Ports Shutout Giants to Even Series

June 27, 2018 - California League (CalL) - San Jose Giants News Release

SAN JOSE, CA - Stockton's Matt Milburn fired a complete-game shutout and Sandber Pimentel homered twice to lead the Ports to a 5-0 victory over the San Jose Giants on Tuesday evening at Municipal Stadium. The Giants (36-40 overall, 2-4 second half) were shutout for the third time in their last five home games. Stockton and San Jose have now split the first two games of their series.

Milburn (5-2) threw the first complete game in the California League this season. The right-hander allowed five hits (all singles), walked none and struck out seven during his masterful 90-pitch performance. Milburn also induced 16 groundouts.

Pimentel (2-for-3, 2 HR, 5 RBI) drove home all five Ports runs with a pair of homers to lead the way offensively for Stockton.

The Ports jumped out early with three runs in the top of the second against Giants starter Melvin Adon. Luis Barrera started the rally with a two-out walk before Collin Theroux singled sharply up the middle. Pimentel was up next and he launched the first pitch of his at-bat over the fence in left for an opposite-field three-run homer.

Pimentel connected for his second home run of the night in the top of the fourth to extend the Stockton lead. With one out, Barrera drew a walk to put a runner on base for the Ports. Then with two down, Pimentel belted a two-run home run to left center to stretch the Ports lead to 5-0.

Meanwhile, the only San Jose baserunner over the first five innings against Milburn was a bunt single from Bryce Johnson in the bottom of the fourth. Milburn retired 15 out of the first 16 batters he faced.

In the bottom of the sixth, Kelvin Beltre led off with an infield single before Jalen Miller singled with two outs to put runners on the corners. Milburn though came back to retire Wander Franco on a come backer to end the threat.

Back-to-back one-out singles from Sandro Fabian and Matt Winn put runners on the corners in the bottom of the seventh against Milburn, but John Riley struck out and Beltre grounded out to keep the score at 5-0. Milburn then needed only six pitches to breeze through a perfect eighth inning before a seven-pitch, 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth closed out the game.

Adon (2-5) took the loss after surrendering five runs (all earned) over five innings of work. He allowed four hits, walked three and struck out four.

Notes

* The Giants have been shutout five times this season. Four of the shutouts have come over their last 11 games.

* Milburn retired 27 out of the 32 batters he faced. 71 of his 90 pitches were strikes.

* Milburn threw Stockton's first nine-inning complete-game shutout since 2007. He entered Tuesday with a 5.04 ERA in 11 starts for the Ports this season.

* Stockton out-hit San Jose 6-5. The Giants were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

* Pimentel has hit 39 home runs over the last three seasons for the Ports (3 HR this year).

* Carlos Sano (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO) and Peter Lannoo (1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO) combined to throw four scoreless innings of relief for San Jose.

* The Giants are 2-8 in their last 10 home games.

* Catcher Tanner Murphy was transferred to Sacramento (AAA) before the game on Tuesday.

On Deck

The Giants and Ports continue their four-game series on Wednesday evening with first pitch at Municipal Stadium scheduled for 7:00 PM. Mac Marshall (0-1, 2.66 ERA) is slated to start on the mound for San Jose while Stockton is expected to counter with Zack Erwin (6-5, 4.46 ERA). For tickets, call (408) 297-1435 or visit sjgiants.com.

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