Stanford beats Fullerton; one win from super regional


Stanford beats Fullerton; one win from super regional

June 5, 2011

Stephen Piscotty's solo home run in the 6th inning was the only run support that Jordan Pries needed, as the junior right hander from Alameda allowed just two hits in 7.2 innings as the Cardinal defeated 1 seeded Cal State Fullerton, 1-0, on Saturday night. Lefty closer, Chris Reed, recorded the final four outs to notch his 9th save of the year.

The Cardinal are now just one win away from advancing to a Super Regional, and will be back in action tonight at 8:00pm against the winner of Fullerton and Illinois.

Stanford sophomore outfielder, Tyler Gaffney, extended his hitting streak to 19 games. He is also a running back on the football team.

Edwin Jackson set to tie MLB record in first start with pitching-needy A's

Edwin Jackson set to tie MLB record in first start with pitching-needy A's

We've almost reached the point where it would be easier to list the teams Edwin Jackson hasn't played for than the ones he has.

Jackson, 34, will tie an MLB record Monday when he pitches for the A's, his 13th different team.

The right-hander's MLB career began in 2003 with the Dodgers. He then proceeded to pitch for the Rays, Tigers, Diamondbacks, White Sox, Cardinals, Nationals, Cubs, Braves, Marlins, Padres, Orioles, and Nationals again. On Monday, we can add the A's to that list.

Oakland signed Jackson to a minor-league deal June 6. In three starts with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds, he went 0-1 with a 4.02 ERA, recording 16 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings.

While Jackson's career numbers aren't spectacular (98-120 with a 4.67 ERA), he has some impressive accomplishments. He was an All-Star in 2009, won a World Series in 2011, and perhaps most notably, threw a no-hitter in 2010.

Now we can add another achievement, if you want to call it that. The A's could certainly use Jackson's veteran presence in their starting rotation, having suffered seemingly non-stop injuries all season.

Oakland currently has five starting pitchers on the DL: Trevor Cahill, Brett Anderson, Andrew Triggs, Daniel Gossett, and Jharel Cotton. That number might go up, as RHP Daniel Mengden left Saturday's game after just two innings with a sprained right foot.

Jackson will become the 12th different A's pitcher to start a game this season, and we're not even halfway through the schedule. He will do so against Detroit, one of his 12 former teams.

Back in 2008, Jackson was traded to the Tigers for outfielder Matt Joyce. On Monday, both will be back in Detroit as members of the Athletics. Talk about coming full circle – in Jackson's case, multiple times.

Pence the hero with walk-off single vs Padres

Pence the hero with walk-off single vs Padres



SAN FRANCISCO -- Hunter Pence hit a two-run double down the first-base line with the bases loaded and one out in the 11th inning, sending the San Francisco Giants past the San Diego Padres 3-2 on Sunday.

Brad Hand (1-4) got in trouble fast. He allowed Andrew McCutchen's one-out double, then intentionally walked Buster Posey and hit Brandon Crawford with his first offering. Pence followed with his 11th career walk-off hit and first since another against Hand two years ago. Pence raised his arms once the ball got past first baseman Eric Hosmer.

Cory Spangenberg had put San Diego ahead in the top of the 11th with a single.

The Giants' rally spoiled a chance for victory by journeyman reliever Robert Stock in his long-awaited major league debut at age 28. He worked out of a tough spot in the 10th after a call-up earlier in the day from Triple-A El Paso.

Manuel Margot led off the game with a home run, and drew a leadoff walk in the 11th from San Francisco reliever Reyes Moronta. After Ty Blach (5-5) relieved, Spangenberg singled off first baseman Brandon Belt's glove.

A solo homer by each team was it until the 11th.

Joe Panik doubled leading off the 10th before Stock retired the side with a pair of strikeouts.

Belt hit a two-out double in the eighth against Kirby Yates. Padres right fielder Hunter Renfroe made a magnificent catch in foul territory on McCutchen's flyball, rolling into the first row of fans after the grab.

Posey doubled and singled for the Giants, who concluded a stretch of 17 straight games without a break.

Margot began the game with a 3-2 drive into the left-field bleachers for his second homer of the year. It was his fifth career leadoff home run after hitting four last season. The Giants tied it on a leadoff homer by Gorkys Hernandez in the sixth, his ninth after none in 2017.

McCutchen's one-out single in the fourth was the Giants' first hit off Padres starter Eric Lauer.

Giants rookie Dereck Rodriguez stuck out six and walked one over seven innings, allowing one run on four hits in his fifth major league start and third at home - where he remains unbeaten.


Padres: Travis Jankowski was a late scratch with left quadriceps soreness and Matt Szczur replaced him in left field. ... C Austin Hedges went hitless in his return from the disabled list. He was activated and started, batting seventh, after being sidelined since May 1 with tendinitis in his right elbow. ... RHP Jordan Lyles, scratched in the bottom of the first Saturday just before his scheduled start, was placed on the DL retroactive to Thursday with inflammation in his pitching elbow. He will go home to San Diego and be examined Monday but the injury isn't considered serious - there is believed to be no structural damage - and as of now the training staff didn't plan to do any additional exams, though manager Andy Green acknowledged that could change.

Giants: Manager Bruce Bochy is encouraged by RHP Johnny Cueto's first rehab outing as he works back from a sprained pitching elbow. Cueto went 3 2-3 scoreless innings throwing 38 pitches with no walks for Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday and rejoined the Giants on Sunday for a bullpen session. The plan is for another off the mound in five days and likely two more rehab starts, and the next could be with Class A San Jose. "Right now he feels great," Bochy said.


Padres: LHP Joey Lucchesi (3-3, 3.86 ERA) takes the mound for the series opener at Texas, making his second start since returning from the DL for a right hip strain.

Giants: Following their first off day since June 7 on Monday, LHP Derek Holland (5-7, 4.48) will pitch Tuesday night against Colorado looking to win back-to-back outings for the first time in 2018.