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Giants force one-game showdown09/13/2006 1:30 AM ET
By Alex Gyr / MLB.com
Pat Dobson went 4-for-5 with three RBIs on Tuesday as the San Jose Giants beat the Visalia Oaks, 8-1, to force a decisive fifth game in the California League North Division Finals.
Dobson delivered a two-run double during a three-run third inning, smacked an RBI single in a three-run sixth and connected for his third double of the night in the ninth.
"I was feeling great," said Dobson, who also doubled in the first. "The regular season is over, so now it is time to just go out, relax and have fun. I wasn't overthinking anything. It was just a good night."
Gregorio Martinez (1-0) picked up the win after yielding a run on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.
"Gregorio threw a beautiful game against us," said Oaks second baseman Josh Asanovich, who went 2-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to 17 games. "He's been tough on us all year. He just came out and threw a great game."
Justin Hedrick struck out four in 1 2/3 perfect frames and California League Pitcher of the Year Brian Anderson worked around a single and an error in the ninth to send the series back to San Jose for the finale at 10:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
"Hedrick came in and, as usual, was dominant," Dobson said. "He was really blowing the ball past guys."
Visalia starter Jonathan Barratt (1-1) surrendered six runs on 11 hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 5 2/3 frames.
The Oaks' lone run came in the first on an RBI groundout by Chris Nowak.
Visalia starter Derek Feldkamp (8-6, 6.41 ERA) will square off with San Jose's Brooks McNiven (8-7, 3.98) on Wednesday. The Giants are looking forward to getting back to Municipal Stadium, where they went 46-24 this season.
"We're back at home and they have a bus ride back to San Jose that they're not too happy about," Dobson said. "They had us on the ropes, but now we're in it to win it. Bottom line."
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