STOCKTON — After the Stockton Ports scored six runs in the seventh and eighth innings combined Sunday to take a three-run lead into the ninth, the visiting San Jose Giants put up four ninth-inning runs to escape Banner Island Ballpark with a 9-8 win in the series finale.
Alex Canario led off the ninth for the Giants (24-12) with a home run. Down to his last strike with two outs and runners on first and second, San Jose’s Luis Toribio (2 for 4, home run, double, three RBI, three runs) lined a double to right-center, scoring two runs to tie the game. The Giants loaded the bases with a hit by pitch and a walk and Casey Schmitt then drew a bases-loaded walk to plate the eventual winning run, making the score 9-8.
Clay Helvey set the Ports (13-23) down in order in the ninth with a groundout followed by two strikeouts.
Trailing 5-2 in the bottom of the seventh, Joshwan Wright drew Stockton within 5-4 with a one out, two-RBI double.
Brayan Buelvas (3 for 5, triple, home run, two runs) led off the Ports eighth with a solo home run to tie the game. A walk to Tyler Soderstrom and a Lawrence Butler single gave Stockton runners on first and second. Both runners moved up 90 feet on Danny Bautista’s sacrifice bunt and then came in to score on Kevin Richards’ single up the middle.
After moving to third on an infield single by Jose Rivas, Richards came in to score on Sahid Valenzuela’s sacrifice bunt to make the score 8-5.
The Ports begin a 12-game road trip today in Fresno against the Grizzlies and remain in the south land to begin another six-game series on Tuesday, June 22, against the San Bernadino Grizzlies.