Giants Cruise To Eighth Consecutive Win In First Half Finale
The San Jose Giants closed out the first half with an 8-4 win over the Stockton Ports on Thursday evening at Banner Island Ballpark. A night after blasting a season-high five home runs, the Giants went deep three more times while Nick Sinacola fired five hitless innings on the mound in a sparkling long relief appearance en route to the victory. The win was San Jose's eighth in a row as the Giants finished the first half with a 40-26 record.
San Jose knocked out 13 hits with every player in the lineup recording at least one hit. Grant McCray (2-for-6, HR, RBI, SB), Riley Mahan (1-for-4, HR, RBI) and Rayner Santana (1-for-5, HR, 2 RBI) each clubbed homers for the Giants. Aeverson Arteaga (2-for-6, 2B, RBI), Carter Williams (2-for-4, 2B) and Garrett Frechette (2-for-5, RBI) added two hits apiece.
Keaton Winn started on the mound for San Jose and tossed three innings with one run allowed. Winn surrendered three hits, walked none and struck out five. Stockton took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second on Danny Bautista's RBI double, but then would not score again until the ninth inning.
Still down by a run, the Giants rallied in the top of the fourth to tie the game. With one out, Alexander Suarez singled and stole second. Then with two down, Arteaga stepped to the plate and lined a double into left center to score Suarez with the tying run. It was Arteaga's team-leading 18th double of the season.
Sinacola then entered out of the bullpen to begin the bottom of the fourth and promptly threw a scoreless inning before San Jose homered twice in the top of the fifth to take the lead for good. With one out, Mahan came up and belted a home run to straightaway center to make it 2-1 Giants. The homer was the second in as many days for Mahan and his fifth overall this year. Then after Yorlis Rodriguez reached on an error, Santana hit an opposite field two-out, two-run homer to right for a 4-1 advantage. It was Santana's fourth home run of the season.
The game would remain at 4-1 all the way until the eighth inning as Sinacola cruised throughout his outing. The right-hander set down the side in order in the fifth and sixth innings before pitching around a leadoff walk in the bottom of the seventh to maintain the three-run cushion.
In the top of the eighth, McCray hit San Jose's third home run of the night when he crushed a fly ball over the fence down the right field line. It was McCray's eighth round-tripper of the season and it stretched the lead to 5-1.
Sinacola then finished his masterful pitching performance with a hitless bottom of the eighth before the Giants pushed across three more runs in the top of the ninth. Three straight walks to Williams, Victor Bericoto and Mahan started the inning before Rodriguez reached on a throwing error committed by Ports third baseman Alexander Campos that scored two runs. Frechette then completed the scoring for San Jose with an RBI single to make it 8-1.
Hunter Dula pitched the bottom of the ninth for the Giants and surrendered a two-out, three-run double to Junior Perez as Stockton closed to within 8-4. Dula though followed the hit with a strikeout of Marcos Brito to seal the victory.
Sinacola (4-4) earned the win after not allowing a hit or a run during his five innings out of the bullpen. He walked three and struck out five.
The Giants continue their series in Stockton on Friday night in the second half opener for both teams. First pitch at Banner Island Ballpark is set for 7:05 PM. Seth Lonsway is San Jose's scheduled starting pitcher.
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