Kobernus Walks Off in San Jose

The San Jose Giants grab a walk off win to conclude their longest game of the 2015 season thus far.

With two outs in the bottom of the 14th inning, the San Jose Giants were deep into what was to become their longest game of the season, both in terms of time and innings. Shortstop Christian Arroyo stood at first with San Leandro native, Jeff Kobernus at the plate but all it took was a single from Kobernus to bring Arroyo all the way home and to end the game against the Bakersfield Blaze at 2-1.

Kobernus has bounced around the minors and majors since being drafted by the Nationals in 2009. He had a brief stint in the majors, as a rule 5 draft pick, where he had a batting line of .139/.295/.222. Since joining the SJ Giants in the 2015 season, he has improved that line to .269/.350/.288 and has a perfect fielding percentage in every position he has played. Despite the extra inning excitement, though, it was anything but a pretty game for the Giants offense who left 14 men on base and were 0-11 with runners in scoring position. The Blaze didn't fare much better, having left 8 who were all in scoring position. Arroyo, the star of the evening, went 3-6 with a walk and only one strike out in seven plate appearances.

The single strike out is an important stat because the Giants and the Blaze combined for a staggering 41 strike outs on the evening including three golden sombreros*. Luis Ysla, with an ERA of 7.28, was able to induce 8 of those strike outs in four innings of work.

With this win, the Giants are now 4-4 in July and 36-47 for the season (6-7 for the second half).

*The Golden Sombrero is when a player strikes out four times in one game. Obviously, it is not as highly desired as, say, hitting for the cycle.

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