SAN JOSE - The San Jose Giants concluded the first half with a 3-0 loss to the Stockton Ports on Saturday evening at Municipal Stadium. San Jose had nine hits in the contest, but grounded into two double plays and left nine runners on base. The Giants finish the first half with a record of 34-36.
San Francisco Giants reliever Santiago Casilla had a successful rehab start for San Jose working two hitless innings to begin the game. Casilla, who retired six out of the seven batters he faced, walked one and struck out none.
Ports starter Chris Lamb (3-0) picked-up the win after tossing six scoreless innings with six hits allowed. Lamb walked one and struck out three.
Stockton took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning with a run against Pat Young. Billy McKinney drew a walk to begin the frame before stealing second. Then with one out, Young uncorked back-to-back wild pitches allowing McKinney to score the first run of the night.
After Young worked scoreless fourth and fifth innings, the Ports added to their lead with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth. A one-out walk to Chad Pinder and a two-out walk to Matt Olson put two runners on base for Stockton. Ryon Healy and Renato Nunez then delivered consecutive RBI singles to make it 3-0.
Young (5-2), who was working in relief for the first time this season after 11 starts, suffered the loss. The right-hander pitched four innings with three runs (all earned) and four hits allowed. Young walked three and struck out two.
The Giants had at least one runner on base in eight out of the nine innings, but were unable to crack the scoreboard. San Jose left a runner at second base in the first, second, fourth, fifth and seventh innings. In the bottom of the eighth, a one-out single from Mitch Delfino was followed by a walk to Blake Miller. After Brian Ragira struck out, a passed ball moved the runners to second and third, however Shawn Payne then grounded out to end the threat.
In the bottom of the ninth, Ben Turner singled with one out, but Stockton reliever Kris Hall came back to induce the next hitter, Alberto Robles, to ground into a game-ending double play.
Hall, who entered the game to begin the bottom of the ninth, earned his second save of the season.
Turner (3-for-4, 2 2B) and Delfino (2-for-4) had multi-hit games to lead the Giants offensively in defeat.
Notes: Stockton won three out of four games in the series … San Jose scored only five runs during the four-game set … The Giants were shutout for the fourth time this season … San Jose out-hit the Ports 9-7 on Saturday, but the Giants were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position … Turner is batting .476 (20-for-42) in his last 12 games … In two appearances with San Jose, Casilla has worked a total of three scoreless innings with no hits allowed, one walk and three strikeouts … The Giants finished below .500 in the first half for the first time since 2003 (28-42).
On Deck: After a four-day All-Star break, the Giants begin the second half on Thursday with the opener of a four-game series in Visalia. First pitch against the Rawhide at Recreation Park is scheduled for 7:00 PM. Joe Biagini (3-4, 3.96 ERA) is slated to start on the mound for San Jose. The game can be heard live on sjgiants.com with coverage beginning at 6:30 PM.