BAKERSFIELD - The San Jose Giants scored seven runs over the last two innings to earn a 7-1 win over the Bakersfield Blaze on Thursday evening at Sam Lynn Ballpark. San Jose trailed by a 1-0 margin until scoring three times in the top of the eighth to move in front before plating four more runs in the ninth inning. With the victory, the Giants took two out of three games in the series.
Ryan Bradley (6-6) tossed a career-high eight innings with just one run allowed to pick-up the win for San Jose. Bradley scattered 10 hits during his stint on the mound with no walks and five strikeouts.
Jarrett Parker (0-for-3, RBI) brought home the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth with a sacrifice fly before Adam Duvall (1-for-5, HR, 3 RBI) connected for a three-run homer in the ninth to lead the Giants offense.
With San Jose trailing by one run, Joe Panik began the top of the eighth by drawing a walk. Duvall followed with a sharp grounder to third that was misplayed by Travis Mattair for an error to put runners on first and second. After Ricky Oropesa struck out, Alex Burg singled up the middle to score Panik with the tying run. Then on the play, Blaze center fielder Kurtis Muller threw wildly to home for an error allowing Duvall to advance to third and Burg to second.
Parker was up next and he lofted a fly ball to medium-deep left center field. Muller and left fielder Juan Duran came together with the ball bouncing off of Duran's glove for an error as both Duvall and Burg came home to give the Giants a 3-1 lead. Parker, who was thrown out at third on the play, was credited with a sacrifice fly and an RBI.
After Bradley fired a 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth, Jarrad Page led off the ninth by drawing a walk. With one out, Page stole second and then Carter Jurica walked. Panik followed with a line drive single into left center field to bring home Page with the first run of the frame. Duvall then greeted new pitcher Pat Doyle with a three-run homer to deep left field for a 7-1 San Jose advantage. The home run was Duvall's team-leading 18th of the season.
Craig Whitaker (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 SO) pitched around a pair of two-out walks in the bottom of the ninth to keep Bakersfield off the scoreboard and end the game.
Blaze reliever Chris Joyce (3-4) was saddled with the loss after surrendering six runs (three earned) on two hits over 1 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out two.
Bakersfield jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as Devin Lohman doubled to deep right field with one out, advanced to third on Dominic D'Anna's single and then scored when Mattair grounded out.
The Blaze threatened on several occasions to extend their lead, but didn't score another run for the remainder of the night. In the bottom of the third, back-to-back singles from Muller and Lohman put runners on the corners with none out. Muller though was thrown out at the plate when he attempted to score on D'Anna's grounder to first. Mattair then flied out to right with Lohman thrown out at third as he attempted to advance on the play.
In the fourth, a pair of singles from Steve Selsky and Duran put runners on first and second with none out, but Bradley retired the next three hitters to end the inning. Bradley then worked through a leadoff single in the fifth, a two-out single in the sixth and a leadoff single in the seventh to keep the score 1-0.
Bakersfield starter Daniel Renken pitched the first seven innings with no runs and four hits allowed. He struck out three and did not walk a batter. The Giants left two runners on base in both the second and third innings against Renken. All four hits against the right-hander were singles.
Notes: The Giants won for the third time this season when trailing after seven innings (3-39) ... Duvall has homered in back-to-back games ... Six out of his 18 home runs this season have come against Bakersfield ... Bradley surpassed his previous career-high of 7 1/3 innings - achieved two starts ago (July 15 vs. Visalia) ... The Blaze out-hit San Jose by a 10-7 margin ... No Giants player finished with more than one hit ... Bakersfield committed four errors, including three in the eighth inning, while they were 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position ... Whitaker was added to the San Jose roster from Fresno (AAA) earlier Thursday ... Relief pitcher Josh Osich has been placed on the disabled list ... The Giants improved their overall record to 53-51.
On Deck: The Giants continue their road trip on Friday evening with the opener of a three-game series against the Modesto Nuts. First pitch at John Thurman Field is scheduled for 7:05 PM. Justin Schumer (6-4, 4.28 ERA) is slated to start on the mound for San Jose while Modesto is expected to counter with Christian Bergman (13-5, 2.70 ERA). The game can be heard live on sjgiants.com with coverage beginning at 6:35 PM.