Giants Drop 11-10 Slugfest to QuakesJuly 8, 2012 - California League (CalL) San Jose Giants
Ryan Lollis (3-for-5) had three hits while Adam Duvall (2-for-5, 3B, 3 RBI) drove home three runs to lead San Jose offensively. San Francisco Giant Aubrey Huff (1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI) added a two-run homer in the second game of his rehabilitation assignment.
The back-and-forth affair saw the teams combine for 12 runs in the sixth inning. The Giants took a 5-3 lead into the top of the sixth before the Quakes sent 13 batters to the plate and scored seven runs on seven hits. The inning began with a four-pitch walk to Christopher O'Brien before Jonathan Garcia singled. Bobby Coyle then stepped to the plate and hammered an RBI double off of San Jose starter Jack Snodgrass to cut the deficit to 5-4. Alexis Aguilar followed with a sacrifice fly to tie the game before Scott Wingo's single prompted a pitching change. Phil McCormick (1/3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO) was summoned from the bullpen, but the reliever allowed four straight run-scoring hits to begin his outing. Landry was up next and he reached on an infield single to second base as Coyle scored the go- ahead run. Joc Pederson's RBI single made it 7-5 before C.J. Retherford lined a double into the right field corner to score two more runs. Austin Gallagher then capped the scoring in the top of the sixth with an RBI double extending the Rancho Cucamonga lead to 10-5.
The Giants though answered in the bottom of the sixth as 11 batters came to the plate with five runs scoring. Back-to-back walks to Andrew Susac and Jarrett Parker started the frame before Alex Burg belted an RBI double off the fence in left center. A walk to Carter Jurica then loaded the bases and after Lollis lined out to third, Joe Panik singled to left plating Parker and Burg to make it 10-8. Luke Anders was up next and he drew a walk to again the load the bases bringing up Adam Duvall, who bounced a single into left field scoring Jurica and Panik to tie the game 10-10.
San Jose had an opportunity to reclaim the lead as Ricky Oropesa followed with a single to load the bases once more, but Susac bounced into a fielder's choice back to the mound as Anders was forced at the plate before Parker grounded out to second.
The sixth inning took 55 minutes to play with the team's combining for 12 runs on 11 hits.
Reliever Stephen Harrold (1 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO) pitched around a leadoff walk in the top of the seventh before the Giants went down quietly in the bottom of the inning as the score remained tied. Chris Wilson relieved Harrold to start the eighth and promptly struck out the side in a perfect inning of work. After San Jose was retired 1-2-3 in the bottom of the eighth, Wilson returned to the mound in the ninth. Coyle led off with a bloop single to shallow center before Aguilar's sacrifice bunt advanced pinch-runner Casio Grider to second. Wingo then drew a walk to put runners on first and second. Landry was up next and he blasted a 2-2 pitch from Wilson off the fence in deep right field as Grider easily scored to put the Quakes back in front. Wilson managed to limit the scoring in the ninth as after an intentional walk to Pederson loaded the bases, Retherford popped out to first and Gallagher struck out swinging.
In the bottom of the ninth, Rancho Cucamonga closer Eric Eadington worked a 1-2-3 inning to finish the game. Eadington struck out Susac and Parker to start the frame before Burg flied out to left.
Jordan Roberts (5-0) picked-up the win out of the Quakes bullpen after tossing 2 2/3 scoreless innings with two hits surrendered, one walk and two strikeouts. Roberts allowed two inherited runners to score on Duvall's game-tying single in the bottom of the seventh, but retired eight out of the last nine batters that he faced. Eadington was credited with his 13th save of the season.
Wilson (3-2) took the loss for the Giants after yielding the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth. The right-hander pitched two innings and allowed one run on two hits. He walked two and struck out four.
San Jose took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third when Lollis led off with a single before Duvall hammered a two-out, RBI triple off the fence in center.
Rancho Cucamonga responded with two runs in the second against Snodgrass as Gallagher started the inning with a double before O'Brien singled. Two batters later, Coyle came through with an RBI double off the wall while Aguilar's RBI groundout gave the Quakes their first lead of the night.
In the bottom of the third, Lollis singled with one out, advanced to second on a wild pitch and then scored when the next batter, Panik, reached on an error. Huff followed with a towering two-run homer to deep right center for a 4-2 Giants advantage.
Each team scored a run in fourth inning as Coyle's one-out RBI double brought Rancho Cucamonga to within 4-3 before Parker led off the bottom of the inning with a double and came home two batters later on Jurica's sacrifice fly.
Snodgrass worked a scoreless top of the fifth for San Jose before then running into trouble in the sixth. He was charged with a career-high seven runs (all earned) on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. Snodgrass walked three and struck out three.
The Quakes out-hit the Giants by a 15-10 margin. San Jose did not record a hit after Oropesa's one-out single in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Notes: Saturday was the first time this season the Giants scored in double-figures and lost ... Rancho Cucamonga's seven-run top of the sixth matched the highest scoring inning against San Jose this season ... The Giants have lost three straight games as their second half record has dropped to 7-10 ... Anders (0-for-1, BB), who pinch-hit for Huff in the bottom of the sixth, saw his hitting streak end at 12 games ... The Quakes were 9-for-21 (.429) with runners in scoring position ... Coyle led the Rancho Cucamonga offense finishing 4-for-4 with three doubles and three RBI's ... The Giants are 1-3 on their current homestand.
On Deck: The Giants and Quakes continue their three-game series on Sunday evening with first pitch at Municipal Stadium scheduled for 5:00 PM. Seth Rosin (2-0, 3.92 ERA) is slated to start on the mound for San Jose while Rancho Cucamonga is expected to counter with Andres Santiago (4-3, 5.50 ERA). It's a KBAY's Giant Sunday at the ballpark and tickets can be purchased by calling (408) 297-1435 or by visiting sjgiants.com.
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