STOCKTON, CA - The 2017 San Jose Giants season came to a close on Monday night with a 7-3 loss to the host Stockton Ports at Banner Island Ballpark. Stockton pounded out 16 hits, including three home runs, in the victory to take the series from the Giants. San Jose concludes the season with a 62-78 overall record.
All seven Ports runs in the contest came via the home run as Brett Siddall and Chris Iriart each smacked two-run homers before a Sandber Pimentel three-run blast. The Giants were held without a hit until the seventh inning.
Stockton jumped out early against San Jose starter Garrett Williams as Pimentel led off the bottom of the second with a single before Siddall stepped to the plate and lofted a fly ball over the fence in right for a two-run homer. The home run was Siddall's 21st of the season and it gave the Ports a 2-0 advantage.
Stockton extended their lead in the bottom of the fourth as Siddall began the frame with a single before Iriart launched a two-run home run to deep center. An inning later with reliever Michael Cederoth on the mound, Branden Cogswell led off with a double, Mikey White walked and then Pimentel crushed a three-run home run to center for a 7-0 Ports cushion.
Meanwhile, the Giants were held without a baserunner until the sixth inning. Stockton starter Boomer Biegalski fired three perfect innings with five strikeouts to begin the game before Joey Wagman took over out of the bullpen in the top of the fourth. Wagman set down San Jose in order in the fourth and fifth innings before issuing a one-out walk to John Polonius in the top of the sixth. The walk snapped a string of 16 consecutive Giants batters retired to start the game. Wagman though quickly took care of the next two hitters after the walk to end the inning.
San Jose's first hit of the night came in the top of the seventh when Jonah Arenado laced a one-out double down the left field line. Two batters later, Heath Quinn drew a two-out walk, but new pitcher Andrew Tomasovich struck out Matt Winn to retire the side.
The Giants finally broke through in the top of the eighth. With one out, Polonius walked before a Jalen Miller single put runners on first and second. Cristian Paulino then lined a single into center to bring home Polonius with the first San Jose run of the game. Later in the frame with two outs, a wild pitch scored Miller from third to cut the Stockton lead to 7-2.
The Giants plated another run in the top of the ninth as one-out singles from Quinn and Winn put runners on the corners before a Bryan Reynolds sacrifice fly brought San Jose to within 7-3. The Giants though would get no closer as Polonius followed by striking out to end the game and the season.
Wagman (4-2) earned the win after tossing 3 2/3 scoreless innings of long relief. The right-hander allowed just one hit, walked two and struck out four.
Williams (2-2) was charged with four runs (all earned) on eight hits over four innings to take the loss. He struck out four and walked none.
* Stockton out-hit San Jose 16-5.
* The Ports won three out of four games in the series.
* Arenado's double was his team-leading 36th of the season. He finished the season just one double off the league lead.
* Cederoth (1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO), Rodolfo Martinez (1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO), Dylan Rheault (1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO) and Caleb Simpson (1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO) each worked out of the Giants bullpen on Monday.
* San Jose finished the season with a .256 team batting average (sixth in league) and a 4.52 team ERA (sixth in league).
* The Giants went 32-38 in the second half - three games behind Modesto (35-35) and Stockton (35-35) for the top spot in the North Division.
The Giants open the 2018 season on Thursday, April 5. The team will be releasing next year's schedule in the coming weeks. Visit sjgiants.com then for information on ticket packages for the 2018 season.
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