Unlike the close games from earlier in the series, Game 3 between the San Jose Giants and the Visalia Oaks was very simple: San Jose didn’t perform. The result was an ugly 10-3 loss as the defending champion Giants got pushed against the wall in their 5 game series, down 2 games to 1.
Starting pitcher Anthony Moreno went 1.1 innings, giving up 7 runs, though only 4 were earned. Moreno gave up two walks to the first three batters he faced, and then gave up a 1 out home run to Visalia’s John Jaso as the Oaks jumped ahead 3-0 in the first.
The second inning was led off by a fielding error by Julio Cordido. Moreno didn’t help himself, giving up 2 doubles and a single between the next four hitters, only getting an out on a bunt pop out. Moreno was relieved at that point by Adam Gardner. Gardner intentionally walked a batter to load the bases, but Jaso then hit a sacrifice fly to score one run. Gardner then walked two more batters, allowing another run to come in before getting the final out.
The Giants looked like they might have made a game of it in the 2nd, as two triples powered a comeback from the initial 3-0 deficit. Carlos Sosa hit a one out triple, and Steve Holm singled him home with two outs. Alex Requena followed with his own triple, scoring Holm and closing the deficit to 3-2. But that was about as much life as the Giants would show.
In the third, John Bowker led off the inning with a double, followed by a Mark Minicozzi walk. Brian Horwitz, playing in his first game in the playoffs with the Giants this season, then doubled to score Bowker, but that was the end of the San Jose offense.San Jose must win Tuesday’s game in Visalia to force a deciding game 5 back in San Jose. Gregorio Martinez (8-8, 4.49 ERA in the regular season) will be sent to the mound by San Jose, and he will face Visalia’s Jonathan Barratt (9-6, 2.93 ERA in the regular season).
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