San Jose center fielder Gary Brown, entering Thursday’s game against the Stockton Ports on a tear as of late, kicked it into an even higher gear with a 5-for-5 performance that fueled the Giants’ 11-5 win at Municipal Stadium. Brown hit a pair of solo home runs, two doubles and an infield single. He also scored five runs and knocked in four to raise his batting average to .331.
“I’m just trying to have fun, just see pitches and hit a hole,” Brown said. Many of Brown’s hits lately have come while he is behind in the count, to which he responded, “I try to stay relaxed and think the other way more.”
Giants shortstop Ehire Adrianza kept swinging a hot bat as well, going 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI to extend his hit streak to 12 games. Ryan Cavan, Alex Burg and Juan Ciriaco also contributed multi-hit games with two hits apiece. Reliever Ari Ronick (3-1, 3.13 ERA) pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings out of the San Jose bullpen to record the win. San Francisco Giants star Pat Burrell went 1-for-4 with an RBI in his second rehab start with San Jose.
“It’s fine, it’s a deal where it’s not going to get better,” Burrell said in relation to the bone spur in his right foot that landed him on the disabled list on August 14. “It’s one of those things where it’s how much I tolerate it. It’s in a bad spot, so it’s one of those things where I hope the rest has taken some of the inflammation away. Hopefully I can get back up there (San Francisco) and help these guys.”
For the first time in his 12-year professional career, Burrell was playing in his backyard of San Jose. Before winning the Golden Spikes Award (best collegiate player) as a junior at the University of Miami, being the first overall draft pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1998 and winning two World Series rings, Burrell starred at Bellarmine Prep.
“It’s cool, I played some games here (Municipal Stadium) while I was in high school,” Burrell said. “My folks were able to come. It’s a nice feeling to be back in San Jose playing.”
Brown’s first solo home run of the night got the Giants on the scoreboard right away, as his 11th of the season gave San Jose a 1-0 lead after the first inning. Stockton countered immediately, however, as RBIs by Leonardo Gil and Myrio Richard gave the Ports their only lead of the ballgame, 2-1.
San Jose put up four runs in the home half of the second, highlighted by Ciriaco’s double that plated both Burg and Nick Noonan. Brown’s double to left brought Ciriaco in to score, and then Brown himself scored on Adrianza’s double in the ensuing at-bat. When the inning was over, the Giants had a 5-2 lead thanks in part to four second-inning hits, three of which were doubles.
While the Ports scored two runs in the fifth and one more in the eighth for their five runs on the evening, San Jose continued a steady attack. With two runs in the bottom of the fourth and one run in each of the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings, the Giants scored in every inning except the third.
At 85-44 overall, San Jose has won 11 of its last 14 games. After a 9-13 stretch that began on July 17 and culminated in being swept at home by Bakersfield on August 9, the Giants have hit their stride in time for the upcoming playoffs. What has been the key to the recent turnaround?
“Chemistry, all together,” Brown said. “We’re stringing together good at-bats. That’s going to get runs, and that’s going to carry over to our pitching.”
San Jose embarks on a seven-game, seven-day Southern California road trip starting on Friday with a four-game series at Rancho Cucamonga. The Giants then head to Bakersfield for a three-game set in the hopes of avenging a three-game sweep at the hands of the Blaze August 7-9. From September 2-5, San Jose returns home to conclude the regular season with another four game series with Rancho Cucamonga.
Tickets for the final home series of 2011 are available by visiting www.sjgiants.com, or by calling (408) 297-1435.
Stars of the Game:
1. Gary Brown (CF, SJ): 5-for-5, 2 HR (11, 12), 2 2B, 5 R, 4 RBI
2. Ehire Adrianza (SS, SJ): 3-for-5, 2 2B, RBI
3. Alex Burg (1B, SJ): 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R
4. Juan Ciriaco (LF, SJ): 2-for-4, 2 R, RBI
5. Ryan Cavan (2B, SJ): 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B
* With his 5-for-5 outing on Thursday, San Jose center fielder Gary Brown is now batting .418 (33-for-79) in his last 18 games. He has at least one hit in 16 of those 18 with 10 multi-hit games.
* San Jose shortstop Ehire Adrianza’s hit streak is now at 12 games following his 3-for-5 night on Thursday. Adrianza is now 23-for-56 (.396) during the streak.
Former Giants in the News:
* Former San Jose pitcher Chuck Lofgren (3-1, 3.38 ERA) recorded the win on Thursday in Double-A Richmond’s 4-3 win over the Akron Aeros. Lofgren surrendered just one run on three hits while striking out four to help lead the Flying Squirrels. The win is Lofgren’s first since July 28.
* Former San Jose outfielder Francisco Peguero went 4-for-5 with two runs scored on Thursday in Double-A Richmond’s 4-3 win over Akron. Peguero is hitting .436 (17-for-39) in his past 11 games.
* Former San Jose closer Heath Hembree notched his 16th save of the season for Double-A Richmond in the Flying Squirrels’ 4-3 win over Akron on Thursday.
* Former San Jose third baseman Chris Dominguez went 2-for-5 on Thursday in Double-A Richmond’s 4-3 win over Akron.
* Former San Jose shortstop Brandon Crawford went 1-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored for Triple-A Fresno in the Grizzlies’ 7-4 win over the Sacramento River Cats on Thursday.
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