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minor (playoff) lines, 9/16/10

The San Jose Giants won the Cal League championship series' opening game, led by Justin Fitzgerald's 7.0 shutout IP.

A+: San Jose defeated Rancho Cucamonga 10-0
(after leading 2-0 through six innings)

San Jose: RF Francisco Peguero: 2 for 5
San Jose: C Johnny Monell: 2 for 5, HR, 2 SO, SB
San Jose: SS Ehire Adrianza: 2 for 3, BB, E
San Jose: 1B Drew Biery: 2 for 3, 2B, SH

San Jose: SP Justin Fitzgerald: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K
San Jose: RP Jose Casilla: 1.0 IP
San Jose: RP Brian Anderson: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K

The Giants' offense was led by Monell and Adrianza, who had two hits each.  Monell homered, and Adrianza also drew a walk to reach base three times.  Peguero and Biery also had two hits each, while the other five Giants in the starting lineup had one hit each.

Fitzgerald, who was among the league leaders (top ten) in ERA in the season's first half but then fell off that pace in the second half, had his second straight dominant playoff start.  He has allowed just 1 ER in 14.0 IP over his two playoff starts, as well as just 2 ER over his last four starts going back to August 31.  In this start, he struck out a third of the 27 batters faced.  Casilla and Anderson completed the shutout, although the latter did allow a couple baserunners.