Dobson, San Jose Stave Off Elimination

With elimination staring them in the face at a hostile ballpark, the Giants found the ability to come through with a win when they needed it most. Between their super-utility player and a great start, the Giants found their way back to San Jose for Game 5.

For the better part of two years, Pat Dobson has been there where ever the San Jose Giants needed him.  On Tuesday, he was there when the Giants needed him.

The super-utility man went 4 for 5 with 3 doubles, 3 RBI and 2 more runs scored as the Giants staved off elimination with an 8-1 victory over the Visalia Oaks.

The game forces a deciding Game 5 back in San Jose on Thursday at 7 PM PT.

Dobson, who hit .259 in the regular season, hit a two run double to vault the Giants to a 2-1 lead over Visalia in the 3rd inning.  He also contributed an RBI double in a 3 run 6th inning, and had doubles in the first and 9th innings.  He was the only Giant player with more than 1 RBI, and is now batting .500 in the playoffs.

The effort was matched by Gregorio Martinez on the mound, who made a big time start when the team needed it most.  Martinez gave up 1 run on 4 hits and 1 walk in 6.1 innings while striking out three.  He paved the way, and relievers Justin Hedrick and Brian Anderson teamed up for the final 2.2 innings like they had so many times in the regular season, even if it wasn’t a save situation.

Visalia’s only run came in the first, as leadoff hitter Fernando Perez singled to lead off the inning.  He advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch, moved to third on a flyball to the outfield, and came in on a ground out by Chris Nowak.

The Giants touched up Visalia starter Jonathan Barratt for 6 runs in 5.2 innings, despite Barratt having just a 2.93 ERA in 21 games in the regular season.

Game 5 will take place at Municipal Stadium.  Brooks McNiven (8-7, 3.98 ERA in the regular season) will make the start for San Jose, while Visalia will counter with Derek Feldcamp (8-6, 6.41 ERA in the regular season).

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