A seven-run, nine-hit, 11-batter bottom of the sixth inning helped the San Jose Giants defeat the High Desert Mavericks on Tuesday, 9-5, and end a five-game losing streak at Municipal Stadium. Every hit was a single, including a clutch shot off the bat of San Francisco Giants star Freddy Sanchez to put San Jose ahead, 6-5 with one out.
Sanchez, in the South Bay rehabbing a right shoulder injury, found the left field line to give the Giants their first lead of the night. His 2-for-4, three RBI and a run scored performance made him one of six Giants with a multi-hit effort. Ricky Oropesa and Carter Jurica collected three hits each. Reliever Jose Valdez earned the win in relief of starter Justin Schumer. Entering the game with two outs in the fifth, Valdez and the San Jose bullpen held the Mavericks to just one hit the rest of the way.
Prior to the Giants’ outburst, High Desert took early command. The Mavericks were first on the scoreboard when Mickey Wiswall led of the top of the second with a double, on which he would eventually score for a 1-0 lead.
San Jose answered immediately in the home half of the inning when Adam Duvall led off with a single to right-center. Following a Ricky Oropesa base hit and a walk to Jarrett Parker load the bases, Jurica’s line drive through the left side brought Duvall in to tie the game at 1-1. Jurica went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored on the night.
High Desert’s big blow came in the top of the fourth, as the Mavs put up three runs to claim a 4-1 advantage. Back-to-back one-out base hits by Wiswall and Steven Proscia set the table for Kevin Rivers, who belted a 1-1 fastball over the right field wall for his third home run of the season. Rivers would double and score in the sixth to extend the Mavs’ lead to 5-1.
With High Desert’s final run in the bag, San Jose finally got to Mavericks starter George Mieses, who had efficiently worked his way through the Giants lineup until the sixth. Oropesa and Andrew Susac each singled through the left side to begin the bottom of the sixth.
After a Parker strikeout, San Jose reeled off seven consecutive base hits. Jurica, Chris Lofton, Ryan Lollis and Sanchez all singled and scored. Joe Panik and Duvall followed with base hits of their own, as did Oropesa for the second time in the inning. Susac’s strikeout with two outs finally capped the rally, which left the Giants ahead, 9-5, when the dust settled for a score that would stand.
With the win, San Jose emerged with a 3-2 series lead over High Desert for the season and 13-7 overall to lead the California League North Division by one game over the Bakersfield Blaze. The loss drops the Mavs to 12-7, although High Desert remains atop the South Division and tied with Bakersfield for the second-best overall record in the league.
The Giants and the Mavericks square off again on Wednesday in game three of the four-game series. Probable starters Jack Snodgrass (1-1, 2.20) and Roenis Elias (2-0, 1.96) take the hill for San Jose and High Desert, respectively. Snodgrass is coming off of a solid win over Bakersfield on April 15 where he surrendered just one run and three hits while striking out five in six innings. Elias also comes into Wednesday’s contest on a positive note, having won two straight starts where he has only given up one run in 14 1/3 total innings.
Wednesday’s game starts at 7:00 p.m. at Municipal Stadium. Joe Ritzo will have the call online at www.sjgiants.com and 92.9 FM in the stadium. Tickets are available by calling (408) 297-1435 or by visiting the San Jose Giants website.
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