San Jose Giants on Deck: Giants Look to Get Back on Track Versus High DesertApril 23, 2012 - California League (CalL) San Jose Giants
At Municipal Stadium Monday, April 23, 7:00 PM Tuesday, April 24, 7:00 PM Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 PM Thursday, April 26, 11:35 AM
Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Monday - James Gillheeney (2-0, 1.15) vs. Ryan Bradley (2-1, 1.13)
Tuesday - George Mieses (1-1, 4.96) vs. Justin Schumer (2-0, 4.24)
Wednesday - Roenis Elias (2-0, 1.96) vs. Jack Snodgrass (1-1, 2.20)
Thursday - Anthony Fernandez (0-1, 4.24) vs. Shawn Sanford (3-1, 4.50)
Giants Begin Four-Game Series Against High Desert Tonight... The San Jose Giants return home this evening to begin a four-game series against the High Desert Mavericks at Municipal Stadium. In their most recent series, San Jose was swept in four games by the host Bakersfield Blaze falling by the scores of 8-7, 1-0, 4-1 and 8-6. The Giants suffered back-to-back walk-off losses in the first two games while the San Jose hitters also endured a stretch of 18 consecutive scoreless innings at one point during the series. In yesterday's defeat, Chris Lofton, Ricky Oropesa and Adam Duvall each hit a solo home run. The three homers were a single-game season-high for the Giants. Taylor Rogers suffered the loss on the mound after allowing four runs (all earned) on six hits over 3 2/3 innings.
Media Coverage... The entire series can be heard live on www.sjgiants.com with Joe Ritzo calling all of the action. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club's official website.
Four Consecutive Losses After Nine Straight Wins... The Giants have suffered four straight losses after entering their last series at Bakersfield on a nine-game winning streak. The win streak is the longest in the California League this season. Prior to the current losing streak, the Giants had not dropped back-to-back games this year.
Freddy Sanchez Joins San Jose On Rehabilitation Assignment... San Francisco Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez is scheduled to begin a rehabilitation assignment with the San Jose Giants tonight. Sanchez, 34, is recovering from a right shoulder injury sustained last season. A three-time All-Star and member of San Francisco's 2010 World Championship team, Sanchez owns a lifetime batting average of .297 over 10 major league seasons. Sanchez won the 2006 batting title when he hit .344 while playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates before he was traded to San Francisco during the 2009 season. Sanchez batted .289 with three home runs and 24 RBI's over 60 games during an injury- shortened 2011 campaign with the Giants. He previously played for San Jose on a rehabilitation assignment in 2010 knocking out six hits, including five doubles, over nine at-bats during three games in Visalia. Tonight will be the first game of Sanchez's career at Municipal Stadium.
Giants Rank Second In Runs Scored, Third In ERA... San Jose enters tonight's game currently ranked second in the California League in runs scored (5.5 per game) and third in ERA (3.40). The Giants' .257 team batting average is fourth in the league. The San Jose pitching staff has thrown a league-best three shutouts while they've also allowed the second-fewest home runs (10).
Close Calls... Eight of San Jose's first 18 games this season have been decided by one run. The Giants are 5-3 in one-run games.
Lollis' Strong Start... Outfielder Ryan Lollis has hit safely in 14 out of his first 15 games this season and is currently batting .345 to rank tied for 10th in the California League. Lollis has five multi- hit games this year while his seven doubles are tops on the club.
Top Prospects... Seven players on San Jose's opening day roster are among the top 30 prospects in the organization according to Baseball America: Shortstop Joe Panik (#4), catcher Andrew Susac (#6), outfielder Jarrett Parker (#15), first baseman Ricky Oropesa (#17), pitcher Josh Osich (#23), pitcher Stephen Harrold (#25) and third baseman Adam Duvall (#28).
Swing And A Miss... Offensively, the Giants have struck out 167 times over their first 18 games (9.3 per game) - tops in the California League. In the four losses at Bakersfield, San Jose hitters combined for 42 strikeouts and six walks. Individually, Jarrett Parker has struck out 29 times in 53 at-bats to lead the league. Conversely, Joe Panik is the second-toughest player in the California League to strikeout with just one every 12.5 at-bats. Panik has struck out only six times in 65 at-bats.
Final Meeting With The Mavs... This series marks the final meeting of the regular season between the Giants and the High Desert Mavericks. In their only previous match-up, San Jose won two out of three games at High Desert from April 9-11. The Giants scored 31 runs and collected 47 hits over the three games with Adam Duvall (8-for-14, . 571, 3 RBI) and Jarrett Parker (6-for-14, .429, 2 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBI) leading the way.
Opponent Notes: High Desert Mavericks... The High Desert Mavericks, an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, enter tonight's game with an 11-6 record this season. High Desert is in first place in the South Division - two games ahead of both Inland Empire and Lake Elsinore for the top spot. The Mavericks lead the league in batting average (.316) and runs scored (7.2 per game) while they're ninth in ERA (4.73). Four High Desert hitters are among the top eight in the California League in batting average: Stefen Romero (1st, .394), Jack Marder (2nd, .386), Steven Proscia (6th, .368) and Julio Morban (8th, .351).
California League Stories from April 23, 2012
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