San Jose Giants clinch First Half Division Championship

San Jose clinches. (Jen Mac Ramos)

San Jose clinches. (Jen Mac Ramos)

San Jose Giants at Visalia Rawhide started out with an Eric Surkamp rehab start.

I’m trying to think of more things to say about Surkamp’s start, but it was hard to really focus when you’re sitting behind home plate in the first row of the grandstand level, right where there’s a walkway and people wouldn’t sit down. I could tell that Surkamp will still need some more time rehabbing, since his 3 1/3 innings of work is the longest he’s gone since returning to pitching.

In terms of control and velocity? I can’t tell you a thing. I couldn’t see a radar anywhere in the ballpark — unless I were to look at the radar guns that were being used for charting pitches — so that, in itself, was kinda tough.

The San Jose Giants eventually got the win in 10 innings, when Visalia’s Sean Jamieson couldn’t get a grounder that took a bad hop, allowing Chris Lofton to score. All-Star Josh Osich closed the game out, ensuring the first-half division championship for the Giants.

And I do not want to hear another cowbell again.

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