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Championship Series - San Jose Giants Vs. Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

September 15, 2010 - California League (CalL) - San Jose Giants News Release

On Deck for the San Jose Giants September 16-20

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (78-62) vs. San Jose Giants (76-64)

Championship Series (Best-of-Five)

- Game One: Thursday, September 16, at San Jose, 7:00 PM

- Game Two: Friday, September 17, at San Jose, 7:00 PM

- Game Three: Saturday, September 18, at Rancho Cucamonga, 7:05 PM

- Game Four: Sunday, September 19, at Rancho Cucamonga, 5:05 PM *

- Game Five: Monday, September 20, at Rancho Cucamonga, 7:05 PM *

* if necessary

Pitching Match Ups

- Game One - Orangel Arenas (7-3, 4.55) vs. Justin Fitzgerald (10-6, 3.45)

- Game Two - Garrett Richards (4-1, 3.89) vs. Kelvin Marte (0-0, 14.73)

- Game Three - Ryan Chaffee (7-6, 6.36) vs. Kyle Woodruff (3-3, 3.02)

- Game Four - Manuel Flores (5-9, 4.23) vs. Oliver Odle (12-7, 5.78)

- Game Five - TBA vs. TBA

THE SAN JOSE GIANTS... host the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in Game One of the best-of-five Championship Series on Thursday evening at Municipal Stadium. San Jose swept the Modesto Nuts three-games-to-none in the North Division Series earning victories of 7-3 and 6-5 at home last Saturday and Sunday respectively before an 8-2 road win in Game Three on Monday.

Media Coverage... Games Three, Four and Five will be televised live on Comcast Hometown Network, Channel 104 and MiLB TV with Joe Ritzo and Dan Dibley handling the play-by-play and color commentary duties respectively. The entire series can also be heard live on www.sjgiants.com .

San Jose Looks For Back-To-Back Titles... The Giants are attempting to win consecutive California League championships for the first time in franchise history. San Jose has reached the Championship Series for the fourth time in the last six years. Prior to this season, the Giants last qualified for the Championship Series in back-to-back years during the 1998 and 1999 campaigns.

Hitting Leaders... Michael Sandoval (.800, 4-for-5, HR, 2 RBI), Jose Flores (.615, 8-for-13, 2 RBI), Brandon Crawford (.545, 6-for-11, 2 RBI) and Francisco Peguero (.400, 6-for-15, RBI) have been San Jose's top hitters during the postseason. The Giants hit .346 as a team and averaged seven runs per game during the North Division Series against Modesto.

Regular Season Review... The Giants posted a 45-25 first half record to win the North Division by eight games over the Modesto Nuts and Visalia Rawhide. San Jose's best month of the season was May (19-12 record), which included a 10-game winning streak that vaulted the club into first place in the division. Their worst month came in July (13-16 record) while the Giants finished the second half with a 31-39 mark - 12 games behind the first-place Stockton Ports. San Jose posted the best overall record in the North Division for the third straight season and fifth time in the last six years.

Cal League Rankings... San Jose finished the regular season second in the California League in batting average (.289), fourth in runs scored (5.3), tied for sixth in home runs (117) and first in stolen bases (208). The Giants were also third in ERA (4.27) and second in fielding percentage (.976). San Jose and Rancho Cucamonga were the only two teams in the league to finish in the top five in batting average, ERA and fielding percentage.

Giants-Quakes Season Series... The Giants were 2-4 versus the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes during the regular season. San Jose won two out of three games in a series at Municipal Stadium from May 30-June 1 before the Quakes swept a three-game set in Rancho Cucamonga from July 27-29. All six games in the season series were decided by three runs or fewer.

Peguero Finishes Regular Season On 20-Game Hitting Streak... Outfielder Francisco Peguero finished the regular season on a 20-game hitting streak - the fourth-longest in San Jose Giants history. Peguero posted a .409 batting average (36-for-88) during the hit streak, which dated back to August 18. Tim Garland hit safely in 23 consecutive games during the 1996 season to set the San Jose Giants record. Over his last six games, Peguero was a sizzling 15-for-25 (.600) with three doubles, one triple, one home run and seven RBI's. He finished first in the California League in triples (16), third in stolen bases (40), tied for third in hits (168) and fourth in batting average (.329). Peguero led the Giants with 77 RBI's.

End-Of-Season Awards... Francisco Peguero (.329, 10 HR, 77 RBI) and Eric Surkamp (4-2, 3.11 ERA) were named to the postseason California League All-Star team. Charlie Culberson (.290, 16 HR, 71 RBI) and Brandon Belt (.383, 10 HR, 62 RBI) shared the team MVP honor while Surkamp and Justin Fitzgerald (10-6, 3.45 ERA) were named co-winners of the team Pitcher of the Year award. Other team award winners included: Belt (Offensive Player of the Year), Jason Stoffel (Relief Pitcher of the Year), Ehire Adrianza (Defensive Player of the Year) and Edwin Quirarte (Good Guy of the Year).

San Jose-Rancho Cucamonga Playoff History... The Giants and Quakes are meeting in the postseason for only the second time ever. Their previous match-up came in 1998 during the Championship Series with San Jose winning three-games-to-one. 1998 marked the first championship in San Jose Giants team history. The Giants have won four titles since while Rancho Cucamonga hadn't appeared in the Championship Series again until this season.

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes... The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, finished the regular season with an overall record of 78-62. Rancho Cucamonga was the second half champions in the South Division to qualify for the playoffs. The Quakes swept High Desert two-games-to-none in the Mini-Series before defeating Lake Elsinore three-games-to-one in the Division Series. Rancho Cucamonga was tied for third in the league during the regular season in batting average (.278), second in ERA (4.26) and first in fielding percentage (.980). The Quakes were also second to the Giants in stolen bases (197). Orangel Arenas is slated to make the start on the mound in Game One. Arenas was 7-3 with a 4.55 ERA in 17 starts during the regular season.

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