Rawhide Rebound with Series Sweep

The Visalia Rawhide seem to have things turned around, as they completed the series sweep over division rival San Jose in a 5-1 victory on Sunday afternoon at Rawhide Ballpark. They entered the series on a six-game losing streak with a 7-14 overall record.

Anthony Meo (1-2) had a tremendous outing in the series finale against the Giants, throwing 6.2 innings, giving up five hits, a walk, one earned run, and striking out nine batters. It was the third straight quality start from a Rawhide pitcher.

The Rawhide wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. Garrett Weber led off with a single that was lined right off of San Jose starter Justin Schumer's (1-2) glove. Weber moved over to second base on a ground ball from Mike Freeman. Chris Owings drove in Weber to give the Rawhide an early 1-0 lead.

The Rawhide weren't done though, as Jon Griffin hit a monster home run to dead center off of the batter's eye to make it 3-0 after the 1st inning.

The San Jose Giants were finally able to get to Meo in the top of the 5th inning. Meo gave up back-to-back singles to Ricky Oropesa and Luke Anders to start off the inning. After striking out Jarrett Parker, Devon Harris looped a broken bat single into center field to score Oropesa and cut the lead to 3-1. That was the only run the Giants would be able to muster, as Andrew Susac popped up to right field with the bases loaded to end the inning.

For the third game in a row, the Rawhide were able to do damage in the 8th inning. After Griffin drew a walk, Bobby Borchering doubled off the Visalia Times-Delta sign in center field to put runners in scoring position. Eric Groff drew a walk to load the bases, and Ryan LePensee was able to come through with a two-RBI single to extend the lead and provide the final score of 5-1.

Mike Belfiore and Blake Cooper backed up Meo's performance with scoreless 2.1 innings of scoreless baseball out of the bullpen to preserve the sweep.

The Raw Facts

  • Although Meo's 33 strikeouts rank fifth in the league, his 18 walks are second to none
  • This was the first time in five appearances that Meo walked fewer than four batters
  • Owings entered the series batting .322, but has just one hit against San Jose, dropping that mark to .296

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