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Ports Rally Late, But Fall 5-4

July 10, 2018 - California League (CalL) - Stockton Ports News Release

STOCKTON, Calif. - The Stockton Ports provided late drama but ultimate dropped their fifth straight contest on Monday night at Banner Island Ballpark. Sandber Pimentel hit a three-run homer as part of a four-run seventh inning that gave Stockton its first lead of the game, but the San Jose Giants scored two in the top of the eighth and hung on for a 5-4 win over the Ports that snapped an eight-game losing skid.

The teams dueled to a scoreless tie until the top of the fifth inning with the Ports squandering a bases-loaded opportunity with nobody out in the bottom of the second, the only jam encountered by Giants starter Domenic Mazza, who was rendered a no-decision after going six scoreless innings and allowing four hits while striking out four.

Ports starter Xavier Altamirano, after striking out the side in order in the fourth, gave up a one-out double to Matt Winn in the fifth and then a two-out triple to Bryce Johnson that broke the ice and gave the Giants a 1-0 lead. Johnson would score on an ensuing throwing error by third baseman Will Toffey that made it a 2-0 San Jose advantage.

Altamirano worked into the sixth and gave up a leadoff single to Dillon Dobson. With one out, Altamirano was lifted for Trey Cochran-Gill who surrendered an RBI double to Gio Brusa that stretched the Giants lead to 3-0. It was the final run allowed by Altamirano who would also receive a no-decision, going 5.1 innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits while striking out a career-best nine.

Chris Roberts took over for Mazza and made his California League debut in the bottom of the seventh. Roberts would issue a leadoff walk and then allow a one-out single to Chase Calabuig to bring up Pimentel, who hit a game-tying three-run homer to center. Roberts would issue back-to-back walks after the Pimentel homer before he was lifted for Nolan Riggs (3-4), who issued a walk to Brallan Perez that loaded the bases. After Riggs struck out Luis Barrera, he issued a bases-loaded walk to Nate Mondou that put the Ports in front 4-3. Riggs would get Luke Persico to ground out to escape further damage.

Roberts was charged with all four runs in the inning and gave up two hits while walking three and striking out one.

Pat Krall (1-1) took over for Cochran-Gill in the eighth and gave up a leadoff double to Dobson. Two batters later Wander Franco was hit by a pitch to put runners at the corners and Brusa came up next and delivered a game-tying sac-fly to left that tied the game at 4-4. Jacob Heyward followed with an RBI double that vaulted the Giants in front 5-4.

Krall would suffer the loss, going an inning-and-two-thirds and allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits.

Riggs would pitch a scoreless eighth and then record the first two outs in the ninth before being lifted for Frank Rubio (SV, 4), who got Perez to ground out to end the game and notch his fourth save of the season.

The Ports will look to snap their five-game skid on Tuesday night in the second game of their series with San Jose at Banner Island Ballpark. In a battle of southpaws, Evan Manarino (1-2, 4.97 ERA) makes the start for Stockton, opposed by Joey Marciano, who makes his California League debut for the Giants. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. PDT.

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