Stockton Photo Gallery: Ports Hang On

STOCKTON, CA -- The Stockton Ports took on their rivals, the San Jose Giants, in a battle of the two best teams in the California League on Saturday night. In front of nearly 4,000 fans at Banner Island Ballpark, Stockton built a big lead over San Jose and held on for a big 9-7 win.

All photos by Chris Lockard/

Sunday's starter Brett Anderson was in the Ports' dugout to chart pitches. He will take on top Giants' pitching prospect Tim Alderson in that game.

Travis Banwart made his first start in the California League on Saturday.

Shortstop Josh Horton makes a leaping throw in the first inning for an out.

Matt Sulentic makes the catch to end the first inning.

San Jose's starter Ben Snyder entered the game with a Cal League-best 0.73 ERA. He was roughed up for six runs in 2.1 innings on Saturday.

Chris Carter makes contact on a fielder's choice in the first inning. All of the runners were safe on the play.

Mike Massaro connects for a two-run single in the first...

...He then slides in safely after taking second on the throw back into the infield.

Matt Sulentic cracked a long homerun to centerfield to lead-off the second inning. It was his fourth of the year.

Later in the second, Sean Doolittle was the second runner to score on a Frank Martinez double...

... Doolittle's hard slide knocked the ball away from catcher Pablo Sandoval to give the Ports an early 6-0 lead.

Banwart threw the ball well, but was a victim of a tight strike-zone. He struck-out four in 3.2 innings, but walked four. He allowed one earned run.

Jared Lansford came on in relief of Banwart in the fourth inning.

Craig Whitaker took over for Snyder. He had a difficult fourth inning, allowing two runs on no hits and three walks.

Whitaker also threw two wild pitches in the inning. On the first wild pitch, Doolittle was thrown out at home trying to advance from third. On the second, two runners would score, as Sandoval's throw to the plate to try to catch Chris Carter got past Whitaker. Above, Frank Martinez scores ahead of the second throw to Whitaker.

Lansford earned his first win of the season with 2.1 innings of scoreless relief. He struck-out four, walked two and allowed one hit.

The Ports were cruising with an 8-2 lead until the seventh inning. Jose Fragoso came-on in relief, but he didn't have his good stuff, allowing four runs without recording an out.

All four runs came on Sharlon Schoop's grand-slam.

Branden Dewing replaced Fragoso. He allowed a solo homerun in the seventh that brought the score to 8-7. Dewing would allow that one run in 1.1 innings of work.

Mike Massaro began the bottom of the seventh with a single, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double.

The first two runners reached in the top of the eighth against Dewing. Pinch-hitter Dom Duggan was then called upon to try to bunt the runners to second and third. Duggan bunted three pitches foul, however, giving the Ports a gift strike-out.

Sam Demel came on in the eighth inning with two-on and one-out and the Ports clinging to a one-run lead. He worked out of the eighth unscored upon and then worked a one-two-three ninth for his fifth save.

With runners on first and second in the bottom of the eighth, Frank Martinez was at the plate. He jumped away from what at first was ruled a wild pitch. After Stockton manager Darren Bush argued that Martinez was hit by the pitch, Martinez was awarded first base. San Jose manager Steve Decker argued to no avail that the pitch missed Martinez.

Mike Massaro gave the Ports an insurance run with a broken-bat infield single in the bottom of the eighth.

Stockton celebrates their 9-7 win over San Jose. The win was the team's 29th of the season and it gave the Ports a two-game lead over San Jose.

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