June 27, 2013 - California League (CalL) - San Jose Giants
Stockton Ports (41-36) at San Jose Giants (46-31)
At Municipal Stadium
- Thursday, June 27, 7:00 PM
- Friday, June 28, 7:00 PM
- Saturday, June 29, 6:00 PM
- Sunday, June 30, 1:00 PM
Probable Starting Pitching Matchups
Stockton - Tanner Peters (7-4, 4.28)
San Jose - Kyle Crick (0-1, 0.66)
Stockton - Raul Alcantara (1-0, 0.00)
San Jose - Adalberto Mejia (2-1, 3.18)
Stockton - Josh Bowman (2-1, 8.31)
San Jose - Clayton Blackburn (3-4, 4.80)
Stockton - James Simmons (5-2, 2.93)
San Jose - Ty Blach (7-3, 2.67)
The games on Friday and Saturday will be televised live on Comcast Hometown Network, Channel 104 with Joe Ritzo and Joe Castellano handling the play-by-play and color commentary duties respectively. The entire series can also be heard live on sjgiants.com and inside Municipal Stadium on 92.9 FM. Radio broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to first pitch with The Giants Pregame Show. All 140 games this season will be aired on the club's official website and through the San Jose Giants Mobile App. Additionally, every home game will be streamed live and available on demand through MiLB.TV.
Giants Begin Four-Game Series Against Stockton Tonight
The San Jose Giants continue their homestand this evening with the opener of a four-game series against the Stockton Ports at Municipal Stadium. San Jose has posted an 8-6 record against the Ports this season. The Giants won three out of four games in Stockton last Thursday-Sunday to begin the second half. San Jose began their current homestand by getting swept in a three-game set by the visiting Modesto Nuts. Three Nuts pitchers combined on a no-hitter on Monday in a 2-0 victory before Modesto earned wins of 6-2 on Tuesday and 4-3 yesterday afternoon to complete the sweep. In the series finale, Will Swanner hit a go-ahead two-run home run with two outs in the top of the ninth inning off of Bryce Bandilla to lift the Nuts to victory. All three Giants runs scored when Mac Williamson connected for a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth.
Season-High Losing Streak
The Giants have lost a season-high four consecutive games. After opening the second half with three straight wins, San Jose dropped the series finale in Stockton last Sunday before suffering three consecutive defeats to Modesto to begin the homestand. It marked the first time this season that the Giants were swept in a series. During the four-game slide, San Jose has scored a total of just six runs and is batting .148 as a team.
League-Leading Pitching Staff
The Giants pitching staff has compiled a stellar 3.50 ERA this season to lead the California League. San Jose starting pitchers have been particularly impressive this year having allowed more than three earned runs in just 13 out of the first 77 games. Individually, Ty Blach is second in the league in ERA (2.67) and tied for third in wins (7) while Edwin Escobar is fifth in ERA (3.50) and Josh Osich is tied for fifth in saves (11). As a staff, San Jose is first in the league in shutouts (5 - tied), strikeouts (737) and fewest home runs allowed (55).
First Half North Division Champions
San Jose finished the first half with a league-best 43-27 record - four games ahead of the Visalia Rawhide (39-31) for the top spot in the North Division. It marked the eighth time in the last nine years that the Giants won the first half North Division title (2005-2011, 2013). San Jose has also set a California League record by reaching the playoffs in 10 consecutive seasons (2004-2013). The previous record was held by the Stockton Ports (nine straight years, 1985-1993). The Giants were in first place in the division for all but five days during the first half this season. San Jose will open the postseason on Saturday, September 7 at Municipal Stadium with Game One of the best-of-five North Division Series.
Three Giants hitters have already reached double-digit home run totals this season in outfielder Devin Harris (16), first baseman Angel Villalona (14) and outfielder Mac Williamson (10). Harris is tied for third in the California League in homers while Villalona is seventh. After batting .244 in April and .228 in May, Williamson is hitting at a .296 clip in June with four home runs and 16 RBI's (23 games).
Winning The Close Ones
The Giants are 12-5 (.706) in one-run games this season - the most one-run wins and highest winning percentage of any team in the California League. San Jose is 25-12 this year in games decided by one or two runs.
First Time No-Hit Since 1994
Monday's homestand opener against Modesto marked the first time that San Jose was no-hit since Bakersfield's Kym Ashworth accomplished the feat against the Giants with a complete-game nine-inning effort on July 4, 1994 at Municipal Stadium.
Crick Selected To Futures Game
Tonight's starting pitcher Kyle Crick has been selected to the MLB Futures Game. The 15th annual Futures Game will be played on Sunday, July 14 in New York as part of the MLB All-Star festivities. Crick, who missed over two months earlier this season with an oblique injury, is 0-1 with a 0.66 ERA in four starts this year. He was the only player from the San Francisco organization selected to the game.
Opponent Notes: Stockton Ports
The Stockton Ports, an affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, are off to a 3-4 start in the second half. Stockton owns a 41-36 overall record - one game ahead of the Visalia Rawhide (40-37) for the wild card playoff spot in the North Division. The Ports are last in the league in batting average (.244), first in home runs (108) and fourth in ERA (4.43).