San Francisco Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff began his second rehab stint with Class A San Jose late Saturday afternoon. Huff’s presence brought crowds but no victory to Municipal Stadium as Visalia defeated San Jose 8-3 to start the three-game series.
Shawn Sanford started for the first time since June 25 when he gave up eight runs against Stockton in four-plus innings. Sanford kept Visalia relatively in check for most of Saturday’s outing, giving up two runs on four hits in four and a third, striking out three. He was pulled in the fifth for submariner Phil McCormick who, along with fellow reliever Edward Concepcion, allowed four more runs in just 2/3 of an inning.
1B Ricky Oropesa went 1-for-4 with a double, but struck out in this at-bat in the 5th. (Conner Penfold/Working Titles)
BULLPEN STRUGGLES AS SAN JOSE LOSES SIXTH STRAIGHT
San Jose dropped their sixth consecutive game Wednesday night in Modesto, falling 9-0 to the Nuts who were backed by a seven inning, seven strikeout performance from ace Christian Bergman. The 24-year old right-hander gave up just four hits en route to his 12th win of the year.
Complications with the team bus delayed the arrival of San Jose until almost 6:00 PM, shortening warm-up time and batting practice, and it showed on the field. The Giants managed just four hits off Bergman and relief pitcher Isaiah Froneberger, who hurled two perfect innings to close the game.
Modesto scored two runs in the seventh to break a 4-4 tie, defeating San Jose 6-4 on Friday night at Municipal Stadium. RHP Ryan Bradley started for San Jose (5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 6 BB, 3 K) and took a no-decision. 3B Adam Duvall and 1B Ricky Oropesa both went 2-for-4 and Duvall, along with SS Joe Panik and C Andrew Susac each had RBIs for the Giants.