Giants Travel To Modesto For Three-Game Series

San Jose Giants (49-32) at Modesto Nuts (41-40)

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

Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Monday
San Jose – Edwin Escobar (2-4, 3.50)
Modesto – Eddie Butler (3-1, 2.77)

Tuesday
San Jose – Austin Fleet (4-1, 3.55)
Modesto – Tyler Gagnon (6-6, 6.28)

Wednesday
San Jose – Kyle Crick (0-1, 0.48)
Modesto – Chris Jensen (2-4, 4.16)

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

Giants Begin Three-Game Series At Modesto Tonight

The San Jose Giants begin a three-game series against the Modesto Nuts this evening at John Thurman Field. In their most recent series, San Jose won three out of four games from the visiting Stockton Ports. The Giants posted wins of 2-1 (10 innings) last Thursday, 8-4 on Saturday and 5-3 yesterday afternoon. Stockton’s only victory of the series was an 8-6 triumph last Friday night. In yesterday’s contest, Mac Williamson (2-for-4, 2B, HR, RBI) doubled and homered to lead the San Jose offensive attack. Shawn Payne, Myles Schroder and Skyler Stromsmoe also finished with two hits apiece. Ty Blach picked-up the win after tossing five innings with two runs and four hits allowed. Josh Osich notched the save with a perfect top of the ninth.

June Review
San Jose finished June with a 15-12 record – their third straight winning month to begin the season (April 18-7, May 16-13). The Giants and Lancaster JetHawks are the only two teams in the California League to have posted above .500 records in all three months this year. San Jose hit .237 and fashioned a 3.67 ERA during June. Mac Williamson was the top Giants hitter in June with a .320 batting average, six home runs and 21 RBI’s over 27 games.

League-Leading Pitching Staff

The Giants pitching staff has compiled a stellar 3.51 ERA this season to lead the California League. San Jose starting pitchers have been particularly impressive this year having allowed more than three earned runs in just 14 out of the first 81 games. Individually, Ty Blach is second in the league in ERA (2.72) and tied for second in wins (8) while Clayton Blackburn is fourth in strikeouts (88). As a staff, San Jose is first in the league in shutouts (5 – tied), strikeouts (769) and fewest home runs allowed (57).

Winning The Close Ones
The Giants are 13-5 (.722) in one-run games this season – the most one-run wins and highest winning percentage of any team in the California League. San Jose is 27-13 (.675) this year in games decided by one or two runs. The Giants have also won their last three extra-inning games.

Villalona, Osich, Hall, Stromsmoe Promoted
Four San Jose Giants – Angel Villalona, Josh Osich, Cody Hall and Skyler Stromsmoe – have been promoted to Double-A Richmond over the last two days. Villalona (.229, 14 HR, 42 RBI) and Osich (3-1, 2.45 ERA, 12 SV) both earned California League All-Star honors this season. Hall (2-0, 1.34 ERA, 2 SV) allowed just one earned run over his last 29 2/3 innings with the Giants while Stromsmoe (.262, 0 HR, 2 RBI) returns to the Flying Squirrels after beginning the year in Richmond.

Ricky Oropesa Returns
First baseman Ricky Oropesa returns to San Jose as he was added to the Giants roster from Richmond (AA) today. Oropesa spent all of 2012 in San Jose and finished tied for fourth in the California League with 98 RBI’s. The former third round draft pick also produced a .263 batting average, 30 doubles and 16 home runs with the Giants a season ago. In 66 games for Richmond this year, Oropesa batted .207 with six home runs and 23 RBI’s.

First Half North Division Champions
San Jose won their eighth first half North Division title in the last nine years (2005-2011, 2013) earlier this season. The Giants finished the first half with a 43-27 record – four games ahead of the second-place Visalia Rawhide (39-31). By virtue of winning the division crown, San Jose has clinched a spot in the playoffs and earned a first round bye. The Giants will open the postseason on Saturday, September 7 with Game One of the best-of-five North Division Series at Municipal Stadium. San Jose has set a California League record by reaching the playoffs in 10 consecutive seasons (2004-2013). The previous record was held by the Stockton Ports (nine straight years, 1985-1993).

Williamson’s Power Surge
Right fielder Mac Williamson has hit three home runs over his last five games. During the five-game span, Williamson is 8-for-18 (.444) with eight RBI’s. He’s also homered in his last two games.

Opponent Notes: Modesto Nuts

The Modesto Nuts, an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, are off to a 9-2 start in the second half. Modesto is in first place in the North Division – three games ahead of the Giants (6-5) for the top spot in the second half standings. The Nuts are eighth in the league in batting average (.250) and second in ERA (3.95). Modesto is 7-8 against San Jose this season, including a 2-4 mark at John Thurman Field.

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