SAN JOSE, Calif. - The San Jose Giants won the three-game series, but the Stockton Ports had the last laugh on Saturday night at Municipal Stadium. The Ports clubbed 13 hits and kept the Giants off the board in eight of nine innings on their way to a 6-3 win, their first road victory of the 2017 campaign.
Both starting pitchers were sharp early as Stockton's Brett Graves tossed four scoreless innings while allowing three hits in his third appearance of the season. San Jose's Mike Connolly (1-1) pitched around a jam in the third with runners at second and third and one out to keep Stockton out of the run column and pitched around a two-out single in the fourth to keep the game scoreless.
Stockton plated the game's first run in the fifth. Iolana Akau doubled with one out and after a walk and a single, the Ports had the bases loaded with one away. Seth Brown would reach on a fielder's choice to bring in Akau from third to give the Ports a 1-0 lead. It was the only run allowed by Connolly who suffered his first loss of the season after allowing five hits in five innings while striking out four.
Former Ports infielder Yordy Cabrera entered the game to pitch for San Jose in the sixth and gave up back-to-back one-out singles to Tyler Ramirez and Mikey White. After Brett Siddall grounded out to advance the runners to second and third, Akau hit a ground ball deep in the hole toward the shortstop Jalen Miller, who fielded with a backhand and threw in the dirt to first. The ball skipped away and allowed a second run to score on what was ruled a single and an error, giving Stockton a 3-0 cushion.
The Ports doubled their lead versus Cabrera in the seventh. Eli White singled to open the frame and Brown followed with a two-run homer to right to make it a 5-0 advantage. Sean Murphy followed with an infield single and scored three batters later on an RBI single by Mikey White to make it 6-0 and knock Cabrera from the game.
Cabrera allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits over an inning-and-a-third.
Casey Meisner (1-1) entered the game to pitch the ninth and kept the Giants out of the run column in his first three innings, including striking out the side in the seventh. With one out in the eighth, Meisner surrendered back-to-back hits and then hit Aramis Garcia to load the bases with nobody out. After striking out Dillon Dobson, Meisner gave up a two-run single to Jonah Arenado that put the Giants on the board. Meisner was then lifted for Matt Sergey, who gave up a double to Daniel Carbonell that allowed Garcia to score and make it 6-3. Sergey would go on to strike out Michael Bernal to end the inning and the threat.
Miesner would be credited with his first win of the season, going 3.2 innings and allowing three runs on five hits while striking out five.
Nolan Blackwood (SV, 2) came on to pitch the ninth and pitched around a two-out single to record his second save of the season for the Ports.
Following a day off on Sunday, the Ports continue their road trip as they begin a four-game series with the Modesto Nuts at John Thurman Field. Logan Shore (0-0, 1.13 ERA) makes the start in the series opener for the Ports, opposed by Nuts right-hander Nick Neidert (1-0, 1.69 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PDT.
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