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SF Giants Playoff Minor Lines, 9/8

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Well, look at it this way, the bullpen wasn't to blame!

Game 2: San Jose lost to Bakersfield, 7-1

Best-of-3 Series tied, 1-1

Player

Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG*

T.J. Bennett

2B

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

.143

Heath Quinn

RF

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

.125

Bryan Reynolds

CF

4

1

2

0

0

1

1

0

1

.429

Miguel Gomez

3B

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

.143

Aramis Garcia

C

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.286

Jonah Arenado

1B

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

.167

Cristian Paulino

LF

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.000

Robbie Garvey

DH

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

Rando Moreno

SS

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.000

Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA*

Cory Taylor (L, 0-1)

5.1

8

6

5

1

4

2

8.44

Pat Young

1.2

2

1

1

0

3

0

5.40

D.J. Snelten

1.0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0.00

* - All averages are for the current playoff series.

What, you expected it to be easy?

Bakersfield peppered San Jose starter Cory Taylor to pieces on Thursday night, and Blaze starter Zack Littell struck out 11 as the Blaze cruised to a 7-1 win, forcing a winner-take-all game in Bakersfield Friday night to move on.

The Blaze got started right away against San Jose, as the first batter of the game reached on an error, and scored on a double.  Bryan Reynolds, however, helped right away defensively, catching a fly ball and doubling the runner off of second to help Taylor get out of the first.  However, it wouldn’t be enough.

Bakersfield’s Kyle Petty homered in the 2nd (no, it’s not another athlete trying baseball after a career elsewhere).  In the 4th, Joe DeCarlo homered to make it 3-0 Bakersfield.  In the fifth, a Drew Jackson triple led to another run.  Bakersfield’s big inning was the sixth, when two hit batters (by two different pitchers), a single and a 2-run double put Bakersfield up 6-0.

In the top of the 7th, San Jose finally got onto the board, as Bryan Reynolds led off the inning with a home run.  However, the next three San Jose batters struck out, to continue a trend throughout the game.  Bakersfield got the run back in the bottom of the seventh off of a double and a wild pitch, and that would be enough.

Reynolds was really the only positive story for the Giants, the only offensive player to get on base twice, taking care of all of San Jose’s offense with his first home run at High-A in any kind of season, and the outfield assist to help get out of the first inning.  He also did bobble a ball for an error in the sixth, though it was not crucial to the game.  Cory Taylor struggled in the starting role at San Jose once again, giving up the two home runs.  Taylor had only given up four in 119 innings in the regular season, though the majority of the season (and all four home runs) came in the pitcher-friendly South Atlantic League.

Though the first two games of this series saw the home team win each one, during the season series between San Jose and Bakersfield, the home team was just 7-19.  Dylan Davis, who hit a home run in Game 1, was a late scratch due to a foot issue.  Davis had been scheduled as the DH, a role that was filled by Robbie Gavery in a very Shinjo-esque manner.

Game 3 (and potentially the final game for the Bakersfield Blaze ever, if they lose) will be played at Sam Lynn Ballpark, with first pitch scheduled for 7:15 PM.  Jake McCasland will make the start for San Jose, in his first High-A appearance.  The nearly 25-year old McCasland had a 1.65 ERA in Augusta this season, with 13 starts and 14 relief appearances, his first season starting.  Bakersfield is expected to have 22-year old Tyler Pike, a 2nd Compensation Round pick in 2012, make the start on their end.  The left-hander had a 4.01 ERA in 25 starts at Bakersfield this season.  The winner of Friday’s game will meet Visalia in a Best-of-5 North Division Series beginning on Saturday in Visalia.

One final note: Ronnie Jebavy, who was in a scary collision that resulted in a dislocated shoulder and was stretchered off the field in Game 1, appeared to be in a good mood on Twitter, showing off a picture of the incident and razzing his teammate T.J. Bennett, who was also in the collision.