Baseball Continues Their Winning Ways

Stanford recorded their 12th straight win over the California Golden Bears with a 10-3 victory on Saturday afternoon in Berkeley. Pitchers Jeff Gilmore and Jeff Stimpson combined on a six-hitter while Danny Putnam led the offensive attack with three hits and a home run. With the win, the Cardinal clinch the series victory while they run their overall record on the season to 12-2.

Stanford played just about a perfect game on Saturday at Evans Diamond in their 10-3 victory over the California Golden Bears.  At the plate, the Cardinal rapped out 11 hits led by Danny Putnam's three-hit (which included a home run) performance.  On the mound, Jeff Gilmore and Jeff Stimpson combined on a six-hitter while they walked just one batter in the process.  Finally, in the field, the Stanford defense played flawless baseball.  Add it all up and you have a convincing Cardinal victory to run their overall record to 12-2 on the season.

Early on, this game appeared to be heading down the route of a pitcher's duel between Gilmore and Cal ace starter Adam Gold.  Gold entered today's game with a sparking 0.68 ERA and had carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning of his last start.  Today, Gold easily set down the Cardinal hitters the first time through the order spanning 2 2/3 innings.  The only baserunner was Jed Lowrie who reached on an error.  On the other side, Gilmore retired the first seven Cal batters he faced throwing just 22 pitches in the process.

So with the game still scoreless with two outs in the third inning, the Cardinal finally broke through against Gold.  Sam Fuld ripped a double down the right field line and then moved to third on a passed ball.  Jonny Ash was up next and the senior third baseman surprised the Cal defense by laying down a bunt.  Catcher Garrett Bussiere fielded the ball, but his throw to first was a wild one and Fuld scored.  Initially, the play was ruled a base hit, but it would later be changed to an error.

Stanford wasn't done though as Lowrie stepped up and promptly doubled home Ash and then Putnam blasted an opposite field two-run homer to left to make it a 4-0 Cardinal advantage.

The Bears picked up a run in the bottom of third off Gilmore when Bussiere hit a solo homer to left.  That made the score 4-1, but it would be all Cal would get off Gilmore until the fifth inning.

Gold set down Stanford 1-2-3 in the fourth, but the Cardinal would touch up the Cal sophomore for a single run in the fifth to extend the lead back out to four runs.  Again it was Fuld getting things started as he walked to lead off and then moved to second on a wild pitch.  After an Ash single, Lowrie brought home the speedy center fielder with a sacrifice fly to center.

Cal, however, would not go away.  The Bears plated two runs in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 5-3 game.  With one out, James Holder singled which was followed by Bussiere getting hit by a pitch.  #9 hitter Jeff Dragicevich then doubled home Holder while leadoff man David Weiner scored Bussiere with a sac fly.

Stanford manufactured a run off Gold in the sixth inning to extend their lead to 6-3.  Brian Hall was hit by a pitch to lead off and he would move to second on a ground out off the bat of Donny LucyAdam Sorgi then reached on an infield single advancing Hall to third while Hall would score on Fuld's sacrifice fly to deep right field.

Gold was done after six innings in this ballgame as Alex Trafton came on in relief to start the seventh.  Trafton though would struggle mightily as Stanford put the game away.  Consecutive singles from Lowrie and Putnam to start the frame put runners on first and third.  John Mayberry, Jr. then came up and hit a hard ground ball to short that Allen Craig could not handle for an error.  Lowrie scored on the play.  After a Jim Rapoport sacrifice bunt, Hall delivered the dagger with a two-run double which extended the lead out to 9-3.

Gilmore had little problems going through the Bears in the sixth and seventh innings.  He was removed from this contest after the end of the seventh.

The Cardinal scored their final run of the game in the top of the eighth on a Lowrie sacrifice fly to score Fuld. 

Freshman right hander Jeff Stimpson made his Stanford debut in this game.  The hard throwing right hander pitched the last two innings this afternoon not allowing a run or a hit.  He walked one and struck out two. 

Game Notes:
* The win was Stanford's 12th consecutive victory over the Bears dating back to the 2002 season.

* The Cardinal have also now won all five series' they've played here in 2004.  They've taken nine straight series' going back to last season.

* Putnam led the offensive attack today with a 3-for-5 afternoon.  He homered and had two RBI.

* Lowrie (2-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI) and Ash (2-for-5) also had multi-hit games.  Lowrie and Ash extended their hitting streaks to ten and nine games respectively.

* Gilmore notched his third win of the year with seven quality innings pitched today.  He surrendered three runs (all earned) on six hits with no walks and two K's.

* Cal lost their fourth consecutive game with this loss today.

Stanford     0 0 4  0 1 1  3 1 0   -   10  11   0
California   0 0 1  0 2 0  0 0 0   -    3   6   3

WP: Jeff Gilmore (3-1)
LP: Adam Gold (3-1)

HR: Stanford - Danny Putnam (2) ; California - Garrett Bussiere (2)

Records: #1 Stanford (12-2), California (7-8)

* The Cardinal will go for the series sweep tomorrow afternoon at 1:00pm.  Freshman lefty Blake Holler (1-0, 2.25) is scheduled to start on the mound for Stanford while the Bears are expected to counter with right hander Kyle Crist (1-2, 4.50).

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