Giants Use Big Innings to Drop Ports, Split Series
SAN JOSE, Ca.- The San Jose Giants overcame a 3-0 deficit with four runs in the bottom of the sixth and seven in the seventh as the Ports fell 11-5 at Excite Ballpark on Sunday evening, settling for a series split with their North Division rivals.
The first four innings moved along quickly before the Ports (28-44) broke a scoreless tie by manufacturing a run in the fifth. Danny Bautista doubled off of San Jose starter Carson Ragsdale to lead off the frame and moved up to third on a Sahid Valenzuela ground out to shortstop. Robert Puason then brought home the first run of the contest with a sacrifice fly to left to make it 1-0 Ports.
Stockton got two more in the top of the sixth. Brayan Buelvas led off the inning with a single through the left side, and T.J. Schofield-Sam followed with a two-run home run to right field to give the Ports a 3-0 lead.
San Jose, though, took the lead for good with four runs in the bottom of the sixth. The Giants (46-26) loaded the bases with one out on a single, walk and hit by pitch for Jairo Pomares, who reached on an infield single to cut the Ports' lead to 3-1. Joe DeMers then came out of the bullpen for Stockton in relief of starter Osvaldo Berrios and uncorked a wild pitch to score a run to make it 3-2. After a walk loaded the bases again, DeMers induced a ground ball to second base that allowed the Ports to get the force out at second, but Puason's errant throw to first allowed two runs to score, giving the Giants a 4-3 lead.
The Giants then blew the game open in the bottom of the seventh, sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring seven more runs to take an 11-3 lead. Jimmy Glowenke (RBI single), Pomares (2-run double) and Carter Williams (2-run home run) all drove in runs for San Jose in the seventh.
The Ports scored twice in the ninth inning when Puason followed two-out walks to Bautista and Valenzuela with a 2-run double off the wall in right-center field.
Berrios (2-5) took the loss for Stockton, allowing four runs (three earned) in 5 1/3 innings while striking out four. Ragsdale (5-3) got the win for the Giants, firing six innings of three run ball while striking out six.
The Ports return to Banner Island Ballpark this week, beginning a 12-game home stand with a six-game series against the Visalia Rawhide on Tuesday at 7:05 pm. Single game tickets for the rest of the season are available at stocktonports.com.
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