April 10, 2008 - California League (CalL) - San Jose Giants
The Bakersfield Blaze scored four runs - all with two outs - in the top of the eighth inning to defeat San Jose 4-3 and spoil the Giants home opener on Thursday night. In front of 3,634 fans at Municipal Stadium, San Jose dropped their fourth consecutive game to drop their overall record to 4-4. Before the contest on Thursday, the Giants did celebrate their 2007 California League Championship with highlights on the stadium videoboard and a ring ceremony.
Ben Snyder was spectacular on the mound for San Jose tossing seven shutout innings to begin the game. The left-hander allowed just four hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Snyder, who has yet to surrender a run this season, recorded 11 groundball outs on Thursday during his 79-pitch outing.
Trailing 3-0, the Blaze though would rally in the top of the eighth inning against Giants reliever Steve Edlefsen (0-1). Manuel Pita doubled with one out and scored when Jose Vallejo reached on a two-out infield single to second base. After Truan Mehl walked, John Whittleman lined a single into center field to load the bases. On the play however, center fielder Mike McBryde\'s throw skipped away from first baseman Brett Pill and rolled out of play next to the Giants dugout. Both Vallejo and Mehl scored on the play to tie the game at 3-3 while Whittleman advanced to second.
Chad Tracy then lined a double into left field plating Whittleman with the go-ahead tally.
Bakersfield relievers Ryan Falcon and Andrew Laughter would combine to set down the final 10 Giants hitters of the evening. All total, San Jose mustered only four hits.
The Giants jumped in front 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning when Andy D\'Alessio walked with one out and eventually scored on Brad Boyer\'s two-out single into left field. In the fifth, Sharlon Schoop lined a solo home run to straightaway left field to extend the San Jose lead to 2-0. For Schoop, it was his first home run of the season.
The Giants moved in front 3-0 with a single run in the bottom of the sixth. Two walks put runners on first and second with one out before D\'Alessio grounded a single into right field to score San Jose\'s third run of the evening.
Edlefsen suffered the loss after surrendered four runs (three earned) on five hits in two innings. Snyder retired 20 of the 24 batters he faced.
Notes: The Giants have lost four games in a row after winning four straight to open the season ... No San Jose starter recorded a multiple-hit game at the plate ... The Giants were retired 1-2-3 in five of their nine innings ... San Jose snapped a string of 27 consecutive innings without a run when they scored in the bottom of the second ... Snyder has worked 12 innings this season through two starts with no runs and nine hits allowed ... Pablo Sandoval (wrist) missed his third consecutive game, but is expected to return to the lineup later in this series.
On Deck: The Giants and Blaze continue this four-game series on Friday evening with first pitch at Municipal Stadium scheduled for 7:00 P.M. It\'s a KFOX Family Friday at the ballpark and tickets can be purchased by calling (408)297-1435 or by visiting www.sjgiants.com. Tim Alderson (1-0, 0.00 ERA) is slated to make the start on the mound for San Jose while Bakersfield is expected to counter with Beau Jones (0-1, 7.36 ERA).