Mavs, Giants advance to Cal Finals

High Desert, San Jose to meet in Championship Series

Conor Gillaspie is 6-for-11 with a homer and eight RBIs in his last two games. (Chris Talley/FutureStarPhotos.com)

By MiLB.com | September 16, 2009 9:56 PM ET

Former first-round pick Conor Gillaspie went 3-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs on Wednesday as the San Jose Giants pulled away in a 12-3 rout of the Bakersfield Blaze to advance to the California League Championship Series.

San Jose trailed, 3-1, in the decisive fifth game before exploding for 11 unanswered runs in the seventh and eighth innings to seal the North Division title.

Gillaspie scored three times, while Brian Bocock delivered a two-run double and scored twice for the Giants.

David Mixon allowed three runs on four hits with six strikeouts over six innings before David Quinowski (2-0) tossed a scoreless seventh to pick up his second postseason win.

David Paisano doubled twice and scored a run and Matt Lawson contributed two hits, including an RBI single, for Bakersfield.

The Giants, seeking their second title in three years, will face High Desert in the best-of-5 Finals.

In other Cal League action:

High Desert Mavericks 11, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 6
Travis Scott and Juan Diaz both homered and doubled and combined for five RBIs as the Mavericks advanced to the Finals for the first time since 1997. Joe Dunigan went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and three runs scored for High Desert. Box score

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