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SF Giants Playoff Minor Lines, 9/7

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One team made the postseason in the Giants system, and of course it's San Jose! Did they Blaze the...uh, Bakersfield ball club? Click already and find out!

Game 1 - San Jose defeated Bakersfield, 5-3

San Jose leads the Best-of-3 Series, 1-0

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Ronnie Jebavy

CF

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

Robbie Garvey

LF

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

.000

Heath Quinn

LF-RF

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

.000

Bryan Reynolds

RF-CF

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

2

.333

Dylan Davis

DH

1

2

1

0

0

1

1

2

0

1.000

Miguel Gomez

3B

4

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

2

.250

Cristian Paulino

3B

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

Aramis Garcia

C

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

3

.250

Jonah Arenado

1B

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.000

T.J. Bennett

2B

3

1

1

0

0

1

1

0

2

.333

Rando Moreno

SS

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.000

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Jordan Johnson

5.0

8

3

3

0

5

0

5.40

Dusten Knight

0.1

2

0

0

0

1

0

0.00

Caleb Baragar (W, 1-0)

1.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0.00

Ryan Halstead (H, 1)

0.2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.00

Tyler Cyr (H, 1)

1.0

1

0

0

1

0

0

0.00

Reyes Moronta (S, 1)

1.0

1

0

0

1

2

0

0.00

San Jose overcame injury and deficit to defeated one of their regular season nemeses.

San Jose scored three runs in the 6th inning to win a 5-3 game in front of the home crowd over the Bakersfield Blaze.  The game gives San Jose an important 1-0 lead over Bakersfield as they head to Central California to play at least one, and potentially two games for the right to meet Visalia in the Northern Division Finals.

The game got off to a difficult start for San Jose in a couple of different ways.  After getting a groundout, the second batter to face Jordan Johnson hit a pop fly to shallow right center.  Center fielder Ronnie Jebavy and second baseman T.J. Bennett collided as both dove for the ball, and Jebavy suffered a dislocated shoulder, and had to be taken from the field by a stretcher.

After the Giants brought in Robbie Garvey and shuffled the outfield, the Blaze then collected a double and an RBI groundout to take a 1-0 lead.

Bakersfield extended the lead in the 3rd, as they collected four singles to score two more runs, and had a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the third.  But that’s when the Giants began to turn things around.

T.J. Bennett kicked things off with a home run in the bottom of the 3rd to make it 3-1.  Dylan Davis then homered in the bottom of the 4th to bring the Giants to within a run.

That set the stage for the big inning in the 6th.  Rando Moreno led off the inning with a walk, but Robbie Garvey and Heath Quinn each struck out.  With two out, Bryan Reynolds singled, and Davis walked to load the bases.  That brought up Miguel Gomez, who singled home two runs to put the Giants up, 4-3.  Aramis Garcia followed with his own infield single to bring home an insurance run.

That left things up to the bullpen.  From that point on, four San Jose pitchers combined to hold the lead, starting with Caleb Baragar who had come in to pitch in the top of the inning to get San Jose out of a jam.  It ended with Reyes Moronta, allowing a hit and a walk, but getting a pair of strikeouts en route to the save.

San Jose had gone 12-14 against Bakersfield this season, but had only gone 3-10 against them at home, and went just 1-5 against Bakersfield down the final two-weeks of the season.  However, both of San Jose’s home run hitters victimized the Blaze this season.  7 of Davis’ 18 home runs with San Jose came against the Blaze, as did 5 of Bennett’s 9 home runs.

Two Giants were making their California League debuts in this game, in top 2016 draft pick Bryan Reynolds (who catches up to Heath Quinn), and reliever Ryan Halstead, who had a 3.83 ERA in 40 games with Augusta).

The series shifts back to Bakersfield for the final game (or two, if necessary), for what could be an emotional scene.  Bakersfield will lose its baseball team at the end of the season, as the California League will contract to make room for two new Carolina League teams.  So Thursday or Friday night could become the final California League game ever played at Sam Lynn Field, or Bakersfield could come back to prolong their existence another week.

Game 2 will feature Cory Taylor (2.72 ERA this year, 6.75 in 3 G at San Jose) for the Giants, who had a great season at Augusta and Richmond, but struggled in his brief regular season time at San Jose.  Opposing him will be Zack Littell (2.66 ERA this year, 2.51 in 12 G at Bakersfield), a 20-year old 11th round draft pick from 2013 by the Mariners.  If the series makes Game 3, it will be Jake McCasland (making his potential California League debut) against Tyler Pike.