Giants Outlast Visalia in 10, Win Fourth Straight
VISALIA, CA - The San Jose Giants rallied for three runs in the top of the 10th inning and then held off Visalia in the bottom of the frame en route to a 4-2 victory over the Rawhide on a rainy Monday night at Recreation Park. Brandon Van Horn drove home the go-ahead tally with a bunt single before the Giants added two key insurance runs later in the inning. Reliever Logan Webb then escaped a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the 10th to secure San Jose's (8-4) fourth consecutive win.
Van Horn (2-for-4, RBI, SB), Jalen Miller (2-for-5, 2 RBI, SB) and Gio Brusa (2-for-5) each produced two hits to lead the Giants offensively.
Andrew Suarez came down from Sacramento (AAA) on Monday to make the start on the mound and took a shutout into the seventh. Suarez finished his night with just one run allowed over 6 2/3 innings. The left-hander, who made his major league debut with the San Francisco Giants last week, scattered eight hits, walked two and struck out seven during his 97-pitch outing.
Webb (1-1), the originally scheduled starter, earned his first win of the year after pitching the final three innings with just one hit and one unearned run allowed. Webb walked three and struck out three.
The decisive 10th inning rally for the Giants began with pinch-runner Johneshwy Fargas as the automatic runner at second base. Wander Franco then led off with a bunt single advancing Fargas to third. Following a walk to Matt Winn that loaded the bases, Van Horn dropped down a bunt along the first base line and easily beat it out for a single. The hit scored Fargas giving San Jose a 2-1 lead. Bryce Johnson was up next and he struck out, but Miller followed with a slow grounder to shortstop that was misplayed by Raymel Flores for an error. Miller was credited with an RBI as Franco scored to make it 3-1. Jacob Heyward then hit a sacrifice fly to right plating Winn for a 4-1 cushion.
Webb, who had thrown scoreless eighth and ninth innings, returned to the mound in the bottom of the 10th for the Giants. Pavin Smith started the inning as the runner at second and moved to third when the first batter, Marcus Wilson, grounded out. Ramon Hernandez then blooped a single into right to score Smith cutting the San Jose lead to 4-2. Webb followed by issuing a walk to Daulton Varsho before recovering to strikeout Stephen Smith. A walk to Adam Walton loaded the bases, but Dominic Miroglio's shallow fly ball to right was caught by a sliding Fargas to end the game.
Josh Taylor (0-1) took the loss for Visalia after giving up all three runs in the top of the 10th.
The game was scoreless until the Giants broke through in the top of the sixth. With one out, Van Horn singled and stole second. Then with two down, Miller lined an RBI single into center giving San Jose a 1-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Suarez escaped a bases loaded, one out jam in the bottom of the third with a strikeout and a fly out. Mirogilo led off the bottom of the fifth with a double before a one-out walk to Mark Karaviotis, but Suarez induced Pavin Smith to ground into an inning-ending double play.
With the score still 1-0, the Rawhide pushed across a run in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game. Three straight singles from Walton, Mirogilo and Flores to start the inning produced a run to bring Visalia even 1-1. With one out, Pavin Smith then reached on an error to load the bases, but Suarez struck out Wilson for the second out of the inning before reliever Dylan Rheault struck out Hernandez to end the inning and keep the game tied.
Webb then struck out a pair in a perfect bottom of the eighth before escaping a jam in the ninth to force extra innings. Mirogilo walked to leadoff before taking second on a Flores sacrifice bunt. A passed ball then moved Mirogilo, the potential winning run, to third. Karaviotis followed with a grounder up the middle that the shortstop Van Horn gloved with a diving effort and then threw to first for the second out of the inning. Pavin Smith then grounded out to second to end the inning and set the stage for San Jose's 10th inning rally.
* The Giants played their third consecutive extra-inning game (3-0 record).
* San Jose's four-game winning streak is a season-high.
* Monday was the first of 29 meetings this year between the Giants and Rawhide.
* Suarez last appeared in a game for San Jose during the 2016 season. He became the 201st former SJ Giants to play in the major leagues when he debuted last Wednesday. Suarez was scheduled to start for Sacramento earlier Monday, but the River Cats game was rained out.
* The Rawhide out-hit the Giants 9-7. Visalia was 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position and left 13 on base.
* The temperature at the start of the game was 49 degrees with a 14 MPH wind.
* In other roster moves on Monday, catcher Jeff Arnold was transferred to Sacramento with catcher Connor Sabanosh joining San Jose from Extended Spring Training.
The Giants and Rawhide continue their three-game series on Tuesday evening with first pitch at Recreation Park scheduled for 6:00 PM. Conner Menez (1-0, 0.00 ERA) is slated to start on the mound for San Jose while Visalia is expected to counter with Emilio Vargas (0-0, 1.86 ERA). The game can be heard live on sjgiants.com with coverage beginning at 5:40 PM.
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