The Little Giants took the Cal League Northern Division Championship by beating the Visalia Oaks 7-5 at Recreation Park tonight. The long ball propelled the Giants to the win. Fred Lewis hit two homeruns (driving in 3 runs) and Pablo Sandoval hit a monster two run shot to right field (it was easily 420+ feet). Travis Denker drove in the first run of the game with a double off the left field wall. Denker went 3 for 5 and hit .538 for the series. As a fellow Giant fan commented during the game - "that guy knows how to hit." The other run was driven in by Travis Ishikawa.
The Giants took a 3 to nothing lead in the third following Ishikawa's RBI single. The Oaks then scored single runs in the 3rd, 4th and 5th to tie the game. The Giants broke the game open in the 6th with Sandoval's 2 run homerun followed shortly by Freddie's 2 run homerun to left center.
Darren Sack started for the Giants and only lasted two innings. He did not look sharp and was lucky to escape without giving up any runs. In the second inning the Oaks had runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs as the result of two walks. A strike out to the next batter turned into a double play when the runner at 2nd was thrown out attempting to steal. The next batter singled, but the runner at 2nd was thrown out at home. (A very good throw by A. Contreras was a bit up the line towards third, but beat the runner) Ronnie Ray followed with 4 innings - giving up 3 runs (2 earned). Waddell followed and gave up 2 unearned runs in 1 2/3 innings. The unearned runs were the result of Waddell throwing a bunt attempt past first base, allowing a runner to score. Sergio Romo came in and promptly gave up a single, scoring the bunter, who wound up on third following the overthrow. Romo then struck out the next batter to end the inning and he struck out 2 of the 3 batters in the ninth to earn the save.
There was a small but vocal contingent from San Jose who enjoyed the game and were giving out San Jose Giants t-shirts and orange hand towels. I snagged a couple of shirts by going by and cheering for the Giants.