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Thursday highlight from the Giants' farm: Ty Blach pitched into the 8th inning.

A+: San Jose lost to Inland Empire 4-0
(allowing three insurance runs in the 8th inning of the first game of the best-of-five Cal League championship series)

San Jose: CF Jesus Galindo: 1 for 3, BB

San Jose: SP Ty Blach: 7.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
Inland Empire: SP Orangel Arenas: 8.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K--1 HB, 1 WP

Galindo had one of the Giants' three hits (all singles) and one of their three walks as the lone Giant to reach base twice.

Blach allowed just an unearned run in the 1st inning before departing the game with runners on third and second with one out in the 8th inning. Both runners subsequently scored. Pitching into the 8th inning for just the second time this year, he threw 104 pitches (73 strikes). He allowed just one XBH and had a 12/5 GO/FO line. The Angels' 24-year-old Arenas, who spent the last two years in the Texas League but most of this year back in the Cal League with an ERA over 5.00 in 18 starts, combined with a reliever for the shutout.