VISALIA, CA - In front of a capacity crowd at Rawhide Ballpark, and in his first start since coming off the Disabled List, Matt Peacock delivered his best outing in a Rawhide uniform.
After retiring the first two hitters he faced on six pitches, Peacock surrendered a two-out single to Wander Franco that caromed off the wall in left. Peacock got a groundout three pitches later to end the first and, over five shutdown frames, Franco's single was the only hit that he would surrender.
Peacock (W, 2-0) ended up striking out five Giants hitters in the winning effort, holding San Jose to just a pair of walks in his final four innings of work. He induced weak contact all night and retired eight of his fifteen outs by groundout.
Then the script became familiar. The Rawhide rotation handed a lead to the bullpen and they dominated. Austin Mason turned in a pair of shutout innings with two strikeouts. Then Robby Sexton and Miguel Aguilar picked up the eighth and ninth respectively. Aguilar struck out two in a perfect ninth.
The pitching staff held the Giants to just three-hits while combining to dish out their ninth shutout of the season, which ties the Visalia (45-38/8-5) with Stockton and Inland Empire for the California League lead.
The Rwahide got the offense going early to back up the pitchers. With two on and two out in the second Adam Walton lined a clutch single up the middle off of Giants starter Rafi Vizcaino. The base knock scored Renae Martinez from second and put the Rawhide in front 1-0.
Two hitters later, with the bases loaded, Mark Karaviotis hit a single through the left side to add two runs of insurance. Leading 3-0, the Rawhide never looked back.
Ramon Hernandez and Drew Ellis each hit two run homers, coming in the fourth and eighth innings respectively, to put the game out of reach. They were the first round-trippers for the Rawhide of the series.
Martinez, Pavin Smith, and Jason Morozowski put up two-hit nights for the Rwahide while Hernandez, Ellis, and Karaviotis all drove home two runs. Adam Walton added the go-ahead single in the first and made three outstanding plays at shortstop.
Vizcaino (L, 5-5) was chased after 4.2 innings and was tagged for five runs on six hits with five strikeouts. Frank Rubio allowed the home run to Ellis.
San Jose (39-44/5-8) fell for the third straight night after winning the first two games of the series. Jalen Miller put up a pair of hits for the Giants to lead their offense.
Visalia will hit the road for a five-game series in Lake Elsinore starting tomorrow night. The Rawhide will send RHP Riley Smith (4-4, 3.76) to the hill against Storm RHP Ronald Bolaños (3-5, 5.32). First pitch will be at 6:30 PM and the live radio broadcast will be available on Rawhidebaseball.com.
The Visalia Rawhide are a professional baseball team in the Class A Advanced California League and are the only professional sports team in Tulare and Kings counties. The team has been an affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks since 2007 and is entering their 72nd year of play in 2018. The Rawhide renovated their home at Recreation Ballpark in 2009 and have since become the largest gathering of individuals in Tulare County, having set an attendance record for the seventh time in the past eight seasons in 2017. In 2018, the Rawhide look to continue their reputation for hosting competitive baseball while providing affordable family entertainment. To be a part of the 2018 Visalia Rawhide season, please contact the Visalia Rawhide Ticket Office at 559.732.4433, visit us online at rawhidebaseball.com, or follow us on Facebook (TheRawhide), Instagram (@VisaliaRawhide), and Twitter (@VisaliaRawhide).
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