The Modesto A's took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series with a thrilling 5-3, 10th inning victory over the San Jose Giants. Modesto will try to clinch the series tomorrow night in San Jose.
The Lil'A's fell behind 2-0 in the second inning, but came back to tie the game in the top of the 5th inning with an RBI double by Omar Quintanilla and an RBI single by catcher Casey Meyers. Starter Brad Sullivan gave up a go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth, however, when he threw a wild pitch with a runner on third and two outs. Sullivan then allowed a triple and was lifted for Chris Shank, who retired Jesse Schmidt on a grounder to second to end the inning.
Modesto tied the game on an RBI single by pinch-hitter Eddie Cornejo. Relievers Shank and Nick Brannon (who was the eventual winner) combined to throw four shut-out innings, allowing the game to move to extra-innings. Shank and Brannon struck out six and allowed only two hits.
Modesto had an opportunity to take the lead in the top of the 8th inning, but Brian Stavisky was thrown out at home trying to score from second by a single by Isaac Garcia. The A's wouldn't let their next scoring opportunity pass them by, however. With two outs and nobody on in the top of the 10th inning, Brian Stavisky singled to right. Jason Perry followed with a single to center, moving Stavisky to third. Garcia then hit a ball to deep short for an infield hit, scoring Stavisky with the eventual winning run. Modesto added an insurance run when John Suomi doubled to left, scoring Perry. Reliever Jeff Coleman, who gave up two runs in his appearance during Sunday evening's victory, shut the door for the A's, allowing only a one-out walk in throwing a scoreless inning.
Modesto Takes Control of the Series
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