Giants Hold off Blaze, Extend Win Streak to Eight
BAKERSFIELD - Giants starter Kelvin Marte fired six scoreless innings before San Jose withstood a Bakersfield rally in the bottom of the ninth to hang on for a 3-2 victory over the Blaze on Saturday evening at Sam Lynn Ballpark. The Giants improved to 5-0 on their current road trip while earning their eighth consecutive win overall.
Marte (6-4) allowed just two singles, walked one and struck out five during his dominant stint on the mound to pick-up the win. The left-hander retired 17 out of the 20 batters he faced. Derek Law surrendered two runs in the bottom of the ninth, but registered a strikeout with the potential tying and winning runs on base to end the game for his 10th save in 10 opportunities.
Mac Williamson (4-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI) had four hits and drove home two of the three San Jose runs to lead the offensive attack. Myles Schroder (2-for-5, 2B), Ricky Oropesa (2-for-4, 2B) and Ryan Cavan (2-for-4) also finished with two hits apiece.
For the second straight night, the Giants began the game with three consecutive hits. Schroder led off the contest with a double into the right field corner before Brock Bond singled to put runners on the corners. Williamson then stepped to the plate and grounded a single up the middle to plate Schroder with the first run of the night. Bond eventually scored a second run in the inning when with two outs, Devin Harris hit a grounder to third that was misplayed by David Vidal for an error.
San Jose extended their lead to 3-0 in the top of the fifth as Chris Lofton led off with a single, advanced to second on Bond's one-out walk and scored when Williamson blasted a double off the wall in right.
Meanwhile, Marte began his outing by retiring 11 straight Blaze hitters. He worked perfect first, second and third innings throwing a total of just 25 pitches. Steve Selsky finally gave Bakersfield their first baserunner when he singled with two outs in the bottom of the fourth. Juan Duran followed by drawing a walk, but Kyle Waldrop then lined out softly to second to end the threat.
Marte then tossed a 1-2-3 bottom of the fifth before pitching around a one-out single in the sixth to complete his night.
Jose Casilla (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO) faced the minimum six hitters over the seventh and eighth innings out of the bullpen to maintain the 3-0 lead. In the bottom of the seventh, Duran singled with one out, but was promptly erased when Waldrop grounded into an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play. Casilla then breezed through an 11-pitch bottom of the eighth.
The Blaze though would rally in the bottom of the ninth against Law (1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO). Yovan Gonzalez led off by reaching on a throwing error committed by third baseman Elliott Blair. Junior Arias then smacked a double to deep right center putting runners on second and third. After Juan Silverio struck out swinging, Selsky lined a single into center to score both Gonzalez and Arias trimming the Giants lead to 3-2. A wild pitch then advanced Selsky, the potential tying run to second, but Law bounced back with a swinging strikeout of Duran. A full-count walk to Juan Silva followed putting the winning run on base, but Law overpowered the next hitter, Vidal, with a high fastball to record a strikeout ending the game.
Bakersfield starter James Allen (8-11) suffered the loss after yielding three runs (two earned) on seven hits over five innings. He walked two and struck out none. Two Blaze relievers then combined on four scoreless innings.
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