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got the start for Stockton on Sunday. The right-hander had a shaky first inning, allowing a run on two hits and a walk, but he settled down and allowed only that run on three hits and three walks in three innings.
, one of the San Francisco Giants
' top pitching prospects, took the mound for San Jose. He struggled, allowing nine runs on seven hits in only 3.2 innings pitched.
The offense got going early for Stockton. Mike Massaro
started the game with a double and Jermaine Mitchell
quickly brought home Massaro with this opposite field single to tie the game at 1-1.
Massaro rounds third and scores easily on Mitchell's single. Massaro had three hits and a walk and scored three times as the Ports' lead-off hitter on Sunday. He is batting .400 in 90 at-bats for Stockton and .324 in 222 at-bats for Stockton, Midland (Double-A) and Sacramento (Triple-A) this year.
gave Stockton its first lead of the day, crushing a two-run homerun with two-outs in the first inning. It was Martinez's sixth homer of the year. He went 2-5 with three runs scored in the game.
added to Stockton's lead in the third inning when he launched this flat-footed two-run double off of the wall in right-center.
took over for Banwart in the fourth inning. Italiano has been part of a tandem with Banwart for the last couple of turns through the rotation. For Italiano, Sunday was a day to forget. The hard-throwing right-hander did not have his best stuff and he was hit hard by San Jose, allowing six runs in only one-third of an inning.
Three of those runs off of Italiano came on this Travis Denker
homerun. Denker was optioned to San Jose from the San Francisco Giants last week. The second baseman had two hits in the game and committed an error.
San Jose'sTyler Graham
came into the game as a pinch-runner in the fourth inning and he swiped his 34th base of the year. Graham stole third despite Stockton catcher Josh Donaldson
's throw beating him to the bag. The ball took a difficult short-hop and Carter wasn't able to field it cleanly at third.
came on in relief of Italiano with runners at first and third and one-out in the fourth. Heuser allowed only one of those inherited runners to score and worked 2.2 scoreless innings in relief. He allowed one hit, walked none and struck-out four. Recently, Heuser has been throwing from a lower arm slot than he used to in order to create more deception. He looked good on Sunday and earned his sixth win of the season against only one loss.
Heuser got the first batter he faced to hit into a fielder's choice. Frank Martinez made this turn at second base to try to get the inning-ending double-play, but the runner beat the throw.
The Ports didn't stay down long, despite trailing the game by a score of 7-5 in the bottom of the fourth. Corey Brown
walked with the bases-loaded to narrow the gap to 7-6 with two-outs in the fourth. Henry Sosa then departed the game and was replaced by Mike Musgrave
for San Jose. Chris Carter was the first batter Musgrave faced and Carter took Musgrave over the wall and into the Stockton bullpen for a grand slam. In the above picture, the Ports' bullpen is attempting to catch Carter's blast, while San Jose centerfielder Mike McBryde
leaps fruitlessly as the ball flies over the wall. He would drop his glove into the Stockton bullpen on the play.
Carter's grand-slam was his first of the year and his 25th homerun of the season. He had a monster game, driving in six runs to raise his RBI total to 71 for the season.
After the fourth inning, the Stockton pitching staff would throw five scoreless frames. Ports' left-fielder Jermaine Mitchell lines up a lazy flyball. Seven of the outs Stockton pitchers induced came in the air on Sunday.
was part of that effective Stockton relief corps. He worked a scoreless seventh and eight inning, striking out two and allowing two hits.
assisted Currin by making this nifty diving stop and flip to second for a force-out in the seventh inning.
The Ports scored four times in the seventh to pad their lead to 14-7. Matt Sulentic
doubled home two with the bases loaded and Carlos Arrieche brought home two with a single to right. The Ports then poured it on in the eighth inning when Josh Donaldson hit this grand-slam to make the score 18-7.
The homer was Donaldson's second in as many days for Stockton. He is batting .412 since coming over to the A's last week and he already has eight RBIs. Donaldson, Carter, Martinez, Arrieche and Sulentic combined to drive-in 16 runs on Sunday.
came on in the ninth and struck-out the side to end the game.
The Ports celebrate their third straight win and their largest victory over rival San Jose since 2006. Stockton is now 52-41 on the season, five back of San Jose for the best overall record in the league.
will take the hill on Monday for Stockton. The right-hander has the most wins of any Stockton pitcher on the current roster and he is 8-5 with a 3.36 ERA in 91 innings this season.
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