Goldstein's Slam Helps Ports to 6-0 Win
STOCKTON, Calif. - On a night where Stockton Ports pitching shined, Jason Goldstein provided the power Wednesday night at Banner Island Ballpark. Goldstein's grand slam in the fifth inning provided plenty of support for starter Matt Milburn (3-2), who tossed seven shutout innings as the Ports earned their seventh shutout victory of the season, blanking the San Jose Giants by a final of 6-0.
Stockton's first run came in the bottom of the third after the Ports squandered a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the second. Giants starter Melvin Adon (2-4) walked Boog Powell to lead off the inning and then hit Brallan Perez to put two aboard. Nate Mondou came up and delivered an RBI single to center to give the Ports a 1-0 lead. It was the lone run allowed by Adon who would suffer the loss after going two-and-two-thirds innings and allowing four hits while walking three and striking out two.
The Ports padded their lead in the fifth facing Giants reliever Peter Lannoo. With one out, Lannoo walked Will Toffey and then gave up back-to-back singles to Luke Persico and Luis Barrara to load the bases with one out. Goldstein came up and delivered the grand slam to left-center, his first home run of the season to give Stockton a 5-0 lead.
Lannoo would allow four runs on three hits while walking four over two innings worked.
Milburn, meanwhile, shut San Jose's offense down and limited to the Giants to just five hits over seven innings with four of the five hits being infield singles. Milburn allowed back-to-back infield singles with two outs in the sixth and then went on to retire his final four batters of the night to complete his outing.
Milburn earned the win, tossing a season-high seven innings and allowing five hits while striking out six without allowing a walk.
Stockton added a run in the eighth when, with the bases loaded and nobody out, Mondou hit a fly ball to shallow left on which Collin Theroux scored from third while Dairon Blanco, the runner going from second to third, was thrown out by left fielder Jacob Heyward. It was the only run allowed by Giants reliever Jeff Burke in two innings of work.
Will Gilbert and Angel Duno each tossed a scoreless inning down the stretch to preserve the shutout, with Duno escaping a spot with runners at the corners and one out in the ninth keep the shutout intact.
The Ports will try for a four-game sweep of the Giants on Thursday night at Banner Island Ballpark. Left-hander Zack Erwin (5-4, 4.38 ERA) makes the start for Stockton, opposed by San Jose right-hander Logan Webb (1-2, 1.80 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. PDT.
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