STOCKTON, Calif. - The Stockton Ports enjoyed one of their best nights in franchise history on Thursday night at Banner Island Ballpark. Led by another five-RBI effort by Seth Brown, Stockton plated a whopping 22 runs on 25 hits on their way to a 22-0 drubbing of the Visalia Rawhide to take the rubber game of a three-game series. With the win, the Ports find themselves in a three-way tie for first place with the Rawhide and the Modesto Nuts heading into the final series of the regular season.
Stockton's assault began in the first inning as they scored four runs on an RBI single by Skye Bolt, an RBI double by Seth Brown and a two-run homer by Mikey White to take an early 4-0 lead on Visalia starter Bo Takahashi (7-10). The RBI double for Brown marked his 100th RBI of the season, making him the fourth Ports player since the franchise became an A's affiliate in 2005 to reach the 100-RBI mark. It was White on added to the Ports lead in the second on a two-out two-run double down the left field line to make it a 6-0 score. In the third, the Ports got back-to-back two-out RBI singles from Bolt and Brett Siddall to run the lead to 8-0.
Takahashi worked into the fourth inning and would allow three walks to load the bases with two outs. Eli White delivered the knock-out blow to Takahashi with a two-run single to left field, making it a 10-0 Stockton advantage. Cody Clark came on in relief and surrendered a three-run homer to Bolt to bring the total to 13-0.
Takahashi would suffer the loss as he allowed 12 runs on 11 hits while walking five in 3.2 innings pitched.
Clark would pitch a scoreless fifth inning but get tagged for more runs in the sixth which proved to be Stockton's largest inning of the night. With the bases loaded and one out, Brown capped off his huge night with a grand slam to right field, his second grand slam of the week, making it a 17-0 contest. Two batters later with two outs, Branden Cogswell singled to right, Argenis Raga doubled to chase Clark from the game and Austin Mason came on to face Luis Barrera, who hit a two-run single to left. Barrera scored on an ensuing RBI single by Nate Mondou giving Stockton a 20-0 lead.
Clark would go two innings and allow seven runs on eight hits while striking out three. Mason would allow just the one run over an inning-and-a-third.
Jorge Flores, who opened the game playing shortstop, would pitch the eighth inning for Visalia and allow two runs on four more hits with RBI's gathered by Mondou and Bolt, his fifth RBI of the contest.
Ports starter Brandon Bailey (2-1) picked up the win after tossing five scoreless frames and allowing just one hit while striking out seven. John Gorman, Boomer Biegalski and Armando Ruiz combined for four scoreless innings down the stretch to notch Stockton's 12th shutout victory of the season.
Jason Morozowski had both of Visalia's hits on the night with singles in the third and eighth innings.
Brown, who now sits at 104 total RBI for the season, is now four RBI away from matching Stockton's franchise record set in 1993.
After taking two of three from Visalia, the Ports welcome the San Jose Giants to Banner Island Ballpark for a four-game series that could decide which team secures the final playoff spot in the North Division. Evan Manarino (6-8, 5.10 ERA) makes the start for Stockton, opposed by San Jose right-hander Matt Solter (5-1, 3.57 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. PDT.
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