The Quakes did an outstanding job of pitching on Thursday night — to four players.
San Jose’s No. 4 hitter Matt Downs was 0-for-3 with a sacrifrice fly, and the Nos. 7-9 hitters were a combined 0-for-14. Sounds like a good pitching night, right?
It could’ve been, but Brad Boyer went 4-for-5, Brock Bond, Brett Pill and Bobby Felmy had three hits apiece and Mike McBryde had two. No Giant hitter had just one hit. That’s how you get 15 hits when four go hitless and that’s how you win 7-1.
For Quakes starter Sean O’Sullivan, he’s come back to earth after an unbelievable July. Since winning the Angels Pitcher of the Month award for July, he’s 2-3 in his last five starts, allowing four or more earned runs three times.
The Quakes could really use a win in the series finale. First, it’s big for the playoff race. Second, if San Jose and the Quakes meet in the Championship Series, a win Friday will provide some momentum. It would give them their only series win, improving them to 3-6 this season against San Jose.