San Jose Giants on Deck: Giants Continue Road Trip in Lake ElsinoreAugust 28, 2012 - California League (CalL) San Jose Giants
At The Diamond Tuesday, August 28, 7:05 PM Wednesday, August 29, 7:05 PM Thursday, August 30, 7:05 PM
Probable Starting Pitching Matchups Tuesday - Ryan Bradley (8-7, 4.94) vs. Burch Smith (9-6, 3.99) Wednesday - Justin Schumer (6-4, 4.99) vs. Matt Branham (7-3, 3.60) Thursday - Taylor Rogers (11-11, 4.13) vs. Matt Andriese (10-7, 3.42)
Giants Begin Three-Game Series At Lake Elsinore Tonight... The San Jose Giants continue their road trip this evening with the opener of a three-game series against the Lake Elsinore Storm at The Diamond. San Jose began the road trip with a 9-4 win at Rancho Cucamonga last Friday before suffering three consecutive losses of 11-8, 10-7 and 4-3 to the Quakes. In last night's series finale, Rancho Cucamonga took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth before holding off the Giants to earn the victory. San Jose left 12 runners on base, including eight over the last four innings, in the loss. Joe Panik (3-for-5, 2B, RBI) had three hits to lead the Giants offensive attack. Starting pitcher Kelvin Marte suffered the loss despite matching a career-high with seven strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. He allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits during his stint on the mound.
Media Coverage... The entire series can be heard live on sjgiants.com with Joe Ritzo calling all of the action. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club's official website.
Playoff Race... The Giants are attempting to reach the playoffs for a ninth consecutive season. San Jose can secure a postseason berth by clinching the best overall record in the North Division. The Giants (70-63) currently are tied with the Modesto Nuts (70-63) for the top mark in the division. San Jose could also reach the playoffs if Visalia is eliminated from second half title contention. Modesto (36-27) leads the North Division second half race by four games over the Giants (32-31) and five games over the Rawhide (31-32). Including tonight, there are seven games remaining in the regular season. San Jose hasn't missed the playoffs since 2003.
Three Straight Losses... Prior to the current losing streak, the Giants hadn't lost consecutive games since July 27-28. The three-game slide is San Jose's first since they dropped six straight contests from July 5-11. The Giants are still 17-10 in their last 27 games overall dating back to July 29.
Defensive Struggles... The Giants committed 12 errors during the four- game series against Rancho Cucamonga, including a season-high tying five on Sunday. San Jose has allowed 11 unearned runs in the past three games. The Giants are fourth in the California League in fielding percentage (.972).
Duvall Sets Giants Single-Season Home Run Record... Third baseman Adam Duvall established a new San Jose Giants single-season home run record with his 27th of the year on August 17 in Stockton. Tim Flaherty held the previous mark of 26 home runs during the 2001 season. Duvall then connected for his 28th homer this season on August 19 against the Ports. He's hit 12 home runs over his last 29 games, including a stretch of five consecutive games with a homer from August 3-8. Duvall hit 12 home runs during the first half and has 16 in the second half. The 28 home runs overall lead the entire San Francisco Giants organization.
Giants In The Cal League Rankings... Adam Duvall is currently tops in the California League in home runs (28), tied for third in runs scored (95) and tied for sixth in RBI's (91). Ricky Oropesa ranks fourth in RBI's (94) while Joe Panik is sixth in hits (148). Pitchers Taylor Rogers (11) and Jack Snodgrass (10) are tied for second and tied for fourth respectively in wins. As a team, the Giants are fourth in the league in runs scored (5.4 per game) and third in ERA (4.55). San Jose is also first in shutouts (10) while the pitching staff has allowed the fewest home runs (91) in the league.
Home/Road Comparison... The Giants have hit considerably better on the road this season (.279 AVG, 6.6 runs per game) compared to at home (. 251 AVG, 4.1 runs per game). San Jose's team ERA at home is 4.10 while it's at 5.00 on the road. The Giants had won 10 out of 11 on the road prior to losses the last three nights. San Jose is in the midst of their final road trip of the regular season. The Giants' overall road record is 35-32 - second-best in the league (High Desert 36-31).
Panik Surges In Second Half... Shortstop Joe Panik is batting .331 with five home runs and 44 RBI's in the second half (58 games) after hitting at a .257 clip with two homers and 30 RBI's during the first half (66 games). The former first round draft pick is also batting . 386 (56-for-145) over his last 36 games. Panik leads the Giants in hits (148), is second in doubles (27), third in RBI's (74) while he's also the toughest player to strikeout in the California League (one every 11.08 at-bats).
Holding Leads... San Jose is 58-2 this season when leading after seven innings - the fewest losses in the California League. The Giants have also lost only one game when taking a lead into the ninth inning (63-1).
Opponent Notes: Lake Elsinore Storm... The Lake Elsinore Storm, an affiliate of the San Diego Padres, enter tonight's contest with an overall record of 66-67 - tied with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (66-67) for the final playoff spot in the South Division. The Storm have lost seven out of their last eight games. Lake Elsinore ranks sixth in the California League in batting average (.269) and first in ERA (4.31). The Storm won two out of three games from the Giants in the only previous meeting between the teams this season (June 28-30 at Municipal Stadium).
California League Stories from August 28, 2012
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