The San Jose Giants saw their four-game win streak snapped at the hands of the Lancaster Jethawks on Wednesday, 6-1. San Jose’s pitching found it a daunting task to put away the Jethawks’ hitters, as Lancaster scored five of their six runs with two outs. While the Giants’ overall four-game win streak was snapped, so was their four-game streak against the Jethawks, who bested San Jose for the first time since April 13.
Jose Cisnero earned the win for Lancaster, holding the Giants to one run on four hits while striking out nine. His counterpart, Craig Westcott, suffered his second loss in a row in allowing five runs on 10 hits. Gary Brown and Jose Flores led the way offensively for San Jose with each going 1-for-3 on the night. Brown had the Giants’ only extra base hit with a double and Flores had his team’s only RBI.
Lancaster pounced on Westcott early with two runs in the top of the first. Miguel Arrendell started the game off with a leadoff single and later scored on a fielder’s choice to put the Jethawks on top, 1-0. With two outs, David Flores doubled to center field, plating Austin Wates to extend the lead to 2-0.
San Jose answered with a run in the bottom of the third with a small two-out rally. Tommy Joseph’s base hit to center was followed by a Ryan Cavan walk, moving Joseph into scoring position at second. Jose Flores then singled just beyond the reach of leaping Lancaster second baseman Jose Thompson, bringing Joseph in to score and cut the deficit in half, 2-1.
The Jethawks’ pitching would stifle the Giants’ offense the remainder of the night, while their offense would score twice each in the fifth and seventh innings with two outs in each case. Wates and Adam Bailey scored on David Flores’ single to center in the fifth to make it 4-1 Lancaster, and Jonathan Meyer’s single to left plated Bailey and Flores for a 6-1 advantage that would hold.
The loss drops San Jose to 68-34 overall, although the Giants remain nine games ahead of Stockton in the California League North Division. Still, Wednesday’s defeat is a bitter pill to swallow as it seemed the game just would not go the Giants’ way. Rubbing salt in the wound is the fact that Lancaster is: 39-63 overall, in last place in the Cal League South Division, 20 games under .500 on the road this season (15-35), and would be 29 games back of San Jose if the teams were in the same division.
The Giants look to rebound in game two of their four-game set with Lancaster on Thursday, which is an early 12:35 p.m. start. The Jethawks send Zach Grimmett (4-7, 6.04 ERA) to the mound, while no starter has been announced at this time for San Jose. Zack Wheeler (7-5, 3.99 ERA) was the projected starter, however, Wheeler is no longer a part of the team as he was included in Wednesday’s trade that brought Carlos Beltran to San Francisco from the New York Mets.
Tickets for Thursday’s contest, as well as the remainder of the series, are available by visiting www.sjgiants.com, or by calling (408) 297-1435.
* San Jose starting pitcher Zack Wheeler was involved in Wednesday’s trade that brings outfielder Carlos Beltran to the San Francisco Giants from the New York Mets. As of Wednesday, Wheeler’s 98 strikeouts led all San Jose pitchers, and he ranked fourth in wins (7) and innings pitched (88).
* San Jose center fielder Gary Brown’s double in the bottom of the first was the only extra base hit for the Giants on Wednesday. Brown finished 1-for-3 on the night.
Former Giants in the News:
* Former San Jose catcher Hector Sanchez went 1-for-3 with an RBI in Triple-A Fresno’s 12-3 win over the Salt Lake Bees on Wednesday.
* Tyler LaTorre, who spent a week in San Jose from July 5 to July 12, had a pinch-hit single and an RBI in Triple-A Fresno’s 12-3 over the Salt Lake Bees on Wednesday. LaTorre hit .263 (5-for-19) in six games with San Jose.
* Former San Jose third baseman Chris Dominguez went 1-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI in Double-A Richmond’s 4-2 win over the Erie Sea Wolves on Wednesday. Dominguez knocked in the tying run as part of a three-run seventh inning that allowed the Flying Squirrels to come from behind and take the lead for good.
* Former San Jose reliever Mitch Lively surrendered just one hit in the eight inning of Double-A Richmond’s 4-2 win on Wednesday to earn his third hold of the season for the Flying Squirrels.
* Former San Jose reliever Heath Hembree pitched a perfect ninth in Double-A Richmond’s 4-2 win on Wednesday to earn his 10th save of the season for the Flying Squirrels. Hembree bounced back from a rough outing on July 24, which snapped a streak of seven consecutive saves, to notch his eighth save in his last nine appearances.
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