July 21, 2013 - California League (CalL) - San Jose Giants
SAN JOSE - Stockton's Josh Whitaker hit a two-out, two-RBI single in the top of the 13th inning to lift the Ports to a 5-3 victory over the San Jose Giants on Saturday evening at Municipal Stadium. With the game tied, the Giants stranded the potential winning run at third base in the 10th, 11th and 12th innings before Stockton took their first lead of the game in the 13th. The series-opening loss drops San Jose's overall record to 60-40 at the 100-game mark of the season.
Mac Williamson (3-for-5, RBI) had three singles and drove home a run to lead the Giants offensively in defeat.
With the game tied 3-3, San Jose reliever Jose Casilla retired the first two batters of the top of the 13th. However, Casilla then issued a walk to #9 hitter Wade Kirkland before Myrio Richard singled. Antonio Lamas then walked to load the bases bringing up Whitaker, who lined the first pitch of his at-bat into right field for a single to score both Kirkland and Richard.
Tucker Healy (1-1) earned the win out of the Ports bullpen after holding the Giants scoreless in the 11th and 12th innings. Shaeffer Hall worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the 13th to pick-up his first save of the year. Five Stockton relievers combined on seven shutout innings to finish the game.
Casilla (3-4), who entered the contest to begin the top of the 12th, suffered the loss. He was charged with two runs (both earned) on three hits over two innings.
San Jose took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Elliott Blair led off with a double, advanced to third on Brock Bond's groundout and scored when Williamson hit a sacrifice fly to center.
The Ports though quickly tied the game in the top of the second when B.A. Vollmuth led off with his 19th home run of the season.
The Giants went back in front in the bottom of the third as Bond singled with one out before taking second when the throw back to the infield sailed away for an error. Then with two outs, Ricky Oropesa grounded a single up the middle to plate Bond for a 2-1 San Jose advantage.
In the bottom of the fifth, Bond walked with one out before a single from Williamson put runners on the corners. Bond then scored on a passed ball to make it 3-1.
Ty Blach started on the mound for the Giants and worked the first five innings with one run and six hits allowed. Blach walked two and struck out four during his 88-pitch effort. He stranded two runners on base in the third and fourth innings before pitching out of a two on, none out jam in the top of the fifth.
Jeff Soptic (1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO) relieved Blach to begin the top of the sixth and allowed two runs in his lone inning of work as Stockton tied the game 3-3. A one-out double from Tony Thompson started the rally before Bobby Crocker followed with an RBI single. Crocker advanced to second on an error and then scored the tying run when Dusty Robinson delivered an RBI single.
The game would remain knotted 3-3 until the Ports finally broke through in the top of the 13th. Chris Marlowe (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO) retired all nine batters he faced over the seventh, eighth and ninth innings for the Giants. In the top of the 10th, Stockton put runners on first and second with none out against Stephen Harrold (2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 SO), but failed to score. Harrold recorded a strikeout, induced a pop out and then picked-up another strikeout to work out of trouble. Harrold then stranded two more runners in the 11th before Casilla pitched around a leadoff single in the top of the 12th.
Meanwhile, San Jose was unable to muster any offense against the Ports bullpen not advancing a runner past first base in the seventh, eighth or ninth innings. The Giants threatened in the bottom of the 10th as Williamson singled with one out before Oropesa drew a walk. A two-out passed ball advanced the potential winning run to third base, but Stockton reliever Ryan Dull struck out Jeff Arnold to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 11th, Chris Lofton reached on an error to begin the frame. After a Bobby Haney sacrifice bunt advanced Lofton to second and a Travious Relaford groundout moved the winning run to third base, Healy retired Blair on a groundout to shortstop to keep the score tied.
In the bottom of the 12th, Williamson singled with one out before Devin Harris' shallow fly ball was dropped by the shortstop Kirkland for an error to put the potential winning run again at third base with two outs. San Jose though couldn't produce the key hit as Healy struck out Arnold to move the game into the 13th inning.