Mike Trout was 4 for 5 and hit two homers, but the Quakes lost Saturday 12-7 in 11 innings.
It was everything you’d want in a championship playoff game — except for the final score, if you’re a Quakes fan.
The Quakes had an early lead, gave it up, got it back, lost it again, rallied to score three runs in the bottom of the 8th to tie it up, went into extra innings, but fell apart in the top of the 11th to lose 12-7 to the Giants.
So now San Jose goes up two games to one in the best-of-five series. Rancho Cucamonga must win today and tomorrow, or the Giants repeat as California League champions.
Mike Trout was 4 for 5, hit two homers, scored four runs and drove in two, and took a walk for good measure.
Starter Ryan Chaffee gave up three runs (one earned) on four hits in six innings with three strikeouts and two walks. Jose Perez took the loss in relief; he gave up all five runs (four earned) in the top of the 11th. You can grouse about the three unearned runs, but San Jose committed four errors and the Quakes scored only two unearned runs, so the opportunities were there.
Game #4 is 5:05 PM PDT today at The Epicenter. Left-hander Manuel Flores (5-9, 4.23 ERA) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Quakes, while righty Oliver Odle (12-7, 5.78 ERA) starts for San Jose.