Giants Defeat Lilly, Quakes in Road Trip Opener
RANCHO CUCAMONGA - The San Jose Giants scored four runs off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ted Lilly in a 4-3 victory over the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Wednesday evening at LoanMart Field. In the opener of a season-long 11-game road trip, San Jose jumped on the rehabbing Dodgers pitcher in the early innings en route to handing the veteran left-hander a loss. The Giants have now won nine straight road games while improving their overall record to 26-13.
Ty Blach (5-1) won his team-best fifth game of the season after striking out a season-high nine batters over six innings. Blach allowed three runs (all earned) on six hits with no walks during his stint on the mound. Josh Osich (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO), Bryce Bandilla (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO) and Hunter Strickland (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO) then each tossed a hitless inning of relief to seal the victory. Strickland was credited with his seventh save of the year.
Offensively, Ryan Cavan (1-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI) drove home three out of the four runs while Shawn Payne (2-for-5, 2 2B, RBI) doubled twice off Lilly. Elliott Blair (2-for-4) also finished with a pair of hits.
San Jose quickly took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Payne led off by hammering the second pitch of the game into the left center field gap for a double. Blair's fly out to center then moved Payne to third before Cavan delivered a sacrifice fly to right.
Rancho Cucamonga immediately tied the game in the bottom of the first against Blach when Casio Grider led off with a triple and scored two batters later on Darnell Sweeney's sacrifice fly.
The Giants then took the lead for good with a three-run top of the third against Lilly. John Polonius began the frame by drawing a walk. Payne then stepped to the plate and ripped a double to the fence in deep right center to score Polonius with the go-ahead run. After Blair lined a single to right to put runners on the corners, Cavan doubled to left center scoring two more for a 4-1 advantage.
The Quakes cut the deficit to 4-2 in the bottom of the third on Noel Cuevas' bloop two-out RBI single. Blach struck out the side in perfect second and fourth innings and worked around a leadoff bunt single in the fifth. In the bottom of the sixth, Cuevas singled with one out and scored on O'Koyea Dickson's two-out double down the left field line. The RBI brought Rancho Cucamonga to within 4-3, but the Quakes wouldn't manage another hit for the remainder of the contest.
Blach recovered after the Dickson hit to strikeout Bobby Coyle to end the inning. In the seventh, Osich issued a leadoff walk, but set down the next three hitters. Bandilla entered the game to begin the bottom of the eighth and promptly struck out the first two hitters. Sweeney was then hit by a pitch before stealing second to put the potential tying run in scoring position, however Bandilla induced Dickson to fly out to end the threat. Strickland then breezed through a 1-2-3 ninth registering back-to-back strikeouts of the first two hitters before Ryan Mount grounded out.
Lilly suffered the loss for Rancho Cucamonga after yielding four runs (all earned) on four hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out three during his 75-pitch rehab assignment.
Notes: The nine-game streak is the second-longest road winning streak in team history ... San Jose hasn't lost a road game since April 19 (at Inland Empire) ... The Giants out-hit the Quakes by a 7-6 margin ... Blach's previous season-high in strikeouts was six ... The nine punchouts matches the high for any San Jose pitcher this season ... Strickland is 7-for-7 in save opportunities this year ... Lilly, who is recovering from a strained rib cage, has 130 career major league wins over 15 seasons ... Polonius (1-for-3, 2B) was added to the roster from Extended Spring Training earlier in the day ... Myles Schroder has been placed on the disabled list ... The Giants (26-13) maintained their two-game lead over the Visalia Rawhide (24-15) in the first half North Division race.
On Deck: The Giants and Quakes continue their four-game series on Thursday evening with first pitch at LoanMart Field scheduled for 7:05 PM. Chris Marlowe (2-0, 1.69 ERA) is slated to start on the mound for San Jose while Rancho Cucamonga is expected to counter with James Campbell (1-2, 3.10 ERA). The game can be heard live on sjgiants.com with coverage beginning at 6:35 PM.
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