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Giants Bash Four Homers in Game Two Win, Take 2-0 Series Lead

September 23, 2021 - Low-A West League (Low-A West) - San Jose Giants News Release


The San Jose Giants took a two-games-to-none lead in the best-of-five Low-A West Championship Series with a 4-2 victory over Fresno in Game 2 on Wednesday evening at Chukchansi Park. San Jose hit four solo homers in the win, highlighted by back-to-back blasts from Jimmy Glowenke and Patrick Bailey in the top of the seventh that tied the score and then gave the Giants the lead for good. Bailey homered twice in the contest while pitchers Carson Ragsdale, Wilkelma Castillo and Clay Helvey combined on a four-hitter. The series now shifts to San Jose for Game 3 on Friday night with the Giants one win away from taking home the league championship.

Game 2 opened as a pitcher's duel between Ragsdale and Grizzlies starter Tony Locey with both hurlers excelling for the majority of their outings. After each team was set down in order in the top of the first, Bailey hit his first home run of the night - a solo shot down the right field line leading off the top of the second - to put San Jose ahead by a 1-0 margin. Bailey also doubled in the top of the fourth with his two hits marking the Giants' only two baserunners over the first six innings against Locey.

Meanwhile, Ragsdale began his start with four scoreless innings allowing only one hit - a Warming Bernabel infield single in the bottom of the third - during the stretch. Ragsdale had faced just one batter over the minimum when he took the mound in the bottom of the fifth with San Jose still ahead by a 1-0 margin. Fresno then would rally scoring twice to take their first lead of the series. Julio Carreras led off the frame with a single before Ragsdale issued consecutive walks to Colin Simpson and Mateo Gil to load the bases with none out. Bernabel followed with a sacrifice fly to right plating Carreras with the tying run. Bladimir Restituyo then singled sharply into left to bring home Simpson giving the Grizzlies a 2-1 lead. Fresno still had runners at first and third following the go-ahead hit, but Ragsdale would prevent further damage when he induced the next batter, Eddy Diaz, to ground into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.

Ragsdale would complete his outing with a 1-2-3 bottom of the sixth before the Giants went back ahead in dramatic fashion in the seventh. Glowenke led off against Locey and belted a 2-0 pitch from the Grizzlies right-hander over the fence in deep left for a game-tying solo home run.

Bailey was up next and the San Jose catcher connected for his second home run of the night as he launched a towering drive over the wall in right to put the Giants ahead by a 3-2 score.

Castillo relieved Ragsdale to begin the bottom of the seventh for San Jose and worked around a one-out single to maintain the one-run advantage. The Giants extended their lead when Yorlis Rodriguez crushed a solo homer to straightaway center in the top of the eighth - San Jose's fourth round-tripper of the game - to make it 4-2.

Helvey then closed it out for the Giants with two perfect innings. Helvey needed only 10 pitches to work a 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth before a 10-pitch ninth inning sealed the Game 2 victory.

GIANTS NOTES

Home Runs

The Giants hit 150 home runs during the regular season to set a team record. Their four homers on Wednesday night was one off their single-game season-high (5 HR at Stockton on June 12). Patrick Bailey (3-for-4, 2B, 2 HR, 2 RBI) had one multi-homer game in the regular season.

Inside The Box Score

San Jose out-hit Fresno by an 8-4 margin. Half of the Giants' hits were home runs. The Grizzlies had only two at-bats the entire game with runners in scoring position (1-for-2).

On The Mound

Carson Ragsdale earned the win after tossing six innings with only three hits and two runs (both earned) allowed. Ragsdale walked three and struck out five. Wilkelma Castillo (1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 SO) and Clay Helvey (2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 SO) combined on three scoreless innings of relief. Helvey collected the save. The Giants bullpen has combined to throw 5 2/3 scoreless innings with only one hit allowed over the first two games of the Championship Series.

On Deck

The Championship Series now shifts to Excite Ballpark in San Jose with Game 3 set for Friday night. First pitch is at 6:30 PM with the Giants one win away from claiming the Low-A West championship. Nick Swiney is San Jose's Game 3 scheduled starting pitcher. For tickets, visit sjgiants.com.


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