On a night where the San Francisco Giants win on a walkoff fashion against the Los Angeles Dodgers about 50 miles north, the San Jose Giants couldn’t say they did the same against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, the Dodgers’ High-A affiliate.
To say that the game began smoothly would be irony. Base hits and errors littered the field through the first three innings with the Giants on defense. Though only two of the runs were charged to San Jose starter Adalberto Mejia, they quickly trailed the Quakes and weren’t able to recover.
The Giants offense was non-existent through most of the game. The first hit of the game came on a Shawn Payne single in the 4th inning, then promptly was caught stealing. The offense mustered up four hits — two belonging to Ryan Cavan — and had one man on base because of a hit by pitch, but nothing came out of it.
The defense, to put it simply, was shoddy. It didn’t help that the ball was bouncing around in the infield, hitting the bases and causing infielders to take it on a bad hop. Myles Schroder had the most errors in the game, with two being charged to him: one on a pickoff attempt and another due to fielding. Angel Villalona had one error on a fielding attempt and Mac Williamson had a throwing error in the 1st inning.
The pitching might be in line with the defense. Mejia was very hittable — giving up seven hits in five innings of work, a drastic change from his last start against the Modesto Nuts where he only gave up one hit and took a perfect game into the 6th. All four errors in the game occurred with Mejia on the mound, which clearly didn’t help matters for San Jose.
Luis Rojas came in to relieve Mejia, but only lasted 0.1 innings. His command was off and out of the 28 pitches he threw, 12 were for strikes. The first two batters he faced ended up walking and then scoring when Noel Cuevas hit a single with one out.
Kelvin Marte, Cody Hall, and Josh Osich were able to keep Rancho Cucamonga’s bats quiet for the last three innings. That wasn’t enough for the Giants, who were then trailing 6-0.
Garrett Gould, Juan Noriega, and Craig Stem managed to dominate the San Jose offense. Gould only gave up three hits in six innings and struck out eight. Noriega had one inning of work, where he gave up one hit and hit Villalona. Stem took the mound for two innings and allowed no base runners. All three Quakes pitchers did not walk any Giants hitters.
Rancho Cucamonga has the 2-0 avantage in the series. At 1:00 p.m., they will go for the sweep against San Jose, and then the San Francisco Giants will be going for the sweep against the Los Angeles Dodgers at 5:00 p.m.