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Giants Overcome Seven-Run Deficit to Win Seventh In A Row

June 23, 2022 - California League (CalL) - San Jose Giants News Release


The San Jose Giants' winning streak reached seven games with a thrilling 10-8, 10-inning victory over the Stockton Ports on Wednesday night. The Giants hit a season-high five home runs and overcame a 7-0 deficit to stun the host Ports at Banner Island Ballpark.

Despite the win, San Jose (39-26) was eliminated from first half North Division title contention after Fresno (41-24) defeated Modesto on Wednesday. The Giants remain two games behind the Grizzlies in the standings with now only one game left in the half. By virtue of winning the first half, Fresno has clinched a playoff berth. The second half begins on Friday.

San Jose's exciting victory marked the largest come-from-behind win of the year. Stockton built a 7-0 lead with three runs in the bottom of the second and a four-run fourth off of Giants starter Eric Silva. San Jose's comeback effort began in the top of the fifth with three solo homers. Riley Mahan got the Giants on the board with a leadoff shot before Garrett Frechette and Alexander Suarez also went deep later in the inning to cut the deficit to 7-3.

Another home run brought San Jose closer in the top of the sixth. With a runner on, Victor Bericoto stepped to the plate and launched a two-run home run to make it a 7-5 game. The Giants then pushed across two more runs in the seventh to tie the score 7-7. Frechette was hit by a pitch to leadoff before Ronaldo Flores singled. Then with two down, Aeverson Arteaga delivered a clutch two-run single to bring San Jose even.

Stockton would temporarily reclaim the lead in the bottom of the seventh scoring once without the benefit of a hit as Kevin Richards drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a passed ball, to third on a wild pitch and came home on a CJ Rodriguez sacrifice fly.

After failing to score in the eighth, the Giants then hit their fifth homer of the night to tie the game again in the ninth. Vaun Brown was summoned off the bench to start the inning and the league's leading hitter blasted a solo home run to right - his 14th round-tripper of the year - to make it 8-8.

After Manuel Mercedes struck out the side in a perfect bottom of the ninth to force extras, San Jose scored twice in the top of the 10th to take their first lead of the game. With the automatic runner at second to start the inning, Carter Williams led off with a go-ahead RBI double to right. Three batters later, Dilan Rosario knocked in Williams with a double of his own for a 10-8 advantage.

Mercedes then closed it out with a scoreless bottom of the 10th. Mercedes issued a one-out walk to put the potential tying run on base, but recovered to strikeout Danny Bautista before Junior Perez popped out to end the game.

Mercedes (1-0) earned the win after tossing four innings of long relief with only one hit and one unearned run allowed. The right-hander walked three and struck out seven.

Mahan (2-for-5, HR, RBI) and Williams (2-for-4, 2B, RBI) had multi-hit games for the Giants. San Jose out-hit Stockton 11-7.

The series continues on Thursday with the final game of the first half. First pitch at Banner Island Ballpark is at 7:05 PM with Keaton Winn scheduled to make the start on the mound.


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