Highlights: Seth Harrison led the team with three hits. Also, San Jose won, so there's more games to play!
San Jose defeated Visalia (Diamondbacks), 5-4; Visalia leads the Best-of-5 Series, 2-1
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The Giants held Visalia to only four hits, but when four runs came out of it, it nearly knocked them out of the season. Luckily, this time the final rally of the game belonged to San Jose.
The game winning rally started with a Christian Arroyo walk. Dan Carbonell then hit a sacrifice bunt to move Arroyo over, but Carbonell reached safely on a bad throw from the pitcher. Angel Villalona struck out, but Brian Ragira was hit by a pitch to load the bases. That brought up Aramis Garcia, who has been having a good postseason. Garcia grounded the ball just off the glove of the diving third baseman, and Arroyo easily came in to score the game-winning run, and secure the walk-off win.
Things didn't look so hot early on, however. A walk in the second inning was trouble for San Jose starter Jason Forjet, as he gave up a two-out home run to let the Rawhide take a 2-0 lead. The trouble deepened in the third, as Visalia started off the third with a double, single and a walk to load the bases with nobody out. Visalia got two sacrifice flies, with two more runs, to go up 4-0 in only the third inning. Forjet, however, would lock down after that. He didn't allow another baserunner for the next two inning he stayed in.
San Jose had their big comeback in the fifth inning. Brandon Bednar led off the inning with a single, Seth Harrison followed with a double to put runners on second and third with nobody out, and then Chuckie Jones knocked in both runners with a single of his own. Arroyo singled to put runners on the corners, and then Visalia pitcher Miller Diaz really had some trouble. He threw a wild pitch which allowed Arroyo to get to second, and then threw a wild pitch while striking out Carbonell, and Carbonell got to first safely. That was the end of Diaz in the game. With Steve Hathaway relieving him, catcher Jose Queliz gave up a passed ball to let a run score, then reloaded the bases with a walk to Villalona, and the score was 4-3. Finally, the Rawhide got an out on a Brian Ragira sacrifice fly, which tied the game at 4-4. However, that would be it for San Jose, as Garcia struck out and Jonah Arenado flew out to end the inning.
All three games so far between San Jose and Visalia in this series have been one-run games.
Game 4 will be Tuesday night in San Jose, with the season still on the line. San Jose has won their last six games at Municipal Stadium going back into the regular season. Game 5, if needed, will be back in Visalia on Wednesday.
The Giants will send out Andrew Suarez, who had a 1.80 ERA in three regular season starts in San Jose and a 1.60 ERA in 11 games in the Giants system, across 11 appearances (8 starts) after being drafted in the second round. He gave up one run in three innings while starting the Game 2 loss to Stockton in the Mini-Series, although he did not take the loss. Stockton will put up Blake Perry, who had a 5.05 ERA on the regular season with 22 starts, the second-most for the Rawhide. Perry had a horrible August, giving up a 7.56 ERA in five starts before going on the disabled list for unannounced reasons to end the year.