San Jose collects 12 hits, wins home opener

BOX SCORES: SAC / RIC / SJ / AUG

After seven games on the road to begin the new season, San Jose returned to Municipal Stadium and enjoyed clearing skies and plentiful runs. Ryan Howard pushed his hit streak to seven games to start the year, punching two singles into the score sheet while Dillon Dobson collected three hits.

The hits and runs have been flowing for the Giants through eight games as the team is slashing .288/.360/.433 with an average of 8.3 runs per game.

And in a game of firsts, four players tallied a particular initial stat. Johneshwy Fargas stole second base, which will certainly not be the last time he does in 2017. Bryan Reynolds was caught stealing for the first time, while Jonah Arenado committed his first error — of the fielding variety while playing first base. And finally, Gio Brusa's double was not only his first of the season, but was the only extra-base hit for the Giants on Thursday.

In Salt Lake the story was simple for the Sacramento River Cats. Christian Arroyo didn't strike out, though the rest of his team did 15 times. And all three runs were provided by Arroyo's three-run homer — his first dinger of the year.

OTHER NOTES

— Chris Kusiolek provided some important information Giants from extended spring training regarding many of the injured rehabbing prospects working to get back onto the field. Though not mentioned was the status of Heath Quinn, who could return and make the San Jose Giants lineup even more potent.

Andrew Suarez was a strike-throwing machine in his second start of the year for the Flying Squirrels, lasting six innings and throwing a mere 24 balls amidst a total of 86 pitches. He struck out eight batters, surrendered four hits and one walk, but four runs came home under his watch, though three were unearned.

TOMORROW'S STARTERS

TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP

  1. Tyler Beede: DNP
  2. Christian Arroyo: 1-for-3, R, HR, 3 RBI
  3. Bryan Reynolds: 1-for-5, 2 SO
  4. Steven Duggar: DNP
  5. Chris Shaw: 2-for-4, RBI, SO
  6. Sandro Fabian: 1-for-4, R, SO
  7. Heath Quinn: DNP
  8. Joan Gregorio: DNP
  9. Jordan Johnson: DNP
  10. Andrew Suarez: 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
  11. Ty Blach: DNP
  12. Steven Okert: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
  13. Sam Coonrod: DNP
  14. Matt Krook: DNP
  15. Aramis Garcia: 1-for-4, 2 R, SO
  16. C.J. Hinojosa: DNP
  17. Reyes Moronta: DNP
  18. Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
  19. Austin Slater: DNP
  20. Kelvin Beltre: 1-for-4, SO
  21. Dan Slania: DNP
  22. Cory Taylor: DNP
  23. Chris Stratton: DNP
  24. Chase Johnson: DNP
  25. Jalen Miller: 0-for-5, SO
  26. Melvin Adon: DNP
  27. Garrett Williams: DNP
  28. Dylan Davis: DNP
  29. Ryder Jones: DNP
  30. Hunter Cole: 0-for-4, 2 SO

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