Stockton Photo Gallery: Ports' Lucky Seven
Robert Gilliam earned the win on Saturday.
Robert Gilliam earned the win on Saturday.
Senior Editor
Posted Jun 20, 2011


STOCKTON - Things are starting to come together for the Stockton Ports. The Oakland A's High-A affiliate has won eight consecutive ballgames to move their season record to 38-32. On Saturday, Stockton earned their seventh straight win with a 4-3 victory over the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Hawaiian night at Banner Island Ballpark. We have photos from the game inside...

With a little humidity in the air and temperatures in the low-80s, it felt like an evening in Hawaii at Banner Island Ballpark on Saturday night. The Stockton Ports celebrated Hawaiian night with a 4-3 victory over Rancho Cucamonga that had plenty of fireworks, with four homeruns in the game.

Stockton starter Robert Gilliam allowed one of those four homeruns, but he earned the win by allowing three runs in five innings pitched. He struck-out two and walked two and scattered seven hits. Gilliam moved to 7-4 on the season with the win.

The right-hander got support from his offense and his bullpen. Down 2-0 in the third, Stockton pulled into a tie with the Quakes when Dusty Coleman blasted a two-run homer. Stockton fell behind 3-2 in the top of the fourth, but pulled into a tie once again in the bottom half of the inning on Anthony Aliotti's solo homerun. Leonardo Gil gave Stockton their first lead of the game with a homer in the fifth inning to make it 4-3 Stockton. That was all the Ports' bullpen would need.

Relievers Brett Hunter and Jose Guzman combined to retire all 12 batters they faced to close out the win. They both struck-out two. Hunter earned his fourth hold and lowered his ERA to 1.35 and Guzman notched his 10th save and lowered his ERA to 1.83.

Gil had three hits in three at-bats, while Aliotti had two hits and a walk and Jason Christian also had two hits and a walk to lead the Stockton offense.

We have exclusive photos from the game below...

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Rashun Dixon enjoys the sun during BP.
Michael Gilmartin models the special Hawaiian-themed uniforms.
Conner Crumbliss warms-up.
The Stockton relief corps, leis and all, walk to the bullpen.
Michael Gilmartin makes the catch in the first.
Rob Gilliam earned the win. He allowed three runs in five innings.
Leonardo Gil makes a nice running play at third.
Austin Gallagher gave Rancho an early lead with a second-inning, two-run homer.
Arismendy Ozoria got the loss. He allowed four runs and three homeruns in five innings.
Anthony Aliotti follows through on a hit. He was 2-for-3 with a walk and a homer.
Aliotti was caught stealing in the second, however.
Dusty Coleman connects on a game-tying, two-run homer in the third.
Gil's 5th inning HR was the game-winner.
Myrio Richard fouls a ball at the plate.
Michael Choice ducks out of the way of a high pitch.
Brett Hunter was outstanding in relief, retiring all six batters he faced.
Ryan Ortiz takes it all in before the start of the ninth inning.
Jose Guzman was also outstanding out of the bullpen, earning a two inning save.
Rafael Ynoa strikes out to end the game.
The Ports celebrate another victory.

Rashun Dixon enjoys the sun during BP.
Michael Gilmartin models the special Hawaiian-themed uniforms.
Conner Crumbliss warms-up.
The Stockton relief corps, leis and all, walk to the bullpen.
Michael Gilmartin makes the catch in the first.
Rob Gilliam earned the win. He allowed three runs in five innings.
Leonardo Gil makes a nice running play at third.
Austin Gallagher gave Rancho an early lead with a second-inning, two-run homer.
Arismendy Ozoria got the loss. He allowed four runs and three homeruns in five innings.
Anthony Aliotti follows through on a hit. He was 2-for-3 with a walk and a homer.
Aliotti was caught stealing in the second, however.
Dusty Coleman connects on a game-tying, two-run homer in the third.
Gil's 5th inning HR was the game-winner.
Myrio Richard fouls a ball at the plate.
Michael Choice ducks out of the way of a high pitch.
Brett Hunter was outstanding in relief, retiring all six batters he faced.
Ryan Ortiz takes it all in before the start of the ninth inning.
Jose Guzman was also outstanding out of the bullpen, earning a two inning save.
Rafael Ynoa strikes out to end the game.
The Ports celebrate another victory.

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Rashun Dixon enjoys the sun during BP. Michael Gilmartin models the special Hawaiian-themed uniforms. Conner Crumbliss warms-up. The Stockton relief corps, leis and all, walk to the bullpen. Michael Gilmartin makes the catch in the first. Rob Gilliam earned the win. He allowed three runs in five innings. Leonardo Gil makes a nice running play at third. Austin Gallagher gave Rancho an early lead with a second-inning, two-run homer. Arismendy Ozoria got the loss. He allowed four runs and three homeruns in five innings. Anthony Aliotti follows through on a hit. He was 2-for-3 with a walk and a homer. Aliotti was caught stealing in the second, however. Dusty Coleman connects on a game-tying, two-run homer in the third. Gil's 5th inning HR was the game-winner. Myrio Richard fouls a ball at the plate. Michael Choice ducks out of the way of a high pitch. Brett Hunter was outstanding in relief, retiring all six batters he faced. Ryan Ortiz takes it all in before the start of the ninth inning. Jose Guzman was also outstanding out of the bullpen, earning a two inning save. Rafael Ynoa strikes out to end the game. The Ports celebrate another victory.



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