The San Jose Giants officially lost their first home series of the season on Monday to Visalia, and then were swept for the first time in 2012 by the same Rawhide club the next day in a 9-2 defeat. San Jose fell to 3-9 on the season against Visalia and has dropped five of six to the Rawhide.
Giants starter Justin Schumer (3-2, 4.45) took the loss, surrendering six runs (five earned) and nine hits in his six innings. Schumer is 0-1 in his last four starts following three straight no-decisions, and is still searching for his first win since May 5 against Inland Empire.
Offensively for San Jose, Joe Panik, Adam Duvall and Carter Jurica had two hits apiece. The trio accounted for six of the Giants’ nine hits on the evening. Panik extended his hit streak to eight games, while Duvall continued supplying the power with his 10th home run of the year. Duvall is 29-for-69 (.420) with six home runs, four doubles and 18 RBI in his last 17 games.
After an easy first inning, Schumer relinquished two runs on three hits in the second, giving Visalia a 2-0 lead. A sacrifice fly by Raywilly Gomez and an RBI single by Ryan LaPensee put the Rawhide ahead.
The damage was limited in large part to superb defense by Ryan Lollis, Ricky Oropesa and Duvall. On LaPensee’s single to right, Lollis hit cut-off man Oropesa, who saw Visalia’s Keon Broxton over-run third base. Oropesa fired to Duvall to catch Broxton for the second out of the inning. Chris Lofton’s RBI base hit in the home half of the second put San Jose on the board and cut the Rawhide lead in half at 2-1.
The Visalia lead swelled to 6-1 after the top of the fifth. Another LaPensee RBI single in the fourth gave the Rawhide a two-run cushion again at 3-1. Three runs in the fifth on a Jonathan Griffin single, a Bobby Borchering ground out and a Broxton base hit put the Giants in a five-run hole.
Duvall’s home run in the bottom of the fifth gave San Jose its second and final run. Visalia tacked on one run in the seventh and two more in the ninth, mainly results of sloppy field play by the Giants. A passed ball allowed Chris Owings to score in the seventh, while a throwing error to the plate by Oropesa aided in the Rawhide scoring their two ninth inning runs.
Despite the loss, San Jose remains three and a half games ahead of Bakersfield for first place in the California League North Division with a league-best 32-20 record. The Giants begin a crucial three-game series with Bakersfield on Wednesday at Municipal Stadium.
Hector Correa (1-0, 5.14) gets the start for San Jose, while Bakersfield sends Justice French (0-0, 2.14) to the mound. Correa’s lone win came out of the bullpen on May 6 against Inland Empire, and he has received no-decisions in each of his two starts this season. French is still looking to factor into a decision despite four starts for Bakersfield.
Wednesday’s game is slated for a 7 p.m. start. Tickets are available by visiting www.sjgiants.com, or by calling (408) 297-1435. Live play-by-play by Joe Ritzo can be heard on www.sjgiants.com, as well as 92.9 FM inside Municipal Stadium.
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