Giants Power To Series Win Over Quakes

Quinn, Miller and Dobson homer in 8-4 victory

By San Jose Giants | August 8, 2018 7:45 PM

SAN JOSE, CA - Heath Quinn, Jalen Miller and Dillon Dobson each homered as part of a 13-hit San Jose offensive attack on Wednesday afternoon in an 8-4 Giants victory over the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes at Municipal Stadium. With the win, San Jose (50-67 overall, 16-31 second half) took two out of three games in the series from the South Division-leading Quakes.

Quinn's (2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI) three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth gave the Giants the lead for good on Wednesday. Miller (3-for-4, HR, RBI, 2 SB) knocked out three hits, scored three times and stole two bases while Wander Franco (2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI) doubled twice and drove in two runs. Johneshwy Fargas (2-for-5, 2B, 2 SB) and Kelvin Beltre (2-for-4) also finished with multi-hit performances.

DJ Myers (4-3) earned the win on the mound after limiting Rancho Cucamonga to two runs (both earned) over the first five innings. Myers allowed five hits, walked none and struck out six during his 87-pitch performance.

San Jose never trailed in the contest scoring twice in the bottom of the third to take an early 2-0 lead. Fargas started the frame with a single before stealing second base. Miller followed with another single to advance Fargas to third. After Miller stole second, Franco laced a double into the left center field gap easily scoring both runners to make it 2-0.

Meanwhile, Myers began his start with four scoreless innings retiring 12 out of the first 15 Quakes batters that came to the plate. Rancho Cucamonga would breakthrough though with a pair of solo home runs off Myers in the top of the fifth to tie the game. Carlos Rincon led off with a towering homer to left before Steve Berman launched a one-out solo home run to bring the Quakes even.

The Giants, however, had an answer in the bottom of the fifth. A one-out single from Miller followed by another Franco double put runners on second and third. Quinn was up next and he belted a 3-2 pitch from Rancho Cucamonga starter Isaac Anderson over the fence in deep center for a go-ahead three-run home run. The homer, Quinn's 11th of the season, put San Jose in front by a 5-2 margin.

Joey Marciano (1 1/3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO) relieved Myers to begin the top of the sixth and struck out two in a perfect inning of work to maintain the three-run advantage. The Quakes though took Marciano deep twice in the top of the seventh to cut into the Giants lead. With one out, Rincon smacked his second home run of the game - a solo shot to left. Brandon Montgomery followed with another home run - the fourth solo homer of day for Rancho Cucamonga - bringing the Quakes within 5-4.

After the back-to-back homers, Rodolfo Martinez (2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO) was summoned from the bullpen and he promptly walked Berman before uncorking a wild pitch to advance the potential tying run to second. Martinez though settled down to strikeout Jared Walker and then induced Connor Wong to groundout to end the inning with San Jose still in front.

The Giants then belted two more homers in the bottom of the seventh to take control of the game. With one out, Miller hit a line drive solo home run down the left field line to make it 6-4. Quinn then singled with two outs before Dobson drilled a two-run home run over the fence in straightaway center for an 8-4 advantage.

Frank Rubio (2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO) kept the Quakes off the board in the eighth and ninth innings, pitching around a leadoff single in both frames, to seal the San Jose victory.

Anderson (7-6) suffered the loss after yielding five runs (all earned) on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out a season-high eight.

Notes
* The two teams combined to hit seven home runs.
* San Jose has now hit 101 home runs this season - tops among all North Division clubs and third-most in the California League.
* The Giants won their first series since they took three of four games July 13-16 vs. Visalia.
* Wednesday was the 18th and final meeting of the season between San Jose and Rancho Cucamonga. With the victory, the Giants won their first series against the Quakes this year. San Jose finished with a 5-13 record versus Rancho Cucamonga.
* Quinn achieved a new career-high with his 11th home run. He hit 10 homers last season in San Jose.
* The Giants out-hit the Quakes 13-9.
* Rancho Cucamonga hit 11 home runs in the series. All 11 homers were solo shots. The Quakes lead the league with 162 home runs this season.
* Fargas stole his league-leading 36th and 37th bases of the year.
* Franco extended his hitting streak to 11 games. He's now tied for the league lead with 35 doubles.
* San Jose finished their six-game homestand with a 2-4 record.
* Pitcher Trevor Horn was transferred to Salem-Keizer (Short-Season) before the game on Wednesday.

On Deck
Following an off day, the Giants embark on a six-game road trip to Stockton (three games) and Inland Empire (three games). Friday's series opener against the Ports is a 7:10 PM first pitch at Banner Island Ballpark. John Gavin (0-1, 6.35 ERA) is slated to start on the mound for San Jose while Stockton is expected to counter with Wyatt Marks (1-0, 0.00 ERA). The game can be heard live on sjgiants.com with coverage beginning at 6:50 PM.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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