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And it all comes to a close for 2016, as the San Jose Giants fall to Bakersfield, losing the series.

Game 3: San Jose defeated by Bakersfield, 5-3

Bakersfield Wins The Best-of-3 Series, 2-1

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG*

T.J. Bennett

2B

4

1

1

0

0

1

1

0

1

.182

Heath Quinn

RF

5

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

3

.154

Bryan Reynolds

CF

5

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

.333

Miguel Gomez

3B

5

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

.250

Gio Brusa

DH

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

.000

Aramis Garcia

C

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.300

Jonah Arenado

1B

3

1

1

1

0

0

1

1

1

.222

Robbie Garvey

LF

4

0

3

1

0

0

0

0

1

.300

Rando Moreno

SS

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.000

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA*

Jake McCasland

5.0

2

3

3

2

5

1

5.40

Ryan Halstead (L, 0-1)

2.0

2

1

1

0

2

1

3.38

Tyler Cyr

1.0

2

1

1

0

1

0

4.50

* - All averages represent averages for the playoffs, not the regular season

In the end, it just wasn’t meant to be for San Jose this year.

The Giants battled to come back from an early deficit, but Bakersfield ultimately prevailed, 5-3, and won the North Division Mini-Series two games to 1 to move on.

San Jose actually was getting to Bakersfield starter Tyler Pike early.  In the 2nd inning, Miguel Gomez singled and newcomer Gio Brusa was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning.  After a one-out walk to Jonah Arenado, the Giants had the bases loaded with one out.  However, they were unable to score.  In the 3rd inning, T.J. Bennett led off the inning with a home run for San Jose’s first run and a 1-0 lead, and then Heath Quinn and Bryan Reynolds each singled to put two runners on with nobody out, but Pike was once again able to limit the damage.

Bakersfield got to San Jose starter Jake McCasland in the 4th inning.  McCasland issued a one-out walk, and then gave up a two-run home run to Bakersfield’s Joe DeCarlo, giving the Blaze a 2-1 lead.  Bakersfield extended the lead in the 5th inning as McCasland hit Daniel Torres with a pitch with one out.  Torres was sacrificed to second, and then Drew Jackson singled to score Torres, and Bakersfield had a 3-1 lead.

In the 6th inning, Bakersfield lifted Pike for reliever Kody Kerski, and San Jose rallied.  Aramis Garcia singled, and then Jonah Arenado doubled to score him.  Robbie Garvey added a bunt single, moving Arenado to third base.  Rando Moreno brought Arenado home on a ground ball, tying the game at 3.

However, the rally ended there for San Jose.  Reliever Ryan Halstead came on in the bottom of the 6th to replace McCasland.  The first batter Halstead faced, Jay Baum, homered.  That gave Bakersfield a 4-3 lead, and one they would not relinquish.  They added a run in the 8th with a Kyle Petty RBI single, and that would be it for San Jose, as they struggled in a fashion that SF Giants fans are far too familiar with.

The loss ends a disappointing season for San Jose, their first losing season in 13 years.  However, the Bakersfield win extends their season, and their existence, for at least three more games.  They will meet Visalia in the Best-of-5 North Division Championship Series beginning Saturday night in Visalia.  In the Southern Division, the Lancaster Jethawks blasted the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 21-6 to advance, where they will meet the High Desert Mavericks for the South Division Championship in a series that might produce scores the NFL would be envious of.

One almost has to root for Bakersfield to meet High Desert for this year’s California League championship, before both teams are contracted at the end of the season.

One quick roster note: You may have noticed there was a Volcano outfield reunion of sorts, as Gio Brusa joined San Jose, albeit as DH.  Brusa was called up to take the roster spot of Ronnie Jebavy after Jebavy dislocated his shoulder in Game 1.  It was Brusa’s High-A debut, as he was one of the few Salem-Keizer players not called up to fill spots in other teams late in the season.  Also, Bryan Reynolds continued to show off his willingness to make throws to complete plays in center field.  During Bakersfield’s 4th inning, after Jay Baum walked, Kyle Petty hit a fly ball into center.  Reynolds was unable to catch it, but fielded it and threw to second before Baum (who had to wait to see if it would be caught) could make it there, creating an 8-4 fielder’s choice in the box score.  It will be fun to watch him continue that play in 2017.

With that, Minor Lines has come to a close for 2016.  I know I speak for Roger when I say we both thank you for reading, following, commenting and asking us questions all season long.  The Giants have a wonderful fan base who enjoy following the minor leagues, and here at McCovey Chronicles, it’s amazing to have such a dedicated readership who enjoys following all these young players.  It's because of you, the readers, that guys like Roger and myself get to enjoy this opportunity to write about the prospects.

You’ll see us a bit in the coming months, as there will be a couple more Prospect Roundups to wrap up the year, and we still have roster decisions and a Community Prospect List to vote on this winter.

Until then, however, this is the Brute, signing off.