SAN JOSE, Calif. - In a series that's featured tight, low-scoring ballgames, the Stockton Ports held the San Jose Giants to only two hits on Friday night on their way to a victory. Stockton made three runs in the second inning stand tall as they earned a 3-1 win over the Giants at Municipal Stadium.
The Ports scored their only three runs of the night in the second inning off Giants starter Ryan Bradley (0-4). Renato Nunez opened the inning with a double and Bruce Maxwell followed by drawing a walk. Two batters later, Billy McKinney reached on an infield single that loaded the bases. Bobby Crocker came up next and grounded out to first base to drive in Nunez and make it 1-0. Daniel Robertson came to bat next and while Bradley was working to Robertson, he uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Maxwell to score. Robertson went on to line a single to center field to score McKinney and make it a 3-0 Stockton advantage.
Bradley went on to suffer the loss as he went five innings and allowed three runs on four hits while striking out five.
Ports starter Seth Streich, who will be participating in the California/Carolina League All-Star Game on Tuesday in Wilmington, Delaware, allowed a single to Chuckie Jones to open the first inning and then proceeded to retire the final 12 batters he faced in succession. Streich retired 12 of the 13 batters he faced in an abbreviated outing as he received a no-decision while striking out four batters in four innings worked.
Jonathan Joseph (2-3) came on to pitch the fifth inning and found himself in a bases-loaded jam after a hit batsman, a double and a walk. The Giants plated their first run on a sac-fly hit by Trevor Brown to cut the Ports lead to 3-1. Joseph would get Ydwin Villegas to come up after the sac-fly and hit into an inning-ending 5-4-3 double-play to escape further trouble.
Joseph picked up the win, going two innings and allowing one run on two hits while striking out one.
Nolan Sanburn came on to pitch the seventh and set the side down in order in his first inning. In the eighth, Sanburn hit Villegas with one out and then with two outs, issued back-to-back walks to Shawn Payne and Mitch Delfino. Sanburn was then lifted for Austin House (SV, 9), who came in and struck out Blake Miller to end the inning and escape the jam.
House stayed in the ballgame to pitch the ninth and set the side down in order to pick up his ninth save in as many opportunities.
Jeff Soptic, Mason McVay and Bryce Bandilla combined on four scoreless innings for San Jose.
Friday's game marked the third game in which the Ports held an opponent to just two hits.
The Ports and Giants wrap up their four-game series and the first half of the season on Saturday night at Municipal Stadium. Left-hander Chris Lamb (2-0, 4.32 ERA) makes the start for Stockton, opposed by San Jose right-hander Pat Young (5-1, 5.50 ERA). First pitch is set for 5 p.m. PDT.