April 20, 2017 - California League (CalL) - San Jose Giants
SAN JOSE, CA - Four Visalia pitchers combined on a four-hitter as the Rawhide cruised to a 5-1 victory over the San Jose Giants on Thursday afternoon at Municipal Stadium. Visalia scored four runs over the first two innings to build an early 4-0 lead and never looked back en route to the win. With the defeat, San Jose (7-7) drops three out of four games in the series.
Jalen Miller (2-for-3, 2B) had two of the Giants' four hits in Thursday's loss. San Jose's only run of the contest came on a Michael Morse RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. At one point in the game, 16 out of 17 Giants hitters were retired by Rawhide pitching.
Visalia starter Jose Almonte (1-0) notched the win after tossing five scoreless innings with just two hits allowed. Almonte walked one and struck out six during his dominant pitching performance.
The Rawhide jumped out early against San Jose starter Jake McCasland scoring three times in the top of the first inning. Back-to-back one-out singles from Sergio Alcantara and Colin Bray put runners on first and second. Austin Byler then lined an 0-2 pitch from McCasland into shallow center for a single plating Alcantara with the first run of the day. Following a strikeout of Grant Heyman, Bray and Byler successfully executed a double steal to put runners on second and third. Matt Jones then took an 0-2 offering from McCasland and blooped a single into shallow left. The hit scored both Bray and Byler for a 3-0 Visalia advantage.
The Rawhide then added to their lead with a run in the second against McCasland. Zach Nehrir singled to start the frame before he was forced out at second on Galli Cribbs' fielder's choice grounder. Fernery Ozuna then grounded out advancing Cribbs to second before Alcantara delivered a two-out RBI single to make it 4-0.
Visalia pushed their lead to 5-0 when Jones led off the top of the fourth with a solo home run to left center.
Meanwhile, Almonte cruised through his five innings on the mound as the Rawhide maintained their advantage. San Jose's only hits against the right-hander were both off the bat of Miller - a leadoff double in the bottom of the first and a single in the third. The Giants threatened in the bottom of the third putting runners on first and second with one out, but Almonte induced Bryan Reynolds to ground into a 6-4-3 inning-ending double play.