletic San Jose outfield in 2016.

* Duggar had two of the more impressive at-bats today as he ripped a double into the left field corner and was also robbed of a hit when his screaming liner was caught by a leaping third baseman for the Cubs.

* The Giants scored four runs Monday on a pair of two-run homers. Dillon Dobson, who made the start at third base, launched a towering home run over the high fence down the right field line in the fifth inning. Dobson was a 23rd round draft pick last June out of Appalachian State and hit well in the Arizona Rookie League after signing his pro contract (.297 AVG, 15 doubles, 3 home runs). Dobson is probably a long-shot to make the San Jose opening day roster given his lack of experience above rookie-ball, but certainly had an impressive swing today. Meanwhile, Skyler Ewing came off the bench and accounted for the rest of the Giants run-production today when he crushed a two-run homer well over the fence in left center in the seventh inning. Ewing is a former sixth round pick out of Rice and had an excellent 2014 season in Salem-Keizer when he led the Volcanoes with eight home runs (in just 51 games). He was Augusta’s everyday first baseman last year, but hit just .231 with two home runs in 128 games (he did lead the team with 26 doubles). The power though is still clearly there for Ewing as was evident with his home run today. Top prospect Chris Shaw and Jonah Arenado have seen all the action at first base for the “High-A” team the last two games, so it’s unclear if there will be room for Ewing in San Jose this season or if he’ll have to repeat Augusta.

* Speaking of Shaw, the former supplemental first round pick again played just the first five innings. He walked and grounded out in his two plate appearances today. Gustavo Cabrera singled twice in his four at-bats. Meanwhile, Arenado again started the game at DH before taking over for Shaw at first base. Arenado was almost exclusively a third baseman last season in Augusta (and San Jose during the playoffs), but is clearly seeing a lot of action across the infield this spring. That will be an interesting development to follow this season and could perhaps determine where Arenado starts the year. Dobson and Jose Vizcaino have received all the playing time at third base in the two “High-A” games that I’ve seen down here.

* Finally, Susac caught the first six innings in today’s game before calling it a day. The former San Jose slugger hammered a fly ball to deep right center in his first at-bat that was caught at the edge of the warning track in front of the 421 foot sign. He then lined out to straightaway center in his second at-bat before drawing a walk and then striking out looking in his final plate appearance.

* With Cain on the mound for the “High-A” team today, it shifted the originally scheduled starter, Jordan Johnson, to the “Low-A” game on the neighboring field. Johnson will almost certainly begin the season in San Jose’s rotation after making eight starts with the Giants late last year. On Monday, Johnson showed his usual zip to his fastball (he was regularly low-to-mid 90’s last season in SJ), but struggled with his command. Johnson fell behind in the count to most hitters today and had to battle through his four innings. Overall, nine hitters reached base against Johnson – five via the hit, three walks and one hit batter. He struck out just one hitter, but allowed only one run (one of his innings was halted with two runners on and two outs as he had reached his inning-pitch limit). Johnson has been rated a top 20 prospect in the Giants organization by Baseball America and MLB.com entering this season and would be one of the anchors of San Jose’s rotation this year if he returns to the Cal League.

* As always, it’s important to remember that none of these players are guaranteed to open the season in San Jose. These are merely the players who suited up for the “High-A” club this afternoon. The roster situations in minor league camp are fluid, even during the final week of spring training. Several changes will likely occur between now and when players break camp as the organization makes a bevy of personnel decisions. I’ll have more from minor league camp tomorrow as Andrew Suarez is slated to start on the mound for the “High-A” club.

The Giants Minor League Complex: Matt Cain pitching for the "High-A" team on the left with Jordan Johnson pitching in the "Low-A" game on the right

The Giants Minor League Complex: Matt Cain pitching for the “High-A” team on the left with Jordan Johnson pitching in the “Low-A” game on the right

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